Melbourn Bros. Cherry - Melbourn Bros.
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Reviews by JayTheFinn:
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
I don't have much experience with fruit beers and this is my first cherry flavored one.
Nice red color with a small pinkish head that stuck around a bit.
Very strong cherry smell. It doesn't smell like it's a beer. I even double-checked the label to make sure that's what I bought, lol.
Tastes perhaps more like red wine than beer, while being quite reminiscent of cherry flavored cough syrups I've had...and loved. This hit the ol' sweet tooth hard.
Had a fizziness close to cherry soda.
Very drinkable for people who like sweets and soda, while being a terrible choice for those who don't. And even though I dig the sweet stuff, it's too sweet to have more than one at a time.
Overall this was a good introduction for me into cherry flavored beers. I'd get this one again and try others in the future.
04-23-2006 03:03:28 | More by JayTheFinn
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2.35/5 rDev -37.3%
This beer pours a cherry red color with a small white head with red tints in it. The head fades slow, leaving a decent lacing.
This beer has a very cherry aroma. It is almost cloying. It smells slightly like cherry cough syrup. Maybe a little like a cough drop.
This beer tastes like it smells. I get the feeling I am taking a ricola cough drop. Not much to it but cherry.
This beer is highly carbonated. It leaves a sweet, cough syrup aftertaste.
I doubt I will ever even think about tis beer again. It would make a poor session beer.
04-01-2006 23:46:40 | More by OStrungT
United Kingdom (England)
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
A really nice beer> kind of like a weaker version of New glarus belgian Red. Glowing crimson colour. Sweet fleshy cherry flavour, with a lovely tart edge. syruppy and sweet at times, but never cloying. Nice refreshing tartness, some earthy stink happening, i liked it, enjoyable.
09-25-2003 00:11:03 | More by rastaman
4.05/5 rDev +8%
Pours a dark cherry red in color with a pinkish head. The aroma is full of sweet and tart cherries. Taste is very similar to the nose in that it is all about the tart cherries that finishes dry. Overall, I think this is a pretty solid fruit beer that is worth having again. One of the major drawbacks is that it is extremely pricey.
10-10-2006 05:12:53 | More by cjgator3
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle
A- a dark ruby redpour that has cherry highlites. A weak cherry colored head that runs off my brew pretty quick. Somewhat opaque.
S- cherry tartness blasts mein the nose and shoots to my mouth and smells great. i can smell some other hints of things but i cant distinguish because of the cherry.
T- cherry juice and a lil bit of alcohol. It isnt high in alcohol content but you get hints of it as you keep drinking.
M-viscous and syrupy. It feels smooth though however and goes down with ease.
D- This is a good beer to pound back. The cherry tartness might hinder more than 3 or4 but a nice easy brew.
03-09-2009 22:07:18 | More by Dodo2step
3.03/5 rDev -19.2%
Pours a deep dark reddish brown, with a moderate reddish off-white head that drops to nothing quickly.
Initial aroma is definitely cherry. My thought was Smith's cough-drop artificial cherry. But the label says made with fresh cherries. Oh, not quite, the label says "Beer with Cherry Juice Added" next to the cool old timey print of an old brewery industrial complex... hmmm...
Let's look more closely for the right info-- "brewed with malted barley, wheat, hops, yeast, water, & fresh cherries" and "Stamford is one of Great Britain's most beautiful and historic market towns"- good to know for my next trip! But what does that have to do with beer?
Cough drop aroma is waht I'm sticking with- my girlfriend came up with the description (it's her beer, after all, I'm just checking it out!).
The flavor definitely follows through the sweet cherry profile, but it's helped out by some sour cherry as well, also the spontaneous fermentation adds a bit of complexity that is a welcome balance. Overall, way to sweet/fruity for me, but my girlfriend likes it (but doesn't love it).
I'll be going back to my gueuze now....
06-14-2005 02:25:36 | More by Dukeofearl
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance- Pours out a deep clear ruby with a hint of amber. Very clear, but a high refractive incidence. The head is a foamy, light pink concoction that has some staying power, and good lacing.
Aroma- Strong smell of sweet cherries. Smells great, and very inviting.
Taste- Strong taste of fairly sweet cherries up front, with a nice but harsh almond bitterness in the aft of the mouth. slightly tart. Just the slightest hint of pale malt in the background.
