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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 Beaver13
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
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 Bitterbill
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
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 BigJTrucker
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in the folly pack. Pours a clear reddish color, almost like a blush or dark white zinfandel. Apx 3/4" white head settles very quickly. Smell is faintly cherry, along with some yeasty dough aroma. Taste has just enough cherry flavor, and low enough abv to avoid tasting like cough syrup. A respectable malt backbone and low hop bitterness make this a well balanced brew. Mouthfeel is light and moist, slightly fizzy. A nice, slightly different brew. Would not mind having this again.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this beer in the Folly Pack tonight. Had a New Belgium craving and the Old Cherry looked quite attractive.

Pours out beautifully, an aura of red shines brightly accenting a deep amber body. Thin lacy head white in color.

The smell is extremely pleasant. Lots of bar cherries(mandicino?) pop out with a strong dense layer of sticky caramel/chocolate malt. Almost identical to the smell/taste of a chocolate covered cherry. Not quite as sweet though.

The taste is quite interesting. It has the nutty reminiscent maltiness of Fat Tire, while adding in cherry notes. Lots of nuttiness, with a slightly sugary and semi-sweet cherry flavor. The cherry flavor is lasts most predominantly only upfront and midway through on the palate. It fades near the end leaving a fruity malt bomb barrage on the palate. However the malt is definitely more predominant near the end.

The mouthfeel on this beer is extremely carbonated, and believe it or not actually quite sticky. This is my first one and my teeth have that dense plaque way too much sweets mentality. The drinkability is mid-way as it's 6.5% and it's semi-sweet.

An interesting offering from New Belgium. A solidly crafted beer with only slight flaws. It has that distinct New Belgium taste, and doesn't stray far from a lot of their offerings. I would at least give it a try.

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Photo of sweethome
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a Folly pack.

Pour is light brown with red hue. Nice tan head that dissipates slowly.

I'll preface with the fact I do not believe in fruit beers in general. This did a nice job of integrating fruit in to the beer.

Entry is smooth, nice malt with a sour cherry hint, a bit of cinnamon - cherry pie. Not so much that you forget this a beer - decent malt backbone, just enough hop bittering to cleanse the palate. A fairly rich malt flavor keeps getting bit by the cherry flavor - hence my comment on integration of fruit in the beer.

Nice job - for a fruit beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

I am usually not a fan of fruit-infused beers but I loved this one. Poured a copper color and was completely clear. Had a hint of cherries in the smell and also in the taste. While I tasted some cherries, what I really thought when I tasted it was cheesecake. I have no idea why I got a cheesecake flavor, but I did. A very drinkable beer that I wish I could buy a 6 or 12 pack of, instead of only being able to get it in the Folly Pack.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: mahogany body, thin head, wispy lacing.

s: sweet cherries and light malt.

t: sweet ripe cherry wraps itself around toasted barley. tartness is low, as is the hop profile.

m: medium body.

d: an enjoyable fruit beer. more robust and flavorful than the SA cherry wheat. not overly sweet. tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a tan, foamy, small head. It left some rings of lace.

S - It smelled of cherry. It also had a malt and grassy aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet cherry with a hint of roasted malt. The cherry flavor was fairly strong but not overpowering.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer. One of the better fruit or cherry beers that I've had.

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Photo of WaveRebel51
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty decent and drinkable beer. The cherry flavor is natural and very subdued, not sweet and syrupy and not overly tart, which to me, set it apart from Quelque Chose and Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. I drank all three in one sitting and didn't get the lingering cherry-aftertaste (which sometimes happens with the two other brews I mentioned).

Worth a try if you don't mind picking up the Folly Pack.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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 bennetj17
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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 rowew
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical NBB design. Part of the mixed 12 packs. As usual for New Beligum, best by date, abv, and serving recommendations are all clearly marked.

Appearance: Amber in color with just a hint of a pinkish purple, but I may be imagining that due to the cherry on the label.

Smell: Bready malt - similar to fat tire, but then there is a bit of tart fruit in the background .. the combination is almost like cherry pie.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma .. the malt flavors dominate, with the similar bready malt with a bit of toasted flavor I expect in Fat Tire and several other NBB beers. Behind that is a bit of fruit, not sweet, just a bit tart.

