slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Jelly-donut aroma, which works a bit moreso with cherries than the raspberry tart. Copper colored, not bright red. Sour and sweet notes play against each other, but at times make it a bit reminiscent of a sour cherry candy, which is a bit offputting.
deyholla (9936) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured with an amber hue and a thick white head. Aroma was full of cherries, particularly tart, with a bit of alcohol like aroma. The aroma reminded me of cough syrup. Flavor began with sweet cherries but grew in tartness through out.
kappldav123 (5830) - GERMANY - SEP 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
LCRBM 2009. The bottle looks simple, but good. The beer in the glass is red-brown, modest turbid, small head. Chewing-gum aroma. Starts very sweet and fruity like melon. Finish modest sourish-bitter, still very fruity. Very sweet aftertaste. Unusual, but good!
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2012 Re-rate 5/10/12: Draught sample at Sour & Bitter. A lot of sweet cherries, slightly candy-ish, and just very light tartness. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8
[9/5/09] Bottle sample during LCRBM at Kulminator in Antwerp. Dark murky red-brown. Aroma of sweet cherries, sugar and some marzipan notes. Sweet cherries flavor with oak, some malt, caramel, other dark fruits notes and some candies. Medium to full body. Silky. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8
Macegan75 (812) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle which we drank at the UJs bottle share. (thanks Tom). Pours cloudy brown with little head and lacing. Nose strong with cherry, first sip is stong with brown malt but cherry Luden Cough Drop flavor is strong.. Sour Cherries and tartness permeate nicely. Finish is still sweet with cherries and slightly oaky flavor but not over powering.
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.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours crimson-purple with a very small off white head. Sweet cherry aroma with hints of vanilla and soft oak. Very fruity flavor, a pleasant sweet cherry that finishes with a subtle bitterness. Dry texture with soft carbonation. The phrase ’too much of a good thing’ comes to mind as I found this a little too sweet for my palate. Still very good though.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big cherry aroma. Flavor is maraschino cherries, just a little tart to keep it from being overly sweet. A little oak and a little malt, but really a very simple flavor profile. Tasty.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sealed with red wax, bottle. Poured deep red with a nice lacing white head, smelled of all cherries. Taste is all cherries as well with a thick mouthfeel, overall a very heavy beer but balanced fairly well. One of the better fruit beers for sure!
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2012 Side-by-side comparison of a 750ml bottle from 2010 picked up at the Historic Casanova Liquors in Hudson, WI and a 750ml bottle from 2012 picked up last week at Sadhana Wine Shop in Madison, WI. Both pour a deep ruby, red-amber colored body with an inch thick, frothy, pink tinted beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. The 2012 is clear whereas the 2010 is cloudy. The 2012 aroma is bright and fresh, sweet cherries with barely a hint of oak and a light tartness. A bit of a syrupy sweetness. The 2010 isn’t as bright and fresh, but the cherries really grow rich and more abundant because the slight oak disappears and the tartness gets just a tad funky and blends really nicely with the aged cherries. The flavors are similar. The 2012 has lots of sweet, fresh cherries with a nice tartness up front. Cherries get sweet and rich in the middle before a light oak comes in at the end with just a slight syrupy sweetness as it finishes clean, somewhat tart and dry, and full of sweet cherries. The 2010 has a bit less of a tartness up front, but its still there alongside plenty of sweet, rich cherries. The cherries aren’t quite as fresh and lively as the fresher bottle, but really give off a rich, cherry pie filling flavor that I really like. The tartness comes on nicely in the finish as well as plenty of sweet and rich cherries and a light funk as this ends clean, slightly tart and dry. Both leave lengthy aftertastes with plenty of rich and sweet cherries alongside a light tartness. Overall, a straightforward, but really enjoyable fruit beer. Plenty of rich and sweet cherries with a light tartness. The fresher bottle displays a slight oakiness and is much brighter, but the two-year-old bottle really accentuates the richness of the cherries nicely and gives off just a slight funk. Both of them are very similar, but their slight differences are appreciated. Great beer (8,4,8,4,14). Original Rating: (2/28/2010) 750ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear, deep ruby red body with a good amount of rising carbonation. Thin, pinkish-beige colored head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is sweet, rich cherries with a light tartness. Some other overripe fruits and oak. Flavor is similar. Lots of rich, sweet cherries with a light, tolerable tartness. A touch of oak, overripe fruits, a bit of cherry pie syrup. Finishes easy, smooth, and somewhat crisp with a hint of cloying sweetness and acidity. Medium length aftertaste after a medium, smooth body with a soft, fizzy carbonation. Overall, a nice fruit beer. Fairly sweet and cherry dominated while not being too sour. Maybe a bit one dimensional, but easy drinking and tasty, especially at only 5.1% (7,4,7,4,16=3.8).