R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours a dark copper bordering on mahogany with a nice tan head and some good legs as it goes down. Smell is cherries, quite a bit of oak, vanilla, coconut, and some very exquisite backing bourbon. The taste only improves on this with the bourbon, vanilla, and coconut really taking center stage, although the cherries definitely make their presence known. Mouthfeel enhances the taste like no other, with a nice creamy smoothness. The most impressive New Glarus beer I've had to date. Absolutely left me wondering why more breweries aren't bourbon-barrel-aging krieks. Phenomenal results, at least in this case.
09-24-2010 01:48:51 | More by Thorpe429
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
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
the heart of the hobo tasting and the reason we came in the first place, the last two in the rnd series i needed to have. served chilled and next to the railroad tracks.
pours out a lovely cherrywood like color with a slight haze and a light pillow head of off white. smooth settling left a nice concentric set of rings around the outside of the glass. very, very well done. aroma of sweet vanilla, oak, bourbon, cherry pulp and brown sugar was just what the doctor ordered. it was the smell you wished your cough medicine had as a kid. just the sweetest of candy flavored goodness. each sip gathered the flavors together and highlighted one or more as it warmed. first initial sips were full of bourbon and vanilla notes, inter twined with the sugary goodness, just really very well done. but as it warmed the cherries really started to show themselves and this became one for the ages. really a wonderful blend of sweet and lightly tart cherry juice, and sugary vanilla that was all reeled together but the oak an bourbon. a masterpiece.
overall i could not be happier with this one. it had just the perfect amount of everything and with the low abv was just what i needed. really one of the best i have had from new glarus for sure.
03-12-2011 13:46:44 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev -11.5%
Thanks to Kevin for sending me this extra in the Whale BIF IV.
A: The pour is amber in color with a creamy off white head.
S: A big time cherry pie aroma to this one, shockingly similar to Wisconsin Belgian Red. A bit of a caramel and malt sweetness along with some bourbon and vanilla. I get very minimal tartness.
T: Cherries and a cherry pie type flavor are what this one is all about. Again, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and vanilla. Surprisingly sweet for a kriek. Seems more like a bourbon barrel aged Wisconsin Belgian Red.
M: The body is medium and so is the level of carbonation.
D: Very disappointing, I must say. I do like their Belgian Red, but I was expecting something that is a little more of a departure from the same beer that you can get year round.
01-14-2011 00:51:15 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Hazy reddish orange body, ample foam and minimal lacing. Decent retention with some spotty bits of foam clinging to the glass after each sip. Clarity is good, though the color isn't red like a traditional kriek (no points off for that).
Sweet nose of oxidized malts, vanilla, caramel, and dried cherry. Seems more like a sweetened Flanders (WI Belgian) Red than anything. Not really funky, acetic or much resembling traditional Kriek, though it's pleasant enough for what it is.
Slightly sweet tartness on the tongue, bolstered by sweet malt (more than expected), some saddle leather and damp hay notes, but not especially funky. Cherry is there, not as pronounced as a fresh bottle, but it melds nicely with a light vanilla pastry flavor. Light to medium bodied, easily sipped.
Overall this is a bit too similar to the long line of closely related fruit beers from New Glarus. Barrel-aged Belgian Red isn't too far off to be honest. Elements of Cherry Stout, Enigma, and WI Belgian Red show up here. Hopefully future batches are a bit more wild... it's just too similar to past releases to seek out. Thanks Joe for sharing this alongside the Gueuze.
05-08-2011 01:46:07 | More by emerge077
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
Nerd shared this one. Thanks, Michael.
Clear red with copper highlights, this has great color, and the head is solid and lasting.
The nose is redolent of ripe macerated cherries, sweet with a mild tartness. There's a hint of vanilla and caramel, which I guess is the influence of the bourbon barrel, but it's subtle.
Abundant sweet cherries, this is only mildly piquant on the tongue and hardly sour. Vanilla and caramel make brief appearances, along with hints of oak in the finish. There's a bit of graham cracker maltiness; otherwise, it's all about the sweet, intense, dessert-like cherry flavors.
OK, this isn't a true kriek, nor is it particularly sour, but it is a very good fruit beer. I enjoyed my pour and I'd gladly drink it again.
10-11-2010 17:58:17 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Thanks to pantanap for sharing this, seeing as I missed out when the bottle release was pushed up. Served in a Cigar City snifter.
A - Pours with a nice finger of off-white foam that settles to a thin ring and some filmy haze. Features a pinkish red-brown body that's a few shades darker than the R&D Gueuze.
S - Vanilla, maraschino cherry, a bit of oak. Not getting a ton of bourbon here - the closest thing might be a bit of spice. I'm also not getting much of the lactobacillus character. Smells like Cran-bic, but with cherries instead of cranberries.
T - Taste is very sweet, with low but present amounts of tartness and pucker. However, to me this is largely vanilla and cherry; basically a barrel-aged Belgian Red at this stage in the game. Probably more of a 4.25 here.
