Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a reddish brown with a large lasting head. Very carbonated apparently. Aroma is of boysenberry soda/wine cooler, a little dusty, slightly creamy. Flavor is very creamy, with huge cherry flavor, a little malt. No, this isn’t a wine cooler; that is apparent now. Like raspberry-vanilla sherbet meets pale ale. One of the most unique things I’ve ever tasted. Very sweet, note. Medium viscosity and carbonation. Overall, very good minus.
dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Stfun! I was very excited to try this and had pretty high hopes. Pours a reddish light brown with tan head, decent retention and lacing. Aroma slaps you in the face with cherries, tart and dried, and you really need to dig to find some toasted malt and some spices. Flavor is almost overwhelming of cherries, sweetness, and sourness. I tasted this next to Founders Cerise and honestly had difficulty differentiating between the two. This is definitely not my type of beer. It tasted like I was drinking some cherry wine and not a beer. I wanted beer with some nice strong hints of cherry. It didn’t deliver.
joeneugs (2777) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish purple/pink with a pink head. The aroma is super fruity with mostly cherries, cranberries and such. The flavor is full on canned cherry pie filling. Sweet and sour with maybe a touch of oak. Very full bodied, almost syrupy. This would go well with certain meals, but I guess I just don’t get this beer. Definitely unique.
Fratto (2504) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 Bottle from Cavie. Pours a pretty Kool-Aid red with a slightly pink head. Smells like a Hall’s sore throat candy with a Fruit Roll-up. Oh, shit. It’s way too tart. The cherry is extremely strong. It’s great, but holy hell, it’s making my stomach rumble.
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy ruby pour with a thick creamy khaki head with a hint of pink. Strong sweet cherry aroma. Difficult to detect anything else. Very strong flavor of sweet cherry juice with a tart mouth puckering finish. Creamy small bubble high carbonation level. Very intense ... definitely something you need to be ready for. I’m not a huge fan of fruit beer but I can certainly appreciate this one and see why it a consistent winner.
Lukaduke (1669) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich muddled ruby color with a finger or two of off white foam. Aromas are sweet cherry pie, touch of malt. On the palate this beer is sweet. Great cherry flavor with hints of toasted malts in the finish but its hard to get over the sweetness. Its not bad in fact I enjoyed the first 6-8oz’s tremendously as the cherry varietal is delicious but after that I just wanted to pour it over some ice cream like a framboise
brystmar (1074) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apples and cherries galore. A bit sweet, slightly medicinal amidst the distinctly New Glarus yeast strain.
Pretty good, but I've had bottles that are much better. Bottle variation-- :(
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Re-Rate 11/27/2004 Murky reddish body. Lasting pink head. The aroma is massive cherry. Revisiting this beer think that my initial exhuberence was a bit high. The flavor is totally cherry some light wheaty malt, but mainly cherry. I want to like it but it somehow does not mesh. It is too disjoint for me. The flavors are good but the sum is less than the parts.
Old Rating 8/4/8/3/17 - 4.0 Very nice red body with a lovely, creamy, rocky, red hued head that clings to the glass in great sheets. The aroma of cherries is evident the minute the cap is popped. The flavor is extraordinary, cherries are dominatn at first then a new level of complexity opens up as sweet malt and even some hops. The body is medium and quite lively with a very strong cherry aftertaste that manages to not where out its welcome or become cloying. A very unique and very good beer.
MiP (12987) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark red/brown colour. Aroma of cherries/cherry sauce. Quite sweet, slightly acidic. Acidity burns at the back of my throat.
sunevdj (3019) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Many thanks to MIBRomeo, my "secret" Santa for this special brew. Pours a slightly hazy red with a pinkish/yellow head. Very loaded with cherry flavors. Medium sourness with a lower sweetness. Strong and quite peppery. High carbonation. Winey. Sour, bitter cherry-finish. This beer tastes like a mix of cold cherry sauce and cherry wine. Certainly a special and well made beer but why this figures on the top 50 list is beyond me.