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RATINGS: 1500   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2003
I have to agree on the "girly beer" comment, but this is the most unique beer experience I've had in a while. I suppose the closest beer to compare it to would be quelque chose, but this beer is a bit more "extreme." It smells and tastes like they made those sour cherry gummy candies into a beer. This beer has a lot of fizz, which works with the sour aspects of the beer to get the salivary glands working, which in turn causes you to pick up the intense, sweet cherry flavor that is hiding behind the sourness. All of the elements of the beer encourage slow sipping, so I think it should have a higher alcohol content, but that's my only complaint. If you are looking for something new and different, this is the place to go.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 Yep, liked it. Extremely fresh. Soft texture, with a wonderfully lightly tart, soft, natural cherry sourness. Never candyish, always natural (except the aroma kinda smelled like lollypops or soemthing). Mix the cherrys in with some light oak and mayne some nuttyness. If i had one complaint it would be that its not assertive enough (more sour, more stink), but hey, the balance couldn’t really be any better right? Glad to share this with Ecz and Motelpogo. Re-rate: Lots o marzipan in the aroma, and i take away the thing about the lollypops in the aroma, this is just a wonderful beer, perfectly balanced between sweet and tart. Yummy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2003
ok this is a bit of a girly beer but what a girly beer. it's got all the friendly, sweet, vanilla, almonds and juicy cherries from a classy non-confected kriek ilke cantillon or girardin, just minus the odeur de homeless people, gut-assaulting sourness and all the rest of it. it's not especially complex - it's a very simple, amazingly vivid, fresh, nectary, smooth and aromatic cherry flavour. The aroma is pure marzipan. I could feel this stuff going all the way down to my bierbauch and leaving a coating of almond oil the whole way. woah. sloppy kisses to duff for letting me and mpog share it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 I think I got some overripe cherries in mine, because it tasted, well, like an overripe sweet cherry. Lindeman's Kriek was waaay better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2003 Red-brown color with a nice head. Lots of carbonation (like champaign). The aroma is pure delight, cherries step to the forefront. The cherry tartness slaps you across the face but then mellows out to sweet-sour balance. This beer is not sugary sweet and bland like some cherry beers. Among the very best in it genre into the world, many Belgium breweries wish their Krieks were this good. Re-rate: A very fresh bottle I got on trip to Milwaukee - the oak undertones seem to be more noticeable this time. Again, simply a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2003
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 This genuine, thick cherry pie filling is laced with an elegant but never overpowering spicy sourness...The authenticity of its sweetness will make you feel the cherry skins as you devour its stellar heartiness...Also ideal as a dessert with black forest cake or as a coulis on your favorite game steak...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JMerritt (1915) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Light brown/dark red colored, small, frothy head that leaves excellent lacing. Cherry aroma is spectacularly strong and very appealing, as if it was liquid cherry cobbler. Flavor is equally exquisite: sour cherry start that turns slightly tart and finishes both tart and sweet. Liquid cherry cobbler, I tell you. Although many may call this one dimensional, I say that it is truly unique and well worth a taste. Get you hands on this stuff ASAP!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Wonderful tart cherry aroma with a reddish tint to the effervescent brew. Strong sourness, more than I like but palatable. Great cheerriness with malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (958) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2003 Strong cherry aroma. Overwhelming cherry malt flavor, and little notes sourness add to its complexity. Tart finish seems well balanced. Not as complex a malt as I would have liked as the cherry flavor is quite powerful and tends to dominate, but overall a very refreshing sour ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2005 This was definitely the wildest and most interesting drink of the entire Belgian Beer Fest. Simply entrancing that something so dull looking could turn into a marvelous spectacle in the mouth. It pours a deep ruby red with a lucious thin red head...nice cloudy amber appearance. The aroma is total cherries! Cherry pie, cherry soda, cherry everthing. The taste dances around the wildest creations known to man!!! Apple tart, Cherry pie, cherry coke, sour, sweet, lambicy....crap...im getting dizzy just writing about this delectable creation. Perfectly carbonation and tongue tickling...right in the middle with the cherries and on the sides with the tart...wow!...Someone get me more now!!!! RERATE 02/19/05....merciful cripes this beer is good..perfect blend of tarts and sours...cherry and beer blended perfectly...take my review above and magnify it mightily

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