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New Glarus R & D Sour Ale

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RATINGS: 97   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!


iowaherkeye's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
R&D Sour Ale, 500mL bottle shared by Cole. Hazy amber orange with a small off - white head, fading to a thick ring before long. Big lemon sourness up front with some old wood, aceto vinegar notes follow, a little leather. Flavor follows suit, quite sour, a bit musty, lots of puckering lemon sour. Semi dry finish, sourness peaked at a 7, a little wheat in there as well. Light carbonation with a light body. Very solid. 8-4-8-3-16--3.9


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2938) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle: Thanks to Nate for my first bottle of this. Murky, nearly swampy amber with tangerine headlights. Barely any head; just a small, fuzzy white ring around the top. Smells sour & tart as hell. Lemon flesh, green apple, lactic acid, white wine vinegar, with soft woody undertones. Perhaps a small touch of Bretty cotton funk in the back-end. Somewhat gueuze-like, actually. Lemony tartness on the palate up front; intensely sour, puckering, & dry. Tart lacto, vinegar, a bit of white grape & oaky vinousness towards the latter half of each sip. Acidic, but not to the point where it burns your innards. Dry oak, stale & funky wood lingers in the aftertaste along with the puckering reminds of apple, lemon, & pear skin. Brett quality grows with time; come wet hay & damp cellar funk show themselves a bit. Super dry finish. Crazy delicious, lovely. Dan Carey is a brewing genius.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1574) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2015
The beer is a deep amber color. Lots of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle and the liquid is fairly cloudy. Small yellow-white head, a bit fizzy. There’s a little but sweet and sour malt flavor but it’s mostly nice sour and funk. Smells like a pale sour with a little bit of oud bruin-ishness. Taste is lightly sweet and medium sour. Moderately dry. Some lemon, a little under ripe nectarine. A bit more of that oud bruin character. There’s a hint of legitimate lambic funky depth but it’s fleeting. Medium body. Nice sour. I prefer the peach by a hair but it’s better than the kriek and geuze for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1006) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Another bottle courtesy of Adam. Aroma is moderately funky with quite a bit of tropical fruit notes. Faint oak notes and a light background, herbal, earthy funkiness. Medium light citrus notes. Light malt notes. Pours a cloudy, copper-red with a moderately thick, and creamy, tan head with average retention. Light lacing and small legs. Flavor is moderately acidic with quite a bit of tropical fruit and citrus. Medium light oak notes with light barnyard funk. Faint herbal, earthy funkiness. Hints of malt in the background with some stone fruit present as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, another surprisingly nice beer from New Glarus that surpassed expectations. Light geuze-like qualities with moderate acidity and good fruit notes. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 1/27/13 from a capped 500mL bottle. Pours light amber with a thick off-white head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is super funky brett with a tart/sour note and some light cereal malt. The flavor is more sour than I expected from the nose with a good amount of funk and light cereal malt. The body is light with medium plus carbonation and a long sour and funky finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1153) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle from TODD! Thanks! A: Cloudy reddish brown with a ring of foamy off-white head. Some lacing.N: Cherry, acetone, vinegar, leather, red wine grape, oak, some peppercorn, coriander, cracker, green apple and grapefruit. T: Puckering sour and some light sweetness. M: Light body, tingling carbonation, no alcohol presence. O: Really nice sour. A lot in common with Rodenbach and the yeast profile reminds me of Drie Fonteinen. Good show.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle. Pour is pale yellow with a small white head that fades quickly. Aroma and flavor of funky barnyard, wood, oak, citrus peel, and earth. Finish is funky with a bit of earth/citrus coming through. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4328) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle Pours clear blonde, bir orange , rather fast fading ok white head . Smell is sour , fruity yet a bit dusty. Taste is sharp , full sourness, bit dry , intense yet no overkill . Wood, rather sweet, fruity character to it ( in a hidden way ) .

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (5048) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2014
This poureda hazy golden color with a white head. Aroma was of Cobb webs, wet grass, lemon juice, hay and light. Jessy funk. Taste was very refreshing, moderate sourness, but not really tart, medium funk, citrus, earthy notes too. Awesome stuff

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (10128) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours apricot gold white head. Nose/taste of woody oak, funk, vinegar tartness and sour fruits. Medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Art (2057) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Pours a clear golden yellow with a light brown tinge. White foam. Aroma of light vinegar, oak, vanilla, slight citric aromas. Taste is slightly sour but not overbearing. NG killed it with this one.


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