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RATINGS: 1534   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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TheBeerGod (6209) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle. Courtesy of joeybgood. Pours a hazed magenta. Medium pink head. Nose is strong cherry and spice. Not unlike Quelque Chose. Taste is nice cherry (black cherry and maraschino cherry mix), light spice and some tartness. Strong fruit notes overall. Body is slightly acidic while being fairly dry and tart. Finishes with more strong cherry notes and light spice. Great beer!

4.2
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Well, I’m a bit surprised with this but looking at the top beers in this category (fruit beer) the number 2 and 3 beers are both New Glarus, the #1 being this bad boy. Perhaps this shouldn’t be such a surprise after tasting 2 out of the 3, both being phenomenal. As with the raspberry tart, one of the big defining characteristics of this beer is the absolute authenticity of the fruit. The description says over a pound of cherries is in each bottle, and despite earlier skepticism, I believe it now. The beer is intensely fogged, no doubt from all the organic residue. Full aroma of cherry followed with equally intense flavor; Flemish flair - medium tartness keeps the palate interesting but doesn’t really interfere with the flavor (I let this one sit for a year so perhaps it mellowed out a bit though). Something that may be startling out of context is the slight chalkiness in the palate - just a litle residue from the tartness that gives it a slightly chewy aspect, nice and full. A big thanks to my old roomates who managed to bring this one home from LaCrosse, great beer.

3.7
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.

4.5
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Pours cloudy dark reddish/brown with decent head. Aroma is sour and tart cherries. Cherries front to back in the flavor with a slighly dry sour finish. Taste like a cherry pie. 4.2 average is not worthy enough but I can see how this beer might be overwhelming to some.

4.2
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Bottle: Large head with a dull cloudy bronw red color. Complex flavors of cherry, prunes and slightly sour backbone balance this one of a kind beer out nicely.

4
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Cloudy rasps of cherry and viscious sweet foam, an after dinner accomplishmnet on Thanksgiving was the clear choice for this one. Sweet and tangy it was a compliment to the end of an awesome day

4.1
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Cloudy red beer with a full pink head. Aroma of cherry pie with some kitchen cabinet spice scents in the background. This is perfectly described as cherry pie in a bottle. Strong sweet cherry flavor with a quenching pie cherry tartness and a rich mouthfeel. Very good after Thanksgiving dinner, dessert in a flute. Don’t expect this to remind you of "beer" in any normal sense. Just appreciate it for what it is.

3.9
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
pours a slighty hazy amber/brownish red color with a nice small tan head. lacing is excellent. aroma is cherries and wheat. flavor is cherries and actually a bit one-dimensional but still good. palate is nice and full. i like this and it’s defintely unique.

4
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Cloudy red color, pretty light giving it some orange hues. Small head. Aroma is a solid, strong cherry with some rich malts. Ripe cherries, balanced sweetness and a good round mouthfeel. Very clean and balanced. Not overly complex. Great beer.

4
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
good god. cherries everywhere, gorgeous bright red with a pink foamy head. really tastes like cherry juice, with a surprising tartness that lingers around. absolutely perfect for a thanksgiving dessert beer--more like a fruit lambic than a fruit beer, but very good anyway, especially with a chocolatey dessert.


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