mcmisko (356) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy dark pink, little white foam head. Smells nutty and fruity. Taste has a solid malt back bone with some fruit sweetness and nut. It is quite balanced for a fruit beer, and pleasant. Med bodied. Alcohol hidden. clean after taste
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Hazy copper-brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Sweet caramel malts, cherries, almonds, and some bready malts.
T - Sweet caramel and biscuity malts, cherries with a touch of sourness, almonds, some residual sugars.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming finish.
D - Nice fruit beer. Good overall balance and mouthfeel.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Mission Dolores. Pours hazy light red with white head. Aromas of cherries, light tartness, and some sweetness. Flavor was sweet with cherries, a light amount of tartness, and a bit of a nutty note. Light mouthfeel. Interesting.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2015 On tap at Hopnosis 2012. Know mention of what vintage this is, but I have to presume it’s the most recent one. Mostly clear dark red color. Minimal white head. Little lace. Only a medium body, on the light side for 8%. Light smooth carbonation, very drinkable. Almost like a fruit juice, but a but with some fantastic subtle spices as well. Cherry, cranberry, little nutty. Interesting fruit beer, but it’s still just a little too fruity sweet for me, personally. 6/3/6/4/12
Update rate 8/19/15: Sample from a bottle that was found behind the bar open at Ei8ht Ball. Nice almond present, along with the cherry. Hazy amber with a thin off-white head. Leaves some decent bits of lace. Moderate sweet, very light bitter. Solid christmas cherry nutty ale, with a mild belgian nuance. It is what it is, and it works.
Dermi (1042) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maltainen Riekko. 375 ml, bottled. Pours cloudy red with a beige head. Aroma: Cherry, raspberry, bread, vanilla. Rice. Taste: Sweet, mild bitterness. Palate: Medium body, some carbonation. Ok.
DuffMan (8823) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with mmmIPA. Hazy pour, more orange than red, with a lively thick white head that retains beautifully. Aroma is sweet and honeyish, with soft melon fruit. No cherries on the nose. The palate is much the same, sweet honey-kissed malts, lightly spicy, soft melon fruit essence, very lightly tart finish. Again, no cherries. This was quite delicious, and paired perfecty with our cheese plate, but I would never ever guess this was a cherry beer.
zacgillbanks (4028) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. A hazy red brown beer with warming spicy cherry flavours, creamy almond and vanilla notes and a smooth, slight tart finish.
baraciisch (2689) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown in color... Aroma of sour cherries and light malts... Flavor is less complex than I would expect from Mikkeller, slightly tart with notes of almonds on the finish, but not terribly sour... Decent
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Benzai (12222) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Dutchdrebus. Hazy red color, lightly creamy off-white to slightly beige head that diminishes after a short while. Smell malts, sugar, sweetness. Taste malts, some sweetness, red fruits like cherries. Doesn’t taste like 8% ABV at all.
DutchDrebus (5434) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ benzai thx to myself. Very hazy red colour with a small creamy white head. Smells sweet, some hops, some iron.. Not a lot of smell. Tastes malty, sweet, red fruits but also quite a lot of iron. I don’t like iron in the taste. Medium body, soft, fitting carbo.