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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,367 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,367
Reviews: 904
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 990
Gots: 417 | FT: 40
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.

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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 20:29:27 | More by stakem
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another great "dessert" beer from New Glarus, probably the best one.
Beautiful, cherry-red hazy beer with a small white head that quickly fades away.
Potent smell of cherries, sugar, malts and some alcohol, and a potent, full-bodied sweet and sour taste mostly of cherries, but multiple other fruits, citric and non-citric make their way into the rich taste.
The bitterness/sourness in there makes it easier than most "sweet" beers, quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 02:22:40 | More by brdc
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birchstick

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby red in appearance with a pretty small head. There is a huge amount of lacing though, which makes it look very sexy in my flute glass.

S - I am glad the label said cherries were in this, otherwise I wouldn't have ever guessed (j/k). Cherries and spices (cinnamon?) pop out immediately. Smells quite delicious.

T - Wow. Starts off with a spiciness that is reminiscent of cinnamon. This is followed by the sweet cherries and a little bit of malt. Ends with a tart sourness to it. The flavors blend really well together, making for a very enjoyable, unique drinking experience. This would make an excellent beer to drink during the fall.

M - Surprisingly great mouthfeel. Due to all of the lacing I figured this would be packed with carbonation. The carbonation is there, however it merely tickles your throat as the Belgian Red slides down rather smoothly.

D - This is the best fruit beer I have tried without a doubt

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 03:47:07 | More by birchstick
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chefmikeanderson

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours perfect see through cherry color. a nice pink tinted white fluffy head that settles down to a thin coating

S: Huge cherries as expected. real close to cough syrup but then a more fresh smell shows its face and says this isnt cough syrup

T: So much flavor! I was in the mood for this beer so the sweetness doesn't bother me. a nice real cherry flavor rather than just a flavoring agent with big sweetness. No real malt or hop flavor but thats expected

M: just enough carbonation to keep the beer going. mouth finishes off dry surprisingly

D: for a 5% beer its not crazy drinkable compared to others but this is just different from others. it will take me a minute to kill the bottle but I opened it on a hot day and was in the mood for this so the beer is just what i wanted. if you're not in the mood for big fruit then you wont like it

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 00:28:07 | More by chefmikeanderson
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Presented in a 750 ml. bottle that's capped and sealed in red wax. Label promises over a pound of Door County cherries in every bottle. Hard to fathom.

A: Pours a bright, cranberry red in color with active carbonation and a thin, beige head that fades to a rimming of pink lace.

S: Cherry bomb: Tart cherries with hints of hazelnuts and vanilla.

T: Wow! Like diving into a Bing cherry pie. Completely natural tasting with little evidence of hops or malts, just loads of tart cherry goodness without any cloying effects or artificial essence. Finishes somewhat dry with a touch of Belgian yeast. Easily the best fruit beer I've experienced to date.

M: Luscious, creamy and well carbonated.

D: The consummate libation to savor while enjoying a cherry-hued, Door County sunset.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 02:13:00 | More by CaptainIPA
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kevanb

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the New Glarus brewery, served in the NG Logo pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice bright garnet/ruby red color, slightly off white head, no retention or lacing to speak of. Looks pretty much exactly what you'd expect a beer with a pound of cherries to look like. The aroma is super heavy on the cherry, so powerful it at times reminds me of cough syrup, not in the best way either. However, it does also remind me of cherry jams, preserves and most importantly, delicious cherry pie. The flavor is much more approachable, obviously packed with cherries, slight malt backing, not enough to act as a pie crust, but enough to balance out the sweet and tart cherries with something earthy and neutralizing. The body is wonderful, light, crisp, bubbly, spritzing, juicy and full all at once.

Verdict: This is a fantastic fruit beer, probably the best fruit based beer you can find other than the fruit lambics that we love so much. New Glarus has hit a home run with this and almost all their fruit beers, hell, all their beers are dynamite, but this might be the star performer of their line.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 04:45:00 | More by kevanb
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a color I've not seen before in beer. a sort of peach that fills out to a burnt amber body. somewhat cloudy, thin white head. and I mean white.

S - very clear cherries, a bit of alcohol sweetness, some floral background notes. it really smells fantastic.

T - great balance of sweet and tart, cherries come through on the front, some earthy tones on the back. pretty interesting, and tasty.

M - tartness detracts a bit here, but its a pretty nice and full body, especially for something only 4% alcohol.

D - it's pretty smooth and enjoyable, but the tartness that lingers in your mouth is again hurting this category a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 21:54:10 | More by ColdPoncho
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very murky dark red, verging on a more ruddy brown. Khaki colored head that is a solid three fingers thick. Very good retention and excellent lacing left behind.

S - Big surprise here, lots of fresh pressed cherries in the nose. A touch of sour cherry candy aroma as well. No artificial sweetness to it though which puts it well above most other fruit beers I have tried. Just an all around excellent smelling beer.

T - Just straight forward sweet cherries with a touch of sourness underneath. Not much else going on at all. Very very sweet which is to be expected.

