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R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 374
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a slowly rising 1.5 finger frothy, fluffy, off-white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear deep amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty with nice legs at points and very good stick.

S: Nose is bourbon, oak, vanilla, and an odd, medicinally sweet cherry. There's also that signature New Glarus fruit beer yeastiness. Aromatic and pleasant at first, this one declines and becomes less appetizing as it warms. No hint of funk or lacto tartness detectable.

T: Sweet cherry, bourbon, vanilla, and an odd, unpleasant butterscotch upfront that thankfully, fades into the background. Yeasty spiciness. Tart fruit builds gradually towards the middle but never really gets there. Sweet throughout. Butter returns towards the end along with sweet candied cherry. Buttery residue at the finish. Aftertaste is more of the same.

M: Light to medium bodied and amply carbonated. Prickly and bubbly in the mouth and abrasive and spicy going down. Finishes subtley with an aftertaste that is oily and filmy and lingers.

D: I'm not the most knowledgeable about brewing practices but I'm pretty sure something is amiss when a wild ale is largely missing any sort of funkiness or sourness and instead, displays an odd butterscotch and popcorny flavor. This is much more a fruit beer than it is a AWA... as a fruit beer though... its pretty good and quite enjoyable and refreshing. Not what I expected but decent nonetheless.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of JAXSON
2.55/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark clear pink pour. Nose is a whopping vanilla, medicinal cherry syrup. Tons of vanilla in the mouth, cotton candy. Sickly sweet body, a bit of bourbon, some sour cherry somewhere in the mix. Buttery, oily palate. Difficult to drink. Weirdly overrated.

JAXSON, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of bnieman
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange ruby. Fine lacing.

S - As if I just walked into cedar humidor. A hint of the sweetened end of a cigar.

T - A cedar plank submerged in freshly made cherry juice and soaked liberally.

M - fruit juice.

D - A single glass is satisfyingly sufficient and enjoyable to the last drop.

Brewed 2010-01-18
Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing

bnieman, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, James! From Nov 20th notes.

Pours amberish copper with nice frothy foam leaving some wispy lace.

The nose is mostly composed of a combination of cherry and vanilla-woody notes. I can't say its as pungently bourbon as the name would suggest. Definitely more woody-vanilla. Overall leaning toward sweet, but not as sweet or syrupy as their other fruit beers. There is a dash of acidity here to cut through it a bit. Overall the tartness is very subtle, relatively low carb, semi dry finish. I was hoping for this to be a bit more of a kriek than toward one of their fruit beers, but this R&D series shows promise for future blended releases. Thanks !

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle shared, and I use that word quite loosely, with the wife and sister-in-law on a thank-god-the-week-is-over-I-was-ready-to-throttle-someone Friday.

Inch high white fluff atop a burgundy body with sharp red highlights. Sporadic bubbles from the depths tickle the surface as the egg white dissipates.

Initial whiff of mild oaky bourbon. Barrel presence is most vibrant upon the pour as the fluff rises and dives. Once settled, the fruit presence of this beer takes hold with reminders of Belgian Red and Enigma. Upon further settling and warming, the barrel returns in the form of woody vanilla. It's a beer smelled in distinctive stages, like the varied lifespan of Rush's musical career.

As per New Glarus's m.o., this beer finds its personality in its nuances. Nothing smashes you over head. The bourbon presence is soft and subtle and envelops the base beer. The carbonation is gentle and allows the beer to sit and settle on the tongue before slipping away. A mid palate tartness segues to a light tootsie roll kissed by barrel and followed by the delicate sweetness of cherries.

Not what I would describe as a typical Kriek, but enjoyable for what it is. In the battle between style and overall appreciation, I'll side with enjoying a beer that may be slightly misidentified. Regardless, I remain grateful that a half hour on country roads gets me to the brewery on the hill.

BarrytheBear, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of scaliasux
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark amber. Clear. Thin off-white not very persistent head.

Smell - Funky cherries and rich malt. A whiff of bourbon and vanilla. Unique.

Taste - Tart cherries are, unsurprisingly, the most prominent flavor. Bourbon, vanilla, and a little bit of funk also appear. A different take on the cherry beer from New Glarus' other products, but in my view no less exceptional.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Smooth and crisp.

