badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark red color with a medium head. Aroma of sour cherries, vanilla, oak and malt. Rich malt taste. Heavy on cherries and oak (piles of vanilla). Almost light bodied. Light almost nuttiness. Divine.
IndianaRed (2738) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a clear tawny redish brown with just a ring of fine white skin around the edge of the snifter. Aroma is an intoxicating mix of tart cherries, tootsie rolls, brown sugar and a touch of platsticy band-aid. Flavors is a bit of a switch. Big soft blanket of vanilla, light smokiness, light bodied and lively. Devine
pinkzambia (1584) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Light brown color with red tints, almost clear with a off-white ring head. I could spend days taking in the aroma. It is absolutely wonderful - oak barrel, vinyl, and green apples. If I had to put the flavor into two words it would be "tart vanilla." Good carbonation like mild soda pop begging you to take another sip. All around - a phenomenally smooth and beautiful sour ale. Thanks Indiana_Red for hooking me up with this special treat.
drpimento (2402) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured with a medium sized, light tan head that settled out and a little lace. Color is a clear copper amber. Aroma is tart, malt, yeast, and a bit of fruit. Flavorís the same plus a bit of cookie dough. Body is excellent and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has long length. Session beer in the summer and right mood.
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from a couple packs I bought for the cellar (New Glarus, WI). Pours a lightly hazed iced team brown, glowing with orange notes, good carbonation, a beige head that is frothy, decent sized and laces well. Reddish dark copper is more like the color, iced tea. Aromas are some pungent sour cherries, a touch of sweetness, caramel and toffee malts, a touch of vinegar acidity, lactic sourness, brett, wet oak and vanilla mix with a touch of cough syrup which is probably the only detractor. Sour cherry tannins. Caramel and toffee, especially wheat bread move forward behind the sourness. Initial is medium bodied, a nice kick of sour cherries and lactic acid, light balsamic vinegar grows, decent acidity, wey oak and vanilla tannins towards the back. Caramel, toffee, wheat bread, some biscuits, vanilla compose sweetness, some more cherry of sweet and tart varieties. Funky bretty is light, but a bit stinky on the palate, the crisp maltiness still comes through though. A touch of smokiness, the acidity gives ground to richer malts, vanilla tannins and rich oak. A decent infection, decent sourness and telltale funkiness towards the finish as mellow sweetness, tart cherries, and light maltiness stick. An interesting sour brown, nothing over the top, quite drinkable. The cough syrup never really interfered, but there was a touch there. A nice sour brown for sure.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark translucent amber with a thin white head. Aroma is sticky sweet with cherry notes. Mostly pretty sweet, fruity notes. A bit of an oak character. Flavor comes through with the cherry character coming through most prominently. It almost tastes like a variant of the Belgian Red and not very sour at all and almost like itís been watered down somehow. Not quite the robust sour that I was hoping for, but it still an imminently drinkable and very enjoyable beer. Just not a "Wow!" knock your socks off type beer. I like it.
Brigadier (3195) - 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 (2804) - 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.