Old Cherry | New Belgium Brewing

Old CherryOld Cherry
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3.49 w/ 74 ratings
Old CherryOld Cherry

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 05-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of dcscientist
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really wish they'd dust this one off and make it again! Lots of people try cherry beers but this one was excellent. One for the archives unless we can gather en masse and convince them to get brewing!

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Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bthomas
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of schnay90
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know this beer is listed as retired. I asked the name and confirmed it while at the brewery last week.

A: single finger head with no lace, reddish amber with gold hues.

S: sour cherry and bread notes. Not too much here.

T: wheat and bread up front with a semisweet cherry finish. Very drinkable and refreshing.

M: moderate carbonation and light to medium body.

Overall: excellent cherry flavored wheatlike beer as oppose to what I think of as a fruit beer.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is taken from some old notes. Seeing this one on the shelf, I was pretty excited to try it (especially after hearing so much about this brewery over the years). After purchasing and tasting the bottle, I was not quite disappointed, but a little bit let down. Somewhat tart, decent cherry, a little brown sugar and a light vanilla flavor. Again, decent, but not much more.

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Photo of beerad666
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an American Pint glass. It pours out a dark amber color with a small thin white head that quickly resides. The aroma is sweet, tart and malty. From the smell I almost feel like I might be about to drink a Jolly Rancher. I was happy to find out that the sweetness isn't over kill in the taste but it is incredibly sticky. The cherry tartness is very light and makes this very easy to drink. This is a beer that grows on you with each sip, worth picking up if you see it.

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Photo of Eldalonde
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish color with a thin white head. Smells lightly of fruits which include cherries and notes of other berries. Taste is tart like a cherry beer should taste, however the cherry taste is rather minimal, if at all. Overall, a pretty good beer, just could use a stronger cherry flavor.

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Photo of qchic
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks rosy and clear in the glass with a nice looking head, at least right after pouring. I smell dried cherry because I am expecting it and searching for it, while malt seems more apparent. The cherry flavor is even more subdued in this medium bodied beer than is was in the aroma finishing with some lingering bitterness. Dry all the way.

I was really looking forward to trying this beer, but it turns out that 2 in the folly pack are enough. It's not often that I feel the fruit was underdone.

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Photo of Beejay
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very nice a warm strawberry amber.. Nice white head, but dissipates quickly..

S: Bitter, some cherry in there, slightly medicinal. Slight scent of fresh cherry cider.

T: I was expecting a little more. Malty, with a fruit back, slightly tart. Very light, kind of water.. Not bad, but not great either.

M: Fairly carbonated, the tartness adds a little bit of pucker.

D: I could see how this might appeal to some of the masses... but it is just not doing it for me... Sorry, as much as I love this brewer, I don't think I will be purchasing this one again....

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 9/29/2008 (bottle):

Pours a light reddish amber colored body, with a small head, off-white in color and diminishing. Very sickly, syrupy, soda-like aroma. Some maltiness. Some tart cherry taste, flattish. Some fruity afl aftertaste. Some alcohol. Bitter, sour.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A hazy orange-red body with a finger and a half of off-white head. Chunky lacing.

Aroma: Nicely malty with tart berry and other fruit notes. No distinct cherry to speak of.

Taste: Tart and slightly sour with subtle cherry notes in the aftertaste. You really have to look for the cherry flavor here. A lot maltier than I was expecting, but more dry than sweet. Overall, much like a lighter version of their Frambozen.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and somewhat chewy at times. Low carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Just about average; you can put down a few easily, but probably won't be chugging it all night.

Verdict: A nice enough malt-forward fruit beer. Certainly a much better attempt at a cherry themed beer than Sam Adam's Cherry Wheat, but nothing earth-shaking. If you like New Belgium's Frambozen, you should enjoy this as well.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gazed orange hurd brown with a thin creme head. Nose is like a smoked cherry juice. Flavor is interesting in an odd way. Tastes like a standard cherry flavor on a bunch of wet wood and leaves. Seems almost soggy. Unusual earth tones. Feel is standard on liquid and carbonation. This is easy to drink but a pretty "okay" fruit beer. Been a while since I've tried something from New Belgium, so it's good to have the chance.

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Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a rusty aspect; the frothy head delivers a nice pattern of lace

Smell: There is a fruity character to the aroma, but it is faint and undistinct

Taste: Opens with a bready malt flavor that adds a fruit and powdered chocolate element by mid-palate; the cherry flavor is indistinct, as there is some melon and lychee in there, too; just a hint of tartness, as well; after the swallow, the flavors break down somewhat and lack definition

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Pleasant to drink but undistinctive; I was expecting more, when I read the label

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Photo of bort11
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Not much in the way of a head, though there is some spots of lace. Color is a hazy amber with a reddish tint.

Smell is a tart cherry with a dry yeast twang. Taste is pretty tart, and I like it that it's not overly sweet and syrupy. Added tartness from New Belgium's house yeast.

Mild medium body with a crisp and dry after-taste. I guess this is NB's take on the Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. And to be honest, it's much better.
Blipped Cherry Bomb by L7

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange/amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly soury, caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight sourness, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, tasty.

