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Cherry Almond Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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3.53/5
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80 Ratings
Cherry Almond AleCherry Almond Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Beejay on 01-10-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,552
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
80
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
20
Trade:
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cherries, amaretto. Taste is cherries, malts, some almonds are present, a light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of einman
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of megamick
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeinportc
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish-red , with short-lived light tan head.

Aroma is of slightly musty malt.
Taste is a slightly fruity amber ale.
Moderate fine-textured carbonation, with a pleasant light bitterness on the finish. Nothing special but decent & drinkable, ; )

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Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Some artificial cherries in the nose and taste, also some metallic notes. Reminds me of Sam Adams Cherry Wheat which I'm not a big fan of. Would pass on this one.

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Photo of ElEversoris
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MichaelProcton
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Darker than I expected, though I might have thought brown if they had led with the almond instead of the cherry. Mahogany, but plenty of reddish-amber comes through under light. Decent tan cap that sticks around. You can definitely detect the namesake ingredients on the nose. Lots of sweetness. You get the cherry in the flavor, but it's quite artificial-tasting. Too sweet. There's a decent brown ale backbone, but it gets overpowered. There may be a hint of nuttiness, too. Mouthfeel is pretty average, though there's some slickness on the back end. This is a beer I don't hate having tried, but I probably wouldn't seek it out again. Interesting concept not quite executed to a T.

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

Photo of HardyA
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Burgett
2.56/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ABabbidge
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Dark brown with a rocky light tan head.

S: Sweet and malty nose. Cherry and other similar fruit smell is easily noticeable.

T&F: Again, sweet malt with cherry. Finishes dry. Some nuttiness (almond I would assume). Tastes like a brown ale with some added cherry. Cherry is not overdone and is not overly sweet.

O: Interesting beer that is worth a try, but not something I would get again.

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Photo of Pav5069
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours clear and dark chestnut brown with a pillowy, light tan head that peaks at about a finger's width. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Okay lacing, mostly consisting of thin, broken lines and tiny spotting.

Smell - Hints of dark cherry and biscuity malt. Distant nuttiness.

Taste - Mild cherry and nuttiness with a hint of caramel and chocolate. Huge biscuity malt backbone. Finish is mostly the aforementioned with a hint of earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Though its not super smooth, its easy enough to drink before a fairly dry finish.

Overall - Think Fat Tire with a hint of cherry and almond and this is basically what you get. It's not terribly exciting, but it's drinkable. I wouldn't look forward to buying again, though.

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Photo of Strigiform_Witness
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of secondtooth
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep dark ruby, with impenetrable off-white head. Light layer of thin lace.

Aroma: Amaretto-like, cherry and nuts. Nice and quite unusual.

Taste: A bit roasty, with hints of cherries and almonds. Not at all sweet, but more like an inventive and experimental brown ale. Very nice and easy to drink. Surprisingly good.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bb-magic
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of i4ourgot
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Martin4Dan
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VTR
2.96/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice mahogany color with a huge white pillow head. Smell is strong....alcohol...maybe with a little yeast, nothing more. Taste is ok. Subtle cherry followed with toasted almond, again not much here. This is not a super sweet fruit beer and another reviewer compared it to a dark Belgian and I agree that it has some comparable qualities. I was hoping for a diamond in the rough but I will not seek this out again.

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Cherry Almond Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 80 ratings
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