Fruitlands - Sour Cherry
Modern Times Beer

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Style:
Leipzig Gose
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.78%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
156
From:
Modern Times Beer
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  16
Gots
  24
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 156
Reviews by farrago:
Photo of farrago
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Meager dusting across the surface for a head, swiftly evaporates to nothing, while it was there bright white hue, the lacing in turn is close to nonexistent. Pinkish red colored liquid, sparkling clear with a near metallic sheen, looks like a glass of rosé, the bubbles some good activity but they are few and far between. The nose is almost entirely cherries, no lies told on the label, some lemon and pie crust flakes, supporting mineral to crushed stone dust notes, sort of monochrome but, hey, I like cherries. Medium-bodied, taut prickle from the carbonation frames the mouth entry and lessens the deep sweetness of the cherries, close to maraschino cherry in flavor, although there are moments of “sour.” Then there is the strong salty, saline quality sort of comes out of left field. Palpable honey dappled pie dough and crust, freshly baked. The lemony accents help keep it fresh and lively. As in the nose it lacks complexity yet there’s no doubting the persistence of the cherry flavor. On the whole, though, it does not last that long through the finish. A lighter styled “dessert beer”?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Trappist Westvleteren XII glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $7.99
Purchased: Sept. 10, 2015
Consumed: Sept. 24, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a pinkish, orange, clear color with less than a finger of greyish frothy head that dissipated rather quickly. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom, setting on the top. Below average wet foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled a mix of sour cherry and earthy, grassy malts, almost like a sour lager. Not what I was expecting. Also corn, cereal, wheat, caramel and more cherry juice. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste was a lot better than the nose with more cherries and less cheap macro lager. First thought was cherry pie. Also cinnamon spice, graham cracker crust, sour cherries, artificial cherry, grass, cherry tooth polish and sour cherry candy. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Sour, acidic finish. (Feel - 3.75)

I was all over the place with this one. I don’t know whether I properly rated it, overrated it or underrated it. If I had it again, all these ratings could change. But overall, good for the style. (Overall - 3.75)

3.69 | 83 | B

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Photo of mig100
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light-red, almost pink, with head that settles to about a 1mm white ring around the glass. Smell is rose wine, cherry and a little bit of medicinal cough syrup, but it's barely there. Taste is sour cherry and rose with a nice slightly bready finish and mouthfeel. Overall, a top of the line Gose.

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Photo of cd34
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harsley
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of griffey123
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cork and Craft while on Beer safari in San Diego. Delicious gose.

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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHead84
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tdizzle
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Fruitlands pours a clear orange-ish amber with a pink hue. An aggressive pour yields two fingers of lightly pink, effervescent foam that gradually settles to a thick ring along the inside of the glass and a sparse film that sticks around. Nice retention on the drink down, but minimal lacing.

S - The aroma is evocative of a cherry Pop-Tart. Delightfully sweet and tart notes of cherry juice are met with a bready malt character and a pleasant saltiness. The cherry really comes through.

T - A crisp and clean tartness hits the palate first. Delicious cherry sweetness kicks in shortly afterwards, giving way to a mild saltiness and a sweet-ish bready malt base that wonderfully balances the salty and acidic flavors. Finishes very dry, with a tart zing along the back of the tongue and a light breadiness that lingers long after each sip.

F - Light in body with effervescent carbonation that feels perfect for the style.

O - With the recent explosion of popularity that the Gose style has experienced, I've had the pleasure
of trying many. This is the best I've had, thus far. The tartness is perfectly balanced with the salty and sweet elements; and this beer delivers a pronounced cherry character in both the aroma and the flavor. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of Bung
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlee922
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle poured pinkish amber with a very good head.

Light body with medium-high carbonation. Not at all watery.

Fruity flavor is mild with more subtle cherry notes than optimal. Very drinkable.
Only mildly tart due in part to some noticeable sweetness.

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Photo of GhostMilk
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pink hue with a light, airy head that quickly dissipates. The smell is subtle but pleasant, with familiar gose characteristics, highlighted by the scent of sour cherries. The taste follows suit, with solid classic gose flavors, which are bolstered by a really nice infusion of tart cherries. Perhaps just a touch more salinity would have been welcome, but all in all this is a very solid gose and a delicious beer to close out the summer with.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a couple of snifters. The brew appears copper to pinkish colored with an off-white cap that froths up big and pillowy and holds well.

It smells minerally then lactic sour with natural scent of cherry skins.

The taste is tart like over-ripe cherry, greek yogurt and lemony lactic with saline almost brine notes.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. Overall pretty decent stuff.

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Photo of vidisad
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of masterofsparks
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tele
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle
Consumed: 9.27.15

A: 4.5 Pours a very pretty, reddish pink with a small light pink head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

S: 4 Pretty mild, mostly consisting of lemon, cherries, a bit of funk, toasted wheat, and honey.

T: 4.25 Taste is very similar to the nose, but turned up a bit. Juicy, meaty cherries start with a slight medicinal flavor. Lemony tartness follows with a slightly sweet, wheaty finish.

M: 4.25 The body is nice, if a little slick feeling and carbonation could be a little higher.

O: 4.25 I was expecting this to be a weird mix of salt, tart, and fruit, but this beer is actually very balanced and tasty. Good fruit delivery, nice tartness, low on salinity, and very refreshing.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 11/29/15 notes. Big thanks to nugganooch for sending me this one; thanks Dane! 22 oz. bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. One thing to note is this was a slow-to-medium gusher.

Pours a somewhat clear ruby red-pink color with two fingers plus of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Sour cherries and tart dark fruits, vinegar, oak, fruity malts, spice, and black cherry cola. Very acidic, high carbonation and medium body.

Overall quite good. The nose is awesome, and it is one of the sourest goses I've ever had. If you like very sour beers you'll love this one.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy reddish-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, cherry juice, salt, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, cherry juice, salt, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice balance between the sour cherry and salt qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Fruitlands - Sour Cherry from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 156 ratings