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Ambacht Pie Cherry Dark - Ambacht Brewing

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Ambacht Pie Cherry DarkAmbacht Pie Cherry Dark

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Ratings: 6
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 22.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ambacht Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Arbitrator on 10-26-2011)
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Reviews by tavernjef:
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4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber Bottle 23 dated Sept 2011, poured into my Maudite 12oz goblet - Pours out a thick brownish liquid settling opaque as a muddy pond with a slight dark maroon cast to its overall brownness. No light escapes its unfiltered murk! A small crown of sandy browned foam lifts quickly leaving a solid collar and whispy skim. A few patches of stretched out lacing slips upon the edge of the glass.

Aroma is uniquely set with a dark cherry tang and earthy tartness with a musky pumpernickel bread dusted with cinnamon and toasted rye.

Taste is more of the same as a mildly set tone of easy going earthy dark cherry tart and tangyness and twisted rye and pumpernickle breads lightly pulling from underneath. It's just right on the palate for a smooth ride of cherry bite. Not in the least like a sour that I was thinking this was going to be. Much more pleasingly mild yet bouncey enough with its tarty pep to make it enjoyable and drinkable.

Feel is mildy set in a tart sided lightness across a slightly slendered medium body. It starts simple and smooth but gains a unique and favorable lift in tone and complexity in earthy dark cherry sticky, yet slick tang.

A nice little and likeable brew. Its tartness is a mildingly nice change from the punch in the face sour/wild brutish Brett heavy brews that seem to have grabbed so much attention in the recent turn of trends in the craft brew scene.

tavernjef, Jan 08, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of seanthornton152
3/5  rDev +0.7%

seanthornton152, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Kopfschuss
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Kopfschuss, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.44/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle is dated September 2012 and is labeled at 7% ABV.

Appearance: very dark ruby-brown hue, though the body appears haze-free when held up to the light. Head pours a thick finger of fizzy tan foam, but dissipates rather quickly. Other than the head retention, a good looking beer.

Smell: lightly malty with a somewhat chocolatey character and a deep if indistinct fruitiness. I would not immediately think this a cherry beer from the aroma. There's also a bit of phenolic spiciness, rather like a Belgian strong dark ale; farmhouse funk is not readily present here. While it screams neither "cherry" or "saison", there's a little bit of subtle sophistication going on here. Not bad.

Taste: almost exactly in line with the aroma, except for a stronger spicy phenolic element. In fact, the phenolic character is a bit overdone considering the subtlety of the other flavors. This beer does not have the rich cherry character I would have expected, either. All of that said, it's not a *bad* beer; just a disappointing one.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a dramatic carbonation and a big, if slightly evanescent, creaminess. I rather like it.

Overall: this beer fails to meet my expectations, but if you light spicy dark phenolic beers (as some indeed do; sometimes they hit the spot for me as well), then this should be right up your alley.

flagmantho, May 24, 2013
Photo of mhaugo
2.55/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber bottle, dated October 6th, 2010. Decanted into a 0.47l oversized snifter.
Appearance: Murky, dark copper, with a meager head that breaks apart immediately.
Smell: Earthy, musty, and faint.
Taste: Also earthy, slightly leathery, and mild. Nothing really jumps out, but the tartness of the pie cherries leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Watery and thin. Everything but the pie cherries are gone immediately.
Overall: I’m pretty underwhelmed. It’s a decent hot weather beer, but the flavor seems highly muted. I like the subtlety of the pie cherries, but everything else seems excessively quiet. To be fair, I don’t know that this beer has been stored properly over the past two years, but what I’ve got left isn’t great.

mhaugo, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
1.88/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. From ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

Oct. 6 2010 bottling date on the label. I didn't realize it was this old.

A: Pours a clear, reddish maroon body with a short-lived tinge of beige head. No collar or lace.

S: Has a mild cherry soda aroma to it, with a small, rustic grain presence and some bread.

T: Multi-grain rye bread with a lightly tart cherry presence. I keep looking for more, as some saisons I've had have been fantastic on the complexity front. This one is sadly lacking; the cherry overwhelms whatever the yeast is doing, giving it a one-dimensional flavor. I really don't see why they put cherry in this at all.

M: It's thin, with low-medium carbonation. Slightly sticky cherry residue in the aftertaste that gives it an artificial soda-like feel.

O: I wasn't too thrilled with this one. It's going into a marinade.

Arbitrator, Oct 26, 2011
Ambacht Pie Cherry Dark from Ambacht Brewing
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.