PhillyBeer2112 (2603) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2002: Well, I was underwhelmed by this one, despite its favoring. Strong maraschino cherry aroma and flavor. Sweet and nice, and fairly well balanced.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my 100th...YEA!!! Smells like Cherries...go figure. Not the best pure beer I have ever had, but one of the best drinks I have ever had, bar none!
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What an interesting and difficult to describe beer. A beautiful ruby colored beer with decent head. The aroma is CHERRIES! Whoa i knew it was a fruit beer but i didnít expect this. The flavor is intensely cherry but just when it starts to become too much a blast of sour cuts in and adds a depth of complexity to the beer. Donít think i could drink this everyday but it would be nice every now and again. I would like to age a bottle for awhile. I think i will....
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big Cherry Blast!!!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2003 Probably year old bottle.Hazy,dark cherry with a frothy,milky white,head.Great retintion and lacework.Aroma of cherries covered in sugar,slight woodiness.Palate is spritzy,properly thick,with a slight acidic tingle.Not as cold as usually drink this,tasting some cereal,flavor.Very hard to tell with all the cherry.Cherry pretty much dominates the tounge.Cherry skin like acidity toward finish is not overpowering.Finish has a hard to describe flavor,right now.Tastes earthy,dirty besides the obvious cherry lingering.As it warmed,the finish was smooth,nutty,with only slight cherry.Even though rating not to enthustiastic,one of my favorites.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2003 Rerate - Reddish brown color, hazy. Small to no head. Aroma is cherry and malt. WOW.. AND I DO MEAN WOW!! I had this beer several years ago, and while I had no notes on it. It tastes exactly the way I remembered it. Medium bodied. Intense cherry flavor, sweet, sour and tart. There is some malt sweetness as well as hop spiciness as well. Complex and intense flavors. Extremely smooth. Not very beer like, closest style might be a lambic?? But, who cares it tastes amazing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is clean and sweet. World class beer.
-------& this beer at the Oregon Brewers Festival several years ago. No notes on it, but I do remember it as one of the best beers I have ever tasted.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is a brownish kriek with significant head retention.The first thing that hits your nose is a candyish cherry armoma. Then you taste candy flavour right at the beginning. A sour sensation takes over and then the sweetness of the cherry comes through with the cleaner cherry flavour along with it. The beer finally leaves you with earthy cereal and almond flavours and a lingering sourness. It is very complex and quite unique.
MrDick (351) - 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 (934) - 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