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Melbourn Bros. CherryMelbourn Bros. Cherry

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Melbourn Bros.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by chaduvel on 08-25-2003

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of IronDjinn
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep garnet hue, with a fizzy pink head like cream soda.

Aroma is a cross between preserved cherries, and cherry Nibs licorice--all in all comforting in a curious way.

Yup, more cherry in the flavour, and still riding the fence between real and faux varieties. A hint of pale malt can be discerned holding up this big red facade of flavour.

Mouthfeel is mostly carbonation, which lends to the perception of drinking pop.

You know, it'd make an okay dessert beer, or something to phase in once at some point on a hot day on the patio or barbecuing. Just one though, no more, no less.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is pretty similiar to the Strawberry version by the Melbourn Bros. A reddish/copper color w/ little head that dies quickly and no lacings. The smell is not overtly cherry, unlike the immense strawberry smell in that brew, but it is noticeable with a sharp tartness. The cherry taste isn't quite up to snuff and the brew comes across a little like a cherry soda with a rough edge, but it is still a smooth drink. Not much reaason to drink this, especially at $7 a pop and the fact that the Strawberry is a much better option in my opinion.

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Photo of BiereBlanche
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear, bright red with a pink head. Lots of carbonation. Nose is full of highly sweet cherry - syrup, marascinnos, cherry cough medicine. The rest is tart smelling, nothing else. Taste is similar, lots of sweet and tart fruit, mostly a syrupy sweet cherry with some apple and apricot notes. Sticky mouthfeel despite moderately high carbonation. Tasty, tart but very hard to drink much because of how sweet and cloying it is. Very balanced to sweet and tart fruit.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was hard to rate, because it hardly resembles beer in any way.That being said, pours to a dark cherry color with thin pink head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very strong and pleasant cherry, and the mouthfeel is full of carbonation. Flavor follows the nose perfectly, with a blast of cherry that is sweet, yet not sickening. Finsih is again sweet, but not too much. If I had not poured this myself, I could would have thought it was a cherry cola, especially since the 3.4% abv keeps itself well hidden.

Not what I would consider a "beer", but a truly enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. I find no dating on the bottle. I've tried the apricot Melbourn Bros. years ago and enjoyed it. A local beer store lowered the price from $5.25 to $1.89 a bottle because these weren't moving. I was a little suspect, so I purchased just one bottle. After trying this, I went back and bought six more.

Appearance: watered down cherry cough syrup colored red body with a pink creamy head that disappears and leaves very sticky lacing. Bits of dark debris hang in suspension.

Smell: there's no doubt that this is cherry. Big time sweet, tart and tangy bing cherries.

Taste: flavors match scents when tangy, sweet cherries meet bittering hops and a distant flavor of wheat husks and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer is lightened up with bubbly carbonation and tangy mouthfeel. Bitter hops sit on my tongue.

Drinkability: more than two bottles of this and I'm afraid of overdoing the cherry thing. Looking for a low alcohol, fruit flavored beer and this is it. Nice and different.

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Photo of Drew966
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Melbourn Bros. Cherry pours a deep, dark, cherry red with a pink head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I love the smell, cherries, and not in an artificial flavoring type of way, but in a rich, amazing fashion. It's not all sweet like I feared, there is definitely a strong sour component too. Like all of the Melbourn Bros. beers, it's quite sweet. There is a strong sour flavor that balances it pretty nicely, but all of their beers are quite sweet. It hardly resembles beer as I usually think of it, but they really nail the fruit flavors, which a lot of brewers just can't seem to do. If you like their stuff you'll like this one, it's my favorite of the three by far. If you don't like the other ones, you probably wont like this one either. Outstanding in my opinion.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear, ruby red color with a frothy pink head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Very tangy and tart cherry aroma.

Very tart cherry flavor with a dry finish. Just what a lambic should be.

Medium-light body, zippy carbonation.

Another tasty "lambic" from Melbourn Bros. Thirst quenching and puckeringly good, it's a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up for the wife and ended up drinking it myself.

A: Pours a nice deep red color kind of red wine looking. It has a small fizzy light pink head that is very lively. There are also some floaters which I really look forward to.

S: Nice tart cherries with sugar added. Kind of reminds me of a cherry tart which happens to be one of my favorite desserts.

T: Very nice. There is a nice cherry tartness with a very sweet backbone. It is a really nice tasting beer that could serve as a dessert.

M: Light and bubbly like an old time cherry soda.

D: It's a single bottle beer, but a nice sweet treat.

