RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2007 Tmoney99 (15120) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at MBGF07. Poured reddish brown color and minimal fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished with virtually no lacing. Moderate dark cherry fruit aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium sour flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable fruit beer.
Very intensely deep reddish brown with a fluffy tan head. The nose is very strongly alcoholic (brandy barrels) and tart cherries. The flavor is intense sour/tart cherries, brandy, a hint of creamy chocolate (chocolate covered cherries anyone?) with a pronounced alcohol burn in the finish. This has a definite link to flemish sours and has a belgian wild fermentation kind of yeast profile. Very nicely brewed. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2007
2nd annual Michigan Winter Beer Festival, Lansing...not much notes on this one, but i can assure you my numbers are accurate...it was a long day, rest assured; i do remember as a subtle cherry-infused flemish with a nice bourbon backbone Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Sampled at the 2nd annual Michigan Winter Beer Festival, Lansing. Dominated by a round oakiness with subdued cherry, relatively little sweetness or tartness. Wild and earthy, but not one of my favorites at the fest. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 Big ol’ snifter at the brewpub. Murky red with a rich tan head. Sugary cherry cough drop aroma with Belgian yeast phenols and ester make for quite a complex aroma. Candy sweet to start and rolls to a mild tart cherry finish. Rich and creamy body. For those wondering, I asked the brewer if this was the same as the Belgian cherry wheat. I don’t remember the specifics, but these are not really even close to being the same. I’d put this on up against NG Belgian Red any day.