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New Glarus R & D Sour Ale

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2014
(Bottle) Pours orange amber with almost no head. Thea aroma holds fantastic funk - damp basement, ripe red and yellow apples, spicy mold, old wood and a touch of pineapples and incense. Undertones of woodshop-ish white oak and cracker-like malt. bit cheesy. The flavour is near dry, almost no bitterness and medium sour (for the style). Funk (brett and lacto), fruit/citrus and dry malt. The mouthfeel is crisp, tight and perfect fizzy with medium carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (4500) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2014
Bottle received in trade. Thank you rfraga7. Pours hazy deep golden with a rather small frothy and fizzy offwhite head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sour and funky with crackers, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, hay, dry wood, barnyard, horseblanket, lemon zest, gooseberries, cedar, leather, moist wool, unripe currants and hints or orange peal, dry soil and old bread. Taste is sour and funky with crackers, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, lemon zest, hay, leather, oak shards, cedar, horseblanket, barnyard, dry soil, unripe berries, leather, grapefruit rinds, orange zest and unflavoured yoghurt. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, tart, tiny mouthpuckering, soft and light to medium bodied. Finish is sour and tart with crackers, lemon juice, grapefruit rinds, orange zest, lemon zest, sour milk, hay, dry soil, dry wood, leather, barnyard and horseblanket. Wow, what an amazingly drinkable sour. Traditional lambic class. 3 Fonteinen rustic funkiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle:   Orangish straw, slight haze, thin whispy white head, little lacing.   Big sour funk nose, fairly assertive.   Pow, biggens right up front, fades a bit quickly leaving a try tartness.   Very clean, lower carbonation than others.   Simple yet spot on.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not as dry or tart as others, especially midway through and onward, but it has a great nose and a great first punch.   Easy drinking clean Sour Ale.   Thanks a ton Bob!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (4580) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 12.04.2013, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Frisk lett syrlig lukt med preg av lys malt, sitron, syregras, sitrusskal, tre, litt kalk. Lett syrlig frisk smak med preg av lys malt, syregras, sitron, sitrusskal, litt tre og kalk. Middels bitterhet som set litt. Veldig god.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (1980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Bacterial! Pours clear, light amber with white head. Aroma: hell yeah! Smells like a gueuze, actually. Dirty, funky, sour, berries. Not what I expect from NG, really, and I love it. Side note: I’ve loved everything I’ve had from this brewery, from the most "boring" lager to the sweetest of fruit beers, and this is unexpected, delicious, Anyway, back to the rating. Taste: Tart, lightly sweet, dirty funky finish. Light to medium body, decent carbonation. Overall: A departure, and really damned nice. NG can fucking brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (5370) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Poured a light yellowish orange color with aromas of citrus, tartness, brett and some light peach. Flavors are the same, light tart fruit throughout that was very enjoyable. Thanks for the share.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (4020) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Pours a light orange with a decent head and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma has some apple skin & barnyard funkiness/downright animal sweat.... plenty of lemon rind and lemony brightness. The vinegar character is present but is very mild.

The flavor is very tart with a nice lemon rind character... the beer has an earthiness about it and some nice brineiness. It’s sour but it’s not vinegary. Nicely dry... & well put together.

Despite New Glarus being one of my favorite breweries, I still approach their sours with a reserved excitement... I’m not really sure why I do that, but this one won me over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2809) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Thin white head, short lived, lace? Naah, but thats ok! Hazy copper colored brew. Spiffy tart nose, cherries, lumber. Medium bodied with a nice carbonation for the style.lil pastey, TART and earthy. Lotsa woody, fruity notes, cherries, apples and grains too. Dry, tart finish. Nice fuckin Sour. Props to MOTORTODDHEAD, my friend, for the bottle! Nice one bro.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Gueuzey, sour, funky hay, whispers of dark fruit. Grassy. Delicious. Surprisingly mature and refined; a true sour from the NG crew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4518) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle shared with Leighton. Enjoyed at 55F in stemware.

A - Burnt reddish orange appearance. 2 finger head that is overall pretty resilient.

S - The nose is spot on to a gueuze from 3 Fonteinen. You get lots of citrus (lemon, orange) and a balance between acidity and oakiness. There are some fruits, tartness and oak

T - Taste is pretty much the same as the nose. Very much like drinking a gueuze which is pretty remarkable. This beer is tart from start to finish, I get a lot of oak, persimmon and peaches. Some sour cherries at the finish.

M - Very nice mouthfeel. It’s full bodied but not syrupy.

O - I enjoyed this a lot. A very classy beer from an awesome brewery.

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