Cheri Tart | CIB Brewery & BBQ

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CIB Brewery & BBQ
Iowa, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NeroFiddled on 12-27-2012

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CIB CHeri Tart
25.36 oz. "Champagne" bottle, capped and waxed
No apparent freshness dating
$12.99 @ HyVee in Omaha, NE

From the CBI website: "Cheri Tart – American Sour Ale (7.2% ABV) Cheri Tart is an easier drinking sour ale, with a light but noticeable sour cherry aroma and flavor. This is one of few CIB beers we recommend drinking extra cold. The original version of this beer was a lambic made with cherries picked by us off a neighbor’s trees, due to short supply the beer was changed to a Sour Ale and contains no cherries. A great summer time beer due to it’s refreshing tartness. Available in bottles and Draught.

Cheri Tart pours a hazy crimson-amber beneath a short head of yellowed off-white foam. The head drops readily and leaves only minor spots and splashes as it goes.

The aroma offers malt but it seems oxidized, and a bit caramelish because of it. It smells almost as if malt extract was used. Or I could be wrong, it could just be caramelish malt. There's some mineral to it, and just a hint of sourness.

In the mouth it's zesty with carbonation, and light-medium in body. For the style it's actually right on.

The flavor displays a smooth tartness, and suggestions of cherry - even if there are none there - along with the same malt character found in the nose. The mineralish component remains, and it's also earthy, woody, and spicy (oak? or hops?). It opens as it warms (I wonder why they suggest it be served so cold?) and blossoms. The alcohol softens and the esters dissipate, leaving it smooth and pleasant.

As sour/"wild" ales go, it's not at the pinnacle but it's still worth trying. It's a hard style to pull off, and I'm looking forward to trying more from C.I.B.!

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2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Picked this bottle up almost a year ago and finally going to try this thing. Pours a clear plum color with just over a finger of head. The head had good retention before settling to a thin cap. A little bit of lacing gets left behind on the glass.

Faint aroma of berries and fruit. Not bad but nothing too interesting either. Would be good if it was stronger.

The flavor is a huge letdown. A little bit of fruitiness upfront and then it quickly disappears and I am left with an alcohol burn. No depth to this beer what so ever. There is no tartness or acidity evident but I am left with a little caramel sweetness. Chalky finish.

Actually has a fairly good body and carbonation. Too bad the flavor is so poor because you do not really want sitting in the mouth any longer than needed.

Has some good qualities but fails terribly where it counts most. Should of left this bottle sit and found something better to drink, or better yet, left it at John's Grocery in Iowa City.

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Cheri Tart from CIB Brewery & BBQ
3.2 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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