Cerise Cassée American Sour Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 39
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alexgash on 02-03-2005

Cerise Cassée is a complex beer in both process and palate. Multiple fermentations begin in stainless steel with our house ale yeast, then spontaneous refermentation and aging along with 300 pounds of sour cherries takes place in the infamous CBC barrel cellar.
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Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge, MA
Served in a cervoise

The beer poured a gorgeous, dark burgundy and was topped by a one-plus finger tall, bubbly and foamy, bright white crown. There might have been a bit of pink in the head, but it was tough to see in the bar. Spotty, drippy lacing trickled down the glass. The head fell to a thin yet resilient film.

Intense, fresh, dark cherry notes dominated the nose. Super jammy. Sweet yet balanced. There was a strong raisin presence as well. Good dose of brown sugar. Hint of balsamic. All in all, the aroma was rather straight forward, but so fragrant and enticing.

The flavor profile was also heavy on cherry, but it contained a lot more oak and sourness as well. Good dose of balsamic vinegar. Slight lactic acid presence. Touch of brown sugar. The beer tasted a lot more like a Flemish sour ale than a typical wild ale. Some lemony tartness appeared in the center. Crisp and slightly acidic. Lots of oak and vinegar on the off-dry finish. Nice overall balance of sweet/tart flavors.

The mouthfeel may have been the only less than stellar aspect of this beer. It was medium bodied with a crisp, almost soda-like effervescence. Fairly non-descript.

Cerise Cassée is an outstanding sour ale from the Cambridge Brewing Company that I will be happy to revisit. This is a fantastically flavorful, complex and refreshing offering from Will and Co.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at NotF poured into a sampling glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a very small brown head that fades. Nose is malty and rich with a light fruitiness.

Taste is quite tart and fruity with a nice funk. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. It's quite and drinkable, a very tasty beer!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

flute glass, barrel fermanted sour wild ale....oh yeah!

a light brown color with little light popping through that has a brown-tinted, small and lacy head.

Sweet wild raspberries in the aroma, very tart cherries, pums and dates add more sweetness. Fruity and tangy.

Oooh, this puppy is tart! dry, wild fruits, sweet tart candies, tangy...not at all metallic! Subtle oak-wood flavors from the barrel fermenting. A dry but crisp feel, light, sparkling feel. This one is just right for late summer.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is a nice brown, with mahogany hints and some golden tones.

Sticking this one up to my nose, I pick up on the alcohol right away. Some clove also comes out, along with stronger cherry and papaya.

Of course it's sour...cherry is early on in the flavour, and stays to the finish, as a spiciness creeps up on you.

The way it feels in the mouth is just a bit watery, with an alcohol overtone.

I find it quite drinkable, and I wouldn;t mind having more of this one.

Be well
-UF

Photo of carln26
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet color with a dense tan head. In appearance, this really did resemble a wine, possibly a Pinot Noir. Bright, tart, cherry aromas, offset by a citrus hop note. Sour tart cherry flavor. Accented by the hops. No character from the malt. It stays tart and bitter. Thin mouth feel. Medium drinakbility due to the tartness of the beer. Very Belgian very good.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC served in not quite a flute...

It's still like the cherry juice you get at Whole Paycheck. Sort of a cherrywood color with slight amber/brown. I mean, it's really still...

Leathery sour cherries are abundant and mesh almost perfectly with the sour and barnyard notes in here, creating a slightly pleasant nasal sting. There's a slight barrel taste to it - maybe a touch of bourbon and perhaps faint, faint hints of vanilla. Quite enticing.

Yup, it's sour, alright. Mild essence of cherry juice and huge sour acidity. As it warms the barnyard notes diminish, leaving it to be much cleaner than expected. There's still a little bit of funk in this rhythm, though. Cherries have a decent little bite. Barrel woodiness emerges with warmth as well. Very nicely done.

Definitely hangin' high and tight on the palate. Latent carbonation on the finish gives it a little zip. Hoppiness is nil, of course...maybe a tinge of pine but that's it. There's a huge cherry pucker fron front to back. A little dry funk lines it up nicely.

This one definitely has a biting kick to it but it drinks nicely for style. I usually don't have any complaints about CBC's stuff...no exception here. Solid.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum! I love a good sour ale!

Got this as a sampler first, then got a whole glass shortly after. Could not get enough of this great sipper.

Dark cloudy reddish brown with no head. A reddish cider.

Lactic sourness. Cherries and bitter sour patch kids aroma. Tad vinegary.

Great sourness and cheek tingling goodness. Woody and funky tart acidity. Short dry finish that makes me want to enver stop drinking. Alcohol is hidden, and had the missus and her cousin let me, I would have sat there sipping it from lunch time until they closed. My favorite brew of theirs, with the red ipa just behind it.

Photo of marcpal
3.27/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at brewpub poured into a flute glass.

A: Caramel color with an extremely thin head. Cloudy and bubbly, darker than I wouldve guessed.

N: A load of tartiness here. Really one dimensional that was sharp with a huge dose of acidity.

T: Fruits come through here behind the tartness. Vinegary and cherry flavors are the most prevelant. Not too defined, not terrible but not great.

