MATT'S BEER WE GO! TRAFALGAR CHERRY ALE

Welcome once again dear reader to another enthralling edition of Beer We Go! although I must start off however with some news about wine!

I have been fortunate, and am flattered beyond belief, to have been invited by the wonderful people at Inniskillin (http://www.inniskillin.com), one of the most renowned of Canadian vineyards, to review the four wines of their Summer Series! This will include reviews on three whites and a red, and I cannot wait to dive into this! So, stay tuned, and visit back as I review over the coming weeks some of the best wines Canada has to offer!

Right now though, I must review another product of the True North Strong and Free: Cherry Ale!

Brewed in Southern Ontario, and as you may have guessed by not only the suggestive picture and name, this one is indeed, brewed with cherries - who would've thunk it? I picked this one up at my local LCBO in order to continue my Summeresque booze fest as of late, thinking it'd be a tasty treat to enjoy!

Well, think again.

This has been something I've noticed with fruit ales, or most fruit beers. They may look like its namesake (this one does have a reddish hue to it), and it may smell like its namesake, but that's where the similarities end. This beer reminds me of a pomegranate beer (the first beer I ever reviewed on Beer We Go!), as indeed, it smelt fruity, but was a taste disaster.

Brace thyself.

Coming with a nice gold foil on top and a cap you must use an opener to remove, Cherry Ale is very effervescent (bubbly!) and pours a nice rich gold hue, with as noted, some red overtones.

The nose is nice and sweet, inviting, and does smell of fruit like raspberry and yes, cherry too! Very nice! (And, for the record, it is the look and smell which gave this beer ALL its marks.)

Taste time...sigh. It was dry, and frankly, watery, and flat. There was hardly any sweetness, or cherry taste, or any taste at all. There were notes of hoppiness and slight fruit, but nothing to write home about at all.

The aftertaste was hoppy too, a little bitter, watery, and had minerality like Perrier water.

Very disappointing. As with all beers I've had less than stellar views of, maybe it was just this one bottle, but if not, Cherry Ale was the pits.

Unfortunately this ranks as only one of two that I've ever failed on Beer We Go!. But as I say with everything I less than love: just because I don't love it, doesn't mean you won't (love it).

*3/4 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$4.50 (US$4.23).

From LCBO.com:

TRAFALGAR CHERRY ALE, 650 mL bottle
LCBO #175018
Beer, Ale, Craft Brewery
4.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 2
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Trafalgar Ales and Meads Ltd.

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