Melbourn Bros. Cherry AleNovember 1, 2003 Stamford,Lincolnshire, England
All Saints Brewery
Imported by: Merchant du Vin
Available: nationally, except SD, MO, CO, TX, KS, OK, MN
Founded in 1825, the All Saints Brewery closed in 1974. When it reopened twenty years later, it set out to brew beer with wild yeast in the manner of Belgian lambics, and flavored the beers with the fresh fruit of the Lincolnshire area.
Alcohol by weight: 3.4
Grand color. Pink head! Delightfully aromatic, and quite refreshing with an almost intense flavor. Not Belgian in character—and a bit sweet—but great on a hot summer day, and quite nice on any day.
- Fred Eckhardt
You gotta love a beer in a uniform; this comes in a very handsome low-shouldered bottle. The look is unmistakable—deep cherry red with a lavender head. The nose reaches you before the beer does—it smells just like a cherry pie. The palate is sweet up front before acidity jumps in to balance it out. There’s some nice almond and wood in the sweet center, and the beer finishes with a sweet and sour zing. Traditionalists will have a cow. Let them. Bring me my cheesecake and chocolate truffles, please.
- Garrett Oliver
Beautiful ruby-red color, with a billowing pink head. The aroma makes it to my nose even before the requisite sniff. The bouquet is fresh, natural cherry. The cherry dominates, and I am entirely happy with that. The flavor has a nice, clean tartness with a lightly sweet ballast and some background malt complexity…and cherries, cherries, cherries. Good body for a fruit beer. Perfect for sipping and savoring. No flaws here. Excellent with cheesecake or vanilla ice cream, or even as dessert by itself.
- K. Florian Klemp
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer and Sake (USA).
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
K. Florian Klemp
K. Florian Klemp is a research analyst at Duke University in Durham, NC, and an award-winning homebrewer. Michael Jackson returns next issue.