SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2005
The moderately thick, lustrous pour of this beer is a good indication of what you’re in for. Deep red in appearance with a moderately tight head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is much like the flavor; tight, crisp, and tart cherries with overtones of oak from it’s oak barrel conditioning. It is certainly a dessert beverage, very rich. Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
New Glarus has created a beer that strongly appeals to sight, smell, texture, and taste. The smoky red color intrigues the drinker as the beer exits the bottle, the light head lives for a good bit, and a fair speckling of lacing appears. The smell is sweet and tart, just like fresh cherries. The taste is not as sweet as I would have imagined. Tart sensations light up the tongue, and the beer sits firm in the mouth. Roasted grains bring the sweet and tart cherries into check. Best enjoyed in small quantities after a hearty meal. A great price for such a great dessert beer! 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 Aroma: Cherries, light roasted malt, oakwood. Appearance: Rich red color. ACTUALLY RED. White, quickly diminishing head. Fair lacing. Flavor: Monmorency cherries. Mild wheat aftertaste. Nicely sweet hint of roasted barley. Very nice tartness. Palate: medium mouthfeel. high carbonation.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Ok, ok. I had this on tap. It was really tasty. So much so, that I re-rated it.
What a pleasant surprise to find a box with on my doorstep with this fantastic ale in it yesterday....it’s like Xmas all over again! Pours a bright red somewhat cloudy with small off-white head. Aroma is lotsa cherry, and sweet with a hint of sourness. Taste is sweet in the beginning, and sour cherry part way through. This is more full bodied than anticipated. Sweet and tart in the finish, but a bit more on the bitter and acidic side. Not my favorite, but a wonderful example of the style. Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Smells like cherry soda with a sour finish. Translucent light brown with a thin nice lacing head that has some pinkness to it. Tastes like turnover filling. It’s sour sharpness and cherry. I can’t get to the "roasted Belgian malt" background through the cherry, nor the hops that are supposed to balance it. Sour cherry soda. Sharp and soft palate. Not a beer, I’m sure of it. Delicious none the less.
rauchbier (3891) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle conditioned?, Babblefest at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Hazy red brown, moderate off white head and gentle condition. Sweet almond marzipan and gentle metallic notes in the nose, more marzipan and a fruity tartness in the mouth that lingers into the finish.
Eirikur (386) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - FEB 19, 2005
WOW, what a brew, jesus, you just simply have to taste this beer, amazing stuff . Aureth (20) - Knoxville, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Bottle I have to admit, I really, really like this beer. Even though, quite frankly, it doesn’t taste much like beer. It is a beautful red color, with a fizzy pink head. The aroma is rightfully dominated with cherries. It has a sweet start, and then sour cherry washes through. There’s a very slight bit of malt in tehre, somewhere, but this beer is mostly about the cherry. Tart, sour finish, which balances the initial sweetness. Amazing beer! Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Thanks to Footbalm for this brew. Pour is a reddish brownish, not quite the most appealling looking beer I’ve seen over the years. Then comes the cherry dominated aroma, followed by the cherry dominated taste. Its a good beer, very sweet with a nice sour kick. mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 9, 2005
If you like cherry, this is the beer for you. The bottle I had had a slightly different label than what is pictured here. A great, easy to drink fruit beer. Beautiful color.