joergen (30008) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
Hazy orange coloured with an off white head.
Cloyingly sweet aroma with notes of cherries and marzipan.
Very sweet flavour of cherries and marzipan with light acidic notes. Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours a turbid, cloudy red with a modest cap of white head that settles with some nice lace. It looks sort of unpolished, but it also looks delicious. Aromas of vanilla, angelfood cake, ripe sour cherries, raspberry jam. All sorts of delightful things that not only smell wonderful as seperate components, but also as a lively and harmonious whole. Amazing contrast of dense sweetness and layers of puckering sourness. Either on there own would be really weird, but together...music. As the glass progresses, the sweetness begins win the balance, creeping a bit into the finish. But that’s just nitpicking--this is a masterpiece. Nice sparkly wheat mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Why didn’t I get a whole case of this when I was at the brewery and had the chance? I guess this is the fourth time I’ve tasted this, and every time it numbs my brain with deliciousness. pineypower (3353) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Aroma was very sweet and full of cherries. Pours a ruby hue with a small, thin pinkish head. The taste is very complex for a fruit beer. The dominating taste is like a fresh baked cherry pie, but in a liquid alcohol form. There is a few hints of maybe oak? Very good beer, want to get more of this now, thanks to Sully and Grainbelt for this one!! segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2005
This delightful beer arrived in a 750ml bottle, and the pour has a brownish-red pour with a small brownish head. It is hazy, and a bit carbonated, although the head doesn’t stay long. Aroma is beautiful cherries, malt, yeast, and tartness. In the mouth it delivers cherries, malt, nutty notes, perhaps a hint of woody oak, a slight, balanced tartness and honey. This is a fabulous beer. Glad I had the chance to sample it with alaskanwarren, thanks Hezron!
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Reddish brown. Pinkish head. Cherry, yeasty aroma. Taste is a wonderful blend of sour cherry, malt, yeast and sourness. There are some hints of lambic and geuze, but it doesn’t go too sour or too candy. Very balanced. Very fabulous. Very approachable. I’d love to have a keg and pour just half glass at a time. This ia great beer to pour for someone who says they dont like beer.. The taste, aroma and everything about it feels very real, nothing artificial. It really shows off the cherry, it doesn’t try to just be a beer with cherries in it. Thanks Hezron!
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Easily the most drinkable fruit beer that I’ve ever had. The aroma is a clean, fresh smell of montmorency and maraschino cherries... nothing artificial about it. The flavor is a smooth blending of dark cherries and tart cherries and it has a crisp, fruity finish. Too lengthy a description would be as phoney as most fruit beers. This is a straightforward and simple, excellent brew.ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2005
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A big thanks to Cornfield for scoring this beer. The aroma is of maraschino cherries, big time. When I first took a whiff, I thought right back to drinking Shirley Temple’s when I was a kid. The taste starts intense cherry and then smooths to a mild hoppy end. I have to say i am not usually a fan of the fruit beers but this one is darn good. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Sweet-tart cherry pie including the doughy crust all in one glass. This gift courtesy of CORNFIELD at the latest LoSBD meeting. Good work Carl. jcwattsrugger (12592) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 750 ml bottle with wax sealer-thanks to the transport from Rutgers 6 months ago to Wisconsin and his girlfriend for sharing. Aroma is cherry, taste follows, OK carbonation, good body, a bit of hops, good finish. A bit like a good cherry pie meets a nice beer. Nice taste. 3.4. 110806--thanks Bigmmartin. 3.8
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Shares many characteristics with New Glarus Raspberry tart -- lively natural carbonation, predominant tart fruit character both in aroma and flavor (though obviously cherry versus raspberry), excellent integration of fruit and beer rather than just "beer with fruit flavor thrown in," smooth lively creamy palate, and exceptional overall craftsmanship. The Belgian Red has a more pleasant appearance (less muddy); and while the Raspberry Tart almost pushes the "tart" boundry too far, the Belgian Red strikes an absolutely perfect balance. Yes, this beer lives up to the hype, and at $7 per 750ml bottle, it’s the best quality-per-dollar beer on the market, bar none. Next time you find yourself in the southern half of Wisconsin, go out of your way to find a quality liquor store that carries it. You will not be disappointed.
<P>On a side note, I notice the notes at the top of the page state that this beer is commonly on tap. After 10-plus years of Wisconsin pubcrawling (some of those years as an actual Wisconsin resident), I cannot recall ever seeing it on tap. If anyone knows of a place that regularly carries this on tap, please PM me. Thanks.