Big Rock Cherazz

Reviewed by on June 20, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Big Rock Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 20, 2016

  • Best Before: September 14, 2016

  • ABV: 4.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Belgian Fruit Beer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Cherazz is one of Big Rock’s summer seasonal offerings in the Alberta market, and is a Belgian-style fruit beer, made with cherries and raspberries, hence the portmanteau name.

This 650ml bottle pours a dark, murky dishwater ruddy amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and fizzy light pink head, which renders some inkblot lace around the glass as it gradually seeps away.

It smells of sweet and tangy cherry/raspberry puree, a bit of red wine vinegar, some musty green vegetal character, and faint grainy pale malt. The taste is more of a raspberry pie thing – the creamy fruit and graham cracker crust most evocative – cherry cough drops, earthy yeast, and a soft leafy hoppiness. The carbonation is moderate, just a trilling frothiness pervading throughout, the body on the lee side of medium weight (the fruit juice sense bearing down mightily here), and plainly smooth. It finishes off-dry, with an airy-seeming, well and good fruity and grainy character.

It’s got cherry (with the raspberry running interference), and it’s got adequate pizazz, so, I suppose there’s more than one way to spin this one’s name. There’s still more fruit than beer here, but, in the end, it’s quite easy to drink, and enjoyable all the same, especially given the currently warm and summery weather, and the sunshine starting to stream through the windows in this old house of mine.

Brady White



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