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RATINGS: 1520   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2010
What can i say that hasnt already been said? The aroma and ruby red color give you a strong hint of what is about to happen but not strong enough! So many cherries from start to finish you wont even believe it. Its almost too much... almost. i barely notice the hops and barley and when i think of it i dont necessarily place it in the context of just beer, it is an amazing and unique beverage all around. Great carbonation, the body is just the tiniest bit too thick for me but im nitpicking to even mention that. The oak and vinuous qualities come through a bit more with age but i prefer the fresh cherry bomb. One of my top 10 beverages everyone has to try.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alenightlong99 (70) - Lockport, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2002
WOW, this is an interesting beer. One pound or door county cherries in every large bottle makes this a unique cherry explosion. Give this one a chance if you can find it.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Pours ruby red with a one-finger light head with red highlights. Smell is all cherries, this is going to be good.....on to the drinking: Tastes incredible with tart cherries and a medium mouthfeel with just the right level of carbonation. Im going to have to drink this one slowly, a real treat. Putting this in my top 5 beers, would love to have more.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
meisterbrauMHB (69) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2008
This is a really great beer. It starts out with a pleasing cherry aroma, great head, and good clarity. Wonderful cherry taste through and through without being overpowering. Good finish. Savor this with good friends or that one special person. You wont be disappointed.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2002
Colour of coffee with a nice foam which quickly disappears. Very complex aroma of cherry, alcohol, cinnamon and almond. The flavour is very well-balanced with a light domination of sweetness. Spicy, very carbonated. Persistence of spices in the aftertaste. Excellent but just a little bit too carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Never had anything like this before. I was given a free glass by the bartender of a local resteurant who knows that I am keen on unique brews. Its sells for $17 a bottle at this place (champagne sized bottle). It does not really taste like a beer or barley wine, or like a wine either. I think its a one-of-a-kind type of brew. The aroma was like a cherry liqour, red-brown color, good carbonation. The taste of cherries was prominant, but without the usual sweetness that one would associate with cherries. Its tough to describe in beer terms because its not really a beer. The 1-year aging is probably a major contributor to the taste. If I had something to celebrate, Id buy it - but $17 a bottle is a bit pricey. It would be nice if they could increase the alchohol content... I dont think there is another "beer" on the planet that costs as much but only brags 5% ABV (I know, alchohol content is not supposed to be a major deal with the ratings - lol).

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
biermensch (64) - USA - AUG 21, 2007
After years of passing on this beer, for some reason I picked up a bomber and shared it with family. The Belgian Red quickly became a weekend guilty pleasure. The amazing cherry flavor is big and vibrant, but not cloyingly sweet. Hugely refreshing and drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattChiasson (63) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2016
5oz draft sample from brewery tasting room. Deep ruby red, filtered clear with a pinkish head. Intense aromas of ripe cherries, sour cherry candy, dark fruits like plum, against a moderate malt backbone (and no evident hop characteristics). Palate was both sweet and sour, characteristic of the style. Good carbonation. Bit sweet for my taste, but I can see why so many love it. Would make for an excellent dessert pairing, or as a dessert on its own.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
This beer is somewhat of an enigma for me. First of all, the older it gets, the sweeter it gets. Not sure how thats possible....anyway, this beer is sweet as hell, which is a bit of a disappoitment given this beer smells and looks incredible. If it were a bit more sour, I would rate it a litlle higher, but its just too damn sweet =(

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2002
This is a unique experiment in North America, so far as I know. It is reputedly spontaneously fermented--outside Belgium, I know of no others. This beer takes its flavor from the cherries the brewery uses, which are sweeter and darker than those used in Belgian krieks. The balance of this beer is between the sweetness of those cherries and the sour yeast note. It is perhaps more sweet and less sour than I would prefer, but if its spontaneously fermented, the sour note wouldnt be adjustable. A remarkable accomplishment.


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