R&D Champ Rouge | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.18/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jakea on 09-17-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
30
pDev:
5.26%
 
 
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1
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18
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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

this is really epic, one of the best new glarus beers i have ever had. its a grape wild ale, i am shocked to see it listed as strong as it is, it doesnt drink boozy at all, even at temperature, even though the high acidity and complexity make it a slow drinker. a light red color to it, a little haze, and only a short head. the aroma is crazy and so is the taste, it seems like strong lambic as a base, not malty at all for the color, most of that must come from the fruit. i get a ton of the mature oak and funkiness as well as the acidity, really lambic-esque to me at its core, impressively so really, would probably be epic even without the fruit. the grapes add a lot, red and port wine concentrated fruitiness and tannins, but also a sweetness to the fruit itself, pre-wine, natural, bold, interesting, earthy, delicious. its nice with the sourness and the wood in here, i cant believe the grapes jump out so much. some iodine to it, some obvious brett, strangely medicinal, also slightly candied for a second, but drying with the acidity later on, fuller bodied and incredibly wild on the fermentation side, mature and unique. i thought this was incredible, surprised it isnt rated higher than it is. a standout in an impressive session!

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zonker17
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed 10/16, bottled 4/17, consumed 9/1. Poured to tulip, deep red color, busy foam head that takes longer than expected to dissipate. Nose big on funk and brett, yet the red wine grapes still hold their own. Taste very complex in my opinion, although the funk my be a bit overdone relative to the grape. Excellent work melding flavors of beer and wine.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml
$15
New Glarus Beer Depot

Champ Rouge is one pretty beer. It pours the darkest of reds and proudly shows off some ruby highlights when backlit. Bubbles rush through the surprisingly clear body. The ecru foam shows a purplish hue. The head grows quickly and aggressively to two fingers in height before crackling loudly down to a crown that manages to last throughout the drink. Sexy.

Oh, damn. The nose on this beer is more pronounced funky than the majority of the New Glarus R&D beers I have had in the past. Musty attic and straw jump from the glass from a foot away. Tannic grape adds a fruity acidity but the funkiness is the star. Red wine vinegar. Dry, splintered oak softly hugs the beer as a whole. There is some respectable depth. This smells Belgian as hell.

The flavor isn't quite as explosive or complex as the nose but it's damn good. It starts off with quality red wine vinegar and some soft tannins. The mustiness takes a backseat but is still a strong component. Cobweb filled attics in old homes, wood that's dry and splintered, rustic. A bit of sweet and sour play with the sour winning out. It's bright, acidic and vibrant. This tastes Belgian as hell.

The mouthfeel is nailed. It light and bright. Effervescent as hell. Bubbly and quick moving with a moderately tannic dry finish and enough sour to bring with it some pucker. It's refreshing yet complex. Juicy, yet dry and tart. An enigma amongst enigmas.

Champ Rouge could very well be the most Belgian-esque beer that I have yet had from the Fruit Cave at New Glarus. It's complex and bright. Funky and tart. Bold and beautiful. It should be contemplated but it's just at home with a plate of cheese and jam. Get some of this. Get some of this right meow.

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Photo of jakea
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Brewed 10.16, bottled 4.17. 50 bbl, 19 degrees plato, 10% ABV and 12 IBUs. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a dark purple body, hazy with a one finger white head, fair retention, not much lacing. Aside from the bubbles, you couldn't tell if this was a beer or a cabernet. Looking good. Smell is a rich red wine grape, tart lemon, good bit of leather, touch of oak, lots of tannins. Smells complex and interesting, definitely an appetizing aroma. Seems to intersect with beer and wine in a lot of ways. Flavour however isn't quite there yet; the brett is heavy with a huge leatheriness and moderate lemon, hay, along with heavy tannins and a moderate, dry red vinous sweetness which is overwhelmed by the Brettanomyces. There is only a minimal acidity. It's interesting, nonetheless. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter body, dry leathery finish, good carbonation. To me, the fresh bottle is more definable as a Brett beer first and foremost, then by the grapes, and finally a slight trace of acidity. If you are looking for a grape-forward American wild ale, certainly this fits the definition, but it skews far more towards the Brett component than any of the other microbial contributors. Pursue this if you enjoy Brett beers, if you are looking for something more in the vein of Saint Lamvinus, I would suggest looking elsewhere.

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R&D Champ Rouge from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 30 ratings