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Photo of AltBock
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with a classic drawing of two cherries on a stem with two big green leaves. Around the cherries are vines of hop buds. The left side of the label has the mandatory US information. The right side of the label has a wealth of information. Everything you'd want to know about the beer can be found on the right side of the label. It contains two paragraphs that talk about the beer and where the cherries came from, picture of the proper serving glass, proper serving temperature, a best before date, and a batch number.

I poured this little Cherry Ale into a standard DFH pint glass. This New Belgium beer didn't pour a cherry red color, but more of a lightly hazy golden amber color. There weren't even cherry highlights in the beer. On top of this amber brew was a small 1/4 to 1/2 an inch head of pure white foam. This head of foam only had OK retention. It left behind a small string of foamy white rings and about 2 tiny spots of lace around the glass.

I didn't get much of anything coming out of the aroma. There was a small whiff of cherry in the aroma, but they weren't juicy or sour. It was just there to make a slight appearance. It's hard to explain unless you smell it for yourself. Mixed in with the cherries was the scent of malted wheat. At some times, this malted wheat aroma smelled like stale wheat bread. As you can tell, I wasn't impressed by the aroma at all. It clearly needed more cherries and a little bit more malted wheat.

Just like the aroma, there wasn't much of a cherry presence in here either. Actually the taste was like the aroma, it was a mix of subtle cherry and malted wheat. But the taste had something else to offer than just subtle cherry and wheat. Stuck in between the cherry and the wheat was a gentle touch of milk chocolate. It was this tiny taste of milk chocolate that saved this beer's taste.

This was a crispy light bodied Cherry Ale with a gentle aftertaste of cherries and wheat. I thought the aftertaste was thin, but at least it wasn't watery. That's a plus! There wasn't many plus signs in this beer. Oh yeah, that thin cherry aftertaste will not stick around. It came in as fast as it left.

Overall, it's not a terrible Cherry Ale, but it sure as hell could have used more cherries. If you like the taste of cherries in your beer, then stay clear of this Cherry Ale. It doesn't contain enough Cherry taste (or much of anything else for that matter) to keep you entertained.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard information rich label: 6.5%, 45 F, goblet, 28NOV08.

A) Hazy brown glass holds its solid head of tan that laces in thick tidemarks.

S) Leathery brown ale with a cherry flesh twist.

T) Cherry pie filling, cherry flesh, REAL cherries fresh picked and juicy, all on a solid sugary brown ale base. Some mild malt flavor come in, no real hops noted.

M) Low carbonation encourages long pulls, medium heavy body leaves a lasting impression.

O) Nice stuff! Hate to see it's a one off. Solid use of cherry that comes through as natural and fresh. Really well done.

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Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass. I couldn't determine the best before date, but it was fresh.

Color is very nice looking. It was an apricot red. Pours a thin head, but leaves some good lace rings.

The smell is of a 'high quality' cigar with the obvious note of cherry. Taste is very sweet and tart. It has the obvious cheery flavor to it, but it is not to strong. There are also some bready malts present.

Mouthfeel is very tarty, but gets smooth. The alcohol rate being 6.5% isn't even noticable. Carbonation level is low, but suits the beer well.

Overall, my first sip of this beer was a letdown, but as I continued to drink it, the flavor grew on me. I'd really recommend this beer even if you don't like cherries.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Rustic Oven. Pours into a pint glass with a golden copper red color and just a skim layer of head. The head doesn't stick around long but leaves a little lacing. Perfect clarity and very nice color.

Aroma is a combination of sweet and tart cherries. No hop aroma is detected.

Taste is sweet, sour, and tart. It's similar to a mild cherry juice with a touch of bitterness. Familiar biscuit malts from Fat Tire and 2 Below. Nice clean balanced flavor and not too sweet.

Mouthfeel is, again, clean and balanced with a good level of carbonation. Not too heavy or syrupy.

Drinkability is very good for the style.

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Photo of KeefD
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper orange with an off-white head, light hints of pink, and below average lacing. Aroma is bready with a very light cherry note. Taste is slightly tart, very light cherry flavor, with some toasty, bready grainy flavor. Kind of like Fat Tire with a little bit of cherry mixed in. Decent mouthfeel, lots of crisp carbonation. An average fruit beer and nothing special at all.

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Photo of Night
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours copper with flecks of gold and red. Small eggshell head with a bit of cream, dissipates quickly to a thin layer. Aroma is subtle and predominantly malty (cereals, light bread, toast) with a sweet fruity undercurrent and a faint note of chocolate. Mouthfeel is on the watery side with a very light carbonation bite. Flavor hits with a sweet, acidic wash of cherry mingled with straightforward malts and a hint of chocolate in the background. Aftertaste is light and a bit sour with some warmth.

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Photo of tpd975
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew via the man known only as Sea Bass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with light tones of amber. It barely managed to build a head and the retention was nil. No lace.

S: Very light aroma. Hints of grainy bready malt with a touch of sugar. You can pick up a very light note of cherry if you really swirl and inhale real deep.

T: Light in flavor overall. Light bready malt up front with a bit of sweetness. There is an almost wheat like quality to this one. Light notes of black cherry skins can be detected.

M: Light and bubbly, almost champagne like.

D: Not bad, not the best offering by these guys but it is unique.

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Old Cherry from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 33.8% out of 100 with 74 ratings
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