New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus
4 percent ABV
Wisconsin’s New Glarus brewery is world reknowned for its take on fruit beers such as Wisconsin Belgian Red Cherry Ale and Raspberry Tart. Last year’s poor cherry harvest led to a retooling of the season with Serendipity, a cherry-apple-cranberry ale.
This year, New Glarus has released a Strawberry Rhubarb ale that has no special name — it just says Strawberry Rhubarb on the label. That’s fine by me. I am not interested in how witty a marketing person is, only in how expert the brewer is.
Brewmaster and co-owner Dan Carey once again shows his aptitude for making fruit beers with an ale that allows the fruit to shine while still tasting like a beer.
The pairing of the two fruits in the new offering satisfies the requirements of those who like sweet-sour beers. New Glarus uses the natural tartness of the rhubarb to temper the sweetness of the strawberries.
The beer was amber with pink hints to it, and the head was a bit pinkish, dissipating fairly quickly. The aroma was nearly all fresh, ripe strawberries and some of the effervescence from the bubbly pour actually tickled my nose.
The taste was ripe, juicy, sweet strawberries, with the rhubarb in the background, but still obvious. Behind these flavors is a slight malt presence telling you that yes, this is still a beer. The carbonation is slightly more than average and manages to be a bit fizzy, yet with a creamy body and dry finish.
I look forward to see what Mr. Carey does with blueberries — hint, hint!
As always, New Glarus beers are only available in Wisconsin. The brewery’s Beer Finder link is here .
Beer Man sez: Strawberry and rhubarb flavors mark another successful fruit beer for the New Glarus brewery.