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RATINGS: 1159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast , this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the character of this Ale.

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4.1
hypoluxa (3) - Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2006 does not count
This beer is a wonderful seasonal brew that has been gaining popularity throughout PA, and rightly so. It is difficult to get because of the smaller batches in past years, but has become more plentiful in ’06. It has a nice sweet bouquet and a decent white frothy head. Unlike last years batch, you can taste the cherry this year (unlike last years batch which was not so hot), and the sweetness is undeniable. Good spiciness to with a bitter, but not unpleasant finish. A holiday winner from Troegs.

3.1
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Clear amber body, with little head. Spicy aroma, taste of mild cherry. Not a fan of cherries so the beer wasn’t as good as I hoped, but it was still solid.

3.7
Arayaga2 (2189) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Beautiful clear red with tight white head, this ale smells yeasty at first then spicy, and sour with cherries. Taste is faintly cherry with belgian spiciness, and mild alcohol apparent. $3/12oz

3.8
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 5, 2006
clear reddish amber with a small white head. sweet, juicy, honey, vegetal aroma. extremely sweet and malty with tons of honey. hints of caramel and carrots. dont notice the cherries much. very smooth palate and medium bodied. good stuff. thanks jason w.

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jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2009 Pours red/amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is full of sweet cherries, with a hint of honey and spice. Flavor has light hints of cherries, a bit of honey, some evident but easy alcohol, and light spice overtones throughout. The palate is medium, lightly bitter-sweet fruitiness, and a hint of alcohol.

1.6
cheap (5797) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 Been waiten for this one. Mine didn’t say ’holiday’ on it. Is this similar to La Rossa without the bitter malt finish? I guess honey is a spice and I can’t taste the cherries. Some lingering bitter. Not too sure why this beer commands a higher price. Will not buy again.

3.4
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2006
06 bottling. This ale poured a ruby red color with a diminuitive head that dissapted quckly along with all of the other carbontation. This proved to have a positive effect on the overall enjoyment of the beer which had a predominantly sweet cherry taste (makes sense given the ingredients) with a slight alcoholic burn and a light taste of hops as well. The aroma was nothing to write home about as it didn’t smell terribly pleasing or offensive, rather sweet and full of alcohol. Overall this is a farly unique brew that leaves me wondering whether I actually like it or not. The quality and creativity contribute greatly the my total enjoyment.

3.7
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Amber/ruby red body with small khaki head. Aroma is loads of cherries with hints of honey and caramel. Nice warming feeling from the alcohol. Flavor is lightly tart and lightly sweet with flavors of honey, cherry and raisins. Could be interesting to age... might balance the flavors out a little.

3.2
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2006
Hazy orange, amber colour with a beige head. Malty, caramel sweet aroma with a hoppy fruity and pine note. Malty, caramel and alcohol sweet flavor with a hoppy fruityness.

2.9
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Bottle aged 10 months. The aroma has caramel, yeast, raisins, spices, candy, pine, and citrus. The appearance is red brown with a small head and very little carbonation. The flavor is very malty and sweet with all the elements from the aroma except it tastes a little like vinegar (probably from aging). The palate is like syrup. Aging this beer was a mistake but the aroma is nice.


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