hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
another winner from new glarus. 2010 unplugged release. thanks to madvike for this one. pours a darkish brown with medium head. classic new glarus lacing. not overwhelming sour. i could drink these all night.
nsquishee (615) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 Wow, this is one strange, interesting, beer. Bright, reddish-brown color with very little head that diminishes quickly. Highly carbonated, sour cherry flavor with notes of oak barrel and smoke. Not something that you would drink regularly, but this might go very well with something chocolate flavored.
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle shared by guyinchicago at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Thanks! It’s cool to find another New Glarus beer. Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Spicy aroma... almost like pie spices. Also some fruity notes including strawberry, rhubarb and plum. The taste is tart fruits including cherries and berries, and other tart fruity notes. Medium bodied.
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy reddish amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is oak and cherry. Taste is cherry and oak, with vinegar and lactic tartness. Oily texture.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle courtesy fantomas23. This one pours a mostly cloudy reddish amber color and topped by a smooth head of beige colored foam. The aroma isn’t what I remember from the original version. Notes of sweet-tart cherries, apple cider, spices, and some sweet vanilla from the oak push through in the aroma. A otuch of lactic acidity creeps through as well. The flavor follows suit with the tart cherries and apples up front followed by plenty of spices that suggest at clove and anise. Some lactic yeast pushes through to add some tartness, but clean cereal grain malt and vanilla from the oak add sweetness to the fold. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and some residual sugars that linger in the finish. This version is a little sweet and on the spicy side for me. A little let down from the previous version. Maybe this one still some more time in the bottle.
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass, Aroma of cherries, wood, caramel malts, nuts, and some red wine vinegar. Taste of sweeter cherries, light acidity, toffee, some caramel, and a tart finish.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...The beer pours super carbonated, tons of bubbles on the glass like a sparkling water, but a disappointing flat light tan head. The beer is a brownish pink, not very attractive looking...The aroma is really light, gives off only a little light sour, but that’s it...The taste has a lot more going here, its light sweet and tart cherries, the sour funkyness disappears. Its a lighter feeling and tasting verison of the Belgian Red. It lacks the complexity though, just light sweet and a little tart...The feel is really light and watery. Easy to drink but I can’t imagine having more than of these before getting bored.
Overall a light boring fruit beer.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light brown with notes of fried fruits and a dense malt sweetness. Notes of cherries and vanilla drive the sour based flavors that show off the malt nicely.
BelgianBeerGal (3240) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz traded bottle. Compared to the 2006 version: less sour, more wood & vanilla from the barrels, and ends sweeter from the cherries. A little lighter overall. Pleasant.
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to ryan or GT2 for this one? This one strikes me as better than the older, 7% version. A more complex and nuanced dark fruit profile mixes with great tart oud bruin presence, touches of balsamic (but in the good way, like Earthmonk), and that great tart cherry. Sweet, but the tartness cuts through it and provides quite a nice mouthfeel. A marked improvement over the 2006, in my opinion.