M - Lower carbonation, very sticky medium body. Perhaps a bit juice-like, and nowhere near as dry as the Gueuze.
D - I'm conflicted. This stuff is delicious, but it's about as Kriek-like as Phoenix Kriek (i.e. not very much at all). I'd have no problem putting down a half-liter bottle with the excellent taste and lower ABV. I guess I'm just a little disappointed to go from the very bretty and wild character of the R&D Golden Ale to minimal sourness or funk.
I'm not going to be overly harsh here. As a fruit beer, this rocks and when compared to Lindemans, Chapeau, or Kriek Max it's extremely enjoyable. However, if you go in expecting Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen you're going to be very disappointed - as an authentic historical Kriek this would probably be in B-/C+ territory.
08-25-2010 03:44:22 | More by MasterSki
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
Shared by Thorpe, kind of a fascinating beer really.
Beer is reddish, hazy, thin white head, wispy, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.
Aroma is sweet and tart, cherry and bourbon all rolled into one. Mild citric nose too.
Beer is thin in body, bourbon slightly up front along with a little sweetness, the second half of the beer is bright and fruity with a tart finish. This beer was kind of like sticking two good beers together and getting a decent beer.
01-10-2012 16:39:25 | More by drabmuh
4.1/5 rDev -4%
enjoyed from the bottle in a cervoise thanks to orangesol.
The color is reddish amber with a thin cap of cream with ultra fine beading. The lace sticks well. The smell has a nice sweet aroma with woody and vanilla notes of the bourbon barrel with a lot of sweet esters coming from the fruit with slight nutty tinge. The feel is a big bold body with mild alcohol and moderate sweetness level with mild carbonation level and light tannin.
The flavor is moderately sweet cherry on the tip of the tongue with a mild bourbon accent with slight woody tinge and vanilla-like taste in the background with slight toasted note and mild hint of tart cherry skin. the taste is very well balanced between the sweetness of the cherries and the lacto with a nice woody tannic tinge too. The stone fruit is fresh tasting and gives a semi-dry finish. Overall I really liked this one, a pretty high quality cherry beer with a nice blend of bourbon barrel which gives a vanilla quality to compliment the cherry flavor, this is really nice and drinkable too.
01-13-2012 19:46:08 | More by Slatetank
4.48/5 rDev +4.9%
Huge thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get a ton of bourbon, maple and vanilla notes up front, with the accompanying tart cherry notes. The flavor is more of the same. All of the notes from the aroma are present in the flavor. If I had to summarize the flavor, I would say it tastes like bourbon-chocolate covered cherries. The tartness and a little hint of funk just add to the other notes. I have never had a beer that tastes quite like this and I hope I get to try it again, although that is probably unlikely. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding beer.
06-03-2012 20:00:41 | More by Mora2000
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
From 01/02/12 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; have wanted to try it for a while. Poured into a tulip.
a - Pours a dark reddish-brown copper color with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of bourbon, spices, tart cherries, cinnamon, and sour dark fruits. Bourbon still comes through but isn't too strong. Sour cherries and dark fruits still come through as well, probably a little more than the bourbon, which I really like. Really nice.
t - Tastes of spices, sour cherries and dark fruits, light bourbon, fruity malts, yeast. Agauin, very nice, though a bit spicey and not as sour as the nose. A step down for me.
m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.
o - Overall a really nice wild ale. Apparently it has faded a bit over time but I still enjoyed it a lot, so would have liked to try it fresh. Nice sour nose and easy to drink, would certainly like to have it again.
01-04-2012 20:17:27 | More by mdfb79
4.1/5 rDev -4%
Brewed 1.18.10, Bottled 8.6.10
13*P, 5.5% abv
A soft pour produces a fat-two-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The beer is a deep, dark red color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells lightly of tart cherries and a touch of cranberries (or is that just the color influencing me) up front. A lingering exploration yields a lactic sourness and a soft, spicy Bourbon / oak note. Interestingly enough this has quite a bit of toasted character; is it malt or oak toast though, it comes off more as being malt derived, but in thinking about it more it is definitely the toasted oak. There is definitely lots of oak and wood character, but I like that the cherries are expressive up front and then again in a long finishing aromatic note. As my nose gets used to this beer a much more expressive vanillin character starts to come out, at times it can even remind me of lightly toasted coconut. Towards the end of this beer the vanillin / coconut character even becomes the most dominant note.
This still has some residual sugars in it that adds a soft sweetness. Up front this has a nice lactic tartness to it, which accentuates the cherry notes. This then moves into a vanillin laden, fruity Bourbon-leaning, and lightly spicy oak finish. There is a lot going on in this beer and it is quite well balanced. I am definitely enjoying this a bit more than I was expecting. Up front the carbonation adds to the percieved tartness with some carbonic acid. The texture is a bit fizzy, though it is not aggressively carbonated. The beer is light leaning, but does have a medium'ish texture to it that lightly clings to the palate. I really like how the cherry flavors intermingle with the rich vanillin notes from barrels, this works together really well. It is also quite nice that the oak and Bourbon character is not too overwhelming for this beer; especially in a beer of this relatively low strength. Toasted coconut starts to come out in the flavor after a bit and becomes a significant contributor to the flavor of the finish.