Overall impression: Not bad - this is very similar to NBB's flagship, but the addition of a subtle cherry flavor is a nice touch.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
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 JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

****Edit: All of the below is still accurate, but I let the last 1/4 glass warm to close to room temperature in my oppressively hot house right and that is when the cherry really seems to have blossomed.. My advice.. serve this at slightly above room temp and have a go at it.****

12 oz of the Folly mix pack ... This brew is the only reason I picked it up at the Coop... I have very fond memories of the NB Two Cherry. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Polished copper brew with a mild red overtone.. short lasting head and no lacing really to speak of.

Toasty/biscuity malts make up the bulk of the aroma.. Cherry essence is there.. but make you work to really pick it out... maybe will jump out more as it hits room temp... right now it is warmer than fridge temperature.. but I'm hoping... Honestly smells alot like Fat Tire.. but with a background.. very background fruity note.

Flavor mirrors the aroma perfectly .. but the fruitiness is slightly more pronounced.. but only slightly.. subtle fruitiness is cherry but I don't know I would be able to identify it as "cherry" unless the label tells me so. That said... it is actually "good" .. Toasted bread for sure with the very lightest spread of cherry jam.. I remember much more cherry essence in the "Two Cherry" but I still appreciate this one... has an earthy finish that is really hard to put my finger on.

As it warms.... it really starts to stick out that this is very much like a Fat Tire with some minor cherry in the midst of it all. I am not a New Belgium "hater" but I think it would have been better in a brew without so much pronounced toasty notes. I would like to see this in the Mothership or perhaps the Trippel.... they would need to still amp up the cherries a degree or two.. but again... I would still buy it periodically if it wasn't included with 9 other brews that I almost never buy.

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Photo of mikejk305
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a reddish copper with about 2 fingers of foam, which vanished quickly.

I didn't smell much besides a slight cherry aroma and malt, admittedly my sense of smell is lacking at this point in regards to reviewing beer.

I am not a big fan of fruit beers, and this one didn't have an overbearing cherry flavor which was a pleasant suprise. A little bit of sour cherry in the finish.

Very light tasting. I would be able to put back a few on a nice day.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had to buy a whole Folly Pack to just to get this beer. I remember trying this on tap at the brewery and really liking it. So there I was, sitting at the liquor store, trying to decide if I really wanted to sit through 3 Fat Tires, and 3 Mothership Wits just to get an Old Cherry. In the end it landed in my basket and here I am ready to review a beer that I remember liking.

I poured this beer into my Smokestack Goblet. It poured a light reddish brown with just a slight off white head and no lacing. It really reminds me of Diet Cherry Coke. Just a slight cola red with just a little carbonation. The aroma is complex. Sour cherries, chocolate, just a bit of vanilla, and heavy cream. The taste is a bit less inviting. The cherry dies off quite a bit. Lactose comes through with just a mild, vague sweetness. The taste really reminds me of Fat Tire without the sourness of it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with little to no carbonation. I remember it being quite a bit more drinkable at the brewery. It seemed like they toned down the cherry quite a bit. It made it a much more approachable beer to the public but less of a beer geeks beer, which is a bit disappointing to me.

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Photo of mhewes
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Domingo
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as part of the NB Folly pack.
Honestly, I could describe this in more detail, but it really just tastes like a Fat Tire with a hint of cherry mixed in. I don't necessarily mind that, but I don't really feel this brew is all that unique and the cherry flavoring is pretty mild.
Read any middle of the road Fat Tire review and add "faint but pleasant cherry flavor" to the end of most sentences and this is what you'll get.
Good, but nothing really special. I'd buy it instead of Fat Tire, but NB makes better offerings. I think I'd rather have had a cherry tripel or even a cherry version of their Wit instead.

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Photo of elniko
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of the folly pack, was able to split off into some singles at Central Market in Dallas.

Poured into pint glass, dark amber hue with finger of head that quickly dissipated. Strong malt on nose, little to no cherry scent. Can't say that it is very good smelling beer at all.

