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RATINGS: 1467   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2002
What an interesting and difficult to describe beer. A beautiful ruby colored beer with decent head. The aroma is CHERRIES! Whoa i knew it was a fruit beer but i didn’t expect this. The flavor is intensely cherry but just when it starts to become too much a blast of sour cuts in and adds a depth of complexity to the beer. Don’t think i could drink this everyday but it would be nice every now and again. I would like to age a bottle for awhile. I think i will....

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Thanksgiving 2005.
Hazy ruby red grapefruit color with a fluffy, non-stick lacing. Aromatics accentuate the fruity nature, drawing out red currant, cherry 7-up, cherry cheesecake, red grapes and mild juniper berries. Sprits of cherry cordials is the first non-"given" flavor to register. Sweetness prevails, curtailing with a mild fruit sourness. Ruby red grapefruit compliments the heap of cherries in the sweetening aspects, not as a souring agent. Encompasing and ripe on the palate, finishing like cherry cheesecake and natural cherry sauce drizzled all over.

Thanksgiving 2004.
Very interesting. Tart. You can tell the real cherries that go into this are carefully selected. Nice hops, wheat senstation too. It’s hard to describe what this beer is like. I brought it to Thanksgiving dinner and it went really well with the turkey.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Again I must thank Clark for bringing this in. This beer pours more of an auburn in color tan a red (which you’d expect from a beer with cherries on the label) and an whitish head. The aroma is all cherry "fruit roll up" as one taster put it, and a slight tartness. The flavor is very sweet, little to no malt flavor, and then some tartness. This has some body to it but there is a little harshness in the finish. Overall for a Belgian style it is extremely drinkable, if you like sweet beers.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Thanks to Footbalm for this brew. Pour is a reddish brownish, not quite the most appealling looking beer I’ve seen over the years. Then comes the cherry dominated aroma, followed by the cherry dominated taste. Its a good beer, very sweet with a nice sour kick.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
While I liked this, I never expected such high ratings for it. It was a pinkish amber color with bubbles, white head. Like a sparkling rosé wine. Definite cherry aroma and flavor. Was, to me, like drinking cherry soda. Very good but not spectacular as others seem to think it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Pours cloudy red. Strong aroma like black cherry soda hits you immediately. Higly carbonated, subtely reminds me of champagne. The taste is all cherries. Sweet, but finishes a little tart, with a slight hint of spiciness. I have definitely never had anything like this before.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3290) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 Pours cranberry red with a fizzy pink head that’s mostly diminishing. Nose is loaded with tart cherry and some spice. Light bodied effervescent and refreshing. I rather enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
sbaryenbruch (2) - barneveld, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2004 does not count
Hands down the best fruit based beer you will ever experience. Absolutely bursting with tart Wisconsin cherries. A perfect ice cold summer desert.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4158) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2005 2004 bottle thanks to Footbalm and Flemdawg. Tried side-by-side with a 2003 Cantillon Kriek. Needless to say, this one didnt quite come out on top, but for what it was, I was very pleased. Especially after drinking the vastly unbalanced and cloying Raspberry tart. Wonderful pour, murky, muddled dark red and burgundy with browns and tans swriling about. Cloudy, unfiltered and bottle conditioned. Aroma of tart, fresh cherries, moderate sweetness with some wheat and a light yeast influence. Flavor opens up with a burst of ripe cherries followed quickly by a touch of lightly tart yeast. Hops add a touch of balance, and while the cherries do not quite overwhelm with sweetness, there is no want of sugar, fruit and sweet malt here. What I could use more of, is the wonderful tart lambic flavor hiding in the background. On the finish, some hops are evident, earthy, lightly sharp, rusty and old, with a good dose of wheat and yeast, but it is not quite enough to stop the cherries. I like what New Glarus is doing; these beers are fresh and wonderfully crafted, but they need to tone down the fruit, at least in my opinion. Only traces of sourness or oak can be felt, while there is a touch of oily roast on the very end, the cherry tartness and meaty pulpiness of it really overshadows everything. A good beer and one that would age well. I do need to try some extensively aged samples of this (and the raspberry) before passing a final judgement, but for now it is too sweet and only adds yeast tartness/sourness as an afterthought.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
Aroma:cherry all the way... Appearance:Hazy redish,light head.... Flavor:Cherry. The best cherry beer i have drink....


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