Cerise Cassée American Sour Ale | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of mmmbeer
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer at the brewery before the EBF while Sam Calagione, Tomme Arthur, Rob Tod, et al were having some rounds of their own in the front corner. This incarnation of the brew is made of 100% sour mash, fermented with tart cherries on Belgian yeast, then aged in French-oak chardonnay and pinot noir barrels with brettanomyces - 8% ABV. In concept it sounds quite close to Supplication, but this definitely has its own personality. It arrives an opaque cherry/brown in an enlarged flute, with a half inch tan head that slowly subsides. The bouquet consists of sour cherry and brett, with a nice oak kicker and notes of raspberry/blackberry in the background. The first sip is a rush of sour cherries and brett that hits the back of the throat and lingers. In addition to raspberry and other berry notes, the wine barrels really add another dimension. There are flashes of chardonnay, but the pinot really comes through in the aftertaste - very nice. The medium body is bone dry, with medium to high carbonation and the sourness seems to decline slightly as I progress. Overall it is well-crafted, delicously drinkable for a sour ale, and was the perfect beer to prepare me for the Extreme Beer Fest.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love Cambridge's Cerise Cassee. Let me say that right now. Pours a ruddy brownish color with a thin layer of foam on top. Smell is of tart, sour cherries. Flavor is outstanding. It's an incredibly balance of tartness, sour, and cherries. Incredible balance in this one. It's sour, but not overpoweringly so. The sweetness has a perfect counter. It's excellent. It's carbonated properly for the style, and has a nice crisp, dry finish. I could drink this brew all night. I love what Will and CBC do with this brew, and I wish it was available all year. It's just damn good.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: this is the batch of Cerise Cassee brewed by Will Myers and Shaun Hill at Nørrebro in Copenhagen, Denmark and bottled for luggage export to the states. Thanks Shaun!

Pours a wonderfully full deep red color, almost like that of a light Pinot Noir, with very crisp clarity. A starched white 2 finger head foams up on top and rests with tiny bubbles until after a minute or so when it settles into a solid, velvety cap with strong edging and light lacing up the glass. Nice bottle conditioning.

The aroma is amazing, like a fresh baked sour cherry pie. Very reminiscent of New Glarus Belgian Red. Really nice bretty character balanced with the sweet fruit cherry flavors and a subtle lacto and acedic that gives a quenching tartness to the whole aroma. Cherries are the dominant character here with the additional funk and tartness making up a really well-rounded smell.

The taste is also incredibly full and well-balanced. Sour cherry sweetness starts out followed by a touch of malty biscuit breadiness and then moves to a strongly sour-tart middle with some nail polish qualities. Finishes very tart and dry. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry when necessary but has a great sweetness that doesn't make the sour flavors too uncomfortable. Nice bottle carbonation that carries the beer all over the mouth.

I wish I had more bottles of this hanging around because this is an easy-drinking, exciting, and pleasing brew.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is a nice brown, with mahogany hints and some golden tones.

Sticking this one up to my nose, I pick up on the alcohol right away. Some clove also comes out, along with stronger cherry and papaya.

Of course it's sour...cherry is early on in the flavour, and stays to the finish, as a spiciness creeps up on you.

The way it feels in the mouth is just a bit watery, with an alcohol overtone.

I find it quite drinkable, and I wouldn;t mind having more of this one.

Be well

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A leftover from the prior night's beer dinner, this is one scrap I did not mind having. Presented to me from the tap in an oversized flute glass the beer was a dark ruby-red color. No head or signs of a head and no lacing throughout the sample. A bit of a dull Juicy Juice color.

The smell was super tart cherries and faint red wine. Some hints of grapes and plums.

The taste was a huge burst of tartness and sourness but kept perfectly in balance with the fruit. So many beers with fruit are overpoweringly sweet and never have anything to balance that sweetness. This beer had an innitial quick burst of fruitty sweetness that was instantly balanced with a tart and sour finish. It made your lips and cheaks pucker and sucked all the moisture out of your mouth and was enjoyable during every step of the way. A dry finish with softer dark fruit flavor and some hints of wine-like alcohol.

Medium body and crisp and dry to the finish.

Very very drinkable. I enjoyed this one a great deal as I thought it had superb balance and great flavors all around. Certainly nothing to have many of in a sitting as your mouth would feel like a snail that just had salt dumped on it. Perfect with a dessert such as creme brule or perhaps wih eggs at breakfast or brunch.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap Friday.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy, brownish amber with a thin beige head that fades to a patchy film, but eventually disappears completely.

