New Glarus Unplugged Sour Brown Ale

Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
12oz bottle. Aroma of tart, yeast, cherries. Flavor is slightly tart. As FEZ says, "it tastes just like candy". Tart sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2008
Bottle. Hazy brown colour with a nice head. Sour aroma of acidity and malt. Flavour of malt, caramel little sour but not bad at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Pours a good head over 1/4 inch head and then falls into almost nothing. No lacing to speak of and the color is a clear dark ruby/burgundy. Taste is slightly sweet and a beautiful fruity tartness. I wish I would have had a case of this so I could drink this all the time. Its great!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
July 2, 2006 Found some more of this and thought I would give it another chance now that my palate has experienced many different beers. Pours a pretty nice copper to brown color with a cream colored head that dissipated but left a ring around the glass and some lacing. Smells of sour and rotten fruit. Seems to have both a cherry and apple twang to it, very nice. Very complex taste with different fruits, there is definately an apple ciderish flavor in here as well, with a lingering sour apple cider finish. Medium amounts of soft carbonation trickles over the tongue paired with a light body. That seemed to be just about right for me. Im very glad I gave this another try, I will be trying to get more if I can, I find it hard to believe I didnt care for this before. Original Review: Reviewing from notes, this was my first of this style of beer, and I wish I could get more to re-review as I believe I would appreciate it much more at this time. Anyways, on to the review. Beer poured an murky brown, with a head that quickly dissipated. Smell was sour and of rotten fruit. Taste is sour, but also has a sweetness to help balance, as well as some buttery tones. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. At the time of review this was of average drinkability, but I believe I would enjoy this much more now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Aroma of cider, oxidized Burgandy, dark homemade caramel, some clean tartness and a little citrus acidity. Flavor is lemon, apple cider, some brown sugar flavor without the sweetness, oak, vanilla, mild to moderate acidity. Very apple like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Bottle from Artusory. A good take on a real oud bruin. Brown sugar, chocolate, koji aroma. Lightly tart, full of cake. Delicious. Full and balanced flavor, tart up front with a rich, oatmeal raisin brown sugar finish. Light melon and lime. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of sour cherry, funky berries, apple, light balsamic vinegar, and caramel. Flavor of sweet syrup, cherries, and light woodiness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 03/29/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade

opaque brown, whispy brown head, tart apple aroma like granny smith applesauce, robust body, sweet fruity yet tart flavor, lots of apple character, huge flavor, like a big thick tart applesauce in a bottle

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Thanks to Rob for the bottle! Shared with MoeJuck, BGburdman, and Bruno. Poured a muddled brown color with a a little bit of carbonation present developing into an off white brownish head. Really nice aroma full of woody oak present and some sour fruits including cherries and some other under ripened tart berries. The flavor is a very nice meld of sweet and sour with the a typical new glarus woody tartness coming through in a very welcoming manner. Some caramel malts makes its presence known as well. This beer is very reminiscent of the Unplugged enigma, and almost seems as if this could have been the base beer for the enigma. Very well done and highly enjoyable, and the aging has been very graceful and complimentary towards this beer. Its a damn shame I prolly will never be able to have this beer again, but oh well it was meant to be enjoyed and enjoy it I did!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2007
12 ozer from Styles, thanks! if more Flemish sours were like this, Id convert my fav list in a heartbeat!!! aroma is the distinctive NG oaky tartness you have come to appreciate in the Belgian Red only just a bit milder. I was a bit undecided on how to score the appearance. ended up scoring it a 3 since after a vigorous pour there was no head and barely any lacing, but the soft, almost total lack of carbonation is what I really like about it. flavor is all New Glarus. oak, sour tartness with some caramel backbone and a lingering dry finish. the 30 months or so since the bottling has treated this brew very well! sadly, the only one I had is now history and its a retired beer :( maybe it will make another appearance in the near future with the expansion at NG.

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