Wisconsin Belgian Red | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wisconsin Belgian RedWisconsin Belgian Red
3,622 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-22-2001

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Photo of jnn4v
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost like a carbonated cranberry juice in appearance - medium red color, quite visible bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass all around. Almost no head. Translucent with no sediment and minor haze.

S: Cherry, grenadine, cherry ricola or ludens drops, black cherry candy, sweet tarts, and most notably, Ginja (a liqueur made in Spain by infusing ginja berries / sour cherries in alcohol).

T: Definitely has the black cherry candy, Ginja, and sweet tart flavors that I detected in the scent. It's also vaguely reminiscent of a sparkling grape beverage my grandmother used to buy at Thanksgiving for the kids to have instead of wine. My description definitely doesn't do it justice - this is fantastic.

M: Very ample carbonation. Almost "effervescent" but without seeming too bubbly. Amazingly dense mouthfeel for something with only 4% alcohol.

O: Sweet and very fruity, but without seeming syrupy or overly sweet at all. Dry and somewhat tart without being sour. Pretty much as balanced in flavor as an actual ripe black cherry.

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Photo of alexipa
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of sordyl
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwelsh
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of GrizXTKEX519
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Lorianneb
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisAlbertine
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RNbeerfan
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tmappin
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of neckbeardnation22
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RayReed522
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

This is a truely an amazing beer. It pours a dark color with red hints of the cherries contained within the beverage. The head was more than descent and lasted long enough to enjoy. The smell was an olfactory delight. Yum, the taste was absolutely amazing: first thoughts are of fresh homemade cherry pie. While rather pleasantly strong, the sweetness is nicely balanced by the hops. This is a beer to enjoy with friends after a nice meal. Enjoy!

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2/5  rDev -54.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.8%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of jweave16
3.33/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmdellafave
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of brakspear
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%

Wisconsin Belgian Red from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 3,622 ratings
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