Cerise Cassée American Sour Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company

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94
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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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Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 43
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 StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

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 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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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 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 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 TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of alexgash
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 mmmbeer
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer at the brewery before the EBF while Sam Calagione, Tomme Arthur, Rob Tod, et al were having some rounds of their own in the front corner. This incarnation of the brew is made of 100% sour mash, fermented with tart cherries on Belgian yeast, then aged in French-oak chardonnay and pinot noir barrels with brettanomyces - 8% ABV. In concept it sounds quite close to Supplication, but this definitely has its own personality. It arrives an opaque cherry/brown in an enlarged flute, with a half inch tan head that slowly subsides. The bouquet consists of sour cherry and brett, with a nice oak kicker and notes of raspberry/blackberry in the background. The first sip is a rush of sour cherries and brett that hits the back of the throat and lingers. In addition to raspberry and other berry notes, the wine barrels really add another dimension. There are flashes of chardonnay, but the pinot really comes through in the aftertaste - very nice. The medium body is bone dry, with medium to high carbonation and the sourness seems to decline slightly as I progress. Overall it is well-crafted, delicously drinkable for a sour ale, and was the perfect beer to prepare me for the Extreme Beer Fest.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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

This beer pours a dark reddish color with a barely there head. the smell is sour cherries and funk. the taste is bitingly sour with hints of cherry, and a light funk that is hard to pick up over the sour. the mouthfeel is light and puckering. overall this is a great beer to sit and sip on

Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Brownish, deep red. Like raspberry juice. No head or lacing at all.

S - Sour fruit, sweet vinegar.

T - Wow. Tingly sour fruit and vinegar. Very nice. So funky that you can't resist another sip.

M - Nice carbonation. Awesome sour feel and flavor. I don't get much complexity from this beer because I'm inexperienced with sours but I know it's damn good.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
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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Cerise Cassée American Sour Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.