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Mon Cherries - Borealis Fermentery

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Mon Cherries
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BA SCORE
86
very good

20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Borealis Fermentery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 05-25-2012)
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

MNPikey, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%

A-Huge burst of carbonation is expelled as I pop the cap on this 750. I pour very gently and have about an inch of head when finished pouring. As I have been typing this it has continued to foam up and I hate to suck some foam off the top to keep it from gushing over. Time to do it again. Excessive carbonation. Deep burgundy color. That is the only thing keeping this slightly above average in the rating.

S-Yeasty..spicy...black pepper....cloves....these are pretty dominant and not much else makes it way past that on the aroma. (Near the end of the first glass I was able to get my way past all the spiciness and got a little more of a dark fruit aroma along with hints of dark chocolate)

T-Very spicy on the taste as well with big black pepper and cloves present....a touch of a dried fruit flavor of cherries and plums is secondary...a slight hint of raisins..it's fine but.nothing extraordinary here. Slightly tart on the finish.

M-Carbonation is too jacked up.

O-I had heard good things and while in Duluth seeked this out. Thought about buying all three offerings but decided to see how this one was first. I'm glad I did. It's not horrible but it is far from elite. At least this bottle. Maybe I got a bad bottle with the carbonation too amped up but that is not a good sign either. Doubt I will revisit this at its price point in the future.

ZAP, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

atone315, Apr 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

sacrelicio, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

Borealis Fermentery Mon Cherries, Belgian Style Dubbel Ale Brewed with Cherries. Knife River, MN.

Dark brown coloring, slim darkish head.

Aroma: fruit covered in dark malt and chocolate. Even balance, not sweet, not sour, not too much of anything, just very on. But, it's staring to grow in richness. Increases in character as time goes on. Dates, raisins, etcetera. Very interesting.

Let's drink it already: dark malt meets funky Belgian yeast. Lots of wild crazy yeasty flavor playing with the fruit blended with dark ale. Sourness rises higher, rises above sweet malt.

I'm going to take a break, and read what they say on the label. "Mon Cherries is a Belgian style dubbel ale brewed with cherries and aged on oak. A wonderful compliment to any red meat dish, this beer can also be enjoyed with or in place of our favorite chocolate desserts.

Chill before serving, pour into your favorite glass and enjoy the decadence."

This is tasty stuff, very fulfilling. I haven't had a lot of cherry dubbels. Hell, I don't think I've ever had any. So, I really have nothing to compare it to, no other experience to gauge it by.

To judge this by itself, it's an exercise in balance, restraint, and true complexity. Funky Belgian texture, just short of tart fruit, dark malt that stays clear of too sweet. Chocolate and cherry grows larger while in the mouth. Yum. Nice. Almost perfect.

feloniousmonk, Feb 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

cofeeguru, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%

750 ml bottle purchased from Warehouse Liquors in Duluth, MN. Poured into Teku tulip, served around 45 degrees.

Appearance: Pours a deep crimson, almost brown color, yet has some slight red light coming through the edges. Carbonation appears to be great on this bottle, yielding a 1.5 finger, creamy, off white colored head. Nice lacing remains on the glass as the liquid disappears.

Smell: Some slight off notes (or the cherries in an odd way), I too pick up some slight notes of band-aid, but it isn't overwhelming and could actually be those cherries coming through slightly. A nice mellow aroma of dried fruit, vanilla, and slight oak arise from the glass.

Taste: Notes of chocolate malt and some caramel. Again, some very tame cherry flavor, and some nice dry oak notes coming through. This is very complex and deep, and very close to some high level Belgian Dubbels...

Mouth: Mouth is lively, and extremely fun. Not cloying at all, which can happen when cherries are added. It's a mild sweetness, and it doesn't stick around too long.

Drink and overall: Overall, this beer is a powerhouse, and very good. He's real close to some really authentic Belgian notes, and I'm sure he knows that better than I do. I really enjoyed this year, and look forward to trying the others.

MarcatGSB, Oct 11, 2012
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dasmusik, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

From the Borealis Fermentery website:

"A Belgian style dubbel ale brewed using chocolate malts and cherries. We complete this beer by aging on oak. A wonderful compliment to any red meat dish, this beer can also be enjoyed with or in place of your favorite chocolate dessert. Decadence in a glass!"

Bottle capped 750. Pours into a goblet an amber hued brown with just a minute trace of foam. Appears very low carbonated for a belgian style beer.

Getting bandaids, chocolate and light fruit in the nose.

The taste is quite complex with smoked malt, chocolate, mild fruit and light oak. More chocolate along with hop bitterness develops at the end and into the finish. Lingering smoked malt at the end also.

The carbonation is low for a belgian dubbel, but not bad. Medium bodied with an extremely dry finish.

This beer possibly has a few kinks to be worked out in the carbonation department, but the taste is extremely well done. Not much of the cherries show up, but the smoke and chocolate make this one a winner in my book.

jera1350, May 25, 2012
Mon Cherries from Borealis Fermentery
86 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.