Cherry Jane | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3.97/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This sweet tart sour ale is full of Turkish Delight cherries, giving it a puckered up punch of cherry charm, then it's fermented with some Brettanomyces for that extra funky funk. We love you, Cherry Jane. Do ya?

Added by superspak on 04-15-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,236
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
32
pDev:
6.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
Trade:
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, dark red color with almost no head. Almost looked like cherry juice. It smelled of sour cherry and a general tartness. Strong sour cherry flavor with subtle hints of caramel.

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Photo of FBarber
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red color. Completely clear. Thin pink head dissipates steadily leaving nothing but a ring of pinkish-white foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has strong tart cherry notes, overly ripe fruit, and some grain notes. Its very cherry forward as you might expect, but its quite nice.

Taste follows the nose with tart somewhat sour cherry notes with a nice grainy backbone. The tartness of the cherries permeates the beer but there is a nice sweetness that provides balance and cuts through the tartness.

Feel is light, but the tartness makes it punch above its weight. Semi-dry finish. Moderate but vibrant carbonation.

Overall this was a very good beer. The cherries are lovely in it and its got a great balance to it. I'd happily grab this one again.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a bright red color with a subtle transparency about it. Nice looking finger's worth of white foamy head slid off fairly slow. Some speckled lace stuck to the glass.
The aroma started with a full blend of sweet to tart red cherry flesh and skin just bouncing into each other ever so nicely. Subtle floral in the background.
The flavor was moderately sour arranging the cherry skin just a tad in front of the sweet fleshiness. Good tartness adequately played out then clung with the skin portion fairly nice.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a great sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Finish was mainly a cherry tart skin sort of feel.
Overall, I'd say a fruited sour ale done by a mainstream brewery that I am willing to come back to.

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Photo of SpaethJam
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No bottling date information found on bottle or on the label.
Clear, ruby red colored body. One half finger of pinkish, fizzy head when first poured; this disappears quickly. There is a slight ring fed by rising bubbles. Some spots of lacing left behind each sip, but these slide down into the beer or dissipate.
Red cherry aroma, slightly medicinal. Has quite the burst of aroma when first poured.
Taste is slightly sweeter cherry up front and then replaced with the tart/sour cherry (skin or pits). Just a slight hint of funk, way at the end. Quite dry in the finish.
Clean, fizzy mouth feel. Refreshing.
Shares a bit of the taste and feeling of a cherry wine, more than that of a beer, but the carbonation is a reminder that this is a beer. Not too sour. Two bottles of this beer would likely be enough for a session, even with its clean and refreshing nature. Not exceptional but neat. Quite complex for style, but the complexity is mostly just variations and edges of the same theme.

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Photo of JonBoy23
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeLoynes
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear cranberry colored ale with a small pink head. It is a deep magenta color.

Smells sharply sour and fruity. Lots of cherry scent. Has a distinct fruit must scent. Scent of cherry pipe tobacco. This for sure has the Wild ale funk.

Starts out sharply sour. Taste of sour cherries and pipe tobacco. Sour fruity taste sums this up.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is damn sure sour. Nothing like a mild Gose, this is quite high on the sour scale.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into snifter glass. Darker red body, clear, light pink head, good retention, bit of lacing. Smell is tart cherry skin, a bit of grainy sugary sweetness, light lactic acid, a bit more cherry skin. Flavour follows, a little artificial and sugary tasting but otherwise good balance of sweet and tart. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, good carbonation, appropriately tart and dry.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/14/2018. Pours crystal clear ruby reddish/orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light pink head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of almond, vanilla, lacto/musty funk, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, cherries, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of almond, vanilla, lacto/musty funk, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and light yeast/tannic spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, red grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light lacto/musty funk, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, cherries, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is an awesome fruited sour ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, cherries, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic. I know this is only with cherry juice, but it felt like whole fruit to me. Awesome balance of jammy cherries, Lacto, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Not much Brett at all. A really enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Livyatan1996
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was interested in this one the moment it hit the shelves around here. Dumped out from the bottle, this beers a beautiful ruby red, crystal clear and quite nice to look at. A pinkish head come up and died off at a fair pace, leaving a rim and some sparse lacing. Nose instantly picks up sweet cherries, some hints of brett tartness come through and balance it out. Taste follows, like a cup of cherry juice with some hidden funky sourness that is really quite balanced. Nice bit of carbonation and a medium body make it quite drinkable. Finishes dry with a hint of pepperiness. Overall quite good, might go grab some more.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells and tastes exactly like a tart, funky cherry pie. Nice breadiness from the malt, tons of sour cherry flavor, nicely complemented with brett. Well done.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

