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R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek - New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D Bourbon Barrel KriekR&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

139 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 139
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 371
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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 22:53:41 | More by yourefragile
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 22:48:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-19-2011 02:18:40 | More by madtowndmb1
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brian23456

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-17-2011 08:34:40 | More by brian23456
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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-14-2011 15:11:50 | More by bauermj
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

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

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this over.

Appearance: My pour is an amber brown color with a transparent edge. A soft eggshell head slowly fades to a few islands and a collar around the edge.

Smell: Sweet bourbon, bready malt, and tart cherries.

Taste: The flavor starts with a dark cherry sweetness. Next comes vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon, and then the flavor goes tart. Cherry and a bit of lemon zest to close out.

Mouthfeel: Slightly grainy, tart and salivating, smooth and creamy carbonation, and a light to medium body.

Overall: I enjoyed this, partly because I think I like sweet bourbon barrel aged beers, better than the average review.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 05:03:17 | More by KickInTheChalice
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-11-2011 16:11:44 | More by TheDudeRules
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SuperFriends

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-05-2011 00:15:11 | More by SuperFriends
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kansascitytrader

Kansas

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-01-2011 20:03:04 | More by kansascitytrader
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottled, served in a Duvel tulip. Thanks for going totally overboard Chris. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a rusty shade of copper red, with great clarity. A half-finger off-white head with loose bubbles lasts about two minutes or so, and leaves moderate lacing.

The aroma is rich with the earthy, bready character present in true lambics. A tart, vinous funk with just a hint of cherry predominates. A definite oak presence, with a little bit of vanilla from the barrel.

The taste is pretty delightful. Up front, there's a strong - but not bracing - tartness. A very pure, natural cherry flavor shines through. There's a little bit of that bready funk in the mix, though the fruit is the star. But in the back end, this is all about wood with a touch of bourbon. The vanilla really comes out, and it's in perfect harmony with the cherry. The barrel presence is so subtle and so well-integrated.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Lively carbonation, but this is lush and thick. An unbelievably easy beer to drink, a bomber wouldn't be enough, to say nothing of the 500 mL format.

What this beer lacks in mouth-puckering sourness it more than makes up for in sheer deliciousness. An absolute treat, this one made me smile.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 23:42:35 | More by amphion1065
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3/5  rDev -29.9%

11-28-2011 20:07:58 | More by writerLJBerg
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Exiled

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-25-2011 01:28:32 | More by Exiled
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-23-2011 04:46:46 | More by JAHMUR
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-22-2011 03:13:36 | More by Soneast
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Photekut

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-17-2011 01:16:02 | More by Photekut
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enelson

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-16-2011 20:10:51 | More by enelson
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-15-2011 18:59:19 | More by thewimperoo
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-15-2011 12:53:21 | More by HopStoopid120
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markrmoser

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-15-2011 03:38:26 | More by markrmoser
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stevefinny

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-15-2011 00:31:45 | More by stevefinny
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

11-14-2011 23:41:22 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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KHM

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-14-2011 23:32:20 | More by KHM
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hu5om

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-14-2011 15:13:00 | More by hu5om
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AgentZero

Illinois

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

Thanks again to Kan for sharing this.

A - Dark brown colored beer with a bit of a tan head that had some nice legs on the side.

S - Cherries, oak, barrel, vanilla, and bourbon. Beer is nice in that the bourbon and barrel isn't obliterating the base beer. Good smelling stuff.

T - Sweet beer with cherries, vanilla, spice, bourbon. Just a great mix overall, with some toffee and caramel.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Beer was very sweet, so it got slightly fatiguing. Still, really nice beer and an interesting combination that worked.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 06:25:53 | More by AgentZero
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!

This is another beer, along with the gueuze, that I have had the chance to sample a few times. These notes were taken from the most recent time-- but I will flat-out say that it is amazing how well this beer has been progressing. I would have given this a D upon sampling the first bottle the week after it was released. Now, with each subsequent bottle, it gets better and better.

Served in a tulip. Both of these were shared by weatherdog.

Pinkish, kinda orange color. White head. Surprisingly good retention and lacing.
The nose is... wow. This is almost like brandy. It's like the cherry sweetness of Wisconsin Belgian Red, plus bourbon, plus a light tart sourness. It is kind of weird. There is a light toasted coconut note I'm picking up here if I strain really hard--- it's almost like the overall bouquet creates a note that reminds me of suntan lotion (which translates as toasted coconut). I like it-- it blends nicely into the nose.

This is fantastic now.
(at this point in the voicenote I have a 5 minute discussion with yeahnatenelson and oreo about my house)

The taste has a lot going on: some light sour funk, some really tasty cherry notes.

Medium body, low carbonation level. There is a lingering note of bourbon that lingers with a little boozy warmth. It has certainly faded out a good deal though.

Overall-- this is certainly improving, and has gotten MUCH better than it was originally.
I have high hopes for the NG sours from now on!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 00:05:07 | More by AleWatcher
R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from New Glarus Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.