Nice taste, cherry is not overwhelming at all compared with Sam Adams Cherry Wheat that I recently had. Provides nice finish with mild cherry tartness and slight hoppiness. I'm not a huge fan of fruit beer but this is one that I could definitely drink again.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the folly pack, poured into a 12-mug. Very nice reddish walnut color, with fine bubbles but the head faded very quickly. Pleasant aroma with cherries present, but not too dominant. There's a solid malt backbone as well. Good taste, with some sweet light caramel malt, and cherries making a very light appearance in the middle, adding a little tartness in the finish. The cherry presence is quite light.

Tasty beer, but it could use more cherriness. If you don't look for it, it could easily be missed. I picked up some rainier cherries at the grocery store when I snagged this, so I'll be having a real cherry experience later.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and copper in color with a slight reddish hue. Sweet in smell with a definate cherry essence with slight sour or lemon odor. The first taste is the tartness that lingers a bit. The first thought is fruit beer, but the sour throws you for a nice little loop de loop. Refreshing in taste. Get a little spice at the end. Highly drinkable. Or actually, I should answer that after we kill the growler. I appreciate that NBB brought it back. The last time I had Old Cherry Ale was in 1997.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best By Date September 2008; Sampled May 2008
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, initially three finger thick, dirty tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear red stained, dark caramel color, but shows a deeply red stained, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a malt character that seems distinctive of victory malt and is of course backed up by a light berry / cherry aroma. The cherry is not quite as over-the top as I was expecting and I like its soft influence here.

Quite dry tasting up front with a light tartness that accents a tart fruitiness. The cherry notes are again quite subtle in the flavor. The body has a light-medium heft to it that almost seems influenced by cherry pulp and cherry-skin tannins. More malt focused than anything the flavor has notes of biscuits, caramel, brown sugar and a distinct, whole-grain, cracker note in the finish. The bitterness is fairly light here, but does come out just a touch in the finish as well. Despite not tasting distinctly of cherries there is a solid fruit character here that is a mix of ripe melon, currants, blackberry and some light, though washed out, cherry.

An interesting beer, I remember the two-cherry being a bit more cherry like. In a blind tasting I bet many would not even realize that cherries were used in the making of this beer (myself likely included). The major flaw in the recipe is likely that they used a fairly bland cherry in too small of quantities. A nice beer, but doesn't quite hit the levels needed for a cherry fruit beer; I would love for New Belgium to do a cherry version of La Folie, ISO please.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours effervescent amber/orange with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Brown sugar, a pinch of dirt & mushrooms

T: Brown sugar, a bit of dirt, some caramel & cherries up front. Vanilla, oaky dryness, some mushroom, & cherry tartness as this warms. Finishes with toffee, some butterscotch, honey, & cherry

Medium bodied, low carbonation, some chewyness

Drinks pretty good, the dryness would get to me after a while. But there's really good Belgian influence in play. More beer than fruit, I like this more than I thought I would...

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Photo of benito
4.59/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Released in Spring 2008 as part of the Folly Pack. New Belgium describes Old Cherry as a Belgian amber ale with cherries from Washington state.

A: Dark amber with a light head and moderate carbonation.

S: Light cherry with lots of spice--maybe clove and ginger, maybe a little cinnamon.

T: Easily one of the most well balanced fruit beers I've ever had. Cherry tartness on the front and middle of the tongue mixed with a light spiciness and a hint of chocolate. Finishes with a light bitterness, either from minor hopping or maybe the cherries. Lingering tartness.

M: A little slick, and it could have some more spritz, but this is a nice-medium bodied brew with good length and light warming in the finish.

D: This is neither your extreme fruit beer (a la DFH or New Glarus or Founders) nor your mindless-summer-fruit-beer. Refreshing but with just a touch of heft. New complexity in each sip.

This is a great fruit beer; I hope New Belgium will consider making this a full-time offering. Not that 1554, Mothership Wit, and Fat Tire are anything to poo-poo, but Old Cherry justifies the purchase of a Folly Pack on its own.

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