After recent swings and misses on the sour ale field, Lagunitas hits their stride with this sour cherry ale that's batting a double, straight up the middle.

Nearly clear, Cherry Jane pours with a brilliant ruby color and is capped by a short and wisping foam. The must of cherry wine wafts about the nose with notions of vinous acidity, dark berry, candies and pepper playing second fiddle to the juiciness of cherries. And that juiciness splashes the tongue with a taste of hard candy, light toast, light nuttiness and pie crust.

The magic happens as the sourness of the underlying ale meets the intensity of cherries. The rise of sourness brings a balsamic-like savoriness to meet the sweetness of cherries for the likeness of a robust, cherry infused bordeaux wine. Dry cider, red wine, and balsamic intertwine for a tangy late palate that reintroduces the earthen must of leather, burlap and weathered oak.

Very similar to Flemish red ale, the medium bodied sour ale starts juicy and candied but finished dry and peppery. Highly refreshing, crisp and tethering on a high rate of drinkability, the sour ale is built for summer but is robust enough in taste to contend with cooling nights campfires.

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Photo of Mikecd234
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and pinkish-red with a light pink, near two-finger head that fizzes away in fair time to reveal a mostly barren surface with a razor thin, broken ring of suds lining the edge of the glass. No lacing, but none expected.

Smell - The aroma is what you might expect. Cherry, more sweet than tart. Maybe faint floral character? Hard to look past the cherry notes.

Taste - Follows the nose, though the cherry character is more tart than sweet. As with the nose, hard to discern much sitting behind that prominent sweet and tart cherry flavor, but damn is it good. Finishes with, you guessed it, strong character that lingers long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with light, bitey carbonation. Slick, easy drinker that quickly turns refreshingly dry on the finish.

Overall - Pretty damn tasty, and a great deal compared to what most sours go for. More six packs will be purchased in the very near future.

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Photo of VABA
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a beautiful ruby red color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant cherry hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a pleasant cherry flavor which is accentuated by the mild Brett flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very well balanced summer easy drinking beer

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polloenfuego
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like an old fashioned cream soda. Pours a pale cherry pink with a nice finger and a bit of white head. On a quick break all that remains is some minor lacing.

Smell is sweet cherries and mild funky Brett. The cherry and Brett work together very well, giving a nice pleasant nose.

The taste is cherry forward, the flavor is sweeter than the nose, and then the funky Brett comes in. It's mild but enough to level out the cherry.

Feel is light, with active carbonation. Funk leaves a nice linger on the palate.

Not a bad beer. Was not at all what I expected. After sitting on my notes a while,I changed my thinking a little. I'd happily have this on the patio on a nice sunny day.

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Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchster
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5.5% abv, 9 ibus, Og 13.8, fermented with Brett
Pours out to a beautiful deep ruby requiring a firm pour to form a small pink head with good retention and sparse lacing. The nose is of tart cherry juice and Brett, musty. The mouth feel is light bodied and quite dry. The taste opens with pungent acidity followed by cherry juice but it is bone dry. There is no sweetness. Minimal to absent bitterness. No appreciable off flavors or off aromas

This is decent however I would much prefer a little sweetness to balance the tartness. Fun to try but I wouldnt buy a six pack of it.

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Photo of animal69
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Cherry Jane from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 32 ratings