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Quelque Chose - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
86
very good

500 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 35
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 Edition of this fine brew. I first had this at my homebrew club meeting about 2 months ago and I really liked it. They served it mulled which to sounded a little wierd. I have bought about 7 bottles since and I always mull it before drinking.

Pours a steamy ruby red color with a light pink head that last for a while. A nice sexy lace is left behind on the sides of the glass. The rich smell or shall I say ripe smell of cherries pours out from the glass. Hop aroma is low to none.

Cherries, Cherries all the flavor of cherries and I can not wait to have this chilled on ice after mowing the lawn to see how the cherries come out in flavor. The hop flavor once again is nil.

Overall this is a good beer but if you think about the hops and the yeast that you would like to taste, this one misses by a lot. I really think you can amaze your friends and have them drink hot beer.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 18:21:13 | More by kunzbrew
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ethosx19

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2002 edition. Drank slightly chilled and at room temperature. Poured dark ruby with little head. This was closer to a fruit wine than beer in taste. A little sour and acidic with a moderate cherry taste. Next time I want a cherry beer I'm going back to the New Glarus Belgian Red.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 14:23:15 | More by ethosx19
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was kind of suspect since I saw everyone elses reviews, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Ok, the color was a deep red color, kind of like a watery blood. Haha, maybe that was a little sick, but oh well. There was no head what so ever, which isn't usually something that I like. The smell was that of apples, cinnamon, some different spices, apples, and cherries. The taste was very similar to the smell. This review is for when I had it slightly chilled. I also tried it warmed up, but I thought that was nasty. It tasted like stomach bile mixed with fruit. Anyways, I really liked this stuff. Will I buy it again? As Jimmy Buffet says,"Only time will tell."

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 21:11:20 | More by JISurfer
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 vintage, room temperature tasting, in a small tulip glass...

Just a slight burp on opening, a ruby chestnet color with pale white spider tracks for a head. Very spicy fruitcake aroma, rum and cherries. Deep oaky and tanned leather flavors, tons of sharp allspice and tarragon and a cherrylike bourbon mouthfeel. Exudes additional spicing, rum/raisin, and a banana-bread note mid mouth. Cherries are not the stars in this beer, they are showcased in an ensemble cast. Slightly vinous attenuation and swallow. Well done experiment, to me, not gonna' drink a lot of this but a world of flavors play across the taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 12:22:53 | More by ADR
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes: 2002 limited edition 500ml bottling. Corked and Caged
Amazing! This beer is simply amazing, but then again is that a suprise? This brew poured a nice cherry red, pink-ish colour with absolutely no head and barely any carbonation or head to be found. The neck-tag on the bottle said that there were 3 ways to enjoy this beer. So i opted to try it all three ways. Out of the bottle I poured this liquid over ice in my chimay chalice. This was a very tasty, cold, and smooth way to drink this beverage. The aromas were of cherries, in fact it smelled like cherry pie filling. The taste was similar with some spices and warming alcohol coming into the mix. Next I tried this @ room temperature in my Chimay chalice. This was better. This beer had some more spicy and complex aromas and taste nuances when it was served at this warmer temperature. Finally, I tried this beer mulled. I heated the remaining 6-8 ounces in a home-made double boiler. I did not use a thermometer on the beer but I would say that it was definately 'sipping hot' at 150 degrees or so. Here is where Quelque Chose tasted the best, absolutlely amazing! Mulled this beer had an even spicer and more boozy aromas that filled the room. This warmed the body and mind and is the perfect beverage for a hot winters night.
Cheers!,
F.

Notes on a 4 or 5 year old U.S. 12oz bottle. The best-by-date for this $6 (!) 12oz bottle of beer was 10/2002. This bottle has been aging for 4 or 5 years but it is hard to tell. This pours still much like 'fresh' QC and the aromas are all quite similar. This version of QC was quite 'stronger' and more alcoholic than its fresh counterpart but it smelled wonderful, none-the-less. This also had a quite vinous aroma, almost like a cherry wine. The taste of this aged QC was very cherry-wine like, alcoholic and wonderful. This is just as good as fresh QC, just a bit different. The mouthfeel was a bit thicker than that of the fresh QC but that was nice. The drinkability is still very good, this may be better mulled as I only tried this aged sample over-ice and at room temperature. It was delectable both ways. This is an expensive special occasion beer, but do not be weary of old and out-dated bottles of this brew. The 500ml bottles were going for $7-9 by me..so $6 for 12 ounces really is not that bad. give the old 12oz version of QC a try if it is available by you....

