Trafalgar Cherry Ale | All or Nothing Brewhouse

Trafalgar Cherry AleTrafalgar Cherry Ale
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Trafalgar Cherry AleTrafalgar Cherry Ale

Brewed by:
All or Nothing Brewhouse
Ontario, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
This gently hopped summer ale has been infused with real cherries to provide a delicate fruit flavour. This refreshing beer pours an amber colour tinged with ruby and has a strong aroma of natural cherry. A great beer to enjoy on a warm summer day.

Added by pootz on 05-23-2010

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
2.14/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Dec. 2012. "Cherry Ale", huh? Sounds innocuous enough at 4.5%, but experience has taught me to be exceedingly wary of Trafalgar seasonal bombers. Is this as terrible as the review average implies? I couldn't resist finding out.

I am determined to get a head out of one of these beers. A purposely aggressive pour - right to the bottom of the glass - reveals an attractive, orange-amber coloured brew, slightly foggy, and topped (at first) with more than two fingers of soapy, frothy off-white coloured head. It wilts away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a soapy film and collar. A respectable web of lacing coats the sides of the glass... not long lasted, but at least I accomplished my head-related objectives. Weak aroma without much to describe - a faint grassiness, grainy malts and very little cherry to speak of.

The taste starts off fine, with nothing particularly offensive about it - or notable, for that matter. Grainy pale/amber malts and pink grapefruit comprise the tolerable fraction of the flavour. Toward the finish, a sour cherry pit flavour creeps onto the palate, with a weird metallic off-taste that is strong enough to be a highly annoying factor. It honestly kind of reminds me of that flavour in the back of my mouth after vomiting - I hate to make analogies like this because they are not really constructive or helpful, but that is seriously the first thing that came to mind. To be fair, the off-taste weakens as it warms, but it's still a factor, and other flaws begin to come forward at the same time (i.e. the shallow, watery nature of the brew). Light bodied and very wet-tasting, with moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth mouthfeel that isn't entirely without merit. Easy to drink, but at 4.5% that's not especially unusual.

Pretty bad, and it became less tolerable as it warmed - not sure why this needs to be in a bomber. The flavour profile is definitely weak and muddled in general, with the sour cherries not meshing particularly well with anything else. Lame even by fruit beer standards, and not something I would recommend to anyone.

Final Grade: 2.14, a wretched D-. Trafalgar's Cherry Ale is easily one of their worst offerings, and that is really saying something. Much like their (still bad, but comparatively speaking, marginally better) maple bock seasonal, it is mildly drinkable, but extremely flawed and not worth spending your money on. Not completely terrible, but there are really no redeeming factors that would nudge me toward a more lenient grade.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev +41.9%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.14/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle sampled at a beer tasting event.

Poured an amber light red hue, slightly opaque. Decent head, some lacing and good retention.

Nose is grain, sour grapefruit and cherries, and a funkyness I can't really identify.

Taste is a pretty uninteresting blend of pilsner, cherry juice and grapefruit/citrus. Cherry soda beer. Not really sure what's going on here, but I can state with confidence that whatever it is, its not enjoyable. Even the folks at the tasting who "don't like beer" were turned off by this.

Slightly overcarbonated, medium-thin bodied.

Yet another beer from Trafalgar that profoundly disappointed. Not worth it for either the ale or the cherry aspect. Will not pick up again - if someone asks for a cherry flavored brew, I'll tell em to stick with Mort Subite.

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Photo of jsnoek
2.75/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.12/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle: Poured a light clear reddish color ale with an average size foamy head with good retention. Aroma of grainy malt with light cherry syrup notes. Taste is a incredible mess with gross notes of cherry syrup with unrefined grain which clashes with the cherry notes. Body is quite light with OK carbonation. Incredibly bad and one of the worst from a brewer that you seek a career change.

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Photo of SebD
1.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden orange/amber color to it. It has a thin white head that dies down fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grain, corn and light cherries.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant grain and corn taste with almost no cherries present.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a thin, watery and light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas. Last beer I'm ever buying from Trafalgar!

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.25/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of andrenaline
2.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I recall seeing this as a poorly rated beer in the past, but wanted to test it myself to see...

A - Pours a medium copper colour with a red hue, thin layer of head, no retention and no lacing.

S - Sour cherries, quite metallic and a bit woody. Not impressed.

T - Cherry is noticeable, but not sweet and rather sour. Caramel malts sweet corn and a bit of grassy wheat all come through as well. Not the cherry flavour I was looking for.

