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Unibroue Cerezo

Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Fruit Beer
Chambly, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Cerezo is brewed with the highest quality cherries macerated in oak barrels in Belgium for months. Its dark red colour, cherry red nose and lively effervescence precede a soft and fruity taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
The Lure:
Boastful sweet cherries proudly exhibit their cinnamon and nutmeg companions...Some malt cookies lift them all up towards the nose, and they easily get entry into the nasal passages. Some medecinal character resides within, but overall this is obviously a Quelque Chose for which more cherry syrup/sweetness was added.

The Festivities:
A portly body of residual sugars makes the portentous cherries seem syrupy at times. But if you love the spice interplay of Quelque Chose, it is exactly the same here. Except this one will be cloying for some as it is much sweeter, but all of the same flavors are there, to my palate anyway. Finish is lightly tart, but this component is dumbed down by the elevated cherry flavor. Not beery at all, but then again the Quelque Chose of recent years isnít either. A slightly new trendy version of an already lauded recipe; less complex yes, but as flavorful.

Pop opera. You have to respect and admire the voice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2005
Intensely sweet cherries with cinammon and clove spiciness in the aroma that is almost medicinal in character. Clear amber brown coloured body is topped by a fizzy, off white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Beneath the obvious sweet cherries, there is a biscuity malt flavour and some doughy yeast with suggestions of spices in the aftertaste. Medium body is somewhat sticky with initially lively carbonation that unfortunately does not last. Tulip glass. Just above fridge temperature. Bottle (Grand Duc, Dec-05).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Bottle: Fiery pink hue, light pinkish head, foamy, sparce lacing, moderate carbonation.   WOW, rich aroma of cherries, oak, licorice, and a huge amount of Red Zinger tea.   It also somewhat reminds me of mulled spiced wine.   Big sweet Red Zinger tea on the tongue.   The cherries are there, but seem secondary to the spices.   This one is very flavorful.   Clean, sweet fruity tea oriented finish.   This reminded me more of Quelque Chose than anything else.   I wished more were like this one.   Moderate to full body, moderate mouthfeel.   This one was very tasty, and I would love to have more of this on hand.   Thanks Jeremy for the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
A clear wooden ruby pour offering a swiftly completely departing head. Let me put you in context, this came all of a sudden despite earlier rumors of Unibroue trying experiments with fruits and wood. The bottle appearance in some ways would remind of a cooler, with a twist-off cap and it sells in that range of price (10$ a 4-pack) while being 7.5%. Nevertheless, the label claims a certain lambic influence, aging in oak for several months, all the while proposing serving it on the rocks and very cold. All in all, it doesnít look well, but Iím pleasantly surprised I must say, this wonít steal the show in most serious tastings, but from the first sniff, it sides in the serious camp offering well focused cherry flesh scents, combined with underlying blood orange juiciness and tea-like tannins. Tartness remains very mellow in mouth, while cinnamon spice hints reveal a familiarity with the lovely Quelque Chose, betraying the fact that Iím likely to enjoy this more than most. It is quite sweet, but the soft woody tannins and mildest leafy bitterness manage a good job at balancing it out. No overassertive Unibroue yeast character in here, but no particular pleasant wildness either. As it closes on room temperature, their warnings to serve very cold make more sense, the beer becomes a bit cloying and less vibrant, the leafiness being completely out of the portrait. Iíd therefore either drink it quite fast (in that regard, the initially lively carbonation tends to leave considerably after a few minutes, the beer globally becoming more liquorous) or put it in the fridge a few minutes after getting it out of the cellar. So, not the most complex, definitely not approaching Quelque Chose in that department, but I like the direction they are heading to after the recent Chambly Noire and I could understand weíll see some variants in a close future. Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
341 ml bottle. Thin pink head over a clear bright ruby red beer. Sweet cherry aroma. Fairly rich smelling, some warm spices (allspice, cardamom, clove) with a touch of vanilla adding complexity. Very Quelque Chose-esque, but a bit less spicy. Low carbonation and sweet but not candyish aroma. Flavour is slightly less appealing than the aroma. A bit of lingering sweetness, sugary. Nice complex dark cherry flavour, but Iíd prefer this a bit dryer. Sort of cherry brandy-like aroma. Lingering sweetness. Cherry pits feature into the flavour with some warm fruitness, but again this subtlety is clobbered by the sugary sweetness. As the temperature comes up a bit, the spices are diminished leaving a sweet cherry candy flavour. Body is sweet and sticky, but not full. Some herbal, slightly medicinal notes. A good, if slightly flawed brew, but Iím still left comparing it to Quelque Chose, where it doesnít fare well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
A thin creamy pink head sits on top of a clear ruby body. The aroma is pleasant with its tart cherries and cinnamon, it feels a bit herbal too. The flavor is surprising and interesting, tart cherries, cinnamon and a herbal finish akin to tea. The body has a light to medium thickness with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Not bad, I agree with Rastacouere, itís much better than I thought it would be, the way itís packaged it looks like sangria or some cheap fruit beer knock-off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
(Bottle) Purchased at Marchť Jovi on January 27, 2006. Pours nearly no head initially then a medium white head rests atop the reddish body after a dozen seconds of settling. The nose is very cherry and sweet. The flavour is somewhat tart with a black licorice flavour. Overall I like this beer with the exception of the black licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2006
[Served with an ice cube] A burgundy red beer with only a rim of head along the side of the glass. The aroma is sweet with light notes of alcohol - reminisent of cherry. The flavor is sweet and rather spicy - I pick up mainly cloves - but also slightly acidic. A fine fruit beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 13, 2006
Aroma of sweet chewy compot. Clean true fruity aroma (cherries). Sweet and sour. (7+) Light haze, amber-red, medium long lasting crown. Short burst of carbonation up front. Medium bodied, fruity sour cherries. Smooth fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12935) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Burgundy coloured cherry beer with collapsable pink head. Sweet cherry aroma with lactic notes, and I agree with MT that there is cinnamon. Like a cherry candy. Very sweet in mouth, with light sourish tart cherries and lots of residual sugars, lingering with the alcohol. Some woodyness reminiscent of QQchose. A bit short finally. Medium bodied, but way too sweet for my liking. Bought at Rapido in Aylmer, 8.99$/4 pack.

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