Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.48/5 rDev +2.3%
arguably the best fruit beer ive ever had! it pours hazy pinkish pale red with a lovely white head on it. the nose is sour cherries, tart and a little sweet, with some funky yeast and a light malt body. my friend i shared this with took one whiff and declared, call them up and order me 50 cases. he hadnt even tasted it yet! positively wisconsin this beer says to me, with a cherry taste you cant get from washington state. over a pound per bottle it says, and i believe it. the taste is puckey from the cherries, almost like a sour beer, but this isnt one. theres also some other fruit esters in there, green apple and pears too, but this isnt fruit punch. there some bitter hops on the tail end, and a rounding cystal and pale malt body underneath it all. the carbonation is gloriously bright, while the body is just as big as it needs to be. i am in awe of this, one of the best fruit beers ever. drinkable and interesting, but unfortunately unavailable in our state of colorado for the time being. never ever pass this up if you get a chance to try it, youll be blown away.
10-15-2012 20:33:05 | More by StonedTrippin
4.85/5 rDev +10.7%
The beer pours a rosy red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! It has a killer cherry scent that's so tart and refreshing. I love sour cherries in beer. This is very much like the aroma of Lindeman's Kriek. The taste is perfect! It captures the essence of what a fruit beer can and should be. It's bold and refreshing with tons of tart fruit character. The mouthfeel is perfect as well. It's medium bodied with good carbonation. This and their Raspberry tart are by leaps and bounds the best fruit beers on the planet. I only wish it wasn't so hard to get my hands on them. Thanks to Tim and Mary Anderson for the opportunity to try these.
01-08-2010 21:22:51 | More by WesWes
4.25/5 rDev -3%
Poured from the bottle into a Tired Hands stem/wine glass, a mostly clear, cherry red color tinted brown, with a 1-2 finger puff of pinkish-white head that receded to a wispy layer and left decorative lacing throughout the session. Aroma of cherries--naturally--and distant biscuity malts. Tasted pretty much spot on like cherry pie, black cherries, and doughy malts, good balance of tart and sweet, with the sweetness taking a slight edge and the breadiness of the malt keeping everything under control. Medium body, slightly chewy, moderate carbonation, very good overall.
04-05-2012 12:37:21 | More by Rifugium
4.55/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Very red with a finger of off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Sweet and fruity, natural somewhat tart cherry.
Taste: Sweet and natural cherry, like carbonated cherry juice. Mildly sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a slick finish.
Overall: A very nice fruit beer, like this slightly more than the raspberry. Surprisingly, not too sweet.
06-26-2011 14:44:47 | More by oline73
4.72/5 rDev +7.8%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
Pours reddish-orange with a white head. Aroma is unmistakable, lots of sugar, cherries and something that reminds me of red wine. The flavor is more cherries, with a ton of sweetness. This tastes like cherry filling inside of a fried pie. Mouthfeel is syrupy and carbonation is medium-low. Easily the best fruit beer I have ever sampled.
01-03-2010 22:35:45 | More by Mora2000
4.78/5 rDev +9.1%
From 5/29/10 notes.
a - Pours a ruby red color, with a little bit of reddish, off white head.
s - Smell is wonderful. Lots of cherries, both sweet and sour. Also some other citrus and dark fruits.
t - Taste is great as well. Tastes of sour cherries, sweet cherry, raspberries, and citrus.
m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.
d - I thought this was an amazing beer; one of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Very easy to drink, and would love to have again.
EDIT on 11/09/12: Have had this many times over the years, most recently last weekend on 11/02/12. Possibly my favorite fruit beer ever; this beer is amazing.
06-08-2010 02:14:29 | More by mdfb79
4.25/5 rDev -3%
Pours dark pink to red with pink, lasting creamy head. Lacing sticks.
The smell is of ripe cherries.
The ripe cherries come across so fresh that I can sense biting it to avoid the pit (which I can almost taste). A touch of caramel is in the back. Sweet with a tart balance.
