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RATINGS: 1504   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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4.2
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2002
I figured that I'd really like this stuff, since I love Door County cherries, I get some every summer. This stuff is the color of fresh cherry juice, amply carbonated, with a pinkish, champagne-y head. Pure, unadulterated cherry essence, both in smell and taste. There's a delicate cinnamon flavor behind all that fruit, mixed in with hints of graham cracker. The quality of the ingredients and the brewing skill here is evident. This is how all fruit beers should be done. I'd like like a little more of the base malt to poke through, cause the wave of cherry sweetness can get a little overwhelming, especially at the end of the bottle. This would be great with black forest chocolate cake.

3.5
celogan (205) - Oroville, California, USA - MAR 24, 2004
I've been wanting to try this stuff for a year; and thanks to a buddy who brought it over the border I finally got to try this. Poured a cloudy amber with an almost red-orange hue. Very small head which dissappated repidly and no lacing. Aroma was totally cherries. Definitely doesn't taste like beer. More like a champaign. The flavor was similar to what you might expect from a belgian white with lots of cherries tossed in. Reminded me of a tart cherry pie with good carbonation. Not for an everyday beer, but for dessert on special occasions this would be a good choice.

5
Kodos (205) - USA - MAR 9, 2002
WOW! This is excellent stuff! Big cherry/almond nose, nice head that diminishes quickly, flavor is serious sweet cherry, then the aftertaste hits with a chocolate/cherry bittersweetness. A little too much carbonation, but the best fruit beer ive had!

4.4
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours an orangish-red with little head and evident carbonation. Aroma is rich and full, dominated by the sweet tartness of cherries and perhaps just the slightest hints of malt and yeast -- utterly unique among beers. Body is medium and smooth with an initial tart-but-sweet flavor of cherries that fills the mouth and tongue. This initial flavor gives way to a lingering finish where sweet and very complimentary flavors of spice and cider join the cherry for a truly amazing flavor. Simply one of the best.

4
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2005
Cloudy brown with small white lace. Aroma is cherries, sour. Taste sweet/tart/sweettart cherries. Ill never turn down a bottle of this. thanks jim

4.7
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2006
This stuff is an excellent example of how to make a fruit beer. This stuff is incredible! All sorts of sweet, tart, cherries are in the aroma...even a little bready or doughy smell in there too, prolly due to the belgian yeast or barleys. Its comparable to a cherry pie in taste and in smell. The taste also has characteristics of wine like sweetness and a little syrupy element to it also, although its not overdone. Overall this is an excellent beer...its just too bad no one besides people in Wisconsin have access to it.

4.3
hopbag (201) - - JUN 24, 2014
Like a tart cherry soda at first but with a nice rich profile underneath. Big cherry nose, maybe a little cough syrup. High carbonation is appropriate. Cherry skin in the finish. Bright red color. Belgian yeast character isn’t evident. Pleasant throughout and a nice holiday or dessert beer.

3.5
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2002
Nice woody, cherry aroma. Lovely red color. Small, thick, creamy head adds to mouthfeel. Nice balance of sweet and sour cherry flavor, nicely thirst quenching. Enjoyable but too much cherry and not enough beer.

4.5
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Bottle, nice white bubbly head, average lacing, great smell of cherry candy, taste is nice and sweet with a hint of tart at the end. i agree that this is the best fruit beer that i’ve had.

4
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2007
25 ounce bottle. Opaque red with a low pinkish tan head. Aroma of dark cherries, malt, mildly of hops, and cherry wood. The flavor was similar and strong, very strong. Sweet and tart with dark cherries, hops, yeast, and malt. The malt (and maybe yeast) nicely mellow or smooth out the flavors. Texture is smooth and crisp. The finish is sweet with some tartness and bitterness. Overall there is significant sweetness and tartness in this fruit beer; but after all, it IS a fruit beer. Belgian Red was unique and enjoyable to drink. If the alcohol content was slightly higher, I would have rated a little higher as well (solely a personal preference).


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