beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It's like someone baked a cherry pie but instead of adding bags of sugar they added subtle touches of tart vinegar. Rich ruby reddish brown colour with a thin off-white head. Aromas of cherry are expected, but so too are there some spices and maltiness. Flavour dances across all sections of your tongue tantalizing and assaulting each taste bud as it goes. Not an overpowering assault though - more like an ongoing lingering and very welcome attack. Finishes long and mildly tart. If anythig the lack of acidity or edge is the only drawback. Not as sour as I would like in a sour ale, but still a fantastic beer. Much thanks to joeybgood for this one.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Foggy and dark ruby-red. Sweet, maraschino cherry nose. Soft, mildly carbonated, and sugary texture. I smelled cherries, but I tasted dried apricots all over the place, lingering long in the cheeks. Sweet malts (cake) and a very, very mild bitterness. Hint of tartness ... and even a touch of a cinnamon-like aroma. Overall, somewhat reminiscent of Transatlantique, but New Glarus is sweeter and heavier. Other than being just a little too sweet, it's a really fine beer.
jzzbassman (1557) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My first perfect score!! Maybe it was the amout of work I had to go through to get it, but it met every expectation. I was loathe to share this one, and now I'm jonesing for getting my next one.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 Woh! Impressive appearance. Muddy reddish brown with pink hints, but most of all: a monstruous cloud (darker than the rest of the pour) stalls scarily in suspension in my glass. Superior head, white, very sticky and foamy. Stellar visual. I’ll be damned if this doesn’t smell quite as good as the raspberry tart, of course both are very similar besides being made from distinct fruits. Pure cherry pie made of pure fresh cherries. Moreover, this is a children’s puree, cherry flavoured, this stuff used to be good, admit it, we had some all over our clothes when we used to eat the stuff. Decadent dessert material, fresh, lovely, crisp, sweet, superb focus, chocolatey, caramelic.
Barry: "Oh my god, oh my god"
Martin: "I’m gonna try and find some defaults for you"
Well this is very sweet, but damn, one can’t help but enjoy it and in fact, anyone who hates beer would love it. Just decadent pie flavor with restrained oakiness. My only complaint (severe judging) is that the acidity could be more pronounced as this is extremely sweet. It tasted like it was baked.. spicy with vanilla notes. And a "wow" creamy velvety body with a surprisingly above average carbonation, biting actually. Legendary beer from the world’s best non-lambic fruit flavored beers brewer hands down. Thanks again Nexxus.
jgb9348 (5463) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy burgundy/amber colour with a thin pinkish tan head. Aroma of cherries, raspberries, caster sugar, tart strawberries and a light vinegary twang. Full-bodied; Sour cherry flavour, not too tart, but plentiful sweet cherry qualities. A bit of spicey hints, but mostly sour perfectly balanced with sweetness. Aftertaste has a great mouthful-cherries and some caramel/brown sugar tastes. Overall, VERY happy to try this beer. It had a great mix of sweet and sour flavours, MANY thanks to Tom (CaptainCougar) for this trade way back in September 2003. I was VERY happy with Beer #1000!
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pours reddish caramel with a pinkish hued milky head. Definate cherry in the nose, hints of graham cracker. Smells like a damn cherry pie! Tart cherries up front, light oak blends in at the middle, finishing with a smooth sourness. Some slight smokiness. Yeah, this is tasty! Good mouthfeel, full bodied, with a dry finish. Clean, crisp, and very flavorful. I'd have this one again for sure! Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade!
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 The belgian red pours a great red color with tan undertones. The aroma is cherries-real cherries, not the cherry robotussin you get out of a lot of these beers. The flavor is full of tangy sour cherries backed up with a nice, light malt body. The finish is dry and just a touch tart. Excellent beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Re-Rate 11/27/2004 Murky reddish body. Lasting pink head. The aroma is massive cherry. Revisiting this beer think that my initial exhuberence was a bit high. The flavor is totally cherry some light wheaty malt, but mainly cherry. I want to like it but it somehow does not mesh. It is too disjoint for me. The flavors are good but the sum is less than the parts.
Old Rating 8/4/8/3/17 - 4.0 Very nice red body with a lovely, creamy, rocky, red hued head that clings to the glass in great sheets. The aroma of cherries is evident the minute the cap is popped. The flavor is extraordinary, cherries are dominatn at first then a new level of complexity opens up as sweet malt and even some hops. The body is medium and quite lively with a very strong cherry aftertaste that manages to not where out its welcome or become cloying. A very unique and very good beer.
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I've been wanting to try this stuff for a year; and thanks to a buddy who brought it over the border I finally got to try this.
Poured a cloudy amber with an almost red-orange hue. Very small head which dissappated repidly and no lacing.
Aroma was totally cherries. Definitely doesn't taste like beer. More like a champaign. The flavor was similar to what you might expect from a belgian white with lots of cherries tossed in. Reminded me of a tart cherry pie with good carbonation.
Not for an everyday beer, but for dessert on special occasions this would be a good choice.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Although not a Flemish sour in the traditional sense, this ber is outstanding. An amazing white with pink hued head and a light red/almost fuscia color lead to a cherry explosion on the first sip. Very fine champaign like bubble lend a tingle to the exerience. The cherry flavor is reminiscent of picking up a fresh cherry cider on a side road fruit stand in Door County or Traverse City MI