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Sour Cherry Tripel - Big Rock Chop & Brewhouse

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Sour Cherry TripelSour Cherry Tripel

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 31
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Rock Chop & Brewhouse visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 01-04-2009)
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Reviews by SaucyA:
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The best looking Big Rock brew I've had yet. Pours a deep ruby with a white, frothy head. Lots of carbonation shoots through the body, leaving me yearning for a more effervescent experience than my last couple brews from them.

S - Super nice sour cherry nose, along with some sour bugs, a light woody back end, and cinnamon notes. Random spices. Really, really nice. Coconutty barrel... bourbon?

T - Extremely earthy. Sour cherry, tartness, major barrel, a weird lighter fluid characteristic comes and goes. I can't really find the tripel aspect of it, even as the base beer, but it's alright. All around a good attempt at a sour... hands down better than the Maple Road Farmhouse.

M - Light, crisp, nice.

D - It's easy to drink, but nothing very remarkable.

Notes: I'm not too amped on Big Rock. This has been my favorite thusfar, but for the price, I'm about to jump off the bus.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 03:03:45 | More by SaucyA
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

07-05-2013 20:30:11 | More by erikkoppin
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2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured on 6/28 from a 12 oz bottle into a cold and wet glass at Big Rock. Didn't grab the bottle date. It's probably at least a year+ old because of the brewery construction. The menu says this is 9%. $8 for the bottle during happy hour

A- Pours a deep red with a hint of brown. A small, 1/2", light tan head forms and quickly fizzed away. After a few moments this thing was dead flat. Not a very pretty beer to look at.

S- First scent: sour cherries. Next: ALCOHOL. Holy cow! This thing smells like harsh, sharp alcohol. It overpowers all the senses. It's a 9% beer but that is HORRIBLY masked. It smells like it could be 12-13%. The alcohol mutes the yeast esters of the triple and doesn't play off the cherries well.

T- *Blech*... My mouth is bombarded with a harsh, hot alcohol followed by sour cherries. It makes me pucker and plug my nose at the same time. No hint of a good tripel in here, either. Very sweet and sour. Very messy

M- This had a thin mouthfeel for a tripel. The beer went flat after a few minutes and that made the whole experience worse.

O- Not a very enjoyable beer for $8/bottle. I hope they don't put this out at the brewery next month.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 14:50:17 | More by Michigan
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

09-30-2012 18:54:09 | More by szmnnl99
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-23-2012 02:24:27 | More by t0rin0
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

07-29-2012 17:36:12 | More by Rich540
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/3/12
*From notes

-- Thanks yet again to brydeen for another solid extra --

A: It looks like a watermelon and a strawberry got together and birthed a beer. It's such a lovely shade of pinkish-red. A good pour yields a loose and bubbly 1.5 finger bone white head. No lacing, decent collar.

S: Tart red fruit with a splash of funk. I also get a little bit of a metallic quality to it. As it warms, a bit of Belgian style yeast comes to pass.

T: Like drinking a sour cherry cola. Really top notch stuff. The funk here is really kept in check, and it's not overly purkering or sour. Good bite, as the fruit is quite lively. I don't know if I could tell you it's a Belgian Tripel had I not seen the label, but it's a really well put together Ale none the less.

M: Bubbly and crisp. It's light, fun and easy going. Kinda drinks like a "patio wine", as it's not too complex yet just right for a warm afternoon or evening.

O: A surprise hit. Big Rock have crafter themselves a winner with their Sour Cherry Tripel. The balance of wild yeast and fruit is top notch, and if I had access to this, I'd keep it around more often then not.

Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 20:57:30 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

02-11-2012 10:58:57 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to iceicebaby for including this extra in his box! I love trying new things from little breweries, and a friend has mentioned that Big Rock makes some good stuff.

Chilled in the fridge about a week on the advice of several concerning the potential some of these beers have for gushing. No gush here.

Pours a rosey hued warm oak color into my Great Lakes Christmas Ale glass. The head was low, made of fine white bubbles. It receded rather quickly, but a 1mm head remained for the duration of the glass. No lace.

The smell is certainly sour, it made quick work of my glands causing my mouth to water. Otherwise, the aroma is mostly brettanomyces. The brett is dry, tart, with typical damp mineral funk. Some grassy yeast comes through at the end.

The taste is really a treat. At first the sourness is a bit biting and nearly overwhelming. But soon my palate adjusted to it, and deeper complexities sprung forth. Cherries - green and ripened are layered among lots of golden malt. The malt is doughy and dry. Citrus, namely orange can be detected, and long after the finish spiced notes of dried nutmeg and cinnamon apple slices show up.

