brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Pours mahogany with a deep ruby hue when held to the light. The head rises to an inch-plus, beige in color and dense as whipped egg whites.
Retention duration is several minutes before settling in the glass and leaving a few ripped sheets of lacework.
Aromatics are pungently filled with vineous cherries. A tart nod adds complexity and the beer is intensely inviting.
Beyond the cherries, there is a hint of caramel malt and cinnamon.
Creamy, lucious mouthfeel. The beer floats across the tongue.
A whallop of juicy cherries starts off the pallet, and tart vineousity follows. Becoming remarkably wine-like and a bit tannic.
Hints of balsamic vinegar, rhubarb, and red Zinfindel.
Some coarseness on the back of the throat lingers in the finish, along with unrelenting juicy cherries.
Twelve years on it’s side in a cool cellar has treated this beer right. It’s dried up a bit, and the tartness has stepped up to allow another dimension to shine through.
Shades of a Flanders red are apparent.
AdamT (268) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Vintage 2009 or 2010. Dark pink-red hue with mostly diminishing white head. Virtually no lacing. Nothing but cherry on the nose. Strong cherry throughout the experience, but it gets more tart as it starts to warm. I don’t care how many times I have this it never gets boring. Love this beer, wish this was not my last bottle. kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2006
pours a very deep red with a small slightly pinkish head aroma is cherry a little sour and tart. taste is the same. i cant detect much beyond the cherry but it is damn good franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a rusty looking murky red with a nice pink head that takes its time. Smells mildly tark, the cherries come out to play along with some sweetness. Taste is mostly the sweet cherries, mildly tart with a smooth finish. Medium in the mouth, flat on the finish and a sipping fruit beer to enjoy. joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2008
This was the best cherry beer that has ever passed my lips aroma is excatly that of a cherry pie flavor of sweet tart cherries bready biscuit notes taste like a cherry pie but not as sweet an absolutley great beer
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Poured from 750ml bottle to tulip glass:
Pours a bright pinkish red with a soft pink, sticky head that fades to a thin cap. Nice lacing and hazy beading.
Very pungent on the nose. So much fruit it’s ridiculous. Rich cherry, floral bits, white sugar, some honey... massive aromas.
Sweet. Tart. Sour. All cherries. I could never finish a whole bottle. Way too much flavor. Definitely an experience. Like no other beer that I can think of.
Drinkability is relatively low but it’s part of the experience. It’s a sweet, aggressive sipper.
I can see why people go nuts over this stuff but it’s a bit much for me. NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2004
Cherries. It’s all about cherries. Overwhelming cherries. Immediately after popping the cap off the bottle, I got a strong whiff of, well, cherries. Once poured into a glass, the beer showed a cloudy reddish-brown with a foamy head. First taste is full-on, sour-sweet cherries, like the best possible cherry pie your grandma could make. The contrast between sweet and sour is amazing. Very smooth palate with "just right" carbonation. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this was a sparkling cherry wine, but with no detectable alcohol flavor. Goes down way too easily and leaves your tastebuds aching for more. Exceptional. ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
25oz bottlethetomG (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Pours a very murky brown-orange. Looks very much like apple cider. You couldn’t see through this if you tried. Pink-ish head disappears quickly. Aroma is fresh baked cherry pie. The sugar, the crust, it’s all there. The flavor is, of course, cherries. Lots of them. Sweet, sour, tart, you want it, it’s there. There’s something else there I can’t quite put my finger on. Some dry sherry maybe? Who knows? Wouldn’t want to drink the whole bottle, but a glass full was pretty nice.
Pours a lovely reddish color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet cherries. Taste is the same but insanely intense and potent with some additional tartness coming through. Very bubble and lively as you sip this is a delicious and unique beer. Would definitely drink this again. YUM! mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle from stensler. Pours a beautiful pink/red color. Aroma is an explosion of cherry that practically knocks my socks off. High carbonation is accompanied by a rich and complex flavor and cherry, malt, acid from the fruit and a hint of sweetness. Fantastic.