Cerise Cassée
Cambridge Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #175
Ranked #1,757
4.27 | pDev: 10.77%
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Cerise Cassée is a complex beer in both process and palate. Multiple fermentations begin in stainless steel with our house ale yeast, then spontaneous refermentation and aging along with 300 pounds of sour cherries takes place in the infamous CBC barrel cellar.
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives the color of a bold Cabernet with a one finger head; spotty lacing

Smell: Dark cherry, raisin and caramel

Taste: Dark cherry forward, bringing both sweet and lactic sour notes; the caramel tones underneath hold together with the fruit; oaky and tannic, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A brash wild ale with a strong vinous aspect

Aug 03, 2019
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EBF sample pour. Poured a reddish color. Aroma and flavor were riddled with pungent cherry. Both sour and sweet cherry. Also, both were quite intense. Some earthiness and alcohol head as well. Its ripe and jammy but also tart and acidic. A pretty big sour in both ABV & body. Enjoyable beer.

Feb 09, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark garnet. No light shines through. No bubbles and no lace.

Sour cherry aroma--attractive.

I taste raisins behind the sour base, less cherry. Thick body with a very low carbonation. The aftertaste was lip puckeringly sour with a touch of sweetness.

Nov 23, 2014
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge, MA
Served in a cervoise

The beer poured a gorgeous, dark burgundy and was topped by a one-plus finger tall, bubbly and foamy, bright white crown. There might have been a bit of pink in the head, but it was tough to see in the bar. Spotty, drippy lacing trickled down the glass. The head fell to a thin yet resilient film.

Intense, fresh, dark cherry notes dominated the nose. Super jammy. Sweet yet balanced. There was a strong raisin presence as well. Good dose of brown sugar. Hint of balsamic. All in all, the aroma was rather straight forward, but so fragrant and enticing.

The flavor profile was also heavy on cherry, but it contained a lot more oak and sourness as well. Good dose of balsamic vinegar. Slight lactic acid presence. Touch of brown sugar. The beer tasted a lot more like a Flemish sour ale than a typical wild ale. Some lemony tartness appeared in the center. Crisp and slightly acidic. Lots of oak and vinegar on the off-dry finish. Nice overall balance of sweet/tart flavors.

The mouthfeel may have been the only less than stellar aspect of this beer. It was medium bodied with a crisp, almost soda-like effervescence. Fairly non-descript.

Cerise Cassée is an outstanding sour ale from the Cambridge Brewing Company that I will be happy to revisit. This is a fantastically flavorful, complex and refreshing offering from Will and Co.

Apr 01, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

some of this blend is 9 years old! thats impressive. a wonderful tart cherry sour that has more depth of flavor than just about any other on the market. is this even on the market? if it is, i need more! pink tinted burgundy colored sour, with not a ton of head but some slowly rising bubbles through the hazy and patchy foam. the nose is really pucker and tart, with cherries being evident, but also a red wine like fruitiness that must come from the fermenting cherries. funky yeast as there along with the bacterial presence as well, and a real heavy oak presence brings it all together in both aroma and flavor. super smooth flavor, with the fruit all the way through but moving from sweet to sour and back again over and over. it gets more sour and acidic as it goes, but never caustic or sharp. it dried me out, but i wet up right away for more. one of the best sours I've had in awhile, and I've had some good ones. i would put this again almost any other sour cherry beer thats out there. world class all the way through, and the best I've had from cambridge, who now fully has my attention.

Jan 17, 2014
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at my first visit to the brewpub during a fun Boston/Worcester weekend. $6 a ~12oz pour. This was listed as 9% ABV.

Comes in a flute-type glass. Very dark color with some reddish purple highlights. A small off-white head sticks around decently turning to a thin ring towards the end.

Smell is a little on the weak side but is enticing. Lots of tart dark fruits, vinegar and oak.

Taste - wow, great stuff here. Intense dark fruit gives off a red wine feel (berries and cherries come to mind) and is matched nicely with a good kick of tart funk. Vanilla, vinegar oak and light spice also present. A very well-rounded sour, hits the mark in every aspect.

Good mouthfeel with carbonation that's on the high side. Keeps you sipping, this goes down easy for 9%.

This was awesome, this could stand up to Russian River's wild ales - it reminds me of Consecration a bit come to think of it. The funk doesn't tame the fruit and the fruit doesn't tame the funk, intense on both sides. Bottle this!

Dec 04, 2012
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub, $6 for what I believe to be a 10oz pour. It arrived a very dark red color, more purple-brown actually, with zero light transmission. A healthy foam on top, tan colored with a fine-celled structure.

Strong cherry aromas are the first thing to greet my nose, followed abruptly by a nearly vinegar note which immediately says "Flanders Red Ale". Not bad at all for that style, not really the cherry wild ale I'd anticipated but whatever. On tasting it's immediately sour, extremely so really (which I like but could see it as off-putting for some). The cherries present nicely in the aftertaste, but the abrasiveness is the dominant characteristic for sure. This rapidly became a sipper for me, as does most any Flanders Red I try. No sweet malt/sugar counterplay like you get from some of the classics, and honestly I can't tell which approach I like more.

