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RATINGS: 1458   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Originally 5.1% - abv reduced to 4% sometime between 2009 and 2011.
Belgian Red is a tapestry of flavor. This beer is brewed with whole Montmorency Cherries, Wisconsin farmed wheat and Belgian roasted barleys, lagered in oak tanks and balanced by Hallertau hops we aged in our brewery one full year. Over a pound of Door County Cherries in every bottle makes this beer uniquely “Wisconsin.” So unique, in fact, that we applied for a patent. Expect this beer to be ruby red, with a medium body that is highly carbonated and intense with cherry flavor and bouquet.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2004
Many thanks to LeonM for bring this back to Oz for me. Pours a medium dark cherry red brown, faintly hazy and large amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Mild medium very slightly artificially sweet cherry flavoured cough syrup aroma. Nice touch of cinnamon spice as well. Smooth but slightly clinging palate. Moderate to strong cherry sweet and unripe cherry sour start. Medium dry tarter middle before back to cherry ripe sweet yet clean finish. A touch on the sweet side for me and couldn’t drink a whole lot of it but imagine it would pair well with certain foods especially some desserts

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3rd time is a charm. I loved this stuff when the GABF came to Baltimore in 1998. Dark red, lasting white head. Nice lacing left behind. Nose is McDonald’s cherry pie, butter, crust and all. Flavors adds notes of spices, light vanilla, and of course, some sour cherry. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, syrupy, somewhat funky tannic finish. Amazing....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
Thanks to Mr. Kimchee for dragging this over to my place. Pours a cloudy deep red with an off white short creamy head. Soft cinnamon and cherry aroma. Nice balace between the light sweetness and the boldness of the tart. Yeasty. Fruit and spice. Fantastic. A ridiculous tablespoon of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Pours deep red with a medium head that remains. Aroma of fresh juicy cherries. Flavor is exactly cherry pie ala mode. Sweet, syrupy, slightly tart cherries with a bit of sweet cream. Very nice beer. My only complaint is that it is a bit to sweet and a sometimes reminisent of kool-aid which makes it get a little heavy near the end of the bottle. The first glass however is the most excellent dessert beer of all time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2004
cloudy red, off white head. very nice aroma of sweet and sour cherries, cherry pie filling, vanilla, spice and bit of lemon and malt. flavour is very jammy and tart with a bit of cinnamon. good coating moutfeel. very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 July 2007. Bottle. Rich ruby coloured body no head by the time it got to me but I will give it the benefit of the doubt based on past experience. Massive aroma of sweet cherries with a tiny note of cherry pits. Yowza! Complex cherry flavour are sweet then tart with just the vaguest hint of sourness. If I liked cherries more this would be a 10/10. Smooth palate is just a touch light but is perfectly appropriate for this beer. Aroma still fills the glass with just a drop left - amazing. Must... re-try... raspberry tart. +/3+/8-9/3+/16-18 - 4.4 <P>June 5 2004 Tiggmtl’s post-Mondiale: Bright ruby red, and nice off white head, less of the dregs of the bottle than the previous sample. Big cherry aroma with ever so slight cough syrup medicinal notes. Complex flavour profile, with multiple levels, tart around the edges of a big sweet cherry foundation. 8/4/8/3/17 - 4.0 <P> April 2004 - Nice aromatics of sour cherries is my first impression. Flavour of sour cherries is dominant over a bit of malt and a sweet foundation. Amazing palate for this type of beer. Small sample courtesy of NorthYorkSammy. 8/4/8/4/16 - 4.0

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (9326) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
UPDATED: APR 29, 2004 Sour cherry ale. Facinating pinkish red colour with pink head. Spicy aftertaste similar to good soda. Warms to the mouth. Sweetness only in mid-sip.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RugbyMike (14) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2004
Maybe I'm biased, but there is nothing like this beer. It is most enjoyable in the cold of a Minnesota winter and drunk from a snifter or wine goblet. The cherry content is rich and tart, but finishes a bit on the sweet side. New Glarus is not known for its hoppiness which makes the brazen cherriness of the beer so much more intense. If you can, go to this Swiss village in Wisconsin on a Saturday, take a tour of the facility, sample the wares and buy a bunch of stuff. Afterward, go to the hotel that is on the other side of the road and down about half a mile, and try some Swiss cuisine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 Cloudy red plum color and tight fizzy champagne-like head that faded fast. Musty, fermented cherry aroma. Complex flavor of dark ripe cherries. Sour and acidic but not mouth-puckering, moderately sweet, and some nice bitterness. Oak comes through in the flavor. Has some tannic qualities as well. Better than New Belgium La Folie, this is a terrific concoction. Thanks CaptainCougar.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2466) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2004
Beautiful cherry red in colour. Aroma of light malt, cherries and its rather sweet. Flavour is tart and sour but just the right amount, cherries coated in sugar and sprinkled with cinnamon. Medium body, slightly syrupy texture. Finishes long, really sweet with cherries. Not as good at the Rodenbach Grand Cru. Thanks for sharing your bottle with me Steve.


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