New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red: A Cherry Bomb of a Beer

wisconsin belgian redWisconsin 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. Serve your friends Belgian Red in a brandy snifter or champagne flute and toast life with beer from the land of Wisconsin.

Final Rating: 4.38/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Lindeman’s flute. Acquired in a trade with moonman14, thanks!

Pours a hazy, effervescent dark amber body with a big gushing light pink head that reduces quickly at first, then slows down to leave frothy foam which sticks around for a while. Leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is BIG cherries.. cherry candy, marischino cherries, all cherry! Slight metallic aroma in he background.

Taste follows the nose, big cherries, pretty sweet but not cloyingly, slightly tart finish. It might be my imagination but I got a hint of cinnamon on the finish. High carbonation, extremely refreshing and tasty. Medium body, slightly syrupy.

I’m a sucker for a cherry bomb, and WBR didn’t disappoint.. straight cherries all around. Comparable to Lindemans but a little less sweet and more full body. If you like a lot of cherry flavor, seek it out

Jester King’s Provenance with Clementines and Tangerines!

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“We are pleased to introduce Jester King Provenance — a series of three farmhouse ales brewed with different combinations of winter citrus fruit. The first of the three batches was brewed with the zest and juice of grapefruits and oranges. The second batch incorporated the zest and juice of lemons and limes, and the third batch used the zest and juice of tangerines and clementines.

All three variations are dry, highly-attenuated, authentic farmhouse ales, brewed with Hill Country well water, malted barley, malted wheat, hops, and fermented with a unique blend of brewer’s yeast, native wild yeast, and native souring bacteria. Their flavors are yeast and souring bacteria driven with the fruits serving as integral components of the fermentation. We don’t add fruit (or fruit flavorings or concentrates for that matter) to filtered and pasteurized beer at packaging time to make what amounts to a beer cooler. Rather, we incorporate the fruit into the fermentation, so that wild yeast and souring bacteria can transform the fruit flavors into something that’s greater than the sum of the parts. For instance, think about the difference between grape juice and wine. Why are the two so different from one another? It’s because the grape juice has been fermented by living microorganisms. We apply the same principle to the use of fruit in our beer. ”

My Review:

Final Rating: 4.4/5

look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a light straw, hazy body with a 2 finger white head that lingers for a while.

Pungent fruity aromas dominate the nose.. tons of citrus, banana, clementine, mango. Spices, cloves, wheat, some barnyard, and cherry.

On the tongue, tart, fruity notes of citrus, oranges, grapefruit , cherry, white wine, and banana come first, followed by spices, bubblegum, caramel malt. Finish is dry.

Mouthfeel is light and drinkable with medium carbonation .

Overall a nice farmhouse ale.. nice, balanced acidity with a delicious, undeniable fruityness. Well done.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Speedway!

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Alesmith’s Bourbon Barrel Ageed Speedway Stout is a huge, bold, rich, dark imperial stout aged with coffee in bourbon barrels for at least a year.

final Rating: 4.5/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an Alesmith sample glass. Not sure of the vintage, as the bottled on date is smudged, but I think it’s a 2010. Thank you Kevin for this one!

Pours a thick, inkjet, oily body with a 3 finger milk chocolate colored head that reduces fairly quickly to leave a ring of retention.

Smell is inviting and potent – vanilla bean, heavy dark fruit, bourbon, some mustyness (I’m assuming from the age), milk chocolate, some booze in the background.

First thing to hit the tongue is sweet butterscotch, vanilla, sugar cookie, followed by milk chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, with a super charred, roasty malt aftertaste that sticks around for a while. Thick, rich, heavy body with low carbonation.

Very nice, super tasty, rich, complex, and balanced while hitting all the good flavor points of a barrel aged stout. Highly recommendable!

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The Bruery’s White Chocolate is monsterous 15% ABV Barrel Aged Wheat Wine with Cacao nibs & Vanilla Beans. It’s only avaiable to Bruery Preservation Society members, good thing I have a hookup!

Final Rating: 3.86/5

look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Thanks vitese for the hookup! 2014 edition.

Pours a light, hazy, amber-marmalade body with a big, frothy, off-white head that reduces slowly to leave leggy lacing that sticks around.

Aromas are quite potent and inviting.. white chocolate seems appropriate as aromas of vanilla cake, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and butterscotch all come into play.

Taste is a different story.. upfront is a muted caramel-toffee flavor, vanilla/bourbon and dark fruit on the follow through, somewhat astringent, almost sourness on the finish. A little boozy.

Mouthfeel is odd… watery, low carbonation, with a medium-light body. I’d expect something a little richer for a beer of this caliber.

Overall I wasn’t impressed with White Chocolate, maybe a couple years will add some richness or balance to it. Will revisit.

Das Uberkind!

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Das Uberkind is an Organic Vielle “Old” Saison aged for months in oak barrels. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned.

Final Rating: 4.36/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Jester King stemmed glass. Acquired in a trade from Trey.. thanks bro!

Pours a super hazy, cloudy dull golden body with a bubbly white head that reduces fairly quickly to a think layer of foam.
Smells sour, tart, citrusy, lactic, musty, and somewhat oaky with hints of farmhouse spices in the background.
Big sour notes of tart citric acid, fruit peels, sour apple, dry champagne, oak, caramel and spices on the finish. The aftertaste is super dry and tart, leaving an acidic sourness on the tongue. Medium carbonation, super drinkable, refreshing and crisp.

A very nicely crafted Wild Ale.. very complex and flavorful, on the acidic side. If you’re into sours, this is a beer to seek out!

Jack’s Abby Cocoa-Nut Barrel Aged Framinghammer

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Big, bold, black barrel aged and aged in bourbon barrels with coconut and cocoa nibs. This baltic porter was aged for extended periods of time.

Final Rating: 4.55/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Jack’s Abby snifter. Purchased at the Brewery.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a a finger dark brown head that reduces quickly but leaves spotty lacing.

Big coconut aromas take center stage here, along with vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Very, very enticing. I wasn’t expecting that much coconut, complimented by some nice bourbon barrel stout notes.

Taste follows the nose, very coconut-vanilla forward upfront, followed by roasty coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, caramel. finish is roasty and toasty, somewhat bitter. Very nice, complex, and balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, but drinkable at 10%. medium-low carbonation. rich and indulgent.

What a great beer. Super complex and tasty, while really nailing the coconut-chocolate flavors. Easy drinker, and definitely a sipper.