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Unplugged Sour Brown Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

Unplugged Sour Brown AleUnplugged Sour Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

83 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.83%


Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-04-2005)
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a foiled and capped top. No freshness date.

A- Fizzy with a thin ring of lace, hazy reddish brown color.

S- Obvious sour note in the nose, lemon rind and vanilla come to mind.

T&M- Rich tartness up front. Suggestions of pie spice and lemon juice with a biscuity undertone. Liquid pie anyone? A bit slick under the smoothness within the moderate body. Tartness lingers for a good while, ripe fruit and a hint of caramel middle to end. Finishes very dry.

D- Yet an other example that American brewers can make stellar beers. Paired this one with some extra sharp cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 01:48:37 | More by Jason
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MNPikey

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-26-2013 19:25:50 | More by MNPikey
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Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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07-26-2013 20:05:33 | More by UffDaBock
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-24-2013 00:53:27 | More by coldmeat23
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eliz108

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-10-2012 23:23:03 | More by Jon
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-23-2012 00:32:22 | More by t0rin0
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 16:44:28 | More by womencantsail
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-22-2012 20:59:46 | More by EasyReader
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-16-2012 05:21:40 | More by ygtbsm94
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-16-2011 19:47:50 | More by Beertracker
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-17-2011 01:22:28 | More by Photekut
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from some old notes, but the beer was pretty old at that time.

Pours a Reddish brown, carbonation is farily still. Aromas of Apple, Oak, som e brown sugar, fairly funky. Flavor is fairly reminicent of wine, some notes of sour cherries, a light toastyness, generally dry and fairly crisp.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 20:04:15 | More by BieresDesMoines
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to try this one!

Color is burnt caramel brown. Has a light off white head.

Aroma: Classic door county cherries. Caramel flavors and vanilla. Oak and spice. A lot like enigma.

Taste: A nice amount of sour door county cherries. Oak, vanilla. Very much like enigma. Cherries are dry and tart. Caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Dry, tart, smooth, and clean. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean, but dry.

Overall it is a really good beer. Very drinkable too. I think this one is getting pretty old at this time, but it was drinking excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 23:05:12 | More by mothman
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 12:47:08 | More by kbutler1
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle split and poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Twist-off cap! This beer is about 5 years old!

Huge thanks to Bnieman for cracking this open to celebrate my engagement! When considering his love for this beer, his supply of it, how long it's aged (5 years retired) I feel very honored to be the recipient of a glass!

A - Dark mahogany brown and crystal clear with bright ruby highlights when held up to the light, SBA pours with a thin but long-lasting light khaki head. No lace though.

S - Hints of vinegar are reminiscent of the Douchesse while notes of soy sauce begin to show it's age, but it doesn't overwhelm the awesome notes hiding in this complex brew. Caramel malts, toasted to perfection, with low hints of molasses and dark cherries. Smells like it's gonna be good!

T - The hints of soy sauce still come through on the flavor profile but are even lighter than the nose. A fantastic light sour tartness pops out subtly with caramel malt hints, amber malts lightly toasted, and dark cherry flavor.

M - Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated with a smooth entry that leads into a subtle and light sourness on the finish. Well-balanced and delicious for being 5 years old. I wish it would be a little bit more sour but I can imagine it would be fresh.

D - It's a sipping beer that's fine split or even consumed alone as a session sour. Very awesome across the board, especially for it's age! I would send out a word of caution to anyone that might have this though. It seems like it's starting to decline with that soy sauce character. You may want to drink 'em sooner rather than later. Thanks again Bryan!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 12:20:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared bottle, 2005 vintage.

The bottle opened without much fanfare, not alot of visible/audible carbonation. In the glass it clearly held some carbonation so that was a good sign. The color was a reddish, russet brown, fairly high clarity. A bare skim appeared initially on the surface, and faded to a string of pearls around the rim. Not much in the way of retention, but again this is 5 years old.

Some light maltiness in the nose, fairly sweet with little in the way of tartness. It has an apple butter note that carries over into the taste. Sweeter flavors of cinnamon, brown sugar, and apple butter meld with a softly acetic cider vinegar component. A sweet/sour mix, that's not especially sour as much as it is pleasantly tart.

With some moderate carbonation present, i'd say this held up quite well, with some fullness to the body. It was easy drinking, especially with the mellow tartness.

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Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 14:50:51 | More by emerge077
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weatherdog

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. This beer is about 5 year old and I've been sitting on it for about 3 years. I cracked it open at a recent tasting with Gonzoillini.

It pours a brilliantly clear cherry mahogany red with just a little bit of cream head forming then dissipating.

Lots of leathery, sour, malt sweetness in the nose. There is a moderate amount of vinegar but not overpowering.

