FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Deep crimson, cherry oak color. About average sized bubbly head that is a mix of off-white and red. Disappears pretty fast, but leaves a good lacing.
S - Lots of cherry smell, both sweet and tart. Sometimes it smells more like a cherry/cranberry juice and other times more like a cherry candy or Kool-Aid. I keep smelling to try to find more smells, and keep getting a very faint background that seems to have the brown ale smells, but this is quite faint and always gives way to the cherry.
T - Tart cherry kick to start off the sip. This then mellows out into a sweeter cherry taste that accompanies the brown ale malts. Along with that finish is an earthy kind of taste with a bit of wood taste and a whisper of vanilla (less than what usually will accompany a woody tasting beer). Throughout the sip, there is a faint, but steady, sourness as well as a vinous taste. Different levels of sweet, sour and tart at different times. Alcohol is very well hidden.
M - Medium body with slightly above carbonation. Good amount of sweet stickiness to the beer.
D - Depends on how much you like cherries, and how much you like some sweetness in the beer. The sweetness and stickiness hurt drinkability a bit, and I probably wouldn’t want another in a night. However, I would want to drink it again if I was craving something cherry and slightly sweet.
Notes: Lots of cherry flavor. I think it would make a good dessert beer (like their Brune). Slightly sweet, but nothing like the overly sweet lambics, and it has enough tart and sour flavors to give it more of a balance and more than one dimension. Seems somewhere between a sweet lambic and a Flemish Red. Good for a sweet and sour/tart cherry kick.
Syzzer (590) - Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2012
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I drank this under the name "Kasteel 8 Rouge". The nose and taste are of cherry cough syrup. Trying to block this perception, I tried to appreciate the cherry juice, but it is too overwhelming. The head is weak, but lingers around the edge of the glass- the head is a reddis-tan. The color of the beer is a red cherry cola. The yeast and malts of belgian.
gschrade (590) - Collinsville, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this at Global Brew. It reminds me of cherry juice, very good. I would drink this again.
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Bricks (589) - Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bar-none, probably the best smelling beer I’ve ever experienced, smelled and looked like melted Ludens Cough Drops. Though, that did not make for an especially pleasant beer -- seemed artificial.
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yummy and delicious rival to Lindemans Kriek Lambic. Mainly fermented cherries, but also with the love of the some malt. Mainly cherries though. Quite delicious and wonderful.
stangger (583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at iron abbey. Medium brown pour. Funky, lightly cherry aroma. Fruity, cherry, very oily, sticky. Minimal carbonation, no lacing. Nice sour finish. Not lindeman’s but good.
angelkostvo (579) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark purple color with pink head. Aroma of cherries, nuts, lactose. Taste is as the aroma - amazing, you cannot tell that it has 8 procents of alcohol. May be the best fruit beer I had.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red; light pink head. Strong aroma of cherry, cough syrup? Flavor - lots of cherry, a bowl of cherries. Medium body, carbonation. Not bad. For a cherry beer, I would rather it be lighter and with more cherries, or the stronger oaked route. This is sort of stuck in between. A little lacking in drinkability.
MarkSachon (574) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My friend Barry brought a few to Lenny’s Memorial Day picnic and I was very pleased to have my first taste of this delicious cherry bomb. A fully satisfying and very tasty offering.
ectuohy27 (570) - ESTONIA - JUN 2, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy crap, this is the mother lode of beers. 8% abv , rich, velvety, layered. Outstanding aroma of sour cherry--is this a vishnya beer or just chereshnya with souring yeast?--its appearance is a shimmering miasma of ruby and onyx. Oh and did I mention it tastes freakin’ outstanding? -0.2 for perhaps a bit more complexity, and for giving me (and other brewers) something to aspire to. On the TDL--this against Lindemans Kriek. (riverside, high bridge, hunterdon; $7.99ish ++)