Stew41 (1904) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 July 2012
Looking good as a 4 year old. Cherry and old wood on the nose with just a hint of chocolate. Unmistakably Flemish brown to taste with kriek and lambic hints but of course not the intensity of the real deal. Fruits are drying out and seems to be replaced with a bitter backbone (not a bad thing). Drink now.
Picked up four of these with the view that they might cellar ok (well, at least that’s what the wife reckons). Faint sweet cherry on the nose with a zingy, almost acidic feel. Very soft chocolate as well. Cherries are mostly firm, sour (not crazy sour) and dry in the mouth. More than a hint of Cherry Ripe here (ie cherry and milk chocolate). Gets more dry through the palate and a growing bitterness really makes an impact. Quite a good effort given real consideration has been made to impart bitterness and sour character, it’s just nowhere near the intensity of a Rodenbach and the like.
Cconners (11) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish red when poured and when held up to the light has a beautiful cherry red hue. The tan head is lively and quickly dissipates there is a smell of fruit and I can pick the cherries but not as I would have expected. Taste is very up front with a hit of cherry then a sour tart finish that ends very quickly.The sweet and sour character leaves me thinking there should be something else there, but alas. I may put one away and compare it with the next vintage.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cherry red colour (funny that) with a good pinkish head looks good in the glass. Nothing much on the nose, more of an ale nose than fruit. I like the flavour it’s all cherries and almonds or the flavor you get when you suck a cherry stone.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 Pours a deep red/brown. Head has a slight pink tinge to it which is cute. Aromas of cherry, spice, a bit like cinnamon. Taste is overwhelmed by spice, I’d liken it to their Taieri George almost. There is some cherry there though, taking the edge off. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Quite nice, but would have like one of the flavours to be more bold, rather than mild all round.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 vintage. Not sure how to rate this as it’s a different beer to the one rated here. It will be a different beer every year too. This years is a Cherry Brown Ale. Loosely in the style of a flanders oud bruin, but with the addition of imported sour cherries. Pours a deep ruby reddish-brown with a beige head. Aroma is reminiscent od Boon Kreik, but slightly muted. Muted is the order of the day with this beer too. The palate is less full than it could be, with a nice soft carbonation. Flavours of crusty cherry pie, dusted with icing sugar. The finish is gone far too soon, and leaves a lingering sweetness, and a slight tartness and astringency. It might age, we shall see. It’s very nice, but it just tastes like it wants to be a big beer when it grows up!