Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle
This was a heavy beer that was more intense than some beers with a much higher ABV. I am not sure why but it distracted from what was otherwise a solid experiment. Maybe it just didn’t work as well as the peach version. Whatever the reason I still look forward to trying the base Brainless to see how it stacks up.
Aroma / Appearance - A lively beet red body and wispy head (like strands of white cotton candy) provide the focal points. The long spindly legs give away the alcohol content at a glance. Cherries, cotton candy, and cherry cordial warm the senses just from a sniff. The total impression reminds me of the smell of a room whose door has been shut for months and is just now getting fresh air.
Flavor / Palate - Carbonation, apple cider, sweet cherry pie filling, and more carbonation eat at the tongue. Were it not so bubbly it might be on par with the peach version. The mild oak finish indicates that the chardonnay aging didn’t add much depth at all. Ultimately this is a solid beer but kind of a one shot experience. For $11.99+ I can find other options on the shelf that appeal to my palate.
Thanimal (29) - Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnt orange color. No head with a slight cherry finish. Refreshing beer with a malty taste on the pallet
BVery (6427) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap. Clear reddish peach colored pour with zero head. Nose is mild sweet cherry. Light syrupy palate. Taste is kind of a weird funky cherry with some yeast and malt. Decent.
hopscotch (9171) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Pours clear amber with orange highlights and a small, fizzy, white head. The odd bouquet delivers vanilla, spicy Belgian phenols, caramel and a suggestion of cherry. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. The flavor is sweet, fruity, herbal, rooty and mildly acidic. Finishes bittersweet with lingering bitterness. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured 22 oz into a tulip glass. It had good carbonation. It had a slight sour cherry note which went well with this sour beer. I was however hoping for more cherry favors. I didn’t find it as enjoyable as a Lindemans.
BeerandBlues2 (9730) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by argo0. Pours hazy ruby/garnet with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is fragrant cherry nose, light malt, Belgian yeast, vinous, fruity esters, and oak. Flavor is chardonnay, cherry, light malt, Belgian yeast, fruity esters, oak, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
Travlr (11983) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy pinkish red color, massive fluffy light pink head that settles quickly. Aroma of grapes, citrus. Taste is sour apple skins and cherries, bitter lemon finish. Decent.
argo0 (11556) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Murky dark amber body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, light dusky. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, Chardonnay/oak, some dusky, vinous. Medium-full body, low carbonation, light stickiness.
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at church key, this beer was a little of for me at first but really grew on me as the night went on. Big thick sweet malty beer and cherry flavors dominate with little else. Nice!
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer is the new wine. This brew pours a copperish amber color with a soapy, rapidly depleting head. Smells of....cherries...Medium full nectar with good carbonation. A malt forward brew style with plenty of acidity and cherry essence. A bit of toasted oak is noticeable adding to it’s depth. The finish has a slight of caramel on it. A sipping savory brew for sure but a bit boring. Give me more carbonation, tartness, and density. Bam!