DuffMan (5780) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this beer exceeded my expectations! Pours a beautiful deep rust red with a fair bit of coarse sediment. Head is light sienna, long lived, and lacy. Initial aromas out of the bottle were solid chocolate and stewed cherries/plums. After breathing for a bit some lovely buttery spicecake filled the nose. Palate has a spicy chocolate entry, then beautiful rounded stewed cherry fruits close the show. Sweet and spicy with a slightly sour/tart finish. Medium bodied with a velvety mouthfeel. As a fruit beer, this approaches perfection for me! Emersonís youíve done it again!
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a fantastic beer. Aromas of fresh cherries, over-ripe banana peel, caramel malt with sweet chocolate after (someone from the US mentioned Cherry Coke). Look of distilled cherries - like red wine in your beer with a big frothy peach cream head. The taste is a big surprising gust of everything: bitter molasses or burnt treacle / green banana peel, sweeeeet malt and a burst of lactic sourness (Morello cherries / granny smith apples / cider) which all fades quickly into a long clean dry finish. Yeast sediment lessens sourness with sweetness? Feels drying with a smooth medium body, mild carbonation - a meaty chewiness... This would be great as an aperitif, with salty snacks, BBQ, crispy savouries, hot summerís day.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love this beer. Deep reddish brown. Plenty of cherryís in the aroma with some fruit cake as the beer opened up. More of the same in the taste department with plenty of cherries and some sourness. Great beer
Stew41 (1624) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - 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 thatís 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, itís just nowhere near the intensity of a Rodenbach and the like.
jdpeebs (684) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle- Iím just updating my records. A very nice beer. Good sour cherry taste.
UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
...bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown with a tan head that lasted all the way down. On the nose was shitloads of great cherry notes, cinnamon, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavors were mainly the same with dark malt, dried fruit, and brown sugar. Lots of sediment which always enhances the flavor. Medium bodied, creamy consistancy. FInished dry with lots of cherry flavor, and the chocolate notes. I was very impressed.
madquacker (995) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A fascinating beer. Sour and cherry and still more sourness. Very nice all round. A lot going on here. A little on the lambic side.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2008 Pours ruby tending auburn with substantial pink blush coloured head. Nose displays cherries, chocolate and a hint of woodiness...maybe. Palate is dominated by sour cherries up front with darker malts coming into play to add balance and complexity. (very cherry ripe-like) Finish is faintly tart with a surprising degree of hop bitterness. Damn good effort!
Muggus69 (932) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle, vintage Dec 08
Served chilled in chalice.
Reasonable pour, small creamy orange tan head atop a murky brownish ruby body laden with chunks.
Quite a complex nose, particularly odd though; cinnamon, wood, sour cherry, vinegar, prune, pure cocoa, vinous dried fruit with a mollassesy maltiness about it.
Low carbonation, body is reasonably lean, syrupy slightly, quite a tart vinegar-like sourness that blends with the brown sugary sweetness of the beer.
Sour cherry seems most prominant on the body, quite sweet, candy-like at times, brown sugar, almond, earthy spice, prune and date leads onto a woody cinamon note on the finish. Finish lingers slightly, dry with a cherry pip sourness and flavour.
Very unique brew. Really not sure what to make of it, but its certainly adventerous, complexly tasty, and well worth a try.
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, Iíd 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.