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New Glarus R & D Sour Fruit - Wild Blackberry

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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   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

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pat_ernzen (8) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Tons of fruit, funk and sourness. Did not disappoint in the slightest. God damn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4396) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2014
500ml bottle. Pronounced fruit tones. Blackberry, raspberry. Nice balance between the sour and big fruit tones. Quite unique and interesting. Has the pleasant universally enjoyable fruit, and the sourness of a traditional lambic. Solid beer, deep rich blackberry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (2522) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad! The beer is a deep purple with a pink head. Huge blackberry aroma. Pie crust, wild yeast. Wow, this is tasty. Sour and puckering, settling in the jaws with a gentle acetic quality. Long lasting after taste. Huge blackberry and jammy quality throughout. While the rarity adds to the allure of this beer, thereís no doubt this is a stellar brew. One of, if not the, best from New Glarus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RussianDragon (467) - - AUG 9, 2014
500 ml bottle shared by ygtbsm94, thanks a ton Brad! Pours a beautiful bright hazy plum skin purple with lasting purplish white head that settles eventually down to thick wisp of lacing covering the whole meniscus. Aroma is sour blackberries, with a noted concentration of seed aroma. The fruit is very forward, as New Glarus is known for. Flavor is delicious sour blackberries - from start to finish. The finish is identical to the beginning - sour, tart and perfect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BiiruBierBeer (104) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Iíve had a lot of top rated sours. Let me start off by name dropping a few that Iíve had just for context before I start describing this one: Blabaer, Fou Foune, LP Kriek, Hommage, Saint Lamvinus, Schaerbeekse Kriek, Russian River sours, Peche N Brett, Duck Duck Gooze. This one though? This one doesnít just beat those beers. It mops the floor with them. Right now (8/2/2014), VSB is the highest rated fruit sour in the world (including Retired status beers obviously) and after tasting it, I can see why. Easily the most fruit forward sour Iíve had in both aroma and taste. I couldnít believe how much blackberry flavor was packed into this sour, but it shouldnít have been a surprise to me given how masterful New Glarus has proven itself to be when it comes to brewing with fruit. What else can I say about this beer that hasnít already been said? It is the best sour Iíve ever had in my life. Period.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (2965) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2014
500 ml bottle
What better beer to celebrate someoneís birthday and another milestone (2900 ratings) than a new rating from the mind of Dan Carey? A world class sour beer, I am glad I have another tucked away in the cellar. It has held up well this last year though if you have any reason at all to crack it open with friends then enjoy this before the next one hits in a few weeks.

Aroma / Appearance - A deep ruby red base sticks to the glass with little effort. Flat with no obvious carbonation this has the vibe of an aged lambic. Blackberries, aggressive vinegar, and other acidic aspects are almost as sharp as a bottle of vintage La Folie. Despite that the fruitiness keeps it from being just a sour bottle of salad dressing.

Flavor / Palate - Blackberry syrup and vinegar poured over a fresh pie fills the mouth with a chewy texture. Not content to just scour the palate clean it then lingers in the throat like an army of scrubbing bubbles leaving a sour mark behind. There are no flaws to be found with this except that the bottle is only 500 ml. Once again New Glarus has proven that they are seldom mistaken with a recipe. I canít wait to try the 2014 sour in just a few weeks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle, thnx to Kermis. Pours a deep purple reddish headless beer, slightly murky. Aroma of raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, basically loads and loads of red fruits. Flavor is medium sour, very fruity, cherries, sour apples. A real fruit explosion going on. Soft carbonation, slight watery mouthfeel. Long, dry and sour aftertaste. This really is sour fruit, exceptional, stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RasmusOtt (1110) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2014
Big thanks to Motherbrother and Emil for bringing this. Pours hazy dark red with a pinky purple head. Oh boy oh boy the aroma! THE AROMA!! Tons of fruity berry notes along with some sour lactobacillus. Lots of blackberry notes coming along with other sour berries. I get a weak note of rhubarb, fruit yogurt, fruit jam and lots of forrest fruit in general. Very tart and orgasmic aroma! The taste is very tart and with lots of blackberries, fruit sorbet, fruit jam, lactobacillus, weak vinegar/balsamic notes and some c-vitamin. Fok this is refreshing! Amazing beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
lricketts (10) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3 oz pour at bottle share, thanks Shea! Appearance: Light foam which left slight trails around the glass. Dark purple coloration reminiscent of blackberry juice. Very inviting. Aroma: Wow. One of the most aromatic beers I have ever enjoyed. Big blackberry aroma wafts out of the glass. Thereís no synthetic smell here, its as if hundreds of blackberries were freshly squeezed and jammed into the bottle! Taste: The flavor progression on this sour is both amazing and surprising. You get an obscenely fresh blackberry flavor on the front while the tartness builds through the middle and climaxes on the finish. In contrast, many sours which I have had blast you with sour on the start and give the fruit flavor on the finish. The sour finish is fairly intense, reminiscent of warhead candy. This flavor is so fresh and spot on I actually had the sensation of phantom blackberry seeds! Palate: Medium body, very effervescent, bubbly all the way down the palate. Overall: This is hands down my favorite sour that I have ever had. I was heartbroken when I reached the end of my pour. I just kept breathing in the (still extremely pungent!) aroma from the last vestiges of this sweet nectar of the gods. Well done New Glarus, well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (366) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2014
Thanks to Motherbrother and Emil. Pours dark, unclear reddish with a red-brown-purple pastel colored, short lasting frothy head. Oh jeeeez, the aroma. So much black berry, blueberry, raspberry, rhubarb, smoothie, sorbet, slight yeasty sourness. Huge aroma that fills the entire room. Taste is extremely tart, with of course lots of blackberries, but lots of rhubarb and raspberry as well. Unripe berries in general, almond, Tastes really healthy! Balsamico, dry wood. Had this at a tasting, and damn, this is a cleanser! Pretty high carb. Doesnít look that good, but man this is one of the best sours iíve had!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (5045) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours murky purple with a tiny ring head. Aroma is huge blackberry upfront with light funky notes, basement, cobwebs etc.. Flavour is light sweet and over moderate acidic. Hugely fruity in the palate with the tart blackberries coming out super fresh and strong but also with red fruit notes like raspberry and red currents. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Certainly get the hype on this one. The best American sour Iíve ever had.

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