New Glarus R & D Bourbon Barrel Kriek

 
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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Ale infused with a large dose of sour cherries. Fermented in an Oak Vat using a blend of Ale Yeast and Lactobacillus. Then aged in freshly dumped bourbon barrels. Strongly Sour with intense cherry overtones married to oak and bourbon character.

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1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Bottle. Pours to a burnt sienna colored body with a thin head. Aromas of sour cherries, oak, vanilla, and biscuit. The flavor was sour cherries and vanilla with a balsamic vinegar and oak. This was quite balanced, but the bourbon aging could have been skipped. Really tart palate. Surprisingly well done for the first Kriek I’ve had from New Glarus.

3.9
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
500 ml bottle from the brewery (New Glarus, WI). Decided to pop one and go for it. Pours a glowing fiery reddish copper, light touch of haze, and a frothy offwhite head that dies to an small film, laces ok. Fiery cherry sunset hue, small loose head. Aromas are decent kick of Bourbon, wet oak and vanilla tannins push on, sweet and tart cherries, a light booziness and Bourbon spirit flavor. Simple, yet appealing. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, easy and lively on the palate, decent bubbly carbonation, Bourbon spirit and vanilla, wet oak and sweet and tart cherries. Light maltiness of biscuits and bread comes through more, tart cherries grow with a hint of vinegar. Some lactic acid and light touch vinegar grows, sour and sweet cherries move in. Bourbon barrek is a nice feel, done for a good time length. Flavors are solid as the beer gives in to more tart cherries and vinegar with a good tartness taking hold. The barrel starts to take on more barrel in the finish, smoothed out vanilla and oak. A nice gentler sour with firm fruit notes and some really nice barrel notes combining with lactic acidity and juicy tart cherries and a touch of biscuity malt beneath. Very nice beer here, not as complex as I had anticipated.

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Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Pours a rusty red color thin off-white head. Aroma is of bourbon, light oak and cherries. Taste is light oak up front, followed by some sour cherries, vanilla, burnt brown sugar and a nice bourbon finish. Carbonation is moderate and everything is well balanced. It’s essentially a bourbon aged Belgian Red which is definitely a good thing.

3.9
Petrucci914 (921) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Pours a ruby color with a thin off-white head which leaves plenty blocks of bubbly lacing. Aroma is light oak and bourbon, and dark cherries. Taste is much the same. Not as sweet and sour as most Krieks - the wood and bourbon really subdues that and makes it very smooth and silky. Very good, I’d like to see him do this with the Apple Ale.

4
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Deep mahogany pour with cream colored head that dissipates really quickly. Aroma of oak, cherries, bourbon. The barrel is very apparent in the aroma. Taste is a collision of cherries and bourbon. Best way to describe it is a bourbon barrel aged Belgian Red. Sweetness is toned down significantly by the bourbon. Lots of oak, vanilla, and earth from which the bright cherry flavor peaks out. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Easy to drink. Awesome beer.


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