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New Glarus R & D Sour Fruit - Wild Blackberry

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Great Taste of the Midwest 2013 Release - Fourth in our series of spontaneous sour ales. Fermented and aged in oak barrels - on yeast lies - with Oregon Marion Blackberries. Refermented in this bottle - open with care. This is a Wild, Funky Sour Beer! Brewed Nov. 2010 Bottled Aug. 2013

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled via bottle at WTWBA 2014 in Minneapolis. Dark rich purple/red pour. Intense is the best way I can describe this. Very sour, lots of blackberry / dark fruity jam. What a treat to be able to try this - thanks to the person who brought it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
The brewer said that this beer is still carbonating in the bottle and will be fruitier and less sour now than it will be with some age. he recommended aging at room temperature 70-78 degrees until fall or later. I couldn’t resist and wanted to try it now. This is a 20 ounce bottle poured into a flute. Striking cranberry color with a short lived red head. From a foot away there is a strong berry fruit aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luk_ (191) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle. Dark purple with creamy rose head. Aroma is blackberry, old fruit - similar to Hommage and Framboos’ raspberries. Huge funk and lemon notes. As it warms up, it gets very winey and interesting. Taste has very high citric tartness, intense cherry peel, some red wine. Some fruit sweetness, very tasty. Palate is rich with high carbonation. This is immensely complex and excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4508) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2014
bottle shared by tom10101, many thanks bro! pours almost murky dark purple red with a nice purple head showing some retention and lacing. obvious blackberries, tasty band-aided berries, very grassy, medium acidity - almost puckering with an acetic touch, nicely woody. bright carbonation, light body, dry and sour grassy-spicy finish. assertively sour but overall good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle shared by StFun. Thanks Josh! Opaque red pour with a thick pink head. Aroma of sour fruit, blackberry and raspberry. Big sour fruit flavor with raspberry and blackberry before a sour finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1887) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle 500ml. Pours very hazy purple/red with medium pinky head. Good lacing. Aroma is of medical stuff (iodine?), raspberries, fruits. Taste is of medical stuff, acidity, sourness, raspberries. Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: A bit old. Very sour. Pretty good, but a tad too sour to be fully enjoyable?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (2919) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle (500 ml). From Levi, thanks! Hazy reddish-purple with a small ring of pink foam. Aroma is very fruity with a bunch of blackberries, raspberries-like notes, fruit jam and dusty notes. Taste is as fruity if not more than the nose and quite jammy too with a ton of blackberries and raspberries, nice tartness, hints of funk, oak, light to moderate sweetness (not cloying at all) and light vanilla. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry and a tad woodsy finish. Super tasty. It was getting a lot better/fruitier after a few minutes. More depth than in the Wild Peach. High drinkability. Very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1394) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2014 Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks! Pours a cloudy purple with a small pinkish head that doesn’t even try to leave lacing. Nose is of jammy berries, both blackberries and raspberries, feels like the real deal. Taste is really, really acidic but never harsh, just intense. It offers more fruity flavors but this time I associate them more closely to raspberries than anything. Body is light, carbonation medium and the pucker makes my mouth water. Extremely refreshing. Overall a really nice fruit sour by New Glarus!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (3263) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle. Hazy red pour ring of pink foam. Aroma is fruity, tons of blackberry, ever so slight acetone notes, but not off putting, old raspberry, dusty . Taste is really tart, nice lambic like sourness, raspberry sourness, oaky notes, really complex. Palate is med bodied, thin carbonation, really dry finish really tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2014 [ Bottle ][ ½ of 50cl ][ Tasting ][ Trade ][ Snifter ][ 9.25.14 ]
Ruby with a huge strawberry milkshake head, dense and lasting, solid lacing. Ultra jammy aroma hits the nose from across the room, huge depth, cobweb, tons of sour blackberry flesh, skin captured too. Sour flavor still has ton of tons of fruit, incredible depth, slightly bitter arsenic/rubber that grows with warmth, high co2 bitterness, acidity high but soft and supremely jammy through the lightly watery finish, would prefer a stickier end but this is absolutely delicious. Fantastic blackberry beer, far and away #1 against all others with the sour depth an added bonus. That it all works together seals the deal, fantastic integration.

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