Pretty happy to have found this available, the first time I've seen it after 2.5 years of infrequent stops.

Nov 09, 2012
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rowingbrewer from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark reddish color with a barely there head. the smell is sour cherries and funk. the taste is bitingly sour with hints of cherry, and a light funk that is hard to pick up over the sour. the mouthfeel is light and puckering. overall this is a great beer to sit and sip on

Jan 02, 2012
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Gatch from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Brownish, deep red. Like raspberry juice. No head or lacing at all.

S - Sour fruit, sweet vinegar.

T - Wow. Tingly sour fruit and vinegar. Very nice. So funky that you can't resist another sip.

M - Nice carbonation. Awesome sour feel and flavor. I don't get much complexity from this beer because I'm inexperienced with sours but I know it's damn good.

Dec 14, 2011
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jslot38 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been truly lucky to have had Cerise Cassee a few times, including various vintages of the solera project at beer festivals. It ranks, in my mind, right up with some of the top sours being produced in the US.

On draft at the brewpub, served in a flute glass for $6 - a steal. Color is a dusty mahagony, with no transparency. Minimal head, just a white ring around the edges.

The aroma is nice dark fruits, raisins, oak, red wine with a hint of grape musk.

Lip puckering sour - the acid is almost over bearing but draws you back for more. Plenty of fruit, red wine undertones, a hint of oak, plums, dates, raisins. And yeah, did I mention the sourness?

Mouthfeel is a bit tricky, the acidity makes it a bit abbrasive, but the carbonation is light and on point.

Great beer from a great brewery.

Dec 13, 2011
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amphion1065 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flute at CBC. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark shade of plum, almost eggplant purple. A healthy pour, with only a minimal brown head that left barely any lacing.

Huge brett notes in the aroma. This is terrifically funky, with a really vinous tartness. Very nice wine-like grape notes work perfectly with the wild yeast, and there's a fairly strong element of sour cherries as well. Really nice.

Man, this is delicious. There is an almost bracing sourness, a buggy mouth-puckering flavor that reminds me of some of the best AWAs. But the fruit is really allowed to shine in this beer. A tannic grape flavor, in conjunction with those cherries, really pulls this beer together.

The mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated, but it's not terribly detrimental. I could not possibly guess that this beer was 9%, it's criminally easy to drink.

This might be the best New England-made wild ale I've had. Phenomenal, the praise this beer has garnered is totally warranted. One glass was really not enough, and this is almost certainly the best CBC beer I've had.

Dec 04, 2011
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elNopalero from California

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is their barrel fermented wild ale. Reminiscent of the sort of things I’ve had from Russian River. Good stuff!

Appears a ruddy amber with a super sour nose on it. There’s a lot of tartness puckering the mouth. Some black cherry plays tart and sour on the palate. Distinct, dry finish. One of the favorites of the night.

Dec 01, 2011
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Kranders from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll just get it out to start, I loved this beer. Super deep red in appearance that just begs to be sipped. Nice cherry aroma. The first sip kind of just takes you straight into a pucker it's so sour. Super complex and and just fantastic. The only downside is that more or less it kind of messes with your taste buds a bit. Still, perfect beer to end the night with.

Nov 16, 2011
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mdfb79 from New York

3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/09/11 notes. Got to try the 09 and 10 vintages of this between NotF and BBF up in Boston, MA.

a - Pours a dark murky brown-red color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, oak, vinegar, furity malts. Tart cherries and definirely there.

t - Tastes of cherries and dark fruits, light oak, and vinegar, but not as tart or acedic as the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty good wild ale. I enjoyed the sour nose, and wished it had come through a bit more in the taste, but I still enjoyed it. Would like to have it again.

Sep 30, 2011
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the BBF. Got to sample both 09 and 10. Notes are pretty much identicle.

A - Both poured a murky garnet hue that was quite cloudy and had a slight white head that faded at a slow pace.

S - Both had very nice barrel notes as well as big cherries and sourness and light funk. The 09 had a bit more oaky nose than the 10.

T - Both again, quite similiar with great funk, cherries, oak, and vinegar. The 10 had a bit more vinegar on the tongue than the 09.

M - Both great mouthfeels, crisp, super dry, puckering on the mouth. Very tart, but inviting.

O - Loved both of these wild ales. Hell, loved everything at the CBC. Would love to have a few bottles of this.

Sep 14, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Pours a garnet color with some brown streaks. Off white head with a bit of lacing as it falls. The nose brings forward a bit of some really nice sour cherries along with a mild acetic character and some mild funk. Quite good. The flavor is a bit more tart without as much cherry. Mostly some intense sourness and tartness with perhaps a bit too much acetic acid, which carries over into the mouthfeel. Really dry, sour finish. Drinks pretty well and is something I'd definitely have again, if for nothing other than to get back at that nose.

