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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by alcstradamus on 07-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
151
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
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378
Gots:
10
For Trade:
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Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nerd shared this one. Thanks, Michael.

Clear red with copper highlights, this has great color, and the head is solid and lasting.

The nose is redolent of ripe macerated cherries, sweet with a mild tartness. There's a hint of vanilla and caramel, which I guess is the influence of the bourbon barrel, but it's subtle.

Abundant sweet cherries, this is only mildly piquant on the tongue and hardly sour. Vanilla and caramel make brief appearances, along with hints of oak in the finish. There's a bit of graham cracker maltiness; otherwise, it's all about the sweet, intense, dessert-like cherry flavors.

OK, this isn't a true kriek, nor is it particularly sour, but it is a very good fruit beer. I enjoyed my pour and I'd gladly drink it again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -4%
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

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish orange body, ample foam and minimal lacing. Decent retention with some spotty bits of foam clinging to the glass after each sip. Clarity is good, though the color isn't red like a traditional kriek (no points off for that).

Sweet nose of oxidized malts, vanilla, caramel, and dried cherry. Seems more like a sweetened Flanders (WI Belgian) Red than anything. Not really funky, acetic or much resembling traditional Kriek, though it's pleasant enough for what it is.

Slightly sweet tartness on the tongue, bolstered by sweet malt (more than expected), some saddle leather and damp hay notes, but not especially funky. Cherry is there, not as pronounced as a fresh bottle, but it melds nicely with a light vanilla pastry flavor. Light to medium bodied, easily sipped.

Overall this is a bit too similar to the long line of closely related fruit beers from New Glarus. Barrel-aged Belgian Red isn't too far off to be honest. Elements of Cherry Stout, Enigma, and WI Belgian Red show up here. Hopefully future batches are a bit more wild... it's just too similar to past releases to seek out. Thanks Joe for sharing this alongside the Gueuze.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper bordering on mahogany with a nice tan head and some good legs as it goes down. Smell is cherries, quite a bit of oak, vanilla, coconut, and some very exquisite backing bourbon. The taste only improves on this with the bourbon, vanilla, and coconut really taking center stage, although the cherries definitely make their presence known. Mouthfeel enhances the taste like no other, with a nice creamy smoothness. The most impressive New Glarus beer I've had to date. Absolutely left me wondering why more breweries aren't bourbon-barrel-aging krieks. Phenomenal results, at least in this case.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the heart of the hobo tasting and the reason we came in the first place, the last two in the rnd series i needed to have. served chilled and next to the railroad tracks.

pours out a lovely cherrywood like color with a slight haze and a light pillow head of off white. smooth settling left a nice concentric set of rings around the outside of the glass. very, very well done. aroma of sweet vanilla, oak, bourbon, cherry pulp and brown sugar was just what the doctor ordered. it was the smell you wished your cough medicine had as a kid. just the sweetest of candy flavored goodness. each sip gathered the flavors together and highlighted one or more as it warmed. first initial sips were full of bourbon and vanilla notes, inter twined with the sugary goodness, just really very well done. but as it warmed the cherries really started to show themselves and this became one for the ages. really a wonderful blend of sweet and lightly tart cherry juice, and sugary vanilla that was all reeled together but the oak an bourbon. a masterpiece.

overall i could not be happier with this one. it had just the perfect amount of everything and with the low abv was just what i needed. really one of the best i have had from new glarus for sure.

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Photo of mothman
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into Lost Abbey glassware.

Pours a fizzy white head that settles fast. Color is a clear bright ruby head. A nice color to this one.

Aroma: Sour cherries and lots of them. I get oak and vanilla, and the bourbon hits as I swirl the glass. A really awesome layer added to this beer. It is more tart than funky. I like it... a lot.

Taste: Cherries, oak, vanilla, bourbon. The cherries are tart and the bourbon is warming in a good way. It is tart and sour. Not a lot of funk shows which I like for this beer. It almost has a whiskey flavor to it. The cherries remind of the WI Belgian Red cherries. Door County cherries ftw. Wow, the bourbon is spot on.

Mouthfeel: A light sourness, but the main component is the tartness. A lighter bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean with more cherries.

