OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
Couleur rouge allant presque vers le rose, mousse beige pale adhérant partiellement à la paroi du verre. Arômes synthétiques et fruités de bonbons à la cerise, de confiture et de tomate en conserve! Faible carbonatation, corps d’épaisseur semi mince. En bouche, toujours synthétique, une touche médicinale, faiblement maltée et aucun profil de fruits authentique. Surprenant venant de cette brasserie. Bouteille, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Juillet 2005. BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2005
There is no doubt that Bell’s is a great brewery. However, like a rock band with many a great product, a middle-of-the-road ummph like Zep’s Fool in the Rain is bound to show up every now and then. Well, this is pretty much Bell’s ummph. The saving grace of this cherry ale is the appearance, which despite the strange color has lots of thick head bubbles that last to the end of the glass. Aroma is overly simple: malt with a slight touch of cherry; perhaps some of that Pampers smell as well, more like the pee part. Flavor is sort of malty but mainly an unpleasant artificial-like tartness, and this is taken in connection with a similar insubstantial, acidic body. Very unpleasant finish. I should mention that the bottle doesn’t say "Tart ale made with Michigan cherries", but rather: "Ale brewed with cherry concentrate." Ummph! tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2006
While there is some cherry in this, I mostly smell vegetables and tomato. It is indeed tart (and bitter) rather than sweet. Its brown-orange in color with a small bubbly white head. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
Orange pour covered by a regular white head. plasticy tea-like nose. Dull fruits are overshadowed by a characterless yeastiness. Jammy cherries are rather dull, orangey and plasticy once again. Big bubbles strike on the palate at first, but are completely gone after a few seconds. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Pours a hazy red brown with a big bubbled though humble white head. The nose is unlike anything I’ve detected from a beer. Tart cherries are obvious, but there’s this V8 like aroma that just really bugs me. The palate is relatively smooth, though the taste of this beer really prevents me from trying to hold this in my mouth long enough to access it. Benefit of the doubt, it gets a 3. The flavor is really awful. I’m not a fan of sour beers, so I didn’t expect to love this beer, but I am really outright disappointed in this beer. There’s the sharp tart cherry flavor, but again, accompanied by something bearing resemblance to tomato juice. There’s a flat creaminess, slight sweetness, but nothing malty or hoppy about this beer. It’s much more like a realy sour cider. This was actually even worse than Bell’s Cherry Stout. Closest I’ve come to a drain pour...
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
Jam-like sweet cherry aroma incorporates fresh diapers and tomatoes. Clear amber brown with low, white, large-bubbled head that recedes to ring. Sourness is assertive yet overall character seems sweet. No real malt character. Sticky with low carbonation. Bottle sampled with muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
Pailhead (6543) - 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. carlitoguevara (3) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005 does not count
We ordered three cases and sent them all back after trying it.
The heartburn bitter was outdone only by the cherry concentrate- a far cry from the Bell’s I remember.