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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Once again a beer appears on the CBC menu which firmly expresses your iconoclastic brewers’ commitment to fly in the face of tradition, and boldly mess up the mainstream. Cerise Cassée is a complex beer in both process and palate. It begins with a unique, 3-day long sour mash of 100% of the malted barley. This very tart wort is fermented along with 300 pounds of sour cherries by several strains of CBC beer yeast, then sent downstairs to the secret dungeon – er, barrel cellar, where it ages for one year in French oak wine barrels (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay). Here it undergoes yet another mysterious process as a final long, slow fermentation takes place with microflora such as Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus. Don’t let those things scare you, though, because these barrels and wild beasties of beer contribute a smoothness and significant complexity which could otherwise not be attained by “traditional” modern brewing methods. The resulting tart, amber-red ale, effervescent in its flute-shaped glass, combines aromas and flavors of sour cherries, malt, vanilla and oak tannin, and a finish that defies description in its funky-yet-balanced uniqueness. Please enjoy this beer while watching the dividing walls between tradition and innovation, between the common and the most challenging, even between beer and wine, crumble to dust as did the walls of Jericho under the breath of Joshua’s horn. Bonne chance! A la votre!

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3.7
mathieuc (3995) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2017
EBF 2017. Pours a pretty clear amber with a bubbly rim that leaves no lacing. Nose is of cherries, vinegar and slight roasted malt. It all feels just like a pretty nice Flanders red to me, really. Taste is more vinegar/Flanders oriented than cherries but the fruits are still there somewhere. Body is light to medium, carbonation moderate. A pretty cool cherry sour.

3.3
czar (9085) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2017
on tap at extreme beer fest 2017, boston. clear copper-orange pour with a small light beige cap offering some retention and lacing. lots of cinnamon and cloves, acetic cherries - or maraschinos in vinegar; sharp acidity, herbal grassiness. moderate carbonation, light to medium body, potent citric-herbal finish. obvious cherries with a flora indeed - ends up like lots of crazy fruit american sours.

3.4
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 22, 2017
[2/4/17] Draught/Bottle at Extreme Beer Fest in Boston. Red-amber. Cherries, vinegar, sour.

3.6
Reynolds314 (3450) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2016
On tap at extreme beer fest 2016. Murky and brown red color. Aroma is bready, cherry and grapey cranberry. Taste is balsamic vinegar, cherry and caramel. Decent beer but i was hoping for more.

3.4
djd07 (14521) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Poured at Wtf 2, cloudy brown with medium frothy off white head. The aroma is strong oak, cherry skin, leather. Thin mouth, intense sour cherry, acidic, vinegar, oak.

3.7
TimE (5817) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 5, 2015
Very dark mahogany color on the very of dark brown, but has red tinges. Smells like cranberry and raspberry juice that my gandmother gave me as a kid, with faint green apples. Lots of oak, green apples and cherries in the mouth. Moderately acidic. Nice lingering oaky finish. Pretty decent stuff but doesn’t go anywhere super special.

3.6
williamstome (1876) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Cerise casee is French for "popped cherry", and this would be a hell of a way for one to lose their s (sour) - card. Mahogany pour, aroma of tart cherries and vinegar. Intense cherry flavor with notes of chocolate. Highly acidic, like drinking a sweet and flavorful vinegar. Almost. Delicious, but a bit much.

4.1
Kavu (4794) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2014
5 fl. oz. on tap @ CBC. Pours clear ruby red with no head. Aroma is sour malts with loads of cherries. Flavor is sour malts, cherries and some fermented berries. Really good.

3.2
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pour from bottle at What the Funk!? 2014. Appearance is slightly hazy amber with a frothy cream-colored head and great lacing. Big vinegar, green apple, oak, tannic, ripe cherry skin, and grape in the aroma. Taste is cheesy, waxy, oaky, orange juice, lactic, and vanilla with a huge sour finish. Way too sour and acidic. Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Way too many off-flavors and aromas to be enjoyable.

3.1
cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle @ What the Funk Denver 2014. Dark orangish brown appearance with a tan head. Black cherries, caramel, oak, and tannins in the nose. Fairly funky and tart flavor. Quite a bit of vinegar / acetic acid on the finish. Decent cherry flavor but kind of hard to drink. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as some of the others I was drinking with during WTF.


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