matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BBB63, thanks so very much for sending me this beer in out first trade! What was that, 7 months ago?
Rating # 395
Well smack my ass and call me Sally, this was one of the most delicious dessert beers I have ever had, and my girlfriend says Belgian Red it is now her Favorite beer of all time, but the single 750ml bottle was not enough for her.
Pours with a pale and foggy mahogany and crimson body, then amassing a frothy cloud with a sailors red sky delight behind it. - The aroma is so enticingly delicious that it is almost discussing. Jars of syrupy Maraschino Cherry’s and cinnamon fill the aroma. The use of a caramel malt brings it’s likeness as well as notes of vanilla to the sautéed to caramelized cherries. This beer has the most amazing tart bitter / sweet flavor, and woody oak company make this very much a Flemish Sour, but more of a syrupy sweetness here of a fruit beer. Spices to know end .. cinnamon …clove, sage, and some apple blossoms. Notes of apple ring out beside the cherries, as well as a yeasty, and toasty beady crust similarity. A light, sticky effervescence adjacent to the fresh tart country cheery pie make this a welcome treat for most any special occasion!
I believe it would be a sin to neglect giving a beer of this caliber world class scores- Truly a Delicacy!
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Deep ruby red with a lacey, quickly diminishing off-white head. Cherries in the nose. Strong, sweet cherry flavor with a slight sourness and tickling carbonation. Has a wine/champagne twist to it. An excellent, unique, absolutely delicious beer. The key is that the beer beneath all of the fruit is well-made, creamy, and could probably stand on its own, just like the beer beneath the Raspberry Tart.
jdog76 (85) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An outstanding and unique beer. Doesn't even taste like beer. More like a beer/champaign mix. Nice change excellent taste.
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow...this is quite the brew. A beautiful ruby red color with a nice, red cream head. An explosion of flavor, somewhat tart and magnificently delicious. I'm not at all surprised there was a pound of cherries in this. Wonderful mouthfeel, apperance and flavor. A winner.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A garnet color and explosive fruit aroma and flavor. You can really tell where the pound of cherries went. Not an every day drinker but definitely something special.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2004 (Bottle) Pours a candy pinkish red color with a medium white bubbly head. Had a rich cherry flavor. Big thanks to Dave!
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11/12/03. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, enjoyed in a tasting at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 11/12/03. Whispy white head, edges of light tannish-pink. Opaque, pink amber body. Nice appearance, but that's not the incredible thing about this beer-- the nose is simply one of the best aromas I've ever had the pleasure to smell. If it were socially acceptable, I'd just sit around all night taking this beer in through the nose! Cherry pie. Very rich cherry and some tart cranberry in the nose, but mostly just soft, decadent cherry pie with wonderful strength and warmth. Flavor is tart cherry again, like a pie (someone said McDonald's cherry pie, but I can't be sure since I've never had it-- still, it sounded like a compliment coming from that guy). Flavor is slightly bready, full-on pie giving you a bit of the crust. Finish is very, very smooth but not quite long enough. Fantastic while it's there, but not quite enough to push it over the top. The aroma makes this beer, and everything else is just a pleasureful accompaniment to that outstanding start.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
While I liked this, I never expected such high ratings for it. It was a pinkish amber color with bubbles, white head. Like a sparkling rosé wine. Definite cherry aroma and flavor. Was, to me, like drinking cherry soda. Very good but not spectacular as others seem to think it.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful clear ruby color with a medium white head that slowly fades away. Aroma is purely sour cherries. Excellent mouth feel. Brilliant cherry flavor. Has a slight sourness and finishes quite dry. What a wonderful creation. Thanks to captaincougar for this one.
Nuffield (3713) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 I really like the wax-top style. Beautiful, beautiful appearance, like fruit puree so rich in color and substance. Wonderful aroma...wonderful flavor... I won't belavor the point, except to say that I wish it had been more sour. Oh, it was wonderful. Only I was coming down with the stomach flu...what an awful night I had. Big thanks to Joe K for bringing back a bottle from Wisconsin. (rating 19 Dec 2003: 9-5-7-4-18) // Re-rate 20 Aug 04: 9-5-9-3-17...same score, I guess, but seemingly better than I remembered. Lots of Ludens!