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Melbourn Bros. Cherry - Melbourn Bros.

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Melbourn Bros. CherryMelbourn Bros. Cherry

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 65
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Melbourn Bros.
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  3.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: chaduvel on 08-25-2003

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Photo of Onslow
4.84/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed after a day at the beach w/ scoobs, stew, + his crew (Page is a hotty!) .. . Pours a dark ruby colour with a medium full head, has a real quality lacing factor also .. . Smell is of sweet kids cherry juice and fresh pressed cherries+ dark cherry skins, some cherry brandy too ( The best flavor comparison would actually be a cherry fizz lollipop, the one with that fizzy shit in the middle..) .. .. Loaded with flavour: albeit not that complex, very clean and sweet, still a sweeter juice added lambic but damn enjoyable .. . .. Not for the serious Belgian kriek fan, but fuckin tasty and i enjoyed it... 34° 45′ 54″ S, 70° 17′ 11″ W

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Photo of Schwarz04
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is just pretty. It pours a deep red color with a nice rose-colored head. When they say cherry, they mean cherry. The nose is strictly fresh crushed cherries. Beautiful. Initially drawing the beer into my mouth, I have a nice, sweet cherry flavor, but upon swallowing the beer, there is a nice tart, sour that almost causes me to pucker my lips, but balances out the sweet cherry flavor nicely. This is just a nice beer. This one is moderate in mouthfeel, with enough carbonation to keep it dancing. As far as things go, this is a nice easy drinking beer. I've enjoyed the other two offerings I have had from this brewery, but this is my favorite so far.

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Photo of WesWes
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a deep dark purple color with a thick frothy reddish purple head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very fruity and tart cherry scent that is quite pleasant to the nose. The taste is great as well. It has an intense cherry flavor that goes down easy like candy. It has quite a tart finish which is very refreshing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonaton. This is a damn good brew. I could drink about a gallon of this stuff.

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Photo of jahred
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly good, easy to drink beer that I had heard very little about and bought on a whim to share with my girlfriend.

The head of the beer crackles (just like rice krispies?) after pourning and is nice and thick. The beer itself is a very, very dark red color - quite pretty.

The beer smells of yeast and cherries. The yeasty scent isn't surprising, as the bottle claims it's fermented with wild yeast (the lambic comparisons aren't that far off).

Tastes of sour cherries and my mom's Luden's cherry cough drops. There's not much else to the taste, but the low alcohol content and pleasant cherryness make it easy to drink.

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Photo of Drew966
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Melbourn Bros. Cherry pours a deep, dark, cherry red with a pink head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I love the smell, cherries, and not in an artificial flavoring type of way, but in a rich, amazing fashion. It's not all sweet like I feared, there is definitely a strong sour component too. Like all of the Melbourn Bros. beers, it's quite sweet. There is a strong sour flavor that balances it pretty nicely, but all of their beers are quite sweet. It hardly resembles beer as I usually think of it, but they really nail the fruit flavors, which a lot of brewers just can't seem to do. If you like their stuff you'll like this one, it's my favorite of the three by far. If you don't like the other ones, you probably wont like this one either. Outstanding in my opinion.

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Photo of tlinner
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great little beer. A lot of people turn their noses to fruit-flavored brews, but not me. I think it's fun to stray off the path every now and then. This beer is pretty much just hard cherry juice. Cherries dominate the smell and taste, and there's very little bitterness or hoppiness you'd expect from a beer. Certainly not an everyday drink, as it's sweet as hell, but if you want to impress some friends with something really different, look no further.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different. Seemed too sweet at first, but the sweetness was tamed as i made my way through the glass. Definitely an English interpretation of a Kriek. Very well done. Drinkable. Overflowing with tart cherry aroma, matched by a flavor of the same.

The real question is, why don't we have this in AL when it fits within all our laws, and we have plenty of other beers imported by Merchant du Vin? I shall inquire.

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Photo of marburg
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This slides right up there with the Lindemans lambics as the epitome of sweet, fruity beers. If you're not looking for depth of "character" or adherence to tradition, these types of beers are pretty good, I think, and this is one of the better ones -- definitely topping, I think, the Apricot and maybe Strawberry from the same brewer.

