Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2007
A wonderful beverage, but I struggle a little to rate this, because it really doesn’t have a lot of beer-like qualities. It takes a pretty vigorous pour to get much of a head. The aroma is a hedonistic cherry immersion, and the flavor is more of the same -- tart, fresh, delicious. Malt and hops are undetectable, as is the alcohol. Actually, even a little bit of an alcohol burn would push it to a higher level for me. Recommended, definitely, but I do have to rate it in the context of a beer. (And while we’re at it -- Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss gets beaten up in reviews on this site for its lack of beerlike qualities. While it’s certainly not in the class of New Glarus Belgian Red for other reasons, I feel this is an example of the anti-big brewer bias that sometimes rears its head here.) tekhna (118) - California, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Cherries and a whole lot more cherries! Special trip through superior WI after breaking my foot to pick it up. I don’t pick up much of the oak, but this is a great beer. Even if I don’t care for fruit beers. Usually taste fake. This has more of a taste of cherry butter rather than a cherry itself. playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Pours a strawberry/ maraschino cherry red with a frothy white head with some awesome champagne like bubbles. Smells like bubbalicious gum, cherry syrup, and cake batter. Tastes like a cherry slurpee and heaven. I love this beer. Thanks to Dasilky1 for sharing this bottle and to arjoseph for introducing me to it. BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Holy cow, this is dessert not beer. Like drinking a slice of cherry pie. The spice is really nice and starts to emerge after that first slam of cherry and sweet, but is just overwhelmed. Touch of cola. Hint of malt, but again overpowered by sweet cherries. Nice carbonation, beautiful color. Finish dries out a tad and some sour finally gets a chance to show itself. Very enjoyable but way too sweet for my tastes these days. Reminds me a bit of Quelque Chose but not as complex. Afraid the sweetness just makes this one not very drinkable for me.
Thanks to Walt for finally sending this long awaited brew my way. MHED (114) - lisle, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Poured deep,dark, rich red with a dark pink bubbly head. Smelled of sweet cherries,with a hint of oak. The flovor was slighlty syrupy sweet cherries, and more cherries and more cherries. A big bold flavor that sends you for more. We love to break atasting up with this beer to help clean the palate during a tasting.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2005
Love this beer!!! Taste like I’m drinking cherry pie. Low carbonation, but thats fine with this. Nose is nice but could have a little more. In your mouth the HUGE cherry taste explodes in your mouth, a tad sweet then this tartness comes in a cleans it up with long lingering finish. Booga (114) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2016
750 ml poured to wine glass. Split with Jeff and Gretchen. Bottle from 2015 given Patrick K. Pours deep red with 1/2 finger carbonated head. Intense sweet cherry flavor. Slightly acetic, low bitterness. Really work class beer. pfriesen (113) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Pours with little carbonation, great sour cherry nose and flavour. Good tart finish that lasts peterschreurs (113) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2015
Waxed top bottle pours pinkish red. Aroma of cherries. Sweet, moderately tart and of course loads of cherry flavor. Sparkling and light. Spectacular!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 5/3/2008...from 750 into Riedel Extreme Burgundy/Pinot Noir glass.
Pours dark cider/caramel color with ample natural cherry hue. Carbonation cloys to bowl of glass; head very thin.
Perfumy, natural cherry essence brings the dominant scent here - slight tangy yeast and malt. Just enough citrus funk.
This is a treat - understated yet plentiful carbonation delivers a powerful cherry and natural sugar hammer with powerful force. Slight saltiness from carbonation. Nice backbone of yeast, slight citrus and braised malt.
This delivers much more of a hearty yet mellow (almost boiled? not a bad thing) mouthfeel. A slight salty tinge from the carbonation hits the back of the mouth with little aftertaste from a long and deep finish. Almost as if there’s a significant tannin profile from the cherry skins as would be expected in wine. Gets stronger and more enjoyable with warmth.
This is a pleasure to savor but drinks much easier than other offerings crafted at this level of excellence. Great stuff.