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RATINGS: 1526   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 26, 2003
I can't help it, I love this beer. A friend of mine brought home a three gallon keg of this beautiful beer! I was like drinking liquid cherry pie. Why oh why do they limit distribution to WI when they're are so many of us who want to enjoy this beer! WI must grow the best cherries. The oakiness comes through with every sip. Beautiful reddish-brown head and lace in the glass which stays from start to finish. This is a beer definitely worth persuing, especially since rumor has it that Kasteel is no longer going to be making their red any more. Truly an amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TimE (5438) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2017
Deep red purple color. Intense fresh cherries in the nose, not in away that any other beer can do it. The balance of sweet, tart and spice in the nose is amazing. Medium full body. So much cherries, so well rounded, like eating and drinking the most flavorful cherries you have ever had in your life. Just perfectly executed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jc1762 (1098) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2017 Thanks Virby44 for the bottle! Poured into the wineglass showing dark vinous wine red with white foam lacing. The nose shows strongly sweet maraschino cherries like jolly rancher candies. The palate is light bodied and highly carbonated. Strongly forward cherries throughout with a light wheat/malty backbone. Light tartness with a slight acidity balances out the entire beer. Nothing like it. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
papat444 (129) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
Appearance: Pours a dark, crimson red with 1 finger head & lots of carbonation. Not bad. Smell: Sour cherry notes with slight sweetness. Nice smelling aroma. Taste: Sourness hits me straight on. Sour cherry with a dry, wood-like quality. Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated but sourness unrelenting. I would have liked some more sweetness to balance it out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1698) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle at RBGT. Pours cloudy ruby. Aroma is superinfused cherries, almost artificial and candy-like. Very sweet, but still medium body, with a refreshing sourness kicking in later. A bit sticky. Sweet palate, with cherries throughout. A bit less would be nicer, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StoutBeerReviews (107) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2017
I prefer the raspberry tart one this because the flavor is a bit more intense, but dang, these things do not disappoint. Tons of flavor, EXTREMELY long lasting finish. Quite complex too. Yet very drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Booga (114) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2016
750 ml poured to wine glass. Split with Jeff and Gretchen. Bottle from 2015 given Patrick K. Pours deep red with 1/2 finger carbonated head. Intense sweet cherry flavor. Slightly acetic, low bitterness. Really work class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kchampagne (173) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Pours a dark ruby red. Aroma is dark cherries. Super fresh and sweet. Taste is incredible. Its like drinking cherry juice. A mix of sweet and sour. Not overly sugary and well balanced. This is incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
basaywhat (230) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2016
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy light brown reddish color with an off white pinkish head. Aroma is apple cider, cherries, mild tartness. Better tartness in the flavor than a lot of the other New Glarus fruit beers, balancing out the sweetness. Sweet cherry apple tartness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ineedbeer (2037) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 3, 2016
Poured from a bottle that has to be at least 5 years old; I kind of forgot about it int he cellar. Oops. Aroma is sweet cherry with some, musty, old newspaper notes of oxidation. Aroma reminds me a lot of cherry Ludens, but the age adds some oxidation. Some light malt notes. Pours a murky, dull red with some brown hues and a small, fairly thin, slightly tan head that recedes quickly to the edges where a small, thin film lingers for a bit. Faint lacing and no legs. Flavor is very sweet with a definite cherry throat lozenge character to it. Some much sweet cherry notes that come across as almost artificial. Some light malt notes with a bot of caramel and some honey. Light toasted bread notes. Some oxidation showing up as old newspapers and wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, the age didnt help this beer and only added an oxidation note. Im not sure anything could help this beer though as it tastes and smells like the cherry throat lozenges that toe the line between medicine and candy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattChiasson (70) - 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.

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