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RATINGS: 1109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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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3.3
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2006
12 oz bottle. Clear cranberry orange with a sinking tan head. One whiff and I’m instantly reminded of the Naked Elf; tripel, lemon, yeast. Faint cherry emerges. Unfortunately the cherry drips all over a good beer. At first like cough syrup but not thick. Then metallic sour Kool-aid and Fizzies. Drying with some apricot tang. 11% mmmm.

3.3
Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle. Had on tap at my house last year and it was better then this years offering....Anyway, bottle.Red/amber color. Aroma consists of cherries, various spices, alcohol, and funk. The taste was the same with mild tart/funk finish. What happened this year??

1.3
roggae (2) - Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2006 does not count
had this beer fresh from the keg on 11/3. Great look to the beer. Deep amber. Not the stong offering i had hoped from troegs. good beer, but much hyped.

3.6
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
The aroma is spices and alcohol.Pours a redish color with litle head.Really didnt get the cherries.I got some spices.Palate was a medium mouthfeel with definate spice in the finish.Overall not to bad.

4.1
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Bottle poured into a Mad Elf Tulip glass purchased at the brewery. Medium white head that turns pinkish when it remains only around the side of the glass. Body is a vibrant red. A very strong sour cherry aroma. Tastes of sweet honey and sour cherries. Slight alcohol taste but definitely doesn’t seem like the 11% abv that it is. Very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but not as bad as one would think for a beer brewed with honey and cherries. This is one of my favorite holiday offerings, especially since Troegs takes a different approach with it compared to all of the breweries that just add spices to brew a holiday beer.

3.8
Zeswaft (1780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 Really sweet smelling, candy sugar and cherries. Flavor is much of the same-cherries. I’m glad it’s not spiced or anything because those beers suck. This is really good and I couldn’t tell that it’s 11% abv. rerate. This isn’t as great as i remember but it is still really good. lots of cherry flavor and no hint at the 11%. You could get your shit real fucked on this. real fucked up. and real fast.

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 (2221) - 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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