Notes on an old US 750ml bottle. No front label, but the back label has a best-by date of 4-1998. This was very similar to fresh QC, in all aspects. The pour was still, dark red, and a bit yeasty. The aromas were all booze, spices, cherries, and malt. The taste was maltier than other versions of this brew, perhaps the recipe has changed, or the extra aging has made this beer maltier? I tried this sample at room temperature and mulled, it seemed a little old at room temperature, but once it was mulled, it shined! This is such a good warm sipping beer, definately a good one to have around for the winter months...Still awesome with 10+ years of aging beneath it's belt...This beer simply does not "go bad", it's aging potential seems to be smiliar to that of a traditional lambic (eg:cantillon) beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 09:21:56 | More by francisweizen
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Morris729

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 Edition.
The card that comes attached to the 500ml bottle reads, “Juicy sun-drenched cherries are steeped for months in this beer to give it a sensational summer-sweet flavor. Each mouthful is a reminder of the rapture and delight of warm summer days.” The card also describes the three ways to enjoy this brew year-round: on the rocks, at room temperature, and mulled. Since it’s a warm day, I’m enjoying mine on the rocks. The cork came out with the least amount of pop I’ve ever seen. In fact, it basically just fell out after I loosened it. It pours a slightly brownish deep red color with no trace of head. Nose is allspice and cinnamon with some underlying cherry aromas. Taste is similar to spiced cider with additional notes of dark cherries that are initially sweet but also have a strong tartness that comes through in the finish. A very refreshing brew (at least on the rocks) and probably the most unusual beer I’ve ever sampled.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 13:50:47 | More by Morris729
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Brent

Kentucky

2.3/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I must say, this is the first product from Unibroue with which I have not been impressed. I tried this brew chilled, and was not interested enough to give it a shot warmed, as the bottle suggests as an alternative. Acidic and fruity, as though the cherries had not been pitted. There was some odd spice that I could not identify. I finally got up and went to the spice cabinet and started opening and smelling the spice jars to see if I could figure out what I was tasting. Thyme came closest. The beer had a lot of complexity, but I simply did not care for the end result.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 21:23:09 | More by Brent
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served at room temp: Amber in color, the head is small and dissappears quickly. The aroma is strongly cinnamon and cloves with a cherry background. First taste, and cinnamon comes through the strongest to me. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Cinnamon and cloves seem to dominate the flavor, and the cherries are there but not pronounced very loudly at all. This is a very warming, winter kind of beer. I'll take this over cider for sure. I definitely wouldn't be able to drink a lot of this, but a small glass every now and then would be a nice dessert treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2003 12:56:35 | More by AudioGilz
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Best by 10/5/02 marked on the back of the bottle.

Mulled:
Aroma consisted of tart cherries, malt, cinnamon and alcohol. The cherries and malt combined for a delicious cherry pie/crust scent. Sort of a clear tawny ruby in color. Light pink head emerges when poured and quickly disappears. The mouthfeel seems thinner because of the heating and syrupy as it coats the tongue. Initial taste is sweet, followed by a tartness that can be a touch medicinal. Cherry flavor dominates. The alcohol is noticed throughout, but really hits in the finish.

As a mulled drink and served as a winter warmer, this isn't half bad. Not something one could drink a lot of, but served on occassion, Quelque Chose is a very unique and soul-warming beverage.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2003 09:31:50 | More by Winter
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002.
Orange-scarlet hued. No head, as expected, except for the brief appearance of bubbles around the edges.

Room Temp:
Moderate tart cherry aroma with spice notes of cinnamon and clove. Cedar-like woodiness.
Taste very closely mirrors the aroma. Obviously, cherry is the main player in the mouth. But not to the expected extent. Minorly tart and equally sweet. Prolific cinnamon spicing. Cider-like qualities, tart white grapes and cedarwood flavors are noticed with a quick jab of alcohol.
Seemingly a light cherry wine. Decent drinkable, but as far as fruit beers go, not a favorite (score 3.5)

Mulled (130 degrees. give or take):
Pale pink head appears.
A bit more tart, with pronounced chocolate-covered cherries. Maltier as well. Cinnamon, menthol and ginger spicing. Touches of fruity yeast(?). Continued (perhaps enhanced) woodiness. Medicinal, but welcome alcohol.
Very nice on a frosty winter's eve.