It has a creamy texture. Effervescent carbonation fits it almost perfectly. The aftertaste lingers in a pleasant way.
This is an exceptional brew. Again, the brewery created a fruit beer with no artificial taste. It has enough malt in the back to let you know it's a beer. Not too sweet, not too tart. A great dessert brew!
04-02-2014 00:31:30 | More by jwc215
3.8/5 rDev -13.2%
Pours a hazy deep red color, there is no real head, though there is a bit of wispy pink bubbles. A sweet full cherry flavor dominates the nose, notes of vanilla and sour cherry. No surprise, this beer has a sweet full flavored cherry taste. This beer is by no means traditional, but it is at least cherry sweet and not sugary sweet. This does not approach the complexity of a Flemish sour or a Lambic, but it is a well made exploding celebration of the cherry. This is a perfect after dinner/ desert beer.
The beer itself is quite sweet and refreshing, though reasonably viscous with a medium body. As a beer I might not have to much respect for this one, but it is damn tasty and a perfect desert beer. Has a sour, tart, fruity, tannic-cherry stone thing going on. The aroma is so intensely cherry, it is quite wonderful. I am gonna have to say that this would be much better, more authentic, if they had used a beer such as La Folie as the base beer. I really can't get over how intense the cherry flavor and aroma are. This is certainly quite an experience. As a desert it is a 4.6, but unfortunately my biases and prejudices come into play.
05-31-2004 18:56:14 | More by Gueuzedude
4.97/5 rDev +13.5%
750 mL bottle, shared by kbm,
A: Pours a medium vermillion red, with a light fizzy off-white head, nice colour.
S: Baked cherry pie, that sums it up. A beautiful fragance.
T: A lot more cherry pie, cherries soaking in maple syrup is another way to describe it. Notes of graham cracker in the finish and sugar. A completely real cherry flavour. I'd describe the sugar level as off-sweet/demi sec for a wine term.
M: Soft carbonation, light-bodied. Very easy going on the palate and so drinkable.
D: This is the best fruit beer I've ever had. I could drink this forever if it wasn't so rare. New Glarus took the time and fermented real cherries and it shows in the taste, there's just no substitute for the real thing. With all the artificial flavour out there in the fruit beers today, you've got to look to New Glarus for the best. If I ever get to Wisconsin I'm buying a case of this stuff, and I've never bought a case of anything in my life. I've been wanting to try this forever, and it did not disappoint. Wow!
09-06-2009 20:20:35 | More by Halcyondays
4.47/5 rDev +2.1%
Appearance: hazy reddish amber color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly.
Smell: an abundant cherry aroma is extremely pleasant on the nose.
Taste: cherry flavor dominate here with some softer pear tones, a hint of spiciness, and a mild bitterness. There is a touch of tartness late.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Super long cherry aftertaste here.
Drinkability: this one goes down easily despite the sweetness. Great after dinner beer.
11-24-2009 14:57:04 | More by Gavage
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
11/18/07- Received as a gift from former BA member Irishsnake.
Presentation- 750ml bottle with a nice coating of red wax over the cap and neck of the bottle. Not sure what vintage it is, but I've had it in my possesion for at least 2 years. Assuming 2004 or 2005. Poured into my Alesmith tulip.
Appearance- Murky and sludgly looking dark blood red pour. Ultra light spritzy head upon pour, fades quickly. Leaves light spots of lace behind.
Smell- Sadly..not much of any. Was expecting a blast in the face of harvested cherries instead I just get a tiny whiff. If you dig in you get some fresh cherries and a bit of malt, but it really doesn't assert itself.
Taste- Very sweet and a touch of a sour note. Fresh orchard black and bing cherries flourish in the mouth. Cherries...that's it. Simple and straight forward. The only thing that would make it perfect taste is a lasting flavor after the swallow.
