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New Glarus R & D Sour Ale

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed: Dec ’09
Bottled: March ’12
Batch: 8.5 bbl
O.G.: 12.45 °P

Brew Master’s notes:
Spontaneously fermented in oak barrels for over two years final fermentation in the bottle Brettanomyces funk sour and highly carbonated! Open carefully and enjoy!


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2013
500 ml bottle (I think?) served in a Deschutes snifter. I think dvelcich shared this one. Thanks Dan! A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap that leaves some sticky splotches of lace. S: Malty sweetness, some light berry and tart stone fruit. Grassy with some lactic lemon and a little vanilla. T: Oaky with some vanilla sweetness. Grassy with some slight lemon character. Tart stone fruit with a little bit wet hay funk. Light mineral quality to it as well. M: Light bodied, spritzy carbonation and a dry finish. Really drinkable. O: Really delicious. Very gueuze-ish. Definitely the best representation of the style this side of the Atlantic. Serving type: bottle

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1389) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2013
16oz bottle shared. yellowish color with white head. the aroma of sour funk. thinking it was going to punch me in the face with sour but the smell is stronger than the flavor. the flavor was funky smooth. you get a little bit of the oak barrels on the end but the smooth funk is wonderful throughout. couldnt ask for a better beer for #600.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5820) - Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2013
500 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.; thanks Skyview). Looks good; a cloudy orange with off-white head that dissipates into lacing fairly quickly. Smells good too; sweet, oaky, and funky. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Great beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1509) - Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2013
500ml bottle from brewery. Yellow orange pour. Very well balanced. Sour and tart. Lemon. Very carbonated. Similar to the other top notch Sour/Lambic/Berliners I’ve had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Courtesy of Skyview. Dark orange color with a small head. Sour and tart wheat aroma. Flavor of apples and wheat. Very tart.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Picked up a few bottles at the New Glarus brewery in New Glarus, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear copper amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a thin film top. Aroma of caramel and funky sour. Some herbs, tart berries and a touch of lemon. Taste is medium bodied, tart berries with caramel malt and some Brett yeast. Finish continues a mild sour funk with some presence of lemon, berries and caramel malt.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Big thanks to CLevar for this bottle. It almost looks like it came off a pirate ship. Pours a copper color with a sparky head. The aroma is tart fruity, lemony, and some Brett style funk. Really good sour style aroma. The taste is intensely sour with lemon flavors then some fruity balsamic flavor. I would say this is a mouth puckering sour bomb and it’s really good. Lively carbonation that dances on your tongue.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle from fear025. Been waiting a while for this one, so I decided to crack it open for New Years Eve. Great sour from these guys with a nice funkiness going on in the aroma. Taste was lemony and sour, with some nice oak presence. Not too sour, very balanced and delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2012
500ml bottle shared by durhambeer - thanks, Bob! Cloudy deep amber pour more than the dark brown expected. Fairly still but that’s never a huge issue for the style (and there was a consistent film of bubbles). Nose was fairly quirky too, with barrel, light tartness, but also some pronounced grassy or herbal notes here and there. These were faint, and blended well with the yeasty tartness throughout, but gave the beer a quirkiness that impressed. Lots of apples and oak along with acetic notes in the taste, but those herbal and floral notes almost made this seem like a sour trying on the clothes of a saison or something.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks man!! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Funk, cat urine, biscuit, horse blanket, lemon peel, citric acid, and lime in the aroma. Taste is urine, basement, funky oak, lemon juice, tangy, vanilla, light lacto, pineapple, papaya, and mango with a big sour finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Awesome beer and a really tasty sour; very reminiscent of a gueuze.


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