Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday Tasting: Southern Tier Imperial Cherry Saison

This week's selection was courtesy of the Enthusiast, who picked up this 650-ml bottle on a trip to our local fancy pants grocer, West Point Market. This review has been in the hopper for a couple weeks as I had a plentiful spate of new brews recently, but not in the last week. I apologize if my taste bud memories are stale.

Southern Tier Imperial Cherry Saison is 8 percent ABV and has a sweet cherry aroma, but only a light hint of the fruit comes through in the flavor. It was incredibly carbonated, which gave it a light refreshing quality to offset the heavier alcohol content. However, the bubbles fizzed out the flavor a little too much. This would be a pleasant post-run beverage on a hot afternoon. And cherries are known for their restorative qualities, so bonus.

According to this news brief, this flavor was released in the summer of 2008 and the Southern Tier beers page doesn't mention it at all, which makes me wonder if it has been getting stale aging on the shelf since then. Can anyone confirm or deny this?

Saison is another variety of Belgian ale, which has been a mainstay of my new tastings lately. I promise I'll get some variety in here soon. Or maybe I won't. It's my palate, I'll drink what I want to.

Booze Hounds Beer Rating: 3.6 Hiccups

[Drunkard's note: The Booze Hounds Beer Rating scale (0-5 Hiccups) is based on a complex mathematical formula that would be impossible to explain to such a dunderheaded audience. Let's just say the higher the score, the more likely I am to drink it again. Nitmos, do the math.]

8 comments:

Al's CL Reviews said...

The beer on is on the 2009/2010 Buying Guide. So I doubt you got a 2008 beer.

Nitmos said...

So...is it...oh, the heck with it. Bottoms up.

Julie said...

I would be willing to try it...I like cherry flavored drinks:)

Jess said...

I don't like "fruity" beers, but if it's light enough, I'll tolerate for one brew. But lots of carbonation? Did you burp all night?

Jamoosh said...

Even if it is from 2008 you are in good shape. The higher the alcohol content the better a beer "ages". I have a 2005 Imperial Stout in my "cellar" that should be pretty good.

Acey said...

mmmmm beer

have you seen beer wars?

Jamoosh is right about the aging...but I'm impressed at his self control. I know people that let some of the dogfish head brews age in their cellar/basement/fridge/whatever... I'd never be able to do that. Good beers don't last a week in my house, much less years. Miller lite and coors lite on the other hand, end up sitting for months and getting thrown out.
Do you take suggestions for this series?
Well, if you don't, then just ignore this...
Troeg's Nugget Nectar
New Belgium 1554
Speakeasy Double Blonde Action Ale
Allagash Black (my favorite all time ever beer)
Dogfish Head Theobrama
Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA

B.o.B. said...

well that looks delicious. I love a belgian ale personally.

BrianFlash said...

Plenty of variety in Belgian beers to stay on them forever ;)