Mouthfeel- Creamy, thick, viscous, syrupy. Almost like cherry cough syrup. Aftertaste is not much. It's like fruit stripe gum...great flavor that lasts for a few chews and poof!! Gone like that.
Drinkability- Very drinkable, but limited a tad because of the sweetness factor. Still blows most cherry beers away.
11-20-2007 01:40:47 | More by GClarkage
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a very dark ruby red color with a thin fizzy pink head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left.
Slightly tart and earthy aroma with a huge blast of cherry. It smells slghtly syrupy but the nose is dominated by the fresh cherries without much else to talk about.
Soft carbonation up rent with a huge sweet cherry flavor that dominates and lingers throughout into a slightly tart sweet finish. There is a subtle oak presence and some earthy wooden notes possibly from the cherry pits. This beer is very sweet but somehow manages not to be over the top with just a touch of balance that smooths things out. Very faint syrupy texture but not cloying.
I'm usually not the biggest fan of dessert beers but this is delicious and extremely quaffable. Much better than he Raspberry Tart.
01-19-2011 02:56:35 | More by corby112
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
Much thanks to GV for getting this to me! Shared w/ sckressler.
Wow! This beer is a winner on all counts. Even the bottle is cool. It poured a nice bold red into the glass with some carbonation popping up to the top. Not much head, or lacing but everything else seems to be in place here.
Smells absolutely terrific. Cherry explosion. Smells like I fell into a vat of red cherries with some malt backbone.
Tastes amazing. Super smooth with a slight maltiness to balance it out. Tiny bit of tartness does not linger and is pleasant to the finish. I would come back again and again.
Finger licking good!
04-09-2005 15:31:57 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
4.72/5 rDev +7.8%
750 mL bottle, dipped in dark red wax. Poured into a flute. Thanks Brian23456 (I think)!
A near perfect fruit beer for my tastes in most every regard. Aroma and flavor are dominated by rich, complex and completely natural fresh cherries. Thick, syrupy body with fine carbonation and a long lasting sour and tart cherry finish. Appearance is murky, thick rust and blood color with a large cream colored head with a light rosy tint. Long lasting retention and thick rings of web like lacing. Only thing keeping this from being all 5s for me is that I would prefer a little more tart to sweet cherry flavor, but it's a minor concern.
05-01-2010 02:54:49 | More by yourefragile
4.63/5 rDev +5.7%
Transcribed from undated notes, likely early-2010.
This bottle dated back to Summer 2004, I believe. The pour was lacking any sort of discernible head. Color was a deep red with a slight cloudiness. Nose was like standing in a cherry orchard in the summer and taking a deep breath. I was transported back to the days of my late grandmother's lattice-top cherry pies or making preserves in the early fall. I had some cherry preserves from Traverse City, MI while I was stationed on Diego Garcia that were intense, but this beer ... Holy Cherry, Batman! This left no room for survivors. To say dry would be an understatement. Arid! And cherry! Breathtaking! Mind blowing! Forget other mind-altering substances and put some of this in your peace pipe and smoke it.
06-13-2011 21:17:58 | More by woodychandler
3.35/5 rDev -23.5%
I don't think I got a bad bottle, the the beer store had this one in the fridge, I just think I'm not a fan. It did look gorgeous, I've never seen a pink cascading head before. The aroma, however, just reminded me of Juicy Juice, not a fine beer. The taste was a little more complex with a mild tartness and sweet cherry flavor. I really couldn't find much depth here. I'd go back to the Raspberry Tart before this one.
06-21-2007 03:14:13 | More by tempest
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
A: Poured a nice ruby red color with good carbonation and a nice white head
S: Cherry, some sweet, some tart but mainly tart cherry
T: As we talked about while drinking this cherry Luden cought drops, light tart and sweet cherry exchanging blows
M: Smooth feel, well carbonated and little booze
D: Great beer and representation of the style.
05-31-2010 15:04:48 | More by barleywinefiend
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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