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RATINGS: 1519   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2012 Side-by-side comparison of a 750ml bottle from 2010 picked up at the Historic Casanova Liquors in Hudson, WI and a 750ml bottle from 2012 picked up last week at Sadhana Wine Shop in Madison, WI. Both pour a deep ruby, red-amber colored body with an inch thick, frothy, pink tinted beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. The 2012 is clear whereas the 2010 is cloudy. The 2012 aroma is bright and fresh, sweet cherries with barely a hint of oak and a light tartness. A bit of a syrupy sweetness. The 2010 isn’t as bright and fresh, but the cherries really grow rich and more abundant because the slight oak disappears and the tartness gets just a tad funky and blends really nicely with the aged cherries. The flavors are similar. The 2012 has lots of sweet, fresh cherries with a nice tartness up front. Cherries get sweet and rich in the middle before a light oak comes in at the end with just a slight syrupy sweetness as it finishes clean, somewhat tart and dry, and full of sweet cherries. The 2010 has a bit less of a tartness up front, but its still there alongside plenty of sweet, rich cherries. The cherries aren’t quite as fresh and lively as the fresher bottle, but really give off a rich, cherry pie filling flavor that I really like. The tartness comes on nicely in the finish as well as plenty of sweet and rich cherries and a light funk as this ends clean, slightly tart and dry. Both leave lengthy aftertastes with plenty of rich and sweet cherries alongside a light tartness. Overall, a straightforward, but really enjoyable fruit beer. Plenty of rich and sweet cherries with a light tartness. The fresher bottle displays a slight oakiness and is much brighter, but the two-year-old bottle really accentuates the richness of the cherries nicely and gives off just a slight funk. Both of them are very similar, but their slight differences are appreciated. Great beer (8,4,8,4,14). Original Rating: (2/28/2010) 750ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear, deep ruby red body with a good amount of rising carbonation. Thin, pinkish-beige colored head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is sweet, rich cherries with a light tartness. Some other overripe fruits and oak. Flavor is similar. Lots of rich, sweet cherries with a light, tolerable tartness. A touch of oak, overripe fruits, a bit of cherry pie syrup. Finishes easy, smooth, and somewhat crisp with a hint of cloying sweetness and acidity. Medium length aftertaste after a medium, smooth body with a soft, fizzy carbonation. Overall, a nice fruit beer. Fairly sweet and cherry dominated while not being too sour. Maybe a bit one dimensional, but easy drinking and tasty, especially at only 5.1% (7,4,7,4,16=3.8).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFanDan17 (1084) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Very unique and incredibly sweet. Rich cherry and almost cough syrupy. Hints of bubblegum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
Bottle, thanks to Skyview. Pours hazy deep brown/red, medium off-white head, not terribly persistent, no lacing to speak of. Nose is maraschino cherries, as well as sweeter natural cherries, especially Bing cherries. Also some cinnamon/clove/citrus cherry note that reminds me of Cherries Jubilee. Similar aromas to cherry blossom ice cream. Flavors are cherry, sweet and spicy, soft mild booziness, very complete cherry flavor. Really nice, but I’d rather have the Raspberry Tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to daknole. Bottle pours deep red-brown with an off-white head. Aroma is huge cherries and baking spice. Flavor shows the same with sweet and tart cherries being supported by a brown sugar pie crust malt. Overall the sweetness is moderate to heavy, but is cut nicely by the carbonation and acidity. This stuff is delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2010
Thanks to savvy1982 for the share. Pours a muddy brown with a small off white head. The aroma is sweet, funky, oaky and jammed with cherry. The flavor has cherry skin, clove, nutmeg, oak, and a lingering sweetness. Lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Aroma: a flood of sweet and sour cherry dominates the nose, with hints of toasty malt barely peeking through. Appearance: pours brilliant red, mostly clear, unstable head dissipates quickly to a thin layer, some lacing. Flavor: again very much dominated by cherries. While the beer is cold, both sweet and sour cherry notes are present, and the sweetness is somewhat under control. Some malt character and faint oak. As it warms up, it really becomes quite sweet and the finish goes towards syrupy. Palate: medium-full body with high carbonation, becomes rather thick as the beer warms. Very enjoyable brew if you’re ready to be attacked by cherries, maybe a bit too sweet in the finish, but overall well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Enjoyed from a 750ml bottle in a stemless wine glass. The beer pours a nice ruby color, with a low head. The nose shows notes of cherries, far fuller and with more depth than many other fruit beers. The palate shows a level of sweetness similar to, if not quite as aggressive as, the Raspberry Tart, but stops short of cloying, and shows a level of fruit character unseen in any other example of the style I’ve tried. I was expecting some tart character, given the brewer’s prowess with lactobaccilus, however, none was found. The finish is semi-sweet, and leaves a nice lingering note of the featured fruit; more refined and far less jammy than the aforesaid Raspberry Tart. Overall, it is easy to see why there is so much hype for the beer, as it is the single best fruit beer available.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UMNBeerhunter (1) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2011 does not count
Pour: Small head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing but does have the added sound of bubbles popping vigorously in the evening. Smell: Like cherries almost like a halls but alluring, not so much like medicine, but like a cherry soda. Tastes: Very tart, lots of cherry, and sweet. Tart sticks to your lips and gentle bitterness left on the back of tongue. Body: Little carbonation but balances well with the tart. The sweetness is a little more then I care for but is refreshingly different then most that try to capture the sweet side. Fruit is not my favorite style but NG does this nicely in an unthreatening way. I wouldn’t have another by myself but would share one with some wine loving friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2011
(bottle 8/22/11). Cloudy red color. Medium off white head. Moderate sweet cherry aroma. Flavor of the same, with light bready malt and light tartness. Avg duration. Light dry finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2012
Tap @ sour bitter, pours ruby red, pretty! Aroma: candy store, heavy cherry, cherry cola, cherry pits, vanilla, heavy sweetness, gummy bears, caramel, slight funk, Taste: taste follows through, nice acidity, dry, but quite sweet, very refreshing, some metallic notes, minerals,

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