Overall, I am impressed with this beer. It is amazing. I didn't expect to pick up the bourbon notes as much, but wow do they pull throw and add a nice layer. This is up there as one of my favorite NG beers. Very drinkable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kevin for sending me this extra in the Whale BIF IV.

A: The pour is amber in color with a creamy off white head.

S: A big time cherry pie aroma to this one, shockingly similar to Wisconsin Belgian Red. A bit of a caramel and malt sweetness along with some bourbon and vanilla. I get very minimal tartness.

T: Cherries and a cherry pie type flavor are what this one is all about. Again, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and vanilla. Surprisingly sweet for a kriek. Seems more like a bourbon barrel aged Wisconsin Belgian Red.

M: The body is medium and so is the level of carbonation.

D: Very disappointing, I must say. I do like their Belgian Red, but I was expecting something that is a little more of a departure from the same beer that you can get year round.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed from the bottle in a cervoise thanks to orangesol.

The color is reddish amber with a thin cap of cream with ultra fine beading. The lace sticks well. The smell has a nice sweet aroma with woody and vanilla notes of the bourbon barrel with a lot of sweet esters coming from the fruit with slight nutty tinge. The feel is a big bold body with mild alcohol and moderate sweetness level with mild carbonation level and light tannin.

The flavor is moderately sweet cherry on the tip of the tongue with a mild bourbon accent with slight woody tinge and vanilla-like taste in the background with slight toasted note and mild hint of tart cherry skin. the taste is very well balanced between the sweetness of the cherries and the lacto with a nice woody tannic tinge too. The stone fruit is fresh tasting and gives a semi-dry finish. Overall I really liked this one, a pretty high quality cherry beer with a nice blend of bourbon barrel which gives a vanilla quality to compliment the cherry flavor, this is really nice and drinkable too.

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Photo of orangesol
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this one to our recent gueuze tasting. Served alongside the gueuze.

A - Pours reddish brown with a nice one finger tall white head leaving slight streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells like a fresh baked cherry pie initially. Once it dies down a bit you get hints of vanilla, warm bourbon, brown sugar and a touch of chocolaty sweetness.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sour maraschino cherries quickly giving way to hints of vanilla, brown sugar, caramel malt and some warming bourbon. The tartness dies down and the sweetness intensifies as it warms up. Finish is pretty sweet, lingering for some time after consumption.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly sweet feel with a touch of warm bourbon coming through as it warms up.

O - I really enjoyed this one. The fruit matched very well with the warm bourbon. It had all the right flavors to keep me interested and it was very easy to drink. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/02/12 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; have wanted to try it for a while. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark reddish-brown copper color with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, spices, tart cherries, cinnamon, and sour dark fruits. Bourbon still comes through but isn't too strong. Sour cherries and dark fruits still come through as well, probably a little more than the bourbon, which I really like. Really nice.

t - Tastes of spices, sour cherries and dark fruits, light bourbon, fruity malts, yeast. Agauin, very nice, though a bit spicey and not as sour as the nose. A step down for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice wild ale. Apparently it has faded a bit over time but I still enjoyed it a lot, so would have liked to try it fresh. Nice sour nose and easy to drink, would certainly like to have it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is sunburst orange with a half inch of white head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma offers oak, wine, booze, berries, wild yeast. The beer is tannic, with a blend of booze and fruit. Lots of wood comes through. Cherries soaked in bourbon. Nice balance of sweet cherries with tart flavors, boozy bourbon, and a general tannic / barrel character. Light bodied and smooth feeling on the palate. An interesting beer for sure. For what it is, this is very well done.

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

Thanks to pantanap for sharing this, seeing as I missed out when the bottle release was pushed up. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours with a nice finger of off-white foam that settles to a thin ring and some filmy haze. Features a pinkish red-brown body that's a few shades darker than the R&D Gueuze.

S - Vanilla, maraschino cherry, a bit of oak. Not getting a ton of bourbon here - the closest thing might be a bit of spice. I'm also not getting much of the lactobacillus character. Smells like Cran-bic, but with cherries instead of cranberries.

