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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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97
world-class

2,039 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2039
Reviews: 885
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%


Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001)
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Reviews by purplehops:
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purplehops

Maine

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 didn’t 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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Appearance - Pour yielded 1 finger of cotton candy pink head and dissipated quickly. No Lacing and Ruby Red in color.

Smell - Cherries. Sweet Cherries. That's about it but it smells great

Taste - Sweet Cherries and some malt. It has the classic New Glarus yeast flavor that is found in all of their fruit beers.

Mouth feel - Medium carbonation and body. Very smooth

Overall - This is a well executed fruit beer but I prefer NG's strawberry rhubarb to this. That said, it is better than the raspberry tart. All of NG's fruit beers are amazing though, so I'd drink any of them gladly.

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S-Sweet sweet cherries, slight oak.

T-Wonderful cherries, slight tartness, rather sweet but in a good way.

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A: Dark tawny red, unfiltered it would seem, with a significant off-white head and some decent lacing.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,039 ratings.