JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangey-pink colour, hazy appearance and a thin white lace. Sour cherry aroma with loads of citric/lactic acidity in the nose. Flavour is quite tart, with lactic/citric character and a pronounced cherry pit bitterness. Light almondy character as well and an underlying earthy herbal quality as well that makes this a very interesting brew. Finishes refreshingly dry.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of their better offerings. This beer was pinky/red with a nice head. Aroma was wheaty and cherry filled. Flavour was mostly sour cherries and slightly spicy. A very nice beer.
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
has a sour cherry nose, is light bodied and surprisingly spicy. Though I found the second time I tried it, it was a bit weaker than the first.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 re-rate Slightly reddish accent to what is ultimately an orange beer. Aroma is of candy cherries and little else. I should mention that this beer is bright - years ago when Shirley Warne was brewer is was gloriously muddy (ok, I only scored it a three but I remember it better than that) and one of the best fruit beers on the planet. Today is has a strong woody, balsamic note with heady alcohol (reportedly over 8%). There is astringency as well, which clashes with the candyish fruit. Clumsy and styleless, a mockery of its former self.
original rating: 1997 Made with the new years’ harvest of sour cherries from the Fraser Valley. Reddish muddy looking. The beer is based on wheat, but there is so much more going on. Perhaps the complexity develops from the lactobacillus infection, the use of
whole fruit in the secondary fermentation, fermented to the pit, or the wild yeasts that are present in the skins. No matter, really, this beer is very complex and astonishingly balanced. A fruit beer for true beer lovers. AR 8 AP 3 FL 8 P 4 O 16
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 Very flavorful Belgian-style fruit beer. As the name implies, sour cherries dominate. Quite estery in the background. I don"t remember this as tasting like a Lambic as much as it did a Tripel or Strong Ale with fruit added, although I"m going from tasting notes I took last fall. Quite tasty!