So what's this baby like? It pours very dark reddish brown, almost black. The nose is a little malty with a pleasant, unusual note perhaps like sweet potatoes. On the palate it's quite sour — more sour than Goudenband, about like unsweetened yogurt. The cherries give a refreshing touch of fruit character, which could as easily be from sour apples as cherries. Balancing this is a bit of malt sweetness but scarcely any hops at all. The finish is tart, fading slowly to reveal a bit of malt, but basically quite dry.
This is very much a food beer, perhaps even more than a drinking beer. It pairs like a wine; try it with chicken, pork, fish or sausage.
Style: A tart, exotic mouthful, like fruit juice from Mars
Price: $11 to $13 per 22-ounce bottle
Where to find it: Wally's Wine & Spirits in Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com; Wade's Wines in Westlake Village, (818) 597-9463, http://www.wadeswines.com; Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, (800) 339-0609, http://www.redcarpetwine.com; and Total Wine & More stores (Northridge, Brea, Tustin and Rancho Cucamonga), http://www.totalwine.com