Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company
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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
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
750ml wax dipped bottle care of younger35. Split with the wife and poured into wine glasses. This brew appears a pretty clear ruby red color with less than a finger of white fizzy head that dissolves fast leaving just a thin layer of bubbles sitting atop. Constantly rising bubbles provides a lasting ring around the inside perimeter of the glass and a bit of patchy lace clings to the glassware.
The aroma of this brew immediately reminds me of luden's cherry cough drops. Medicinal cherry nose has a little bit of spice added in the backend smelling like cinnamon. It also has a bit of an earthy quality that brings it all together with a pleasant aroma overall that is a mix of fresh cherries meets cherry medicine.
The taste is a cherry mixture of sweet and sour upfront. Just like in the aroma, the cherry flavor is a mixture of medicinal cherry along with a fresh, natural cherry pit flavor. Through the medium light body there is a bit of a spiced flavor that is somewhat reminescent of cinnamon with a touch of oak. The tartness of this brew along with the spiced character makes this one finish quite dry with an aftertaste of cherry pits and spices left lingering in the mouth.
Quite drinkable with a lively level of carbonation. Overall a fine example of the style. My only gripe is that I find myself half way through the experience drinking it faster just because it starts to get a bit too acidic and agitate the back of my throat.
08-15-2010 20:29:27 | More by stakem
4.72/5 rDev +7.8%
Thanks to BuckeyeNation for including this beer in a very generous trade and giving me the chance to have this again and finally review it. This beer is even better than I remember it- extremely rich and spicy with laser-like cherry flavors. Almost tastes like a slightly less spicy version of a Gluhkriek there is so much spicy goodness in the beer. Pours a hazy red leaning toward brown a bit. Smells of sour cherries, cream, spicebox notes, and a slight cheesy funk, probably from the aged hops. The taste is downright magnificent. Glorious sweet and sour cherries with an almost vinous finish, a touch more of that cheesy funk, and lots of spice- clove, allspice, pepper, cinnamon. Complex, deeply flavored and long, and with a nice creamy mouthfeel that ends in a spicy snap. More proof that complex Belgian style brews can be masterfully done in the U.S. A wonderful beer.
09-12-2008 00:23:24 | More by Georgiabeer
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
A 750 mL capped and wax-sealed bottle courtesy of CH3CH2OH.
A: The ale pours with a hazy red color with some intermittent orange and brown notes. It looks like an unfiltered apple cider, minus a shade or two of brown. The head is nothing to get excited about.
S: The aroma is all cherry. Specifically, it has the sweetness of a black cherry, as though the ale itself is a black cherry soda.
T: The flavor does not disappoint if you like sweet cherries. The sugary sweetness of cherries is evident from first sip. The cherries straddle a very fine line between overly sweet maraschino and sour Liefmans lambic cherries.
M: This doesn't taste like beer at all, a very interesting change of pace in the intense sweetness. I should note though that the cherry flavor is not as sweet as Lindeman's kriek.
D: I think that one dinner bottle of this is enough. The sweetness is pleasant in small doses but could easily overpower the taste buds.
02-15-2007 01:29:02 | More by akorsak
4.33/5 rDev -1.1%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a very hazy muddy read body with a reddish-white (no it wasn't pink) creamy foam that turns to a film pretty quickly. The body was to hazy to see any carbonation.
S- The strong smell of tart fresh cherries has a faint dry cola note to it.
T- The taste starts with a sharp tart bright juicy cherry note that follows with a dark cherry note with a faint hint of wood. There is a taste of cola but note really sweet like cola and a finish that has a cherry fruit punch and soft alcohol note to it.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel.
D- This beer is big fruit but it has a great amount of depth to the cherry flavor. The fruit is not to tart and not sweet at all. They have a really great balance of sugars and a good depth of complexity. Very nice beer.
05-30-2006 15:28:25 | More by rhoadsrage
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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