M/D - The feel is medium to full with a slick syrupy feel left behind. The strong sweetness brings the drinkability down a notch and I certainly wish I had one or two people to share it with. I would still take Raspberry Tart over this one, but this is one of the best fruit beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 15:48:55 | More by ckeegan04
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Birchgrove77

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up from Woodmans Liquor on 12/26/08.

Appearance: The color of fresh transmission fluid. Bright, sparkling red with a slight pink head.

Smell: To me the smell was more fresh cherry Pop-Tarts then beer. Some background bready notes, but was dominated by cherries.

Taste: Expected to have a dominant sweet cherry flavor, but the cherry flavor was more sour than sweet. Kind of like drinking sparkling maraschino cherry juice.

Mouthfeel: Expected a thin body, but ended up being quite filling on the palette. Some lingering on the tongue, but definitely heavier on the palette than I expected.

Overall: Excellent beer, and I was kind of leery of this going into the tasting. Ended up being something that I would maybe by one of on visits to Wisconsin, but this is defintely a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 17:30:43 | More by Birchgrove77
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Higravity

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not overly sweet like Lindeman's soft more deft hand at blending the Cherry flavor with the gentle malt. Smell is of Marichino cherries that are a little soured with some maltyness in the background. That is much the same but with a slightdry sourness in the finish, not like a true blended Lambic but I think the sour and dryness comes from the cherries themselves. It has a decent body with light carbonation and it is very drinkable, but it is best to share this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 12:12:09 | More by Higravity
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy off-red color with frothy head. Nice.

Nose is over the top. Dessert-like in sweetness. You can enjoy the aroma from 4 feet away.

On the palate it is very similar to the usual Kriek counterpart but this one is more cherry-fresh tasting. The cherry component is just more ripe. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 05:10:16 | More by yemenmocha
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Josievan

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful dark red hue.

Smell: Aroma of tart cherries.

Taste: Very authentic cherry taste. It's apparent this was brewed with real cherries. Slightly tart.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, yet somehow delicate, almost like the marriage of beer and a fine dessert wine, just as indicated on the bottle

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, but any beer so sweet and tart is best drunk in sips. Ideal for sharing a 750 ml bottle with a few friends after dinner.

Overall, this is a perfect example of what a fruit beer can and should be. New Glarus has many beers worth making the hour-long trip from my home to Wisconsin, and this is certainly one of them.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 22:38:09 | More by Josievan
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tprokop7

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to dhr for the bottle. Split with another BA, into Rodenbach glasses.

Pours a dark pinkish-orange with about a cm of head. The aroma is dominated by cherries, and the taste reminds me a lot of a flemmish sour blended with cherry lambik. Feels well carbonated and smooth in the mouth, but the sourness in the stomach detracts from the drinkability at the end.

Overall a good brew that I'd like to have the chance to try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 01:18:54 | More by tprokop7
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml red waxed bottle poured into a wine glass. Huge thanks to Thorpe429 for sending this!

Pours a dark ruddy reddish color, quite hazy with a nice small white head. Nose is somehow very well done, it is fruity and sweet, there's a bit of tartness, but somehow, they've kept it from being overly sweet and cough-syrupy.

Taste is also amazingly well done. The fruity is there, nice light cherry flavor and tartness, but it's not too sweet, the tartness is there but it's not so much that I can't drink a whole bottle. Nice thick and chew mouthfeel, much more than most lightly carbonated, over sweetened fruit beers.

As much as I've gone on about how not sweet this is, it still is sweet enough that I wouldn't want more than a bottle, that being said this is phenomenal!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:59:01 | More by kingcrowing
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep murky ruby red pink grapefruit tone with a nice white pink tinted head leaves nice fine evenly dispersed lacing nice and intricate. Aroma: A full on flail of cherries nice tart and sweet with a candy like tone to it, but what makes this is the creamy edge that surrounds the fruit bouqet. Taste: A parfait dessert like tart cherry tone very sweet and creamy, just so good. I am by no means a fan of fruit infused ales but this Wisconsin bred cherry beast is definitely a winner definitely based off of legendary Belgian style ales lacks some of the farmhouse and woody cask aged flow of a Cantillon but delivers something a Lindemann's isn't capable of. Mouthfeel: A fuller bodied creamy textured heavenly dessert beer. Drinkability: I just polished off a bottle and I didn't think I was going to drink it all, but once I started sipping on it the bottle emptied into my snifter faster than anticipated it was excellent, not ready for a second but extremely satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 06:55:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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kreeper

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love this beer! First you have to consider the elegant packaging... the green 750ml bottle, the red wax, even the label is classy. Then you pour... aroma is a blast of fresh pie cherries. And the color, a hazy beautiful dark pink-red complete with a light pink head which fades quickly. Taste is a refreshing, sweet-tart, complex sour, acetic, cherry flavor. Not for amateurs! My friend and girlfriend didn't really care for it and they gave me theirs. She said the tartness and carbonation reminded her of the inside of Zots candy. More for me! Just one drop of this beer is loaded with flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 04:31:32 | More by kreeper
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

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
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John_M

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one.

