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R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek - New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D Bourbon Barrel KriekR&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek

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BA SCORE
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134 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%


Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

August 2010 Release
1,500 Bottles

Ale infused with a large dose of sour cherries. Fermented in an Oak Vat using a blend of Ale Yeast and Lactobacillus. Then aged in freshly dumped bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 07-30-2010)
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Reviews by levifunk:
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levifunk

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into snifter.

a - clean and clear golden brown pour. good carbonation. these are beautiful beers.

s - without holding it up to my nose i can smell the cherry and bourbon. subtle hints buried in the bourbon such as vanilla and wood. bourbon is absolutely huge, yet mellow.

t - tart cherry. sweet bourbon flavors; vanilla and caramel. bourbon flavor is great. its refreshing to have a bourbon barrel aged beer that isn't burning with booze. the tart cherry flavor and the sweet bourbon flavors go perfectly together. The only thing this lacks is a real "kriek"-ness to the cherry flavor. Its tart, but I would like a bigger kick. If, with age that happens, I'll give it a 5.

m - medium to light body, slightly lower carbonation that I anticipated, which leaves a slight creamy feel (similar to Apple Ale). If this is bottle conditioned, maybe the carbonation will go up with age?

d - spot on, obviously. NG always nails drinkability. I hope this is made again, but I doubt it will be.

overall - such an amazing beer. New Glarus has jumped into the wild scene with a bang. The complexity of this beer amazes me that they chose to do this in their first attempts at a wild. I can't wait to see what else they have up their sleeve.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 01:04:54 | More by levifunk
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jegross2

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from the New Glarus Brewing Company out of New Glarus, Wisconsin.

Score: 87

Brewed 01/18/10, bottled 08/06/10. Served in a Firestone Walker reserve series mini snifter and enjoyed on 01/24/14. Sampled side-by-side with New Glarus R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek, R&D Sour Ale and R&D Very Sour Blackberry. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown “oh hey, are you a Flanders red?” color with a thin layer of fizzy head that settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Cherry juice, vanilla and oak. Brown sugar too. Minimal apparent sourness, comes across as being sweet in the nose. 4/5

Taste: This is basically bourbon barrel aged Belgian Red. Sweet cherry juice, bourbon, light vinegar and funk, vanilla and oak. The cherry flavor is a bit medicinal towards the finish. No real sourness here — just a little crisp tartness towards the finish as it warms, lacking any real bite. Finishes with sweet cherry/oaky vanilla. 3.75

Mouthfeel: Viscous, low carbonation. Sweet and oily mouthfeel, with a modestly dry finish. 3.75

Overall: This beer is basically just bourbon barrel aged Belgian Red and sweet Flanders red-like in taste. Take that as you will, and seek out accordingly.

Cost: $8 for a 500 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 01:00:51 | More by jegross2
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4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a New Glarus flute. Bottled 8/6/10. Thanks to sweemzander for the share.

A: Pours a clear amber brown color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Tart cherries with a nice barrel presence. Light oak, smooth vanilla and a little kiss of bourbon.

T: Sour cherry, tart cherry skins with faint bourbon note. Light oak with some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium high carbonation with a sweet finish. Just a touch of sour cherry.

O: The bourbon barrel is holding up well and giving this beer a really sweet overtone that balances the cherries. Definitely enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

700th review!

Pours a murky brown with a short white head on top. Leaves a small collar and cap.

A perfect mix of tartness and cherry sweetness.

Ripe red cherries. Tart, not sour. Vanilla, oak, slight bourbon but not much. Some booze is detected.

Tongue dancing carbonation, perfect. Medium mouthfeel.

Found this similar to Wisconsin Begian Red with added oakiness. And that's oaky with this guy as WBR is one of, if not, my favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:07:40 | More by Duff27
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brystmar

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3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brendan provided this tick, thanks!

Gorgeous pour: murky body with tons of head, foamy lace, and excellent retention. Astonishingly good-looking for a kriek.

Lots of sweetness in the nose, sweet cherries and malts. Not much funk or tartness though, and that has me worried.

Mild cherry flavor is reminiscent of maraschino cherries; this one's more sweet than tart. Nice mouthfeel. Needs more sourness, more yeast, and a lot less sugar. Reminds me of Wisconsin Belgian Red. Zero bourbon, btw.

Far too sweet to be taken seriously.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 01:28:04 | More by brystmar
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R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from New Glarus Brewing Company
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