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RATINGS: 1525   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2007
A wonderful beverage, but I struggle a little to rate this, because it really doesnt have a lot of beer-like qualities. It takes a pretty vigorous pour to get much of a head. The aroma is a hedonistic cherry immersion, and the flavor is more of the same -- tart, fresh, delicious. Malt and hops are undetectable, as is the alcohol. Actually, even a little bit of an alcohol burn would push it to a higher level for me. Recommended, definitely, but I do have to rate it in the context of a beer. (And while were at it -- Leinenkugels Berry Weiss gets beaten up in reviews on this site for its lack of beerlike qualities. While its certainly not in the class of New Glarus Belgian Red for other reasons, I feel this is an example of the anti-big brewer bias that sometimes rears its head here.)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Thanks to oakbluff for this gem! New Glarus Belgian Red 750 ml bottle Moderate pour in a shaker. Unknown brewing, enjoyed 07/07 Poured a dark red, with some brown tinges, with a moderate off-white and "off-ruddy" fizzy mostly diminishing head. Smelt of strong tart cherries, baked cherry pie, candi cherries, spiced cherry jam and fermented cherries by the windowsill. Taste was upfront strong sweet and sour cherry juice followed by a stronger sweetness on the follow through to a nice mellow moderate sweet and sour finish. All cherries. Palate was cherry. Overall, holy fucking cherries! Im happy I shared this with semi knowledgeable beer friends, because it was great, but also theres no way I could have drank a whole bottle. Its just too much cherries. One glass is a great treat though. Cherries.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Bottled, extremely hazy maroon color with reddish edges. Tan head with a bit of pink fades quickly to leave some slight film on the surface. Immediate aroma of cherries and bready malt, wow this beer is fruity! Faint hops are there, but the cherries are dominating every part of this brew. Sweet fermented malt and wheat tones start at every sip, then followed by slightly tart cherry notes, while the carbonation keeps the flavors going. Definitely a vinous wine with the sweet fruit flavors taking over. I got a slight cough-medicine finish on the palate, but this beer pulled through past my expectations. Oak wood tones are hinted at the finish with the wheat as well. Nicely done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle. Jelly-donut aroma, which works a bit moreso with cherries than the raspberry tart. Copper colored, not bright red. Sour and sweet notes play against each other, but at times make it a bit reminiscent of a sour cherry candy, which is a bit offputting.

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 =(

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUN 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 Pours a reddish coppery brown. Nose is all cherries. Taste is sour and sweet cherries, with almost a pulpy meaty flavor under the taste of the cherries. Cherries make this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Pours reddish amber, CO2, tart cherries, fruit turnover, cherries, cherries.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10794) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Bottle. Poured with an amber hue and a thick white head. Aroma was full of cherries, particularly tart, with a bit of alcohol like aroma. The aroma reminded me of cough syrup. Flavor began with sweet cherries but grew in tartness through out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kappldav123 (6022) - GERMANY - SEP 10, 2009
LCRBM 2009. The bottle looks simple, but good. The beer in the glass is red-brown, modest turbid, small head. Chewing-gum aroma. Starts very sweet and fruity like melon. Finish modest sourish-bitter, still very fruity. Very sweet aftertaste. Unusual, but good!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (13643) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 15, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2012 Re-rate 5/10/12: Draught sample at Sour & Bitter. A lot of sweet cherries, slightly candy-ish, and just very light tartness. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

[9/5/09] Bottle sample during LCRBM at Kulminator in Antwerp. Dark murky red-brown. Aroma of sweet cherries, sugar and some marzipan notes. Sweet cherries flavor with oak, some malt, caramel, other dark fruits notes and some candies. Medium to full body. Silky. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8


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