Ambacht Pie Cherry Dark | Ambacht Brewing

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Ambacht Pie Cherry DarkAmbacht Pie Cherry Dark

Brewed by:
Ambacht Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Arbitrator on 10-26-2011

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by tavernjef:
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4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber Bottle 23 dated Sept 2011, poured into my Maudite 12oz goblet - Pours out a thick brownish liquid settling opaque as a muddy pond with a slight dark maroon cast to its overall brownness. No light escapes its unfiltered murk! A small crown of sandy browned foam lifts quickly leaving a solid collar and whispy skim. A few patches of stretched out lacing slips upon the edge of the glass.

Aroma is uniquely set with a dark cherry tang and earthy tartness with a musky pumpernickel bread dusted with cinnamon and toasted rye.

Taste is more of the same as a mildly set tone of easy going earthy dark cherry tart and tangyness and twisted rye and pumpernickle breads lightly pulling from underneath. It's just right on the palate for a smooth ride of cherry bite. Not in the least like a sour that I was thinking this was going to be. Much more pleasingly mild yet bouncey enough with its tarty pep to make it enjoyable and drinkable.

Feel is mildy set in a tart sided lightness across a slightly slendered medium body. It starts simple and smooth but gains a unique and favorable lift in tone and complexity in earthy dark cherry sticky, yet slick tang.

A nice little and likeable brew. Its tartness is a mildingly nice change from the punch in the face sour/wild brutish Brett heavy brews that seem to have grabbed so much attention in the recent turn of trends in the craft brew scene.

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Photo of seanthornton152
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle is dated September 2012 and is labeled at 7% ABV.

Appearance: very dark ruby-brown hue, though the body appears haze-free when held up to the light. Head pours a thick finger of fizzy tan foam, but dissipates rather quickly. Other than the head retention, a good looking beer.

Smell: lightly malty with a somewhat chocolatey character and a deep if indistinct fruitiness. I would not immediately think this a cherry beer from the aroma. There's also a bit of phenolic spiciness, rather like a Belgian strong dark ale; farmhouse funk is not readily present here. While it screams neither "cherry" or "saison", there's a little bit of subtle sophistication going on here. Not bad.

Taste: almost exactly in line with the aroma, except for a stronger spicy phenolic element. In fact, the phenolic character is a bit overdone considering the subtlety of the other flavors. This beer does not have the rich cherry character I would have expected, either. All of that said, it's not a *bad* beer; just a disappointing one.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a dramatic carbonation and a big, if slightly evanescent, creaminess. I rather like it.

Overall: this beer fails to meet my expectations, but if you light spicy dark phenolic beers (as some indeed do; sometimes they hit the spot for me as well), then this should be right up your alley.

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Photo of mhaugo
2.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber bottle, dated October 6th, 2010. Decanted into a 0.47l oversized snifter.
Appearance: Murky, dark copper, with a meager head that breaks apart immediately.
Smell: Earthy, musty, and faint.
Taste: Also earthy, slightly leathery, and mild. Nothing really jumps out, but the tartness of the pie cherries leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Watery and thin. Everything but the pie cherries are gone immediately.
Overall: I’m pretty underwhelmed. It’s a decent hot weather beer, but the flavor seems highly muted. I like the subtlety of the pie cherries, but everything else seems excessively quiet. To be fair, I don’t know that this beer has been stored properly over the past two years, but what I’ve got left isn’t great.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.88/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. From ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

Oct. 6 2010 bottling date on the label. I didn't realize it was this old.

A: Pours a clear, reddish maroon body with a short-lived tinge of beige head. No collar or lace.

S: Has a mild cherry soda aroma to it, with a small, rustic grain presence and some bread.

T: Multi-grain rye bread with a lightly tart cherry presence. I keep looking for more, as some saisons I've had have been fantastic on the complexity front. This one is sadly lacking; the cherry overwhelms whatever the yeast is doing, giving it a one-dimensional flavor. I really don't see why they put cherry in this at all.

M: It's thin, with low-medium carbonation. Slightly sticky cherry residue in the aftertaste that gives it an artificial soda-like feel.

O: I wasn't too thrilled with this one. It's going into a marinade.

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Ambacht Pie Cherry Dark from Ambacht Brewing
Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 6 ratings