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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
legion242 (2267) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2002
A beautiful red that shimmers; Head was thin to non-existent; What would you expect in the nose- Cherries. The tartness is too overwhelming. As much as I try and try to like these types of beers, I just can not f-ing get it. Fruit can be a nice addition to a beer, but perhaps, IMHO, shouldn’t be the foundation of a beer. Stouts with flavoring can be good, but what the heck was this before they added all the cherries? Puckered my lips almost in the fashion of a Carillon. The wife loved it though, so she got to finish off the bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kodos (205) - USA - MAR 9, 2002
WOW! This is excellent stuff! Big cherry/almond nose, nice head that diminishes quickly, flavor is serious sweet cherry, then the aftertaste hits with a chocolate/cherry bittersweetness. A little too much carbonation, but the best fruit beer ive had!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2002
Jeeesus Christ, it’s syruppy, almost like medicine. Why do they put beer in those big wine bottles, because if you’re not crazy about the beer, there sure is an awful lot left? In my case, it took me 3 days to drink ONE bottle of this stuff, so I wasn’t too crazy about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
WOW, this is an interesting beer. One pound or door county cherries in every large bottle makes this a unique cherry explosion. Give this one a chance if you can find it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 25, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2004 ReRate-This is one of the first beers that we sampled, so i thought i would give it a proper rating. This is one of my fav beers. This beer pours a deep garnet red with lots of hazyness. Nice pink head lasts for a while. Aroma is ripe cherries, oak and other woods. The flavor is mostly cherries and the oak aging can be detected, but is int over bearing. Very vineous and sour, but definatly desirable. The palate is sprizy and fizzy but very round and full. AWESOME brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2002
Reddish brown hue. Sweet, full bodied, cherries are prevalent. Strong finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 re-re rate: Soft mouthfeel (cherry skins?). My mouth was coated by a silky-cherry skin texture that left me licking and sucking my lips until all the deliciousness had diminished. Sourness and maltiness play a huge role in this beer; nice vinous notes to boot. oh so balanced and complex! Much better than last sample for some reason. A solid gateway beer. Just needs more oak and tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (19953) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2002
Reddish brown. Sweet, full bodied, fresh aroma of sourish cherries, complex. Extremely tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2002
Deep Black Cherry Red, a large head that dissipates quickly, the color reddish-beige, the lace adequate. Nose is that of ripe cherries, and sweet malt grains. Start is quite sweet, the middle moderate, the finish is acidic, sour, with just a touch of hops, and a lingering sweetness in the after taste. Once upon a time I did not care for this style, but like my old ’BUD’ Ebeneezer Scrooge, I have had a reclamation. I now see the errors of my ways, and hopefully the tons of chain and beer kegs, will not fetter me upon my entrance to that great brewery in the sky, I’m sure the ’Master Brewer’ will forgive my transgressions.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2001
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 December 2001: Gorgeous deep maroon color, almost opaque, topped by a slight head. Powerful, powerful cherry aroma with a tinge of chocolate. Flavor is awesomely sour, but with lots of cherry sweetness and a great rich mouthfeel to balance. Might be a tad too carbonated (though not as much if you let it warm in the glass) but the finish is awesome and so is the overall experience. Another masterpiece from one of Wisconsin's finest. 9/5/9/4/19

Flemish Sour Tasting with MartinT & Rastacouere Part 1 #9. Absolutely perfect rendition of cherry pie in a bottle; the nose is of sweet and tart cherries perfectly married in a light, biscuity crust, with small hints of vanilla, cinnamon, butter and ginger...the flavor is mostly sweet, lightly spicy, juicy and wonderfully full-bodied, with lovely caramel and light cocoa underpinnings, vanilla and oak and just a dash of amaretto in the finish. Not at all too sweet in my book, rather the cherry sweetness is balanced by the intense tapestry of other baked goodies in the flavor, a firm malty body and touches of sourness from start to finish. Flawless.

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