oobawa (1401) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2017 OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured deep red with pink head. Aroma is of tart bitter cherries and strawberry. Taste is mild bitter with a cherry bit. Nothing complex and may be better once it ages to bring out some sourness. Mouthfeel is smooth and light.
Alarmingly red, like a pint of sparkling grape juice, with a vinous undertone to match. Crisp and full of bright cherry tartness, mostly dry with a modest sweet black cherry undertone bolstered by oak vanilla notes. Finishes a bit weak, tart but overly sparkly. Still tasty, though. Alengrin (5369) - BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2017 New Belgium sour ale based on traditional cherry lambic, as part of their Lips of Faith series. Bomber shared with Ster at Uncle Babe’s in Gent. Label - and the New Belgium website - mentions Oud Beersel as the supplier of the lambic involved in this one, rather than Boon as is mentioned above on this site... Thin, loose, dirty off-pinkish, lightly lacing head, hazy cherry red robe with amberish-brownish tinge. Lots of fresh cherries in the nose, fruit yoghurt, cherry pits, some stale sweat, sweet white grape, vague sherry, caramel, passion fruit and fermenting hay. Convincingly rich cherry pulp flavor in the onset, hints of purple gooseberry and very subtle passion fruit, spritzy carbonation, lean and smooth mouthfeel; sour but not puckering, rather a soft, sedate, accessible lactic tartness. This tartness continues over the middle and dries the palate in a gentle manner, at least compared with traditional cherry lambics; bit ’moelleux’ in the middle with a light caramelly malt base, sweetish underneath the tartness, fruity and juicy, dryingly tart finish with still vague traces of that soft caramelly sweetness lingering. Comes across as a hybrid between actual ’oude kriek’ lambic and cherry oud bruin, which is no surprise since it is basically a blend of Oud Beersel Oude Kriek with New Belgium’s own house sour Felix (which, if I understood correctly, is a kind of blonde counterpart of oud bruin, I guess roughly in the style of e.g. Petrus Aged Pale and the like in Belgium). Fairly clean, straightforward and perhaps lacking a bit in complexity to be internationally great, sour but in a mellow, tart, yoghurty and, as said, ’oud bruin’-like way, accessible and suitable as an introduction to sour cherry beers - a tasty introduction indeed, with still more than enough fruit acidity to be credible and authentic. Pleasant sour, in all. GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2017
Clear red with a pale head. Aroma is cherry pie, cherry candy. Light-medium bodied, tart and fruity on the palate, lightly dry and funky finish. Taste is cherry pie, cherries. zvikar (6172) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 22, 2016
Pours red cherry with a small head, aroma of wood, honey, cherry and caramel, flavor is acidic with cherry and apples, medium bodied Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2016
This beer is beautiful to look at, but it kind of lacks what I expected from it in taste and smell. It’s tart like a lambic should be, but it’s not as sweet as it looks, and it looks like the fruitest beer you can get your hands on. It’s a solid sour, but it’s not the best that New Belgium makes.
AndySnow (7621) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2016
How: Draught.mcberko (17825) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2016
Where: The Bishops Arms Bellmansgatan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Red colour with a pink head.
Aroma: Sour, cherries, caramel, some fruit.
Body: Light body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Cherries, some furit, caramel.
On tap at St. Augustine’s, pours a hazy ruby red with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out lots of sour cherries, cough drops and medium acidity. Flavour is dominated by sour and sweet cherries upfront, followed by moderate acidity. Not overly complex but pretty thorough on the tart cherries. Decent. beerplace (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2016
On tap at St. Augustine’s during New Belgium 25th anniversary celebration. Pours a clear cherry color with a slightly rose head. Aroma brings out lots of sweet and sour cherries. Taste is tart, sour cherries, slightly woody. Same character aftertaste. Excellent! maley1 (1273) - Calgary, CANADA - AUG 15, 2016
Clear ruby red pour with small pinkish head. Aroma of cherries, vinegar, citrus and grains. Taste of tart cherries, apple cider vinegar, grains, lemon zest. Light bodied, higher carbonation, tart crispy mouthfeel. Sweetens out to a ripe cherry finish. Aggiebob (1127) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 12, 2016
Draft. Cherry red with thin pink head. Moderate cherry flavor with nice sour background.