Carbonation is well done, appropriatly high but it quickly smoothed out. The finish is very dry, almost powdery. Overall, this was a fun find in my box and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 04:53:03 | More by Spider889
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 27/2011.

the bottle opens with a gush, making a mess on the table. pours super hazy orangey red with a cream coloured head. pours like soda actually - a big frothy head forming, dying down almost instantly and leaving no trace.

aroma is good. funky! sour cherry. cider and malt vinegar. horse blanket and leather. bit of tobacco. earthy and woody. grain and white bread. cracker. light alcohol. slightly catty. a bit of a chocolatey/nutty note in the background, perhaps from the cherry pits.

taste is good. very kriek-y. sour cherry. nutty. lemon. cider and malt vinegar. horse blanket. white bread and cracker. touch of alcohol. earthy and woody. hint of vanilla. bit of leather and tobacco. low bitterness level. medium acidity and sourness.

mouthfeel is good. fairly light body with a dry finish. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. pretty good balance of acidity and sourness. a tasty american take on a kriek.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 04:09:57 | More by grub
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to drinkndrive for the hookup.

Gushes out of the bottle as its cracked, pick and foamy, kind of a murky pinkish red, medium sized slightly off white head forms and settles to a medium ring around the glass, thin layer forms, some lace spots stick.

Smell is neat, quite acidic, lemon peel, charred wood, a bit of malty sweetness, some wafer, really musky and sharp, some cherry sourness and a bit of fruity sweetness, pretty big true lambic character in the nose, funky and tart.

Taste is neat, sugary sweet cherry fruitiness, sour lambic acidity, some honey and crackery malt, lemon and citrus acidity in the finish, a bit of tart cherry, neat funkiness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. A bit sharp in the nose but acidity is pretty nice. Good stuff, thanks Devin.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 03:35:51 | More by Viggo
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with iceicebaby, even though we agreed NO EXTRAS! haha, thanks sean. I owe you.

taken out of fridge for 10 minutes. No gusher. poured into favorite tulip. pours an amber strawberry jam ruby with a fizzy fizzy light pink head.

smells great. tart and sour with tons of cherry pie, sharp cheese, must, and a nice acidity. reminds me of a notch under wisconsin belgian red (one of my favorite beers.)

the taste is sharp. sour and acidic with wonderful bing cherry pucker. lime, lemon, and fruit juice.

lots and lots of carbonation. not stinging and nice.
overall an excellent beer. I wish I had access to this all the time. It's really good. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:22:06 | More by backfat
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. So I begin by cracking this open and turning my back to grab some glassware, a nice NB tulip, and turn around and this thing is gushing out of the bottle a slightly pink foam, hmm, well carbonated? Pours a hazed reddish/pinkish color with a tiny bubbled slightly pink head. Sour/tart sweet cherry pie filling notes in the nose with the slightest touch of booze notes. Light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Tart cherry notes dominate the flavor along with a nice maltiness but not overly sweet. Mildly funky with some acetone in the beginning. Ends with a slight brett medicinal funk aftertaste. The flavors are all rounded out with a nice woodiness that is pretty subtle. Decent lace. This is pretty good in my opinion. I'd drink this again given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 20:06:14 | More by kbutler1
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Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this generous extra, Brady!

Pours a reddish-ruby color with some nice white foam, filmy retention and very little abstract lacing.

Whoa, as soon as I opened the bottle, sour cherry aromas escaped. I immediately was thinking about red poppy. After some more time in the glass, the aromas mellowed a bit from the initial rush but it was still a ton of cherry juice flavor and lactic acid. There's not much of the base tripel beer present here or in the taste... though now as it warmed a bit, there's an airy vanilla note through the back.

The taste, a little more complex than the nose, it has a nice fruit juice flavor, though the tart cherry is still upfront. A little more general fruitiness...cranberry and red grape before the finish of vanilla and oak. Lactic bite is accented by the high carbonation but the body of this beer is huge compared to most cherry sours. Overall a very interesting combination of sweet and tart flavors, though it's not what I was expecting a all - with very little evidence of the tripel base beer aside from its strength. The first half of the bottle went quick but now it's dragging a lot. Nice to try, thanks for the chance!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 02:16:55 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to Derek for sending me this beer awhile back.

A: The pour is a hazed light reddish-pink sort of color with a nice white head.

S: Lots of tart and mildly sweet cherry aromas are immediately noticeable along with some lactic notes. Not much of the base tripel and maybe a touch of funk going on.

T: The flavor is similarly rich in cherries, with a really strong tart cherry pie flavor. The lactic acidity is a bit more sharp here, and I enjoy that. Nicely sour, but a touch of sweetness as well.

M: The body is medium with a nice carbonation to it. Despite a decent amount of sweetness from the cherries, this beer is pretty dry.

D: A really nice beer that I would happily drink again. Got to love those sour cherries.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 20:07:58 | More by womencantsail
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light reddish brown pour with foamy white head that ends up sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smells like bright sweet and tart cherry juice.

Tastes a lot like it smells. Nice tart ripe cherry juice perhaps a tad lemony and pithy maybe a little oxidized. Wonderful.

