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RATINGS: 1478   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Re-Rate 11/27/2004 Murky reddish body. Lasting pink head. The aroma is massive cherry. Revisiting this beer think that my initial exhuberence was a bit high. The flavor is totally cherry some light wheaty malt, but mainly cherry. I want to like it but it somehow does not mesh. It is too disjoint for me. The flavors are good but the sum is less than the parts.

Old Rating 8/4/8/3/17 - 4.0 Very nice red body with a lovely, creamy, rocky, red hued head that clings to the glass in great sheets. The aroma of cherries is evident the minute the cap is popped. The flavor is extraordinary, cherries are dominatn at first then a new level of complexity opens up as sweet malt and even some hops. The body is medium and quite lively with a very strong cherry aftertaste that manages to not where out its welcome or become cloying. A very unique and very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (14488) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2004
Bottle. Dark red/brown colour. Aroma of cherries/cherry sauce. Quite sweet, slightly acidic. Acidity burns at the back of my throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3500) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2007 Many thanks to MIBRomeo, my "secret" Santa for this special brew. Pours a slightly hazy red with a pinkish/yellow head. Very loaded with cherry flavors. Medium sourness with a lower sweetness. Strong and quite peppery. High carbonation. Winey. Sour, bitter cherry-finish. This beer tastes like a mix of cold cherry sauce and cherry wine. Certainly a special and well made beer but why this figures on the top 50 list is beyond me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2006
The strange thing about this "beer" is that I don’t like it, yet I rated it high. Its very complex in cherries and is quite good for a kriek lambic, but the problem is that it’s a kriek lambic. The only stlyes of beers that I hate are Lambics, fruit, and the dreaded scotch ale; too sweeeet. I recommend this beer, however, if you prefer sweet over bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
750 ml bottle... Thank you Bill Hoyt! Red apple colored body w/ a thin, short lived off white head. Tart and sweet cherry aromas, remeniscent of a cherry lollipop, and maybe due to the color, but I also get some apple notes. Not much in the way of mallts as far as aroma goes until it warms up. After it warms, it becomes biscuit malt like, and still intensely cherry. Flavor is again, very intensely cherry, lightly tart in the finish, and balances in the aftertaste. Cherry throughout the flavor from start to finish. Also sweet in the finish. Seems to be very little malt presence beyond the cherries, maybe a little bready, but beyond that, very cherry dominated. Medium carbonation, medium body, and a bit of a burn from alcohol, surprising w/ a 5.1% beer. Overally I enjoy this beer! I wouldn’t drink more than one at a time, but I like cherries/cherry flavors, and sweet things, so that could explain my fascination w/ this particular beer.Very unique and would probably go well wil a lot of desserts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle, 75cl. (thx to papsoe) Red, almost clear brew with a slightly artificial-feeling cherry nose, followed by almond and sugar. Marzipan, cherry and sugar in the flavor. Full, sticky mouthfeel. Astringent, citric finish with cherry. Too sweet, almondy and artificial-feeling. Unbalanced on the sweet side. Ok, so it’s a nice beer, but I can’t understand why it has so high ratings. (070510)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11227) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 75 cl bottle. Maraschino cherries aroma with mint. Sweet, sugary, almost syrupy cherry flavor. Marzipan. Sweet indeed, but somewhat vinous and liquor-like. Some lemony sourness. A bit too sweet, but actually quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2008
pours cloudy red brown with minimal head. nice light aroma of dark cherries. the flavor is gritty dark fruits, loads of cherry, with some barley and beer like flavors on the back end. carbonation bubbles are tight and subtle. overall a pleasant drink, but really this tastes a lot like juice. i was expecting a drier, funkier drink along the lines of an ephemere, but sweet fruit dominates while yeast and beer take a back seat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2178) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 Bottle courtesy of mgumby10 - thanks! Pours a murky red with a small head. Point off of appearance for the waxing fail. Cherry nose, mild tartness, cookie dough, light spices. Highly carbonated texture borders on prickly.

I’m initially taken aback by how sweet the beer is. It’s very much a fruit juice, enormous powerful cherry flavor, some sweet ’n sour ketchup. I certainly see the cherry pie comparison that everyone is making. We’ve got the sweet acidity of pie cherries with every bit of their flavor jammed into the beer, the light pie spices, even the flaky, slightly buttery, gently sweet crust. Definitely all of that going on. What is not going on is any sense of beer. There is nothing here that tells me this is a beer, no funk, no wildness, no dry tannic flavors, no musty interest. As a result I’m left disappointed by what is ultimately a very tasty soda pop. Revisit at Chris’s place. Sno cone and cherry lozenge. Original rating more or less spot on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Split a bomber and while I liked this “beer” I don’t think more than a glass would be enjoyable. I put beer in quotes because this sure does not taste like a fruit beer. The cheery flavor is so overwhelming this beer is more like a cherry cider. However an interesting stimulation of the taste buds.

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