Overall: I have recently gotten to like these types of beers and this is a good example. If you don't mind a sweet brew, almost soda like this would be a good one for you. The alcohol is low and the taste is big. Give it a shot, move away from the traditional brews and give this one a go. I am going to try their other two versions Strawberry and Apricot and you should too.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Similar to the appricot and strawberry beers, only with cherries this time. There are a lot of one-dimensional fruit flavors, and little beer character. Rich, bold cherrys jump out at the nose, taking on deep, ripe (perhaps over-ripe), tart, and lightly soured aromas. A firm hint of woodiness and must intermingles with the fruits and sweetness. The beer looks very deeply maroon (cherry colored) with shards of black yeast sediments in suspension. Basically no head retention and very light on the carbonation. The flavors are all about the cherries, with litttle-to-no barley malt noticed in taste or body. The wood / must qualities pronounce more heavily in the taste than in flavors. The cherry flavors hinge on artificial flavors at times. The feel is moderate, because of the fruit dosage and little because of malt or dextrins. Finishes thin, slightly tart, with a cherry soda-pop resisual sweetness. Tasty, but I prefer more beer in my beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cherry red in color with a pinkish head. The aroma is full of sweet and tart cherries. Taste is very similar to the nose in that it is all about the tart cherries that finishes dry. Overall, I think this is a pretty solid fruit beer that is worth having again. One of the major drawbacks is that it is extremely pricey.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a carbonic, clear, very red liquid. The head is a cotton-candy pink color. The aroma is all about cherries. Full, intense, and slightly tart, the smell is like a mashed up basket of cherries. The taste is similar, lots of cherries, with a little yeast and spice. There’s a little wild sourness that creeps in as well, and the whole brew works pretty well. It’s not sweet, but not really dry either (semi-dry?), and is very refreshing. I’m generally not a big fan of fruit brews, but this one is worth having again.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark. A British spontaneously fermented cherry "lambic", hmm? Pours with a beautiful cherry red colour and a large and lasting pink head. Intense and beguiling aroma of sweet and sour cherries. Tastes like, duh ..., beer with cherry juice added, maybe because that’s what it actually is? Fairly sweet, reminds me of Lindemans Kriek, but also with a distinct cherry sourness. Low bitterness. Once you get used to the thought of beers tasting more or less like (first class) cherry sodas, this one (like most kriek lambics) actually taste GOOD! No, I wouldn’t want every beer to taste like this one. But it is a nice change of pace, and certainly worth a try!

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Photo of BDTyre
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice on a hot summer day.

Cloudy copper colour with very little head. It resembles soday. Nice cherry fruit scent. Very little "beer" in there. The initial taste is cherry cough syrup, but after, it mellows out to a nice smooth cherry flavour with a bit of malt background.

Carbonation is good, but as with many fruit beers, I find it comes off a bit oily.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't have much experience with fruit beers and this is my first cherry flavored one.

Nice red color with a small pinkish head that stuck around a bit.

Very strong cherry smell. It doesn't smell like it's a beer. I even double-checked the label to make sure that's what I bought, lol.

Tastes perhaps more like red wine than beer, while being quite reminiscent of cherry flavored cough syrups I've had...and loved. This hit the ol' sweet tooth hard.

Had a fizziness close to cherry soda.

Very drinkable for people who like sweets and soda, while being a terrible choice for those who don't. And even though I dig the sweet stuff, it's too sweet to have more than one at a time.

Overall this was a good introduction for me into cherry flavored beers. I'd get this one again and try others in the future.

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Photo of oolite
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very dark red, with a dark pink or lavender head that was very short lived.

Nose is very strong, with floral notes in addition to the obvious cherry. As one would expect, the flavor is mostly cherry - particularly what has come to be called "black cherry", with very pungent, tart characteristics. I also noticed some green apple flavor, which added to the overall sour quality of the beer. The apple comes through right up front, but is strongest on the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste.

It is also quite sweet, and I had a little bit of a thickening of saliva (like after drinking orange juice), although really not that bad considering.

As for drinkability, it is typical of its style I think - great to have in moderation; a single glass with dessert. Certainly not something you would want to enjoy throughout the night.

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Photo of Higravity
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old bottle from the hidden corners of a beer store that has no idea what they have ever. I found this on top of a shelf where they had a box of chimay and Sam Smith's I think they had forgetten about. Anyway I thought I would give a try as I had the Strawberry one a while back and I didn't remember it sucking too bad.

Pours bruise red with a short lived pink head. It smells of sour cherries and a tinge of the cough syrup but that is not dominating and doesn't even bother me. The taste is pretty good, not as sweet as the Lindemans but not as sour as Cantillions, somewhere in the middle with plenty of room for enjoyment. I would buy this again, I hope it is decent fresh as it is aged however long it was before I found it.

