JorisPPattyn (7717) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2010 Little head left, over amber-red beer. Fruity, syrupy nose, like an (older), slightly ripened sweet Liefmans kriek. Sour-sweet taste, with fruity sourness, definitely cherries, but somehow not 100% naturally tasting. In the finish, clear cherry syrup, or laid-up sugared cherries. Palate is too syrupy to be fully enjoyable as a fruitbeer, medium bodied. Despite the harsh words above, it is still better than remembered from the first encounter, now +/- 15 years ago - then it was a kind of BelleVue Kriek experience.
New try @ Kulminator. Similar to above, but this time unnatural flavour is more definable: cherrystones with loads of C=-N components, lending it a weird marzipan nose. Less in the flavour, as there is a real tartness, but again this almondy streak, that puts me off. Both sticky and tart, weird combination. Iíll probably never really like it. Thanks to Dirk for sharing!
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 This genuine, thick cherry pie filling is laced with an elegant but never overpowering spicy sourness...The authenticity of its sweetness will make you feel the cherry skins as you devour its stellar heartiness...Also ideal as a dessert with black forest cake or as a coulis on your favorite game steak...
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#900.......A big thank you to JPDIPSO for this one. First of all, let me get this over with and state that I preferred the Raspberry Tart ever so slightly to this one, but this one kicks ass also (I gave the RT a 4.7, this one gets a 4.6). New Glarus beers absolutely rule. This one poured ruby red with a big, fluffy, pink head. Aroma of big cherries, slight hops and malt. Tastes incredible, with a great cherry flavor backed up by a solid malt backbone and some great layered finishing hops and tartness. Finishes medium bodied, slightly tart. The hand-poured wax on the bottle is a nice touch, also. This beer just screams quality, complexity, and balance. It isnít some gimmicky crap, either. As it warmed, the flavor profile became even more complex, with noticable malt, hops, of course the cherries. Iíll take this, and the raspberry tart, over any wine any day of the week, hands down.
gnoff (7465) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2012 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 10/9/2006
Look is very shady murky brown like mud almost. Tan head. Sweet cherry scent, some bitter almond. Sweet and still very sour taste. Sour aftertaste. Very low bitterness. Feels like a non-alcoholic cherry soft drink. Taste a bit like cherry-coke.
Bottle 1 pt 9 fl oz, thanks to rhialistic! On Saturday October 13
Hazy copper color, tan head. Cherry pips, raspberry, fruity scent, wonderful. Sweet, fruity, berry taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 July 2007. Bottle. Rich ruby coloured body no head by the time it got to me but I will give it the benefit of the doubt based on past experience. Massive aroma of sweet cherries with a tiny note of cherry pits. Yowza! Complex cherry flavour are sweet then tart with just the vaguest hint of sourness. If I liked cherries more this would be a 10/10. Smooth palate is just a touch light but is perfectly appropriate for this beer. Aroma still fills the glass with just a drop left - amazing. Must... re-try... raspberry tart. +/3+/8-9/3+/16-18 - 4.4
<P>June 5 2004 Tiggmtlís post-Mondiale: Bright ruby red, and nice off white head, less of the dregs of the bottle than the previous sample. Big cherry aroma with ever so slight cough syrup medicinal notes. Complex flavour profile, with multiple levels, tart around the edges of a big sweet cherry foundation. 8/4/8/3/17 - 4.0 <P>
April 2004 - Nice aromatics of sour cherries is my first impression. Flavour of sour cherries is dominant over a bit of malt and a sweet foundation. Amazing palate for this type of beer. Small sample courtesy of NorthYorkSammy. 8/4/8/4/16 - 4.0
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, vibrant red colour. Very distinctive marzipan aroma. It took me while to decide whether I liked that (as I canít stand marzipan). In the end I decided that I did - just. Fizzy cherryade character with some sour edges. Definite sweet tinges. Good mouthfeel. Quite nice. Bottled at the London Joet gathering.
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample courtesy of a travelling fellow beer lover. This brew pours a lustrous brownish, purplish red with a medium thick and fizzy beige head that dissipates steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet cherries blended with other tart fruit, sweet spice, and wheat. Medium-bodied with a complex fruit character of fresh cherries and strawberries along with spices and malts. Light wheat and yeast undertones at times. The finish is richly fruity and tart and leaves a lingering cherry aftertaste. Quite simply the best Fruit beer I have had.
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at home.
Harry gave me this bottle a couple of years ago. Iíve been struggling not to drink it ever since. Iím so glad I waited. This is utterly superb. The aroma has probably a little more raspberry than cherry but my god itís glorious. Faint vanilla and angel cake too. Flavour, shit the bed, this is truly outstanding. It really does not drink like a beer. So much sweet, freshly picked glacť cherries and so much adorable marzipan. Effortlessly drinkable. Very sweet but with a delicate but oh so refined sour / tart finish. Iíve had this before and found it a little over the top sweet but with some age on it, itís truly world class. So much finesse and poise. So much lip smacking flavour. This really is top drawer. I have half a glass left. Sod the notes, you know Iím loving this one. Iím off to spend some (all too brief) special time with what I have left. Isnít that the story of our life fellas?
jtclockwork (7114) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Rando7. Pours a dark red with strawberry head. Nose is Ludenís Cherry cough drops, cherries and cream. Taste is pure cherry bliss. Nice full mouth feel. Absolutely delicious.