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RATINGS: 1052   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2004
12.15.04 12oz bottle. The bright red-orange of a sunrise with a matching head that quickly fades. Strong alcohol and spice on the nose,rummy fruitcake, but I just don’t get the cherry. Flavors are more spice, nutmeg, fresh red bell pepper, jammy, candied fruits. I really have to search to find the cherry. Lively but never light. Strong alcohol throughout that wanes as it numbs, spiciness persists.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7978) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 Small, dwindling orangey head over red-amber beer, coloured as orange juice aged in wood. Chalk, very fruity nose, varnish, some alcohol - and maybe some fusels. Spicey, fruity, fruit-cake or fruit tart like, roasted malts, vinous surrounding with ethanol and higher alcohols. Flavour of some fortified berrywine, estery, vinous, always fruity. Quite dry, medium bodied, little alcoholburn. Nice beer, fruity and discreet despite its potence, I wonder about its alleged heavy sweetness. It isn’t. Big thanks to Cornelia Corey!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Pours a brownish/read color with a very little white lacing. Strong choclate and cherry flavors. I really expected a lot more of an alcohol taste but it’s not bad. Definately a tasty ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Amber/Brown Coloring with No Head. Similiar to a Dry Kriek.. Fruity, Wheaty and Dry.. Some Spices. I"m a Fan of the Style and Found This to Be Quite Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2004
On tap. Poured a darker amber color with a small off white head. Aromas and tastes of cherries, fruits and spices (just as the description says). Lightly sweet. Alcohol well hidden. Not that bad of a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Clear amber red color with a nice full white head. The aroma is fruity and sweet. Cherries and a nice sourness. The biggest flavor is a sour fruityness from the cherries. Tangyness and some spicyness. Medium body hides the alcohol well. Thanks to DocLock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Amber/burnt orange pour and dusky but fluffy white head. Fruity, syrupy aroma of cherries, maple and brown sugar. Flavor not as fruity as the aroma suggested with some spiciness sneaking into the finish. In fact, I found that the finish really made the beer and I enjoyed it more and more. Because the flavor wasn’t overwhelmed with spice (especially traditional holiday ale spices, I could enjoy this beer year round - it would also make for a nice summer beer.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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