Smell: The aroma is sour and tart cherries. There's also a phenolic, medicinal aroma that gives way to some woody aromas. Swirling accentuates the woodiness and light earthy notes. Upon warming, swirling brings out a nice Cantillon-like funkiness.

Taste: The cherries used in brewing are definitely the dominant element in this beer. Upfront they provide a light sweetness, which is quickly eclipsed by a strong sourness that lasts through to the finish. The sweet, cherry fruitiness emerges again in the finish along with a nice earthy and woody quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. It seems a bit effervescent. The finish has a nice moderate dryness.

Drinkability: Tasty and incredibly flavorful. The beer is nicely sour, but isn't overpowering.

Overall: I really liked this beer. The cherries add a nice fruity character and light sweetness that is never too sweet. The medicinal, woody and earthy characters provide a nice balance to the sourness.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum! I love a good sour ale!

Got this as a sampler first, then got a whole glass shortly after. Could not get enough of this great sipper.

Dark cloudy reddish brown with no head. A reddish cider.

Lactic sourness. Cherries and bitter sour patch kids aroma. Tad vinegary.

Great sourness and cheek tingling goodness. Woody and funky tart acidity. Short dry finish that makes me want to enver stop drinking. Alcohol is hidden, and had the missus and her cousin let me, I would have sat there sipping it from lunch time until they closed. My favorite brew of theirs, with the red ipa just behind it.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on Memorial Day at CBC on a really unseasonably warm day. This really hit the spot and I thought it was their best ofering that day. It is also great to se more breweries tackling this tough style- which I love. Poured a murky orange/brown with a decent head and lacing. The head faded to a ring and stayed that way for the life of the beer. Really nice aromas of tart cherries, and there is a slightly acetic quality that marries with some sweet oak and even some light vanilla and cocoa notes. The taste has a nice balance between sour cherry an oak with some malt and sherry notes underneath. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp but with a creamy finish. It would score a bit higher here, but it drops off a bit at the end. A very nice ofering. Not quite world class, but very solid.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Off notes from 3-2007. Pours a clouded garnet/ruby with a nice tan head that falls. Nose is beautiful. Strong wood influence with cherry tones. You can tell this was made with care. Flavor is a mild wood with a stronger cherry profile. Feel has a thick bubble to it that hits the back of my mouth and leaves quickly. The liquid feel seems a bit thin. This reminds me oh so much of a lambic. Overall, very drinkable. It might have to be your cup of tea, but I dig it. If you like lambics, you will like this. After two 9 ounce beers and a burger, this was my dessert. As it got closer to the end, I wished there would have been more.

I weep for you if you go in and this beer is not available.

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Photo of Kranders
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of jslot38
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have sampled this on tap at the EBF, at Anam Cara, and at Cambridge Brewing Company.

This flanders red ale poured a deep burgungy red color with light tan foam that settles flat. The smell is a very nice, earthy, flinty, tart cherry aroma with notes of malt. The taste is lightly tart cherries, moderately malty beneath the pleasant sourness with just a touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly tart with medium body and low carbonation feel. The light, fruity tartness lingers happily in the mouth. This is a very nice beer, and I am really growing to like this style.

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Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2007, from day two of the CBC 20th anniversary party on may 9, 2009. served in a large, wide champagne flute.

dark brown, ruby amber. faint haze. light tan foam quickly goes to wisps and ring, then nothing.

aroma: sour cherries and fruit with vinegar acidity. red wine and oak notes, plus quite a footy funk. dried grass and touch of hay?

taste: very similar flavors, with more red wine notes. good acidity that lingers, along with a robustness of flavor. still a bit more on the "footy" side of the funk spectrum, but nicely integrated with the wood, wine and hay notes. reminiscences of dried asian sour plums in the finish and aftertaste.

light body, but full of vinegary and tannic red wine-like textures. light, tingly carbonation is the for both refreshment and flavor lift.

that's more like it.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewpub, 2007 version, consumed May 2009.

The body is a dark red that honestly looks a lot like blood in a glass, which is pretty interesting. I kind of dig it because I haven't seen another beer with quite the same color. No head at all, which isn't surprusing since this thing is aged a bit.

The smell is wonderful. The closest thing to actually smelling like cherries I have found in a beer. A little tartness hangs around the background too.

Up front comes a big, sweet blast of cherries; Natural cherries. Next comes a nice, crisp punch of sourness that is very nice.

Mouthfeel is just the slightest bti puckering.

This sucker is pretty drinkable, another impressive beer from the CBC.

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