1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek - New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D Bourbon Barrel KriekR&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

133 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.75%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 82 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 01:46:07 | More by emerge077
Photo of dirtylou
dirtylou

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap @ malt house

The elusive bourbon barrel kriek - sold out to a bunch of fine people from Minnesota before I had a chance to buy some at the brewery. One day sell-out to be exact.

The Malt House had one of two 1/6 barrels in circulation and it lasted a little under an hour on a Monday afternoon - just long enough to get a couple pours.

appearance: served in belgian glassware, light garnet body and light brown froth

smell: the trademark NG tart cherries, vanilla and oak

taste: Ah yes, the taste of rare beer...From all the bonanza surrounding the release, I was expecting a little bit more of a deviation from some of the other similar NG beers, particularly Engima. Don't get me wrong, I love Engima, and this was a very good beer too but I guess I was just expecting something a little wilder. The bourbon is pretty subtle but the barrel definitely provides hits of oak and vanilla. Tart and sweet cherries - as one would come to expect from NG

mouthfeel: medium-light, mild tartness

overall : solid, but not enough differentiation from the belgian red/enigma/cherry stout world

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 18:03:52 | More by dirtylou
Photo of SummitVA
SummitVA

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Reddish brown, hazy pour.

S - Huge oak, bourbon, and cherries. Malt sweetness behind the cherries.

T - Sweet, cherry syrup followed by enormous bourbon barrel character. Definitely wasn't expecting quite so much oak. A bit of tartness on the finish.

M - On the lighter side of medium.

O - Very happy to try this, but I must admit that, like others, I was expecting more sour. Still, a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 02:32:53 | More by SummitVA
Photo of thagr81us
thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to sproser for sending me this one in the Secret Santa '10 BIF! Had during Hobo Tasting #5 with mikesgroove down near the railroad tracks near RJ Rockers. Brewed 1.18.10 and bottled on 8.6.10, 5 bbl batch. Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, funk, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, oak, and dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. The barrel was definitely present on this one without doubt. The barrel did cut down on the sour/tart aspect quite a bit for me. This one might be a good brew for those who aren't into the massively sour brews but still enjoy subtle aspects of them. Mike preferred this one over the R&D Gueuze that he brought, I preferred the Gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 12:35:36 | More by thagr81us
Photo of yeahnatenelson
yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Rose red with golden highlights. Pretty.

Smell -- Rich macerated cherries, gentle oaky vanilla, and soft bourbon sweetness. Delicious, but not at all wild, funky, or sour.

Taste -- Classic Wisconsin Belgian Red flavor of freshly macerated cherries and a gentle cracker malt. On top of this is oaky vanilla, woody tannins, and a taste of bourbon liqueur. Again: no funk, no sour.

Mouthfeel -- lighter carbonation, medium body. Slightly syrupy.

Drinkability -- Let's call a spade a spade; this isn't a lambic or a wild ale; this is essentially barrel-aged Enigma. If this were listed as a fruit beer, it would be a perfect 5.0. But it isn't.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 22:40:16 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 13:46:44 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of cpetrone84
cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a light dirty brown color with red edges and a thick off white head with a solid lace.

S-the nose has a ton of vanilla, hints of bourbon, lots of slightly synthetic cherry and very sweet from all the vanilla and cherry with a slightly medicinal note.

T-flavor follows the nose, the vanilla from the bourbon barrel is overstated, the bourbon and oak are subtle and impart the right amount of flavor. the cherry is very ripe and sweet, sharp red cherries with just a hint of sour to it. The vanilla dominates and it is too sweet, not cloying but just sweet.

M-extremely creamy juicy feel to it on a full body with a strong bite with a powerfully carbonated finish that is semi dry.

D-this is somewhat overly sweet and the vanilla is rather strong. the bourbon is so faint and the barrel is mostly oak. the cherry is tasty and not really medicinal in the flavor, it is somewhat sour and the finish mixes well being semi dry and sour but the overly sweet vanilla and the sour tart cherry seem to contrast. drinkable but a few flaws.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 18:06:22 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of hopsbreath
hopsbreath

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A New Glarus beer review usually starts with me giving a shout-out to my main trading partner zimmerbloke from Wisconsin. I love you Matt, but this time I have to give thanks to black13 for sharing his personal 500ml bottle with my wife TulipSnifter and I. We met up with Michael last night at Hair of the Dog for some Cherry Adam on tap and were invited back to his place to split a beer with him. Down into the mans cellar we went with him where he opened up a Bruey Old Richland, an '08 BCBS, and than one of my big wants, New Glarus Bourbon Barrel Kriek. As grateful as I wanted to appear, I still needed to tap out some notes about the beer on my BlackBerry. Again, thank you Michael... Now here's the review.

A: Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip glass. A solid pour kicks up a nice fluffy white froth on top of a crystal clear, vibrant, ruby-orange body. The head retreats only a little and maintains a nice half-finger cap on top. Very impressive looking in the glass and moderate sheets of lace are left throughout the drink. 4.5/5

S: Sweet pie cherries, signature NG vanilla, cinnamon, no bourbon presence. I'm a sucker for the "New Glarus smell" and this is no exception. Just sniffing my glass is a very enjoyable experience for me. 4.5/5

T: Sweet cherries again at the forefront! This is barely tart at best. No real sour presence. Again with the signature NG vanilla. Pretty much just following the nose here but so damn good and supportive of the aroma. 4/5

M: Moderate body with minimal carbonation. Sticky lips and a sticky finish. I would expect a drier, crisper finish for a wild beer so this is one of the beers low points for me. None the less, I like it over all so I'm not docking it below a 3.

