Brigadier (3210) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
I did not realize this was considering a new release until I was skimming the New Glarus page in preparation for the Great Taste of the Midwest. Once I found that out I rushed to open what I knew would be a great beer. Not disappointed in the least this is a slightly lower key version of previous batches. It is hard to do a side by side since the other has a few years on it now but both are excellent semi-tart beers perfect for any occasion.
Aroma / Appearance - The caramel brown head bubbled for a few minutes before the short lived head collapsed. Slightly more fluid than the older batch it slides like silk fabric. Cherries dipped in cheap chocolate and tart sugar accent the nose which is very inviting. It is hard to believe this is 5.5% from the aroma.
Flavor / Palate - Caramel, cherry cordial and oak slide gracefully along the senses like two experienced dance partners on the open floor. The finish is somehow a bit salty. I wish I had more than just a single bottle left at this point because this one will be good for a year or so to come I suspect. Of course I am sure the next release will be no slouch either.
Wheatyweiss (29) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle.
Pours a ruby copper with a small head that recedes quickly to a ring.
Aroma is up front light malt and cherries. Middle yields to a light smoke with a touch of pound cake aromas. Finishes with an oakey funk of yeast. The aroma is up front and you donít have to search for it.
Flavor opens with a blast of sour yeast and cherries. The cherry flavor, like the Belgian Red is fresh, tart and not at all contrived or fake. Middle brings cracker grain and snappy yeast sourness, malt roast is reminiscent of the Olde English Porter in roasty bitterness, although this is quite light. Finishes slightly dry with a touch of spice and a nice tang. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is thin and very well carbonated to hold up to the sweetness. The carbonation is head on the nail perfect.
This, like the Olde English is a flanders more, fruit beer less.
Reviewed on: 06-26-2010
50belair (2881) - Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you pantanap for another great freakin bottle from New Glarus.....
This cranberry colored delight had a minuscule white head. The nose is sour cherries and vinegar. The flavor is so smooth. Itís not really sour, it is sour cherries, oak, vanilla, and a hint of vinegar. Damn, this is so tasty.....
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours ruby red almost no head. Nose has big bright vinager and sour cherries, some acid and acetone too. Flavors find a balance of biting vinager, sour cherries, and brown sugar. Profile seems a little shorter than the first vintage but still one of the better American attempts at the Flemish red.
cpetrone84 (1664) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-pours a cranberry colored, slightly hazy, mostly transparent with a dense light tan colored head.
S-lots of cranberries in the nose, slightly tart, notes of cherries, oak, faint vanilla.
T-plenty of tart cherries, very light acidity, notes of cranberries, vanilla, hint of dry oak, nice amount of tart cherry in the finish.
M-medium to full body, a little chewy, nice syrupy creamy texture, moderate to strong carbonation to balance, juicy, crisp clean finish.
D-I actually really enjoy this beer, quite a sessionable brew! plenty of sweet cherries with a very light addition of barrel aging. the sourness is quite low, which allows this to be extremely drinkable. not the most interesting of beers, but so tasty.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBSG 2010, shared by GuyinChicago. Pours clear dark amber, thin off-white head, ropey lacing. Nose is tart acid, cherries, caramel, funk. Really dig the nose. Flavours of cherry, funky caramel, not the equal of the nose, damn nice.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear deep copper bronze with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel malty nose with a fresh oaky and tart cherry nose. Starts with good fullness and sweet biscuity maltiness with some nice oak complexity and tart fruitiness before a smooth, lightly effervescent finish. A very enjoyable and balanced sour brown ale.
phaleslu (7382) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle that came as a trade bonus from skinnyguy- thanks again, Dan! Pours a clear dark brown color with a light reddish tint and a small beige head that fades into a small ring. Aroma of tart cherries, oak, wild yeast, caramel malts, vanilla, and something like an iced Starbucks coffee with a little cream. Flavor of tart cherries, lactic acid, caramel malts, vanilla, and metallic notes. Medium-bodied, with a metallic mouthfeel and crisp carbonation snap. Pretty cool beer.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours a beautiful garnet with a touch of brown and a small and dissipating khaki head. Aroma is quite funky and sweet, with some spices in there as well. There is loads of cinnamon, lots of oak, some light fruitiness, cherry, cider vinegar, and some caramelly sweetness. The flavor is sharp, somewhat sweet, acidic and lightly to moderately tart, there is a light acidity and tartness as well. The body is moderate, carbonation is soft, and the finish is a mix of sweet and sour. Itís a nice beer, but itís really unfortunate that itís not bottle conditioned as I would really like a bit less sweetness and a bit more acidity. I wish I would have noticed when I had it if the previous batch was bottle conditioned or not.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is of oak, vanilla, light vinegar. Pours a beautiful auburn color, bright with a whispy white head and lace. Flavors initially of vanilla and woody barrel notes, sour cherries show up and make way for a light tangy vinegary finish. Cherries throughout are soft but noticeable. Drinkability is high. Sour is medium. Nice beer.