Drinkability - New Glarus does a fine job with fruit beers and this one is no exception. Indeed, I believe I prefer this to any of New Glarus' other fruit beers (with the possible exception of Cranbic) - that's saying a lot. Unique and well worth the relatively hefty price.

scaliasux, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 08-06-10 bottled date. Thank you Kiley for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy copper amber color with reddish highlights. Produced a great bubbly eggshell colored head with good retention behind it. Some lacing.

(S)- A lively burst of near tart fruits: cherry, cranberry, and strawberry. A nice creamy vanilla-like woody oak presence. Some subtle dry hay.

(T)- A really nice profile of lightly tart fruits: cherry and cranberry. A subtle dry spicy vanilla oak present in the background. Finishes clean with the tartness staying throughout.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Nice tart fruits and subtle wood/barrel notes. I really could not tell this was bourbon barrel aged; great integration and feel.

(D)- A very clean taste/feel for the style. Not too funky or sour, but the fruits really are nice. I look forward to what age will do to this.

sweemzander, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of WeisGuy
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from glazeman -- thanks, Scott! Review #500.

a - pours a dark copper color with a ruby tint, one-inch ivory head with decent retention for the style, light lacing, lots of bubbles indicate a high amount of carbonation, pretty clear with little sediment

s - sweet cherry aroma that's similar to other NG beers I've had, what's different is the oaky notes and considerable bourbon, very light tartness, smells a bit like cherry pie with a mild spiciness and vanilla

t - sweet and lightly tart cherries up front, slightly medicinal, pretty oaky on the midpalate, finish is more sweet and lightly tart cherry with some spicy and vanilla notes, oak makes its presence known and substantial bourbon flavors creep in as the cherry leaves the palate, there is a lingering mild tartness and spice, while this is a bit sweeter and not quite as tart as I would like, it's still a complex, unique beer that I'm enjoying drinking

m - medium-bodied with higher carbonation, some alcohol warming, on the sweet side, but the mild tartness balances it out a bit

d - the cherry sweetness limits drinkability for me a bit, I don't mind the bourbon notes though, there's quite a bit going on in the flavor, so it remains interesting for awhile, though the flavors don't work together perfectly

Very interesting beer, but, as other reviewers have noted, I think NG does the beer a disservice by calling it a kriek. The tartness and sourness is very mild and the sweetness is a bit high for my taste. That said, I'm glad to have had the opportunity to try this unique beer. I have higher hopes for the Gueuze.

WeisGuy, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle shared by Arbitrator.

Pours clear medium brownish-reddish-amber with a small off-white head on top.

The aroma is big on the bourbon barrels, with slight cherry, like a toned-down Wisconsin Belgian Red, with slight buttery oakiness and vinous notes.

The flavor is also a lot like Wisconsin Belgian Red without as much cherry. Rather sweet - definitely more sweet than sour. Acetic and vinegary with slight butter and metallicity.

Smooth and medium-bodied, but come on, where is the sourness and acidity? Medium-low carbonation level.

Overall, a tasty beer, but still a bit of a disappointment. Just not really very sour at all and not at all to style.

nickd717, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of boatshoes
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of the three R&D to be enjoyed from the package sent to me by Translucent, thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a nice shade of ruby amber with a relatively thin head that dies back to a ring and patching. Very nice color though and carbonation appropriate for the style.

Smell- First and foremost, the nose is comprised of cherries! Doesn't smell like fresh cherries necessarily but due to the wood smells more like a fresh cherry pie. Hints of vanilla and bourbon wood.

Taste- Flavor profile is similar to the nose with fresh cherry pie really the best way I can describe this one. Lots of cherry flavor backed up with nice highlights of vanilla and some bourbon warmth on the finish. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice for the style and not overly thin. Very drinkable though I didn't find it to be particularly tart I will say.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and wish I could get ahold of more. In a close race for my favorite of the three R&D beers with the Golden Ale.

boatshoes, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle courtesy of enelson. The label reads "Bourbon Barrel Kriek is spontaneously fermented in oak vats, then aged with sour cherries in bourbon barrels. Sour and intense, this is a wild beer."

It pours clear, a dark copper-tan color with reddish highlights, and a thin wet off-white foam. Not as red as expected for a kriek but still more red than yellow.

The bourbon and sour cherries really mix it up in the aroma, leaving an overall tasty impression if not quite as appealing as NG Cranbic. Dark fruits like plums in addition to the cherries, not really too many wild notes. The bourbon adds some light whiskey aromas, a a sense of more alcohol than the 5.5% ABV listed on the bottle.