M: Extremely dry which goes with the tart flavors. Lemon zest without the sugar needed for lemonade. The spices are there and the carbonation was too tingly.

D: ABV was awfully well hidden. Had some good characters but sourness and tartness were not among the tops for the style.

Drinkability: Tasty and incredibly flavorful. The beer is nicely sour, but isn't overpowering.
Could use some more sugary balance.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Pours a garnet color with some brown streaks. Off white head with a bit of lacing as it falls. The nose brings forward a bit of some really nice sour cherries along with a mild acetic character and some mild funk. Quite good. The flavor is a bit more tart without as much cherry. Mostly some intense sourness and tartness with perhaps a bit too much acetic acid, which carries over into the mouthfeel. Really dry, sour finish. Drinks pretty well and is something I'd definitely have again, if for nothing other than to get back at that nose.

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark murky brown color with decent head covering.

Nose of light bolotin cherry, malt vinegar, light tart fruit sour tang.

Taste has more light cherry and tart fruit. Light malt vinegar, little tang and dark choc malts. Creamy chewy malts. Breaddy malty dry funk on finish.

A medium body with decent carbonation.

Drinks pretty well, a little too much on the cherry and vinegar flavors, but otherwise pretty nice for a 7.75% wild.

Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark garnet. No light shines through. No bubbles and no lace.

Sour cherry aroma--attractive.

I taste raisins behind the sour base, less cherry. Thick body with a very low carbonation. The aftertaste was lip puckeringly sour with a touch of sweetness.

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love Cambridge's Cerise Cassee. Let me say that right now. Pours a ruddy brownish color with a thin layer of foam on top. Smell is of tart, sour cherries. Flavor is outstanding. It's an incredibly balance of tartness, sour, and cherries. Incredible balance in this one. It's sour, but not overpoweringly so. The sweetness has a perfect counter. It's excellent. It's carbonated properly for the style, and has a nice crisp, dry finish. I could drink this brew all night. I love what Will and CBC do with this brew, and I wish it was available all year. It's just damn good.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at CBC. Poured into a 12oz flute. It is a light burgundy color. Extremely hazy with a nice cream colored head. Smell is extremely tart. Different sour cheeries, apples etc. Tastes how it smells- sour patch kids, sith some wine flavors to finish. WOnderful mix of flavors and great tart mouthfeel. For a higher percentage sour, this is pretty drinkable. Another solid beer pushing the envelope for this brewery!

Photo of Chico1985
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at my first visit to the brewpub during a fun Boston/Worcester weekend. $6 a ~12oz pour. This was listed as 9% ABV.

Comes in a flute-type glass. Very dark color with some reddish purple highlights. A small off-white head sticks around decently turning to a thin ring towards the end.

Smell is a little on the weak side but is enticing. Lots of tart dark fruits, vinegar and oak.

Taste - wow, great stuff here. Intense dark fruit gives off a red wine feel (berries and cherries come to mind) and is matched nicely with a good kick of tart funk. Vanilla, vinegar oak and light spice also present. A very well-rounded sour, hits the mark in every aspect.

Good mouthfeel with carbonation that's on the high side. Keeps you sipping, this goes down easy for 9%.

This was awesome, this could stand up to Russian River's wild ales - it reminds me of Consecration a bit come to think of it. The funk doesn't tame the fruit and the fruit doesn't tame the funk, intense on both sides. Bottle this!

Photo of jslot38
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been truly lucky to have had Cerise Cassee a few times, including various vintages of the solera project at beer festivals. It ranks, in my mind, right up with some of the top sours being produced in the US.

On draft at the brewpub, served in a flute glass for $6 - a steal. Color is a dusty mahagony, with no transparency. Minimal head, just a white ring around the edges.

The aroma is nice dark fruits, raisins, oak, red wine with a hint of grape musk.

Lip puckering sour - the acid is almost over bearing but draws you back for more. Plenty of fruit, red wine undertones, a hint of oak, plums, dates, raisins. And yeah, did I mention the sourness?

Mouthfeel is a bit tricky, the acidity makes it a bit abbrasive, but the carbonation is light and on point.

Great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of Kranders
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll just get it out to start, I loved this beer. Super deep red in appearance that just begs to be sipped. Nice cherry aroma. The first sip kind of just takes you straight into a pucker it's so sour. Super complex and and just fantastic. The only downside is that more or less it kind of messes with your taste buds a bit. Still, perfect beer to end the night with.

Photo of muttyd
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Presented in a tulip glass. Deep ruby red body with a fluffy pink/white head. Aroma of oak, funk and slight vinegar is immediately obvious. Some cherries in the nose, but takes a back seat to the other aromas previously mentioned. Sweet/tart cherry flavor comes through more in the flavor. Funk, wood, and sour notes as well. Very sour beer. Mouthwatering and very astringent. One glass was definitely enough for me. Very big flavors, very sour.

Photo of waughbrew
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear dark cherry red, served with just a ring of white along the glass. Aroma is sour cherry and a red wine without the alcohol or spiciness. Starts sweet McIntosh and cherry with notes of maple. It then takes a mad dash towards tartness and evolves into an impressive sourness before finishing very clean. No trace of alcohol or bitterness. Medium-thick body with a little detached carbonation.

