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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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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 164
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 sweemzander:
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

500mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a lightly hazed orange hue. Small white froth and bubbles.

(S)- A huge nose of funky cheese, dry hay, and subtle lactic oak.

(T)- Oaky, with the subtle lactic bits. Not as funky as the smell was, but more of the oak shines through. Not as sour as expected, but its very subtle at this point.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice quick sharpness that is signs of a present acidity that grows into a softer oaky funk.

(O)- I love New Glarus' experimentation beers and this is no different. Time might help this develop more, but it really showcases what oak and funk can do together well. I look forward to trying this again in a year or so.

09-27-2012 14:05:33 | More by sweemzander
More User Reviews:
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

06-13-2013 11:45:31 | More by tectactoe
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-18-2012 00:35:57 | More by jisom123
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-31-2013 21:35:52 | More by dc55110
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

09-14-2013 15:03:16 | More by acurtis
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-30-2012 18:44:27 | More by dirtylou
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-14-2012 04:23:42 | More by Gonzoillini
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4/5  rDev -7%

01-26-2014 17:45:32 | More by hooliganlife
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4/5  rDev -7%

09-30-2012 04:32:02 | More by FalconA
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4.64/5  rDev +7.9%

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!

09-22-2012 22:12:01 | More by mobius387
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-08-2013 01:40:43 | More by HarryHood
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-24-2013 19:23:00 | More by GRG1313
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Heard & McDonald Islands

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-10-2013 05:51:52 | More by Beerdy
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-16-2013 21:50:26 | More by claaark13
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-15-2013 02:27:23 | More by SpdKilz
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

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...

08-13-2012 00:25:59 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev -7%

07-05-2013 15:56:22 | More by Atomicskis5
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

02-08-2013 04:48:24 | More by jegross2
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-08-2012 23:17:44 | More by tfidler
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-18-2013 16:28:32 | More by Hopsiam14
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New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

04-06-2013 19:53:34 | More by angrybabboon
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4.3/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-24-2012 12:15:48 | More by Etan
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-15-2012 02:24:07 | More by Zenk
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-20-2013 22:48:11 | More by ucsbmullet
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

01-15-2013 15:42:24 | More by eyemustard
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R&D Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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