This beer tastes more sweet than sour, more on the Lindemans side of the scale than Cantillon, but not near the Lindemans sweetness index value. The bourbon barrel adds flavors that are modest in intensity but massive in effect to the beer. I've never had this mix of flavors in a beer before, and I can immediately endorse it as delicious.

The carbonation is on the low side but definitely present, otherwise a nice light body. I liked this a lot and would try another one any time, well done.

TurdFurgison, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

largadeer, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
2.45/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. I tried this twice: once courtesy of nerd, once from a bottle I shared (generously traded to me by Wisconsinality).

I'm a huge New Glarus fan. I think of myself as their homer from another mother. So when I don't enjoy one of their beers, I prefer to try it again and re-review it. That's what I did here.

A: Pours a brownish amber; quite clear in the glass. The pour generates some light beige head, which quickly vanishes, leaving a tendril or two of lace on the sides.

S: This smells like a cherry dessert of some kind. Maraschino cherries; not even much tannic bitterness that you would get from cherry skins. Bourbon and vanilla are muted, but you do smell them.

T: Definitely on the sweet side. The cherries contribute a mild tartness that is strongly muted by bourbon and butter. The finish develops just a hint of burn that suggests vinegar sourness, but it's not found in the main taste at all. I find myself struggling to detect any bacterial character. Instead, I enjoy the beer for what it is: it's like walking into the barrel room at a vineyard. It has that woodsy, rustic, cerealy, slightly grape-ish taste sensation that enters your mouth when you step into those rooms. It's tasty for sure; the flavors are balanced, delicate, soft. As a fruit beer, it's goo. It just doesn't have any 'wild' flavors, and it reminds me more of a barrel-aged fruit beer (specifically, the Belgian Red) than anything else.

M: As always, they nail the mouthfeel. Supple, velvety, rich in flavor. The cherries don't build up and coat the palate. I appreciate that quality.

D: I hate, HATE, saying bad things about New Glarus. But if you're going to call your beer a kriek, you conjure certain expectations of it tasting like a cherry lambic, and failing that, at least like a cherry wild ale. This does neither. So I'm forced, based on style considerations, to give it a lower score.

Arbitrator, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Clear reddish copper orange color with an of white collared head. Slightly funky brett aroma mixed with sweet/tart cherries along with the bourbon oak notes with a hint of rarity. Light mouthfeel with some good carbonation. To me this has a nice complex and layered taste. The initial and easiest flavor to pick out is the cherries, I mean, let's be honest, New Glarus KNOWS how to make fruit beers and this one is no different. Besides the cherry goodness, there is a really nice blend of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Not really overaly sour by any means at all and I wonder how time will treat this bottles. Really a good beer that I suggest people try. Very drinkable.

kbutler1, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

mothman, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Crittervision
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

consumed 9-21-10

it was a complete pleasure to enjoy this. definitely the highlight of the night for me. split multiple ways. fully enjoyed through the last drop, at or around room temperature. thanks johnny!

appearance is brownish ruby, with a thin light head.

smell is buttery graham cracker crust, cherry pie, holy crap.

taste is similar to the smell, no distinct bourbon, really, just a well-integrated buttery and slight woodiness combining with the cherries to create a drink that reminds me of this dish that my mom has made that may only consist of cherries, graham cracker crumbles, and butter. delicious. cherries are mildly tart. the combination is delicious. i couldnt suggest an improvement.

mouthfeel is medium to full, fluffy and decadent.

a few ounces may be the perfect serving. i expect i would have just as easily appreciated a bit more, but i believe a bottle to myself would have been too much of a good thing. i love a sweet (edit: decadent) beer, so there are only praises from me in that respect.

Crittervision, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour was a deep amber and copper with a little to no head. i got the bottom of the bottle though...

light cherry and light bourbon with a dark candy fruit. the cherry was quite pronounced.

lots of real cherry that was equally blended with a bourbon barrel flavor. this was totally 50/50 on balance. it was quite interesting. nice light sourness or tartness.

fairly light body with a moderate carbonation. a bit dry

this was quite interesting, not sure if i could ever finish the entire bottle though.

hooliganlife, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via Brian23456--thanks Brian! Brewed 1/18/10, Bottled 8/6/10

A: Poured into a DFH snifter (RIP) an exceptionally clear garnet, with copper highlights. 1" light tan head dissapates quickly. By the clarity and lack of yeast in the bottom I would guess it isn't bottle conditioned (although it did just arrive earlier today via trade)

S: Doesn't let you down on what the name advertises--A Bourbon Barrel Kriek(ish) this is. Vanilla/oaky notes abound, blending with a tart cherry aroma reminiscent of other NG cherry beers (Enigma, Belgian Red, Cherry Stout). Caramelly bourbon notes mix in well. Once warm, light spice notes can be detected as well.

