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Melbourn Bros. Cherry - Melbourn Bros.

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BA SCORE
84
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Melbourn Bros.
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  3.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: chaduvel on 08-25-2003)
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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 WesWes
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

WesWes, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

francisweizen, Jan 11, 2005
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 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 clvand0
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark red color with an oddly red colored head. The aroma is of sweet cherries, but that is about it. The flavor is very full of cherry with sweetness and finishes with a slightly bitter taste. Some acidity there. Dry as well. Not bad and very interesting.

clvand0, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Gusler, Sep 18, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

kmpitz2, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of Guinness4me
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa! I like this beer! It pours a deep ruby color with little head. The smell was fruity and tart, yet cherry cough syrup visions filled my head.

Now for the best part: the taste! I love Black Cherry Lambic so I tried this beer because of it. The taste started with an intense tingle of carbonation that was quite refreshing. The tartness first hits you with a zing then is nicely compensated by sweet cherries. Those of you who have been to a Sonic Drive-In...think Cherry Limeade!

I'll definately drink it again.

Guinness4me, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

beerguy101, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of jahred
4.5/5  rDev +20%
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.

jahred, Nov 30, 2003
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 marburg
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

marburg, Sep 18, 2003
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.

chaduvel, Aug 25, 2003
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