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New Glarus Unplugged Sour Brown Ale

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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Generally available to the exclusive few who travel off the beaten path of Belgium this is truly a sour ale. A ridiculously long lager in in our oak casks elevates rich round caramel malts backed with distinctive tart notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
12oz bottle shared by devon at the chitown sour tasting... pours a dirty caramel brown with a thin just off-white head... flavors of semi-papery and oxidized sweet cherry with caramel malt notes in the background... flavors were cherry with some butter, somewhat sweet with a light carbonation. just slightly sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9107) - Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2010
12 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a slightly hazy copper brown color with no head at all. The aroma has a sweeter caramel malt/tart cherry blend that has influences of oak. The flavor is a sweet tart mix like the nose with caramel, cherries, oak, and vinegar. Medium bodied, seems syrupy at times, smooth throughout. This is still a very good beer. It held up much better than the smoked rye bock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2009
12oz. - Courtesy of ygtbsm94. Thanks for sharing, Brad! Dark coppery brown, off white creamy head. Complex dark cherry and vanilla oak aromas ride soft waves of bready caramel and musty balsamic vinegar. Deep tart cherry and wet wooden vinegar tones are well rounded with a near perfect lightly sweet and sour finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. A fantastic sipper that reminds of Rodenbach…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
12oz bottle sample #14 at 1st CST thanks to xnoxhatex!!! Pours a syrupy clear dark brown. Aroma is sweet maple syrup, ham, oxidation, pineapple, baked brown sugar. Flavor is sour yogurt, brown sugar, tangy pineapple, crazy odd citrus, not anything like I was expecting. Sugar body, fine soft sizzling carbonation. Wish I could try this again!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2009
This is a helluva beer. Brown pour, not really much of a head. Aroma contains vinegar, oak, turbinado sugar and cherries. Flavor has tons of cherries, brown sugar, vinegar and wet woody characteristics. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2009
2004 bottle from 1st annual Chicago sour tasting thanks to Devon. Creamy brown pour with thin off white head. Aroma is of baking spices and brown sugar, rather pleasant and un expected. Taste is similar with a nice gentle sourness weaving it’s way in there. Medium to thin body. Decent carbonation. Really pleasant and unusual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours cloudy gold with a scant ring of foam. Tart fig aroma. Tart cherry and caramel taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3582) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle from JDIPSO, thank you so much John. What is it about NG sour brews that they all turn into Belgian Red with a little time? This is just a bit more muddy, dank type of Belgian Red. While the Belgian red has a very cherry pit flavor to it this is more of a sweet-stink. Taste is similarly musky cherry and there is only a little hint of acidity at the very end. But it is basically a sweet cherry musk.. I like the parts but I need a little but more sour and something else to bring it all together. Or a little less musk with this low level acidity. has a sweet cherry aftertaste. Appearance is very murky reddish brown, no head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7608) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
Liquid Sunshine V. 12-oz. Capped and foiled. Crystal clear medium amber. Headless, laceless. Nice big balsamic-y lacto kick. Creamy medium body, almost sticky. Lots of balsamic and caramel on the mid-palate, maybe some orangey fruit there as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Brown no head. Aroma is light sourness to it, light cherries, caramel, dry fruit. Taste is fairly sour, with caramel,, cherries, malt.

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