PhillyCraft (3322) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared with Keith, pours black with giant mocha head, lasts forever. Aromas of cherry juice, dark chocolate, light brett, taste is black sharpie, wood, cocoa dust, booze, and barrel. A lot rougher compared to nose. Medium to full body, warming in chest. Needs more carbonation and less marker flavor.
annunz123 (864) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is very fruity with grape, cherry, and spice. Sweet and sour flavor with a wine-like grape flavor. Definitely different and certainly good, but not great.
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thx. to tderoeck (Tim) for sharing this one // 75 cl. bottle sampled @ Tim’s De Molen & assorted beers tasting // a collaboration between Bell’s & de Proef which includes Michigan, dark cherries, brett & Nelson Savignon hops amongst its ingredients // colour me interested // pours black, creamy mocha head, some lacing // smell is coco powder, mocha, berries, dark cherries, sweet other cherries, nice fruits sweetness, chocolate, dark malts, touch sweet red wine // taste is sweet berries & dark cherry juice, chocolate, wild berries, light bitter herbs, lots of coco, lots of sweet chocolate, dark grapes, pure chocolate, sweet coffee // touch grounded, coco body // mmm, this was so damn good // personal fav. of the tasting
Martinus (2892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of cherries, berries, chocolade, tobacco and plums. Sweet flavour, coffee, cherry. Relatively thin body, finish berries and plums.
(From 75cL bottle at the DMT @ Tim’s living, Gent. Shared by tderoeck. Thanks, Tim!)
tderoeck (4866) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2013 30/XII/12 - 75cl bottle from a trade with otakuden @ home: De Molen & assorted beers tasting - BB: n/a (2012-1422)
Clear dark purple to brown beer, very big aery beige head, unstable, adhesive, nice lacing. Aroma: very fruity, cherry juice, lemony, sourish, plums, alcohol. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: little sour, mocha, some coffee, fruity, pretty bitter, grape peel, tannins, bit water. Aftertaste: bitter, red wine, bit earthy, dry, cranberries, bitter touch.
BoBoChamp (5550) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, exclusive collab. brew, with cherry juice, thx to tderoeck!, complex brew, malty/fruity and slightly sour/roasted, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated opaque dark brown colored body. The aroma was brown malt musty and dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of brown malt and cherry. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
jtclockwork (8594) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with tan head. Nose/taste of chocolate, cherry juice, toasted grain, plum, dark berry, candi sugar and dry wood. Finishes with hints of tart cherry pit dipped in chocolate. Medium body.
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked well aged 750ml bottle and served in my NB Worthy glass: A interesting black film on the bottom of the cork and rim of the bottle makes me worried but it seemed to pour okay. Deep brown russet hue with some reddish highlights topped by a small fading beige head that left spotty lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate covered sour cherries along with a light roast and bready malt notes. Slight winy acidic vapour with little to no brett character even after the time aging. Slight cardboardy oxidation but nothing overly bad. Some strange sugary notes and even a bit of band-aid as it warms. The taste is semi-sweet and soured with a nice restrained balance but there is little outstanding characteristics other than the fruity tones. The hybrid nature of this brew is quite apparent on the palate... a little Belgian Ale, A little porter-ish, very fruity and a little sour. A hodge podge of parts that is better than the whole. I really wished for more brett action here to give the sourness more kick and depth. Also I tad disappointed with how much sweetness does remain. The mouth feel is tad slick and chewy but also a bit under-carbonated for my tastes.
Outside some cardboardy notes it is like this beer has not aged at all. The yeasties seemed to doing nothing to advance this beer or add further depth or complexity. In the end it is a muddle brew that still remained drinkable.
OldMrCrow (1870) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle ages a couple of years or so.
Deep red-brown pour with a tan head. Plenty of chocolate and cherry -- unsurprisingly -- on the almost overpowering aroma and in the flavor alike. The comparison to cherry cordials is hard to resist. Hops are quite oxidized in the aroma and the same follows in the flavor. Sweet, alcohol prevalent. Oaky flavors with unmistakable funk from the Brettanomyces, but much sweeter than any brett-laden beer I’ve had before. Desserty, but easy enough to drink.
It recalls that other Micihgan beer, the much-sought-after Kuhnhenn raspberry eisbock.