Cerise Cassée American Sour Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
03-15-2011 01:21:11 | More by Thorpe429
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
12-31-2007 01:52:10 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
11-07-2010 21:03:43 | More by jlindros
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
some of this blend is 9 years old! thats impressive. a wonderful tart cherry sour that has more depth of flavor than just about any other on the market. is this even on the market? if it is, i need more! pink tinted burgundy colored sour, with not a ton of head but some slowly rising bubbles through the hazy and patchy foam. the nose is really pucker and tart, with cherries being evident, but also a red wine like fruitiness that must come from the fermenting cherries. funky yeast as there along with the bacterial presence as well, and a real heavy oak presence brings it all together in both aroma and flavor. super smooth flavor, with the fruit all the way through but moving from sweet to sour and back again over and over. it gets more sour and acidic as it goes, but never caustic or sharp. it dried me out, but i wet up right away for more. one of the best sours I've had in awhile, and I've had some good ones. i would put this again almost any other sour cherry beer thats out there. world class all the way through, and the best I've had from cambridge, who now fully has my attention.
01-17-2014 21:13:38 | More by StonedTrippin
3.78/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
09-30-2011 18:10:28 | More by mdfb79
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
08-08-2008 07:15:58 | More by Georgiabeer
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
09-19-2009 19:03:27 | More by DrJay
3.9/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
11-09-2012 20:28:44 | More by TurdFurgison
4.65/5 rDev +9.2%
I drank this on tap into a tasting glass at EBF.
The beer pours a medium pink color, almost red with a light pink head but no retention or lacing.
The aroma is pretty light but balanced showing off some really nice sourness and some sweet cherries.
The taste is awesome. It is super super sour, much more than the aroma would indicate but, its not so sour you can't drink it. It finishes with a great cherry taste with funk.
The feel is very nice with a dry finish.
Overall, this is one of the top three beers from EBF, it really should have been at NoTB. It was perfectly sour but the cherries brought enough to the table to balance it out and make it totally drinkable. I would actively search out this beer.
02-22-2010 03:52:55 | More by jrallen34
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
03-08-2005 17:22:19 | More by francisweizen
4.47/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
09-14-2011 22:14:30 | More by rudzud
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
02-03-2005 23:10:25 | More by alexgash
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
03-02-2005 06:12:56 | More by UncleJimbo
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-11-2009 14:25:15 | More by Hojaminbag
Cerise Cassée American Sour Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.