Mon Cherries | Borealis Fermentery

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Mon CherriesMon Cherries

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Borealis Fermentery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jera1350 on 05-25-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 29
Photo of VashonGuy
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the foamiest beer I've ever seen ... even with a careful pour, my glass has a head that's 3 times as much as the beer itself. The head lasts quite a while, and there's huge lacing all around. Very dramatic.

The aroma is pretty mild. The taste is a tangy fruit, combined with a bit of cocoa, some smoke, and a good amount of Belgian yeasty flavor. The fruit is a little undefined to me ... I guess it's the cherries, although I wouldn't argue with someone who said it's raisins or plums.

Mon Cherries has a thinnish body, much thinner than usual for a dubbel. There's a good bit of carbonation, no surprise when you look at that head.

Overall, I'm impressed by the originality of this beer, the way it combines tart fruit, Belgian yeast, and a medium malty beer. It's not like anything else I've had. The brewer has produced an unusual beer that's a very fine thing to drink.

From a 750 ml bottle, purchased in Duluth a few weeks ago. The date code is mysterious.

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Photo of morimech
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a very large head that was slow to settle to a thick cap. Some sticky lacing is left down the glass. I can definitely smell cherries with notes of chocolate, vanilla, figs, prunes, and smoke. Interesting that the cherries are not as prevalent in the flavor as it is in the aroma. Much more well rounded flavor. Dark fruit, chocolate, cherries, vanilla, with subtle wood and smoke notes. I felt the body lacked enough heft as it felt thin. The carbonation did not seem to be an issue. Interesting and complex beer that was not quite executed as well as it could of been.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially I did not like this. Realized it was too cold and let it warm up. Some very complex flavors came to the surface. Not much cherry, but certainly some dark fruit, a bit of smoke and oak, some malt and a little chocolate. This is not the kind of beer you want to throw at a newbie. But let it warm and sip slowly and you will enjoy.

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Photo of joe1510
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Warehouse Liquors - Duluth, MN

The pop of the cap produces gunsmoke. A soft pour produces a near perfect head of creamy, frothy beige foam atop a coffee brown body. The head is dense, thick, and everlasting, being constantly re-energized by lively carbonation. Lace clings to the glass in chunky sheets that will have to be scrubbed off. Mon Cherries is one of the better looking beers I have come across in a long while.

The nose is big, rich, and expressive. Now it's been a while since I've drank a dubbel, a long while, but this one follows a different path and I like it. Big notes of chocolate kick things off, both bittersweet and dark, and run throughout. There's a smattering of dark fruits, fig and plum mostly, a little leathery in fact. Dark caramel and a tendril of smoke wrap it up. Oddly enough I get no cherries but that's OK in this case. It's unique and complex.

The flavor profile runs a little more along the dubbel lines I had in mind but with a unique twist. Plum and fig are more dominant along with leathery raisins. There's a softly herbal hoppiness mid-palate that balances out some of the sweet and before you know it the bittersweet cocoa pops up on the backend. A solid, dark caramel base runs throughout. Last but not least is that faint smokiness on the finish. It really adds a welcomed touch. Again, no cherries, or oak for that matter, but still damn delicious.

Borealis nailed the mouthfeel on this beer, it doesn't get much better as a matter of fact. It's moderate bodied with a carbonation so frothy, so plush, I feel like a king drinking it. A soft herbal bitterness adds some character and the finish dries up quickly. Drinkability is high with this one. Nearly perfect.

Borealis Fermentery produced a gem when they came up with this beer. The funny thing is that the two selling points seem to be nearly nonexistent, the cherry and oak. Instead it's a dubbel with porter tendencies and a tendril of smoke. The outcome is bold, unique, and most importantly, delicious. I wouldn't hesitate on this beer in the future.

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Photo of ZAP
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Huge burst of carbonation is expelled as I pop the cap on this 750. I pour very gently and have about an inch of head when finished pouring. As I have been typing this it has continued to foam up and I hate to suck some foam off the top to keep it from gushing over. Time to do it again. Excessive carbonation. Deep burgundy color. That is the only thing keeping this slightly above average in the rating. pepper....cloves....these are pretty dominant and not much else makes it way past that on the aroma. (Near the end of the first glass I was able to get my way past all the spiciness and got a little more of a dark fruit aroma along with hints of dark chocolate)

T-Very spicy on the taste as well with big black pepper and cloves present....a touch of a dried fruit flavor of cherries and plums is secondary...a slight hint of's fine but.nothing extraordinary here. Slightly tart on the finish.

