R&D Kriek
New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D KriekR&D Kriek
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Belgian Fruit Lambic
4.37 | pDev: 4.35%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
R&D KriekR&D Kriek
Notes: Our Wisconsin Kriek boasts Door Co. cherries. three year old hops and Wisconsin wheat. Spontaneously coolship soured for citrusy farmhouse funk aged in oak vats.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 37
Photo of Lucular
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous deep red with a slightly pinkish head. Smell is sour cherries, funk, oak, and vanilla with a hint of cinnamon. Taste is similar. Although the oak is a little bit too strong (lots of tannins), this is still a delicious beer. The New Glarus coolship/sour/fruited/open fermentation program is second to none.

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Photo of maximum12
3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hard to believe this 500ML bottle has been resting in my cellar since August 2018, but here we are. Split with my wife.

Looks like straight-up red wine after a few moments to let the head settle down to nothing. The nose is the expected cherry port.

New Glarus Kriek confirms that I’m just about done with sours, because this is a good one, & my crank remains at six o’clock. Lovely tart cherry, acidic without being truly sour, mineral water, touch of oak, with the mustiness of my grandpa’s upstairs…the room that we slept in that was closed up & left to the mice & spiders the balance of the year. Light, spritzy, but half the bottle is all that I need.

Being objective, this is a really good beer, though short of the BB Kriek & Wild Peach. I’d expect no less out of an excellent brewery.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark red body with rose tinted foam. Smell has a good amount of must in it from the wood and wheat, but in general a wild lambic complexion, funky, with those lovely door county tart cherries piercing through. Taste has the tart cherry up front and finishing, but in between they are washed in waves of oak, funky grains and yeast, flowers, soil, orchard fruit, and hay, all good but a little heavy on the balance for a kriek lambic. Feel is spot on in that it has the tartness of the cherry but not overly so, good sweetness, with massive wood, wild, and funk influences in the body.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've never been a big lover of cherry beers - stouts, sours, IPAs, etc. But, krieks seem to buck the trend for me for some reason. This is certainly no exception, thankfully.

R&D Kriek is just a bit funky with light cinnamon. It's sweet and a slightly tart and sour, but those are definitely not the most forward elements. It's mostly just a pleasantly cherry cinnamon beer. Quite nice and well done.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage; drank 4/26/19 @ Elastic Arts.

Cherry forward but not over-the-top; tart but not puckering. This was an excellent kriek; probably the best US take on the style I've had.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Both bracingly sour and juicy with ripe cherries, New Glarus adds another blue ribbon to the fruit beer program. Lambic-like and plump with local cherries, their take on traditional, patient Brussels styled sour ale would be a welcomed addition to even the central portions of Belgium.

Deep ruby in color, R&D Kriek pours with a sparkling wine-like appearance. Only a withstanding slight pinkish stained froth tells the tale of ale. Olfactory piercing aromas of cherries and underlying citrus, berry, wine and vinegar swoon the senses along with the earthen charm of weathered woods, leather and general cellar-like conditions. Modest sweetness greets the tongue with a roundness of hard candies and cobbler.

The real story is about the cherries that keep their strong black cherry presence although being fully fermented. Juicy, radiant, ripe and distinctly tart, an undercurrent of apple cider, rose wine, lemon, lime, gooseberry and rhubarb reinforce the acidity of the fruit. Further into the middle palate, its rich cherry character gives way to a balance of yeast spice, dusty saddle leather, damp hay and light peppery phenolics into a slight bitter late palate.

Incredibly thirst quenching, dry and refreshing, the medium light bodied sour ale has enough of sweetness left behind to allow the cherries to taste like cherries, the ale carries slightly more weight than authentic kriek of Brussels, yet is forgivably more weighted in simply the way that New Glarus works with fruit. Simply amazing.

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Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark magenta with a one finger mauve head; spotty lacing dribbles down

Smell: Woodsy cherry tones; musty, tart and dry

Taste: Rich black cherry forward, tart but dry, with an oaky, must character developing; the tartness builds, through the middle and lingers into the otherwise dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat puckery

Overall: New Glarus gets more out of fruit than just about anybody and this is an excellent Kriek

Thanks, ncusatis, for the opportunity

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Photo of Sabtos
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vibrantly clear but dark blood red with a fizzy pink head that quits to a smooth fluid surface fairly quickly.

This smells exactly like sopapillas with a dollop of cherry pie filling on top, which easily translates to cherry pie instantaneously.

Taste exudes an amazingly imitative cinnamon character before juicy luxardo cherry takes over. Tartness is perfectly stinging with a mildly complex, woody funk in the tingly, effervescent medium-light body that finishes semi-dry.

