cblado (271) - Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy cow. This is incredible. I heard rumors upon my return to Wisconsin that my favorite brewery, the fabled New Glarus Brewing Co., had produced a special seasonal fruit beer. After savoring their Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart beers for many years, I knew I had to try it. Then, lo and behold, I received it as a Christmas gift from my grandmother. Yes!
It pours a beautiful ruby color with a thick off-white head. Significant lacing, too. Aroma is a lovely blend of apples, cranberries, and cherries. The flavor is very fruity, with apples up front, and cherry/berry flavors at the end. Itís very similar to Belgian Red, but more complex. The apples give it additional sweetness, but the cranberries add a tart flavor. Sorry Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, but this might just be my new favorite New Glarus fruit beer!
I paired this with a nice buttery Wisconsin gouda cheese and had myself a little snack earlier. Mmmm...
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] Garnet colored pour with a fizzy and quickly receding pink colored head on top. Sweet fruity nose features cherry, blueberry and tart cranberry notes. Flavors of cranberry puree, sweet cherries, light apple cider, oak, hibiscus and vanilla. Tart finish. Very drinkable. Great fruit flavors are 100% genuine.
ccex (1016) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 oz. bottle pours a clear dark reddish brown with a small off-white head that doesnít leave much lacing. Aroma is full of cherries and cranberries, with some apple and perhaps a bit of wood. Taste is much sweeter than I feared it would be, since the brewery called this a sour ale. Itís more like a cranberry/cherry cider: crisp and sweet. Body is light to medium and a little viscous, but with lively carbonation. This one did not disappoint at all.
Cjmccahill (31) - Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, reddish brown. Thin bubbly head. Very crisp, almost like a cider, but cherry and cranberry come through nicely. Good carbonation, excellent for dessert. Very good.
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lusikka (6770) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Cheers veliemboys. Pours a dark amber colour with a small head. Quite heavy viscosity. Aroma of very sweet apple pie notes, tart berries and wood. Flavour of heavy apple sweetness, cherries, wooden tartness, bread and cranberry juice. Medium bodied. Nice, lingering, tart, apple finish. Sweet and very enjoyable. Itís like a tart apple jam. But beer!
tiong (4349) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle, thanks Sami!
Pours reddish brown with a large foamy head. Aroma of tartish fruits, berries, cherries, juicy notes, oak and hints of sourness. Taste is smooth, sweet, slightly tartish and juicy with loads of berries and cherries. Finish is sweet, silghtly sticky and a bit tartish with loads of juicy berries and cherries. Surprisingly close to European sweet soda-like "lambics". A bit disappointing. Way too sweet and not sour or tart enough.
laiti (6567) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl bottle @ olio
Aroma has berry juice, hay, some cranberries and mild tartness. Flavour has cranberries, tartness, sweet cherries, some acidic tones and sweet berry juice tones. Balanced and drinkability is ok but how this differs from some Belgian fruit juice ílambicsí? Totally overrated, Iíd say. And even the drinkability suffers after some sips due to sweetness.
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[2/28/15] Bottle sample at De Garde Brewing in Tillamook. Release and bottle share event. Orange-red. Big jammy fruity aroma. Sweet and slightly tart.
asceticbrewer (67) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2015
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bomber, (Thanks Tom) to tulip. Pours almost the same color as cranberry juice, with a thin khaki colored head. Smells like fresh apple, cherry, leather, and a fruity tartness. Taste is tart, sweet, and is simultaneously reminiscent of apple juice, cranberry juice, and tart cherries. The íwild fermentationí blends perfectly with the tartness of the cherries and the fresh fruityness of the apples and cranberries.
olio (7089) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle @ Timo A.
Pours clear rose hip red color with a large head. Loooots and lots of berries on the nose, rose hip, herbal notes, wood, mild herbs and faint cherries. Cherries on the flavor, mild raspberry, cranberries, rose hip, faint citric notes. Maybe a tad too sweet flavor but otherwise quite nice and rich fruity brew.
rosenbergh (7933) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. From the brewery.
Dark red colour with a tiny pinkish head.
All the berries I can image in the aroma. The flavour is sweet berries, lots of berries, berry jam and sugary sweetness. Great. Super jammy and sweet!
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