719: Wisconsin Belgian Red

719 - Wisconsin Belgian RedName: Wisconsin Belgian Red
Brewery: New Glarus Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: New Glarus, Wisconsin
Style: Fruit Beer
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4%
First Brewed: 1995
Price: NA

Tasting Notes
On the nose, spicy Montmorency cherry pie aromas blend with slight cinnamon and earthy tinges. It is sharp and puckery on the palate, brightening the fruit. Underneath is a serious Belgian-style sour brown ale, bringing winelike depth. Finishes dry, fruity, and clean.

Ricky’s Thoughts

As big of a brewery as New Glarus is, I am surprised there are only 2 beers on the list. I wasn’t impressed with Uff-da, so I hope this delivers. Heck, Brian and Michelle have about 25 beers from New Glarus in their cellar. We are going to another tasting next Friday, and hope to try a few more New Glarus beers then. If you are in Wisconsin, regardless of my thoughts on the beer, make sure you try a few beers from New Glarus. They are an iconic brewing company to that state.

Here we go.

In the Glass: The head is nice, but I am seeing a ton of carbonation. The girls are saying it smells and tastes like a lambic. Will I unlock another badge with this? I am 1 beer from the Fruits of Your Labor badge. Does this count? The lace is pretty boring… But based on what I am hearing I am hoping this beer rocks. Let’s see what it smells like.

Kevin, Brian and Michelle’s friend, just said, “It has the aftertaste like a cherry Jolly Rancher.”

Nose: Holy cow that smells like a lambic. Michelle just said, “You should totally get credit for a fruit beer.” I hope! I haven’t tracked it yet. But that aroma is insane. What makes this a Belgian red? The yeast? Not sure… But I will do some research before we share this so I know. I will say I am getting a hint of cough syrup… But not enough to distract me from drinking. Here we go. Cheers!

Flavor: That has an immediate hint of sour and then the medicinal flavor sets in. Then it is here and gone again. Let’s get to the finish. The finish is the best part of this beer.

Mouthfeel: It is thin with a hint of carbonation toward the back. I just can’t get over the finish. There is a ton of candied sugar notes.

Aftertaste: The finish is solid, and Kevin is right… It does taste like a Jolly Rancher. Man. What a great finish. I sometimes will eat a Jolly Rancher just for the aftertaste.

Brian, what did you think? “Of the New Glarus? I would like to drink a lot of it. Definitely cherry forward and very nice for a lambic.” Um… Brian, it’s not a lambic. It’s a Fruit Beer. So I WILL get a badge. Cheers!

Wisconsin Belgian Red – The bottle says: “You hold the marriage of wine and beer. Belgian Red is a tapestry of flavor. This ale is brewed with whole Montmorency Cherries, Wisconsin farmed wheat and Belgian roasted barleys, balanced by hops we aged in our brewery one full year, and then aged in oak vats.”

“Over a pound of Door County Cherries in every bottle makes this ale uniquely “Wisconsin.” So unique, in fact, that we applied for a patent. Expect this ale 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 ale from the land of Wisconsin.”

Rating: 5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Another beer at Michelle and Brian’s! This one totally smells like a lambic. It has a dark cherry red look to it. And it smells like cherries!Also, there are cherries on the label. I’m going to guess that this beer tastes like cherries.

It looks pretty thin, with not a lot of head. And I’ve already talked about what it smells like. Time to give it a try. First sip… yep, it’s cherries! Michelle likes it, even. She keeps wanting to hog it. It is really good. And yes, it does taste like a lambic. It’s got a really fruity cherry taste to it. I wonder if it has a low ABV like a lambic. There is no ABV listed on the bottle.

If you like lambics, namely cherry ones (like kriek), you’ll like this. I do. It’s pretty good. Definitely one I would buy again, if only we could get it here! It’s like liquid cherries.

Rating: 4.5/5

718 bottles of beer on the wall…

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