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Melbourn Bros. Cherry - Melbourn Bros.

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Melbourn Bros. CherryMelbourn Bros. Cherry

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BA SCORE
85
very good

65 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Melbourn Bros.
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  3.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chaduvel on 08-25-2003)
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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 10/8/2005 (bottle):

My first beer rating. A nice, rich looking pour, deep red color with very fizzy pink head. Has a medium body. Taste has a bitter finish. I like cherries, but this was too tart for me. But this is my first lambic fruit beer, so maybe I was expecting something else.

jujubeast6000, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of OStrungT
2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

OStrungT, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of crossovert
2.38/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

crossovert, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Bizoneill
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Bizoneill, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of brentk56
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cherry soda color with a pinkish head that hangs around for the duration and leaves some lacing

Smell: Cherry cough syrup...enough said

Taste: Starts out very sweet like a cherry soda and then the tartness hits mid-palate but never really does the job of balancing the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability: I generally like fruit beers but this one is just too sweet for my palate; I cannot even finish the bottle

brentk56, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a pale pink colored head. The beer is dark cherry color that shows an almost clear, bright red color when held up to the light. This is clearly a cherry beer as the aroma of candied cherries jumps out of my glass without me even trying to smell the beer. A deeper inspection of the aroma yield nothing else but cherry, though perhaps there is a touch of something like play-doh.

The taste is not quite as sweet as the aroma would suggest, but it is definitely sweet. Cherry flavors are clearly the most prominent note here and that very faint play-doh note continues to be just noticeable in the flavor too. I am really having a hard time tasting anything but cherry flavors, this is very one dimensional. Because it is sweet, it definitely has a fuller body to it and there is a tannic character to it (sort of like cherry skins) that seems to boost the mouthfeel as well.

More like a cherry soda than anything, you would never be able to guess that there is a spontaneously fermented beer under here, and that is quite a shame. Not bad, just not really beer.

Purchased: Papago Brewing Co. Scottsdale AZ

Gueuzedude, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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....

Dukeofearl, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

jdhilt, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of BiereBlanche
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear, bright red with a pink head. Lots of carbonation. Nose is full of highly sweet cherry - syrup, marascinnos, cherry cough medicine. The rest is tart smelling, nothing else. Taste is similar, lots of sweet and tart fruit, mostly a syrupy sweet cherry with some apple and apricot notes. Sticky mouthfeel despite moderately high carbonation. Tasty, tart but very hard to drink much because of how sweet and cloying it is. Very balanced to sweet and tart fruit.

BiereBlanche, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of LarryKemp
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer claims to have spontaneous fermentation. The label says that it contains malted barley, hops, yeast, water and fresh cherries. It does not say what the underlying style was meant to be. It is close in taste to a kriek lambic and seemingly it has a similar yeast induction process.

This beer poured a deep cherry red with a full pink head that lasted for quite some time and left a lot of lace on the side of the glass.

The sweet cheeries overpower all other aspects in the nose and on the tongue. It does have a sour finish after taking several sips. The alchohol level is so low it adds nothing to the taste. This is sweet swwweeeetttt SWEET/

The mouthfeel is medium full and has a tingle from the carbonation particularly on the roof of the mouth. When the sourness finally kicks in, there is a parchness in the throat as well.

This beer would be nice as an after dinner drink - that is what their website suggests. Too many of these and I think you will have them flowing red backdraft, but one with certain deserts would be fine. This is an interesting beverage, but at nearly $6 a bottle, I think I would go for an authentic kriek.

LarryKemp, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

JAHMUR, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of allengarvin
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark, muddy reddish-brown color, with a layer of wafer-thin light-pink foam on top.

Aroma: Strong sweet red-apple aroma (yes, I smell apples, not cherry).

Flavor: Fairly sweet fruit flavor hits up front, with only the slightest bit of balancing sourness at the end. Wild-yeast lambic character is minimal.

Body: Light bodied, as expected.

Least interesting of the Melbourn beers, by far (my bias against sweetness may be to blame; I can't stand most sweet foods). The strawberry has excellent aroma, and the apricot has a complex taste. This lacks anything distinguishing.

allengarvin, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of seh410
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark reddish brown - looks like cherry juice with a small white head

Aroma: Heavy on the cherry. Smells like cherry juice, no alcohol notes noticeable

Taste: Very deep cherry flavor. Sweet, but not cloying or overpowering. No alcohol notes at all. Basically tastes like a cherry lambic would.

Mouthfeel: Definitely can feel a bite of carbonation. Medium body in the mouth.

Drinkability: Yes and no. It tastes great and it's easy to get through the bottle, but I just can't see myself putting down more than one of these - it'd be like drinking several glasses of straight cherry juice. I think the taste and sweetness would become too much.

Notes: Tastes remarkably similar to Samuel Smith's Cherry Fruit Ale

seh410, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BEERchitect, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of IronDjinn
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

IronDjinn, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is pretty similiar to the Strawberry version by the Melbourn Bros. A reddish/copper color w/ little head that dies quickly and no lacings. The smell is not overtly cherry, unlike the immense strawberry smell in that brew, but it is noticeable with a sharp tartness. The cherry taste isn't quite up to snuff and the brew comes across a little like a cherry soda with a rough edge, but it is still a smooth drink. Not much reaason to drink this, especially at $7 a pop and the fact that the Strawberry is a much better option in my opinion.

clayrock81, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of PSUDREW
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a brownish ruby color. little bit of head that blows away quickly.

S - cherry, cherry, and more cherry. yeah, that is all it is

T - tart, wonderful cherry goodness. not much more, maybe a little bit of malt, but this is cherry

M - light, sweet, and some carbonation. pretty good

D - easy

This was a light, pretty interesting beer. got some from my distributor, pretty good over all

PSUDREW, May 17, 2010
Photo of HisBoyElroy
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

HisBoyElroy, May 23, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

KAF, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear ruby with a light pink head which rose quickly and fell just as rapidly to lace the glass.

The aroma was cherries. Nuttin' but cherries. Like sniffing a bowlful of cherry lifesavers. To be fair there was just a hint of acidity in the aroma, but mainly it was a candy aroma of cherries.

The flavor was sweet on the palate as first contact is made and then the flavor dries slightly. The cherries in the aroma aren't there just for show, they really take a stand in the flavor. The acidity assists with drying out the flavor and the cherries taste more authentic than they smell.

The finish was dry with a linering cherry presence and a lingering acidity that was quite nice. The body was medium light. The cherries in the aroma seem artificial while the flavor seems more authentic.

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Not a bad beer, but no real complexity exists.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of rastaman
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

rastaman, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of BDTyre
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice on a hot summer day.

Cloudy copper colour with very little head. It resembles soday. Nice cherry fruit scent. Very little "beer" in there. The initial taste is cherry cough syrup, but after, it mellows out to a nice smooth cherry flavour with a bit of malt background.

Carbonation is good, but as with many fruit beers, I find it comes off a bit oily.

BDTyre, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of theopholis
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

theopholis, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev 0%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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Melbourn Bros. Cherry from Melbourn Bros.
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.