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Wisconsin Belgian Red - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,516 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,516
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1,013
Gots: 442 | FT: 41
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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Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%

Shared one of these with family to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. Served in a champagne tulip.

A - A finger of tan-brown foam settles to a thin partial cap and collar, leaving behind splotches of lace. The body is a reddish brown color that is mostly opaque but reveals a hint of bubbly cider-esque transparency at the bottom of the glass.

S - Super ripe and sweet cherries, vanilla, pie crust, sugary malt. Very authentic, without any fake cough syrup or synthetic flavors. Somewhat mono-dimensional, but with enough cherry tartness and acidity to avoid being cloying.

T - Again, sweet fruity cherries, pie crusts, a hint of oaky vanilla, and a lightly tart finish. Ridiculous amounts of flavor for 4% ABV. Not a very subtle beer, but a delicious one.

M - Chewy, surprisingly hefty medium body. Sticky, somewhat juice-like texture, with moderate carbonation to keep things from getting too heavy.

D - This is one of those beers that everyone likes, even if they don't like beer at all. If I could buy this locally I'd have it all the time - it's delicious, low in alcohol, and pleases even the most disparate palates. The only knock is that I like Raspberry Tart more.

MasterSki, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%

The first time I sampled this brew was a blind taste test vs. Cantillion at a local bowling alley/restaurant/theater/music venue/beer and wine bar. NG came out on top!
Color is a rich, ripe, bright cherry red, with a short and soon departed head. Aroma is in a class of it's own: absolutely gorgeous! Rich, delicious, vinous, sweet, and sour, the perfect picture of cherries! It's utterly wonderful, and a joy to drink in deep with the nose!
On the palate, other tranformations occur: WOW! Dazzling, uplifting, and lovely! By tranformative, I mean that something new occurs in me, I am 100% happier by drinking this elixir, my mood is elevated, every atom has an energized attitude!
Several waves of sensation occur throughout the consumption of this ale, it jumps and jiggers in the mouth, surges in and sallies out. The taste continues, and the feeling wells up in and rides over every square inch of the body that is apt to perceive sensation! Finish is a bit tartish, but what do you want, it's cherries, man!
Wow...this was perfect, and I felt that the 750 ml wax finshed bottle was a bit stingy! Hook me up to a keg of this stuff!

feloniousmonk, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of Slatetank
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%

Thanks to gottajiboo2 for sharing this ale.
Served slightly chilled
A - Deep red like cherry syrup w/ good clarity and a small pink head

S - Lots of ripe cherry juice in the nose w/ subtle sweetness in the aroma

M - Very lively w/ sweetness and a nice tart fresh cherry acidity

T- An incredibly tasty cherry flavor w/ freshly crushed cherry intensity and gentle sweetness like Grandma's tart fresh picked cherry pie. The flavor is fresh w/ enough of a malt foundation to make it clear this is a fruit beer and not a cherry wine cooler. The carbonation is crisp enough to allow the taste to expand across the palate instead of becoming cloying. This is very complex w/ sweet tart and juicy flavors that aren't quit sour or sugary, but quenching and fulfilling all the way.

D - I wouldn't call this the ultimate fruit ale...yet, but it ranks very high. It has so many flavors and doesn't hold back. It tastes fresh, sweet yet is something that can be sipped and savored for hours. New Glarus has really made a fine Cherry beer - I will definitely seek this one out again

Slatetank, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

Kind of a cute beer. I really enjoyed it, a lot. Beer poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is red and clear. White head but really thin, carbonation moderate and of small bubbles. Lacing is really high. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet and tart, smells like cherries.

This is an easy drinking beer. Its sweet and has a good fruit flavor to it. Carbonation sours the beer a little but it just serves to bring out the fruit flavor more. Drinkability high mouthfeel good.

Resampled February 8, 2010:

Beer is poured into a snifter glass. Beer is dark red and hazy. Froms a thin white head that leaves lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is much stronger than I remember, very cherry, almost like cherry candy jolly ranchers.

Lots of carbonation on the tongue, great sour / tartness. I seriously love this beer.

Its less like beer and more like cherry soda.

drabmuh, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%

I'm really excited for this one. Probably should have drunken it earlier, but was saving it. Had a terrible day today, so figured it was a good time to crack it. THanks a bunch to kkipple for this beauty.

The bottle pops off with a loud ppppfffftttt... but no head rush. It pours with a reddish light fizzy head that barely covers the spread of the beer, with many big bubbles that pop their way down to almost nothing. THe beer itself consists of a rosy almost neon bright red, a whitened cranberry color, with a decent clarity.

The nose smells just like a candi cherry lollipop! Wow! It has some light tart sour cherry aroma, a bit of Bolotin cherry, and very slight Maraschino cherry, a light sour dry tart funk way in the background. I'm starting to feel dizzy and sugar high just from the aroma, but a bit of cherry cough syrup aroma also wafting out helps cure my sickness. A slight anise and peppermint are barley detectable, but there. A slight bit of vanilla and oak balance it a bit, but I can't really get any malts out of it.

Taste starts pretty much as I was expecting, bringing a sweet slap in the face, or kick to the glands at least. Tons more cherry of course, bringing more Bolotin cherry, but less Maraschino this time. Again more candy cherry lollipop, but a tart flavored one. A slight spicy acidic bite gives it some edge, a little lactic acid taste, followed by a creamy smooth malt, with a hint of vanilla and oak. A bit of a cherry cough syrup warms the mouth, and leaves it almost anesthetized, but also tingles and soothes the throat. A bit of a sticky sweet taste turns to a slightly dry and tingly acidic finish, with more lactic acid, and a really long cherry candy taste, and surprisingly not really flemmy. A slight bit more creamy oak feel very late on the finish, like a couple minutes later as the tartness and sweet candy cherry die down.

The mouth is medium bodied, good carbonation, with a bit of a tingly acidic bite. The carbonation helps air out the mouth between the tart, sweet, and acidic hits.

Drink is surprisingly well for all the craziness of this beer. Lots of bite from the tingly feel and acidic bits, but the carbonation and sweetness balance that, and the tart plus sweet candy flavors really give your mouth a rollercoaster ride it keeps wanting to board. It's like that kid who gets beat up on teh rollercoaster, but as soon as the ride ends he wants back on. I can barely put the glass down to type a sentence before I need to take the next sip. Sessionable.

jlindros, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of WesWes
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.

WesWes, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
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.
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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.

mdfb79, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

mendvicdog, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of jwc215
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!

jwc215, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, May 31, 2004
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

MarkyMOD, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -8.7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
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!

Halcyondays, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

beernads, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
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.

GClarkage, Nov 20, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

oriolesfan4, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +14.2%

imperialking, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%

From notes:

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.

corby112, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
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.

woodychandler, Jun 13, 2011
Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,516 ratings.