daknole (8329) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2011 This is friggin delicious! Red pour. Very light pink head. Aroma is sweet/tart. Honey,cranberries, loads of oak and some lemony notes. Flavor is sweet and tart. Just like good cranberry sauce. Lemony, oaky and awesome.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours red with a tan head. Smells of pronounced cranberries, some dry malty hints. Tastes of tarte cranberries, some lactic hints, some earthy undertones, lightly peppery.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear, rose-tinted amber with a short-lived, scant white head. Instant whiff of cranberries upon opening the bottle. This fades quickly to be replaced by a sweet, creamy wild yeast funk. Initially tart flavor, fruity, but anything distinctly of cranberry is very subdued. Wild yeast slowly takes over the flavor with undertones of chocolate and cheese. Finishes sweet. Medium body, strongly mouthcoating. Light warmth and sparkle.
CanIHave4Beers (2878) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brilliant rose color with a big fluffy white head and a pretty lace. There are lots of champagne like bubbles in the glass. The aroma is mildly funky with some sweat and some pronoucned sweet fruitiness. The flavor is tart and mildly sour with a lot of cranberry and sour cherry flavors, this is complimented but a mild nuttiness. The beer is delicious but it’s a tad sweet to my tastes. Thoes who like Beglian Red will no doubt like this.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from 12-oz bottle, shared by MatSciGuy during Darkness Day 2009 in Brooklyn Center, MN. Pours a semi-hazy amber red colored brew with a hot pinkish white head that has some nice retention. Aroma of tart red berries, a hint of yeast and some barnyard funk. Taste is nicely balanced between tart and sweet berries/cranberries with some yeast and earth herbs in the background. Finish is slightly tart with some cranberry and yeast aftertaste. A tad lighter than the Belgian Red and not as tart as the Raspberry Tart.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stuff was amazing, thanks to Levi once again. Pour was a beauty gold red. Aroma was that of cranberries, cherries. Flavor is wonderfully sour and semisweet. Palate is tart, perfectly carbonated. Overall this is great but compared to the Belgian Red, not quite there.
madvike (2537) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Pours rosy copper with a white head. Smells a lot like NG Belgian Red -- the cranberries smell sweet and practically hit you from across the room. There’s actually some cherry smell in there too. Not sure what that’s about. There’s a bit of tart, but mostly it’s sweet. Taste is more tart, with a little sourness on the finish. It’ll be interesting to see if this dries out over time, because it’s pretty sweet now. It’s a bit syrupy, but the velvety carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel. Superb.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to MatSciGuy. A brownish red with minimal head. Tart aroma with plenty of cranberry character. A little sour in there with a lactic character. A sweet cranberry body with faint sourness and tartness on the finish.
MIBRomeo (2484) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off golden pour, big white well laced head. Huge fruit forward aroma smells much sweeter than cranberries like rasberry tart w/ more sugars but fades quickly. AGressively carbonated palate, well coated. Great flavor sweet cranberries in the front, w/ just enough tartness in the swallow to even it out another fruit dominated beer w/ some dry wood in the finish. Very nice.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2009. This owns, albeit to a lesser extent than the cherry and raspberry beers. Brilliant clear dark red color with a small but lasting white head. Aroma is lots of cranberries, tart and sweet, oak, and just a touch of funk. Flavor is nice intense cranberries and oak, with the sweetness balanced with a cranberry tartness and some earthy notes. Palate is smooth and medium-bodied with a little tart bite. New Glarus just kills fruit beers. Kills ’em.