Montmorency Vs Balaton
Jester King Brewery

Montmorency Vs BalatonMontmorency Vs Balaton
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #11
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
100
Ranked #139
Avg:
4.53 | pDev: 6.84%
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Montmorency Vs BalatonMontmorency Vs Balaton
Notes: Montmorency and Balaton® cherries from Michigan were added to mature, sour, barrel-aged beer, and allowed to referment to dryness. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

Balaton® is a registered trademark of Michigan State University.
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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unbelievably huge thanks to Anthony for this massive want of mine. Very excited.

500ml bottle - b6 (Feb. '19) poured into a fancy tulip at 48°F.

Pours an almost unbelievable glowing ruby red - I'm talking The Sorcerer's Stone red. Highly polished, highly reflective, mesmerising to stare at glowing ruby gemstone red - clear, but not crystal. A finger of quick, loose, just-slightly-pink head builds up, and then quickly reduces to a thin soapy collar. Some slow effervescence can be seen.

Nose: There are average cherry wild ales, and there are cherry wild ales that you can just tell are something incredible by the aroma. This is in the latter category. The amount of cherry on the nose is borderline unreal and saturated, while being entirely organic in nature. Not only is this a cherry bomb aroma, but what is really impressive is how both the Montmorency AND the Balaton cherries seem to translate. There is some intensely sweet, ripe, juicy Balaton character, lending an almost maraschino cherry on top of a maraschino liqueur note, bursting with big, deep, dark cherry juice, while the Montmorency cherries lend that floral, fresh, tangy cherry note, with a touch of stem, pit, and even cherry blossom. There is also a healthy amount of oak, and, along with the cherries, seems to lend this subtle cinnamon spice note, with just a whisper of oaky vanillins. There is a suggestion of acidity, but it doesn't singe the nose when inhaling, and there's very little earthy or barnyard funk. Just some wet oak, leather, old parchment, dusty attic, and a hint of brett. The cherries obscure any real serious funk or acidity that may lie beneath. There's a touch of gently toasty grain beneath everything, which is the icing on the cake.

Palate: First thing, from the very first sip, it isn't bracing sourness that hits, it isn't tannic oak, it isn't malt, it's sweet and tart ripe cherry flesh. The deep, bold Balaton sweetness greets the palate, giving up its sweet juicy goodness, while never coming across as artificial, cough syrupy, sticky, or overly sweet. This sweet cherry juice flavour unfurls to eventually reveal the Montmorency character beneath. The Montmorency is not quite as deep, bold, and saturated with juicy sweetness, but it provides a slightly less ripe, slightly fruitier character, that brings Japanese cherry blossom, a bit of plum, a hint of cherry potpourri, cinnamon/amburana wood spice, and a bright, natural, almost slightly unripe cherry tartness to the table. In addition to this subtle fruity tartness, the acidity lends a near-perfect degree of sour. It really isn't bracing, puckering, or blinding in any way. Make no mistake, this is a sour ale, no question about it, but it isn't Midwest sour. There is some lemony lacto pucker, a bit less of some acetic pedio bite, and a bit more of some tart, funky, mineralic brett, lending not quite salinity, and definitely not sweat, but that classic restrained brett tang, along with some musty wet wood, a little hint of bandaid, and that classic bretty stone fruit pit note. The high degree of minerality paired with the bandaid note and the deep cherry really gives this a little hint of a Kriek vibe. The tartness has a quick downward curve, allowing some really wonderful oak to appear before the finish, paired with a hint of vanilla, a hint of baking spice, a hint of caramel, and a hint of brown sugar. The sourness takes a far back seat, revealing some more dusty brett, and then finally, the ever-so-slightly sweet toasted grain base reveals itself, with a wonderful melding of grainy wheat and round malty barley, cereal grains, essence of cherry, and gently tannic oak linger on and conclude the finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: MvB is light, crisp, and snappy by nature, though the mild to moderate cherry sweetness and slight bit of malt body push this a bit closer to medium-bodied territory. Effervescence is surprisingly low. It isn't flat, but rather lazy and slow. One might expect this to be a super fizzy, champagne-like experience, but that is not the case, which also contributes to a slightly fuller feel. Soft, round, and even quite juicy upfront, the ale is not scrubbing, and even feels somewhat smooth. The oak in the finish provides some tannicdrying as the sweetness fades, but the ale itself isn't tannic or ultra-dry.

Overall: This is a really remarkable cherry wild ale, and an absolute triumph from Jester King. The perceivable differences between the Montmorency and Balaton cherries is a work of art, and the structure, balance, and progression of the ale is nothing short of impressive. The acidity is forward, but kept in check, the sweetness makes a statement up front, and then takes a supporting role, the oak and microflora influence walks a tightrope right down the middle of balanced, and the subtle malty, grainy base beneath it all is something that I always look for, but rarely get in highly acidic ales. This is just absolutely world class.