Mouthfeel- Light body. Good carbonation.
Drinkability- I like it, but I like cherry flavored beers, and can't tell the difference between real cherries and juice. If you are into cherry lambics, this one is decent.
12-23-2008 06:44:45 | More by theopholis
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass. Poured a deep ruby red color with a thin light head of red bubbles. The head vanished quickly, but the carbonation level remained high.
The aroma was overwhelming sour cherries... mouthwatering sweet aroma that shows a huge proportion of cherries used in this brew. There was no bitterness in the nose at all... more like a cherry cool aid than a cherry flavored beer.
The flavor followed the aroma with sweet sour cherries completely dominating. They say cherry on the label and that is exactly what you get. Definitely on the sugary sweeter cherry beer side.
04-16-2006 17:49:18 | More by gdogalishus
3.45/5 rDev -8%
Pours out a deep garnet hue, with a fizzy pink head like cream soda.
Aroma is a cross between preserved cherries, and cherry Nibs licorice--all in all comforting in a curious way.
Yup, more cherry in the flavour, and still riding the fence between real and faux varieties. A hint of pale malt can be discerned holding up this big red facade of flavour.
Mouthfeel is mostly carbonation, which lends to the perception of drinking pop.
You know, it'd make an okay dessert beer, or something to phase in once at some point on a hot day on the patio or barbecuing. Just one though, no more, no less.
03-05-2008 08:53:24 | More by IronDjinn
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
The beer dispenses from the 355ml brown bottle a deep cherry color with a modest cherry colored frothy head and the residual lace a thin but concealing sheet. Nose is sweet cherry, fresh and crisp, and very appetizing with the start tart cherry sweet and a fair to middling profile, top is light to moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is biting in its acidity and the cherry sweetness lingers on in the aftertaste, quite dry and a delightful change of pace.
09-18-2004 20:47:05 | More by Gusler
3.9/5 rDev +4%
A- Pours a strong ruby color with a small pink head that dissipates to the sides of the glass. Little stuff appearing like cherry bits floating around. Leaves some small lacing as you drink.
S- The smell is off the charts strong cherry. No mistake about it.
T- Tastes like cherry sprite with some small malts and bitter hops mixed in. Very sweet and no sour notes. The dried cherry flavor is very strong on the drink and the finish.
M- well carbonated with tiny bubbles that makes the mouthfeel like champagne.
D- Assuming drinkability is a measure of how much you would like another round after the first one, this one is low. I don't see myself drinking more than one per.
Not typically what i think of when the word "beer" comes to mind.
That said, I do appreciate the stlye and the unique ingredients and process in making this beer, even though its not technically a lambic. You're paying for that uniqueness instead of booze, unlike most beers at this price point. This is an expensive beer in my world.
12-05-2008 00:14:30 | More by TeamSeabass
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a clear, ruby red color with a frothy pink head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.
Very tangy and tart cherry aroma.
Very tart cherry flavor with a dry finish. Just what a lambic should be.
Medium-light body, zippy carbonation.
Another tasty "lambic" from Melbourn Bros. Thirst quenching and puckeringly good, it's a pleasure to drink.
10-17-2007 03:17:18 | More by MaltyGoodness
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
355 ml bottle, bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark. A British spontaneously fermented cherry "lambic", hmm? Pours with a beautiful cherry red colour and a large and lasting pink head. Intense and beguiling aroma of sweet and sour cherries. Tastes like, duh ..., beer with cherry juice added, maybe because thats what it actually is? Fairly sweet, reminds me of Lindemans Kriek, but also with a distinct cherry sourness. Low bitterness. Once you get used to the thought of beers tasting more or less like (first class) cherry sodas, this one (like most kriek lambics) actually taste GOOD! No, I wouldnt want every beer to taste like this one. But it is a nice change of pace, and certainly worth a try!
07-17-2006 19:19:39 | More by Sigmund
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
300ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..
Poured a bright red colour... Head was very pink and poured very big and foamy. This settled to a nice thin layer which lasted throughout...
Aroma - Creamy cherries, vanilla, maybe some apple hints, slight peppery notes...
Taste Sweet, hints of spiciness, some sourness, very strong cherry flavour, vanilla notes...
