Old Cherry | New Belgium Brewing

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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:
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Added by Bitterbill on 05-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of scruffwhor
2.24/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up the New Belgium mixed twelve pack just to try this beer. I finally broke down and bought it!!!

Pour a clear clarity amber with a very quick film of foam to nothing. Very good bubbling though. Just a hint of Langer's cherry juice and toasted bread that quickly turns to some adjuncty/funky non-goodness of an aroma. Not very cherry-like or fruity at all. The taste is just as disapointing. Starts with cherries, some other tart fruits, then in a flash, quickly moves to stale bread. Not a very flavorful or fruity tasting beer by any means. Was much less than I expected from a beer they don't even bottle individually! I was pretty disappointed with this beer.

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Photo of nicdub
2.25/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I tried this beer out of a new belgium variety 12 pack.

I won't go into details as I didn't think it was very good at all. Honestly, I'd rather have almost any beer over this one.

It didnt even really seem like beer to me, more like a summer fruit drink or like a cherry flavored tea.

I only drank one of the three i got in the pack and didnt finish it.

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Photo of bthomas
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.7/5  rDev -22%
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 stumac
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

this brew smells like a regular amber beer with some cherry mixed in. it pours up a deep red orange color with a small white head. nothing crazy. tastes just like it smells. a regular amber lager with subtle malt tones with cherries added in. i guess this beer would be good for the general public but not for someone that has ever had Ommegang's Three Philosophers.

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Photo of AltBock
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
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 Bitterbill
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got 2 bottles of it in the NB Folly Pack.

It pours a clear copper colour with a small and very quickly disappearing head of foam. Pretty much no lacing as well.

The smell doesn't have a lot going on. Some bready notes with a slight cherry note.

The taste is the same as the nose. Definitely bready with, what I think, is a very weak cherry tartness presence. I mean, cherry is in the name! ;^)

Mouthfeel is light, no, thin, and it's fairly lightly carbonated. Hmmm...not much of anything is going on here on any counts. Very dull, very boring, and to boot, I'm getting a slight buzz from the abv. That's not what I'm looking for. This one is very disappointing and I won't seek it out again. Not even for trading purposes. Sorry.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by 10/31/08. Pours golden red with a fizzy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is biscuity malts, some cherries and a little vegetables. Smells like Fat Tire with cherries.

The flavor is sweet cherries over biscuity malts with a little metallic note. The mouthfeel is medium with smooth carbonation.

Overall, seems a lot like a Fat Tire recipe with cherries added. I just had a Fat Tire and really don't like the biscuit notes which I see here as well. The cherries do make it somewhat better though. Having to buy a 12 pack to sample this is not cool.

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Photo of mwilbur
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a fairly clear reddish brown with thin white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Malt with hint of cherry (not as much as I was anticipating).
T: Interesting mix of malt and cherry...more toward the cherry side than the aroma suggested. Fairly simple and straight-forward.
M: Light on the tongue and taste is quickly gone...not complex, but also not bad.
D: Very average...which for NBB is below average. Not one of my favorite offerings from them, but still glad I tried it. Less a fruit beer than a beer with fruit notes.

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Photo of schnay90
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of emmasdad
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear, light copper in color with a frothy white head and a surprising amount of lacing.

Aroma is sweet, but not artificial cherry along with an earthy, bready maltiness.

Taste is similar to the nose with bready malt that has a definite biscuit character; along with mild cherry flavor. Finish is slightly dry with mild cherry tartness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium in body.

Overall it is an easy to drink fruit beer. Actually, I found more 'beer taste' than I had expected. Worth a try if you are into this style, or looking for a crossover beer for a friend.

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Photo of beeragent
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

A - The beer pours a medium copper, forming a thin 1/2 inch head with very light lacing.

S - Strong malt presence along with a good but not overpowering amount of cherry aroma.

T - Sweet malts up front, with the cherry flavor coming through more in the finish. Simple.

M - Good carbonation and smooth finish.

D - OK flavor and decent alcohol level could make this a sessionable beer. However, IMO, there just wasnt anything that really stood out about this beer. Maybe I missed the whole point of this beer, but I wasnt too impressed.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin frothy foam. Color is a deep copper, sparkling with amber hues. Slow paced carbonation is easily visible as it is very clear. Aroma is not too intense, it's lightly citric with some faint cherry coming through.