M-Carbonation is too jacked up.

O-I had heard good things and while in Duluth seeked this out. Thought about buying all three offerings but decided to see how this one was first. I'm glad I did. It's not horrible but it is far from elite. At least this bottle. Maybe I got a bad bottle with the carbonation too amped up but that is not a good sign either. Doubt I will revisit this at its price point in the future.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Borealis Fermentery Mon Cherries, Belgian Style Dubbel Ale Brewed with Cherries. Knife River, MN.

Dark brown coloring, slim darkish head.

Aroma: fruit covered in dark malt and chocolate. Even balance, not sweet, not sour, not too much of anything, just very on. But, it's staring to grow in richness. Increases in character as time goes on. Dates, raisins, etcetera. Very interesting.

Let's drink it already: dark malt meets funky Belgian yeast. Lots of wild crazy yeasty flavor playing with the fruit blended with dark ale. Sourness rises higher, rises above sweet malt.

I'm going to take a break, and read what they say on the label. "Mon Cherries is a Belgian style dubbel ale brewed with cherries and aged on oak. A wonderful compliment to any red meat dish, this beer can also be enjoyed with or in place of our favorite chocolate desserts.

Chill before serving, pour into your favorite glass and enjoy the decadence."

This is tasty stuff, very fulfilling. I haven't had a lot of cherry dubbels. Hell, I don't think I've ever had any. So, I really have nothing to compare it to, no other experience to gauge it by.

To judge this by itself, it's an exercise in balance, restraint, and true complexity. Funky Belgian texture, just short of tart fruit, dark malt that stays clear of too sweet. Chocolate and cherry grows larger while in the mouth. Yum. Nice. Almost perfect.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased from Warehouse Liquors in Duluth, MN. Poured into Teku tulip, served around 45 degrees.

Appearance: Pours a deep crimson, almost brown color, yet has some slight red light coming through the edges. Carbonation appears to be great on this bottle, yielding a 1.5 finger, creamy, off white colored head. Nice lacing remains on the glass as the liquid disappears.

Smell: Some slight off notes (or the cherries in an odd way), I too pick up some slight notes of band-aid, but it isn't overwhelming and could actually be those cherries coming through slightly. A nice mellow aroma of dried fruit, vanilla, and slight oak arise from the glass.

Taste: Notes of chocolate malt and some caramel. Again, some very tame cherry flavor, and some nice dry oak notes coming through. This is very complex and deep, and very close to some high level Belgian Dubbels...

Mouth: Mouth is lively, and extremely fun. Not cloying at all, which can happen when cherries are added. It's a mild sweetness, and it doesn't stick around too long.

Drink and overall: Overall, this beer is a powerhouse, and very good. He's real close to some really authentic Belgian notes, and I'm sure he knows that better than I do. I really enjoyed this year, and look forward to trying the others.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Borealis Fermentery website:

"A Belgian style dubbel ale brewed using chocolate malts and cherries. We complete this beer by aging on oak. A wonderful compliment to any red meat dish, this beer can also be enjoyed with or in place of your favorite chocolate dessert. Decadence in a glass!"

Bottle capped 750. Pours into a goblet an amber hued brown with just a minute trace of foam. Appears very low carbonated for a belgian style beer.

Getting bandaids, chocolate and light fruit in the nose.

The taste is quite complex with smoked malt, chocolate, mild fruit and light oak. More chocolate along with hop bitterness develops at the end and into the finish. Lingering smoked malt at the end also.

The carbonation is low for a belgian dubbel, but not bad. Medium bodied with an extremely dry finish.

This beer possibly has a few kinks to be worked out in the carbonation department, but the taste is extremely well done. Not much of the cherries show up, but the smoke and chocolate make this one a winner in my book.

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Mon Cherries from Borealis Fermentery
3.95 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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