New Holland Cherry Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Cherry AleNew Holland Cherry Ale

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Mitchster on 10-25-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Although I am not the biggest fan of this style this beer seemed like one that I would have to try at least once. It looked dark and smelled dark as well. The flavor was much more complex than I would have thought. Reminded me of cherry pie. Definitely a dessert beer. Thick in body. A pie crust flavor comes initially and fruit sweetness follows. Cherries come and provide a strong tartness to this beer. Tarty all the way through to the finish. Yeast is noticeable and almost seems Belgian like. Dry finish. I actually like this one a lot, but I wish it were made in smaller bottles because I think 12 oz. would be plenty (could not be a session brew).

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Photo of marburg
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If there are beers out there that everyone should try once just for the experience, this has to be included in the list. This is simply one of the most unique fruit beers I've ever had.

Burgandy and watery-red-wine in color, this beer's head seems to implode on itself to leave no trace of anything ressembling foam, cream, or film. Nothing. Very mild carbonation and mouthfeel. Very vinous through and through. Wine-like aroma is truly layered, with a blast of tart cherries emerging from underneath alcohol and corn syrup. Starts with a SweetTart-ish, pucking cherry flavor and finishes a bit more harshly. The finish and aftertaste really kill the flavor and drinkability for me. It really has a cherry cordial alcohol bitterness that is just a little unwelcome -- far too reminiscent of Nyquil for my liking.

All in all, its originality stands out as its most redeeming characteristic. But just sniffing what this beer offers up is truly a treat as well.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a clear deep garnet/amber in color, forming a poofy light beige head with pink notes, giving it a strange tan appearance. Carbonation is moderate. Retention is good and lacing is minimal. Aroma is very interesting...Husky sweet grains and wet napsack, tart red cherries, green dried barley, and a touch of Belgian funk. Taste....hrmmm...this is good stuff...tart with juicy red cherries adding a distinct sourness to the grainy, malty body..there is a suggestion of rotting cherries in the middle. The cherries are natural tasting compared to the artificial "concentrate" flavor I get in alot of fruit beers. The finish is woody and dry with tinges of tannic cherry skins and bitter pits. Mouthfeel is fizzy with a medium-dense body. There is a dominant wave of alcohol in the end. Is this fermented in oak?

This beer is a unique beast...the start is very nice, but the pit bitterness and vinous alcohol gives it a undesirable finish. Still, it is a high quality brew from the guys at New Holland and would recommend trying it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear burgundy body with some small particulate in suspension. The foamy head is pinkish/purple in color and starts fairly full but drops shortly to a thin 1/16" covering that holds quite well. Very nice. The aroma is distinctly cherryish and wine-like, with some caramel maltiness. Thankfully, the cherry is not candy sweet, but much more realistic - a pleasant change of pace from so many fruit beers on the market today. Neither is it medicinal, as are most of the beers made with extract. The body is medium with an exceptionally fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that leaves it creamy in the mouth. The flavor is malty and lighty fruity (again, wine-like) without being sweet. There's a subtle almond note and even some very light spice - ...woody. It has a dryish character throughout, and finishes with just a residual lingering fruity malt. I wonder if it's aged in wood? It's fairly rich, although one-sided, and it beckons you to taste again and again. Interesting and enjoyable. A very good choice for the beer lover who also enjoys red wine. This would make an excellent apertif, beer with Thanksgiving dinner, or nightcap with a good book. Very well done, or should I say, thankfully not over-done! It's merit lies in it's subtle complexities.

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New Holland Cherry Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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