The taste has a dominant fruit flavor, and although it is meant to be cherry, it is not intense/tart, but more sweet like apple. Unfortunately the bready malt flavors don't blend well with the fruit, and from start to finish the flavor doesn't really change. Oddly, it seems a bit "heavy" for a fruit beer as it lingers on the tongue, keeping you from really wanting more. The carbonation is lightly foamy, and the mouthfeel is syrupy.

This beer did not work for me on many levels. The cherry flavor seemed so artificial, and the whole thing became cloying without any hint of a sour or bitter note to balance things out. I am still waiting for New Belgium to impress me lately. Not recommended.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Back again with a brand new addition. Pours a crystal clear light amber color with definite red hues through out. A soft white head with a slight pink haze as well. Not much lacing through and through.

The nose is mild overall but still distinct. There is a light malty backing with some nuttiness that I associate with Victory malt. Or at least with NB and Fat Tire. Some hints of bready and biscuit notes as well. There is a light cherry note that is subtle. There is a light sweetness on the backend that helps support the cherry but light.

The taste is similar. A Fat Tire-esk malt with a light balance of cherries to support the fruit side. To start the malt is less present but to balance the bready, nutty and biscuit notes come out more. The cherry flavor is subtle but is detectable. More of a extract cherry flavor, no real tart or sweet cherry hints come out.

The body is closer to light moderate to moderate. Light carbonation. Very easy to drink and finishes almost dry but the cherry flavor adds a light sweetness. Overall kind of boring for a fruit beer. Subtle flavors with some hints of Fat Tire.

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Photo of mhewes
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A : Pours a nice amber with an offwhite head with a reddish tint. The head goes down pretty quickly but leaves some good lacing behind

S : A slightly sour cherry aroma with a good malt aroma

T : Slightly sour taste with mainly a malt flavor. A little cherry in the taste but it could use more.

M : Medium bodied, good carbonation

D : Not bad nothing special. I was hoping for more cherry.

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Photo of Beejay
3.15/5  rDev -9%
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 Kemmerlin
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber brown color with a medium size head that diminishes leaving little lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like oak and cherries with aromas like a brown ale with the type of malts and hops.

T: Bitter and tannic aftertaste with a light taste of cherry and burnt oak. One advantage to this beer is the lack of syrupy sweetness most commonly found in cherry flavored beers.

M/D: Dry and slightly smooth with a slight bite in the front of the tongue. Drinkability is decent because the beer is interesting but the flavors and aromas make this beer a good session beer on certain occasions.

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Photo of tpd975
3.15/5  rDev -9%
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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Photo of Night
3.15/5  rDev -9%
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 jwc215
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to russpowell for this one!

Best by 19 Sep 08:

Pours reddish copper. A white head descends to a thin, lasting cover.

Smells rather musty (like a wet cat) at first. This, thankfully, moves aside, but leaves little else. There's some caramelish maltiness and some fruitiness - I don't know if I would have even necessarily identified cherry if I didn't know any better.

The taste picks up from the nose, though only to the point of "average-to-above-average" at best. Sweet and tart, but not in a meshing way that would leave a "sweettart" impression. Some cherry juice does bring back memories of eating cherry ice cream as a child. Finishes tart-ish.

Smooth, light-to-medium bodied. Leaves a cherry lozenge feel in the mouth after mid-way through.

Don't like the smell, and overall, it does gain "cherry" momentum. It does have a tart character - this is better than many American fruit beers, but it does reference "Belgian" on the label. Don't know about, unless you want to include the initial mustiness - but that seemed "off" here, and the lack of "artificial" fruitiness. Well, it takes more than that, IMO. "Interesting", but not something I would seek out. Still, glad to have tried it - Thanks Russ!

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Photo of qchic
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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 BucBasil
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a clear reddish orange. Head is slightly off-white, grew to about 2 fingers, and had poor retention.

Smell: Toasty and bready malts introduce this beer to the nose. Cherry twang appears shortly after, but is very subtle.

Taste: Bready and biscuity malts lead into a somewhat syrupy cherry sweetness. Kind of cloying, since there's really nothing to balance the sweetness out...

This is like Fat Tire with a cherry dropped into the mix. Good, but probably not something I'll come back to.

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Photo of Goliath
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather clear, amber color with a one inch off white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma is ok. The cherry juice is present, as well as a nice malty caramel sweetness.

The taste is ok. Cherry dominant, slightly tart, with a big malty caramel sweetness. Not quite what I was hoping for, but worth the try.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and gently carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor is fine, and this beer is definitely sessionable. However, the cherry flavor will easily become annoying.

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Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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