R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek
New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D Bourbon Barrel KriekR&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek
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From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 10.54%
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
68
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 11, 2019
Added:
Jul 30, 2010
Wants:
  370
Gots:
  10
SCORE
94
Outstanding
R&D Bourbon Barrel KriekR&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek
Notes: 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.
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Rated: 4.3 by cd34 from Illinois

Aug 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Prefacing this review by saying this is based on a 9 year old bottle. Its as real as it gets, even if not faithful to the fresh version of the beer. Dark brown body, distinctly oxidized appearance, half finger offwhite head, fair retention and no lacing. Smell is basically aged Belgian red- no acidity, this is mostly tasting like sweet cherry essence, no bourbon or barrel, but a very pleasant taste to it. It doesn't have as much complexity on the palate, fairly sweet. It's what I imagine Belgian Red aged with yeast in the bottle to taste like. Medium lighter bodied, good carbonation even after this time, mildly sweet cherries on the finish.
May 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by oline73 from Maryland

Jul 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.69 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Jul 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by halo3one from Georgia

Jul 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by Zuidman from Illinois

Sep 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.21 by egrace84 from Illinois

Sep 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.75 by blabaer from California

Dec 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 24, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by josephwa from Minnesota

Oct 20, 2014
 
Rated: 4.3 by shadetree67 from Minnesota

Oct 20, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by DarthGuitarHero from Minnesota

Oct 19, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Big_Dave from Texas

Aug 13, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Jens_Hauser from Iowa

Aug 05, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by pk18 from Wisconsin

Jun 11, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Boski from North Carolina

May 27, 2014
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours out a burnt orange color with a decent head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla and cherry tones underneath

Taste: The Bourbon dominates bringing oak and vanilla and the cherry and tart tones linger underneath from start to finish, though they never really emerge from the shadows

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I think the cherry tones were stronger when the beer was younger and I have lifted the ratings according to what I think it might have been rather than what it is now
May 26, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

May 05, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by GHphoto from Illinois

May 05, 2014
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Reviewed by jegross2 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Reviewing the R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from the New Glarus Brewing Company out of New Glarus, Wisconsin.

Score: 87

Brewed 01/18/10, bottled 08/06/10. Served in a Firestone Walker reserve series mini snifter and enjoyed on 01/24/14. Sampled side-by-side with New Glarus R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek, R&D Sour Ale and R&D Very Sour Blackberry. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown “oh hey, are you a Flanders red?” color with a thin layer of fizzy head that settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Cherry juice, vanilla and oak. Brown sugar too. Minimal apparent sourness, comes across as being sweet in the nose. 4/5

Taste: This is basically bourbon barrel aged Belgian Red. Sweet cherry juice, bourbon, light vinegar and funk, vanilla and oak. The cherry flavor is a bit medicinal towards the finish. No real sourness here — just a little crisp tartness towards the finish as it warms, lacking any real bite. Finishes with sweet cherry/oaky vanilla. 3.75

Mouthfeel: Viscous, low carbonation. Sweet and oily mouthfeel, with a modestly dry finish. 3.75

Overall: This beer is basically just bourbon barrel aged Belgian Red and sweet Flanders red-like in taste. Take that as you will, and seek out accordingly.

Cost: $8 for a 500 ml bottle.
Apr 23, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by aasher from Indiana

Mar 02, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by tom10101 from Canada (QC)

Feb 13, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by WynnO from Florida

Jan 28, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

Oct 15, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by cadaugherty from Illinois

Aug 20, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by thebigredone from Wisconsin

Aug 19, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by Loogs from Wisconsin

Aug 11, 2013
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Reviewed by Treebs from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
500ml bottle served in a New Glarus flute. Bottled 8/6/10. Thanks to sweemzander for the share.

A: Pours a clear amber brown color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Tart cherries with a nice barrel presence. Light oak, smooth vanilla and a little kiss of bourbon.

T: Sour cherry, tart cherry skins with faint bourbon note. Light oak with some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium high carbonation with a sweet finish. Just a touch of sour cherry.

O: The bourbon barrel is holding up well and giving this beer a really sweet overtone that balances the cherries. Definitely enjoyed this one.
Apr 11, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by claytong from Vermont

Apr 09, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by pmoney from Illinois

Apr 08, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by Anonymous1 from Illinois

Apr 04, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by spycow from Illinois

Mar 10, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by FunkyMacGroovin from California

Feb 28, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by beernads from Florida

Jan 18, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by AlexFields from Tennessee

Jan 08, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Dec 23, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by t0rin0 from California

Nov 23, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by schneid from Illinois

Sep 13, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by Bobbydigi from Kansas

Sep 12, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by goodstrongbeer from Illinois

Aug 27, 2012
R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 153 ratings