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New Glarus R & D Sour Ale

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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!


brewolf's rating

4.4
   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3566) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2015
VBC 2015 clear cooper of color with a weak white head. An aroma of sour apple juice, wood and horseback. A flavor of sour appels, dry, malty, sour and horseback.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeranarchist (231) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle at VBC. Golden and clear. Sour lactic, cherry aroma. Sour and sweet taste with flavour notes of apple cider vinegar and cherries

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOLA_DK (339) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle share at VBC. Crystal clear amber with a quickly fading head. A lot of acetobacter in the aroma. Sour taste, low body as expected, no bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2993) - 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 (1580) - 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 (1038) - 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 (1171) - 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 (4464) - 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 ) .


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