Definitely one to serve warm. (See posted score for mulled ratings.)

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 23:50:21 | More by cokes
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LarryV

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell of tart cherries greets the nose upon opening. Pours without any head and no noticeable carbonation. I drank this at close to room temperature. A pretty reddish amber in the glass with a body similar to a port wine, but not quite as heavy. Aroma is of sour cherries, not offensive in the least. Minimal malt and hops in the taste, in fact, I couldn't perceive any hoppiness in the flavor. Tastes of tart cherries with an underlying hint of spices such as cinnamon. The maltiness is probably the closest this gets to the taste of a beer. A friend commented that it tasted like a cordial. An interesting brew that I would probably only drink on a special occasion or holiday.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 05:56:40 | More by LarryV
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mickstepp

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite a surprise. Sour cherry taste. I tried it at several temperatures, cold, room, heated and got different characteristics at all three levels. Very thin texture and not nearly the effervescence that I expected. Somehere between a wine and a beer in taste, almost like a lambic. As much as I love Unibroue's other offerings, this is not quite suited to my palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 17:32:39 | More by mickstepp
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Gusler

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first glass at room temperature, just can’t bear the thought of ice at it advises, “On The Rocks”, the second glass will be mulled to the suggested temperature about 135 degrees or sipping hot.

(Room Temperature - Brandy Snifter): The pour a translucid cherry red color, absolutely no head and no lace to speak of? The smell of over ripe sweet cherries dominates the nose, quite sweet as one would imagine, spicy almost Wassail like in its spiciness, very pleasing to the senses. Extremely sweet and the essence of cherries predominant, top skimpy in feel, finish, dry and sweet, little or no carbonation, same for hops, tart and not bad, as I see it would make a great desert or even an aperitif.

(Mulled – Brandy Snifter): To me the difference is that it deepens the cherry sweetness and increases the tartness and the acidity also sharper, personally I like the “Mulled” better, as the flavors brighter and more impressive. Over all a pretty decent once a year type brew, or as a desert in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 06:51:55 | More by Gusler
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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very intriguing beer. Housed in a special black champagne styled bottle at 500ml, this 8%abv strong cherry ale comes complete with champagne style cork similar to most other Unibroue specialties.

I heated this one to 135'F and shared it with family and served it alongside some double chocolate mousse cake. The pairing of the two was very interesting with the cherry and cinammon flavors from the ale coming through loud and clear and served as an excellent accent to the chocolate of the dessert.

On corking the ale, there was little to no pop sound and very very little carbination. On pouring, it gave produced no head, except a very small foam ring on the outer edges of the glasses. (I served this in a traditional Spanish Coffee styled glass.) The ale is a very dark amber to red hue somewhat similar to a Zinfandel styled wine. Very little carbination was present, but there is 'some.'

The aroma gives off very strong smells of black cherry and cinammon and reminds me quite a bit of a traditional hot apple and spice drink that I'd sometimes drink when decorating Christmas trees while growing up.

Quelque Chose brings a lot of different concepts to the table and delivers well on them at every turn. Because it carries an 8.0%abv, its a great warming drink on its own, even without the added heat. One interesting note is to make sure that you allow this ale to slide along your tongue. Its very easy to force a hot drink such as coffee to the backside of your mouth each and every morning, but this ale should be savoured and slid from the front to the back of the mouth. The results are remarkable (and considerably different than banging it back like coffee).

I'm not exactly a big fan of the lambic style, for which this brew is undoutbedly modeled. However, because this brew can be served cold, at room temperature, and even hot, it offers up a traditional flavor with a new twist. And it works.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 19:07:55 | More by 49degrees
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BeerManDan

California

1.78/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

As soon as I popped the cork and you could hear and see no carbination at all, (why use a cork at all), I just knew I wouldn't care for this beer. When I smelled it, I smelt a sour clove (not cherry) note. When I tasted it, (twice) once cold, once room temp., I poured both down the drain. It was a flat sour clove and spicey taste that made me want to barf! No thank you for an expensive piece of S---! I wonder if this is suppose to be flat or I got two bad bottles? This beer was super flat. Almost like drinking a flat cola!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 13:12:04 | More by BeerManDan
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Dantes

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Package: 500ml corked bottle, gilt letters on dark brown bottle, labeled 8% ABV. Best by 08-08-2002. Neck-tag.

