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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)

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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 -35.8%
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 EnojysAnyBeer
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good cherry drink, really masks the ABV well.

A- Transparent copper/red apple color. Little head with little lace. Many carbonation bubbles

S- Smell is of wheat bread and cherries

T- Tastes a bit like wine, but good bready malt characteristic.

M- Feel is medium-light with plenty of carbonation

D- Drinks very well for the slightly elevated ABV. Good at suggested temp. of 45 Fahrenheit.

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Photo of birchstick
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - reddish amber with a nice looking head
S - a smells like bread with a hint of gingerbread and some cherry cough syrup
T - tastes of sweet malts with gingerbread/cookie qualities. There is also a hint of cherry in the taste, but it is not overpowering or syrupy. Not bad.
M - a bit thin and watery, a good bit of carbonation
D - pretty good drinkability. This is an interesting take on an ale. The cherry adds a fun complexity to the taste. I remember this being better on tap when I sampled it at the brewery, but it is still pretty good out of the bottle.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hefenwiezen cherry flavored beer that has a very good balanced hop with cherry taste. The taste is somewhat lacking compared to the smell of the brew. Not as much hops within the beer making it not as aggressive as some of the beers that New Belgium brews.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour into a New Belgium goblet yields a two-finger off-white quickly-fading head over a clear reddish amber body. Not much lacing. Pretty enough, but not that pretty.

Smell is cracker malt, warm bread dough, and a voluble note of sour cherry. Smell is not very pronounced, but very nice.

Taste follows the smell to a "T," with a slight floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel is okay -- wish it were a bit thicker to spread that nice mildly-sour cherry flavor around. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. This beer is sneaky -- I would have thought it was 4.5% rather than 6.5%.

Overall, not great, but solid and good. I wish that NB sold it separately from the Folly Pack.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Clear amber liquid with a definite red tint. Slightly pinkish head, which is small and goes away quickly. Minimal lacing.

Definite fresh cherry smell, though not overpowering. Sweet malts behind it. Uncooked bread dough.

Light sweet malt taste is out front. Nice light cherry follows. I hoped that the cherry flavor would be more pronounced. This is very mild.

Mouthfeel is good. Crisp, yet somehow a little creamy, at the same time. Interesting.

Very good and easily drinkable. I'd want more of it if the cherry flavor were more dominant.

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Photo of nicdub
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%
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 beeragent
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
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 Dubbercody
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle included in the Folly 12 pack. Nice light blend of mild cherry with a brown ale. Interesting beer, Can't taste the ABV. Not the sweet cherry kind of beer, more like a nice little bit of smooth drinking without a register in either the sweet or tart land. I'm sure this would taste better on tap. Alas, it's not as good as I was hoping for. But it's still pretty damn interesting.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was curious about this one, and my friend got the folly pack, and I decided to give it a shot.

appearance: It poured a distinct ruby red with a decent head that, despite what I have heard from other reviewers, had a reasonable life.

smell: The aroma was distinctly that of cherries, it made me think of cherry pits in particular for some reason. not really sure why. maybe the combination of definitive cherry smell and kind of a malty hint. didn't jump out at me THAT much.

taste: I was a little hesitant going in, as I'm not typically a HUGE fan of flavoured drinks in general, but I found this to be quite enjoyable. The cherry flavour carried over from the aroma, and tempted the tastebuds without overwhelming them or drowning out the malty caramel that lay behind it.

mouthfeel: mouthfeel was decent, the carbonation danced across the palate, felt... spritzy is the only way I can think of to describe it.

drinkability: As I said, I'm not typicallly a big fan of fruit beers etc, but this was an enjoyable brew. sessionable, though I was a little surprised when I read it's ABV to be 6.5%; it doesn't feel like it. overall, quite drinkable, though the obvious cherry flavour would need to be something you knew you were getting yourself into, as it could get repetitive.

all in all, I would say that I am, once again, impressed with New Belgium. They have consistently produced very tasty beers, in my opinion, and this one is worth at least trying, if only to judge for yourself.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber beer..with reddish tints, tiny off white head..dissapears fast,leaving goodish lace. Very malty aromas,..some doughy funkiness wafts up now and again Malty taste ..semi-sweet followed by sweet ( not very tart) cherry...then a taste of cherry pip in the after taste. The palate is Ok..gets a bit sticky after a while though. A strangebeer..i suppose i kinda liked it..but its not great.

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Photo of gpogo
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Brilliantly clear amber with small off-white cidery head that quickly disappears into a small ring.

A- Sweet smelling, like most new belgium brews. Amber malt aroma and sweet slightly tart cherries. No gross chemical smells to the cherries.

T- Breadlike malt flavor with cherries. Cherries are slightly tart the malt is slightly caramel tasting.

M- Medium bodied and medium-low carbonation.

D- For someone that generally does not like fruit beers, I find this one to be of pretty decent quality. The cherry taste does no detract from this brew.

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Photo of sleazo
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a clear reddish amber with a tan small head. This fades rather quickly to a whispy head.