M - Pretty light, and a little on the watery side. Could use a bit more carbonation.

D - I tried to approach this with an open mind but was rather disappointed. I've tried better cherry flavoured offerings and I would easily recommend one of those over this one.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
2.99/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Having enjoyed Trafalgar's Maple Bock and Smoked Oatmeal Stout, Bucky went to the well one more time and bought a bottle of their Cherry Ale ("CA") from his local LCBO in a brown, 650 ml bottle. A 'best by' date of September 2013 was punched into the label, and CA was 4.5% alcohol by volume.

Cherry Ale poured a hazy orange/brown colour, with red/orange highlights in the centre of the beer when backlit. An extremely aggressive pour produced 1/2" of frothy off-white head that receded to a very thin film in the middle of the glass within two minutes, leaving some attractive lacing behind it. Its aroma was fruity, but I may not have guessed cherry if I that word had not been emblazoned on the bottle in 1" high letters. CA's taste began with a sweet candied fruit flavour, though again, I could only positively identify it as cherry by the beer's name. The sweet candied fruit gave way to a slight hop bitterness, which lingered as an aftertaste...certainly no fruit in the finish The mouth feel was thin and watery, and I found this beer to be seriously undercarbonated. Not a wretched's certainly drinkable, but I have to describe this one as underwhelming. I won't be buying any more of this beer, especially not at $4.50 per bottle. This is the first time that Trafalgar has let me down. :(

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Photo of pootz
2.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber from the Lik-Bo:

Pours a pale ale with a pink tint in the glass. No cap to speak of, left very little lace on the glass.

Faint nose...bit of boiled cereals, light grassy tones some berry notes.

Thin mouth feel. Weak malt presence in front, some light bittering, light berry fruit adds minimal tartness, fast watery uneventful finish.

Uninspired fast summer knock-off, no off tastes but just thin watery and pointless. Disappointing.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
1.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A random pickup from the LCBO. Best before date of November 2010.

Pours a dark amber with a finger of white head. Plenty of lacing. Color is disappointing. I was expecting something darker.

No discernible scent whatsoever.

Tastes like an amber ale with maybe a hint of cherry. If it was a blind test, I probably wouldn't have noticed the cherry. Amber flavoring itself is subpar.

Overall, a very poor beverage. It was just so unappetizing that I couldn't be bothered to finish it.

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Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.75/5  rDev +63.8%

Photo of kjyost
1.77/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

650 mL bottle purchased in July, BB 10/10. Bought for my wife, but now that she's pregnant this is a bullet I was not wanting to take. Poured into a pint glass strongly.

A: Amber, sometimes more of a reddened macro lager look to it. Little head, on the first pour I turned my back and before I had an opportunity to consider it, there was none. When poured strongly for my second glass where it gave a white head with little retention and no lacing.

S: Macro lager aromas. Corn, vegetal. Maybe hidden under all that is a hint of medicinal cherry... I would never have noted nor said that had the bottle not advertised it as such. Some sweetness in the nose too as the bottle warmed.

T: Abysmal. Macro lager (they claim this is an ALE?) . A wisp of cherry initially, became strong (faint still though) as the glass warmed. It went from a 1.0 to a 2.5 maybe, although still not enjoyable in any sense. If I wasn't cheap this had drainpour written all over it.

M: Um. It was carbonated and didn't leave any odd off flavours on the palate. I guess that's a plus.

D: As I said, almost a drainpour. Admittedly an old bottle, but I doubt it really fell off that much being refrigerated for the past 7 months instead of sitting in a warm warehouse...

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.44/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

650ml bottle <br>
4.5% ABV <br>
I tried this beer on May 28, 2011 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent amber colour with a very thin white ring for a head. The aroma is stale grass, very weak floral hops, and an extremely weak whiff of cherry. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Flavour is mainly malt and hops, with a drying bitter finish.

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Photo of TerryW
1.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Trafalgar. I do not for the life of me understand why they are still in business. This is another bottle of weird funk.

Interesting colour - like a blood orange. Moderate head to partial film and some spotty lace. Cherry smell only vaguely reminiscent of a cherry lambic. Absolutely brutal taste. Some sort of nasty metallic, wood alcohol-like thing happening. Thin and unpleasant mouthfeel. Very wooden and chemical in character.

I'm to where I only buy a Trafalgar to add another notch to my beer belt. I'm way past expecting these guys to come up with anything decent.


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Trafalgar Cherry Ale from All or Nothing Brewhouse
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