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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Thanks to daknole! Bottle pours hazy red-amber with an off-white head. Aroma smells as if someone stirred a manhattan with an old banana. Flavor shows cherry, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and a slight bit of funk. It is lightly sweet, and the acidity seems to have mellowed out quite a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Caramel red-orange, beige cover. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, oak, splintery. Taste is more oak, some light fruit sweetness that I could mistake for cherry I guess if I tried, bourbon, vanilla. Just doesnít really mesh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 2, 2010
500 ml bottle courtesy of daknole, thank you sir! Clear amber color, edge head. Aroma of angostura bitters and candied cherries. Taste is boozy, syrupy, candied cherries and a slightly sour finish. Soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6021) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2010
500 ml bottle shared by Toby. Pours a clear brown color with a medium white head. A sweet fruity nose with some sourness present as well. The flavor is dominated by easy smooth cherries, vanilla, light barrel. Some sourness, but mostly smooth and very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle: Pours a clear tawny color with fizzy light white pink head. The nose is lightly tart with a rich malty cinnamon and clove, spicy and sour note. The flavor on the other hand doesnít have quite as much tartness as the nose would indicate. Medium body and a smooth finish. The bourbon barrel is very subtle, as is the cherry, but the bacteria is not shy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madvike (2733) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle shared by Captain_Cab...thanks Mike! - Pours rosy amber with a bubbly tan head. Really smooth vanilla notes integrate with the bourbon sweetness really well. Itís not over-the-top like it could be--just decadent dessert flavors. The cherry lingers in the background, but again--not overpowering. The taste is about the same, with caramelly bourbon notes, vanilla, a touch of oak, and ripe, pungent cherries. Smooth, decadent, and lacking any heat from the bourbon treatment. Itís smooth and bubbly in the mouth--really easy to drink. The downside is this is listed as a sour ale, which I donít get at all. The lacto hasnít seemed to sour this at all--itís sweet but not tart. Perhaps it will gain some funk over time, but even if it doesnít, itís fantastic for what it is. Wasnít really all that excited about this one, but it blew away all my expectations and then some.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5549) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
(500ml bottle, brewed 1-18-10 bottled 8-6-10) clear rich amber, ring of fine tan bubbles. Nose of bourbon, maple, cherry and herbal. Taste of brown sugar, acetic, mild wood, bourbon, and maple. A bit lacking in flavor but drinkable. Unique and very unconventional. I wish these New Glarus sours has more lactic presence, but tend to lean towards the acetic side of sours.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3497) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
500ml bottle shared by Arbitrator. Pours clear medium brownish-reddish-amber with a small off-white head on top. The aroma is big on the bourbon barrels, with slight cherry, like a toned-down Wisconsin Belgian Red, with slight buttery oakiness and vinous notes. The flavor is also a lot like Wisconsin Belgian Red without as much cherry. Rather sweet - definitely more sweet than sour. Acetic and vinegary with slight butter and metallicity. Smooth and medium-bodied, but come on, where is the sourness and acidity? Medium-low carbonation level. Overall, a tasty beer, but still a bit of a disappointment. Just not really very sour at all and not at all to style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
(500ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear reddish copper body with a small off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, coconut, cherry, chocolate, and bourbon. Flavor of vanilla, bourbon, cherry, subtle yogurt, some earthiness, and oak.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bourbon and kriek aroma. Well balanced. Gold color. Reddish hue. Some coconut.


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