I find this tough to compare to much, although I definitely enjoy it more than its inspiration, Quelque Chose. I think I would prefer a bit more funkiness to it, but perhaps that is just me expecting a kriek-lambic when in fact that is not what this beer is supposed to be. Overall this is very interesting and very impressive.

[It is tought to prove that it was this beer, but an hour or two after drinking it I started releasing the most foul gasses the world has ever smelled. This continued for hours and I assure you is quite out-of-character for me. I just thought I would mention it in case other people find the same reaction]

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewpub, 2007 version, consumed May 2009.

The body is a dark red that honestly looks a lot like blood in a glass, which is pretty interesting. I kind of dig it because I haven't seen another beer with quite the same color. No head at all, which isn't surprusing since this thing is aged a bit.

The smell is wonderful. The closest thing to actually smelling like cherries I have found in a beer. A little tartness hangs around the background too.

Up front comes a big, sweet blast of cherries; Natural cherries. Next comes a nice, crisp punch of sourness that is very nice.

Mouthfeel is just the slightest bti puckering.

This sucker is pretty drinkable, another impressive beer from the CBC.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on Memorial Day at CBC on a really unseasonably warm day. This really hit the spot and I thought it was their best ofering that day. It is also great to se more breweries tackling this tough style- which I love. Poured a murky orange/brown with a decent head and lacing. The head faded to a ring and stayed that way for the life of the beer. Really nice aromas of tart cherries, and there is a slightly acetic quality that marries with some sweet oak and even some light vanilla and cocoa notes. The taste has a nice balance between sour cherry an oak with some malt and sherry notes underneath. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp but with a creamy finish. It would score a bit higher here, but it drops off a bit at the end. A very nice ofering. Not quite world class, but very solid.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Off notes from 3-2007. Pours a clouded garnet/ruby with a nice tan head that falls. Nose is beautiful. Strong wood influence with cherry tones. You can tell this was made with care. Flavor is a mild wood with a stronger cherry profile. Feel has a thick bubble to it that hits the back of my mouth and leaves quickly. The liquid feel seems a bit thin. This reminds me oh so much of a lambic. Overall, very drinkable. It might have to be your cup of tea, but I dig it. If you like lambics, you will like this. After two 9 ounce beers and a burger, this was my dessert. As it got closer to the end, I wished there would have been more.

I weep for you if you go in and this beer is not available.

Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub. Hazy and nearly opaque, this beer was a reddish brown colour and was topped by a thin beige collar. Fine bubbles produced a bit of spotty lace. The aroma was quite earthy and sour, fruity, lots of berry and sour cherry, light funk and tobacco leaf. The flavour was more of the same, but with toffee and wood character, as well as a hint of vinegar. Sourness lingered and was fairly powerful. Dry with a light to medium body, low carbonation, great texture. Quite complex, but with a refreshing sourness. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A leftover from the prior night's beer dinner, this is one scrap I did not mind having. Presented to me from the tap in an oversized flute glass the beer was a dark ruby-red color. No head or signs of a head and no lacing throughout the sample. A bit of a dull Juicy Juice color.

The smell was super tart cherries and faint red wine. Some hints of grapes and plums.

The taste was a huge burst of tartness and sourness but kept perfectly in balance with the fruit. So many beers with fruit are overpoweringly sweet and never have anything to balance that sweetness. This beer had an innitial quick burst of fruitty sweetness that was instantly balanced with a tart and sour finish. It made your lips and cheaks pucker and sucked all the moisture out of your mouth and was enjoyable during every step of the way. A dry finish with softer dark fruit flavor and some hints of wine-like alcohol.

Medium body and crisp and dry to the finish.

Very very drinkable. I enjoyed this one a great deal as I thought it had superb balance and great flavors all around. Certainly nothing to have many of in a sitting as your mouth would feel like a snail that just had salt dumped on it. Perfect with a dessert such as creme brule or perhaps wih eggs at breakfast or brunch.

Photo of rudzud
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the BBF. Got to sample both 09 and 10. Notes are pretty much identicle.

A - Both poured a murky garnet hue that was quite cloudy and had a slight white head that faded at a slow pace.

S - Both had very nice barrel notes as well as big cherries and sourness and light funk. The 09 had a bit more oaky nose than the 10.

T - Both again, quite similiar with great funk, cherries, oak, and vinegar. The 10 had a bit more vinegar on the tongue than the 09.

M - Both great mouthfeels, crisp, super dry, puckering on the mouth. Very tart, but inviting.

O - Loved both of these wild ales. Hell, loved everything at the CBC. Would love to have a few bottles of this.

Photo of elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is their barrel fermented wild ale. Reminiscent of the sort of things I’ve had from Russian River. Good stuff!

Appears a ruddy amber with a super sour nose on it. There’s a lot of tartness puckering the mouth. Some black cherry plays tart and sour on the palate. Distinct, dry finish. One of the favorites of the night.

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Cerise Cassée American Sour Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.