Cost: $6.99 at Bottle King

Presentation: Mulled, in a heated mug at an initial 150º; tasted at 60º pre-mulling. Poured boiling water around previously warmed bottle in asparagus steamer to neck. Mug temperature 130º. Tasted down to 100º. Second mug with cinnamon stick. Accompanied by smoked oysters, olives, and Havarti on Triscuits.

Appearance: Exhibited some carbonation upon opening, but cork was not deformed by pressure and came out with the lightest “pop.” Definitely not flat. Mulled QC formed a loose, moist white head with large bubbles that hung on most of the way down to the bottom of the mug. In the glass, it was more brown than burgundy; like a cream sherry. Clear.

Smell: At 150º, alcohol was very prominent; towering above sweetness, cherries, spice. Aroma improved greatly at ~125º, where I think QC was at its best.

Taste: Evolved dramatically, peaking around 120º. Alcohol became more integrated, while more flavors came to the fore: elements of honey, sherry, raisins, and damson plums. A bit too sweet in comparison to Liefman’s Gluhkriek, but maltier and more like beer. I want to give it a 4.25. Contrasts beautifully with olives and cheese. Finishes well in the middle temperatures. At lower temperatures, it's more medicinal, like cherry Robitussin. At higher temperatures, alcohol and heat dominate and QC seems to evaporate in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Velvety. Luxurious. Carbonation hung on through two mugs’-worth. Heat allowed flavors to truly fill the mouth. Became more one-dimensional as it cooled.

Drinkability: Nice as a special treat.

Backwash: A good attempt at a niche-style beer. Multiple personalities. I know my sister would enjoy this. It is also an excellent accompaniment to food. I think it would also go very nicely with foie gras or with venison or duck. Would stand up to rich, fruity sauces. Very drinkable, with little alcohol effect. Definitely worth a try. I recommend keeping the unused portion in its hot water bath and finding a cup that will retain the heat well. It cooled quickly in mine. Cinnamon stick is a nice addition. A great finish to an afternoon of snowman-building and sledding. Might mix well with hot chocolate in place of brandy or kirsch. My only real complaint: 500ml is an awkward size; too small to share between two people, especially considering the trouble one takes to mull it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 10:47:38 | More by Dantes
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Wildman

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark reddish amber color and formed no head to speak of. Just a small white line that would qualify more as lace than a head. The aroma was of cherries, but not the outdoor type you think of, but more the processed type you use in desserts. Also some other fruit elements which can best be described as giving it a fruit market/farm element to it. The flavor is of a similar sweet cherry style grown from marketing and mixing as opposed to pulled from a tree. Not overly sweet which helps it. The finish is slightly sweet with a touch of astrigency to it. Not the best that this brewer offers by far, but it's alright.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2002 20:15:47 | More by Wildman
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this on 12-17-2002 at a Beer Tasting held in the Rock Bottom, Long Beach.

Seventh beer of the night, and I am glad it was, because this one coated the palate big style.
It arrived at our Table in a very attractive looking dark green glass Bottle with gold text if I remember rightly. So, Quelque Chose, or “Something” as I believe it translates as.
Yes, well ermm…. Something? But What ??? I am totally undecided about this beer to be perfectly honest. It is easy to knock it, but there again you have to have respect for it, as it does push the boundaries somewhat, so I cut it some slack and may have let it off the hook by giving it the benefit of the doubt.

It was not served mulled, as indicated on the cardboard tag hanging around the neck, but slightly chilled, however it soon warmed to room temperature though, and that was more than enough for me.

Pours completely flat, no life, or effervescence whatsoever – not even one bubble. Nevertheless, it has a fantastic looking color, a deep cherry red, very clear, the light sparkles with red twinkles akin to holding a flawless Ruby gem up to the light. Aromas are of cherries, spices, brandy, cinnamon and fruity alcohol. Tastes are dominated by cherries, the middle has a syrupy sweetness with spices. Mouthfeel is solid and above average, I suspect the high alcohol content aids this. Finish is sour, but the sweetness is still there and it has a warming spicy end. Sickly after a while though, stays in the mouth like the aftermath of eating a whole 24 Pack of Cherry Throat Lozenges at once.

Nice beer, but not for me. Tasted too much like Cherry Nyquil for my liking. Drop a Paracetamol in this, and it's a winner for Flu.

