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RATINGS: 1139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast , this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the character of this Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (1211) - USA - JAN 14, 2006
Ruby red with little to no head. Taste is almost too sweet with a fairly spicy bite to it. Slight cherry/fruit taste, but stronger taste of alcohol and malt. Somewhat cloying in the finish. Overall interesting beer, but not sure if I’d pick it up again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Thanks to kramer17801 for the bottle. Pours clear red, with a wisp of a white head. Aroma of malt, alcohol, and cherry syrup. Flavor has some slight fruitiness, but is overpowered by flavor of grain alcohol. Texture is slightly watery. Finishes syrupy, sweet, spicy, with some nice alcohol warming. Not great, but pretty darn respectable. 11% alcohol...nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
I really enjoyed the fruity cherry flavor of this beer. The red colors looks great for the holiday season. The beer was a bit surupy esecially in the finish, but it didn’t really take away from this superb beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11893) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2006
12 oz bottle-pours a light tan head with copper/red color. Aroma is cherry, sweet, malt. Taste follows along with clove and a bit of alcohol. Nicely done compared to Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, but still not my taste. Bottled on 10/12/05.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Huge thanks to hopdog. very surprised that this was 11% when i went to open it. very strong aroma of spices, cherries, and other holiday goodies. beautiful red-orange colour with frothy head. taste is congruent to aroma. high alcohol content disguised flawlessly by pleasant flavour. a nice treat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2006
A slight butterscotch aroma is the first to arise, followed by a gingery spice note, and the faintest hint of cherry pie. Generously sweet, with a slight tart quality. Mild hints of cherries. Semi-sweet to semi-dry finish. Spice flavors show up as a lingering quality, with dried ginger, cardamom, grains of paradise, perhaps. Lightly cloudy orange-amber color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12360) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
Tasted at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, July 16, 2005. Orange amber ale with a light white head. Cherry aroma with light lactic notes. Medium sweet ale with light hops, little cherry notes. Boring for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Bottle (Thanks argo0). Color is reddish, amber, with a small white disipating head. Strong cherries in aroma, with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is yeasty, and subdued cherry and honey. Has feel of belgian style fruity ale, but flavors don’t measure up to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a very clear, reddish-copper with no head at all. The aroma is sweet and alcoholic. Hints of honey and cherries are believable. This is, however, where my enjoyment ended. This has an overall watery body that finishes with a bit of syrupy mouth feel. The flavor is nothing like the aroma would suggest. Very light hints of nuts and fermented honey by products (not pleasant). Harsh alcohol is presence, not in mouth feel but flavor. Very disappointing. Oh well. Still glad I got to try it. Thanks xray.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Hard to believe the ABV on this one till you’re on your 3rd. Cherries dominate with just the slightest warming from the alcohol till just before the ’uh-oh’ point. So gorgeous in the glass even without a head. Much different from last year’s version, definitely sweeter with the cherries being more dominate. I’ll be laying a 6er down to see how it does next Christmas.

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