mike_77 (4783) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Red with pink foamy head. Aroma of sweet red fruits especially glacé cherries and raspberry jam. Tastes like a liquid Cherry Bakewell. Rather too sweet.
vickey9 (926) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
For me fine! I need tiramisu or malkoff cake! Beutiful stones of fruits in smeell an namely palate. Red, full, thick .... but fruity. A malakoff again! B@H
VDuquerroux (1039) - Airvault, FRANCE - FEB 15, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A dark red scarlett beer with medium beige head ; foamy ; medium retention. Red berries syrup, light alcohol. Medium sweet, round, light warming, light dry acid. Medium body, medium texture, light oily, average carbonation, sweet fruity finish, light dry. Overall, enjoyable red fruity beer ; ok body ; sugary but not too much.
sunstoneale (43) - MOLDOVA - JAN 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0,33l bottle. Pours cherry-red with pinkish rich head. Sour cherry and some malt in aroma. Very thick syrup body. Cherry tart taste, some alcohol and cherry bitterness in the aftertaste. Rather pleasant cherry beer, nothing special but good.
artemb (441) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - OCT 23, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Artificial berry aroma, sour-sweet taste with light alcohol notes.
Artificial and unpleasant.
Alengrin (4076) - BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2015 Expansion of the Gauloise range intended to benefit from the popularity of strong, sweet, red fruit ales in French-speaking Belgium and northern France nowadays. Expectations are low, even more so because I do not have very fond memories of the other Gauloises, being mediocre at best. This one has a thickly cobweb-lacing, pure pale lilac, dense and creamy head and deep, clear, bright fuchsia red colour with vivid fizz. Non-beery aroma of the not-exaggeratedly-sweet strawberry ice cream I remember from when I was a kid (the colour of the head looks exactly the same too), bubblegum, sweet cherry candy, liquorice lace, hints of cake dough, red cough syrup and banana liqueur; only when warming up to room temperature, does a vague impression of caramelly malt sweetishness appear. Very sweet taste, sugary, bubblegum, red candy, cloying, but fortunately there is not too much lemonade-like ascorbic acid this time to make things worse than they are; carbonation is fairly soft, resulting in a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, full, with still a shadow of bready malts underneath, screaming for help as they are buried alive under candyish fruit sweetness but managing to stick up their heads a bit in the end; finish respects this bready malt sweetishness and even allows a trace of earthy hop bitterishness to peep through, but needless to say, the fruit candy sweetness wins in the end; it does, however, refrain from attacking the throat with sugary stickiness, which is a good thing for this particular style, in my view. A dash of warming, ’anonymous’ alcohol is a welcome feature here, as it provides a kind of drought against the sugar sweetness. The end result, after swallowing, is a beer which smells horribly like sweet candy and nothing like beer at all, starts off like sweet candy, but then (unsuccessfully) tries to become increasingly ’beery’ as the liquid proceeds its way through the mouth, leaving an impression of a strong and caramelly Belgian blonde with a lot of alcohol, but of course the candy sweetness persists till the bitter (or rather: lollipop sweet) end, where, I would like to add with emphasis, an unpleasantly wry ’chemicality’ also shows up - like the kind of medicine of which the horribly bitter ’real’ taste is masked with tons of sugar; I am unpleasantly reminded of the cough syrup I had earlier this week. In short: another overly sweet, sugary red fruit ale. I respect the fact that even this kind of ’deviations’ from the "core of beer" have a certain audience and I should look at this in its specific context, but I will always fail to understand why this enjoys so much popularity.
Marduk (5332) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle. Clear red color. Medium size, thick white head, stays. Sweet, raspberry, cherry, alcohol, plum stones in aroma. Sweet, strawberry jam, tons of sugars, plum pulp in taete. Plum flesh in aftertaste ohh and more sugar. So sweet. Too sweet.
FatPhil (12723) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle - thank Marduk!
Red, slightly pink brief head. On pouring, I get apple juice, in the glass it’s just like kasteel rouge, including the artificial sweetener. Tons of cherry, but some raspberry too. Reminds me of the cheap berry fruit juice we used to drink. Taste is initially a bit shocking, cherry, raspberry, red berries, and lots of additional sweetness, but also a sharpness too. Mellows more as you drink it more. In fact it gets yummier and yummier. Full palate, sweet and smooth. Finish sweet and cherry-ey. I end up craving for more.
s_hartshorne (2571) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sarkynorthner3kyorkshiredaytasting. Red good white head. Aroma is cherry nice. Taste is sweet cherrys other red berrys nice tart mouthwatering finish some alcohol warmth. Ok body. V good smell and tasty.
SarkyNorthener (3784) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sarkynorthener 3k Yorkshire day tasting. Bottle thanks to s_hartshorne, cheers Shane. Reddish pink beer with medium pinkish head. Aroma of light cherry drops. Taste is light cherry, a touch of tartness, some sweet sugars and strawberry jam. Very good.