fraternie (880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2003 Strong cherry aroma. Overwhelming cherry malt flavor, and little notes sourness add to its complexity. Tart finish seems well balanced. Not as complex a malt as I would have liked as the cherry flavor is quite powerful and tends to dominate, but overall a very refreshing sour ale.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 This was definitely the wildest and most interesting drink of the entire Belgian Beer Fest. Simply entrancing that something so dull looking could turn into a marvelous spectacle in the mouth. It pours a deep ruby red with a lucious thin red head...nice cloudy amber appearance. The aroma is total cherries! Cherry pie, cherry soda, cherry everthing. The taste dances around the wildest creations known to man!!! Apple tart, Cherry pie, cherry coke, sour, sweet, lambicy....crap...im getting dizzy just writing about this delectable creation. Perfectly carbonation and tongue tickling...right in the middle with the cherries and on the sides with the tart...wow!...Someone get me more now!!!!
RERATE 02/19/05....merciful cripes this beer is good..perfect blend of tarts and sours...cherry and beer blended perfectly...take my review above and magnify it mightily
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One dimensional but simply delicious. Sweet and lip-smacking good. Heavy cherry aromas set the tone for a great experience. Wish we could get this California outside of Festivals.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lest I go into a long discussion of my childhood love affair with cherries, I will just say that I was so impressed with this that it defies words perhaps...I can taste the cherries as they grow, from the really sour phase to the just right...to the sweetness that comes when the cherries are mixed with sugar and baked in a yeasty dough. Beautiful color and just very fresh tasting, love the fact that local products are used. I'd love to serve this for guests at a party sometime.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2003 This was one amazing beer. I spun the wheel of beer and scored this beaut twice at the Pizza Port Belgian fest. A beautiful red color graced my presence. Had an aroma of sweet cherries. Tasted like a liquid equivalent to a sour cherry ball. An amazing tasting brew.
sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy red.Small off white head that lingers as a small ring around the edge of the glass.Some laceing to enjoy also.Nose of sweet cherries and a little earthiness.Med/thin body. Some sourness. Tasting cherries(of course!)But also some cinnamonny spiceyness.Dry finish.OK beer, was expecting more, i guess.
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Score is high due to intense enjoyment. For me, this beer is simple but delicious. Poured a hazy strawberry red with a thick reddish-white head that subsided to a thin layer. Aroma of sour cherries and sweetness. Flavor dominated by sour cherries, sweetness, and followed by a fizzy tartness. The sourness, cherries, tartness, acidity, and lively carbonation are very well balanced. I didn't detect the malt or wheat, but as I view this as a tasty fruit beer, I rate it accordingly.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I can't figure this one out, maybe because I'm a stark raving novice to the style. I get the cherry thing - it's pretty explosive and very good, far from the cheap artificiality of so many fruit beers. I even get some honestly spicy hops. But my humble beer buds quest for more and lurking in the murk behind the cherry and sparkle find barely enough malt to keep me interested. Should I not be searching for a malt backbone? Do I care? I think the stuff is gorgeous, but not enough of the good nuttier, spicier, and just downright earthier flavors rise through to make it a world class quaffer for me. The malt has been yeast squeezed to yield up its sour breath in harmony to cherry pucker, and what is left, good stuff mind you, whimpers a little limply in the background.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2003 Sampled at 56.3 degrees..a beautiful cloudy orangish red..like mixing orange & cranberry juices..it sang in its lovely glair...the head started pink and semi-thick but settled considerably..The aroma really traveled as i was able to catch whiffs of fresh baked cherry pie from a few feet away..some cinnamon and maybe a little tartness came through too..the flavor of this beer caught me so off guard..it had super-strong authentic cherries..at first sip, the puckering sourness made the sides of my cheeks tingle, my eyes scringe, and my lips resemble a huge smile..the sweetness is there and strong yet not at all cloying and in perfect balance with the sour cherries..This is much sweeter than most if not all flemish sour ales..and after a few sips, the sourness is almost completely unnoticeable...and I'm not sure that it really fits into that category at all...but a "fruit beer" categorization would not do this beer any justice..oh that cherry pie filling taste is so real..its crazy..by far the most authentic cherry taste I've ever experienced in any beer...I think the only fault is the low alcohol level here...if it had an alcohol warming effect to it, it would be close to perfect.
aracauna (3179) - Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy medium red w/ ok head. Aroma is big fruity cherry and floury wheat. Big juicy cherry up front, tart finish. Very active carbonation tingles the tongue and complements the cherry acidity nicely.