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New Glarus R & D Bourbon Barrel Kriek

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4276) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Thanks to fogdog for bringing this to the So Long Sea Bass Tasting. Pours orange-yellow with an off-white head. Nose is bourbon, cherry, vanilla, sugar, and Belgian Red. I see in the description that there are bugs in here. There certainly are none that come through. The barrel flavor makes this taste like Barrel Aged Belgian Red. Medium-bodied and an excellent blend of barrel and fruit beer. Kudos to New Glarus for keeping the alcohol content so low. Please bottle this again and make it a seasonal! This seems like a fine session beer to keep for dessert.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11. Courtesy of Fogdog. New Glarus s’est encore surpassé. Superbe bière, légère pour seulement 5.5% et une bière qui se laisse boire et apprécier. De couleur cuivre, une fine mousse beige vient agrémenter le tout. Au nez on peut de suite sentir le tonneau et une certaine aigreur de cerise qui est subtile et se marrie parfaitement avec la cuve de chêne qui laisse passer des notes de fruits et de bois. Cela est accentue par le malt et caramel qui laisse percevoir des notes de biscuit. En bouche, le palais est de suite sous le charme de la cerise mais le tout a un superbe bouquet ou le bourbon est juste là où il faut pour le faible abv de cette bière. Le tout se complète par ce superbe malt et caramel qui pousse à une jouissance gustative qui mélange la cerise, le biscuit, le bourbon et de fines notes de vanille. Le tout conserve une fine couche aigre de la cerise.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2011
500 ml bottle. Hazy brown color with a lighter head. I really enjoyed this. Bourbon uprfont. Un the back of my palate I get the sour kriek, very well made.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Hazy amber color pour with a foamy head. Aroma of tart cherries, bourbon, spice, vanilla and oak. Flavor is tart, but not seriously sour, with cherries, bourbon and vanilla. Like a bourbon cherry pie. Seriously delicious!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4283) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bourbon aroma, but not especially intense. Cherry in the flavor, lightly sour. The cherry is complimented by the bourbon, and not overpowered by it. Very well balanced. Where the Wild Beers Are, 2010.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2011
cherries and basil. pepper, orange blossom honey, nutmeg and fall flavors. this is a very interesting kriek. not super sweet, which i appreciate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (7926) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle courtesy of deyholla. Thanks! Pours a clear strawberry red color with a thin fizzy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of mildly tart cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon and a slight peppery note. The taste is tart cherries, bourbon, cranberries, maple, oak, vanilla. Thin-medium bodied. Interesting beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7786) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle shared by LtDan (thanks!) (bottled on 8.6.10). Pours with a clear (appears to not be bottle conditioned) copper body and a tan head. Good lacing. Aroma of cherry pie, wet dog, oak, cinnamon, pie crust and vanilla. Flavors of tart cherries, pie and graham cracker, biscuity, wet blanket, lactic sourness. Lively bubbles with a somewhat sweet finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1740) - 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 (2927) - 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.


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