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Photo of Lucular
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz fancy/wasteful bottle poured into a tulip glass. Appearance is light red/pink with a moderate off-white head. Aroma and flavor are fresh-picked sour cherries, barnyard funk, white wine, oak, tannins, leather, vanilla, and malts with perhaps a touch of wheat. On a sour scale from 0-10 this is a 7 or 8. Mouthfeel is dry and slightly puckering. No alcohol is detectable. A delicious wild fruited sour ale.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice dark pink/light red. Nose is mouth-puckering, sour, cherry, wheat, funk, leather. Taste is mouth puckering, dry, sour cherries, grass, funk, vanilla, and maybe a touch of raspberries. This is really amazing. Mouthfeel is dry with a lingering sourness on the palate.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with low, pinkish foam.

Smell is tart with huge notes of cherries, backed by notes of almonds, raspberry jam and cherry marmalade. A hint of grass and lemon as well.

Taste is sour, with controlled acidity and just a ton of cherries upfront. The back is balanced out with notes of almonds, raspberries, lemon, cherry marmalade and just a smidge of lemon peel bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a terrific sour, great balance and all the cherries you could ever want.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Becoming somewhat more accessible, I had this at Brick Store Pub (ATL) on draft for Zwanze day 2019 and in a bottle at Porter Beer bar. Amazing balance of sweet, sour, and funk from a knock punch of Cherries to the palate. Would have a third time if I see it up north.

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Photo of cbutova
4.17/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 6.

A- 500ml bulbous bottle to a snifter with a deep cherry red body. A half finger foam pink cap with little retention. Lacing spots are rare.

S- A boatload of cherries. Fresh black and red cherries, cherry jam, herbal fruit stems and leaves and some lactic tartness. A touch of funk and vinous oak.

T- Big bold cherries and some sourness. The cherry flavor is extremely deep, fresh and complex with everything from juice to flesh to the stems and herbal notes. Lactic acid spurs, hints of lemon, raspberry and vinous oak tannins.

MF- Light bodied with an oily slickness and fairly low carbonation. Sourness is medium high. A bit of a puffy texture.

A ton of cherry, a bit of sourness, some barrel hints but lacks the complexity of the truly great American sours.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle

Pours deep cherry red, a little cloudy. White lacing for a head.

Aroma is of mild cereal malts and hints of citrus over a tart cherry.

Flavor is of citrus, white grape, cracker and fresh tart and sweet cherry.

Light body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Great flavor and beautiful looking beer. Very pleasant to drink. Definitely worth trying, an exceptional cherry sour.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 25.43 (Including shipping and PA tax)/500 mL bottle ($ 0.762/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 8/23/19.
“Bout Six February 2019” on back label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Cerise pink, clear.
Body – Between barn red and maroon, opaque. When held to the light, maroon and translucent.
Head – Average (Maximum two cm, aggressive center pour), pink, dense but fizzy, gone nearly concurrent with the end of the pour, leaving a few tiny bubbles as a partial crown, and no cap. Continuous effervescence feeds the crown.
Lacing – None
Aroma – 4.25 – Cherry.
Flavor – 4.5 - Begins and ends with tart cherries, no hops, no malt, no alcohol (6.1% ABV) flavor or aroma, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl. A bit of the tartness may come from the tannic acid from the barrel aging, but the barrel is otherwise not noticed.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation – 4.5 - After missing the first five years of this blend, I’ve finally been able to grab a couple of bottles! And I’m not disappointed!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured from the bottle a hazy reddish pink color with white bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose radiated fresh cherries. It was more tart than sweet, but amazingly fresh.

Mouthfeel - as with my notes about the smell, the taste was fresh cherries. The leaning was more tart than sweet, but very pleasant. I would compare it to cherry preserves. The overall profile was a little more acidic than I would normally like, but the sweetness provided good balance. The taste was tart all the way through to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Particularly for the style, the beer was very full bodied.

Overall - Some have described this as being like cherry juice. I would suggest the tartness disqualifies that label. The beer really shines when it is served closer to room temperature.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Montmorency vs Balaton is one of the best cherry sours I've ever had

Look: dark red with brown tint with a very quickly disappearing head

Aroma: lot's of cherry, maybe some red wine

Taste: Lot's of cherry in the flavor but also lemon, maybe tart raspberries, and some yeast and red wine.

