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R&D Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D Sour AleR&D Sour Ale

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 165
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 4DAloveofSTOUT on 08-11-2012)
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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a gueuze glass.

This has the appearance of a gueuze, from the dark cloudy golden and hay color to the small off-white cap.

There is a strong lemon kick in the nose. The aroma also has hay, pale malt, and some musty funk as well.

The flavor is strongly sour, with a good amount of lemon contributing to the flavor. There is a good mineral presence. What I like best is that it is quite sour and still nicely balanced and smooth. There is definitely more sour than funky presence here.

Sour Ale is somewhat acidic, with a medium carbonation, and a body that is average for the style. It has a clean finish as well.

Overall this is a solid offering from New Glarus; this is definitely one of my favorite beers they have made.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to yeahnatenelson for crossing a huge want off of my list with this one. Shared with a few good people. It pours a murky and almost swamp-like amber color with some lighter tangerine tones near the top. Barely any head; just a white, fizzy ring that forms around the edge and stays for a while. Brewed in December 2009 and bottled in March 2012... Let's do it!

Holy sour! My nostrils flare the second I start inching towards the glass; the aroma is incredibly sour and tart, filled with lemon juice, green apples, hints of straight up lactic acid, white wine vinegar, and soft woody and oak notes. Deep inhales begin turning my saliva glands into Niagara Falls. Very faint, funky Brett finish... Very complex and fairly gueuze-like, or almost even like a miniature Beatification.

Lemony tartness hits up front with the first sip; intensely sour and puckering, just stretching my taste buds to the extreme with heavy, heavy heaps of lactic, vinegar, and vinous flavors. Despite the insanely sour nature of the beer, there isn't a huge acidic burn like I was expecting, which does wonders for the drinkability of the brew.

Lots of dry oak and a stale, slight funky and woody flavor oversees everything else. Lots of resonating fruits throughout; heavy apple, lemon, and pear. Brett and funk grows with warmth; plenty of wet hay and generous barnyard, wet cellar funk in the finish. Sharp, quenching, and bone dry, while remaining smooth and drinkable as hell.

Well, this was a fantastic beer. New Glarus just continues to impress me, and shows that they can not only handle nearly any style of beer, but handle them extremely well. This was both fantastically sour and extremely drinkable given the relatively low amount of acidic burn. Plenty of perfectly meshed oak and funk make this brew very gueuze-like. Bravo, New Glarus, bravo.

tectactoe, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jisom123, Sep 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dc55110, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

acurtis, Sep 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

dirtylou, Sep 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

blabaer, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Gonzoillini, Aug 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

hooliganlife, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

FalconA, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of mobius387
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: golden yellow, lots of bubbles, thin white head. honestly, looks like an ipa

aroma: oak, funk, wheat, lemon. but pretty light overall.

palate: it stings, it drinks easy, its bubbly, pretty much all you can ask in the feel of a beer. great variety, every sip is fun

taste: huge oak and funk, some citrus, some maltyness, some cherry? very robust, very balanced, just flat out awesome

overall: honestly, this is about the best sour ale ive ever had. its not my favorite style, and it lacks a little bit in the aroma department, probably could be a bit funkier, but just about the most balanced, yet with enough kick, sour/lambics ive ever had. maybe could benefit from more of a fruit forward taste, like stronger lemon or cherry, but then again its very diverse in its offering. this is on par with upland lambics and the west coast sours ive had. great offering from NG!

mobius387, Sep 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

HarryHood, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

GRG1313, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Beerdy, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

claaark13, Jun 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SpdKilz, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark auburn orange color, fluffy head on top that slowly recedes and eventually breaks across the surface. Woody wet oak and minerals in the aroma, tart citric acid, funky signature wild yeast reminiscent of enigma, cranbic, and r&d gueuze. As it warms there's some wet hay and trace wet wood elements that emerge.

Sour and puckering in the first sips, citric lemony fruity notes, maybe some grapefruit and cherry skins to a lesser extent. Past the sharp sourness, there's a creamy sorbet middle and traces of Brett yeast in the dry oaky aftertaste. The sourness is very clean and there's some complex wild yeast character. Light to medium bodied, bone dry and quenching, zero sweetness, with a certain authenticity to it's farmhouse character. Certainly bodes well for their lambic program...

emerge077, Aug 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

Atomicskis5, Jul 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

jegross2, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

tfidler, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Hopsiam14, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 4/6/13

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this absurdly rare gem

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy, and quite a pretty shade of orange - hints of gold and hints of red - nice, bright white head, nice carbonation overall considering the aging

Smell: So gloriously potent, funky, and sour that the aroma seems to have filled the room - yes, magical - sour, funky, tart, with sharp acidity and some lactose - some light fruits and a lovely amount of oak - some hay and clean barnyard aromas

Taste: Lovely, lovely stuff - nicely sour, acidic and lactic - some Brett funkiness - oak, and a nice chewy woody character - tart, with some hints of lemon - some nice yeasty notes - pale malts under the background - finishes wonderfully dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, fantastic finish

Overall: Holy gueuze

This is one of the best American Wild Ales I've had that didn't come out of Russian River or Ithaca. New Glarus is consistently great, and this is still better than I expected. I'm beyond glad that I had a chance to try this.

angrybabboon, Apr 06, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the recent release graciously shared by Ravot. Thanks!

A: Murky orange body, small white head.

S: Heavy wheat and lactic notes. Sweet berries and horsey brett funk come out as the beer warms.

T: Moderate lactic tartness and plenty of oaky funk. Horseblanket, plum skin and green apple, drying oak, more brett notes.

M: Light with moderate carbonation.

O: Really good, very funky and balanced. Reminds me of some of the better Belgians.

Etan, Aug 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Zenk, Aug 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

ucsbmullet, Jan 20, 2013
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R&D Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.