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New Glarus R & D Sour Ale

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3970) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy yellow and small frothy white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is funk and wheat. Thin mouthfeel with a strong sour and tart in the finish. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2013
Ther beer is hazy and autumnal orangish brown in color with a small, fleeting head. The aroma is wonderful, with scents of oak, ripe fruit, sour funk, vinegar, wine. The flavor is equally as complex. Some cherry and wine character in a Flanders style. Immediately I thought this is the best sour / wild ale offering from new Glarus. Light to medium in bodied with moderately low carbonation. A nice acetic bite in the finish. A very tasty brew. Recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1337) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle given to me by Dan, thank you!! Pour is cloudy yellow copper with a wispy white head. Aroma is spicy with hints of oak and a light lactate note. The flavor is way more tart than the aroma led me to believe. Puckering with sharp acidic notes and a smooth, woody and spicy finish. Clean and really exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
birdmachine (213) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle split three ways and poured into a Bruery snifter. Pours cloudy, but bright orange into the glass with medium head retention and lots of bubbles clinging to the edges. Small lacing, small legs. Very aromatic, with nice notes of citrus and grapefruit juice, some fruit, funky hay, lemon, bright acidity. Taste is semi-sweet with nice grassy, and oaky qualities. Lots of juicy fruit flavors that ends with a puckering dryness that you can suck on for a little bit. No bitterness, or hop qualities. Medium carbonation, and light bodied. Overall a nicely crafted wild ale that pretty balanced between sour and sweet. Very nice!

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1422) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5966) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1573) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4510) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5272) - 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.

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