allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottled. Brown pour, tan head. Nose is horse blanket, spices, and cherries. Flavor is malt, cherry, horse blanket funk and brett bitterness. Nicely bitter, cherry pit finish. thewolf (12535) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2011
Pours deep chestnut with slight red edges. Big, creamy, beige head. Great lacings. Flavour has lots of nice cherries, deep dark chocolate, light fruity tartness, some spicy liqourice. Medium carbonation, great creamy mouthfeel. Rather dry in the finish. Flavour is lovely tart, plums, lots of chocolate, light liqourice, cherries with no marzipan. Some caramel, cocoa, coconut, oak and a sherry feel throughout. Long, lingering dryness. Very elegant. Like a blend of a great porter/dubbel and a sour cherry ale. Yum!
(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. Bule (2137) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2016
750ml bottle from Monk's cafe. Pours a deep purple color with no head. No carb. Delicious fresh cherry flavor. Like biting into cherry skins. Very delicately balanced, and some flavor fallen off.
nuplastikk (6220) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Draft at Maxs. Not unlike Bells Cherry Stout. Awesome and mellow, with an additional bretty sour kick. Smooth, easy cherry chocolate beer. Excellent.
jredmond (8204) - New York, New York, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle split with pat, take out from belgian cafe. Pours a dark brown almost black body, with nice off white lacing. Aroma is tart, nut and something extremely peculiar....banana bread. Taste is medium palate with notes of banana, tart, nut, caramel, chocolate malt. patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with James. Pours a hazy chesnut brown with a thick, creamy, off-white head. Aroma of walnut, spice, toasted malts, yeast, and an outrageously beautiful hint of pure banana bread. Fuller bodied with a crazily robust, sugary, and balanced palate. Finishes with a subdued sweetness and a nice bit of warming. Great colaboration. Great Belgian strong. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2010
Pours a slightly murky blackish brownish with some reddish notes, and a lovely tan head. Aroma is sour cherry, some funk, hint of chocolate. Flavor when cool is smoothly of chocolate, moving into sour cherry, with a hint of funk on the finish. As it warms, the chocolate fades into the background and the sour cherry and funk really comes to the front. Really quite excellent, although I’m curious as to what the beer would have tasted like without the brett addition. captaink (10) - USA - APR 20, 2010
Bottle into wineglass. Poured a dark ruby amber out of the bottle but was dark brown/black in glass. Dark tan head, great lacing. Malty nose with beautiful funkiness, brett, faint cherry. Medium-high carbonation. Not overly sticky or cloying. Perfect balance from an excellent, well crafted beer. I hope Bottle Barn gets some more of these. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Appearance: old browns and melted chocolates under a tan head which fades into a thin film with a thick border. Swirls with lace and a thicker border.
Nose: chocolate covered cherry heaven. Long cherry finish which leads into dry tannic bitter skins and stems. Prunes add black fruit meatiness. Leather and polish underneath meets in the back with old well worn and well polished wood fireplaces; mahogany. Leather, dust, horse and the blankets, too. Hershey kisses with almonds.
Palate: omg. Chocolate cakes with a soft chocolate mousse finish in the back of the throat. Tartness nibbles along the sides of my cheek and tongue with plums and black cherries. Chocolate covered prunes, hold the pits please. Whole, fresh, real cherries both sweet and tart in my breath. Almonds are also covered in chocolate, now sporting a fudgy consistency and density. Not as much funk as in the nose, but some can be found as she warms up – leather and old varnished worn woods. Tartly sweet plums and cherries atop my tongue as she slowly dries a smidge more, revealing horse blankets and dusty earth.
Final Thoughts: an orgy of flavors which all worked together almost seamlessly. I can’t wait to see what happens with 6 months or even a good year or two of cellar aging will do to this beer. A dessert all its own.