daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reddish pour, small tannish head. Aroma of cherries, light wine notes, yeast. Flavor is drier than I remember, nice yeasty notes, cherries and sugar cookies.
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very interesting. I don’t understand what is so Belgian about it, outside of the fact that it has cherries in it and it was aged on oak. It is listed at 10.7% alcohol, but you don’t get any heat at all. It has a nice cloudy, red color and pinkish head. It’s really, really good. Subtle flavors,nothing over the top and there is a slight vegetal funk on the nose. It’s pretty cool.
pfriesen (113) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nicely integrates the barrel, slightly sour, dangerously drinkable. Low carbonation and finishes sweet but not syrupy
JoePeesie (915) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a clear light red with an off white head. Nose and taste is dry crisp cherry woody. Very well balanced very nice body. Surrendered more of tge bottle than I would have like to my in laws who normally don’t dig beer, but loved this one.
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #5 courtesy of douglas88 pours deep clear cherry juice with white head trimmed with a light pinkish hue. The aroma has some apples and pears as well as some fruity sourness, tartness and then yeasty spices. The taste has a great play going on between tart red wine notes, spicy oak, sweet apples and pears, some sour fruitiness and then rolling into soft spongy yeasty spiciness. This beer is really hitting the spot as all the conflicting notes come together with harmony. Yummers!
lana5 (44) - Canton, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 22, delicious smell. Tastes of cherries and is sweet but not overly sweet. Pretty tasty.
dwyerpg (4831) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The last of the brainless tasting my friends and I enjoyed inside the tent in Zion while it rained cats and dogs slash snowed outside and we were pretty good by this point. Cherries are definitely prominent but in a sweet way. Possibly the best of the bunch, though I do love raspberries more as just the fruit.
curepute (140) - New York, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #27 abv% 10.8. Grape wine color, no head. Sour Cherry cider nose. Slightly sour cherries, soft red wine notes, hint of funk. Never tasted anything like this, very unusual. Finishes with a nice dryness. great.
Sledutah (6013) - Utah, USA - OCT 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle (Batch #5) from the brewery
Appearance: Pours clear reddish brown with a big red/pink head and good lacing
Aroma: Lightly toasted malts, ripe cherries and woody
Taste: Dusty malts, cherries, woody, oak with a dry slightly tart finish
This is great. The red wine barrels made a huge difference in this beer.
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour was a murky medium cranberry red with a small (1 finger or less) pink fizzy head that quickly dissipated down to a thin puddle and small collar, but did produce some really nice sheets of lace.
The aroma was of a mild bread malt and a musty Belgian yeast with strong notes of cherries, red wine, wood and a light hint of alcohol.
The taste was sweetly tart and a tad acidic with a big note of cherries early on, with the finish being a bit winey with a woody alcohol finish. The flavor lingered for a really nice long time after the swallow, allowing for the fruity alcohol taste to grow as time went on.
Mouthfeel was just above light in body with a very nice dry texture and a fizzy carbonation.
Overall a delicious Strong Ale, with the taste of the cherries and cask pretty much masking the high ABV...