Casey Family Preserves - Montmorency Cherry | Casey Brewing & Blending

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Casey Family Preserves - Montmorency CherryCasey Family Preserves - Montmorency Cherry
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Casey Brewing & Blending
Colorado, United States
caseybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
96
pDev:
9.28%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
22
Trade:
5
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 96
Photo of ArrogantB
2.2/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

750ml bottle dated 6/1/16, $32.99 (ouch). Initial aroma upon popping the cork is bad. Pouring it into a glass and letting it breather did not help much. Unsavory aromas of rubber. Appearance is bright red, head dies immediately. Flavor is better than aroma, cherries, cough syrup, mildly tart. Overall quite the letdown for $33, not nearly as good as the montmorency fruit stand I had from 2015.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best cherry beers I've seen. Pours a glowing red hue. The cherry aroma is very nice. It's tart yet dry. The cherry flavor is really nice, lending to a tart cherry pie filling like flavor. There's not a lot of residual sugar to provide sweetness, which isn't a bad thing. It's just a very nice fruited saison.

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Photo of kevanb
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 3.23.16 bottle date, poured into a Casey Brewing and Blending oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 11.20.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice bright pink and red color, ruby and garnet hues, cloudy with decent opacity with a thin white head that has no lace or retention. The aroma is excellent, tons of cherry, fresh and fruity, light tartness with some pleasant pie spicing, light wheat character with some lemon zest, a soft and developed funk and a bit of earthy and musty oak barrel. Definitely similar to a traditional kriek from Belgium, nice funk and yeast profile, really inviting and delicate aroma. The flavors are very nice, loads of cherry, very true to taste fruit profile, rich and ripe cherry, very jammy, plenty of oak barrel, lemony acid, pie spice, mineral water and distinct house cultures from Casey. The flavors are a bit oaky, drier, more muted than the nose led on, but still quite enjoyable with plenty of jammy fruit to savor. The mouthfeel is solid, coats the tongue very well, quite lively with a light to medium body, plenty of carbonation that isn't too abrasive with a tart and dry finish.

Verdict: A very good fruited saison from Casey. Plenty of jammy cherry, beautiful kriek like aroma and a nice tart/sour finish. Distinctly Casey with a good showing of their house cultures, but very reminiscent of popular krieks from overseas, excellent beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, batch 1, bottled 3/23/2016. Served in a Casey stemmed glass. Pours a ruby reddish body, clear with a slight amber hue, one finger thick white head that doesn't stick around for all too long. Short retention. No lacing. Looks more or less like a different coloured wine. Smells of rich cherry skin, cherry fruit juice, light lemon, mild leather, light oak, minimal funk, moderate acetic acidity, touch of zest. Flavour is a hefty cherry fruit juice presence, really quite nice with a bit of cherry skin tartness, moderate acetic acidity, touch of zest, mild lemon, house minerality (perhaps slightly sulphuric) with a touch of leather and light funk. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, dry and refreshing, lots of cherry skin on the finish. A tasty touch up on the base Fruit Stand, seems to be a fair bit more cherry skin and less hair styling product on the aroma here.

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Photo of Tommo
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Magnificent beer. This was the June 2016 batch i believe. Amazing casey funk on teh nose with lots of cherry. Flavor is crisp and a moderate level of sour with jammy cherry flavor all with a beautiful bretty funk to it. Surprisingly not super dry which was nice. Reminded me a lot of 2016 MVB from JK

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Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Beautiful hazy pink body pours from the 750ml into my glass. A small foamy cap forms to a few millimeters before receding back to nothing taking on a wine appearance. Lacing is not a thing.

S- Raw and unbridled flora off the top with some sulfur and plain old musty barnyard funk. The cherries fold into this really well with a fresh sour fruity feel.

T- Much like the aroma but some of the raw buggy funk dies out at this point lacking especially the sulfur and some of the barnyard. Sour cherries are rather fresh and bursting with flavor. Sweetness is non-existent allowing the lactic sours to truly elevate the experience.

