Cherry Barrel-Aged Berliner Braun
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Fruit and Field Beer
3.92 | pDev: 11.48%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Cherry Barrel-Aged Berliner BraunCherry Barrel-Aged Berliner Braun
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart cherries, lager yeast, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a huge bite of sourness from flavors of cherries and other dark fruits. Then some mild breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild and brings a bit of balance. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good variation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you want a sour beer with something a bit different going on.

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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with rudzud, picked up a while back at the brewery.

Light fizzy head fades quickly, dark maroon semi clear brown mahogany color.

Nose is interesting, candy sweet brown malts, sweety toffee brown sugar, candy syrup, with sour cherry, mild caramel and little cocoa, generic cherry syrup and tart cherry. Mild lactic acid and hint if vanilla oak.

Taste is sweet and slightly tart, mostly sweety candy, toffee, caramel, candi, cherry syrup, little tart cherry with sweet candy, touch of tart creamy wheat, mild bourbon notes and vanilla barrel. Mild lactic acid sticky flemmy finish, little tartness, toffee caramel, cherry syrup.

Mouth is med to thicker bod, syrupy flemmy mild acidity, tart, decent carb.

Overall ok, not great but ok.

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Photo of rudzud
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a semi clear garnet hue with no head and a thin wisp.

S - Aromas of cherry cough syrup, wheat, light barrel notes, faint bourbon.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, cherry cough syrup, faint wheat, light barrel notes, faint bourbon, bit syrupy.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, syrupy.

O - Overall this beer was really messy. Lots of cherry cough syrup notes and syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Coorsy
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This batch (2014) is much different then the previous. You can tell the second it pours with the appearance being hazy pink opposed to a darker red last time. Not sure what they did differently but as someone who typically steers away from sours, i actually drank this one.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep burnished red-brown. Tiny head that drops to nothing almost instantly. Minimal carbonation on the pour. Rich purples and darker reds when held to direct light. Sits pretty still in the glass.

Smell: Cherry is abundant. Tart dark cherry skin and juice with a bit of cherry flesh as well. Slight lactic tart edge. Mild citric bite as well. Malt base is mildly sweet with a solid bready and caramelized malt base. A touch of toffee and honeyed biscuit. Hops are very lightly herbal and earthy. Slight dampness with a touch of oak. Some vanilla and caramel as well. Yeast is a bit fluffy with very slight fruity esters. Some worn leather as well.

Taste: Light lactic tartness right up front. Black cherry creeps through and adds it's own brand of fruity tartness. Complete cherry. Skin, pit, flesh, juice, it's all there but it's not aggressive. Malts are lightly sweet with a touch of caramelization. Barrel adds a touch of damp wood and throws some vanilla, caramel, and toffee notes. Mildly citric. Tart edge increases as it warms. Soft leather with a vague hint of something almost like cocoa. Warming brings out some more of the powdery musty yeast. Damp. Almost clean on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light carbonation. A touch of astringency.

Overall: Exactly as promised.

It's worth drinking. The cherry and light lactic elements work well and the deep fruitiness is refreshing. Nicely funky.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 10/27/14
Location: Jack's Abby Brewery
Draught/Bottle: Growler
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Very much the color of grapefruit juice. Some lightening on the sides and no cling of any kind. Carbonation is all but nonexistent. Can't see through the beer at all.
Aroma: Cherry and Lacto play the two biggest aroma. Some tartness from both but that familiar lactose aroma takes the lead.
Taste: The cherry and Lacto are again major contributors and lead to a mildly tart Berliner. The bourbon barrel plays a factor in the taste more so then the aroma and you get a touch of the bourbon but the rest of the barrel is big with hints of vanilla and then oak.
Mouthfeel: Light to Light Medium in body. Very little carbonation. There is a lot of dryness which is to be expected from the Lacto.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a murky tawny color with no head or lacing. Nose is all but missing. Taste is mildly medicinal cherry, bourbony vanilla and caramel, oak, wheat. Easy to drink, but still has the feel of a bigger beer. High carbonation.