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Photo of joe1510
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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New Glarus R&D Kriek is a pretty beverage. It's deep, dark, brooding blood red with a fizzy, crackling pink head. The foam grows without a problem and sticks around for a serious amount of time considering the style and effervescence. Carbonation runs through the body, bolstering the head almost as if it was champagne, The body has a soft glow about it when backlit but it's far too dark to see through. This is a fine looking drink.

Damn, this beer can be smelled from feet away. It sports pretty classic, authentic kriek characteristics off the bat. There are handfuls of dry splintered oak, attic, cobwebs and wet rock minerality. Not so much barnyard but certainly the barn itself. When that passes the cherry additions are rich and vibrant. Deep pulls bring forth rich cherry concentrate. almost as if it was pure cherry juice, no filler. This is in the background of that musty funkiness that's purely mouthwatering. Excellent.

While the nose is bordering on mindblowing the flavor takes the more cherry forward route and pushes the funkiness to the background. This isn't a complaint, the cherry is delicious. Again, the cherry is massively rich, like concentrate. It's not sweet, it brings some tart though. Those barn qualities mentioned above cradle that delicious cherry. Splintered oak, musty cobwebs, old attic, and a touch of minerality. The cherry itself adds a bright flash of acidity instead of sweetness. This is flat out delicious.

The feel is as spot on as the rest of the beer. It's lively and effervescent. The body feels as if it will have a little weight off the bat but it's quickly swept through with the gathering bubbles. It leaves a pucker on the swallow and a lingering tartness on the lips and cheeks. There's acidity but it's in no way like battery acid, when combined with the dryness this beer is absurdly drinkable.

New Glarus smacked another homerun on another R&D. This beer has rich, vibrant cherry character without the usual sweetness. It also brings a good amount of wild yeast character in all the barn components mentioned. Hopefully, this one is still left next time I head back. Worth the money for sure.

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Photo of Benish
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a deep dark purple with a purple head that disappeared in seconds. It is translucent with no sediment dispersed.

Smell: tart cherries, lots of wild funk and a notes of vinous red wine. Smells very dry, not too juicy or fruity. As it warms up, the barnyard funk becomes more prominent.

Taste: at first I taste the blended red wine, very vinous with a slight sweet malt. The tart cherries come in quickly but the vinous property really overpowers it. Its very tart and mildly sour. Its kind of half and half between the sweetness and dryness. There is this wild funk that I can pick up that gives off a notes of barnyard.

Mouthfeel: light-bodied and very acidic in the mouth.

Overall: its a great beer from New Glarus. I love their R&D releases but this one falls a little short compared to their others. Didn't they release this aged in bourbon barrels once? Why not do that?

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour at new Glarus brewery. Dark red body white head. Smells of cherries and oak. Boatloads of cherrys with light oak & funk. Lightbody with low carbonation. Carbonation is adequate. Semi dry finish. This kriek is incredible. It’s better than 2010 bourbon barrel kriek!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at New Glarus. Dark, deep reddish purple body, bright pink red head, good retention. Smell is full of cherry flesh, a bit of cherry skin tartness, light leather, a mild-moderate acetic acidity, a bit of yogurty lactic acid, oak. A bit of lemon also. Flavour follows the nose, although I was hoping for a deeper, oakier funk. That being said, this is delicious and what I always hope Belgian Red would taste like if we opened a bottle, pitched in yeast and recapped it to dry it out some more. Medium body, slightly dry, refreshing and not syrupy at all. Fairly authentic, dry and full of cherry character. I think if it can dry out a little more and funk up over time, that would be even better and get close to the elevated level of Very Sour Blackberry.

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Photo of emerge077
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark crimson tone with pink foam that fizzles momentarily before disappearing to a thin ring at the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Aroma is intense, full of juicy ripe cherry, closer to a Balaton or pie cherry. Some mild cheese rind funk and wild acidity from the spontaneous fermentation.

Intense cherry flavor, ripe and bursting with juice, dry almondy cherry pits. Fruit forward is an understatement, this is jam packed with tart cherry juice. The funk and sourness of the base wild ale is relegated to the periphery, but somehow I don’t mind. It’s well balanced and manages to be equal parts sweet, sour, and dry, in that order.

Fuller feel, puckering and quenching, drying finish. Carb level is spritzy, though it ebbs some over time. In that respect, it’s reminiscent of draft kriekenlambiek, also similar to Dovetail Kriek, Hanssens Scarenbecca, and Drie Fonteinen Intense Red. Nice company to be in.

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R&D Kriek from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 37 ratings