o_Merlin_o (200) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A near perfect beer. Wonderful cherry and apricot aroma, topped off with a creamy off-white head. Absolutely delightful acidic taste all over the tongue, especially on the sides. Pleasant aftertaste. I say ’near perfect’ because of its high carbonation. Expect lots of burps when drinking this awesome brew.
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured into wine glass.
aroma: remember the cherry-dipped ice cream cones at DQ? that’s how this smells, except the cherry is more pronounced. oak/wood comes through, too.
appearance: murky reddish brown. lovely carb bubbles. poor head retention, but ivory and creamy when there.
taste: sweet vanilla and cherry; slightly bitter oak, gives way to soft cherry tart on the end.
palate: fizzy, refreshing. long, smooth finish...
truebluehes (196) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2012 Bottle. Full-bodied well balanced beer. Cherry (obvious) aroma. Very easy to drink. Great citric cherry sour flavor.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 ounce bottle. Opaque red with a low pinkish tan head. Aroma of dark cherries, malt, mildly of hops, and cherry wood. The flavor was similar and strong, very strong. Sweet and tart with dark cherries, hops, yeast, and malt. The malt (and maybe yeast) nicely mellow or smooth out the flavors. Texture is smooth and crisp. The finish is sweet with some tartness and bitterness. Overall there is significant sweetness and tartness in this fruit beer; but after all, it IS a fruit beer. Belgian Red was unique and enjoyable to drink. If the alcohol content was slightly higher, I would have rated a little higher as well (solely a personal preference).
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks justincredible for the bottle. i gotta admit...the aroma is extremely reminiscent of Hawaiian Punch. the fruitiness plus the certain smell that comes off the sparkle and fizz. that said, i loved hawaiian punch as a kid. the flavor however is a whole other story. these are growing to become some of my favorite beers to drink. a tartness that grabs the palate...the sweetness of the cherries balancing the tartness...a sharp carbonation unlike most beers...or at least that wouldnt work in most beers. extremely enjoyable. not something you are going to pair with food (unless maybe dessert) but a beer you can have either on a summer day or as dessert or palate cleanser between all the big beers.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby red pour, thick tan head that diminishes into a very nice sticky lace. Monster cherry flavor with lots of sweetness. Sweet/sour finish. Very good.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kind of a cute beer. I really enjoyed it, a lot. Beer poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is red and clear. White head but really thin, carbonation moderate and of small bubbles. Lacing is really high. Looks good.
Aroma is sweet and tart, smells like cherries.
This is an easy drinking beer. Its sweet and has a good fruit flavor to it. Carbonation sours the beer a little but it just serves to bring out the fruit flavor more. Drinkability high mouthfeel good.
Resampled February 8, 2010:
Beer is poured into a snifter glass. Beer is dark red and hazy. Froms a thin white head that leaves lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.
Aroma is much stronger than I remember, very cherry, almost like cherry candy jolly ranchers.
Lots of carbonation on the tongue, great sour / tartness. I seriously love this beer.
Its less like beer and more like cherry soda.
Serving type: bottle
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It goes really good with homemade apple pie that my girlfriend made AND NONE OF YOU CAN HAVE ANY - I like this better than Founders’ Cerise - its less sweet, more carbonated, and slightly more funky - nice subtle touch of hoppiness. smell is a little funky too. Cherry flavor is delicious - slight sour sweet. Great beer.
bhiner41 (188) - Darien, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just an amazing beer if you like cherry. You can smell the cherries long before you take your first drink. It does have a cough syrup smell but the texture is smooth and the lambic base taste does present itself after you take a drink. Pours red with very small head.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Large head with a dull cloudy bronw red color. Complex flavors of cherry, prunes and slightly sour backbone balance this one of a kind beer out nicely.