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New Glarus R & D Bourbon Barrel Kriek

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RATINGS: 132   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2013
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. Serving type: bottle

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle with Vin and Bill, courtesy of Bill. Pours a deep reddish brown with some off-white head. Notes of sour cherry, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Fairly tart, well balanced. This is another amazing fruit beer from New Glarus.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3875) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle with tom and bill from bill. Pours murky cranberry. Notes of oak, cherry sourness, vanilla, kind of enigma like. Complex and layered, perfect amount of lacto and fruit in this one. One of the best fruit beers I have had to date. Taste like ’10 enigma yo, thitt.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep caramely red-brown body, thin off-white head. Nose of cherry pit, toffee, and toast, sulfuric too, like a funkier Belgian Red with oak. Oaky, light or airy body with cherry, wheat, and sulfuric funk, not a lot of tart bite. Wispy, dusty finish. I don’t like this one as much as the unsoured Belgian Red.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2777) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Almost clear deep red liquid with medium off - white head. Aroma of buttery bourbon, earthy/fruity funk, cherries, red berries and lacto. Taste is dry and light to medium sour with notes of red berries, wood and buttery bourbon. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Weird. Bourbon and cherries doesn’t work that well together.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17889) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
7th May 2011
Clear pink - amber beer. Short lived pale cream coloured head. Crispy palate, semi dry. Nice cherry, mildly tart. Very well balanced with mild oaky vanilla and bourbon. Dry finish. Really tasty beer, unusual and well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2944) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
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. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-02-2012

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1243) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2012
500ml bottle received in trade. Thanks Jason! Pours a clear, reddish brown color with a thin white head. Aroma is sour cherry, a little vanilla, a little funk. Medium body on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, cherry, vanilla, a little oak, a touch of bourbon, a little funk, with a sweet, sour cherry finish. I would have loved to been able to try this fresh, but I’m just glad I got to try it at all. I think the bourbon has probably faded somewhat, but it is still really tasty. Not super complex, but a very interesting mix of flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Draft at GTMW 12. Pours a brownish red with a thin offwhite head. The nose shows vanilla, cherry pie, faint tartness and a hint of vinegar and maple syrup. The Bourbon Barrel definitely shows here. On tasting, it’s got that sweet and sour thing going on that makes it a bit tough for me to palate. Fortunately, the acidity wins in the end, drying out and cleaning it up. A bit too much barrel sourced vanilla for my liking but pretty cool with plenty of that Door County Cherry thing going on.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
arkurzynski (1770) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
GTMW. Red-hued amber pour. Gentle notes of bourbon and oak with a perfumey cherry and light sour tinge. Flavor is tart, sweet cherry trailing out to a moderate sour, spicy cherry. Dry, sour finish with some lingering bourbon and vanilla. Wasn’t expecting this to be as sweet as it was. Very glad I got to try.


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