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New Glarus R & D Bourbon Barrel Kriek

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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. Strongly Sour with intense cherry overtones married to oak and bourbon character.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark clear amber with a creamy frothy white head.

Aroma: Big bourbon and barrel notes, dates, cherry pie filling.

Taste: Sweet caramel, oak barrel, white chocolate, cherry pie filling.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carb, syrupy.

Overall: Really great. Love the bourbon added to what would be an amazing beer on its own.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Tepid orange-red, thin white head. Nose of Heavy leafy bourbon and vanilla with hints of sweet cherries, tons of vanilla. Flavor is ultra sweet, heavy vanilla, lightly sour fruit, stinging, which contrasts sweetness, also bit of tartness. Very woody nose. Palate a bit slick with fruit and butter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 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. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-24-2010

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7885) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle shared at Mikey’s tasting. Clear amber pour. Nose of muted cherry and light tartness. Taste of lightly tart cherries and cinnamon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2010
50 cl bottle via trade with thickfreakness - Pours a slightly hazy copper/amber color with a half finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is musty cherry and and faint oak/bourbon. Very nice. Flavor is light tart cherries, oak/bourbon, and vanilla. Wow, really nice. Finish is not too sour and doesn’t linger. Medium body. This is probably the most enjoyable Sour I’ve tried. Very nice. Thanks Charlie.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2010
500 ml bottle
In the mood to catch up on Wisconsin rates I cracked open this after I let it chill in the fridge. The result was nothing less than what I expected. A more sour version of Belgian Red this is a beer that everybody should try at least once. Given the limited availability and the fact it may be a while before it comes out again I imagine it will be popular on the trade circuit for a while. I know I will be thinking long and hard before opening my final bottle.

Aroma / Appearance - Bronze red the body sparkled under the light. The color of caramel syrup the head soon collapsed. Ripe tart cherries, a hint of oak, and vanilla gave it mild bourbon contributions. I wonder if this is what Belgian Red would be like with extra aging.

Flavor / Palate - Carbonated and fluid the refreshing mouthfeel shocks the senses into paying attention. Chocolate cherry cordials fill the throat with rich complexity. Brown sugar, vanilla, and oak come next. As usual Dan Carey has hit one out of the park. I can understand why this sold out within a single day despite the difficulty of getting down to New Glarus that day. Here’s to hoping it sees a release in the future.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
bottle. aroma of vanilla. creme brule, bourbon and cherry combo. cleaner, more striaghtforward cherry, vanilla, chocolate bourbon version of enigma. light yogurt acidity. sweet, oaky, cherries. bourbony, clean, vanilla. with some caramel thrown in for good measure. good, not great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
500 ml bottle shared by lushawn- thanks a ton, Shawn! Pours a clear copper color with a small eggshell white head. Aroma of caramel malts, vanilla, wild yeast, oak, bourbon, cherries- it’s actually a lot like Enigma in the nose. Flavor of tart cherries, vanilla, caramel malts, oak, apples, grapes, brown sugar, corn syrup, and yeast. Medium-bodied, with a tart and sweet mouthfeel and crisp carbonation. Starts sweeter and finishes more tart. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle thanks to Ron Extract. Pours a deep copper with white head. Aroma of peach and cherry with hints of funk and bourbon. Flavor is the same with hints of caramel and very tart! Mouthfeel is light-medium body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, I certainly want to try this again!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2010
The Dan Journal #417. Tasted 10/25/10. 500ml bottle. Brewed 1 18 10. Bottled 8 6 10. Filtered with a varying honey, amber, ruby hue. Moldy bone white head. Aromas of charred wood and vanilla. Tart black cherries and a mild cocoa undertone. Full bodied with a thick body and a layered palate. Great roll of the palate between the sweet, bitter and tart. Mildly roasted malt bill. Sticky sugary fruit flavors. Very nice!


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