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Uptown Girl Cherry Belgian Red
- Minhas Craft Brewery
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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5
207ml bottle. Online pimping promotes a waist-friendly 4%, but the wee stubbie in my hand indicates 5% ABV. I see now that the Uptown Girl (R) has gone and tried to jump into the big-girl beer pool, by anointing its latest with an old-world moniker. Mit cherry juice!
This beer pours a hazy, pink-tinged medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of puffy, fizzy, and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves little beyond a few iotas of specked lace around the glass as it quickly settles.
It smells of bready, somewhat sour grainy malt, a bit of cherry menthol, some scorched-earth yeastiness, and that industrial solvent Minhas house bittersweet 'character'. The taste is more sweet, anemic grainy malt, a touch of wheat astringency, some saccharine corn mush that can't quite remain totally hidden, an acerbic stale cherry candy fruitiness, and some soft dead-leafy, musty, sort of hop-like notes.
The bubbles (tee-hee) are pretty average, with a dull edge at first, the body medium-light in weight, mostly through a simulacrum of fruity flesh, and tightly smooth - a building metallic tug grows in pace with the ambient warming. It finishes off-dry, but with a plunge in the overall sweetness - leaving us with the echo of cherry chewing gum and a dead funkiness - very much not the kind you might associate with a Belgian fruit beer.
Hmmm, I know that I'm talking to a wall here, but just adding 'pressed organic cherries' to your vastly underwhelming base malt beverage does not confer any Belgian brewing magic onto the result. Even the 'red' part is pretty hard to discern, and the cherry ain't nothing to write home about either. So I won't. What I do want is to see any of this sad attempt at target market generation actually work, i.e., to come across some bar star or club girl clutching one of these, if only to define the exception that proves a rule.
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2012 00:42:21 |
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