D: Another solid winner from Dan Carey and company. As far as krieks go, I don't think this one is very traditional, but as far as American Wild Ales go this is very approachable and enjoyable. 4/5

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 01:06:36 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of woosterbill
woosterbill

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Big thanks to Tony for sharing this, a major want of mine.

A: Cyrstal clear red-orange body with a later of fine tan foam. Nice.

S: Intense bourbon is front and center, with vanilla oak and characteristic NG cherries in the background. It smells nothing like a Kriek, and everything like the barrel room at the Jack Daniel's distillery. One of the most purely bourbon-y smelling beers I've encountered, and it works beautifully.

T: Sweet cherries and vanilla lead things off, followed by a hearty dose of whiskey in the middle, and finishing with the classic sweet + sour Montmorency cherry flavor that NG has done so much to showcase. Tons of whiskey, cherries, and vanilla = tons of awesome.

M: Sticky medium body with moderate, creamy carbonation. Solid.

D: Just enough tartness to balance out the whiskey and fruit. Terrific.

Notes: I missed out on being able to buy bottles of this and the Gueuze by less than a week this past summer, and it had been killing me. Being an erstwhile NG homer, the thought of missing out on their limited sours was painful. I'm hugely grateful to have gotten the chance to drink (and enjoy the hell out of) this great beer. It was weird and wonderful.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 00:25:14 | More by woosterbill
Photo of JohnGalt1
JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. :-)

3.5/4/4/3.5/4.5

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 05:54:49 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of mikeyv35
mikeyv35

New York

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled: 01/19/2011
Type: 500ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: DFH Tulip

This brew pours a light reddish/brown mahoghany in color w/ a skim coat off white head, that surprisingly leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The nose brings aromas of souring cherries, oak, light bourbon, and spices. Tastes pretty much on par, sour cherry and a touch of funk up front, and a finish of oak, bourbon, and warming vanilla. Medium bodied and lush. I could drink this brew all day as I find the flavors very complimentary and appealing. This brew seems alot bigger than the 5.50% ABV listing leads on.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew that I would drink as much of as possible. Not your typical kriek by any means. A little out of the style category, but who cares, it's a tasty brew. This is the second sampling of this beer that I have had and the bourbon/vanilla notes have seemingly faded a bit, bringing the sour notes more forefront. Additional aging should make this brew even better and maybe put alot of the naysayers to bed. Too bad it is a one off and so hard to acquire.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 14:09:26 | More by mikeyv35
Photo of womencantsail
womencantsail

California

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 00:51:15 | More by womencantsail
Photo of punkrkr27
punkrkr27

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep rusty brown pour with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma has lots of strong bourbon, lush tart cherries, caramel, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar. The flavor is sweet and tart cherries upfront with a sweet malty middle and finishing with a kick of bourbon, vanilla, oak, lactic acid and a tiny bit of brett funk. Medium body with lots of effervescent carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 19:15:14 | More by punkrkr27
Photo of aerozeppl
aerozeppl

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep red color. Really nice clarity. Minimal white head.

S: Cherries and bourbon. It does not really smell like a kriek or a wild but the nose is super enjoyable albeit one dimensional.

T: Nice sweetness from the cherries mixed in with the bourbon. Quite a bit of oak as well. Again not the most complex thing in the world but it is different.

M: Medium body. A little syrupy.

D: This beer really is unique. It is quite tasty to boot which is always appreciated. I really don't think aging is going to do anything to make this beer any better.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 21:30:08 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of craytonic
craytonic

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice off-white head, pour is an amber/red with ruby edges

Aroma: Tart cherries, brown sugar, vanilla, toasted oak,

Taste: Tart cherries and brown sugar, this one is somewhat sweet and not very sour. After that I get vanilla and toasted oak, although the brown sugar never leaves. I get plenty of oak but not very much bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slightly aggressive carbonation.

Drinkability: I keep wanting to call this one a Faro. I wish it were a good bit more sour.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 03:16:13 | More by craytonic
Photo of Stigs
Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - served in a Lambic glass

A - poured slightly vigorously and yields only a brief lasting, loose white fuzzy foam. the beer is almost crystal clear, brownish ruby in color with some active bubbling.

S - vinegar and woody notes dominate. freshly crushed cherries, chocolate, oak add sweetness. faint bit of wild, lactic funk come through as well.

T - begins with a very quick, sharp sour lactic bite as black cherries explode in the mouth. turns almost instantly sweet with a more syrup-like cherry, vanilla, and oak. bourbon is present from the beginning, yet stays in the background for the majority of each sip. some light chocolate is added in as well, making this remind me of a cherry Tootsie-pop.

M - medium, creamy body holds up nicely against tight, punchy carbonation. sweetness lingering in the mouth for awhile, syrupy. lactic sourness attempts to wipe the palette clean, though some sweet fruity notes are left behind.

D - interesting as the name sounds...leans a bit more towards the sweeter side than I was expecting, though the bourbon adds a nice subtle touch to those delicious Wisconsin cherries - like a Wisconsin Red spiked at a holiday party. crisp, refreshing, and interesting all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:23:39 | More by Stigs
Photo of SpeedwayJim
SpeedwayJim

New York

3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 23:31:13 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of JAXSON
JAXSON

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 20:30:31 | More by JAXSON
Photo of bnieman
bnieman

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 02:32:22 | More by bnieman
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
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 !

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 21:47:22 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of BarrytheBear
BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 02:21:15 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of scaliasux
scaliasux

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 04:59:19 | More by scaliasux
Photo of sweemzander
sweemzander

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 13:27:59 | More by sweemzander
Photo of WeisGuy
WeisGuy

New York

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 22:56:47 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of nickd717
nickd717

California

3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 06:15:41 | More by nickd717
R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.