An interesting take on a berliner weisse for sure. I wish the cherry wasn't as medicinal as it is, but overall a nice beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +11%

stylistically this is the coolest thing ever, a Berliner lager? who has done that? I love the inventiveness, and think its one of the more creative things done with a lager that I can remember. darker type Berliner, probably sour mashed with lacto for tartness and then lagered. the beer is copper in color, clear red tinted and rather still. not much head, and almost flat after 30 seconds or so. the nose is amazing though, sour enough, with a ton of black cherries. the bourbon barrel influence is not light on it, in fact, its real intense. boozy and oaky, less vanilla than some, but maybe the lactic acid cuts that down. the cherries are strong in the flavor too, not medicinal in the slightest, and seemingly loving the caramel malt base. I think a normal malt based Berliner would be lost in all of this, but the darker grain bill is subtle genius. big enough to support all the flavors and add some balancing sweetness mid palate. finish is long and quite sour. mouthfeel lags just a little for me, its light and quick finishing, lager yeast has left its mark, but I find it to be a bit thin in body, even watered down just a bit. it improves drinkability, but I could stand a little more beef on it. overall though one of the most clever beers I have had in ages, really special stuff, like no other.

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Photo of Resuin
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a red hue. A quick off-white head forms then fizzles away.

Smell: Malts, a hint of chocolate, mild tart cherries. The aroma is rather subdued but pleasant.

Taste: Malts, a hint of chocolate and bourbon, tart cherries. A nice level of sour, maybe 3 or 4 out of 10. Much tarter than the smell suggests. Drinkability is very high.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Fits the style well. Finishes a tad tart.

Overall: This is a nice, refreshing, drinkable beer. There are some sweet bourbon-esque flavors, along with the tart cherries. Not super complex, but a tasty beer.

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Photo of Dope
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5.15.2014 bottling date.

A: A dark brown pour with a small, very fizzy brown pour. So fizzy it looks and sounds exactly like soda. Naturally, it disappears in seconds with nary a trace. No lacing at all. Looks almost completely still. Funny.

S: Huh. Sweet cherries, almost cherry soda like. Lots of caramel helps sweeten it up for sure. There is a slight funkiness to it, can't quite place it.

T: Sweet cherries up front with oak and light toffee. Lightly funky initially. Cherries turn tart in the middle and into the finish. Great authentic cherry flavor (usually comes across as so artificial or cough syrup-like). Lightly tart cherries float through the entire beer and linger for a long time in the aftertaste. There is a light acidic kick in the finish at times too.

M: Fairly light but smooth. Lightly tart.

O: Huh, I'm not sure how to even classify this one. It reminds me kinda of a cherry flanders red mixed with a cherry berliner? Not overly tart, not overly sweet, not overly funky. Just a decent spread with surprising balance.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark ruby red with a tan head. Nose is wood, lactic acid, light sulfur, a bit of plastic and some cherry. Taste is much cleaner, lactic acid and a much nicer wood note. Cherry is much stronger and none of the slight plastic note. Faintly tart, gently carbonated finish on a medium body and a touch syrupy.

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Photo of mrhartounian
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance similar to a red flanders with no carbonation. Smell had a nice waft of cherries, maybe a slight bourbon like touch. Taste was cherries up front, finished was dry and uneventful. Mouthfeel was thin and slightly watery.

Overall, a nice beer served cold, easy to drink. Was expecting more from the barrel aging and the thin mouthfeel was a disappointment. I would not say JA missed the mark on this, but was not blown away as I have been with many of their other offerings.

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Photo of abuono
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at jacks abbey. Pours a borrowing red, head small, dissipates quickly. Smells of ripe cherries. Initial taste like drinking carbonated jerry juicy juice. Light sourness, more tart than sour. finishes slightly dry and tart. Overall, good, but won't lament my existence if I never have it again

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Jacks Abby snifter. It's a murky red/brown, no real head but very bubbly. Bubbles clinging to the side and every so often some bubbles from the bottom pop at the top. Holding it up to the light, becomes way more red than brown.

