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RATINGS: 1045   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2004
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium tawny amber with a slight off-white head. Tart, fruity aroma. Cherry flavor with definite wheat notes. You can taste the Belgian influence on this one. Overall, definitely not what I expected. As expensive as it was, it definitely wasn’t worth it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours an amber/red color, clear, with an off-white head. Aroma is honey, caramel, fruits, spices and some alcohol too (actually better hidden in the taste). Flavor starts sweet with honey and fruits (cherry is there but not overwhelmingly) some spicy notes (mostly pepper) and a dry alcohol finish. The carbonation is a bit too lively for me though, kind of rough. Still, a good pick for the holiday season.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Tap, Andy’s: Poured brown-red. Aroma of caramel-honey and cherries. Nice head that is hanging around. Big malty flavor with caramel hints and a small alcohol hint. Finished nice as it warmed. Nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2004
#700. Amber-red color, mild cherry nose. Nice fruity taste that is somewhat sour and dusty tasting. Has some caramel and honey as well, alcohol hidden. Thanks Drew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Clear reddish copper, no head..hoppy,,in my notes i wrote sweeet..so im not quite sure if i meant sweet or just that this beer was sweeeeeeeeeet. Damn i gotta enter these things sooner.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2004
there’s definitely a belgian-like quality here. this is delicious! fizzy pour, slightly spritzy mouthfeel. sweet, honey, cherry... slightly oily, butterscotch, and somewhat broccoli-like. thanks dorwart! this is excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Pours a clear reddish orange with a small off white head. Aroma of honey, spice, and fruit. Flavor starts fruity sweet but then fades to the background while the flavor becomes dominated by the spices which give a long finish. Medium bodied and smooth. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Thanks Cornboy

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Secret Santa beer #1 sent to me by Jason (Dorwart). Deep clear orange body, quickly dissipating light tan head (though the beer is highly carbonated). Strong caramel aroma, bready and fruity with hints of honey, tart cherry acidity, and alcohol. Tart cherries hit the front of the tongue but quickly subside to piercing caramels and musty fruits. As the beer warms it really begins to resemble a Belgian Tripel with a big fruity, spicy middle finishing with banana and clove esters. Viscosity increases as the beer warms. A pretty tasty beer but the palate was a bit rough, but that’s no surprise considering my bottle was "young."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 Pours a dark amber with short head and lacing that fades quickly Beautiful aroma of fruity cherries, caramel and honey.Tastes of honey, fruits and some chocolate. Medium-bodied, this is decent stuff and good for the holiday season.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinacat1000 (2) - Knox, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004 does not count
Was expecting a bigger beer, but it took two glasses to fully appreciate the complexity of it. Pours nicely with medium sized bubbles which dissipate over a period of minutes. Spicy aroma with hints of fruit. Taste first reveals the yeast, malt, then the hops. Initial impression of yeast was of a pilsner or hefeweizen, which then lead to a toasty malty feel. You can taste the back end of the hops and a hint of alcohol as it goes down with a sparkle. Nice beer, but a little overpriced.


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