Pour into my corsendonk glass, this beer pours a bright ruby red color with an amber overtone. Head retention is fair, with no more then minimal lacing. As for the nose on this beer, my initial reaction was not very positive. This beer has very sweet, distinctly hawaiin punch aroma, along with considerable sweet cheery. However, as the beer warmed, I started to get some vanilla, cinnamon, and even light funk. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there was something of a sour cherry flavor in the finish that helped to cut some of the sweetneess in this beer. The sour component also tended to enhance this beer's drinkability, and I enjoyed it more and more as I went along. Mouthfeel is medium bodied in this beer, with some pleasant prickliness from the good carbonation.

This is a very interesting beer, and it reminds me very much of some fruit infused lambics I've tried (would be interested in trying this beer side by side with Lindeman's cherry lambic). However, the intensity of flavor in this beer really impressed me, and sets it apart from most Belgian fruit lambics I've tried. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 16:34:00 | More by John_M
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Schmittymack

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After having this numerous times, finally getting around to reviewing it. Poured a reddish color into my trusty old shaker glass (yeah, I should've used a flute but what the hell?). A small head rises quickly and disapates nearly as fast, leaving a bit of lacing with plenty of tiny bubbles that might remind someone of champagne. Aromas of cherry and sweetness. On the palate, a little bit of malt and tart cherry. This is a delicious brew from Mr. Carey that is great by itself, or mixing it with a good stout and/or porter. VERY quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 10:33:40 | More by Schmittymack
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suspect

New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip glass. Many thanks to beerwolf77 for the hook up on a beer that I've been wanting to try for a long time.

A: Beautiful crystal clear deep maroon/red color. Aggressive pour leads to a fluffy 3 finger head that disappears mighty quickly to a tiny ring. No lacing to speak of. Lots of tiny bubbles.

S: Sweet cherries, a bit like the Luden's cherry cough drops but man, is this a sweet smelling beer without having a heavy syrup smell.

T: Holy wow. Nothing that hasn't been said before but this is like drinking a sparkling cherry fruit juice with little beer-like qualities to speak of. It has full cherry flavor with tart on the back end.

M: Highly carbonated, light body, doesn't leave as sticky of a mouth as I would have expected which must be really tough to achieve from a brewing standpoint.

O: What a "beer". I'm really glad I was able to try this but I'm really sad that it's not available where I live. This is a great beer on a hot day and a great beer pretty much any time. Bravo New Glarus. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 01:24:58 | More by suspect
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky blood and russet color with a head that fizzes out quickly but does leave a few dots of lace

Smell: Maraschino cherries - extraordinarily powerful

Taste: After an initial touch of sweetness there arrives a blast of sour cherry that is very different than the maraschino aroma; after the swallow, the tartness is abated somewhat as the sweet and sour flavors blend into a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lively carbonation; puckering mouthfeel well into the finish

Drinkability: A fine after dinner sipper, although I am not crazy about the sweet elements in the flavor profile and would prefer a cherry taste more akin to the purple ones that arrive in the summer

Thanks, jrdegriselles, for the opportunity and to Schmittymack, for the chance to re-visit

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 01:01:30 | More by brentk56
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fiver29

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours dark red color with a head that looks tan colored. Aroma is cherry candy. Has a medium mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. Flavor is sweet cherry and not much else. This reminds me of a cherry candy I used to eat when I was a kid. That's what the flavor is to me. Overall its what I expected it to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 20:07:08 | More by fiver29
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich red color with a pinck head. Whole lot of lace lining my chalice. Aroma is very sweet and fruity--all cherries. Thank God not marachino cherries though. Flavor is almost all cherries, but I am picking up some sweet spice as weel and just a touch of hops at the finish. Cherries came across as pie filling very sweet and tart. The tartness clung to the inside of the mouth, but did not coat it with a scummy feeling. Mouthfeel is very full flavored. Finish is just slightly dry and some cinnamon. Very easy to drink the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 23:32:52 | More by MuddyFeet
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into a taster-sized nonic and shared with my girlfriend.

A - A pretty straight forward red color, off-white fizzy head, some lacing.

S - Cherries, cherries, and cherries. Some sweet, some tart. A small hint of a beer, but not really, more like a fruit drink.

T - Sweet cherries up front and a nice tartness on the finish. Some creamy flavors, very good. I really love the cherry flavors and it's better then I would have expected with this beer.

M - Rich and smooth, like yogurt or sorbet, medium in body. Very good, and perfectly constructed for this type of beer.

D - Split this with my girlfriend but probably could have easily split this three ways. We finished it easily, but my craving for this type of beer has been satisfied for a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 17:57:57 | More by Sean9689
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown hued color with a slight red head that pillows to the top of the glass. Honestly, the aroma is strong smell of cherry fruit punch! When you drink this I think it would be totally possible to not really know it is beer. Ever so slight tart beginning that transitions to a full boddied cherry flavor. Very clean tasting. Light/medium mouthfeel. You do not taste the alcohol at all! For a fruit beer this is just outstanding. Full of fruit flavors AND alcoholic. mmm

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 13:28:36 | More by kbutler1
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
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