smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Draft - not a ton of aroma. Some malt and some fruitiness, of course. Very nice appearance - deep red with a beige head. As expected, but still very nice. The flavor is very one-dimensional - mouth puckeringly tart cherries. I’m glad I tried one, but I don’t think I will have a second. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2006
There was a melon-colored hint to a hazed, rusty body under a fizzy head that didn’t last much beyond the pour. I can’t say the aroma was very appealing with sour fruit and light vinegar. Flavor is tart cherry and highly astringent (I felt astringence in my esophagus, if that’s even possible). It came off like a nice, buttery kriek and should appeal to lambic-lovers (and the multitude of Bell’s loyalists).
BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
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12-oz bottle, Batch 6898, via trade with Kevin. Pours ruby to mahagony with a patchy off-white film. Aroma is candied cherries, malt (cookie) and yeast (dough). Tart, sour and bitter cherry flavor, lemon notes, light sweetness comes through as the flavor leaves your tongue. Medium bodied and lightly fizzy palate. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 Have tried this a few times and still doesn’t do it for me. Only faint cherry detectable in aroma and flavor. Flavor seems to be a little off, almost like rotten fruit. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Pours a charming hazy orange-red rose tint and releases a head that produces a highly metallic aroma. Flavor is similar -- tart cherries to the point of tasting metallic. While I don’t necessarily want a fruit beer to taste like a wine cooler mixed with lager, this one could have used a bit more sweetness and less tartness. Aftertastes vaguely reminds of cherries once again, if only the actual beer itself tasted like such. Instead it tastes like homebrew made with unfiltered iron-infused well water. Not at all pleasant, and quite a disappointment from this great brewery.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Pours a deep ruby copper with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet and sour sauce and green hoppiness. Body starts lightly sweet and fruity, turning more sour, mildly earthy, and oily toward the sticky cherry finish. A very confused example of a fruit beer that, coming from Bells should be better. Needs more malt for balance. sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2005
This is the least desireable beer I’ve had from Bells, a big disappointment. Sour, metallic, and sometimes skunky, I had a 6 pack that I tried to mellow in the cellar, but it just didnt’ work (the last bottle was vinegar I think, I dumped it out). There are some good malts in there, deep down...But it really just seems like sour beer, can barely even get any cherry flavour. Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Courtsey of Illinismitty
Fulmonte21 (42) - USA - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle, Aroma had a grass and decent cherry aroma. Murky orange color and next to no head. Flavor has some cherry flavor but could use more. Boy this is tart to start off with. Did I say tart whew. Mellows out by end. Dry on the palate with some cherry taste also. Man little too tart for me.
Too much cherry. Tasted like cough medicine mixed with beer. It was dark drown with a hint of crimson. I really wanted this beer to e good and others in my group did like it, but it just wasn’t for me. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle from gcurlow. Love those unrated bells! Pours a murky reddish color, no real head. Aroma of bing cherries, apple juice, cran-cherry juice, and some yeasty notes. Flavor is like drinking a watered down glass of apple cherry juice. This beer is still drinkable, but not all that great. Not that it ever was.