R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
Appearance: Pours out a burnt orange color with a decent head that leaves some lacing behind
Smell: Bourbon, vanilla and cherry tones underneath
Taste: The Bourbon dominates bringing oak and vanilla and the cherry and tart tones linger underneath from start to finish, though they never really emerge from the shadows
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: I think the cherry tones were stronger when the beer was younger and I have lifted the ratings according to what I think it might have been rather than what it is now
05-26-2014 22:46:12 | More by brentk56
3.83/5 rDev -10.3%
Reviewing the R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from the New Glarus Brewing Company out of New Glarus, Wisconsin.
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.
04-23-2014 01:00:51 | More by jegross2
4.19/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
04-11-2013 00:24:57 | More by Treebs
R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.