T - Taste is very sweet, with low but present amounts of tartness and pucker. However, to me this is largely vanilla and cherry; basically a barrel-aged Belgian Red at this stage in the game. Probably more of a 4.25 here.

M - Lower carbonation, very sticky medium body. Perhaps a bit juice-like, and nowhere near as dry as the Gueuze.

D - I'm conflicted. This stuff is delicious, but it's about as Kriek-like as Phoenix Kriek (i.e. not very much at all). I'd have no problem putting down a half-liter bottle with the excellent taste and lower ABV. I guess I'm just a little disappointed to go from the very bretty and wild character of the R&D Golden Ale to minimal sourness or funk.

I'm not going to be overly harsh here. As a fruit beer, this rocks and when compared to Lindemans, Chapeau, or Kriek Max it's extremely enjoyable. However, if you go in expecting Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen you're going to be very disappointed - as an authentic historical Kriek this would probably be in B-/C+ territory.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe, kind of a fascinating beer really.

Beer is reddish, hazy, thin white head, wispy, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and tart, cherry and bourbon all rolled into one. Mild citric nose too.

Beer is thin in body, bourbon slightly up front along with a little sweetness, the second half of the beer is bright and fruity with a tart finish. This beer was kind of like sticking two good beers together and getting a decent beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get a ton of bourbon, maple and vanilla notes up front, with the accompanying tart cherry notes. The flavor is more of the same. All of the notes from the aroma are present in the flavor. If I had to summarize the flavor, I would say it tastes like bourbon-chocolate covered cherries. The tartness and a little hint of funk just add to the other notes. I have never had a beer that tastes quite like this and I hope I get to try it again, although that is probably unlikely. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Duff27
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

700th review!

Pours a murky brown with a short white head on top. Leaves a small collar and cap.

A perfect mix of tartness and cherry sweetness.

Ripe red cherries. Tart, not sour. Vanilla, oak, slight bourbon but not much. Some booze is detected.

Tongue dancing carbonation, perfect. Medium mouthfeel.

Found this similar to Wisconsin Begian Red with added oakiness. And that's oaky with this guy as WBR is one of, if not, my favorite beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 1.18.10, Bottled 8.6.10
13*P, 5.5% abv
A soft pour produces a fat-two-finger thick, nicely tan colored head. The beer is a deep, dark red color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells lightly of tart cherries and a touch of cranberries (or is that just the color influencing me) up front. A lingering exploration yields a lactic sourness and a soft, spicy Bourbon / oak note. Interestingly enough this has quite a bit of toasted character; is it malt or oak toast though, it comes off more as being malt derived, but in thinking about it more it is definitely the toasted oak. There is definitely lots of oak and wood character, but I like that the cherries are expressive up front and then again in a long finishing aromatic note. As my nose gets used to this beer a much more expressive vanillin character starts to come out, at times it can even remind me of lightly toasted coconut. Towards the end of this beer the vanillin / coconut character even becomes the most dominant note.

This still has some residual sugars in it that adds a soft sweetness. Up front this has a nice lactic tartness to it, which accentuates the cherry notes. This then moves into a vanillin laden, fruity Bourbon-leaning, and lightly spicy oak finish. There is a lot going on in this beer and it is quite well balanced. I am definitely enjoying this a bit more than I was expecting. Up front the carbonation adds to the percieved tartness with some carbonic acid. The texture is a bit fizzy, though it is not aggressively carbonated. The beer is light leaning, but does have a medium'ish texture to it that lightly clings to the palate. I really like how the cherry flavors intermingle with the rich vanillin notes from barrels, this works together really well. It is also quite nice that the oak and Bourbon character is not too overwhelming for this beer; especially in a beer of this relatively low strength. Toasted coconut starts to come out in the flavor after a bit and becomes a significant contributor to the flavor of the finish.

This beer is quite nice. It is much better than I was expecting for some reason and even the light sweetness works well here. In fact, without it, this beer would be unbalanced as the Bourbon and oak character wouldn't work nearly as well as it does. My biggest complaint is that the base beer and the fermentation character really doesn't play much of a role here; the Bourbon barrel and oak play first billing, and the cherries play a significant role as well, but the base beer plays hardly even a supporting role here. The base beer contributes some soft lactic tartness, perhaps a hint of maltiness in the middle and not much else. Still the flavors that are here are quite enjoyable and balanced between themselves.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one a while back from the fantastic enelson... Thanks a ton Ed for a badass trade. I shared this one with the geeks and just now entering the notes.

