Formerly brewed at Steamworks Brewing (Canada)
Style: Fruit Beer
Vancouver, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
An intriguing fruit beer brewed with fresh sour cherries. Our Sour Cherry Ale is inspired by the centuries old Belgian tradition of brewing beer with cherries. This high gravity brew undergoes a slow second fermentation with tons of fresh, whole Montmorency cherries from a local orchard in the Fraser Valley. The result is a most intriguing beer with an elegant cherry perfume, a tart, fruity flavour, and a subtle almondy finish. -on tap during September.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
Cloudy amber colour with really thin off white head. Mild cherry nose with spice overtones (bartender said no spices added bur could come from the cherry pits left in the fermentation tanks). sour cherry taste with dry spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2004
Orangey-pink colour, hazy appearance and a thin white lace. Sour cherry aroma with loads of citric/lactic acidity in the nose. Flavour is quite tart, with lactic/citric character and a pronounced cherry pit bitterness. Light almondy character as well and an underlying earthy herbal quality as well that makes this a very interesting brew. Finishes refreshingly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2004
One of their better offerings. This beer was pinky/red with a nice head. Aroma was wheaty and cherry filled. Flavour was mostly sour cherries and slightly spicy. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5609) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 18, 2004
has a sour cherry nose, is light bodied and surprisingly spicy. Though I found the second time I tried it, it was a bit weaker than the first.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (16969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 re-rate Slightly reddish accent to what is ultimately an orange beer. Aroma is of candy cherries and little else. I should mention that this beer is bright - years ago when Shirley Warne was brewer is was gloriously muddy (ok, I only scored it a three but I remember it better than that) and one of the best fruit beers on the planet. Today is has a strong woody, balsamic note with heady alcohol (reportedly over 8%). There is astringency as well, which clashes with the candyish fruit. Clumsy and styleless, a mockery of its former self.

original rating: 1997 Made with the new years harvest of sour cherries from the Fraser Valley. Reddish muddy looking. The beer is based on wheat, but there is so much more going on. Perhaps the complexity develops from the lactobacillus infection, the use of whole fruit in the secondary fermentation, fermented to the pit, or the wild yeasts that are present in the skins. No matter, really, this beer is very complex and astonishingly balanced. A fruit beer for true beer lovers. AR 8 AP 3 FL 8 P 4 O 16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 25, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 Very flavorful Belgian-style fruit beer. As the name implies, sour cherries dominate. Quite estery in the background. I don"t remember this as tasting like a Lambic as much as it did a Tripel or Strong Ale with fruit added, although I"m going from tasting notes I took last fall. Quite tasty!

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