Cherry Jane | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by ChrisMon02:
Photo of ChrisMon02
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice change of pace beer. Not overly acidic, more tart than sour. There is some sweetness to balance. Nice subtle cherry note with a kiss of vanilla. Nothing is overdone and the flavors blend nicely. I couldnt imagine having more than 2 in a session but still pretty enjoyable stuff and well crafted.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I know that I purport to be anti-bottle, but there are some beers which are just so compelling that I feel that I must procure one, even if it does come in a bottled form. Lagunitas makes beers which are usually compelling enough for me to break my vows.

From the Bottle: "'From Prunus,' said Brutus as he took in a taste. 'That's Cherry!' cried Mary, with a bright rosy face. 'An ale?' posed Gail, her mind run a-race. 'It's beer!' answered Greer, 'This is all just a waste!' or whatever …"; "Beer Speaks. People Mumble."; "Brewed with Turkish Delight Cherry Juice".

I Pop!ped the cap & although I had no idea of what to expect, I did not see any discernible lees so I went with a C-line pour. I was surprid and amazed as it quickly formed just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-pink head! It even left behind some pretty lacing, which is unusual in this style. Color was Magenta (SRM = N/A) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the deep, rich tartness of Michigan sour cherries! Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not big enough to consider medium-bodied, either. The taste was full-on tart with cherries, but I was not really getting a sense of Brett. Frankly, I really liked it as such. It reminded me of cherry preserves and cherry butter from Michigan, both of which I procured many years ago while on my twilight tour on Diego Garcia. I had gone sober & I was using the year to shape up & get clean so I was spending my money on mail order books, foodstuffs & assorted geegaws to help pass the time. The Michigan cherries were a revelation & I had a LOT of Michiganders stopping by for toast & coffee! They could have called this a Fruit Beer & I would have been equally happy. It was more tart than sour, but that was good, IMHO. Finish was quite dry & full of cherry flavor, so there was also truth in advertising. I actually bought a sixer & I am going to cellar some to see of the Brett asserts itself.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 ryancl
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 rossracing
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a clear dark red/burgundy color, with 1 finger of pink head(lovely looking beer)--------------- the aromas are of tart cherries, funk and red wine---------------- the flavors are of sour cherry and wheat up front then it dries out and finishes thin like cherry kool-aid------------------- overall this beer was ok - the look and aroma on this beer were Awsome, I was hoping for the flavor to be a little more intense and funky like the nose but it was more subtle and thin---

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

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "Cherry Jane"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "165 8 2 2818 2127"
$2.49 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Oh, it's pink, I wasn't expecting that. No idea why, but it caught me by surprise. The head is a fluffy light pink that looks like some kind of candy or creamy dessert, and the body beneath is more of a ruby in color. It's clear which is interesting as well. In the nose there's cherry and wood, is this oak aged? Ahhh, no, that's Brettanomyces. It's mild but it's giving it some straw and leather, and just a bit of wet barnyard mud. On to the flavor... well I was expecting more from it, but on the other hand it's very mild and highly drinkable. It smells like the aroma. It's a little bit like watered down cherry juice, which really, I guess, is what it is. The Brett is mild and it's not that sour. On a scale of 1 to 10 I'd personally call it a 6, maybe a 7 as there is a bit of a bite at the front of the tongue. The head has now dropped to a collar with an island floating in the middle, and there's not much lacing left behind, although I didn't think there would be seeing as how it's a sour beer. In the mouth it's light-medium in body and fairly soft with carbonation but a little more lively because of the acidity. Overall it's a really smooth beer - aroma - flavor - mouthfeel - and it's nicely balanced. Not a lot of bitterness going on but that's expected and desired. Nice. A very relaxing beer. It's not really sweet enough to use as an ingredient in a dessert but it would act as a nice, dry, dessert beer in it's own right. I'm not impressed but I'm not turned off by it either, I'd buy it again. Recommended.
Review# 6,174

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

Photo of Shade1951
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks kind of a like a rose wine with very little head or lacing. Smell is pleasant, rather sweet, and definitely of cherries. Flavor is good. Not the usual cherry flavor. Whether or not that's because of the use of Turkish cherries, I do not know.

I find the flavor a bit more sweet than sour. I think I would have preferred more tartness. But overall, this is a very refreshing drink. I wish they made a version with a higher ABV.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear dark pink, almost maroon, with a creamy pink head. Excellent retention, and sheets of lacing.

S: Tart cherry juice, some sweet cherry, light lactic acid sourness, hay.

T: Tons of sweet and sour cherry juice flavors. Hints of grainy malt. Mild sourness and acidity. Some hay. Crisp and lightly dry.

F: Medium-light, well carbonated.

O: A fantastic, fruit-forward sour cherry ale. Delicious.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 VABA
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 dexterk1
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tart and sour, just enough to make you jaw tighten a smidge. Lots of cherry juice throughout, little woodiness on the finish. Oh, and beautiful red color with a quarter inch of fizzy head on the pour that quickly disappears. Not bad.

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Photo of Branlott42
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MeLoynes
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sour ale brewed with Turkish Delight cherry juice. Poured from a bottle into an Urban Artifact tulip. Beautiful pour - deep red, clear, and sporting a majestic 3 fingers of fine pink foam. Definitely pick up the acidity on the nose. I get notes of vinegar, wine, apple juice, and a hint of dark fruit.

Light body with a delicate feel and a tart, fruity flavor. Slightly sour up front with flavors of lemon and wheat crackers. The fruit creeps in at mid-palate and aids the grainy wheat notes in balancing out the acidity with fruity sweetness. Finishes tart and fruity without much lingering flavor.

Overall, a solid sour. The acidity is well-tempered and doesn't overpower the flavor, but the cherry juice doesn't over-sweeten the beer either. It's well balanced, mildly sour, and refreshing. I wish I could taste more of the fruit, but I'd still recommend this without hesitation. Ideal for those new to sours interested in trying one that's not obnoxiously sour.

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Cherry Jane from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 129 ratings