EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, #14, 11.4%.
Pours orange-red (oxidized anthocyanins), head disappears almost immediately, lower carbonation.
Aroma is Belgian spice with some fruit. Taste is spicy with just a hint of cherry, dry taste. Bready-yeasty flavor is on the top.
Not a huge fan of this beer but it is interesting and well-made. I get a bit of astringency in the aftertaste which knocked the overall down a bit.
superspak (2630) - Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch #26, Bottled 12/6/2013. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a 1 finger foamy light pink head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing very quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, red grape, pear, apple, tannic red wine, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, grass, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of tart cherry, red grape, pear, apple, tannic red wine, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, herbal, grass, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/tannic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, red grape, pear, apple, red wine, oak, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice wine barrel fruited Belgian ale. All around good complexity and balance of cherries, fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
lana5 (21) - 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.
darb85 (61) - Canton, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Batch 22. Red wine and cherry nose. Mild cherry flavor with red wine feel and tannins and almost port flavor finish. Great dessert drink, but that’s about it.
degbert (1129) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, batch #27. Pours a deep red with a light, fine-grained, fast-dissipating head. Nose is cherry pie (accent on the crust), slight Belgian funk, and yeastiness -- but it’s not very strong at all. Odd medicinal flavor up front; I really want to like this, but I can’t shake the feeling that what I have here is carbonated Robitussin, all the way down the herbal edge. Finish is saccharine-bitter and unpleasant. Do I have a bad bottle?
travita (4019) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. The look is clear, thin no head, amber colored. The smell is wine, pickles, fruit, vinegar, Brett, and not sure. The taste is cherry, fruit, wine, tang, and ok.
jkwalking05 (3779) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at World of Beer in Arlington. Amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of cherries, candy sugar, light fruity undertones, and cream soda. Taste is of cherries, candy sugar, caramel, and fruit loops.
77ships (4030) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THANKS to Randy! 65 cl. bottle split by 4 @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Batch 12. Reddish amber, zero head whatsoever no mater how hard you pour, head instantly vanishes. Sweet cherry juice nose with light cheese. Taste is sweet cherry, cherry candy, gelatine candy, light sweet wine, faint spices,…. Body is quite akin to touch thicker juice. Nice but not stellar & the price is crazy. Also how is this not listed as a fruit beer on RB?
Danyel (781) - Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours bright orange with white head. Aroma is very strong Belgian yeast, cherry, fruit, spice. Taste is very winey with good cherry flavor. A bit medicinal but good.
chucklemation (486) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby red with a white foam head that fizzles away quickly. Aroma is mainly cherries along with some Belgian yeast. Flavor is slightly sweet cherries and Belgian yeast. Has plenty of carbonation. My least favorite of the Brainless series so far, but still quite tasty.
monk191 (936) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cherries just do not work with beer. Have yet to have one that we like. Pours a fairly bright red with little head. Smells a bit of cherries and red wine. Lots of cherries in the taste, a bit sour, some lambic in the finish. Couldn't have a whole glass of it. Had on tap at the brewery.