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Wisconsin Belgian Red by New Glarus Brewing Company
Fruit / Vegetable Beer
5.10 % ABV

Review by everetends on 01/01/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 1989
750 ml bottle thanks to ender. Served up in the New Glarus flutes that Dave sent with the bottle. Much appreciated.

A: Belgian Red hits the glass a mostly deep reddish brown with the tips of the glass looking a more light brown. Held to the light, more reds come out. The body is clear with a lazy carbonation moving around in there. The pour got me over half a finger of beige colored head. The head falls pretty quickly and there is no lace to speak of. Still a really good looking beer.

S: I want to say when I dip my nose into the glass that I can pick out different fresh cherry aromas and characteristics. Sadly, I can't. What I can find is an aroma that is nostalgic of my youth. It is the smell after you just stirred up a fresh batch of cherry Kool-aid. Its sweet, definitely cherry, and mouthwatering. It is spot on and I really dig the aroma going on here.

T: The taste is a bit more like it. When I first had this, I had been at a large tasting at the Sexual Chocolate release and I remember being very disappointed with this beer. I just thought it tasted like generic and artificial cherry. On a fresh palate, I realize that I was wrong. Picking up on a rich and tart cherry presence that is just delicious. It has a tart acidity to it that is spot on. It does shift a bit into that sweet cherry Kool-aid note I was getting from the nose, but that is mostly just a light and lingering flavor. It does have a touch of a sweet bready maltiness that is not much unlike a pie crust. Just a well put together flavor.

M: The feel is confusing in the best possible way. It is full of flavor that coats the mouth but it drinks incredibly light. ABV is nonexistent. The beer is sweet, tart, and acidic. Aftertaste is all cherries ranging from fresh to kool-aid.

OA: I had a bad experience with this beer in the past, but this experience was a welcomed surprise. This beer is very tasty, easy drinking, and a joy to sit down with. I still think that Raspberry Tart is the superior beer of the pair, but I won't snub my nose at this beer again. What do you know? Another fantastic beer from New Glarus.

Served In: Flute Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 2009
Steve's Liquor Madison

Cracked this open to share with dear ol' dad on Father's Day. Belgian Red pours a glimmering ruby with a touch of haze. A fizzy two finger champagne like head forms on the pour and fizzles down to a ring after a couple minutes. Small patchy lacing slides down the flute back into the body after each drink. A delicious looking dessert beer!

When I stick my nose in the glass it fills with all kinds of cherry. Cherry pie filling, tart cherries, Bing cherries, and maraschino cherries are all present and accounted for. Extremely mouthwatering, bold and to the point. An excellent rich aroma coming from an excellent beer.

Everything the nose suggested the flavor delivers. The immense cherry flavors start with a quick flash of tartness followed by the sweetened cherry pie filling and Bing cherries mid-palate. Finishes with another flash of the slightly tart cherries. All this cherry flavor really comes together to create something special.

Body is on the fuller side of medium with a bit of stick. Although the body is on the fuller side it moves through nicely and has a great smoothness.

This is a beer to be savored. The intense cherry flavors keep this from being guzzled but it is one easy beer to put away.

New Glarus's fruit beers stand a top a line up full of gems. The Belgian Red is all at once tart, tangy, and sweet with an incredible depth of flavor. You will have a hard time finding any other fruit beer that can come close to this one, flavor-wise.

Reviewed: 6/16/08

Price: $7.99 Served In: Flute Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 19 4 9 0
Thanks go to joe1510 for this gem!

Pours a murky cider-ish color, with some red/pink hues about it. Thin, off-white (almost pink) head dashes in, makes its appearance, and then dashes out. Some lacing desperately clings to the glass.

The aroma is FANTASTIC. Wow. Cherry cobbler all the way... sour and sweet! Bready - almost dough like - just like that underlying crust... Sweet Baby Jesus, I could sniff this all night. A pound of cherries in every bottle!?! I believe it... FANTASTIC.

Taste is a direct reflection of the aroma... complete euphoria here. Cherries, cherries, cherries - sweet, sour, tart... oh yeah. Again with the bready tones, and I just love that about it. Just cherry cobbler, all the way throughout the never ending finish. Just beautiful.

Medium in body, smooth, syrupy yet crisp and clean mouthfeel. Slightly tart sour dryness towards the finish. Carbonation is perfect - nice "tingle," almost champagne like, but not quite. Perfect for this beer.

This is exactly what I had hoped for - and MORE. Incredibley drinkable, smooth and juicy - and did I mention CHERRIES! THE perfect desert beer.
I LOVE this!!!
A must try!!

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by tavernjef on 04/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 11 19 5 10 2009
Color is very gem-like when put up to the light, glowing with reddish, pinky/orange thats slightly opaque with a very unique pinkish/orangy head of light bubbly froth, with some large bubbles, and poured out to be about two inches high and settled down to a small bubbly froth with some curtain-like lacing of tiny-tight bubbles.
Smells of nice fruity tart cherries and a bit sour, like a lemonade.
Taste is a heavenly nice sweetly sour and tart cherry thats easily smooth and a bit like a fruit juice or wine cooler but much nicer flavor. It's medium body and generously carbonated with a huge sweet feel in the front, then just lays down smooth and slightly drying to the finish leaving a great sour tart bite in the back of my mouth. Take a cherry lambic and lighten it up a bit and here ya go, a very interestingly, very drinkable treat of yumminess.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 10-1-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Got this one through a trade with Initiative, thanks.

Pours a murky crimson color with no foam whatsoever. Obvious sweet and sour cherry aroma; it smells like cherry Fruit-Roll Up.

Sweet cherry flavor upfront with a light tart finish; this is a great, refreshing beer. It would be perfect for dinner or as a dessert.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good dose of carbonation. The finish is semi-dry and clean

A cherry treat.

Served In: Tulip

Review by JJ on 11/18/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
750ml bottle
Pours like Champagne into flute. Murky red liquid topped by a quickly disappearing thick rose head. No lacing. Cherry aroma (duh) not too overpowering. Glad to see this. So often the aroma in fruit beers is too much. Taste was fruity with yeasty finish. Moves between sweet and sour while on the tongue. Cherry Pie in a bottle.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
Review from 01/02/07

Poured from bottle into one of my New Glarus flutes.

A - Pours red, and I mean red. Cloudy body looks like, hmmm, like some light beer was added to grenadine. Fizzy head on the pour was gone in an instant.

S - Holy cherry. Smells just like an open jar of cherries, huge and robust.

T - Rich sweet cherries dominate this brew. Slight hop taste is present here, but really this beer is all about the cherries, and that's ok. Wonderfully different. I think I could drink this with breakfast.

M - Medium bodied with nice smooth carbonation.

D - I love New Glarus' use of fruit. Simply masterful. Great beer that isn't something that I would want to drink every day, but will be in my fridge often.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 12 16 4 9 0
Wow, what a brew. Starts with popping the top and getting hit in the face with the aroma, awesome. Cherries, cherries, cherries. Smell, taste, everywhere. Full bodied, and easy to drink. THanks a bunch TT.

Served In: Pint Glass

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