Melbourn Bros. Cherry - Melbourn Bros.
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3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
I'm not sure why this beer has a lot fewer reviews than its Strawberry and Apricot brothers; it seems to me they'd all be equally available. Cherry is my favorite flavor of those three, so I'm expecting to like this version best of all.
Melbourn Bros. Cherry looks like good old-fashioned red pop. The beer is dark cherry red and the head is a girlie light pink, soft and frothy. The head is on the small side and persists for a respectable amount of time. Two interconnected rings of lace sit perched above the beer's surface for the life of the bottle.
The nose is of sweet cherries mixed with Chardonnay. It doesn't really smell like beer, but that's okay. People who drink these Melbourn Bros. beers more than once should know what they're in for. Personally, I like 'em.
The flavor, to state the glaringly obvious, is the cherry version of the Melbourn line. That is to say, bright and fruity, sweet-and-sour cherries. At least the cherry flavor doesn't taste artificial, as it does in many cherry fruit beers brewed by those with less talent than the brothers Melbourn.
Good balance between sweet and tart; the relative proportions of each are just about how I'd have drawn them up. The total amount of sugar present and the somewhat thick, syrupy mouthfeel do tend to limit drinkability for me however. More than one bottle at a time is simply unthinkable and I tend to slow down quite a bit near the end.
In the final reckoning, I guess that I like all three of this brewery's fruit beers about the same (I might give the nod to this one if I was forced to choose). They aren't all that beer-like and I can't drink them often, but once in a while these sweet-tart treats hit the spot.
08-20-2004 13:55:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.78/5 rDev -25.9%
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
11-11-2005 01:50:42 | More by brentk56
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
4.53/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
02-04-2005 01:13:07 | More by WesWes
2.95/5 rDev -21.3%
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
09-03-2008 23:47:21 | More by Gueuzedude
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
4.15/5 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
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
3.9/5 rDev +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.
01-11-2005 00:21:01 | More by francisweizen
3.45/5 rDev -8%
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.
02-27-2008 19:45:06 | More by clayrock81
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
Picked this one up for the wife and ended up drinking it myself.
A: Pours a nice deep red color kind of red wine looking. It has a small fizzy light pink head that is very lively. There are also some floaters which I really look forward to.
S: Nice tart cherries with sugar added. Kind of reminds me of a cherry tart which happens to be one of my favorite desserts.
T: Very nice. There is a nice cherry tartness with a very sweet backbone. It is a really nice tasting beer that could serve as a dessert.
M: Light and bubbly like an old time cherry soda.
D: It's a single bottle beer, but a nice sweet treat.
Overall: I have recently gotten to like these types of beers and this is a good example. If you don't mind a sweet brew, almost soda like this would be a good one for you. The alcohol is low and the taste is big. Give it a shot, move away from the traditional brews and give this one a go. I am going to try their other two versions Strawberry and Apricot and you should too.
08-27-2007 02:33:39 | More by tpd975
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
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
06-11-2005 23:02:52 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.53/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
09-13-2004 02:41:07 | More by kmpitz2
3.4/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
01-04-2005 04:31:13 | More by allengarvin
3.9/5 rDev +4%
Dark red color. Medium pinkish head. Aroma is very intense cherry. A medium bodied lambic. Cheery flavor is very pronounced but it has a nice sour/tartness that balances well with the fruit sweetness. Despite all the fruit sweetness, it still has a very solid malt backbone. Lots of flavor for a low alcohol beer. Light and refreshing and very, very sweet. It could be considered medicinal and cough medicine-ish by many. Not for everyone, but a nice fruit lambic. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet, yet there is a touch of bitterness.
01-02-2004 01:02:40 | More by beerguy101
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
Melbourn Bros. Cherry from Melbourn Bros.
84 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.