Gachupines (1211) - USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
jcwattsrugger (11893) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Lubiere (12360) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.