glennmastrange (2939) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of dark bread and milk chocolate, perfume and cooked orange for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with fig, dried cherry, alspice and boozy-alcohol in the background. Head is small, creamy with larger bubbles, light brown with good lacing and is mostly diminshing. Color is dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly bittersweet and acidic. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a soft carbonation. There is a whole lot of of everything that belongs in a Belgian Strong Ale in this one. Great bold aromas and flavors that play nicely with each other. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2011
(bottle, says Bell 01 on the cork, not sure if that’s indicative of the batch) Pours black with some ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass and a large tan head that leaves behind good lacing. Aroma is pretty interesting with plenty of cherry showing up, chocolate intertwined, and a pleasant base of funk with spikes of pineapple and mint. Brett is certainly present here, and it’s matching up well with the chocolate and cherry. I do get some banana too, as it pops in from time to time between the more dominant cherry, funk, and chocolate. It actually matches up quite well with the chocolate. I also get a smell of pancake batter, which just ratchets up the complexity. Gooseberry is a good call in the description, as it’s certainly here in spades with more warming. Further warming yields some soy sauce. This is a really unique beer, and one of the more aromatically complex that I’ve drank in awhile.
Flavor is a little more straightforward, but it’s definitely pleasant, with plenty of tart cherry perfectly counterbalanced by a smooth chocolate flavor followed by even roasted malt and light roasted coffee. There’s a decent amount of earthy and cheesy funk on the finish, and it fits in well with the roasted malt. Lingering cherry skin tartness on the finish as well that is synced with light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is quite lively. Overall this was a surprisingly good beer that is fit for sipping and contemplating. jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Draft at Brass Tap. Pours a dark brown witha slight reddish hue around the edges. Sour cherry and candied sugar in the aroma and flavor with some lingering Belgian yeast notes. Sort of a mix between an Abbey and a Blemish red. illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a medium brown color with an ecru head. Aroma of soy, molasses, chalky chocolate, dark fruits. Flavor is cheap chocolate and sweet cherries, light coffee roastiness, low on brett influence, some assorted dark fruit accents, soy sauce. Kind of muddled and sweet. I’d like to revisit this after the brett gets settled in and maybe cleans it up a bit. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2011
dark brown with some reddish tints and a soft frilly tannish head.
it smells and tastes of cherries, tobacco, vanilla, leather, slate, choco, cocoa butter, roast and brown sugar. the funk is mild and well integrated. light sourness.
medium body soft carbonation. nice.8/4/8/4/16
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Pours a fluffy, lacing tan head with a deep brown body. Aromas of roasted and tart. Flavors of candi sugar, roasted malt, tart cherry. Finish is a little dry with a lasting tartness. beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Sampled at Stone Sourfest 11. Might have been better earlier in the day but after some excellent sours this paled. Poured brown black with a tinge of espresso head. Musty smelling and leathery tasting. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Picked up at Rick’s in Alexandria.
Pours a fairly-dark brown color with perhaps a bit of crimson in there. The head is tan with some fairly good retention and lace. The nose is attractive, with some nice notes of dark fruits, darker malt, cherries, and a bit of yeast. The taste is similar and melds everything together quite well. Good feel and body; this is much better than the other collaboration versions that I’ve encountered.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-09-2010 Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2011
One of the best cherry beers out there, The fruity flavors of the begian yeasts combine very nicely to the delicate and complex cherry flavors throughout. Very well made Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2011
Bottle shared by dicks in some beerz. Pours a hazy bruin body with an off white head with okay pillow retention. Birch and root beer like spices, odd yeast tones. Chocolate and caramel notes, brown sugar in the raw, cherry chewy caramel and toffee notes. Nutty chewy palate with a hint of coffee. Interesting brew its really a portfolio of spices and malts.