T: Sweet cherry greets the palate, followed by vanilla and flashes of bourbon. Acetic/tart fruitiness (cherry) edges its way back in with the bourbon to make for a long, enjoyable finish. The vanilla/oak becomes more prominent as it warms.

M: Medium-high carbonation, creamy while exhibiting a very light spirit-y character.

D: Upon first hearing about this beer, I thought the bourbon & kriek combination to be a bit odd. However, the way in which they are so well integrated has successfully changed that thinking. (Also worth noting that this is definitely different than a traditional Belgian Kriek)

darklordlager, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into NG flute split with my wife.

A- Pours a deep amber, almost bordering on a copper brown. A finger worth of head that recedes rather quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing. Just a little lacing is left around the edge of the glass.

S- At first whiff I pick up a significant amount of oak. A little bit of the bourbon but nothing overpowering. Some nice tart cherries and maybe even a little bit of chocolate.

T- Big amounts of oak and cherries. The oak adds a nice smoothness to the beer. A little bit of vanilla and there is an underlying bourbon tone that balances everything out. At first I was hoping there would be a big bourbon character but this is the way to go.

M- Medium bodied that has a nice sprite carbonation but still a smoothness to it that I haven't had in many beers. Just a tad dry on the finish.

D- It seems as if Dan Carey has taken everything good about fruit beers that he makes and combined them for this beer and barrel aged it. I get hints of the tart, red, enigma and cherry stout. Another winner from the best brewery in WI.

Wisconsinality, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/17/2010

Thanks to Mike (Overlord) for sharing. The Law of Equipoise must be restored in the near future.

A: Burgundy tinged dark brown with a lilliputian and short lived white head.

S: Sweet and lactic cherries against a faint backdrop of bourbon. The fruit is sugary, brown sugary, and lightly sour, and I detect a dash of chocolate and wood.

T: Sweet cherries with a moderate lactic sourness and a little tartness. If bourbon was faint in the aroma, it's almost nonexistent in the flavor. Brown sugar melds with oak and vanilla.

M: Thick, creamy, and sticky with adequate carbonation, upper moderate I'd say.

Overall: This has traces of Belgian Red, Enigma and Old English Porter. I found it quite nice, but the sweetness cuts down on my desire to consume large quantities of it (not that it's a beer that should be consumed in that fashion). The bourbon was pretty subtle, especially in the flavor, and I was hoping that aspect would be more pronounced when I first heard of the beer. All told, a good fruit beer, but not among the New Glarus elite.

HopHead84, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Kan, thanks dude!

A - Pours a reddish brown color, slight bubbly carbonation with reduces down to a few large bubbles here and there. No lacing, no retention.

S - Sour cherries, barrel, bourbon, burnt sugars.

T - Not as much sour/tart/funk as I'd would have expected. More like Belgian Red aged in bourbon barrels. Lots of barrel, bourbon, and cherries. Not enough funk for me, plain and simple. Sweet bourbon finish. I'm not a fan of the bourbon in this beer.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - Meh. Good, not great. I think this one needed some more funk to bring it to the next level. If I want a cherry beer, I'll drink Belgian Red. The bourbon doesn't work well here.

Sean9689, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a very generous TPatuto!

Pours a deep brown amber with maybe some orange/slightly ruddy highlights.

Light white crust. No real head.

Small champagne bubble streams. Ooooo.... pretty.

Smells sweet. Yeah. Sweet. Like Maraschino cherries with a stronger than expected bourbon flavor. Aroma clearly the best part of brew.

Taste is too sweet. The cherries have some mild tartness, but this really reminds of their Belgian Red mixed with bourbon with a bit of cherry tartness. Not particularly integrated well. Like someone took an eye dropper of bourbon to it.

Grew on me after a while.

Overlord, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Casey10
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this was a exceptional beer. I am a bit biased as I areally New Glarus stuff thanks again to klikger for this I was more than happy to trade as this is really good.

A - light brown color thin head.

S - oaked cherries

T - Sour cherry flavor with that barrel aged taste.

M - You can feel the sour cherries as it sits ther in your mouth.

D - I would drink a ton of these given the chance.

Casey10, Sep 13, 2010
R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.