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Photo of gdogalishus
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass. Poured a deep ruby red color with a thin light head of red bubbles. The head vanished quickly, but the carbonation level remained high.
The aroma was overwhelming sour cherries... mouthwatering sweet aroma that shows a huge proportion of cherries used in this brew. There was no bitterness in the nose at all... more like a cherry cool aid than a cherry flavored beer.
The flavor followed the aroma with sweet sour cherries completely dominating. They say cherry on the label and that is exactly what you get. Definitely on the sugary sweeter cherry beer side.

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Photo of OStrungT
2.41/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cherry red color with a small white head with red tints in it. The head fades slow, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a very cherry aroma. It is almost cloying. It smells slightly like cherry cough syrup. Maybe a little like a cough drop.

This beer tastes like it smells. I get the feeling I am taking a ricola cough drop. Not much to it but cherry.

This beer is highly carbonated. It leaves a sweet, cough syrup aftertaste.

I doubt I will ever even think about tis beer again. It would make a poor session beer.

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Photo of brentk56
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cherry soda color with a pinkish head that hangs around for the duration and leaves some lacing

Smell: Cherry cough syrup...enough said

Taste: Starts out very sweet like a cherry soda and then the tartness hits mid-palate but never really does the job of balancing the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinkability: I generally like fruit beers but this one is just too sweet for my palate; I cannot even finish the bottle

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different. Seemed too sweet at first, but the sweetness was tamed as i made my way through the glass. Definitely an English interpretation of a Kriek. Very well done. Drinkable. Overflowing with tart cherry aroma, matched by a flavor of the same.

The real question is, why don't we have this in AL when it fits within all our laws, and we have plenty of other beers imported by Merchant du Vin? I shall inquire.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

300ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a bright red colour... Head was very pink and poured very big and foamy. This settled to a nice thin layer which lasted throughout...

Aroma - Creamy cherries, vanilla, maybe some apple hints, slight peppery notes...

Taste – Sweet, hints of spiciness, some sourness, very strong cherry flavour, vanilla notes...

Feel - Very creamy...

Overall - A pretty good fruit beer. Maybe a little too sweet.... Definitely worth a try though....

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark reddish brown, with a moderate reddish off-white head that drops to nothing quickly.

Initial aroma is definitely cherry. My thought was Smith's cough-drop artificial cherry. But the label says made with fresh cherries. Oh, not quite, the label says "Beer with Cherry Juice Added" next to the cool old timey print of an old brewery industrial complex... hmmm...

Let's look more closely for the right info-- "brewed with malted barley, wheat, hops, yeast, water, & fresh cherries" and "Stamford is one of Great Britain's most beautiful and historic market towns"- good to know for my next trip! But what does that have to do with beer?

Cough drop aroma is waht I'm sticking with- my girlfriend came up with the description (it's her beer, after all, I'm just checking it out!).

The flavor definitely follows through the sweet cherry profile, but it's helped out by some sour cherry as well, also the spontaneous fermentation adds a bit of complexity that is a welcome balance. Overall, way to sweet/fruity for me, but my girlfriend likes it (but doesn't love it).

I'll be going back to my gueuze now....

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear ruby with a light pink head which rose quickly and fell just as rapidly to lace the glass.

The aroma was cherries. Nuttin' but cherries. Like sniffing a bowlful of cherry lifesavers. To be fair there was just a hint of acidity in the aroma, but mainly it was a candy aroma of cherries.

The flavor was sweet on the palate as first contact is made and then the flavor dries slightly. The cherries in the aroma aren't there just for show, they really take a stand in the flavor. The acidity assists with drying out the flavor and the cherries taste more authentic than they smell.

The finish was dry with a linering cherry presence and a lingering acidity that was quite nice. The body was medium light. The cherries in the aroma seem artificial while the flavor seems more authentic.

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Not a bad beer, but no real complexity exists.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle

Pours with a deep ruby red body, some slight hints of pink and mahogany. Fluffy pink head, good retention

Smell, cherries, vanilla, yogurt, cream

Taste, tart and slightly citric. Fizzy cherry mouthfeel, lasting creaminess on the palette

A tasty english take on the traditional lambic style. A solid and refreshing fruit beer, no real lambic funk but went really well with a slice of strawberry and fresh cream sponge

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Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A grayish-pink, small, fizzy head sits on a deep, clear, cherry-red beer. Funky, spicy cherry in the nose: nicely tart. Sweet cherries in front. And what is that... nutmeg? Deep cherries through the not-too-sweet middle. Tart in the finish, a little funk, some nice spices. Again, this is fruit-juicy, but the lambic sour and funk is definitely there. Tasty. Sweet, but I can live with it (unlike the Lindemans).

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