Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red
3,600 Ratings
Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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Ratings: 3,600 |  Reviews: 1,010
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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For my 100th review I had to select the best specialty beer brewed in Wisconsin -- it was certainly tough to let the bottle sit in my beer cave awaiting my entry into the mugclub!

The presentation alerts you that this beer is something different: a 25 oz champange bottle sealed with crimson bottling wax....the beer is best served in a brandy snifter or champange flute according to Master Brewer Dan Carey.

The beer pours a deep ruby red with a frothy pink head, that does not linger long, but does not need to with the lingering carbonation hidden in the depths of this ale.

The aroma is an explosive blend of sour Montmorency cherry and spicy oak earthy notes. Tremendous balance in the aroma that prevents the cherry from becoming overwhelming.

The taste is also an amazing blend of cherry tartness and slight malty sweetness, balanced with an earthy oak dryness. This is not an ale to be gulped, but savored throughout the night.

This is a nearly perfect example of what craft brewing can produce, given the skills of an expert brewer, the use of exceptional local ingredients, and a daring to try something unique. New Glarus deserves all the awards they have received for this tremendous ale.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of urwithdave
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in a trade with TRBERGMAN. Poured into a CCB snifter.

A- Ruby red in color. Poured a 2 inch head that had good retention. Spider web sticky lacing left.

S- Ummmm cherry jolly ranchers. Then more cherry jolly ranchers.

T- Excellent. Of course it's huge on cherries. It's almost like drinking candy without the sugar overkill. Is there really alcohol in this???? I'm sad that I'm on my last swig.

M- Perfect level of carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

D- I could drink this for days.

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4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a lot of red in a single glass of beer. It pours a blood red color topped with a finger of pinkish head. No head retention.
Smell: Nothing really else to say than CHERRIES.
Taste: Cherries dominate the palate in every way shape and form very sweet. This is a very tasty fruit beer that is the class with Blushing Monk.
Mouthfeel: Very sweet and sticky if the carbonation wasn't there it would be almost hard to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml shared by Klym, cheers to the trader that hooked him up with a ridiculous sub-24 hour trade notice.

Poured into New Glarus Tulip (amazing throw-in!)

A: Carbonated red jello with some continents of film on an ocean of red. Amazing light reds amidst darker tones; and a noticeable near translucency in certain angles. Darker reds give the lighter tones a deep red rose cloak. This is a beer full of optical illusions.

S: This smells exactly like a cherry icee. I feel like i've gone to see some summer mega-flick, and someone poured a slurpee into my glass. Sweet and very candy-like. Late notes of almond vanilla make for an unexpected guest. It's there I swear, give it a whiff then take 3-4 breaths in and out your nose away from the glass. See? Magic!

T: Light and sweet pickled cherry spritzers that rides a peaking tartness to give the smallest notes of alcohol a cloak of invisibility. Carbonated cherry skins that stick on the tongue for a relentless bludgeoning of tingly cherry otter pops. Bright flavors that do a good job of avoiding syrupy concentrations. Great flavor with perhaps even more reservation of sweetness than Raspberry Tart. An excellent balance of all cherry flavors. A slightly drying almond flake in the end that hits just before the vinegar pinch in the throat. This is alive with tartness.

M: Medium-full cotton ball softness in the mouth that disappears like dissolving grains of sugar. The carbonation is mellow, but just welcome enough to prevent any overly syrupy feelings. My mouth never feels coated in grenadine or simple syrups. This also helps the flavors escape the monotone flavors of cherry skins, and transforms the berry into a fruit of more subtle substance. A sugary plum-like character arrives with a familiar cherry finish. The mouth-feel allows this all to happen.

O: This beer is extremely good, and honestly for me is preferable to Raspberry Tart. I think both are great beers, but after having them side by side tonight I think this one is a bit more of a revelation. I think I've seen other beers go similar places to Raspberry Tart in the use of raspberries (perhaps just not as well); however, this is a first for cherries. I didn't know they could be so light and candy-like. I was really impressed how this stayed away from syrupy qualities; which is where I see this being divergent from Raspberry Tart. I wouldn't say grenadine flavors aren't in here, but most certainly the mouthfeel avoids stereotypical coating syrups. It's juicy, it's concentrated, but it's not syrup. I don't even like cherries that much to eat as a form of food, but I'll be damned if I don't drink them again sometime.

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Vibrant ruby red color. Big head that has a slightly red hue, too. A bit cloudy.

S - No doubt, the BEST aroma on any fruit beer... maybe ANY beer I've had! If I didn't know better, I would guess my glass holds a bunch of crushed cherries. Like a sweet cherry pie filling.

T - Again, very fresh, authentic cherries dominate the flavor, but a distinct white grape juice flavor comes through. More sour than tart, if there is a difference (I think so). An awesome sort of candy sugariness that is fantastic. The complexity and depth of this beer is unbelievable!

M/D - Medium carbonation and body. The taste lingers with you and gives you time to think about it for a minute or longer after having it. One of two perfect beers I have ever had. I need more Wisconsin Belgian Red!

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful dark red hue.

Smell: Aroma of tart cherries.

Taste: Very authentic cherry taste. It's apparent this was brewed with real cherries. Slightly tart.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, yet somehow delicate, almost like the marriage of beer and a fine dessert wine, just as indicated on the bottle

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, but any beer so sweet and tart is best drunk in sips. Ideal for sharing a 750 ml bottle with a few friends after dinner.

Overall, this is a perfect example of what a fruit beer can and should be. New Glarus has many beers worth making the hour-long trip from my home to Wisconsin, and this is certainly one of them.

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Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,600 ratings
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