rosskyle (772) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2017 ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Bottle via JPDIPSO (thanks John!!) I’ve wanted to get a bottle of this for quite some time, so once my box today arrived, a bottle of this went straight into the fridge. Upon opening this thing just burst out cherry smells. Poured into a flute with the same result, smells like a cherry with a little wheat too. The aroma is the best part, by far. Taste is sweet and not very sour but it has a nice kick to it that lets you know there is some sourness to it. Very smooth to drink, too smooth acutally. My bottle disappeared in 20 minutes leaving me pleased yet upset that it was gone so quick. It was like once I started drinking it I could not stop until I was out of it. A damn fine fruit beer that should be on top of everyones want list.
Big bottle. Hazy red color with an off white head. Sweet strong cherry aroma. Strong cherry flavor. Nice flavor without the fake candy flavor with some beers. Medium with a cleaner finish than expected.
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750 ml bottle. HHOKXXI. (Festival Foods) La Crosse, WI. Enjoyed on Nov 25 2017. superspak (6078) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2017
Deep red color with a small pink head.
Cherry, apple, fruits and sweetness in the aroma.
Apple, cherry, strawberry and freshness in the flavor.
Really well brewed fruit beer. Super balanced.
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off light khaki with amazing retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge sweet/tart red/black cherries, berries, pear, apple, fruit jam/skin, cherry pits, almond, and brown sugar; with light notes of vanilla, oak, funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with amazing complexity and balance of cherries, fruity yeast, sweet malts, and light oak notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sweet/tart red/black cherries, berries, pear, apple, fruit jam/skin, cherry pits, almond, and brown sugar; with light notes of vanilla, oak, funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruit tang/tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sweet/tart red/black cherries, berries, pear, apple, fruit jam/skin, cherry pits, almond, brown sugar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity yeast, sweet malts, and light oak flavors; with a nice malt/tartness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Mildly increasing dryness from fruit tang/tartness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly slick/syrupy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is an insane fruit beer! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity yeast, sweet malts, and light oak flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink, with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish. The definition of cherry jam as a beer. You get some backing yeast complexity, but this is just all cherries with some sweet malt balance. I couldn't possibly taste any more ripe authentic cherry flavor, even if I bought them from the store. An absolutely mind blowing offering, and the best fruit beer I have ever had. balloonbuffoon (650) - - NOV 10, 2017
25.4floz (750ml) bottle, I don't recall a freshness date, bought late summer 2016 for around $11, poured into a straight sides glass where it appears a dark ruby red color with a pinkish head. This beer is basically what a cherry cider might be like, from aroma to taste. Sweet, yet not sickly sweet. I've enjoyed this beer sporadically over the years, and it pleases every time. Bill Becker (1905) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017
From Dec 2007
Scipio (1233) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2017
I got this bottle in a great trade with joe1510. Thanks a bunch, Joe!!
This isn't my first sample of this brew. I bought a bottle of it and the Raspberry Tart years ago before I started reviewing and have had samples of both every time I've been to the GABF. Boy am I thrilled to have it again!
Pours from capped and mimimally waxed 750ml bottle a cloudy red with a nice solid, be it small, head of foam with some good lacing.
The smell is of cherrries, cherries, and...more cherries!~ A +lb of cherries in every bottle will do that for you. ;^)
The taste...is of wonderful, semi sweet and sweet cherry. In the background, I can just get some wheat, more pronounced when I swish the beer in my mouth, and a slight woody flavour. Boy, is this a joy to sip on and yeah, it's very low in the abv department but when you get a brew of this caliber, sipping is the *only* way to go. The mouthfeel is almost chewy, nah, I'm going to say that it *is* chewy and the carbonation is very lively.. just the right level for me to make my drinking experience stellar. There's also a small hop presence there to add just a touch of bitterness; not too much, mind you, as the cherry flavour is what Belgian Red is all about.
I just poured some more into my glass and I have a huge smile on my face. Wow. Is this ever a satisfying beer.
Bottom line: This is a world class brew that hits my palate on all cylinders. Like I said before I got this in a trade and it certainly won't be the last time I trade for it. Thank again, Joe!!
Pours a cloudy dark red or purple with a medium, fizzy beige head that quickly fades. The aroma is overwhelmingly cherry with some minor oak. Very appealing. The taste is just a touch sweet and is slightly tart. Some light floral elements and oak complement the extremely heavy cherry flavor. Hints of both spices and wheat are found as well. A sharp cherry aftertaste lingers with you for a moment. Light in body, and slick in texture that has just a bit of fizziness to it. Even though I wish that this one packed a little more of a punch, the fact remains that its absolutely delicious. randy1969 (89) - Marengo, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2017
Pours a bright red with pink head. The aroma sweet cherry. The texture is creamy soft, with lively carbonation. Good sweet sour balance edgallow (4550) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2017
750 ml bottle pours reddish with a off pink head. Aroma of cherries and oak. Taste is cherries, oak and some yeast. kannon5 (7) - - JUL 22, 2017 does not count
Perfect combination of sweetness and tartness, major crowdpleaser. Mmmmmmmmmm
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Bottle shared. Clear slighly amberish ruby red with a light beige head. Huge fruit notes, cherry, cherry syrup, cherry pits, tons of sugar and what seems like artificial sweetner. While the fruit character is very nicely present in the beer, overall it feels quite artificial because of the excessive sweetness. A bit like a cheap sweetened kriek.