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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8210) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2015
Big THANKS to kermis. Never expected to try one of these. 500 ml. bottle sampled @ Borefts 2015. Day 2. Hazy orange. Nose is huge bran, puckering, funky rustic, big barn & strong oak, puckering, caramel,… Bit thicker & more caramel body and more oak in nose & taste than a Belgian lambiek. Taste is puckering orange, touch caramel, touch basic sour with big barnyard, oak, some caramel malts, touch heavier body, touch stronger puckering quality. A bit more malty body than expected. Good wild quality, complex enough, very nice stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Pours to a deep brassy hazy body with a starch white head. The aroma is ungodly good. Tart acidic peaches that reminds me of a Cantillon. Flavors of acidic and acetic tart peaches and nectarines. This is the most like Cantillon that I have ever had. Sour palate is refreshing and perfect. This was a FABULOUS beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Courtesy of northernbrews

Bottle: The aroma consists of big sour lemon, tart citrus, light grapefruit, and a hint of grapefruit. It pours a transparent amber with a minimal white head that quickly fades to a thin ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of citrus. The finish quickly turns to sour lemon, sour cherry, and sour grapefruit. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, tasting thus blind, I thought it was 3 Fonteinen...really too notch stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (4553) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
Tasting at Matt’s, brewed 2009, bottled 2012, 4 years old
Hazy amber color with small head. Wonderful aroma, funky, old cellar, a bit footy, Soft mouthfeel, strong woody character, mildly astringent, good acidity, lemon and orange peel; the wood character is wonderful, and the beer also delivers freshness.
Amazing surprise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2012
500ml bottle. Opens with a hiss and some carbonation jumps up towards the cap. A nice sour pucker is release in the smell. The beer is a hazy peach and has a fizzy head that quickly dissipates. The smell is quite nice. It is initially pretty sour but after a few whiffs more scents come out. Cherries, vinegar, oak, grapes, some malt sweetness, and a very nice but not over the top but of cheesy funk. The flavor is also great. Medium sourness that doesn’t linger. Instead oak and vanilla dominate the finish. Up front it is acidic and sour with vinegar, sour apples, and lemons. Mid palate is malty and fruity. The funk isn’t as prevalent in the flavor. It is mostly just a well-balance sour. The mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and it ends up pretty dry. New Glarus strikes again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Many thanks to Blake for sharing! Poured cloudy peach with a creamy, short whitish head. The aroma picked up sour cherry dust, oak, tannins, and sour wheat.. deep earthiness too.. very welcoming. The flavor was tart and bracing upfront, with oak and vinegar leading.. more vinegar and funky horseblanket behind.. finished sour, oaky, and funky. Very sour through the palate, but it never felt unbalanced.. gripping and enjoyable. This was excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Bottle. Hazy straw yellow pour, plenty of carbonation (even when poured slowing) and a very nice funky sour, cheesy aroma. Flavor is nice slightly funky lemon citrus, herbal, creamy and light lingering sourness on the aftertaste. Solid beer, glad I have a few more bottles of this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portableparty (2292) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2012
My 1300th. Bottle, pours bright amber orange with a quick sudsy white head that fades to nothing, but some faint bubbles along the edge of the glass. Aroma is sour funk and stinky cheese with fruitiness. Taste is amazing sourness like sour candy and leather along with cheese and wine notes. Palate is full and fizzy with a awesome sour drying finish. Wow this is one of the best sours to date!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 20, 2012
Thank you, my friend!!! Sincere ’cheers’ to you and yours. Clear bronze, whisper-ring of a head, ephemeral lacing. Autumn leaves, fresh goat-milk yogurt, homemade apple cider vinegar, and wholesome malt ... all rolled up into a sublimely funky ’rind’, and then cradled in a blanket of lemon-like tartness. The perpetually evolving, lingering finish is a real joy as the malt gently ricochets off notes of hardy oak and wild yeast. How much fun is this? Only 5.4% ... how lovely.

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