Sour Cherry Tripel - Big Rock Chop & Brewhouse

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Sour Cherry TripelSour Cherry Tripel

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 29
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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 hoppymeal:
Photo of hoppymeal
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unlabeled bottle from the brewery. Their description is 'tripel recipe refermented with tart cherries from MI then aged in an oak barrel with a wild yeast strain.'
Pours a clear champagne pink in color with a decent sized pink tinted white head. Aroma is strongest of tart cherries, they come through very nicely. Also some lemon and citrus sweetness, sweet hay/grass and some funkiness. Taste follows with a nice mix of tart cherries, citric sourness, and a soft candi sugar sweetness keeping the tart and sourness in check. Light and crisp in feel, a hint of pepperiness on the tongue and throat and just a small bit of drying bitterness in the finish. A very refreshing and highly drinkable beer, not over the top sourness but a nice tart mix with the fruit flavor coming through well, very good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recieved this one as a gift in a recent package. Having never heard of it before, needless to say I was thrilled. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/08/2009.

The pour was very nice. Light pink color highlighted a light amber color. Light haziness and cloudiness surrounded it with a nicr one inch head of pink on top. Solid. Tart cherries are all over the aroma here. Light spiceness and some nice yeast notes balancing out the copious sour cherries, this carried over nearly perfectly into the flavor which was light, crisp, no hint of alcohol and loaded down with cherry goodness. Such a smooth triple, I could have drank this one all night long.

Overall while not a true"wild ale" it was a very solid triple like fruit beer I would say. Very flavorful and very nicely done. This was a more then appropriate beer for review #1700.

Photo of amc2341
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of grub
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.

Photo of hopdog
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (thanks Derek for this one).

Aromas of cherries, funky, and woody. Tastes of tart cherries, funky, woody, some vanilla, and citrus. Lightly sweet with a nice tart and sour finish. I liked the funkiness in this. Alcohol content well hidden.

Cheers Peg and maybe I'll get to know you one day...

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of Spider889
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.

Photo of brewdan
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.

Photo of Viggo
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.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
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!

Photo of darklordlager
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a finger-and-a-half thick, lightly pink tinged, off-white colored head. The beer is a deep amber color that shows a lightly hazed, red-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma as I pour this beers is lightly cherry scented with a slightly tart backdrop. A deeper inspection yields a bit of mustiness and a substantial oak-barrel character that provides aromas of coconut and vanillin that are perhaps the most prominent note of the nose. Other aromas provide a touch of butterscotch, something a bit like spicy cherry cough-syrup, a solid woodiness and a touch of cracker-like malt. The cherry notes and the oak aromas combine to form an almost cinnamon like note. The aroma is not overly aggressive and I like the notes that it does have, though it could be a bit more integrated than it is.

Nicely carbonated, the beer has a bit of fizz to it as it rolls across the tongue. The flavors are almost surprising, though in line with the aroma, as I first notice a tart, fruity, cherry character that morphs into a lingering, distinctly coconut like flavor in the finish. My second sip has me noticing more of the woody flavors in the finish as well as a touch of oak spiciness, but that lingering, appetizing, toasted coconut flavor is still there as well. This coconut like note also reminds me of nutty almonds. The cherry notes are quite present up front in the flavor and almost lean-towards / morph-into a distinct blueberry like note towards the finish. I want to describe the fruit character as spicy, but don't quite know how to say that in a more descriptive fashion. The tartness here contributes a significant tang, but I wouldn't necessarily describe this as a sour beer. This beer has some body to it, at times it can seem even chewy because of the malt character, though it remains fairly quaffable overall.

The finish of this beer is quite fantastic with its mix of spiciness and coconut / almond flavors. Definitely an interesting, even enjoyable, beer; though it could perhaps use a touch more complexity (fermentation funkiness would be nice) or a tighter integration.

Photo of rye726
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.

Photo of Rich540
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of kbutler1
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.

Photo of drabmuh
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.

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

I have here another gem courtesy of Derek, thank you sir! A glowing copper body graces my glass with touches of amber from the cherries. This beer is surprisingly clear with random points of growing carbonation. A linen white head rose to a finger in height on a steady pour and slowly receded to a thin cap with an oversized collar. The collar leaves some thin sheet lacing that slowly falls into the body.

The nose shows faint signs of tartness from the cherries along with a dusty yeastiness. Cherries dominate the nose with some being sweet but the majority being of the tart variety. A light doughiness and some freshly cracked white pepper waft in and out of the cherries. Sweet tart like sweet and tartness play off each other nicely.

Carbonation pushes across fizzy tart cherries upfront that are almost candy like with a faint sweetness coming along in the background. There's a touch of mustiness mid-palate and a little angel food cake maltiness but this beer is dominated by sweet and tart cherries, mostly the latter. There's enough tart to leave some lingering on the tongue.

I enjoy the carbonation on this brew. The body leans toward the lighter side of medium and the lively carbonation help push that notion across. The carbonation has enough fizz to tickle the tongue and that tartness lingers after each drink.

This beer needs to be packaged in 750ml bottles. A 12oz bottle simply isn't enough with the tartness, light body and balancing sweetness. This beer is totally refreshing and enjoyable.

Sour Cherry Tripel is my second beer from Big Rock and they were both very good with interesting twists on each style. This, to me, is more of a fruit beer than a tripel but either way it's good at what it is. Thanks for the sample Derek, looking forward to hopefully trying more down the line.

Photo of backfat
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!

Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Photo of koopa
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Sour Cherry Tripel from Big Rock Chop & Brewhouse
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