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RATINGS: 1501   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.4
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2005
This delightful beer arrived in a 750ml bottle, and the pour has a brownish-red pour with a small brownish head. It is hazy, and a bit carbonated, although the head doesn’t stay long. Aroma is beautiful cherries, malt, yeast, and tartness. In the mouth it delivers cherries, malt, nutty notes, perhaps a hint of woody oak, a slight, balanced tartness and honey. This is a fabulous beer. Glad I had the chance to sample it with alaskanwarren, thanks Hezron!

4.5
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Reddish brown. Pinkish head. Cherry, yeasty aroma. Taste is a wonderful blend of sour cherry, malt, yeast and sourness. There are some hints of lambic and geuze, but it doesn’t go too sour or too candy. Very balanced. Very fabulous. Very approachable. I’d love to have a keg and pour just half glass at a time. This ia great beer to pour for someone who says they dont like beer.. The taste, aroma and everything about it feels very real, nothing artificial. It really shows off the cherry, it doesn’t try to just be a beer with cherries in it. Thanks Hezron!

4.1
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Easily the most drinkable fruit beer that I’ve ever had. The aroma is a clean, fresh smell of montmorency and maraschino cherries... nothing artificial about it. The flavor is a smooth blending of dark cherries and tart cherries and it has a crisp, fruity finish. Too lengthy a description would be as phoney as most fruit beers. This is a straightforward and simple, excellent brew.

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4.1
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2005
A big thanks to Cornfield for scoring this beer. The aroma is of maraschino cherries, big time. When I first took a whiff, I thought right back to drinking Shirley Temple’s when I was a kid. The taste starts intense cherry and then smooths to a mild hoppy end. I have to say i am not usually a fan of the fruit beers but this one is darn good.

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RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Sweet-tart cherry pie including the doughy crust all in one glass. This gift courtesy of CORNFIELD at the latest LoSBD meeting. Good work Carl.

3.8
jcwattsrugger (12549) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 750 ml bottle with wax sealer-thanks to the transport from Rutgers 6 months ago to Wisconsin and his girlfriend for sharing. Aroma is cherry, taste follows, OK carbonation, good body, a bit of hops, good finish. A bit like a good cherry pie meets a nice beer. Nice taste. 3.4. 110806--thanks Bigmmartin. 3.8

4.4
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - OCT 3, 2005
750ml bottle

Shares many characteristics with New Glarus Raspberry tart -- lively natural carbonation, predominant tart fruit character both in aroma and flavor (though obviously cherry versus raspberry), excellent integration of fruit and beer rather than just "beer with fruit flavor thrown in," smooth lively creamy palate, and exceptional overall craftsmanship. The Belgian Red has a more pleasant appearance (less muddy); and while the Raspberry Tart almost pushes the "tart" boundry too far, the Belgian Red strikes an absolutely perfect balance. Yes, this beer lives up to the hype, and at $7 per 750ml bottle, it’s the best quality-per-dollar beer on the market, bar none. Next time you find yourself in the southern half of Wisconsin, go out of your way to find a quality liquor store that carries it. You will not be disappointed.

<P>On a side note, I notice the notes at the top of the page state that this beer is commonly on tap. After 10-plus years of Wisconsin pubcrawling (some of those years as an actual Wisconsin resident), I cannot recall ever seeing it on tap. If anyone knows of a place that regularly carries this on tap, please PM me. Thanks.

3.8
zug4abby (288) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Wow- what a beer (or maybe syrup). pours an intensely brown color with a thick pinkish tinged head! The aroma is incredible, just like a bowl of cherries (literally). However, the flavor is just a little to much for me. I find the cherry a litlte to overpowering and there is no way i could drink more than a small glass of this in one sitting!


4.5
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 Bomber from Jcapriatti. Great thanx for a terrific brew. Pours cloudy copper red with a small off white head. Nose is cherry muffins, cherry pie, very doughy and a great tartness in teh end. Has a cidery feel with lots of movement in the mouth. Fizzy and thick, cherrys and apples permeate my entire mouth.

4.5
Brad (363) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2005 750 mL Bottle: Pours a dark and hazy deep red and brown with a pillowing and rapidly diminishing head. Aromas are of amazing sweet cherries with notes hinting at tartness as well, some cider notes and wheat as well. Flavor is tart cherries, white sugar, and cider characteristics. Mouthfeel is extermely lively, lots of tickling and popping.


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