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New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb

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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Teased from the loam by the kiss of the Sun. Momís Strawberry Rhubarb delights are the happy memories of childhood. Diploma Master Brewer Dan employed juicy sweet Strawberries to tame the barbaric wild tart fermentation of rhubarb. Escaped from the far corners of neighboring yards, local rhubarb was incorporated into the wild sour fermentation to create this drinkable dream. Bright sour and effervescent. Toast chilled cold to Bright skies, fireflies, bare feet and rhubarb pies!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ineedbeer (1857) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Aroma is fruity with a rhubarb and strawberry character. Moderately strong syrupy, honey notes with a touch of a wet cardboard character. More rhubarb than strawberry with a faint phenolic note. Pours a murky, light brown color with a bit of a tan hue and a medium sized, fairly thick, tan head that slowly recedes to thin film that lingers on the edges. Light lacing and no legs. Flavor is very sweet with some moderate honey, caramel and syrup notes. Moderate rhubarb notes with some lighter strawberry character. Some light phenolic notes. A touch of wet cardboard notes. Low bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, the age hasnít helped this beer, but I am not sure it was very good in the first place. The beer is very sweet with some moderate fruit notes. Moderate oxidation and sweet malt notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2016
At Hopishopís B.U.M.B. 2016, shared by 77ships, cheers! Lightly lacing, egg-white, moussy head, lightly hazy orangey blonde robe with warm amberish hue. Aroma breathes a ton of ripe, sweet strawberries, home made strawberry jam, rhubarb stewed with lots of white sugar to soften the tartness like my grandmother used to do, more subtle notes of marmelade, apple cake, vanilla, banana and white bread lurking underneath. Very emphatic sweet strawberry flavor and though sugary, still feeling ínaturalí, not cloying as in an industrial sweet fruit beer; the sourish rhubarb flavor sits underneath but itís hard to spot and could have been more outspoken if only to provide balance against the sweetness. Medium carbo (could have been a bit fizzier for such a sweet dessert beer, to my taste at least), some soapy íwheatinessí and soft, fluffy breadiness provide an underlying structure that carries the artisanal strawberry jam sweetness onwards. Slight earthiness in the very end, with the sweetness sticking a little bit to the throat. Like many of these New Glarus fruit beers apparently, this is very sweet, but in an elegant, refined kind of way - comparing this and the others with cheap industrial sweet fruit beers would be a lot like comparing grandmotherís sweet strawberry cake with sticky, plasticy, industrial strawberry-flavored candy. It know which of those two I would prefer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcoDL (4208) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2016
At Hopishop 2016. Aroma of strawberry jam and candy. Flavor has sweet syrupy strawberry and candy jam. These New Glarus beers are a bit of a letdown.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (8208) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2016
750 ml. bottle sampled @ HopisHop B.U.M.B. 2016. Hazy amber with an off-white head. Nose is hilariously heavy on sweet strawberry jam, quite awesome, stupid sweet as usual for a New Glarus fruit beer, pure strawberry jam really. Taste is bit empty especially compared to the smell, bit metallic upfront, sparkling water, strawberry jam, some faint lemon way in the back, bit empty tasting. Body is lightly metallic strawberry jam diluted with sparkling water. If only it tasted like it smelled. I have no idea where the Rhubarb is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
linusb (899) - SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2016
A: Very cloudy red/brownish coloured with a big off white/pinkish head N: Strawberry! Hint of raspberry and red currant. T: Strawberry bomb! Light rhubarb as well. O: Very much strawberry and a small hubt of sweet rhubarb. VERY well balanced flavours! Perfect carbonation. Super nice!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4829) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2016
Three bottles consumed over 2013-late 2015. Usually I had this in a NG flute; I think itís good to start it out fairly cold, especially if youíre going to do the whole bottle by yourself (which I did with 2 of them) over an evening. It poured a murky brick-red to muddy brown, with plenty of fizzy head that died off fairly quickly...nose is, as expected, strawberry-rhubard, duh! But of course as with other NG fruit beers, itís so fresh, so bold, so aromatic that the whole room lights up and I canít do anything but keep smelling, keep nosing, keep loving...itís a bit less sweet on both the nose and tongue than the Belgian Red generally is, Iíd say, but perhaps more sweet than the Raspberry Tart or Serendipity, but what really stands out special about this one in comparison to the other masterpieces is the malt extraction, this has a fullness and biscuit-pie crust malt that provides a fuller and less acidic body than Iím used to, making it simultaneously more quaffable at once in a glass or two, but a bit tougher to consume when talking the whole bottle. Thereís also snatches of vanilla and caramel in here, and a hint of lime. I probably liked this more than the bottles Iíve had of Serendipity, though I had that on draught once and it was otherworldly; as it is, itís just another "typically" great experience from the American master of fruit beers. Iím sorry to say it looks as if this might be gone for good; itís listed as such on the website, and the clerk at the brewery a couple of weeks ago told me he didnít think it was coming back. But one never knows - the Apple Ale was out of circulation for a few years at one point. Bring it back, Dan!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (1389) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2016
Bottle. Pours murky pinkish brown with medium light pinkish brown head which quickly recedes. Aroma is loaded with strawberries. Taste is strawberry sweet, slight rhubarb tart, a hint of sweet sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (9505) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2016
Small yellowish head over fully hazy red-brown beer. Strawberry ice-cream, milky, even a bit vomit-like smell. Milky, lactic, again strawberry ice cream, if watered-down. Medium bodied, quite slick. Another NG fruit I really canít like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (2223) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2016
older bottle had plenty of sediment as well. the pour was cloudy reddish mess really. guessing it was past its prime but none the less. the most delicious of the fruit beers that I have tasted. pure strawberry and rhubarb flavor. just totally delicious and since its not being made anymore iíll never see it again. but this was just one fantastic beer. thanks shrubber for this one. I still owe you

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckyNBeer (48) - Schofield, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Once again New Glarus makes a fantastic fruit beer. The strawberry and rhubarb together makes for a wonderful concoction. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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