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. CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
(Bottle) Post Mondial Gathering 2004 at TiggMTL. Thin, white head with a ruby-red body. Nose of sour-cherries and marzipan. Tart cherry flavour with a sweet, fruit-syrup and 7-Up finish. Very good. Many thanks to Captain Cougar for this offering... fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Deep red in color yet still brite. Froathy red head, just the way I like em. The aroma is like a fresh cherry pie. I can almost smell the crust. The flavor seems to have a cinnamon like character that takes away from the sweetness of the cherries and adds to the pleasure of the malt. Sour tart and dry in the finish. A true delite. JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Pours an amber red, beautifully clear in color. Almost no head. Aroma is similar to the perfect cherry pie, whipped cream, crispy crust and all. Slightly musky, but incredibly sweet. Taste blossoms in your mouth like the sweetest of desserts, tart and perfect. I could drink this for days. Thanks skaughty! DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Ruby red in color. First instinct was definately cherries. Reminds me of moms homeade cherry pie. Taste was very tart. Tastes like it smells...Cherries! Very good though. Makes your mouth dry and then really watery.
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Light crimson ruby red color, very pretty. The head has a nice layer of head with lacing, very pretty. The aroma is bright and sweet with all the notes of a fresh cherry pie including making to the finished product. The light funky tartness comes through in the nose as well. The flavor is just so damn f’in good, it’s a blend of sweet, tart, fresh, fruit, sour all at the same time in perfect balance. Low vinous notes with more focus on sweetness and the massive cherry body. God damn this is delicious, I can’t get enough! Finishes very tart, almost like shock tarts, makes me sweat just like those do.<P>ReRate @ Oakes’ ’05 Xmas Party: Fucking tasty. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Light ruby, smaller white head and just a hint of lace. Aromas of cherry, slighly sour, some malts, and a touch of a pie crust aroma. Almost a cherry cobler as well. There is also brown sugar apparent. Flavors are mainly a cherry pie filling, then a strong sour flavor. Strong malts along with it. There’s that crust again. This is crazy cherries. Thick syrupy palate, full body, and a sweet and sour finish of cherries. Nice. I thank Buck Dich for sharing, JagerQueen for transporting and Skaughty for providing! Kevin (2218) - Montana, USA - JUN 2, 2004
pours a light purple with a thick head. smells like a cherry pie. a little too sweet that gets cloying as you drink it. i prefer the raspberry. this one isnt as well balanced as that one. FlacoAlto (4247) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 Pours a hazy deep red color, there is no real head, though there is a bit of wispy pink bubbles. A sweet full cherry flavor dominates the nose, notes of vanilla and sour cherry. No surprise, this beer has a sweet full flavored cherry taste. This beer is by no means traditional, but it is at least cherry sweet and not sugary sweet. This does not approach the complexity of a Flemish sour or a Lambic, but it is a well made exploding celebration of the cherry. This is a perfect after dinner/ desert beer.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2004
The beer itself is quite sweet and refreshing, though reasonably viscous with a medium body. As a beer I might not have to much respect for this one, but it is damn tasty and a perfect desert beer. Has a sour, tart, fruity, tannic-cherry stone thing going on. The aroma is so intensely cherry, it is quite wonderful. I am gonna have to say that this would be much better, more authentic, if they had used a beer such as La Folie as the base beer. I really can’t get over how intense the cherry flavor and aroma are. This is certainly quite an experience. As a desert it is a 4.3, but unfortunately my biases and prejudices come into play.
Significantly better than it’s raspberry counterpart. Tastes like cherry flavored beer. Nothing horribly outstanding in my opinion. But then again I like Grainbelt so what do I know