Caractère Rouge (Brouwerij Rodenbach)

Caractère Rouge (Brouwerij Rodenbach) Style: Flanders Red aged w/macerated cherries, raspberries, and cranberries 7.0% ABV From: Roeselare, Belgium Brewery’s Note: “Rodenbach Caractère Rouge was developed in 2011 in collaboration with top chef Viki Geunes (2 Michelin stars). This exclusive beer is created by adding an extra six months’ fermenting maceration with cherries, raspberries and cranberries to beer that has already undergone two years’ maturation in oak casks. The … Continue reading Caractère Rouge (Brouwerij Rodenbach)

Cherry Funk (Prairie Artisan Ales)

Style: American Wild Ale with Cherries 7.5% ABV From: Krebs, Oklahoma Brewery’s Note: “Cherry Funk is a sour ale that has been aged on cherries, and has an ABV of 7.5%. The end results are dry and sour with tart cherry flavor and aroma. Unlike some fruit beers that are syrupy and sweet, Cherry Funk is complex and on point with Prairie’s farmhouse point of … Continue reading Cherry Funk (Prairie Artisan Ales)

2012 Madame Rose (Goose Island Beer Company)

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin 6.5% ABV 25 IBU’s Color: Deep Crimson Hops: Fuggles Malt: 2-Row, Caramel, Wheat, Dark Chocolate, Victory Brewer’s Notes:  Ale is fermented with wild yeast and aged on cherries in wine barrels The bottle is classy and elegant, with a lovely light gray oval displaying a simple yet pretty branch with cherries on it.  I like how the bottle carries the year, as this is … Continue reading 2012 Madame Rose (Goose Island Beer Company)

Red Poppy Ale (The Lost Abbey)

Style: Flanders Red Ale 5.5% ABV Classy bottles make lovely shelf decorations, and this bottle is very classy.  I love the Celtic cross and the simplistic red poppy graphic.  The text for the beer name and brewery name is superb and a perfect meshing of classy and simplistic.  The text that describes the beer is a little boring, though, and does take away from the … Continue reading Red Poppy Ale (The Lost Abbey)

Grand Cru (Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.)

Style: Flanders Red Ale 6% ABV Brewer’s Note: 33% Young Ale, 67% Ale matured for 2 years Aged in Oak Barrels This is a big classy bottle, which I respect and enjoy, but overall the design is a little boring.  The close-up of the oak barrels as the picture graphic for the bottle is a little weird, though I do like the crooked oval that … Continue reading Grand Cru (Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.)

Oude Tart (The Bruery)

Style: Flanders Red Ale 7.5% ABV 15 IBU’s SRM: 16 I’m so happy to have found a bottle of this beer.  As a note, it cost me over $20, which I am chalking up to the fact that I live on the east coast.  We don’t really see many beers by the Bruery here, but I am super excited to try this one.  I’ve only … Continue reading Oude Tart (The Bruery)

Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat (The Boston Beer Company)

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Ale 5.3% ABV Color: Hazy golden, 6.4 SRM Original Gravity: 13.2° Plato IBUs: 23 Malt Varieties: Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Munich 10, and malted wheat Hop Variety: Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops Yeast Strain: Samuel Adams ale yeast Special Ingredient: cherries, honey This bottle screams mass production.  You can look at my review of Samuel Adams Summer Ale (provide link) if you need my break down of all … Continue reading Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat (The Boston Beer Company)