This is just a wonderful complex sour beer. It has a fair amount of residual sweetness that pairs wonderfully with the sourness. I'm surprised it isn't too sour considering the age. It has some leathery horsey brett character on the end. To me this is just a perfect tasting beer.

It smooth, perfectly carbonated and just feel great.

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Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 23:45:52 | More by weatherdog
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to the wonderful BA's out there that have helped me soo much in the past in getting these really hard to get beers. This one had to be one of the best tasting sours I have ever had. Served chilled and poured into an oversized pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/28/2008.

The pour was nice for the style. Hazy, cloudy brown in color with a very nicely presented color. Small head of off white came up over the top and settled down to leave a very nice, and very bare look to it.

The aroma was sour all the way. Apples, grapes, pears, funky tones all over the place. Some light notes of caramel malt underneath, but a candied funk al over the place. The flavor was the best for the style I have ever come across. Rich apple vinegar leading the way, morphing with candied sugar before puckering my lips all over again in the finish to really cap it off quite nicely. Smooth, subtle, and not overally carbonated, this one was easy to drink all night long, the only problem was I only had the one!

Overall one of the best beers I have had in a very long time. This was just fantastic in every way, and I would be thrilled to have it anytime.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 01:36:25 | More by mikesgroove
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Douglas88

Utah

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with a big thanks to hopscotch. Pours a dark and cloudy ruby color with a initially large off-white head that goes down to a small bubbly one. The aroma is very nice; sour cherries and oak, very tart. The flavor is very complex and nice; initial flavors are sweet malty and typical brown ale flavors. Later the very powerful barrel/woody flavors kick in, lots of vanilla and oak. The sour cherries melt into the wood to produce a strong tartness and yet are very mellow. Additionally, there is a sweetness also, brown sugar and candies, which also mixes well with the cherries. Very nice. Well balanced and not too sour. Lots of vanilla and wood in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 00:16:26 | More by Douglas88
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers ever, and this was one of the first beers that blew my mind at the beginning of my journey into craft beer. Poured into a Chimay chalice. This was likely the oldest beer in my "cellar" and as such, as well as just how much this beer opened my eyes, i have chosen this for my 300th review. Unfortunately this is my last bottle, may Dan brew more again soon.

Yes, this is a brown ale. The head approached two fingers in height after the pour but its tan bubbles didnt feel like sticking around this very mildly and finely carbonated brew. The body of the brew itself is quite clear, and reddish hues reveal themselves when the glass is backlit.

I love the smell of this beer, a pronounced fruity sourness appears, somewhat like a souring fortified wine, with the aroma of cherries and plum. Rich malts with pronounced toffee character almost rise above the tartness of this brew but dont quite succeed. There is certainly a funky element to this brew, as well as a touch of earthy decay which could be due to the hops.

Absolutely brilliant. Sour and somewhat acidic, cuts into the rich toffee notes provided from the malts. Wouldnt be surprised if there were some cherries in this brew, its flavour certainly carries pronounced hints of cherry as well as other dark pitted fruits as mentioned above describing the aroma of this wonderful brew. A mustiness also appears and provides a funky twang that works very well with the tartness of the beer. A hint of oak and vanilla appear near the finish which ends with hints of freshly turned moist, black earth.

Almost medium bodied and hints at being cloying due to the rich and thick caramel malts. Perhaps more carbonation would have helped this impression, however this well aged version is not quite as effervescent as fresher samples. Nevertheless this is a wonderful sipping beer, with its exquisite depth due the rich and bold contrasting flavours.

Very drinkable, although too complex and rich for a session beer. It is the perfect beer for tonight, a humid and rainy fall night. This is one of the most memorable beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking, and is something i hope to be able to enjoy again. For fans of beers that can be rich yet quite tart with a touch of funk I hope you have the pleasure of trying this amazing brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 01:35:38 | More by demcorhip
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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Hopdog for this bottle in trade!
Pours ruby to dark crimson with a short lived light beige head. Smell is rich tart sweetness with a light funkiness. Taste is smooth, mild and lightly sour and easy drinking. Lightly funky, but a bit mild. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 18:25:15 | More by JDV
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ontap = bottle

12oz single, cellar

it's been about 2.5 years since i first rated this and i've been sitting on a bottle ever since

appearance: pours into an oversized pinot glass....garnet mahogany body, thin beige foam with very little lace

smell: tart cherry (little did i know at the time, this would become a trend), balsamic vinegar, sharp belgian yest, pungent funk all around - similarities to the belgian red/cherry stout/enigma are obvious

taste: flavour profile follows the aromas pretty soundly - big vinegar spike, tart cherrys, oak, faint vanilla, brown sugar and lots of other belgian fun

mouthfeel: tart and smooth

drinkability: fair

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2008 02:44:03 | More by dirtylou
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Unplugged Sour Brown Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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