Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Bottle: Courtesy of wolhfs. Aroma is very light, and what I can detect is not all that pleasant. Pours a cloudy reddish-orange with an off-white ring for a head. Funky sour caramel flavor. Some definite sourness in the finish. Cherry? Maybe in the aftertaste, but that may be a matter of looking for it. Time to retire this and forget it ever happened. A nice appearance is the only thing keeping this at a 2. **** Tried this again one day later and this time it was worse because it actually had the dirty diaper aroma that the others I originally sampled this agreed on but I initially couldn’t find. Aroma goes from a 4 to a 1. The perfect example of how no taste is better than bad taste. I would drink Bud Light over this in a second. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Bottle: Real pretty dark amber with no real head on it. Aroma is a bit of spice, wood, hay and not much cherry. Flavor is indeed tart, cherry flavor is almost not there, seems more spicey and wooden. Bottle was very conditioned, a big clump of yeast was resting at the bottom. Not to fruity, but well rounded and tastey. barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2005
(draft) No aroma whatsoever. The first couple of sips reminded me more of cranberries than cherries. About halfway thourgh the glass I decided that it wasn’t too bad and ordered another pint. A little sour, a little sweet. Really quite drinkable though. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Muddy Pig has this on-tap? Wow and weird - Dark coppery haze with a medium bubbly, crunchy looking foam of off white. Settles slowly to a thin skim and little lacing decides to stick.
Aroma isn’t much, surprisingly light and mediochre to say the least. I could barely get a wiff of anything on a full pint glass til about 1/3 empty. That is where I finally could muster a clean and crisp high grain malt and a sense of tart cherry. Thats about it.
Taste is a bit short in the front, pilsner-like in malting with quick and easy crispness with a bit of grainyness to it. Wheat perhaps too. Soon after midway the cherry tartness intersedes the overall and gets a really fantanstic nuance of grapey, vineous mingled cherry drying sensibilty to its finish. Totally worth each sip. The cherry tart drifts away quickly leaving an incredibly fine and easy dryness lasting for a good long while. It has a wonderful little play of dark grapes and cherry merging together to create one finely delicate and pleasingly acceptable dryness of light tart/souring. Nearly lambic-like on the trailing end. Quite unique.
Feel is about a medium body, holding a firm carbonation from front to back, but most of the attention is being drawn into the middle, then into the finish, where the cherry stuff and drying stuff kicks into high gear and makes it all worth while.
Intially tart when served, but calmed down soon after as it began to breathe a little and really became a nice little fruit beer to enjoy. Thoroughly drinkable and welcoming. A nice rendition to the Bell’s line of beers to drink down in the summer. JK (6146) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Draught at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Mild cherry aroma. Light red, and there is no head on this beer. Some wheat in the aroma, but mostly sour cherries. This is a very sour beer, and I suspect will be too sour for many. But if you enjoy a sour beer give this a try. However, don’t expect massive cherry flavor like you find from New Glarus or even in Bell’s cherry stout. Medium body.
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2005
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Hazy orange-red body, thin off-white head. Toasty aroma with cinnamon and cherry skin. Sourish body (though tart notes quickly subsided) with sweet, musty cherries and a cherry skin finish and I’m pretty sure I also picked up some banana/clove yeast elements which I found peculiar. Alcohol not really detectable. This grew on me as I finished the glass, although it inevitably led to comparisons with the much superior New Glarus Belgian Red. Overall this was pretty good stuff, nonetheless.