Keller Door releases from 4 Pines are an exciting marker of the changing seasons. This Cherry Coconut Brown Ale does exactly what it says on the beautifully illustrated label.
The aroma on this beer pulls no punches. It’s clear in its communication, both on the label and as soon as you pop the cap on the bottle. It’s full on cherry and coconut.
For lovers of Cherry Ripe chocolate, this beer is a dream.
It pours a very dark brown, a shade darker than cola, with a spritzy carbonation that causes tiny brown bubbles to fizzle and pop. This lively, effervescent head soon subsides, leaving a neat row of bubbles around the surface of the beer.
The flavours are primarily a combination of toasted and desiccated coconut, followed by juicy, overripe and slightly sweet cherries.
However, the brown ale base showcases cola-like characteristics, not limited to its sparkling carbonation. There’s a lightly burnt caramel sweetness and then some white bread flavours which are almost enough to keep anti-adjunct purists interested.
A Certain Musicality
4 Pines always excel in their Keller Door bottle designs, as they need to considering the increasing competition for consumer attention in bottle shops.
However, with this release it was the copy on the bottle that grabbed me. Being a lover of soul, the Marvin Gaye references excite me as much as the awesome aroma. It certainly sets the mood in which to enjoy this beer.
That said, there’s a strong impression of cherry cola from the beer. So perhaps the musical references should have been more The Kinks than Marvin Gaye.
But I’ll leave the strained musical references there and focus on a surprising characteristic of Cherry Coconut Brown Ale. For a beer that features sweet aromas and flavours so prominently, it dries out nicely on the finish. It makes for a quaffable beer.
I was lucky enough to pick this bottle up from the Manly brewpub the day after it was bottled, enjoying it on the same day. There’s a lot to be said for enjoying beer locally and as fresh as possible.
This beer won’t be for everyone. People who don’t love cherry or coconut flavours won’t be fans, while those averse to adjuncts or sweet beers might also be put off.
Either way, 4 Pines Cherry Coconut Brown Ale would go very nicely with Lamingtons or a homemade cherry ripe slice or tray bake. If you like such sweet treats, you should like this beer.
From: Manly / Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: Brown Ale
Pair with: Lamingtons
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