badgerben (5181) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Sweet monkey... Lighter red color with no real head. Aroma is solidly cherry, but not overwhelmingly so. Good burst of cherries on the tongue with a surprising malty backbone. I had it at room temp and it was nice and tasty; have to try it cold next time around. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Red Coloring. Cherry Aroma. A Nice hit of cherries... little dry on the tongue..very nice! steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 2, 2004
flute glass: this is an amazing fruit beer. as for aroma... upon relieving the cap from the bottle, i was reminded of an intense cherry cola. and at first, its flavor reminded me a little bit of a geueze, but then it quickly claimed itself as just an excellent fruit beer. it’s at first dry and sour; there are tart cherries. the aftertaste is sweet and delicious; the overall flavor and palate is cutting. as oakes’ said, perhaps it could use some dark malt... but then i think it wouldn’t be appropiate to its style; i think more malt and complexities will only make it something else. it’s great as it is; the dark and woodsy cherriness is great. it’ s a cherry brew. it’s a fruit beer. more notes... appearance: dark and murky red brown body; off-white head tainted with a bit of red; the head is tight and cremey, it leaves sparkly lace, and it diminishes into a great ring around the glass. overall: wow. SpringsLicker (3641) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Thanks to Eyedrinkale for sharing this at Brewtopia ’04.
Deep red color. The aroma is outstanding! Rich, fresh cherries! No hop aroma here, this lets the cherries take the front of the stage and they don’t disappoint at all. The flavor is nicely tart with fruity sweetness which is perfectly in balance. A delightfully different beer. wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 22, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Light burgundy body. Best cherry aroma ever. Just like warm cherry pie, crust and all. I spent the better part of 20 minutes just sniffing this one. Heavily sweet throughout with a light acidity in the finish. Medium body, creamy/oily texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: (drools). edit 1/4/05: body is fuller than I originally thought and the carbonation is a bit heavier. Still smells and tastes great. Oak is much more apparent now that I have a 750 of this than it was with my original, smaller sample. I’m bumping up the flavor (9->10), palate (4->5), and overall (17->19) now that I have a larger sample. Props to ClarkVV!
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Bottle from Kevin42. WOW! I am not usually fond of fruit beers, but this is the kind of beer that can change my mind about the style. The pour is a dark amber, it looks like strong iced tea. There is a head that quickly fades into a ring around the flute. The nose is of cherry pie without the buttery crust smell. The taste is strong of (of course) cherry, with secondary notes of carbonation and a little malt. It took me awhile to put my finger on it, but I can describe the cherry taste and smell perfectly: it smells/tastes like canned cherry pie filling, or fried cherry pie (if you are from the south you know what I mean). The finish is a little bitter, almost salty. This is an overall excellent beer. I would not make it my everyday beer, but it is an EXCELLENT beer off the beaten path. OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
2004 Mondial de la Biere Ratebeer Gathering at Tiggmtl’s. Deep red colour with a thin frothy white head. Deep sweet and sour cherry pie aroma, crust included! Cherry, cherry, and more cherry, both sweet and sour, slight yeasty and pie crust flavours. Decadent rich and almost creamy mouthfeel. Very nice. Top beer of my Montreal trip. Many thanks to CaptainCougar for this treat! Radek Kliber (7363) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 13, 2004
Aroma of top quality almond cake, soft clean fresh sweet cherry aroma. If you had true Black Forrest cake you know what I am talking about. Lil touch of vanilla to balance thing out. Superb fruity aroma .Cherry like ruby appearance, bright white head. Medium sweet, true fruity feel .Very like my Grandpas cherries I loved to eat. Very rich, one of best if not the best fruit beer there is. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
Aroma of strong cherries and cinammon blended with sugar with notes of oak and vanilla. Reddish brown and cloudy with swirling, fine bubbled off-white head. Tartness is there but you really won’t notice it hiding behind the big sweet cherries. This could be one of the best non-lambic fruit beers ever. Mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy. Medium-full body. Extremely enjoyable dessert confection. Bottle (enjoyed at Mondial RB Gathering 2004 with CapFlu, CaptainCougar, jercraigs, MartinT, OKBeer, Radek and Rastacouere). Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2004
There is a thickness to this fruit beer that I did not expect. In the glass it was a dark and cloudy red and the mouthfeel was silky smooth with bubbles providing some punctuation. This is quite apart from the light feel and look of other fruit beers I’ve had. There is a super-real cherry taste that is much more complicated than the "cherry soda" comments would suggest and quite different than eating a "fresh cherry." The cherry is embedded in a mature maltiness and yeastiness. The hops cut the sweetness at just the right place. There is a lingering cherry complexity in the nose that is very satisfying. Too many sips in a row made the experience too intense. When I ate and paused between sips I could appreciate the beauty of this beer as it was meant to be enjoyed: in moderation.