Mar 15, 2011
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muttyd from Alabama

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Presented in a tulip glass. Deep ruby red body with a fluffy pink/white head. Aroma of oak, funk and slight vinegar is immediately obvious. Some cherries in the nose, but takes a back seat to the other aromas previously mentioned. Sweet/tart cherry flavor comes through more in the flavor. Funk, wood, and sour notes as well. Very sour beer. Mouthwatering and very astringent. One glass was definitely enough for me. Very big flavors, very sour.

Dec 13, 2010
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ShogoKawada from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice ruby brown pour with a wisp of head that fades fast.

S- Nose is very strong with tart cherries. Wow, this has quite a nose on it.

T- Tart, puckering cherries, a dash of vinegar, lots of funk. Very intense- surprising burst of flavors from this one. Almost too much (although I'm digging it).

M- Tart, puckering, a bit of vinegar makes the finish a little rough.

D- Moderate. Great flavors, although perhaps could be blended to mellow out a bit. Still, the cherry is amazing. Quite a beer.

Nov 10, 2010
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark murky brown color with decent head covering.

Nose of light bolotin cherry, malt vinegar, light tart fruit sour tang.

Taste has more light cherry and tart fruit. Light malt vinegar, little tang and dark choc malts. Creamy chewy malts. Breaddy malty dry funk on finish.

A medium body with decent carbonation.

Drinks pretty well, a little too much on the cherry and vinegar flavors, but otherwise pretty nice for a 7.75% wild.

Nov 07, 2010
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kingcrowing from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at NotF poured into a sampling glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a very small brown head that fades. Nose is malty and rich with a light fruitiness.

Taste is quite tart and fruity with a nice funk. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. It's quite and drinkable, a very tasty beer!

Nov 07, 2010
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axeman9182 from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

First beer of the night at CBC's 21st anniversary shindig. Served in a flute glass, Cerise pours pretty much the darkest shade of red imaginable, and there's a brief appearance by a small off-white cap. The nose is of pretty much of tart cherries exclusively. This beer is sour, in fact I think the envelope is pushed in this regard just a little bit too much. Cherries are a much welcome addition as the beer hits the back of my mouth. The mouthfeel on this beer is outstanding, a nice level of carbonation and it really coats my mouth. While I still think the beer's a bit too unbalanced towards the sour side, it's very good. That said, I couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting as the tartness from even my one glass left my palate temporarily overwhelmed.

May 08, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass at EBF.

The beer pours a medium pink color, almost red with a light pink head but no retention or lacing.

The aroma is pretty light but balanced showing off some really nice sourness and some sweet cherries.

The taste is awesome. It is super super sour, much more than the aroma would indicate but, its not so sour you can't drink it. It finishes with a great cherry taste with funk.

The feel is very nice with a dry finish.

Overall, this is one of the top three beers from EBF, it really should have been at NoTB. It was perfectly sour but the cherries brought enough to the table to balance it out and make it totally drinkable. I would actively search out this beer.

Feb 22, 2010
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DrJay from Texas

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub. Hazy and nearly opaque, this beer was a reddish brown colour and was topped by a thin beige collar. Fine bubbles produced a bit of spotty lace. The aroma was quite earthy and sour, fruity, lots of berry and sour cherry, light funk and tobacco leaf. The flavour was more of the same, but with toffee and wood character, as well as a hint of vinegar. Sourness lingered and was fairly powerful. Dry with a light to medium body, low carbonation, great texture. Quite complex, but with a refreshing sourness. Very enjoyable.

Sep 19, 2009
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

flute glass, barrel fermanted sour wild ale....oh yeah!

a light brown color with little light popping through that has a brown-tinted, small and lacy head.

Sweet wild raspberries in the aroma, very tart cherries, pums and dates add more sweetness. Fruity and tangy.

Oooh, this puppy is tart! dry, wild fruits, sweet tart candies, tangy...not at all metallic! Subtle oak-wood flavors from the barrel fermenting. A dry but crisp feel, light, sparkling feel. This one is just right for late summer.

Aug 31, 2009
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IBUnit63 from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC served in not quite a flute...

It's still like the cherry juice you get at Whole Paycheck. Sort of a cherrywood color with slight amber/brown. I mean, it's really still...

Leathery sour cherries are abundant and mesh almost perfectly with the sour and barnyard notes in here, creating a slightly pleasant nasal sting. There's a slight barrel taste to it - maybe a touch of bourbon and perhaps faint, faint hints of vanilla. Quite enticing.

Yup, it's sour, alright. Mild essence of cherry juice and huge sour acidity. As it warms the barnyard notes diminish, leaving it to be much cleaner than expected. There's still a little bit of funk in this rhythm, though. Cherries have a decent little bite. Barrel woodiness emerges with warmth as well. Very nicely done.

Definitely hangin' high and tight on the palate. Latent carbonation on the finish gives it a little zip. Hoppiness is nil, of course...maybe a tinge of pine but that's it. There's a huge cherry pucker fron front to back. A little dry funk lines it up nicely.

This one definitely has a biting kick to it but it drinks nicely for style. I usually don't have any complaints about CBC's stuff...no exception here. Solid.

Jul 20, 2009
Cerise Cassée from Cambridge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 160 ratings