patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 Bottle. 12 oz. Split with James and Vin. Pours a violent, ruby red with a small, quickly dissipating white head. Leaves a slick red surface. Aroma of cherry pie crust, vanilla, fresh oak, apples, brown sugar, roasted sweet malts, and slight hints of apple cider. Medium bodied with a loose, yet robust and tart palate. Finishes with fruit esthers and a sweet pie crust doughiness that follows through on a bit of sourness. Excellent ale. zizzybalubba (1879) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 12 oz. bottle from Woodman’s Market in Madison, WI. Pours dark orange with a reddish hue. The aroma is tart sour cherries with oak and Earth and some underlying apple cider vinegar. Also, a hint of vanilla makes its way through just a bit. The flavor doesn’t bite you on the tongue with sourness but it’s certainly a sour beer. Vanilla and oak nearly share the stage with the sour cherry. It’s nothing short of stunning. This is one of the finest sour beers I have ever tasted. PhillyCraft (7589) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Tons of Bottles. This is one of my favorite beers I have ever tried. Pours ruby red with a small, quickly dissipating white head. Leaves a slick red surface. Aroma of cherry slurpee, cherry pie crust, vanilla, fresh oak, apples, brown sugar, roasted sweet malts, and slight hints of apple cider. Medium bodied with a loose, yet robust and tart palate. Finishes with fruity esthers, dark fruit and a sweet pie crust doughiness that follows through on a bit of Wisconsin cherry sourness. This beer reminds me of a melted cherry slurpee. Think Belgian Red with vanilla. Unreal fruit beer from New Glarus. kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Holy hell is this good. Fell in love with Cran-bic, but I might just like this bettery. Poured dark brown with a red hue. Bready sour cherry aroma. Has that light "musty" lambic note. Taste is huge cherry, with hints of vanilla and caramel. Good sour bite, but balanced well by the sweet bread yeast taste. Amazing! sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: APR 12, 2017 [Bottle] Pours ruby-amber with a quickly disappearing light tan head. Aroma is immediately cherries up front, then oak, vanilla, and faint spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). Taste is slightly tart, cherry again taking the lead, with notes of cocoa, barley and cherry skin at the end. Almost a pumpkin-like quality at times (which Guerde pointed out). Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and has a long finish where the tannins really come out. Another beautifully unique creation from New Glarus that is like dessert in a glass. I just wish that this became a regular so I could drink it all the time.
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Re-rate: Last bottle, and I still love it. I’m bumping the score up a couple of points. Great beer that I hope that they make again.
Re-rate: 2015 Bottle. Still very solid--lots of cherry, but the finish is below average. Not as tart as I remember, and the oak sometimes clashes with the other flavors. I still like it, but it falls short of the 4.5 I gave the beer previously.
Old rating: 9/4/8/4/17=4.2 Updated: Back to dialed-in with this 2017 batch. Spectacular balance of tart cherry and oak. One of New Glarus’ best, and that is saying something.
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2012 Aroma is awesome lots of oak with some cherry and vanilla. Pours A golden amber color. Small off white head that dissipates quickly. Medium carbination. Tart cherry and Sour but not overly sour up front, gives way to oak and vanilla, with a slight smokeyness. Finishes with a slightly bitter oak and fermented cherry aftertaste.The oak adds alot to this beer. My favorite New Glarus brew, one of my favorite beers overall. Its really almost perfect. It is kind of acidic though like any beer with some fruity character to it. This bottle is about a year old, never rated it fresh yet. It changes as it ages some but not for the worse, some of the tartness goes away a little.
Update: 2012 batch.
Still as sour and great as ever. One of my favorite beers. Really changed as it warms up.Very heavily carbonated, don’t remember that so much. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bubbly with quickly disappearing head. Strong fruity smell and some funk. Tart, sweet, sour and fizzy. Cherries, cinnamon and wild yeast are predominant. delicious whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
i was given this beer at the eclipse party in 2012 its not the 2010 unplugged label so i think its the 06 being it looks like what the 06 says it looks like. that being said wooooowzer this beer was amazing poured a bronze amber with a small fleeting white head first the smell of fresh apples then small pepper and cinnamon notes it is then a whole new ball game sour tart fruit in my face no wounder these guys are the fruit beer gods. wow tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle with Pat, Sean and Janine. Pours a reddish amber with thin tan head that quickly disappeared. Nose of vanilla, oak, sour cherries, lemon, horse blanket. Medium body, somewhat syrupy. Sweet and moderately tart. Really good. seymour (2076) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2015
Shared at the Alpha Brewery tap room, thank you Derrick! Deep reddish amber copper colour with sudsy beige foam and fine Belgian lace. Husky grains, hint of caramel and toffee, strong chocolate notes, nutty, subtle hop bitterness and black pepper notes. Intense dark cherry impression, adding yet more complexity. Loads of cool yeast esters and phenols. Beneficial hardwood traits. Clearly aged but not excessively oxidized. Tart, tangy, bewilderingly delicious.