Body/Overall: medium body, bubbly, dry

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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into signature tulip glass; Blend 5, bottled in 5/2018. Pours fairly hazy deep reddish orange/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy pink head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing eventually. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour/tart/tangy red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of leathery/musty Brett funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Amazing aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of leathery/musty Brett funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tartness, tangy fruit, and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/tang/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 6.1%. Overall this is an amazing fruited sour/wild ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic/tannic. Amazing balance of super juicy/jammy cherries, and Brett/Bacteria complexity; great oak presence, and pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing top tier quality style example as expected.

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Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a bright, cherry red (duh) color and a hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy / fizzy, off white head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of cherries, yeast, citrus fruit, an earthy quality, and some other berries.

T: Tasted of a hint of citrus fruit (lemon, orange, fleetingly), light raspberry notes (always nice), a ton of cherries (the dominant force, of course), a little yeast and a light earthiness. This is a tart, sweet, and surprisingly subtle flavor. It's not nearly as tart / sour as some wild ales, but it definitely has some force behind it. Tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An incredibly enjoyable beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Nice translucent cherry red appearance, almost no head that lingers
S - Wonderful opening shot aroma of the cherries... layers of breadiness
T - Where this shines - like the champagne of cherry wild ales/sours - fantastic. Crispy, dry.
F - Great carbonated, fermented, bubbles here - crisp, gorgeous, finish ends with class.
O - one of the best wild ales I've had. Stunning.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burgundy with a ruby pink foamy head. Head retention is good. Aroma is cherries - big and bold. There is a little lactic tartness, but it's smoothed over by the cherry sweetness. Hints of rye bread and earthy malts and hops round it out. Flavor profile is cherry puree. Woah. Hints of lemon, lime, and yeast smooth and balance it out, but the storyline is cherries. Mouth feel is medium with a fuzzy, velvety texture that makes for playful sips. Overall, big cherries with a tightly controlled saison underneath. Really well done.

Served from the bottle at Jester King. Reviewed on Beers by BeerAdvocate.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to have this last week at the Hops & Pie Sourfest 2019 in Denver, Colorado. What an epic day of drinking that was. You know what I liked there more than any other American beer? This one.

Pours a light reddish/purple and pink- color with 1/3" lighter pink head. The aroma is heavy on the cherry, quite nice. Go Balaton!

Taste, wow, just wow. Feels like they used 3lbs of cherry per gallon or some absurd metric conveying a shit ton of cherries. So much cherry, but there isn't an equally thick viscous cold medicine like feel to it. They draft up a relatively innocuous body for the beer. A lot of beers talk about their pie like qualities but this one pushes cherry pie weight like no other. Any acidity is restrained as can be. Oak is mild, spontaneous funk notes are as well. Easily my favorite Jester King beer, and there have been a few excellent ones along with this one. Good cherry skin and pit dryness complimenting it all the way down.

Dammit, I kinda hate that I love this beer so much, given that its not available to me.

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Photo of RNbeerfan
4.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a vibrant pink color with minimal head
Smell: Cherries, a touch of oak, and some acidity
Taste: Follows the nose, tons of cherries. There is a good amount of tartness to this beer as well, with just a little bit of the barrel coming through on the end.
Feel: Fairly light, good carb level, if anything a bit low but works in this beer
Overall: This beer is a great example of cherry in a beer. But it doesn't do much else. It somewhat one noted and a bit on the tart side. It's a nice sipper that may not quite live up to the hype for me.

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Photo of TheGent
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: The beer pours a cranberry juice color. Light pink head that leaves no lacing, but a thin film across the top of the beer and a thick ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Crimson. Dark, but translucent. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Sweet cherry pie. The fruit compote and flakey crust. Slight cherry acidity. Cherry skin. Floral aromatics. A slight mustiness. Flares of manure seem to come and go. Touch of melted plastic.

Taste: Upfront the beer has a cherry sweetness and manageable lemon acidity that hits the tip of the tongue. As the beer washes over the back and sides of my palate the two cherries truly fight it out. Cherry pie sweetness competes with bracing and gritty cherry acidity. All natural flavors. It reminds me of randomly pulling a sweet or tart cherry from the plastic container and being surprised. You get both here. The finish is very dry, and as the beer lingers on my palate I get some C. Howard Violet Chewing Gum. Quite floral and a bit powdery. A faint hint of herbal, earthy bitterness on the very end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, but softly. Feels highly carbonated but the sting and bubbles dissipate immediately. Fluffy on the palate.

Overall: This beer is delectable. One of, if not the best cherry sour beer I’ve had, alongside Belgian comps. Very happy and satisfied with the chance to have finally tried this beer. I submit that this beer is a world class example of the cherry sour ale.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look – A dark ruby red color with a surprising amount of sediment. Nice head and good lacing.

Smell – Has a very nice Raspberry scent. It's not overly sour (I dislike too much sourness in wild ales).

