MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark red/brown colour. Aroma of cherries/cherry sauce. Quite sweet, slightly acidic. Acidity burns at the back of my throat.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Mr. Facto for this beer!
Pours a beautiful ruby red with a tall pink head that left a lacing on the glass. Smells of tart cherries... subtle, very refreshing. Taste... oh... my... dear... lord... this beer is amazing. Delicious cherry flavor, just a little sweet to attract you and tart enough to be crisp and unbelievably refreshing. The tartness stays with you in the finish. Shared this with three friends and we all were in agreement... this beer is delicious. Drinkability? I could drink this for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, as a late night snack... I could drink this beer anytime. Damn it! The champagne bottle emptied way too fast! This beer makes me want to take a day trip to Wisconsin, just to pick up about 50 of these. Matt, if I ever meet you in person, I’m holding you ransom for a case of this beer.
alchoholica (1) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2004 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! Was the first words I spoke as I poured this beautiful beer into my tall glass. A nice colour and body, the smell reminds me of home-made Cherry pie. And the flavour is just to die for. I’ve always been a fan of Sam Adams Cherry beer, but no more. New Glarus have hands down the best I’ve ever had!
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is marachino cherries, cherry pie filling and crust. This aroma is a desert beer if I’ve ever smelled on. Body is ruby/brown with a nice 1/4 inch cream head. Taste is very nice, cherry pie, nice and tart with some caramel light in the background. Thanks Santa!
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well what can I say, dessert in a bottle and liquid form. I drank this with a friend this weekend, and I did not want to share it. Strong cherry taste, pretty color of soft pink-red. If I did not know better I would never beleive it was a beer. Way to go!!
TheBeerGod (5686) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Courtesy of joeybgood. Pours a hazed magenta. Medium pink head. Nose is strong cherry and spice. Not unlike Quelque Chose. Taste is nice cherry (black cherry and maraschino cherry mix), light spice and some tartness. Strong fruit notes overall. Body is slightly acidic while being fairly dry and tart. Finishes with more strong cherry notes and light spice. Great beer!
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, I’m a bit surprised with this but looking at the top beers in this category (fruit beer) the number 2 and 3 beers are both New Glarus, the #1 being this bad boy. Perhaps this shouldn’t be such a surprise after tasting 2 out of the 3, both being phenomenal. As with the raspberry tart, one of the big defining characteristics of this beer is the absolute authenticity of the fruit. The deScription says over a pound of cherries is in each bottle, and despite earlier skepticism, I believe it now. The beer is intensely fogged, no doubt from all the organic residue. Full aroma of cherry followed with equally intense flavor; Flemish flair - medium tartness keeps the palate interesting but doesn’t really interfere with the flavor (I let this one sit for a year so perhaps it mellowed out a bit though). Something that may be startling out of context is the slight chalkiness in the palate - just a litle residue from the tartness that gives it a slightly chewy aspect, nice and full. A big thanks to my old roomates who managed to bring this one home from LaCrosse, great beer.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Thanksgiving 2005.
Hazy ruby red grapefruit color with a fluffy, non-stick lacing. Aromatics accentuate the fruity nature, drawing out red currant, cherry 7-up, cherry cheesecake, red grapes and mild juniper berries. Sprits of cherry cordials is the first non-"given" flavor to register. Sweetness prevails, curtailing with a mild fruit sourness. Ruby red grapefruit compliments the heap of cherries in the sweetening aspects, not as a souring agent. Encompasing and ripe on the palate, finishing like cherry cheesecake and natural cherry sauce drizzled all over.
Very interesting. Tart. You can tell the real cherries that go into this are carefully selected. Nice hops, wheat senstation too. It’s hard to describe what this beer is like. I brought it to Thanksgiving dinner and it went really well with the turkey.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy dark reddish/brown with decent head. Aroma is sour and tart cherries. Cherries front to back in the flavor with a slighly dry sour finish. Taste like a cherry pie. 4.2 average is not worthy enough but I can see how this beer might be overwhelming to some.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Large head with a dull cloudy bronw red color. Complex flavors of cherry, prunes and slightly sour backbone balance this one of a kind beer out nicely.