radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
341ml bottle from the <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/quebec/g target=blank>Marché Jovi in Gatineau, Quebec. Bright red in colour, long lasting light pink head, some lacing. The aroma is incredibly sweet, lots of cherries, some alcohol. light spice. The flavour is dominated by sweet cherries, spicy (ginger, cloves), creamy. Chewy mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a long cherry sweetness. This has great cherry flavour but the sweetness in holding this one back.
No Best Before date.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is anything but "soft" and fruity. The black cherry flavour is very harsh, even abrasive. Lots of holiday spice (ginger, licorice, peppermint) but the overall effect is so DARK, it’s hard to enjoy fully. Perhaps it would be better diluted with some ice, after all. Bonus points for hiding the alcohol better than an Irish preacher.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2006
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Cherry red body with no head. Cherry and pepper nose. Taste of cherry syrup. Sweet and sour with some tartness. Very bad. I noticed on the label they recommended to drink it on ice. I added ice, it killed some of taste, went from very bad to just bad. The type of annoying fruit beer I would expect from Barberie. Cerezo c’est zero.
Quevillon (2387) - Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bu sur glasse. Assée belle couleur ruby, avec un petit collet. Arome de cerise un peu sucré, peut acidulé (à cause des glassons). Goût assé intéressant, un peu sucré,il serait plus s’il n’y avait pas de glasses. Elle se prent bien dans une journée chaude d’été.
GregClow (2805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - courtesy of tupalev. Deep ruby colour with small light pink head. Poured at fridge temperature, but I drank it slowly and let it warm quite a bit. Aroma is quite nice - lots of cherry, of course, but with more tartness than I expected based on some earlier reviews, and some oakiness around the edges. Not dissimilar to Rodenbach Grand Cru, to be honest. Flavour is a slight disappointment, though. It starts nicely, with tart, fresh cherry juice notes, but it turns sweet in the middle, and by the end of the glass it started to take on some characteristics of cherry cough syrup. If I’d drunk the whole bottle on ice as suggested by the label, I probably would’ve enjoyed it more.
ClarkVV (3750) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Late 2005 bottle from Rastacouere, consumed on a sweltering night on 5/29/06. Served only slightly chilled (sorry Unibroue) in a tulip, the beer appears a deep, black cherry red with a foamy, light pink-beige head that is poorly retained, fading to a ring. Clear and filtered with nothing on the bottom. The poof of vapor that rises upon uncapping is lusciously filled with dry oak and authentic cherries. But after pouring and then going back for another sniff, it turns in to sugary (though still real enough) cherry jam. Unfortunately, the cherries give way to heavy, heavy anise and black pepper notes. Some light cinnamon and dry cherry-liqueur. But the anise is extremely heavy and dry with a light black licorice chewiness on the finish. The fact that it drowns out the heavily sweet cherries is impressive (not in such a good way, though). No alcohol, however. The flavor is a mix of sweet, sugary, syrupy cherries and heavy anise. The anise does dry things considerably (though not enough, in the end), but it’s a very dominant note. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg are all possible candidates, but the anise seems most prominent to me. Syrupy-sweet texture, low, medium-sized bubbles. No alcohol in the flavor. Where’s the oak? The most I get is a lightly dry sensation on the finish, hardly woody. I know Quelque chose was spiced, but it seemed to be more softly spiced, with more malt depth.
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright red in colour, very much like fruit punch. Sweet cherry aroma, very pleasant. Cherry flavours with notes of cinnamon and ginger and a syrupy mouthfeel. One of the better fruit beers that I’ve had.
jercraigs (7300) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark ruby brown body with a tiny pink head. Cherry aroma is sweet and sour at varying intervals. Fairly sweet flavour of cherries up front is off putting to me as a non-fan of cherries. Notes of "pitty" flavours. Average to medium palate. Lacks complexity. Thanks Tiggmtl.
blankboy (5735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a bubbly ruby-pink with a large diminishing foamy pink head. The aroma of mildly sour cherries, cinnamon and nutmeg was better then I feared it would be. Flavour follows the aroma: cherries and spices but I found the aftertaste a little off-putting. Syrupy mouthfeel, medium bodied. I like this but in small doses, I wouldn’t be able to drink a whole bottle of it.
HogTownHarry (5975) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (341ml). Shared with blankboy, my bottle via trade with boutip. Poured clear pink-ruby with a big foamy diminishing pink head - sheesh. The aroma is initially a massive hit of medicinal/cloying cherry, very sharp, but if you let it open up a bit it becomes slightly more like canned sour cherries in syrup with plenty of nutmeg (nutmeg??!!). Taste is like a cheap cherry pie filling with some cheap sweet white wine poured into it- the mouthfeel is fizzy to the point of being painful, syrupy, sticky and has only a so-so thickness - I tired to be objective, but this really is an insulting, chemically knock-off of the far superior Quelque Chose - not as bad as I feared, but I’ll never drink it again. Shame on you, Sleeman, you are a bad, bad brewer.