Pours a clear orange... like a lite tawny port... little in the way of head or lacing.

The nose shows alot of bourbon with a lesser cherry.. not very sour at all.. Honestly alot like a vanilla and booze spiked Wisconsin Red... no funk on the nose.

Great cherry flavor.. oaky vanilla and bourbon.. doughy sweetness adds to a "pie essence"... too sweet for a "wild ale", but still very nice for what it is... the barrel presence adds waves of complexities to a familiar beer. I was just hoping for more funk.. instead there is a mild acetic quality that is the tie that binds.

Medium body and lite carbonation for any beer... for this "style", it is too heavy and needs more carbonation.

All of the above negatives go away on the drinkability... I loved this one and want more... a lot more... I want to score a couple more of this batch and let it age for a few years before I ever touch it again.

Thanks again Ed.... if you have more, please hit me up. :-)

3.5/4/4/3.5/4.5

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Photo of yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle shared by Thorpe.

Dark copper brown color with a light tan head that settles into a ring of bubbles with some legs of lacing. Strong bourbon aroma with mild dark cherry and vanilla notes. Aroma is more sour than the flavor suggests, initially cherry forward followed by light bourbon and oak. Not as sweet as the aroma. Slightly metallic in the finish. Medium thick body with low, fine carbonation and a smooth finish. I would have preferred to try this fresh, but this was still nice.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/17/2010

Thanks to Mike (Overlord) for sharing. The Law of Equipoise must be restored in the near future.

A: Burgundy tinged dark brown with a lilliputian and short lived white head.

S: Sweet and lactic cherries against a faint backdrop of bourbon. The fruit is sugary, brown sugary, and lightly sour, and I detect a dash of chocolate and wood.

T: Sweet cherries with a moderate lactic sourness and a little tartness. If bourbon was faint in the aroma, it's almost nonexistent in the flavor. Brown sugar melds with oak and vanilla.

M: Thick, creamy, and sticky with adequate carbonation, upper moderate I'd say.

Overall: This has traces of Belgian Red, Enigma and Old English Porter. I found it quite nice, but the sweetness cuts down on my desire to consume large quantities of it (not that it's a beer that should be consumed in that fashion). The bourbon was pretty subtle, especially in the flavor, and I was hoping that aspect would be more pronounced when I first heard of the beer. All told, a good fruit beer, but not among the New Glarus elite.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 08-06-10 bottled date. Thank you Kiley for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy copper amber color with reddish highlights. Produced a great bubbly eggshell colored head with good retention behind it. Some lacing.

(S)- A lively burst of near tart fruits: cherry, cranberry, and strawberry. A nice creamy vanilla-like woody oak presence. Some subtle dry hay.

(T)- A really nice profile of lightly tart fruits: cherry and cranberry. A subtle dry spicy vanilla oak present in the background. Finishes clean with the tartness staying throughout.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Nice tart fruits and subtle wood/barrel notes. I really could not tell this was bourbon barrel aged; great integration and feel.

(D)- A very clean taste/feel for the style. Not too funky or sour, but the fruits really are nice. I look forward to what age will do to this.

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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

150th Review!

HUGE thanks to thewimperoo for trading this beer to me! Thanks Dan!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: A mix of orange and deep red colored beer. 3 fingers plus head after an aggressive pour that bubbles down into a nice cap that remains on top the beer. Looks awesome.

Smell: The mains smells of this beer are dark cherries, vanilla, oak, nice small hint of funkiness.

Taste: Tart cherries and medium funk. The vanilla is mellow, but noticable and the sweetness that is imparted is great with the cherries. The oak is nice and the barrel really makes this beer really tasty. As the beer warms the cherry becomes more sweet and really balances out the funk flavors really well.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with lots of carbonation. Nice soft finish that seems to have some spiciness to it. Crisp and dry as well.