Really creamy and the ABV is not apparent at all in the taste but you begin to feel it by the end of the bottle. Great level of carbonation.

Overall a wonderful beer that I feel I could get addicted to if it wasn't so hard to get. Perfect beer for a sourhead on a beautiful early fall afternoon in Mi.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 17:11:11 | More by brewdan
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Chris at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks!
Review from notes.

This beer appears a hazy, light brown color with an average-sized head and a small amount of lacing. Aromas consist of Belgian yeast, straw and/or hay. The sourness is not overpowering, but it's certainly present. There is a nice and pleasant cherry flavor which is well integrated into the overall taste profile. The mouthfeel is pretty good, with a slight alcoholic note in the finish. I enjoyed this brew and would happily drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 20:37:04 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As with most Big Rock beers, this was quiet the gusher.

Pours a nice hazy raspberry with a pinkish white head. Nose has tart cherries, sweet berries and a bit of funk. Taste has a nice blend of sweet and sour cherries. More on the sweet side though. Clean body is quite refreshing. Drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 17:29:42 | More by rye726
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is orange and hazy with no head, lacing is non existent and carbonation is moderate to low. Looks OK.

Beer smells woodsy with cherry and some mild sourness.

Beer is strongly cherry with nice tart flavors from the fruit. Mild lactic character and mild acetic character. The cherries are the star in this beer. Great finish, nice carbonation on the palate. I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 20:48:48 | More by drabmuh
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Azurelimits for sharing this at a recent tasting.

A: Pours a bright off-pink with a nice head. Great color with this one.

S: Tart, sour cherries alongside some citrus, a bit of funk, and some lactic sourness.

T: The cherries are in perfect balance between the sweet and sour aspects of the taste spectrum. A nice dryness coming in there as well along with some watermelon Jolly Rancher characteristics.

M: Thin and pretty dry. Good carbonation.

D: Very nice and drinkable. I'll definitely be making a stop at Big Rock when I'm up in Michigan Memorial Day weekend.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 17:45:39 | More by Thorpe429
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: After observing that it was filled very close to the top of the bottle, I suppose I should have taken more caution before opening... Opens with a cascade of bubbles that immediately start dripping down the bottle and everywhere--eventually managed to get it over a glass to save the tasty smelling liquid. "Pours" a very opaque salmon-tomato colour with a light pink head that leaves some lacing before it drops.

S: Acetic cherries is the most obvious. Tart lactic funk. A bit barn-y.

T: Sweet up front with a good deal of funk. Cherry peel, apple vinegar. Sweet/sour cherry laffy-taffy-esque finish.

M: Well carbonated.

D:Tastes something like a soured Cherry Vanilla Italian Creme soda. Not a bad thing at all-very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 14:22:32 | More by darklordlager
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with FlandersNed thanks!

Appearance: Pours a beautiful crimson iced tea with a nice 3 finger mocha crown that shows some retention and reduces to 1 finger of fine bubbles. Good lacing too.

Smell: Oh baby this is nice and sour/tart! Cherries dominate and it seems like honey...no more like maple sugar is present too.

Taste: Nice tart / dry cherry quality with a small touch of funk. A touch powdery with a tiny nutty note too.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and on the light side of medium bodied.

Drinkability: At 8.5% it has legs but the tartness isn't overbearing and the mouthfeel is nice and crisp so its fairly drinkable.

My first Big Rock and it has made me take more of an interest in seeking out other offerings from them.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 21:45:00 | More by koopa
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Cole's. Some cherry aroma. Good cherry flavour,the real thing, and maled down.Balanced tartness,decent sour. Pinkish colour, spider lace webs. Full mouthfeel. The wild Yeast makes it most drinkable, and there is some vanilla from the oak.Carbonation right there.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 03:19:56 | More by Sammy
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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap at Coles in a pint glass

after recently trying my first sour beer (ommegang rouge) and really enjoying it, seeing this on the tap menu I had to go for it

when the beer arrived it had no head and seemingly no carbonation at all. the color was a light reddish amber.

the aroma was pungent and if I didn't already know by the name of the brew the sour cherry fragrance really comes through.

the taste was really crisp. quite sour the first sip but after a few more it became more and more refreshing. didn't really get a whole lot of the spiciness I sort of expect in a tripel, but I didn't mind. no way I would have guessed this to be such a high abv beer either, as it is really hidden.

the mouthfeel was very clean and crisp with very little carbonation.

enjoyed this one a whole lot and will seek it out in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2009 03:00:06 | More by amc2341
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New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip from bottle.

Bubbles on the surface, no stable head, amber body. Tart cherries, maple nose. Heavy on the tongue, Cherry and heavy funk, glue flavors. :) Tasty actually, Cherry sweet tarts. Very balanced, medium carbonation on the tongue, highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 18:03:59 | More by ballewblake
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