Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by purplehops:
3.78/5 rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Belgian Red poured a hazy ruby brown with a cherry soda pink head that didnt last long but did form a collar and leave some lacing on the glass. The aroma was a sweet and sour cherry with some earthy notes in the very far background. Taste started with a slap of cherry tartness that quickly becomes cherry sweetness followed by notes of malt and some spice. After the initial shock of tart and sweetness there develops a balance of cherry and malt that leans on the sweet side but the vinous flavors are never far away. The finish is less malty with the carbonation giving the sour/tartness one last stab at dominance. Aftertaste is a lingering sweet/tart cherry flavor with no malt or hop flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky yet medium light in body with a light carbonation.
Overall I find Belgian Red more of a special occasion dessert beer than anything else. For me it is a bit sweeter and fruitier than I normally like. If I could change anything it would be to make it a bit tarter and a wee bit maltier.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2003 22:28:57 | More by purplehops
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4.3/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a tasting glass. A dark, ruby color with a finger of creamy looking white head. Smell is pure cherry. A malt sweetness is lurking in the background, but it's hard to detect anything behind the huge cherry presence. The taste is only cherry juice. I'm not sure this can be called beer. I could drink this in the morning with my toast. Like with the other New Glarus beers of this ilk, I'm finding the 4 or so ounces I consumed to be a good amount. The sweetness and one noted-ness was just getting to me by the end. Still an absolute killer offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 14:20:54 | More by Davepoolesque
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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