Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
Bottle, thanks to Skyview. Pours hazy deep brown/red, medium off-white head, not terribly persistent, no lacing to speak of. Nose is maraschino cherries, as well as sweeter natural cherries, especially Bing cherries. Also some cinnamon/clove/citrus cherry note that reminds me of Cherries Jubilee. Similar aromas to cherry blossom ice cream. Flavors are cherry, sweet and spicy, soft mild booziness, very complete cherry flavor. Really nice, but I’d rather have the Raspberry Tart. hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
Thanks to savvy1982 for the share. Pours a muddy brown with a small off white head. The aroma is sweet, funky, oaky and jammed with cherry. The flavor has cherry skin, clove, nutmeg, oak, and a lingering sweetness. Lively carbonation. ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Aroma: a flood of sweet and sour cherry dominates the nose, with hints of toasty malt barely peeking through. Appearance: pours brilliant red, mostly clear, unstable head dissipates quickly to a thin layer, some lacing. Flavor: again very much dominated by cherries. While the beer is cold, both sweet and sour cherry notes are present, and the sweetness is somewhat under control. Some malt character and faint oak. As it warms up, it really becomes quite sweet and the finish goes towards syrupy. Palate: medium-full body with high carbonation, becomes rather thick as the beer warms. Very enjoyable brew if you’re ready to be attacked by cherries, maybe a bit too sweet in the finish, but overall well done. Acetobacter (815) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Enjoyed from a 750ml bottle in a stemless wine glass. The beer pours a nice ruby color, with a low head. The nose shows notes of cherries, far fuller and with more depth than many other fruit beers. The palate shows a level of sweetness similar to, if not quite as aggressive as, the Raspberry Tart, but stops short of cloying, and shows a level of fruit character unseen in any other example of the style I’ve tried. I was expecting some tart character, given the brewer’s prowess with lactobaccilus, however, none was found. The finish is semi-sweet, and leaves a nice lingering note of the featured fruit; more refined and far less jammy than the aforesaid Raspberry Tart. Overall, it is easy to see why there is so much hype for the beer, as it is the single best fruit beer available. UMNBeerhunter (1) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2011 does not count
Pour: Small head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing but does have the added sound of bubbles popping vigorously in the evening.
Smell: Like cherries almost like a halls but alluring, not so much like medicine, but like a cherry soda.
Tastes: Very tart, lots of cherry, and sweet. Tart sticks to your lips and gentle bitterness left on the back of tongue.
Body: Little carbonation but balances well with the tart. The sweetness is a little more then I care for but is refreshingly different then most that try to capture the sweet side.
Fruit is not my favorite style but NG does this nicely in an unthreatening way. I wouldn’t have another by myself but would share one with some wine loving friends.
jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2011
(bottle 8/22/11). Cloudy red color. Medium off white head. Moderate sweet cherry aroma. Flavor of the same, with light bready malt and light tartness. Avg duration. Light dry finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing. lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2012
Tap @ sour bitter, pours ruby red, pretty! Aroma: candy store, heavy cherry, cherry cola, cherry pits, vanilla, heavy sweetness, gummy bears, caramel, slight funk, Taste: taste follows through, nice acidity, dry, but quite sweet, very refreshing, some metallic notes, minerals, 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. BeerGolem (829) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2012
Pours medium brown with medium beige head. Some lacing. Aroma: intense sweet cherries, raisin bread. Taste: Cherries, raisin bread and tropical fruits. Really sweet (little lack of balance here), with slight acidity at the end. Syrupy texture. Slight carbonation. Full bodied. Refreshing, but too much sweetness gives it a low drinkability. Good beer overall tough. csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Pours a ruby red with a slightly orange head. Sweet cherry aroma. Taste is sweet, almost medicinal cherry, combined against undertones malt. Dry, very slightly tart finish. Not really my style, but a great fruit beer