khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Loved this one warm. Nice spiced cherry nose with slight oaky hints. Very nice warm dry finish. Would definitely drink this again.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried this one warm. Tight white head (to the point where it looks cream floating on top.) and a beautiful burgandy color. Cherry cordial laced with alcohol. Tart cherries with a little bit of oak, very dry finish, and very warming.
Jayb0 (959) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
drunk cool, by itself. the rep mentioned that this beer is targeted to be served warm/hot. He also said it makes a great sangria ingredient. I enjoyed it cool and by itself. Very light carbonation. Some candie sugar and slightly sour nose. Starts sweet with candied sugar and quickly mellows into what almost tastes like fresh cherry juice. The lack of a head reinforces this impression. The sweetness balances the tartness perfectly and stops short of being overwhelming like Lindeman’s kriek (imho). lovely.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2004 Tried it cold, room temp and warm. Didn't like it any of the 3 ways. Cold, it tastes like cough medicine. @ room temp or warm, it just didn't taste good. It poured w/ no head and looked like a some sort of cherry drink. THis one's just not for me.
Re-rate 1 May 2004: thx to elnadeau for the sample.
It was a lot better (than the 1.1 I gave it previously) this time. Smelled like cherry pie; slightly sweet; very drinkable. Had it at room temp.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m not much of a warm beverage fan, so I had this one between 50-55F. A rich ruby, amber body with almost no carbonation. For a moment I thought it had to do with the twist-off bottle. Resembles more of a fine liqueur than an ale. A sweet and tart taste that warms the throat as it goes down with the wonderful aroma of cherries. Never would’ve known it was 8% abv if it didn’t say on the label. A truely unique blend from Unibroue that seems to get better as it warms.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried this one last night served cold. Hopefully sometime i will get it served warm. Anyway it had an amazing cherry aroma and poured with no carbonation into the glass revealing an enticing deep ruby red liquid. The taste was of tart liquid cherry heaven until i detected a slight vinegary tone which slightly detracted from the experience although surprisingly not too much. This one was delicious to the last drop.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great heated on a snowy january evening, great at any temperature. amazingly balanced fruited beer. I’m looking forward to what my cellared bottle will be like in a few years.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 Light cherry/clove aroma. Little carbonation. The palate
finishes lightly fruity. I want to try more of this.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nothing like Lindeman’s Kriek, since this is significantly sweeter. Better cold than warm, IMO. The 8% alcohol is well-concealed. There is faint carbonation. Very cloudy and ruby brown. Damn hard to find!
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes, hot clove and cherry and (less so when warm, but still there) a dry chalkiness that is good, believe it or not. High alch., but in this who cares? I very much want one of these, hotter than hell, on a minus 10 day after sledding with the kids. Whew! An unusual experience. Thanks, Hoppyman, for this most unusual brew.