Feel - Very creamy...
Overall - A pretty good fruit beer. Maybe a little too sweet.... Definitely worth a try though....
10-03-2005 09:24:40 | More by mdagnew
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours brown redish color with pink head. Really nice smell of fresh cherries. Nothing but cherries. Tastes like sour cherries. Kinda weird tatse, but it's not bad. It's just something you wouldn't expect from beer. It's different. Moutfeel - it carbonated, actually even a bit overcarbonated. It's pretty drinkable, as it's really light and fruity. Interesting beer.
09-29-2008 02:23:47 | More by Voonder
4.53/5 rDev +20.8%
Appearance: Dark ruby red around edges becoming violet towards center. Very little carbonation. No lasting head...A decent amount of lacing as you drink. A lot of fine sand sized particle floating evenly throughout...
Smell: Very strong cherry upfront, you can almost smell the tartness...Hints of lemon also come through..Very pleasant smelling..
Taste: Abundance of cherries and fruity tartness...slight bitterness as well. Very sweet too but not overpowering. Slight strawberry flavor too...surprising amount of complexity for a fruit beer.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp, tartness and sweetness are enhanced as you let the beer wander. A strong sense of carbonation becomes present contrary to the appearance...
Drinkability: Very very high, wow is there any alcohol in this? I know its quite low, but its virtually in detectable...Very sessionable...A bit pricey but will buy again!
02-19-2009 04:19:39 | More by Schwarz04
2.38/5 rDev -36.5%
Interestingly shaped 355 ml brown bottle.
It pours a hazy dark rose color and it STRUGGLES to form a head.
The smell is of luden's, which I enjoy.
The flavor is super syrupy and thick with a cherry candy flavor. There is very little carbonation, it just feels like syrup.
There are better fruit beers.
03-17-2011 03:24:16 | More by crossovert
3.08/5 rDev -17.9%
Pours a light pink, two finger head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light carbonation and light bodied. Cloudy red color. Nose is a strong cherry. Like drinking a cherry soda, no detectable hops, finishes on the tart side. Good beer for someone who doesn't like beer. Expensive - $6.99 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
02-26-2005 00:47:01 | More by jdhilt
4.3/5 rDev +14.7%
This was hard to rate, because it hardly resembles beer in any way.That being said, pours to a dark cherry color with thin pink head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very strong and pleasant cherry, and the mouthfeel is full of carbonation. Flavor follows the nose perfectly, with a blast of cherry that is sweet, yet not sickening. Finsih is again sweet, but not too much. If I had not poured this myself, I could would have thought it was a cherry cola, especially since the 3.4% abv keeps itself well hidden.
Not what I would consider a "beer", but a truly enjoyable drink.
12-21-2007 18:52:11 | More by kimcgolf
3.43/5 rDev -8.5%
Similar to the appricot and strawberry beers, only with cherries this time. There are a lot of one-dimensional fruit flavors, and little beer character. Rich, bold cherrys jump out at the nose, taking on deep, ripe (perhaps over-ripe), tart, and lightly soured aromas. A firm hint of woodiness and must intermingles with the fruits and sweetness. The beer looks very deeply maroon (cherry colored) with shards of black yeast sediments in suspension. Basically no head retention and very light on the carbonation. The flavors are all about the cherries, with litttle-to-no barley malt noticed in taste or body. The wood / must qualities pronounce more heavily in the taste than in flavors. The cherry flavors hinge on artificial flavors at times. The feel is moderate, because of the fruit dosage and little because of malt or dextrins. Finishes thin, slightly tart, with a cherry soda-pop resisual sweetness. Tasty, but I prefer more beer in my beer.
08-17-2007 12:23:28 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +8%
This brew is a carbonic, clear, very red liquid. The head is a cotton-candy pink color. The aroma is all about cherries. Full, intense, and slightly tart, the smell is like a mashed up basket of cherries. The taste is similar, lots of cherries, with a little yeast and spice. Theres a little wild sourness that creeps in as well, and the whole brew works pretty well. Its not sweet, but not really dry either (semi-dry?), and is very refreshing. Im generally not a big fan of fruit brews, but this one is worth having again.
09-10-2006 20:27:34 | More by Suds
Melbourn Bros. Cherry from Melbourn Bros.
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