S_Rich bready malt with a hint of sweet cherries.

T_A nice bready malted brew with a big yeast profile. A mild hit of cherries hit at the end. They compliment the beer very well and are in no way overpowering. All in all mostly on the sweet side but pleasant overall.

M_A bit chewy and nicely carbonated.

D_A pretty good beer, similar to Fat Tire with Cherries. Not a big fan of Fat Tire but I dig this.

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Photo of Goliath
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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 armock
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a ruby copper color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of dark cherries and thats about it

T - The dark cherry flavor is all thats going on here really but its got a good taste to it

M - This beer has a light body with light carbonation to it

D - Fruit beers aren't my favorite style but this was one that was done pretty well the fruit flavors aren't overly strong and offensive worth a try

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Photo of searsclone
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. very bubbly, copper color, nice off white head with decent lacing.

immediately after the pour, I could smell what resembled a chocolate covered cherry, after my first drink, and the head died down, I could not pick up any smell at all. weird.

taste is also similar to a chocolate covered cherry, only much better because it's beer! I pick up a little bit of a smokey after taste.

mouthfeel is light and watery, but it seems to leave a creamy coating on the tongue.

I am usually not a big fan of fruit beers, but I find this to be highly drinkable, much better than most of the other fruit infused beers that I have tried.

I am glad that I tried this, and if I can find it in package by itself, I will pick it up again. As far as I can tell, it is only available in the 'folly' 12 pack...

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked up the last folly pack at liquor depot in rock springs with this in it, and i was excited to say the least.

A: poured a nice reddish brown color, lots of read highlights in it, crystal clear, quite bubbly, with an off white head that billowed up to about half an inch and reduced to nothing. not much lacing.

S: there is a definite maltiness to this beer, its really present in the smell. the cherry smell lingers much further back but is still present. i get other sour fruit smells too. very interesting. definitely alcohol too.

T: the malt flavors and roasted characteristics really hit first. biscuity, similar to fat tire with cherry flavoring. ish. not exactly it. but kinda close. the cherry is tart and pops at the back. i'm really likin this for a style of beer i try to avoid. does seem a tad watered down

M: thin. very thin. and not quite what i expected. but still crisp and refreshing. not too bad really.

D: meh, one or two max. not a bad beer at all, but not one of my favorite styles to begin with. all in all a tasty beer, but i'm glad it isn't around full time on the NB lineup.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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 stumac
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
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 Vancer
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yepper, part of the Folly Pack. Best before Oct 31 08 and packing a sturdy 6.5%

Full pour of amber/copper with a firm ivory head in the ol' Sammy Adams freebie glass. Lookin' good so far. Lots of sheeting lace as I progress down the glass.

Aroma was more amber ale doughy (Fat Tire), and the cherry more subdued than expected. But the tastes work well in the quaff, a fine pop of cherry that's not to sweet or tart. Very well balanced, and one of the better cherry brews I've encountered.

Still can't believe the 6.5%, wasn't noticeable at all.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: reddish-brown, clear, with steady carbonation. Maybe just my eyes, but head appeared slightly pinkish hued. Inviting appearance.

S: cherry and malts hit right away. Some earthy hop spice also. Malts are dark, sweet smelling.

T: Similar to Fat Tire, but deeper and richer with definate cherry flavor in harmony with malt sweetness, which is somewhat toasty but mainly like dark sweet bread. Soft hops keep the beer balanced (like with Fat Tire).

M: smooth, not as think as Fat Tire (sorry for all the comparisons with FT, but this is give or take the same beer with cherry). Carbonation is just right.

D: very tasy, want to drink them up quickly. Alcohol does hold its weight making drinking these down quick harder for me to do.

Several reviewers have commented that the cherry quality seems very faint, but I had the opposite impression and got a lot of cherry in both the nose and taste. Mighty good stuff.

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Photo of jwc215
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
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 mwilbur
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
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 Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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 SurlyDuff
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neat, found this in a 12pack sampler. I totally dig the 1554 and the FT/Wit are decent. This one sealed the sale though.

Fruit beers suffer from the terrible malady of "BA Syndrome" as i've discussed before, where they just get bum ratings because of their style. I've explained it in more detail in my reviews of other fruit, lagers, pilsners, etc.

Anyway. I intend to review this based on its style, not how it compares to an IIPA or Impy stout.

Pours a cool strawberry pinkish tan into a pilsner glass (okay, i just finished a prima pils, i know its not 'technically' the ideal glassware). Little head.

Aroma is malt and NB's propietary yeast, with just a hint of sweetness coming from the cherries. I totally dig the subtle cherry presence.

Dry and a tart white wine taste at first. The cherry sweetness drops in to say hello, but like the aroma is mild and only accompanies the light pilsner/wheat flavors, it doesnt take over.

Aside from a wierd lingering skuzzy aftertaste, this ones a good drinker and was the first to be finished of my NB 12 pack. It'll be a nice treat if i see this again next summer.

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