MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A pound of cherries in every bottle makes this beer taste like a cherry pie fresh from the oven. Strong flavor yet not too sweet. a remarkable beer.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little bit odd. I was expecting something kriek like, and thatís not really whatís going on here--not really sour at all--nor is it really like the Flanders red Iíve had--to much cherry. That having been said, itís a decent beer on its own merits--strong bing cherry flavor dominates, though itís not too sweet at all and finishes with a decent bitterness.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2004 Pours murky brownish red, with a thin but lasting head. Aroma is incredibly intense authentic cherry with some estery fruitiness showing through. Flavor is dominated by tart cherries, huge malts are hard to notice unless you plug your nose while sipping (seriously!). Dominant fruit and lack of classicly stylish qualities cause some to rate this lower (too much cherry! not enough beer!). This is carefully, painstakingly, no-expense-spared, finely crafted stuff and I'm lucky to have easy access to it.
Lush montmorency tart
And sweet cherry pie
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
interesting bright red color, sweet instead of sour cherry aroma, no sediment, nutmeg, woodyness, medium carbonation and light medium body, would this be good mulled?
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 16, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this is an amazing beer. Cloudy ruby red. No sediment in the bottle. Effervescent with a nice head. The label says over a pound of cherries in every bottle and I think this might be an understatement. Cherries permeate the aroma and flavor of this beer, although itís far from one-dimensional. Nutmeg aroma and flavor. Some cinnamon. A little vanilla. Sweet. A little tartness. Very full bodied. This is a beer that I tasted with high expectations and I was not let down. One of my new favorites.
Jayb0 (959) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a fabulous beer. Reflects the region it is made as well as being a wonderful example of the style. Easily compares to any of the belgian krieks Iíve had. Wonderful after dinner.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow. A friend bought this as a drink to share to celebrate with. And what a drink. Color is a very dark red. A little too much carbonation, but thats the only real problem with it. Nice and sweet, very noticeable cherry flavor. Also the smoothest drink Iíve ever had. íLike drinking silkí is the closest I can come to describing the feel in my mouth. And the most heavenly aftertaste Iíve ever had. Puts to shame any beer Iíve had before, as well as many wines.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2003 750 ml bottle, capped coated with red wax, pours a deep reddish brown in color that has a big head that doesn't last, sweet, fruity cherry aroma with a sweet and lightly sour taste of cherries, very carbonated on the tongue, finishes clean and fruity.
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a unique experiment in North America, so far as I know. It is reputedly íspontaneously fermentedí--outside Belgium, I know of no others. This beer takes its flavor from the cherries the brewery uses, which are sweeter and darker than those used in Belgian krieks. The balance of this beer is between the sweetness of those cherries and the sour yeast note. It is perhaps more sweet and less sour than I would prefer, but if itís spontaneously fermented, the sour note wouldnít be adjustable. A remarkable accomplishment.
ekarmst (44) - Ames, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great beer. Cherries everywhere. Maybe not quite to traditional style as it could be, but it is a awesome beer.