softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was one terrific beer too bad they have discontinued it. Amazing and complex cherry presence with a nice sourness that causes a pucker everytime. I just hope the Grand Cru makes it’s way back to the states soon.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sweet chery flavor, not as tart as the ’Original’. Out of production and hard to find, but worth trying if you can find it. The volume was not sufficient for Palm to continue production.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Highly fruited sour aroma. Cloudy red colour, medium vanilla head. Sour sweet, amazing fruit flavours, with cherry being among them. Tart, bitter with loads of carbonation. Wonderful!
Jajoro (11) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 20, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big sour cherry aroma. The color is a wonderful ruby red/bronze. The sour cherry flavor is one of the best I’ve had. Extremely complex. The hints of oak work well with the tartness of the cherries. To discontinue this should be a crime.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tart, astringent. Great aroma. Lots of cherries, a dry mouthfeel. Very interesting.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man these beers from Rodenbach are appetizing! The aroma isn’t quite as sharp as the Grand Cru, although similar in complexity, and with more cherry character obviously. Pleasantly sour, apple-y, with nice oak notes. Doesn’t have quite the mouth pucker of the Grand Cru either, but it still has an amazing, lingering aftertaste. It vexes me how this could be the second best beer from a brewery, and it vexes me why a beer this good can is being dropped like an old hat.
jazz88 (2625) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A ruby red color with no head. The aroma is at first tart and sour and then a sweet cherry, strawberry, and sour apple aroma takes over. More laid back and had less carbination and zing than the grand cru. This is a wonderful beer.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2005 Distinguished cherries herald a wooden sourness…A poem or two later, they hail a caramelly sorbet with vanilla coulis…Awe-inspiring, sweet and acidic class…
omhper (21769) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brownish red. Big fresh cherry aroma. very fruity, vinuous and sweet. Only a hint of acidity. One of the beers that got me into beer sampling, and it’s just too bad that one of the worlds best fruit beers should be discontinued.
parkerman (13) - New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2002
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Fruit beer adverse drinkers Beware!!! No wonder why this ones getting the boot. After going over the great reviews I highly anticipated trying this. At first glance the dark red color made this beer look pretty incredible but it all ended there. Just an overwhelming bitter-sour cherry taste that got worse as I drank it. I was just hoping it would get better as it warmed up.