CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge tart cherry aroma stemming from the dark red body. Pours with a short-lived white fizzy head. Sweet and sour together dominate the oily, somewhat fizzy palate. Hints of oak in the finish. very little hop character, but that makes it true to its style. Overall smooth, malty, and blossoming with cherries.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like this beer. It was the most different brew that I’ve ever had. Very strong cherry taste and aroma. Hints of malt and not a trace of hops. Great brew to have at the end of an evening,with or in lieu of a desert.
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cherry red color. Well, pretty much like a cherry ginger ale. It’s really more sweet than tart or sour, which makes it much more easy to drink. Some more dark notes to balance out the cherries would be nice. However, it is a hugely flavorfull beer.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 My original rating of 3.1 is far too harsh. After additional samplings of this tasty, tasy beer, I've decided to up my rating of it. Sure there's a ton of fruit, but there's a ton of fruit in many of the beers in this style. This is just so good, I can't be so harsh. It's wrong. Wow. What to say about this beer? Well, a nice red-brown color with almost no head. My initial thought when smelling the beer was of cherry fruittape. Sort of like fruit roll-ups, but made with real fruit. The "health" food alternative. Someone also said to me cherry koolaid powder, no water. Either way, cherries like a kick in the crotch. The mouthfeel is superb. Wonderful sour cherry flavor. Tart and lovely. My only question, and maybe the reason its kind of rated lower for me, is: Why is this a Flanders Red Ale and not a fruit beer? New Glarus Belgian Red is to Flanders Red Ale as Kalamazoo Bell's Cherry Stout is to Stout/Sweet Stout. If this was a fruit beer, or I was convinced otherwise, this beer would be a 4.5+, but as it stands...
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brownish red hue. Strong aroma of cherries. Nice carbonation, velvety mouthfeel. Tons of cherries, tart, sweet and enjoyable. More of a woodyness appears when the beer warms. Very delicious.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle GABF 02: IMHO the second best beer at GABF 02. Huge cherry aroma, syrupy mouthfeel, orange red color. Ends acidic and sour. Very tart and screams cherries the entire time and for several minutes after you are done. I had at least 5 samples of this one.
Velveeta99 (13) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A little too cherry-ish for me, although I can see the quality that went into this brew. Nice. I hear the brewery has a nice tour worth taking. Somewhat tart and a scary color.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I figured that I’d really like this stuff, since I love Door County cherries, I get some every summer. This stuff is the color of fresh cherry juice, amply carbonated, with a pinkish, champagne-y head. Pure, unadulterated cherry essence, both in smell and taste. There’s a delicate cinnamon flavor behind all that fruit, mixed in with hints of graham cracker. The quality of the ingredients and the brewing skill here is evident. This is how all fruit beers should be done. I’d like like a little more of the base malt to poke through, cause the wave of cherry sweetness can get a little overwhelming, especially at the end of the bottle. This would be great with black forest chocolate cake.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2002: Awseome tart cherry aroma, smells like a fresh cherry pie! Reddish-ornage colour with a pink head. Nice cherry flavour without being too sweet. Very nice!!
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex nose of cherries & cinnamon. Beautiful fruity flavor. A great thirst quencher