Taste – Raspberry flavor with just a touch of sour. It's a really great lambic

Feel – It's a perfectly carbonated lambic that goes down real easy. Maybe just a bit dry.

Overall – Definitely one of the better lambics I've had. My favorite is still the Lindeman's, as I really like the sweetness in that one. But this is very nice.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bout Six/February 2019 bottle.

Pouring from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a wine glass, this beer pours out a light pink color and forms in the glass a color resembling a rose. It has sea foam pink bubbles that are noisily popping the whole way through the pour.

The nose brings a very real cherry element; tamed and subtle. It has a slight acidity. I like the realness aspect but it does seem to be underwhelming overall in the nose.

The taste comes in with a prominence of cherries; all kinds, from sweet to tart. It offers a really balanced tartness that by no means try’s to steal from the show. A nice carbonation that leaves you burping up the flavors of cherries. I don’t pick up much of any barrel aging; maybe a very slight, dry oak but that’s it. I like how you can really see the cherries battling in this as it bounces from tart to sweet cherries; all the while keeping it natural.

Overall, it does end up being a bit one dimensional and doesn’t showcase much of any barrel, but the dimension it shoots for (cherries) gets nailed. It’s a nice, well made, refreshing brew.

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Photo of Benish
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep red fruit punch color with no head. Aroma is very sweet and juicy with heavy notes of tart cherries. Even picking up the sweet maraschino cherries from the jar. Not much barrel character though. Then at first sip, it starts dry but as it warms up, it immediately showcase the sweet, juicy tart cherries. Very fruity, like sweetened cherry juice added. The sour is is not too harsh, allowing the sweet malt to carry through, making the beer almost drink like candy. There is heavy carbonation that oddly seems to reduce at room temp. Overall, a very approachable sour that doesn’t fall short on the added cherries!

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Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blend 3. Nice cinnamon to the nose - slightly unexpected in a cherry beer. Rich and thicker than most cherry beers - none of the thin cough syrup that I've come to expect from cherry fruit beers and sours. Light barrel notes. Quite good. Really bucks expectations - I like this beer as much because of how it surprises me as how genuinely good it is!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Bright pink color. Aroma has juicy cherries and acidic fruit juice. Taste is really dry, mineral with wet stone flavor. Fruity but not too intense with light cherry pit notes.

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Photo of yasky
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red pour, smaller pinkish head, small globs of lace. Tart cherry aroma and taste, mild cherry pie, fruit juice. Light to medium body, cherry pie aftertaste.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with little to no head (ok no head). Aroma is juicy cherry (very layered), some nuttiness underneath. Flavor is tangy and cherry forward, with more tart cherry. Clean and crisp, somewhat light body. Tasty sour!

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Photo of avas
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Blend #3.

A: In low-light, it looks magenta, deep violet with some red hues thrown in. In proper lights, it's reversed, a bright ruby red with just a touch of something darker in there. Pretty much no head on the pour, save for a few stray bubbles and a thin, persistent ring of foam clinging to the edge of the glass. Looks like cherry juice.

S: Wow. A smack in the face with... wait... is that clove? And tons of cinnamon?! Wintery spice explodes out of the glass, accompanying a more expected blast of bright, ripe cherry. The two aren't necessarily disjoint--it's like pureed cherry baked with those spices, dare I say cherry pie?! Seriously, though, that is by far the dominant aroma in this. There's some other "funkier" scents deeper down... Maybe a hint of wood, something verrry lightly barnyard-y. But way more cherry and dessert-like than I expected. Really hope taste follows.......

T: ...Success! Maybe it's not as sweet and dessert-like as the nose would have suggested, but this is a damn cherry-heavy beer. Lightly tart cherry up front with some--though admittedly, not as intense as it was on the nose--pie-like spice flavor. Malt character is assertive--very creamy and even a bit sweet... Guessing there are oats in this? Overall, not a particularly sour flavor profile. Definitely some oak on the finish as well. A wonderful balance of decadence and refreshment.

M: Pretty light feel overall. Carbonation is medium-low, building through the sip. It's not nearly as effervescent or sharp as other AWAs I've had, but not so flat as to come off as fruit juice. Light sweetness and tart cherry flavor lingers on the tongue, and the parotid glands tingle just a bit from the sour sensation.

O: Really awesome beer, one of the best AWAs I've had. At a bit over a year old, I think I'm drinking this at the perfect time (for my palate). The fruit is still dominant, but it's accompanied by hints of complexity that make drinking an entire 500ml bottle myself exciting. I would like to see some more carbonation (something to add some body and cleanliness to the beer), but outside of that, there isn't much I'd change about this one. A delicious treat.

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Montmorency Vs Balaton from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 905 ratings