Final Rating: 4.1/5
Cherry Grove is an America Sour Cherry Ale that experiences there fermentations. Primary fermentation is conducted with lactobacillus, a bacteria that sours the wort. The secondary fermentation takes place when saison yeast is added. The tertiary fermentation is spurred by the addition of cherries. The acidity of this elegant ale cuts fatty foods and oily fish from the palate beautifully.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a cigar city snifter. Acquired in a trade.
Pours a lightly hazy dark amber body with cherry highlights, especially when in the sun. Head is minimal and white, reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing or retention.
Aromas of sweet cherry, red wine, kettle fermented lacto bacteria, sweet caramel, definitely a solid malt backbone, very fruit-gose like, a little mineral in there.
Allowed to warm up to room temperature while drinking over 45 minutes. Pretty sweet upfront with black cherry, a mild acidic sourness on the follow through, caramel / butterscotch malt flavors, finishes with wheat and bubblegum, definite Belgian yeast characteristics.
Mouthfeel is a little heavier than the normal American wild, not as crisp and refreshing as some, there’s a definite malt presence here. This is more of a Flanders red in my opinion. Very similar to Rodenbach Red.
Overall quite enjoyable but I was expecting a little more. Given that this is kettle soured not traditionally soured, and that it wasn’t aged in oak, it’s good.