Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.63/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A- Pours a semi-dark, ruby red color. Mostly hazy in body, with a medium, 1.5 finger head when poured into a New Glarus flute glass. Retention is decent, sticking around a little before fading into a thin film on the top of the beer. Lacing is pretty good throughout.
S- Big, sweet cheery notes hit the nose right off the bat and persist throughout. The scent is mostly sweet, but the cherries do carry some sour bite to them as well in the scent.
T- Similar to the scent, starting with big cherries flavors up front. Cherries start sweet and inviting, then move a little toward the sour end before making a small retreat towards sweetness. In the middle of all of the cherries, there is definitely wheat and grain flavors, as well as a mustiness, I think from the Belgian style malts. No hops bitterness detectable as mentioned in the description on the label.
M- Light to medium body as far as flavor goes. The cherry is strong, making it feel slightly heavier than it really is. This is highly carbonated, making it feel a little like a champagne.
Overall, a terrific American take on the Belgian Kriek style. Not quite a sour as a Belgian Kriek might be, but attribute that to the lack of a lambic base. Glad I got around to this before they ran dry in Wisconsin, but sad to here that we'll be without it this year.
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2013 23:00:41 | More by boilermakerbrew
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,347 ratings.