dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally broke down and bought a bottle to share with some friends. Even my wife, who doesn't like cherries enjoyed this brew. The cherry flavor and aroma are not overdone and the carbonation is excellent. The bottle was open for half an hur and every pour was like the bottle was just opened. The background is a belgian beer and the foreground is a freshly opened cherry 7up. One of a kind brew that we will purchase on rare occasions.
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into 2 large wine glasses to share with a friend. Fantastic aroma that overpowers the local vicinity. Ruby red coloring with some nice lacing and a strawberry-cream head. The best way to describe this "beer" is an alcoholic cherry cream soda with a slightly bitter aftertaste. This would be an excellent dessert beer and I thought it was balanced nicely. It was somewhat over-the-top, but it could have turned out terribly if attempted by other brewers. This beer redefines what "beer" can be.
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at several bars in Madison, WI. Not a fruit beer fan, but really loved this stuff. Lots of cherry flavor, a little tartness to balance the sweet,, malty character in the background. Way in the background. Very nice, balanced taste and certainly drinkable.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What can i say that hasnít already been said? The aroma and ruby red color give you a strong hint of what is about to happen but not strong enough! So many cherries from start to finish you wonít even believe it. Itís almost too much... almost. i barely notice the hops and barley and when i think of it i donít necessarily place it in the context of just beer, it is an amazing and unique beverage all around. Great carbonation, the body is just the tiniest bit too thick for me but iím nitpicking to even mention that. The oak and vinuous qualities come through a bit more with age but i prefer the fresh cherry bomb. One of my top 10 beverages everyone has to try.
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW, this is an interesting beer. One pound or door county cherries in every large bottle makes this a unique cherry explosion. Give this one a chance if you can find it.
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours ruby red with a one-finger light head with red highlights. Smell is all cherries, this is going to be good.....on to the drinking:
Tastes incredible with tart cherries and a medium mouthfeel with just the right level of carbonation. Iím going to have to drink this one slowly, a real treat. Putting this in my top 5 beers, would love to have more.
meisterbrauMHB (69) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a really great beer. It starts out with a pleasing cherry aroma, great head, and good clarity. Wonderful cherry taste through and through without being overpowering. Good finish. Savor this with good friends or that one special person. You wont be disappointed.
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colour of coffee with a nice foam which quickly disappears. Very complex aroma of cherry, alcohol, cinnamon and almond. The flavour is very well-balanced with a light domination of sweetness. Spicy, very carbonated. Persistence of spices in the aftertaste. Excellent but just a little bit too carbonation.
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Never had anything like this before. I was given a free glass by the bartender of a local resteurant who knows that I am keen on unique brews. Its sells for $17 a bottle at this place (champagne sized bottle). It does not really taste like a beer or barley wine, or like a wine either. I think its a one-of-a-kind type of brew. The aroma was like a cherry liqour, red-brown color, good carbonation. The taste of cherries was prominant, but without the usual sweetness that one would associate with cherries. Its tough to describe in beer terms because its not really a beer. The 1-year aging is probably a major contributor to the taste. If I had something to celebrate, Id buy it - but $17 a bottle is a bit pricey. It would be nice if they could increase the alchohol content... I dont think there is another "beer" on the planet that costs as much but only brags 5% ABV (I know, alchohol content is not supposed to be a major deal with the ratings - lol).
biermensch (64) - USA - AUG 21, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
After years of passing on this beer, for some reason I picked up a bomber and shared it with family. The Belgian Red quickly became a weekend guilty pleasure. The amazing cherry flavor is big and vibrant, but not cloyingly sweet. Hugely refreshing and drinkable.