R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek | New Glarus Brewing Company

151 Ratings
no score
Send samples
R&D Bourbon Barrel KriekR&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of phichifiji00
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with a sublte white head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: sour cherries, oak, a little vanilla, brown sugar.

Taste: sour cherry, oak, cola, bourbon as it warms.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, tart, cidery.

Overall: A good young sour. Not very complex, but very drinkable.

 321 characters

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.

 965 characters

Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1/15/11. Bottle shared at the Sea Bass going away tasting. Amber/dark reddish pour with a small off-white head. Awesome vanilla BA aromas mixed with fantastic spiced cherry. Light spiced cherry flavor with a hint of vanilla and coconut. This is heaven!

 252 characters

Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium, white head. Scent is sweet bourbon and brown sugar at first. Immediately followed by tart cherry aroma. Lots of oak and dessert wine aromas. Taste is initially sweet cherry with a bit of dark cola. Sweet, delicious bourbon with a nice amount of oak. Vinous. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky with a smooth and tart finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, an interesting style that I would love to see more of (bourbon aged sours). Much better than Raspberry Tart from New Glarus. Wish I could get more of this.

 558 characters

Photo of McCranky
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

 1,043 characters

Photo of FrankenBrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

 474 characters

Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

 962 characters

Photo of Mrpickles
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

 500 characters

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.

 528 characters

Photo of madtowndmb1
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of brian23456
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a snifter. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this over.

Appearance: My pour is an amber brown color with a transparent edge. A soft eggshell head slowly fades to a few islands and a collar around the edge.

Smell: Sweet bourbon, bready malt, and tart cherries.

Taste: The flavor starts with a dark cherry sweetness. Next comes vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon, and then the flavor goes tart. Cherry and a bit of lemon zest to close out.

Mouthfeel: Slightly grainy, tart and salivating, smooth and creamy carbonation, and a light to medium body.

Overall: I enjoyed this, partly because I think I like sweet bourbon barrel aged beers, better than the average review.

 694 characters

Photo of TheDudeRules
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of SuperFriends
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of kansascitytrader
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of amphion1065
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottled, served in a Duvel tulip. Thanks for going totally overboard Chris. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a rusty shade of copper red, with great clarity. A half-finger off-white head with loose bubbles lasts about two minutes or so, and leaves moderate lacing.

The aroma is rich with the earthy, bready character present in true lambics. A tart, vinous funk with just a hint of cherry predominates. A definite oak presence, with a little bit of vanilla from the barrel.

The taste is pretty delightful. Up front, there's a strong - but not bracing - tartness. A very pure, natural cherry flavor shines through. There's a little bit of that bready funk in the mix, though the fruit is the star. But in the back end, this is all about wood with a touch of bourbon. The vanilla really comes out, and it's in perfect harmony with the cherry. The barrel presence is so subtle and so well-integrated.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Lively carbonation, but this is lush and thick. An unbelievably easy beer to drink, a bomber wouldn't be enough, to say nothing of the 500 mL format.

What this beer lacks in mouth-puckering sourness it more than makes up for in sheer deliciousness. An absolute treat, this one made me smile.

 1,222 characters

Photo of Sarlacc83
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Exiled
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.23 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.