This beer is quite nice. It is much better than I was expecting for some reason and even the light sweetness works well here. In fact, without it, this beer would be unbalanced as the Bourbon and oak character wouldn't work nearly as well as it does. My biggest complaint is that the base beer and the fermentation character really doesn't play much of a role here; the Bourbon barrel and oak play first billing, and the cherries play a significant role as well, but the base beer plays hardly even a supporting role here. The base beer contributes some soft lactic tartness, perhaps a hint of maltiness in the middle and not much else. Still the flavors that are here are quite enjoyable and balanced between themselves.
10-16-2010 01:42:17 | More by Gueuzedude
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
500 mL bottle shared by Thorpe.
Dark copper brown color with a light tan head that settles into a ring of bubbles with some legs of lacing. Strong bourbon aroma with mild dark cherry and vanilla notes. Aroma is more sour than the flavor suggests, initially cherry forward followed by light bourbon and oak. Not as sweet as the aroma. Slightly metallic in the finish. Medium thick body with low, fine carbonation and a smooth finish. I would have preferred to try this fresh, but this was still nice.
01-02-2012 22:53:41 | More by yourefragile
4.1/5 rDev -4%
I brought this one to our recent gueuze tasting. Served alongside the gueuze.
A - Pours reddish brown with a nice one finger tall white head leaving slight streaks of lace down the glass.
S - Smells like a fresh baked cherry pie initially. Once it dies down a bit you get hints of vanilla, warm bourbon, brown sugar and a touch of chocolaty sweetness.
T - Starts off with quite a bit of sour maraschino cherries quickly giving way to hints of vanilla, brown sugar, caramel malt and some warming bourbon. The tartness dies down and the sweetness intensifies as it warms up. Finish is pretty sweet, lingering for some time after consumption.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly sweet feel with a touch of warm bourbon coming through as it warms up.
O - I really enjoyed this one. The fruit matched very well with the warm bourbon. It had all the right flavors to keep me interested and it was very easy to drink. Awesome stuff.
02-12-2012 18:38:58 | More by orangesol
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured into Lost Abbey glassware.
Pours a fizzy white head that settles fast. Color is a clear bright ruby head. A nice color to this one.
Aroma: Sour cherries and lots of them. I get oak and vanilla, and the bourbon hits as I swirl the glass. A really awesome layer added to this beer. It is more tart than funky. I like it... a lot.
Taste: Cherries, oak, vanilla, bourbon. The cherries are tart and the bourbon is warming in a good way. It is tart and sour. Not a lot of funk shows which I like for this beer. It almost has a whiskey flavor to it. The cherries remind of the WI Belgian Red cherries. Door County cherries ftw. Wow, the bourbon is spot on.
Mouthfeel: A light sourness, but the main component is the tartness. A lighter bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean with more cherries.
Overall, I am impressed with this beer. It is amazing. I didn't expect to pick up the bourbon notes as much, but wow do they pull throw and add a nice layer. This is up there as one of my favorite NG beers. Very drinkable.
10-10-2010 01:40:29 | More by mothman
District of Columbia
4.47/5 rDev +4.7%
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
The beer is sunburst orange with a half inch of white head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma offers oak, wine, booze, berries, wild yeast. The beer is tannic, with a blend of booze and fruit. Lots of wood comes through. Cherries soaked in bourbon. Nice balance of sweet cherries with tart flavors, boozy bourbon, and a general tannic / barrel character. Light bodied and smooth feeling on the palate. An interesting beer for sure. For what it is, this is very well done.
01-02-2012 22:48:46 | More by Huhzubendah
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
Got this one a while back from the fantastic enelson... Thanks a ton Ed for a badass trade. I shared this one with the geeks and just now entering the notes.
Pours a clear orange... like a lite tawny port... little in the way of head or lacing.
The nose shows alot of bourbon with a lesser cherry.. not very sour at all.. Honestly alot like a vanilla and booze spiked Wisconsin Red... no funk on the nose.
Great cherry flavor.. oaky vanilla and bourbon.. doughy sweetness adds to a "pie essence"... too sweet for a "wild ale", but still very nice for what it is... the barrel presence adds waves of complexities to a familiar beer. I was just hoping for more funk.. instead there is a mild acetic quality that is the tie that binds.
Medium body and lite carbonation for any beer... for this "style", it is too heavy and needs more carbonation.
All of the above negatives go away on the drinkability... I loved this one and want more... a lot more... I want to score a couple more of this batch and let it age for a few years before I ever touch it again.
Thanks again Ed.... if you have more, please hit me up. :-)
02-20-2011 05:54:49 | More by JohnGalt1
R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.