Cherry Busey

Indiana
United States
Cherry Busey by Sun King Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Cherry Busey is a Flanders-style Oud Bruin Ale produced using a complex cocktail of wild yeasts and aged in a bevy of barrels. A multitude of Montmorency cherries were lovingly liberated to give the beer its tart cherry tang. It was the winner of the Bronze Medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival® in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer Category.

Profile

ABV: 
6.9%
IBUs: 
23
Judges Review 
Pat Mulloy's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

A beautiful opaque brown pour with red highlights produces scores of rapidly rising bubbles under a thin but persistent light tan foam cap. Cherry and dark cakey malt aromas drift in from 4 feet away. The cherries dominate but as you work through it hints of vanilla, raisins and dried fruit show up. The malt aromas are medium low. The sour in the aroma is not vinegary. Rich cherry flavors predominate. The malt character is medium to medium low with moderately low spiciness. Sourness on the tongue is medium to medium high. Caramel and toffee notes are medium low. The base beer balances between malt and sour/tart. Based on BJCP style guidelines for a Flanders Oud Bruin with cherries, the added cherries suppress the malt character. The beer needs more dried fruit, caramel and toffee to balance the tart and the cherries. Cutting back on the carbonation a little might help as would dialing back slightly on the cherries and kicking up the malt. Setting the style guidelines aside, this is a great beer and I would gladly drink another.

Brewery Introduction

Sun King Brewing Company is the brain child of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. Dave and Clay first met when Dave was the bar manager and assistant brewer at the now-defunct Circle V Brewing Co. on the north side of Indianapolis and Clay was a student at Wabash College.

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