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Cerise Cassée American Sour Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 141
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 13.13%
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 marcpal
3.27/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

First beer of the night at CBC's 21st anniversary shindig. Served in a flute glass, Cerise pours pretty much the darkest shade of red imaginable, and there's a brief appearance by a small off-white cap. The nose is of pretty much of tart cherries exclusively. This beer is sour, in fact I think the envelope is pushed in this regard just a little bit too much. Cherries are a much welcome addition as the beer hits the back of my mouth. The mouthfeel on this beer is outstanding, a nice level of carbonation and it really coats my mouth. While I still think the beer's a bit too unbalanced towards the sour side, it's very good. That said, I couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting as the tartness from even my one glass left my palate temporarily overwhelmed.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice ruby brown pour with a wisp of head that fades fast.

S- Nose is very strong with tart cherries. Wow, this has quite a nose on it.

T- Tart, puckering cherries, a dash of vinegar, lots of funk. Very intense- surprising burst of flavors from this one. Almost too much (although I'm digging it).

M- Tart, puckering, a bit of vinegar makes the finish a little rough.

D- Moderate. Great flavors, although perhaps could be blended to mellow out a bit. Still, the cherry is amazing. Quite a beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/09/11 notes. Got to try the 09 and 10 vintages of this between NotF and BBF up in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a dark murky brown-red color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, oak, vinegar, furity malts. Tart cherries and definirely there.

t - Tastes of cherries and dark fruits, light oak, and vinegar, but not as tart or acedic as the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty good wild ale. I enjoyed the sour nose, and wished it had come through a bit more in the taste, but I still enjoyed it. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of Phenom
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at the brewpub. When I ordered it, the waitress asked if I liked sour cherries and if I wanted to taste it first before ordering. I assured her that I knew what I was getting myself into.

The appearance was very red, cloudy, with a smallish head. The aroma brought to mind apple cider left in the fridge too long. Cherries, tartness, sourness, some lactic qualities. The taste is similar. I did not get much wood flavor, mostly just sour, tart, fruity. Definitely has an acidic bite to it that makes you pucker when you drink it.

An interesting beer to try, I would recommend it to more adventurous beer drinkers (like most BA users), probably not for the typical macro drinker.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
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]

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Photo of muttyd
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub, $6 for what I believe to be a 10oz pour. It arrived a very dark red color, more purple-brown actually, with zero light transmission. A healthy foam on top, tan colored with a fine-celled structure.

Strong cherry aromas are the first thing to greet my nose, followed abruptly by a nearly vinegar note which immediately says "Flanders Red Ale". Not bad at all for that style, not really the cherry wild ale I'd anticipated but whatever. On tasting it's immediately sour, extremely so really (which I like but could see it as off-putting for some). The cherries present nicely in the aftertaste, but the abrasiveness is the dominant characteristic for sure. This rapidly became a sipper for me, as does most any Flanders Red I try. No sweet malt/sugar counterplay like you get from some of the classics, and honestly I can't tell which approach I like more.

Pretty happy to have found this available, the first time I've seen it after 2.5 years of infrequent stops.

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

Dark Red/No Head. Aromas are all lactic sour cherries/kriek with many funky complexities. Taste follows suit, with dank lactic funk and wild bacteria traces. Although this is a damn tasty flemish red it is not as complex, interesting, and drinkable as other world-calss examples. This reminds me more of a vondel than a Rodenbach. Mouthfeel is thin and acrid, drinkability is not the best. Still this is an interesting brew, that I was glad to try.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

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Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of carln26
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Truh
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a walk over the Pont Neuf with this one on 2/13/2005. 10-oz. pour in a stemmed glass at ACPH.

Just a thin and not covering palaver of mist for beginning, and sticking carbonation. Ruby red hue, almost wine-like in its extreme stillness. Cherries, plums, dates on nose with a light sugary sweetness, like raspberry crumb cake. Kick you in the head tart teeth puckering cherry that shoots poisoned darts down the middle of the tongue with thank you sir may I have another sweetness; rhubarb pie without the crust and a tiny bit of malt meanders by, tipping its chapeau. Very thin body that allows for a quick retreat, appropriately enough, and makes this a hit in my book.

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Photo of alexgash
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewpub the Monday following the EBF (where I first tried it). Pours a bright, dark cherry/ruby red with a slight haze and a thin, light rosy-white head. Smells of tart cherry up the wazoo. Light wine notes and some acidic vinegary funk round it out. Very nice. Taste starts with the big, sour cherries up front. Not quite puckering, but definitely sour and acidic. Light, tender cherry sweetness compliments this nicely though. Slight funk comes through. Woody, dry, tangy finish. Yum. Couldn't taste much alcohol at all. Light to medium bodied, but coats the mough nicely. Could maybe use a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2007, from day two of the CBC 20th anniversary party on may 9, 2009. served in a large, wide champagne flute.

dark brown, ruby amber. faint haze. light tan foam quickly goes to wisps and ring, then nothing.

aroma: sour cherries and fruit with vinegar acidity. red wine and oak notes, plus quite a footy funk. dried grass and touch of hay?

taste: very similar flavors, with more red wine notes. good acidity that lingers, along with a robustness of flavor. still a bit more on the "footy" side of the funk spectrum, but nicely integrated with the wood, wine and hay notes. reminiscences of dried asian sour plums in the finish and aftertaste.

light body, but full of vinegary and tannic red wine-like textures. light, tingly carbonation is the for both refreshment and flavor lift.

that's more like it.

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Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have sampled this on tap at the EBF, at Anam Cara, and at Cambridge Brewing Company.

This flanders red ale poured a deep burgungy red color with light tan foam that settles flat. The smell is a very nice, earthy, flinty, tart cherry aroma with notes of malt. The taste is lightly tart cherries, moderately malty beneath the pleasant sourness with just a touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tart with medium body and low carbonation feel. The light, fruity tartness lingers happily in the mouth. This is a very nice beer, and I am really growing to like this style.

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Photo of jslot38
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Cerise Cassée American Sour Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.