MF- Slick and light-medium bodied. Carbonation is at a moderate level for the style and the sour level is also around there.

On par with some of the old classic Krieks with a bit less depth and complexity but very great use of flora and fruits.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pinkish reddish color with very pink head. Tart cherries very prevalent on the nose with some oak and funk as well; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes tart, with a lot of tart cherry fruitiness as well.

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Photo of frontrangefart
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened a bottle from the late April 2016 release. 750ml bottle. Chilled at 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

Look: A beautiful rose red. When there's less of it, it looks like solid grapefruit color.

Smell: of sour cherries and funky cheese. Little bit of lingering sweetness.

Taste: wow, like eating those cherries you find on your milkshakes with the right amount of funk and oak. Good amount of sour, never overpowering, just right. Little bit of sweetness on the beginning of the palette. Funk becomes stronger as it warms.

Feel: stays around for the right amount of time. No issues of fading flavor. Love the carbonation.

OVERALL: Get your hands on this beer if you can. I'm sure some FPs are better than this one, but wow, Casey kills it with their sours.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You gotta let this bottle age a bit. This was a total cherry bomb at release with almost no funk. After ~ 6 months of aging. The funk has come through and turned this into a fantastic beer. Highly recommended, just sit on it for a bit.

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Photo of Jbags1214
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. My first offering from Casey. Beautiful cloudy ruby red. Taste is wild cherry without being overly cherry like many kriek sours. Taste is a bit more mild than expected, but very nice. Smell is fantastic. Aroma is clearly properly infected. I would gladly drink this regularly. More Casey please.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.74/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle. Pink body. Smell is cherry. Some rubber and chemical aroma. Taste is cherry, but really not as much as I expected. Light cherry. Oak. That burnt rubber flavor is here too. Disappointing. High carbonation. Light body. Disappointing off-flavors.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large shared bottle.
Lightly sweet up front but moderately high tartness. Fruity but not impressively clear or strong cherry flavor, especially considering the high level of cherries used in the brew (3.1 lbs/gal.).
Complex, interesting aroma.

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Photo of kbenson
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely fell in love with this beer at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting VII event. It was incredibly fresh and the tartness came more from this very flavorful variety of cherries than from the beer. The beer is light and refreshing and perfect for a warm sunny day. It's a great palate cleanser and alternative to many of the massive, heavy beers on hand at the event. I can see why Casey has developed such a strong fan base so quickly. This is an incredibly well-done beer.

Look--Beautiful, light red/dark pink in color. Not opaque. The light gets right through this beer.

Smell--Strong nose of Montmorency cherries. Very light funk.

Taste--Follows the nose. Refreshing and delicious.

Feel--Very light on the tongue.

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Photo of spoony
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip at the brewery on October 3, 2015. (Also tasted at WTF?!).

A-This stuff is impressive looking: a gorgeous, deep-magenta-red colored liquid sits beneath a short (and short-lived) white-pink foam. A collar hangs around for a bit, but does not leave any lacing on the glass.

S-The aroma is heavy on the cherry with a little bit of syrupy sweetness. Funk is light to moderate. This beer is not as tart as many of the Casey offerings. It smells a bit simple, but the fruit is intense and pure.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. Light funkiness, light sourness, and hints of barrel are nearly buried beneath huge piles of cherry pie filling. It verges on cloying, but the sweetness comes from the fruit instead of the malt or a sugary flavor like some red beers (I'm thinking of Petrus Red).

M-The feel is also pretty amazing. Moderate heft with a balanced amount of carbonation that pairs well with the fruit.

O-I remember not liking this when I tasted it at WTF?!, but my opinion changed when I got a full pour at the brewery. The flavors are simple, but very intense and the fruit tastes real, not artificial or tarted up. A nice effort and a really good looking beer.

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Casey Family Preserves - Montmorency Cherry from Casey Brewing & Blending
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 96 ratings