JeffroDH (18) - - DEC 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A light, bubbly, ruby red pour. Aroma smells strongly of tart cherry, a bit monochromatic. That quality permeates the entire experience of this beer: cherries are up front in the flavor, and the sour follows quickly. The finish won't decide between bitter and sour, and the ale never really presents itself. Despite the criticism, it is a well-made beer with complexities that begin to present themselves toward the bottom of the bottle. Worth trying.
Marheb (2296) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Des notes de vanille, cerises surettes et bois sec, assez intense sur l’acidité, belle rondeur.
JBPortland (911) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours dark ruby red. Nose is tart cherry, vanilla, oak. Taste is dark cherry, woody, ketchup, red pepper. Finish is a nice sweet and sour balance with notes of vanilla cherry.
VinegarStroke (280) - Napa, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Clear, deep red brown. Nice light tan head with some persistence. Candy cherry aroma. Very clean and almost synthetic. Light oak. Very primary. Sweet. Light to moderate level of sourness. Medium bitterness. Nice depth and length of flavor. Biggest issue is the synthetic cherry aromas and flavor. Almond and marzipan flavors. I hate the profile. Layers of flavor but not for me. Still feels fresh considering the sweetness and supposed alcohol content.
I hate the profile but it does look like they hit the flavors they were after.
jhamp9 (1125) - Corinth, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Garnet pour with a pinkish head. Nice lacing. Aroma is a lot of sweet cherry with some wood notes. Taste is strong sweet cherry with a little cough syrup. Slightly tart. Dry palate. A little on the sweet side.
DSG (6329) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks zvikar. Clear deep red color. Aroma has lots of cherry candies and light oaky hints. Sweet flavor with a light sourish note, lots of cherries, a bit candy-ish, and a bit of caramel. Medium-bodied. Pleasant. Alcohol is very well-hidden.
superspak (2824) - Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 41347 bottle code. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart cherry, black cherry, cherry skin, brown sugar, oak, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with big authentic cherry presence; and good strength. Taste of big tart cherry, black cherry, cherry skin, oak, clove, pepper, brown sugar, toast, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart/black cherry, cherry skin, oak, pepper, clove, brown sugar, toast, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of cherry flavors with moderate malt/oak/yeast flavor balance; with a good tartness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian fruit beer. Plenty of great authentic cherry flavor with moderate malt/oak/yeast balance; and extremely smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Hansen (6873) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light reddish coloured and hazy. Has an off-white head, lasting. Aroma is light sweet sugars and more acid notes, almond too. Flavor starts faint sweet, mainly acidic. Creamy texture.
DrewFace (882) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark red, maroon color. Big fruit aroma, cherry. Big cherry flavor, lightly medicinal, thick. Really too sweet as fruity.
vlan1 (203) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark red color. Small slightly pink head. Aroma is cherry candy. Tastes kinda like cherry candy or cough syrup, but not in a entirely awful way. Mild Carbonation and mouthfeel.