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New Glarus R & D Sour Ale

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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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!


4.2
   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 (1142) - 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 (2542) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6100) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, thanks Aaron and Caleb for the pour. Pour is clear red with thin white head, aroma brought notes of slight vinegar, funk, hints of red grape, touch of earth, grass, touch of dark fruit with some red raisin. Taste is a nice mix of sweet vinegar, funk, hints of earth, vanilla, grain, lemon, touch of red raisin, finishing fairly sweet, bitter, slightly tart and dry.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle @ Stephen’s house, courtesy of TheAlum. Thanks so much, Adam! Pours a bit hazy, dark orange appearance with a white head. Super funky, fairly cheesy, big lemony tart, oaky, woody/herbal/barnyard aroma. Very nice aroma! Somewhat juicy lemon, big lactic-like sourness, ultra-vanilla, quite carbonated, fairly tropical fruity/bretty, very funky flavor. R u jokin or wat? Fuck yeah.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Yellow pour, big white head. Tart aroma, lemon, yeast, lactic sourness, stone fruit. Well balanced sour. Some great sourness, Brett funk, leather, lemony notes, yeasty. Awesome.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle shared by Drewbeerme. Thanks! Pours an attractive gold with a fluffy head that falls off. Nose is great. White wine grapes, peach and apple. Tart and fresh with an earthy note. Crisp. On tasting, really similar to Temptation. Medium tartness, drying finish. Good body. Clean and refreshing overall. Nice pilsner malt notes on palate along with more cling fruit; apricot is nice. Great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arkurzynski (1487) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle, thanks BA kalvarez. Deep amber/copper in color with big off-white head that dissipates. Aroma is big sour citrus, sweet tarts, dried citrus, and light funk, all with a light floral sweetness in the background. Flavor is lemonheads, tart citrus, citrus zest, dried citrus, mild funk and faint vanilla. Nice puckering sour that ends mostly dry. Acidic, but not detracting. Not as carbonated as I was expecting, but at a nice level. Nice complexity. Definitely something Dan can hang his hat on.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle provided by nuplastilk. Thanks! Poured a mostly clear yellow-orange color with a white head. Aroma is some sour fruits, some wine notes. Flavor was sour notes, some fruits and a little bit of nice barrel notes.


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