theothermatt (140) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared at Hunahpu 2014. Holy lord jesus this beer is absolutely amazing beyond all belief or understanding. Tartness all the way through the mouth and a full, rich, and natural blackberry flavor throughout.
BoBoChamp (5015) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl, as New Glarus R&D Sour Fruit, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, with blackberries, thx alot to my awesome German friends for sharing!, very complex sour fruit brew, fruity/sour and slightly woody/sweet, not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, rocky head, very good brew
brystmar (1075) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy, murky, headless body. Super jammy aroma reminds me of SHBRL.
Puckering tartness starts things off. Dark fruits, intense sourness, viscous body, blackberry deliciousness abound.
Significantly different (and better) than every other NG fruited sour. Definitely uses different yeast. Wow.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served in a New Glarus flute. Pours a beautiful bright purple with a touch of pink. Lively carbonation with a pink head. Strong aroma of ripe blackberry and lactic acidity plus a bit of lemon and earth. Lightly funky on the palate after a strong fruit presence. Blackberry plus some mild skin, almost like a cherry or grape skin. Fairly light and extremely refreshing. Lactic character is fairly strong, but without going too far. The best American fruited wild that I’ve had.
Clownoisseur (90) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from New Glarus. Held onto this for several months to allow it to fully carbonate. Almost panicked when it foamed over! Not quite a gusher, but definitely lost an ounce or so of beer! Gah!! After it settled, it poured a deep maroon, purple hues, 3 finger pink head that slowly worked its way down the glass. Spongy foam into a fine ring of lacing around the glass. The nose is delightful and inviting. Instantly reminded me of the raspberry drop candies (Les Framboises) that my grandma had in the dish on her table. Lots of smashed berry, jam, jelly, syrup, a wafting tartness and mild bread notes. Taste is almost, almost as good as the smell. I was kind of hoping for a bit thicker of a mouth feel, if only to let the flavors/smell resonate on my palate a bit longer! The carbonation is very fine and rushes strong flavors of blackberry/raspberry left and right. Very tart too! The berry sweetness naturally balances the lacto and ends in a very nice harmony. Dry finish. Kind of abrupt...again, selfishly wanting the flavors to linger a bit longer. But, only because those flavors are so wonderful! Fantastic fruited sour. New Glarus is on point!!
cpetrone84 (1166) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
VSB - Pour is deep blood maroon with a light purple head. Nose is very simple with a huge blast of the blackberry in a pie filling type aroma with hints of lacto. It really is very sour, blackberry jelly and very bright. Hints of oak come through with faint touch of lacto. Good carbonation an huge puckering dryness. Intense stuff, very well done.
50belair (1824) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously shared by Colin. Murky crimson pour with a pinkish head. Big berry aromas. Big black and raspberry notes. Mild vinegar with a hint for caramel malts. Not overly complex. Sour with an above average mouthfeel. Good body. Not really a show stopper, but I understand the hoopla as blackberry is not that common.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Murky crimson ale with small, fizzy, off-white head. Smells like the blackberry cobbler my mom made with the blackberrries I picked from the woods in Arnold, MO when I was a kid - vanilla and graham notes. Medium to full-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. The flavor is fruity and both sour and bitter - blackberries (seeds and all). The flavor is all about the blackberries. Finishes coarse, sour and bone-dry. Kudos to ctipping for sharing this beer with the south Florida crew!
biggsbowler (180) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - pours a blood red with medium carbonation. Smells of Blackberries, raspberries, and currants. The smell is great. The taste is fruity and sour. It's freaking great.
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FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So the carbonation problem has resolved itself; New Glarus asked to hold on to these for a couple months to fully carbonate, and it did. A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a glass filling, four-finger thick, pink head that has me sucking down foam so that it doesn’t over flow; the foam tastes incredibly tart, with a hugely floral, over-ripe berry fruit character. The beer went into the fridge yesterday with a beer you could see through even through the brown glass; today, through the glass the beer shows a bunch of chill haze. The beer is a murky, dark cherry color that shows a deeply hazed, lighter cherry hue when held up to the light. The foam has a lot of structure to it, and sticks to the sides of my glass quite thickly. The rich, tart, dark fruit character is incredibly bright and dominant here; it reminds me of dark, complex cherries, and raspberries. This is supported by light notes of grassy, perhaps seed derived, fruit character, perhaps a hint of musty phenolics in the finish, and when you really dig for it, just a hint of plastic / medicinal like character in the long finish.
I made the mistake of giving my wife a sip of this, and she immediately demanded to have me pour some in her own glass. The beer is tart up front, and doesn’t let up through the finish; the tartness gets a touch harder, with a bit more sour edge towards the middle and finish, and it gets mixed in with a medicinal note that reminds me of something like cherry-flavored children’s aspirin. The fruit character is definitely dominant here, and provides notes of dark, sour cherries (leans towards the richness in Schaerbeekse type cherries), incredibly floral (fruity rose and carnation notes), and dark, concentrated raspberry notes. A bit of nutty malt like character comes through after a bit and adds a nice bit of complexity that is not fruit related. Touches of berry seed like notes, meld with a nutty, slightly woody oak character in the finish. A fresh, berry like pulp character is noticeable towards the finish, it really reminds me of chewing on the ripest (though not sweet), incredibly floral and expressive, blackberries one could imagine. The body is nice and rich, yet light and soft at the same time, just as a good Lambic often achieves. The sourness here can be quite biting at times, it definitely leans towards making this a sipping beer. The oak and berry flavors in this beer definitely provide an astringency and bite to the finish as well, though it is more rounded than the bite from the sourness.
This really does approach the richness of the better thought of fruit Lambics; it has the über-fresh, concentrated fruit jam character of a Lou Pepe, or 3F Schaerbeekse, and it is drier, yet still satisfying. This is far better than I was expecting, though it doesn’t have the complexity that I like in a Lambic, though to be fair, New Glarus has not called this a Lambic, and those super fruit bombs from 3F and Cantillon are low on the Lambic flavors as they get drowned out on the fruit for the most part (though not entirely). Really nice, and I wish this was easy enough to get that I had a couple of these in the cellar to enjoy.