Maybe, just maybe, I will try it mulled next time around and return to this Review one day to update it. Or there again, maybe not until I get a Cold again, or get really bored.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 22:11:15 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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hyuga

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2002 release. Had this at beer/room temperature. Beautiful deep crimson colored brew, sporting just a tiny lace around the edges, no head to speak of. Cherry and candy sugar are big in the aroma, almost smells like a cherry candy cane. The softer, more "chewable" kind to be exact. Very Christmasy. More of the cherry and candy sugar in the flavor, but the cherry comes out much more, and with some sourness. Some spicy Belgian yeast undertones, which, combined with that sourness, make it resemble a fruit lambic, but only very slightly. I'm not a huge fan of cherry flavor in beer, or anything for that matter, but this is pretty good. One of the most unique beers around. However, it does get a bit cloying after a while, 12 oz. of this would be better than 16.9. It's amazing that so many different things can be done with so few ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2002 21:37:04 | More by hyuga
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mophie

Delaware

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Mulled. Quite an interesting one, this is. Clear, ruby hue, actually very pretty. Mine had a thin, persistent head, which is different from other reviews. Maybe because I mulled it? Aromas of warm cherries, slightly tart, mild peppery spiciness. The taste is sharply tart on the tip of the tongue, but the rest is enveloped in warm, malty, cherry bliss. Sour cherry comes back in the finish, along with a spicy hit of alcohol. Very unique. Not something I can drink a lot of, but man oh man it's nice every once in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 16:29:45 | More by mophie
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hardly any carbonation and no head or lace. Strong fruit nose and this is made with cheeries that have been soaked in ale but it tasted like fermented raisins. A nice seasonal. Pricey at $6.99 for 500ml.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2002 19:53:56 | More by jdhilt
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a foiled top and best before date on the back label. States on the label to serve hot or on the rocks, I served it normal at around 50*F and then let it warm to room temperature for additional tasting.

Appearance: No carbonation or head at all, clarity is fine with a reddish burgundy hue. This is the way the beer is supposed to be … odd.

Smell: Estery alcohols, spicing of allspice and fruity of tart cherries.

Taste: You’d swear the spicing was close to a hot cider spice, fruitiness is tart and in you face but with a balance of sweetness as well. Creamy slick mouth feel with no carbonation at all. Alcohol is quite evident with a warming feeling in the back and esters up front. Finishes on the sweet side with a little beer character of grain.

Notes: I see this ale as either a dessert beer or as a great marinade for chicken. Sip it like wine as it is quite close to it or a still hard cider. It certainly pushes the envelope of what beer is and can be.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 15:20:12 | More by Jason
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Viking

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is simply a wonderful brew. I first tried it at room-temp, and it was fantastic. This time, though, I'm drinking it properly mulled. It pours a dark and slightly murky ruby red, with a bit of pink foam masquerading as a head. The taste and smell are simply exceptional - rich and spicy, with a very strong presence of tart cherries. I detect ginger and cinnamon, with perhaps a bit of clove in the spicy aroma and taste. Taste starts very balanced, spices and cherries mixing perfectly. Finishes with a bit of dominance from the cherries, leaving a brief and mild aftertaste of cherry. Nice mouthfeel - smooth, and just a bit oily.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2002 18:42:45 | More by Viking
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this beer served warm - or cold, and find that it is IMHO best served hot. With the bottle warmed in a pot of hot water (and with the cork pulled), it pours a deep ruby color without any head. The aroma is somewhat limited with a soft fruitiness and light spice. It definitely has a presence, but none of the aromas are very distinct as the heat seems to make all of them swirl into one. The heat is an extensive part of the experience, going well beyond the standard mouthfeel. What body is really in there is hard to tell as it seems thinned - possibly medium, maybe even medium/full - although it seems medium/thin. It's mouthfilling! The flavor is quite broad, with a wide spiciness awash in tart fruitiness. Clearly, there are cherries in here, but the flavor is much more integrated with notes of almond, anise, clove, and licorice expressing themselves quite fully. The finish is long, just laying in the mouth with a gentle spiciness that continually reminds you that something delicious is at hand. A true sensory experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2002 12:29:01 | More by NeroFiddled
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer, spicy, sweet and sour cherry flavour, and best served at proper temp (which is hot!!!), excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2002 05:24:06 | More by rastaman
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