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%
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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auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 27, 2011
500mL Bottle. Thanks for the trade, Kevin. Big bourbon and dry white oak aroma, mingled with a pretty funky and odd cherry note. Flavors come through with a punch of bourbon early and flashingly fast, followed by a raw granular white sugar sweetness, and then a gentle light cooked cherry flavor. The cherry sure is fleeting and the sourness very restrained and pulled in. Feels a lot like NG’s other sour efforts, just a little too clean and dialed down. There’s something very drinkable about that restraint, but also kind of boring. I want more cherry, bourbon flavor, and funk.

Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
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Bottle: The aroma is sweet cherry with vanilla and a touch of sour cherry. It pours a transparent orangish-red with a minimal white ring for a head. The flavor starts with sweet cherry and a touch of vanilla. The finish has minimal sour cherry and a touch of oak. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

MrPickles (571) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2011
Smell is cherries, oak, vanilla, and some bourbon. The taste only gets better with the bourbon, and vanilla really taking center stage, although the cherries definitely make their presence known. Very creamy and SMOOTH. I wanted to love this one, and it blew me away! The most impressive New Glarus beer I’ve had to date. Phenomenal beer that I will be keeping all to myself!

Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2011
The beer pours light in carbonation, like a muted pink amber with virtually no head. The aroma is outstanding, sweet but subtle cherries with light almost butter crust maybe from the barrels. The flavor starts as an excellent blend of sweet and tart notes that are so pleasant on my palate. This on top of a light body and a soft ending on the palate make this beer outstanding to me.

wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2011
Tasted on 3/27/11 from a 500mL bottle obtained in a trade. Pours clear light amber with an average beige head that leaves even but thin lace along with some residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is biscuity bread with some bourbon vanilla sweetness, underlying tart cherry, a dusty aroma, and light dill. The flavor is bread and bourbon with vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, sweet and tart cherry, and the same dusty flavor that I smelled on the nose. The body is medium, a bit sticky, with average carbonation and a long bourbon and cherry finish.

BuckeyeBoy (8568) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bottle thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out a dark ruby/amber topped with a small white head. Aroma was cherries, vanilla, bourbon, wood, caramel, and some bread malts. Taste was as the aroma a cherries leading the way with some sweetness from the bourbon. All around a very tasty one.

chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011

Another big thanks to Kan.

A light redish color with off white head, decent lacing...A really nice aroma of cherry vanilla, lots of spice, nutmeg, a little bread pudding...The taste is really sweet lots of cherry and vanilla present, its really similar to wisconsin belgian red in the sweetness with a kick of a little vanilla and bourbon...Pretty easy to drink at first, but after awhile gets a little too sweet.

Decent and worth trying, but a little too sweet.

cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2011
A-pours a light dirty brown color with red edges and a thick off white head with a solid lace.

S-the nose has a ton of vanilla, hints of bourbon, lots of slightly synthetic cherry and very sweet from all the vanilla and cherry with a slightly medicinal note.

T-flavor follows the nose, the vanilla from the bourbon barrel is overstated, the bourbon and oak are subtle and impart the right amount of flavor. the cherry is very ripe and sweet, sharp red cherries with just a hint of sour to it. The vanilla dominates and it is too sweet, not cloying but just sweet.

M-extremely creamy juicy feel to it on a full body with a strong bite with a powerfully carbonated finish that is semi dry.

D-this is somewhat overly sweet and the vanilla is rather strong. the bourbon is so faint and the barrel is mostly oak. the cherry is tasty and not really medicinal in the flavor, it is somewhat sour and the finish mixes well being semi dry and sour but the overly sweet vanilla and the sour tart cherry seem to contrast. drinkable but a few flaws.

Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Shared the bottle, I mean testicles, with Dasilky. Ruby orange with eggshell head. Nose is the kinda odd mid sweet of a kriek with smoothness of the bourbon barrel. Taste is high cherry tart and apples with cinnamin. Lots of yeasty clean finish. Dry and crisp. Beautiful beer.

DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle. Smells like my balls in a bowl of cherry garcia ice cream...and if that sounds bad, you’re dumb. No, but really...I like that nose...dark cherry, funk, and bourbon...all wrapped up into a ball. Pours pretty transparent with a rose-hue to it. Flavors are bring the lovely new glarus cherry goodness, something they deserve a pulitzer prize for...they own cherry beer. The mouthfeel is a little thin...but the bourbon gives it a vanilla-ish accent to the takes it to a different dimension. Really awesome beer though...seriously, if this was just a beer available in 6 packs at my local liquor store...I’d quit ticking and just drink this...even if a 6 pack was $20. Not too thick...not too sweet...nice vanilla cherry and funk. New Glarus OWNS the cherry!

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