New Glarus Unplugged Sour Brown Ale

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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Thanks to CaptainCougar for this bottle! Nice deep red color, topped with a tan head and some nice lively looking carbonation. Sweet and sour thing, with lots of wood in the nose, and a little bit of carmel. Some tart/vinous qualities, too. Me likes. Mouthcoating and creamy, turning tart and sour. Fruity and alomst spicy initially. Very smooth and drinkable. Quite nice.

gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle shared at BBF’14 - thank you to the kind soul who brought this. Pours hazy brown with amber hue, no head. Nice malty characteristics, balanced by sweet vinegar (balsamic alike), caramel. Nice acidity compared to the sweetness. Subtle taste of cherries, balsamic vinegar and bready malt, all in a very subtle way. Like this beer.

JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Amber pour with minor raspberry and vinous character. Light vinegar as well. Its good, but its seen its better days.

maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2013
Bottle at ratebeer tasting at CBC. Pours clear brown with a small yellow head. Heavy funk, hay and shortbread on the nose. Some biscuit and funk in the taste. Light earthiness and hay. Light bitterness on the finish, quite sweet as well. Very easy going. Not bad at all

brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Amber in color with a finger of off-white head. A slight vinegar note along with a hint of raspberry and red wine vinegar. Some oak and vanilla notes to it as well. The flavor is rather simple. Fairly acetic with red wine and balsamic vinegar notes. Some dark fruit notes and maybe a little bit of wood/oak.

BelgianBeerGal (4157) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Traded bottle about a year old or so. Pretty still pour with no real head. Big sour aroma initially and then some fruit and malt. Nice mix of sour cherries and some earthy, oak. Gotta say I really like this and would love some more.

madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Bottle generously shared by BenC...thanks Ben! - Rosy amber pour with a thin ring of tan head. Sherry sweetness on the nose, with some faint cherry. Caramelly and malty with just a hint of ginger and bit of a tart twang. I can’t imagine this is anything close to the aroma fresh, but it’s interesting. Black cherry taste, deep and dark and overripe. Luscious. The malt is still pretty firm and the sourness comes through more on the finish. Sweet all the way through, but not over the top. A bit fizzy and thin, but wow has this held up well. What I wouldn’t give for a six-pack.

MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2010
[Bottle] shared by someone at WtWBA ’10. Pours a clear reddish brown with a small, soapy tan head. Aroma is mostly caramel, light oxidation, and very light lactic tartness. Flavor is sherry, light acetic and lactic acid, and moderate sweetness with that typical rotting fruit character that a lot of the New Glarus sours seem to have in common.

kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle. Really looking forward to trying this one! Pours into my glass a murky, opaque brown color with a slight tan head. The aroma is more sweet than sour with notes of caramel and toffe. Slight sourness in the nose but minimal compared to the sweet aromas. The taste is fairly consistent with the nose in that the first sip yields a very sweet caramel/toffee taste that gives way to some mild sourness. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, a decent beer but if you are looking for something actually sour then this is not for you. The sweetness to me would get a little old if I had to drink a lot.

shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2010

2005 Vintage

2/24/2010: New Glarus Unplugged Sour Brown Ale... Aroma: Caramelized malts and caramel-covered cherries; subtle Balsamic vinegar. Appearance: Mostly opaque; bubbling, sparkling carbonation (very elegant feature); the fizzy beige head disappears pretty quickly. Flavor: Wow, damn good! Reminds me of New Glarus Belgian Red and Enigma but with a lot more chewy caramel; a touch of creamy yeastiness and smoke in the middle; slightly puckering cherry and slight vinegar quality in the finish. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; smooth. Overall: This is really nice beer that has held up beautifully; probably a bit more toward the sweet side than sour at this point...

12 fl. oz. bottle (twist-off cap) from awaller05 via trade. Thanks Andy! Rating #201 for this beer.

Tmoney99 (14976) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured hazy brown color with a minimal fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy sour aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity sweet & sour flavor with a moderate sour finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a complex beer.

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