Redder than the reddest of reds, this is just pretty clear but is deep enough in its color to be difficult to look through. A pinkish head gathers itself up to about a half inch in thickness and sits there with a fairly impressive commitment.

Strong, sugary aromas -- cherry slurpees and maraschino cherries -- with a light hint of northern sour cherry. Very little else. It's powerful but certainly pretty straightforward. Similarly, the flavor is predominantly cherry. Sweet Tarts and cherry pie.

Mix this up with sorbet or maybe some chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Drink one by itself. Its sweetness will undoubtedly be limiting for some, but it's a pretty nice little fruit beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of gdogalishus
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle

Pours with a deep ruby red body, some slight hints of pink and mahogany. Fluffy pink head, good retention

Smell, cherries, vanilla, yogurt, cream

Taste, tart and slightly citric. Fizzy cherry mouthfeel, lasting creaminess on the palette

A tasty english take on the traditional lambic style. A solid and refreshing fruit beer, no real lambic funk but went really well with a slice of strawberry and fresh cream sponge

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Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. There’s a little wild sourness that creeps in as well, and the whole brew works pretty well. It’s not sweet, but not really dry either (semi-dry?), and is very refreshing. I’m generally not a big fan of fruit brews, but this one is worth having again.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

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.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a ruby color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of tart dark cherries

T - Follows the nose with a mouthful of tart cherries

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This was a pretty good fruit beer I was expecting the worst when my wife ordered this but I ended up drinking half of her beer its worth a try sometime

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Photo of chaduvel
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bottle. Tells me that the brewer uses Spontaneous Fermentation...like some Lambics. Pours deep red color with a pink champagne-like head. Smells of cherry cough syrup, some yeast smells in there as well. Tastes tart, distinctly of black cherry's not artificial, but of real cherries. High carbonation levels here. A malty finishing, no hops to speak of and no alcohol presence other than a faint medicinal taste at times. Overall a quite good cherry beer, very close to a lambic.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another sweet, but very drinkable brew from the brothers Melbourn. Dark ruby red with light red highlights and a head of pink-tinged foam. Aromas are pure cherry juice, cherry puree, and all things cherry. Not much of an ale base here. This is fruit juice beer all the way. Taste follows through with some soft ale-ish malt flavors and a burst of fresh, not artificial tasting cherries and sugar. There is also some spiciness to be found, but this stuff just gets a little too cloying over time. Mouthfeel is medium-light and drinkability is good, but the sweetness cuts it down a bit. Still a nice cherry beer for sure. All cherry lovers should buy this by the case.

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Photo of TeamSeabass
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 that’s 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 wouldn’t want every beer to taste like this one. But it is a nice change of pace, and certainly worth a try!

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Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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....

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Photo of Higravity
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old bottle from the hidden corners of a beer store that has no idea what they have ever. I found this on top of a shelf where they had a box of chimay and Sam Smith's I think they had forgetten about. Anyway I thought I would give a try as I had the Strawberry one a while back and I didn't remember it sucking too bad.

Pours bruise red with a short lived pink head. It smells of sour cherries and a tinge of the cough syrup but that is not dominating and doesn't even bother me. The taste is pretty good, not as sweet as the Lindemans but not as sour as Cantillions, somewhere in the middle with plenty of room for enjoyment. I would buy this again, I hope it is decent fresh as it is aged however long it was before I found it.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. I find no dating on the bottle. I've tried the apricot Melbourn Bros. years ago and enjoyed it. A local beer store lowered the price from $5.25 to $1.89 a bottle because these weren't moving. I was a little suspect, so I purchased just one bottle. After trying this, I went back and bought six more.

Appearance: watered down cherry cough syrup colored red body with a pink creamy head that disappears and leaves very sticky lacing. Bits of dark debris hang in suspension.

Smell: there's no doubt that this is cherry. Big time sweet, tart and tangy bing cherries.

Taste: flavors match scents when tangy, sweet cherries meet bittering hops and a distant flavor of wheat husks and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer is lightened up with bubbly carbonation and tangy mouthfeel. Bitter hops sit on my tongue.

Drinkability: more than two bottles of this and I'm afraid of overdoing the cherry thing. Looking for a low alcohol, fruit flavored beer and this is it. Nice and different.

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