Overall: Man, this is a great beer! It reminds me of New Glarus Enigma in a bourbon barrel. It is awesome. I really wish I had more bottles of this beer! Sours are really growing on me and this beer amplified that! Wow!

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3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many, many thanks for this treat, Casey. I split this with Devin tonight.

Brilliant garnet red with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a ring, it does deserve to get dinged a bit, but the color and clarity are rather breathtaking. As for the nose, this is about as much of a Kriek as the Phoenix Kriek is. Very fruit forward with lots of cherry and a rather noticeable bourbon character with a mild heat and moderate vanilla. Sourness is all cherry with no real lambic character present. Vanilla, oak and not much cherry skin/pit character are other attributes, but this really does have gobs of cherries, reminding me alternately of maraschino and sour cherries.

The palate opens with plenty of cherry flavor, very pie like and almost a touch metallic. The sour cherry character is pronounced and is actually quite wonderful. Deep and rich, the fruit is very well expressed here. Brown sugar, vanilla and oak are present in the classic New Glarus combination. Drying on the finish with some sourness with plenty of tartness and moderate fruit character, there is some bourbon heat on the finish that comes across surprisingly close to a grain alcohol/neutral spirit like character, causing the flavors to fizzle out, leaving just a little brown sugar, cherry and vanilla. Decent stuff, I'd love to try this side by side with Enigma and Wisconsin Belgian Red.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big thanks to Kan.

A light redish color with off white head, decent lacing...A really nice aroma of cherry vanilla, lots of spice, nutmeg, a little bread pudding...The taste is really sweet lots of cherry and vanilla present, its really similar to wisconsin belgian red in the sweetness with a kick of a little vanilla and bourbon...Pretty easy to drink at first, but after awhile gets a little too sweet.

Decent and worth trying, but a little too sweet.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle courtesy of enelson. The label reads "Bourbon Barrel Kriek is spontaneously fermented in oak vats, then aged with sour cherries in bourbon barrels. Sour and intense, this is a wild beer."

It pours clear, a dark copper-tan color with reddish highlights, and a thin wet off-white foam. Not as red as expected for a kriek but still more red than yellow.

The bourbon and sour cherries really mix it up in the aroma, leaving an overall tasty impression if not quite as appealing as NG Cranbic. Dark fruits like plums in addition to the cherries, not really too many wild notes. The bourbon adds some light whiskey aromas, a a sense of more alcohol than the 5.5% ABV listed on the bottle.

This beer tastes more sweet than sour, more on the Lindemans side of the scale than Cantillon, but not near the Lindemans sweetness index value. The bourbon barrel adds flavors that are modest in intensity but massive in effect to the beer. I've never had this mix of flavors in a beer before, and I can immediately endorse it as delicious.

The carbonation is on the low side but definitely present, otherwise a nice light body. I liked this a lot and would try another one any time, well done.

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Photo of maximum12
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up at the New Glarus brewery during our epic, intense weekend at the Great Taste, which was even better than those that came before. Absolutely stunning brewery. If you're ever within 100 miles, it's worth a side trip.

Now, on to this whole Kriek thing. 500ML bottle split with my wife (who also insisted on picking up a couple of the R&D Golden Ale after she had a taste). Pours a clear, unsullied cherry red with minimal carbonation; individual bubbles can be tracked as they mosey unhurriedly towards the surface of the beer. Smell is ripe cherries with the slightest edge, less funk, more tart.

R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek is following in the well-trodden path of fine New Glarus fruit beers. They should start a university on the subject. Tart without being hailing distance to puckering, the cherries fill out the lineup card, the dance card, & probably an inside straight, too. The bourbon...really? Barely taste it. Neither vanilla nor bourbon is much in evidence. Handed to me blind I'd have tasted neither.

Very sweet, starting over the edge, but just stepping back from sticky & syrupy. But this should come in 3L buckets so I could stick a 2" diameter straw in & go at it. All I need is a straw hat, hammock, & a little shade with that 3L & I'd be all set for one fine afternoon of liesure.

Well. I'm not really much of a fan to judging to style, so this is purely on taste, & it's really flippin' good. New Glarus continues a fruity winning streak, & this is simply another in a line of good ones. Salut & down the hatch.

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R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from New Glarus Brewing Company
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