Smell isn't overwhelming. Can smell a little tart cherry skin. Maybe a little but of oak. It's very mellow.

The taste is pretty mellow, as well. Not sour at all. Slight tartness right up front, with no lingering at the end. You get a very light cherry skin on the aftertaste. More of a sweet cherry. Not sure where the bourbon barrels are. They must be the reason for the cherry being tame. There's a bit of chocolate towards the end, as well.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, and not as carbonated as I would have thought from the appearance. There's a little fizz to start but disappears before I even knew it was there! This is an easy drinker, though. With no overhelmingly sourness or carbonation it's going down faster than I anticipated.

Overall, it's a decent beer. Feels pretty good on this hot day, and if I remember correctly it's a step above the regular Berliner Braun. I may not drive to Mass specifically for it, but if I see some while I'm in Mass, I'm absolutely buying a couple.

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Photo of sprat1960
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reddish-brown in color; translucent. Small 1 finger head when poured that disappeared without a trace in short time. The appearance of the beer was flat and not very enticing, though there were lots of extremely small bubbles of carbonation upon close inspection. Complex aroma of scent of cherry combined with a noticeable scent of bourbon whisky and a slight sour finish. While I can appreciate the complexity, the taste was just okay for me. The taste started off smooth and sweet with a cherry flavor then progressed to a citrusy, acidic tart finish. The beer had a thin body that I found kind of watery; I also found the beer somewhat flat despite its carbonation. Overall I found this beer okay; I appreciate the uniqueness and was glad that I tried it but have no desire to have another glass.

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Photo of diechipmunk
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this. The tart cherry melds perfectly with the sour Berliner flavors. Mild carbonation and little head, but still light and fresh tasting. Others complain of not enough bourbon, but I think the subtlety is a plus, the bourbon is here, but it's just 1 aspect of the flavor and aroma profile. It plays nice with others, it doesn't beat beat them into submission as (IMHO) too many other bourbon barrel beers do.

It's very well balanced a refreshing tart over a pleasant chocolaty sweetness, nothing dominates but there is a lot there to enjoy. I find it so enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out into a Hill wine glass. Murkey, reddish brown, dark with zero head. Smells like dark fruit skin, a bit of oak,, some vanilla and that sour beer acid alcohol. Tart up front that doesn't linger at all. Some sweetness, but on the dry side. Bourbon barrel not really detectable, but I think it aided in toning down the overall bite and rounding out the flavors. Basically a flanders red with cherries. Kind of reminded me of Cherry Oud Bruin from Kuhnhenn.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ACBF pour

A-Pours brown with not much head.

S-Soft tartness with sweetness to match. Noticeable cherries with a light barrel influence.

T-The cherry almost comes off as artificial to me. It's not like cherry cough syrup or anything but it just seems slightly fake. Reasonably tart. A good amount of caramel sweetness and a soft oakiness.

M-Light to medium bodied. Lingering aftertaste. Medium carbonation.

O-A bit underwhelmed by this one but that's only because I have high expectations from anything Jack's Abby. It's decent for sure but it had a lot more potential.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer: there is a lot going on here. Dark murky bronze with no head. Sour cherry, bourbon, plenty of oak, cola, brown sugar, caramel, and lager yeast in the nose. Taste feels separated from itself, sour cherry hanging out on one end, bourbon and the sweet dark flavors on another, plus really robust lager grains that don't really take to either fully. Love the experiment, but the feel again reflects that this beer is conflicted, tart, boozy, bready, and not getting along.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A unique find at a tap take over. Light carbonation and a brown dark orange color. Mouthfeel is light, but full for its style. The cherry is nice and not lambic tart but it there. More malt then expected but not overpowering.

Overall a beer would order again and reminds me of cantillon with more malt backbone. Good job!

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Cherry Barrel-Aged Berliner Braun from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 254 ratings