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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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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 165
Gots: 32 | 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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HarryHood

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-08-2013 01:40:43 | More by HarryHood
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Zenk

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-15-2012 02:24:07 | More by Zenk
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-20-2013 22:48:11 | More by ucsbmullet
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billhelm

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-18-2014 17:30:27 | More by billhelm
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Khazadum

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-25-2012 21:34:32 | More by Khazadum
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-26-2013 00:15:05 | More by jjheinrichs
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle, shared at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

A: Lightly hazed medium amber body under a finger of ultra-fine white head that settles into a ring. Great.

S: Smells like Wisconsin: earthy, woody, piney, cheesy, citrusy, and lactic. Wonderful array of funk, sourness, and complexity.

T: Everything from the nose, plus some additional notes of tropical fruit (cantaloupe and mango), crisp lactic acidity, and a supremely oaky (almost buttery) finish. Amazing.

M: Creamy, lively, medium-bodied. Great.

O: Quite simply one of the best American Wild Ales I've ever had. If it were easier to trade for, I'd love to have more.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 01:40:08 | More by woosterbill
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jegross2

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

02-08-2013 04:48:24 | More by jegross2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

12-08-2012 00:54:20 | More by nmann08
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-12-2013 20:40:49 | More by ajzy
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pmoney

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-01-2013 18:42:21 | More by pmoney
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dkw0063

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

07-09-2014 15:04:17 | More by dkw0063
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

10-08-2012 00:32:57 | More by bsuedekum
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Herky21

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

06-30-2014 23:25:39 | More by Herky21
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gpawned

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

08-18-2013 06:04:36 | More by gpawned
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mobius387

Florida

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 22:12:01 | More by mobius387
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vespahulb

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to have waited in line to snag a bunch of these.

Upon first whiff, I was really taken with the aroma. Cinnamon, gingersnaps, baking spice, lemon, wet hay, and stinky-yeasty-apple aromas envelope the nose. Damn. This is something incredibly complex.

In the mouth, the balance of tart, sour green apple and lemons with spicy yeast are seamless. Not so much of a malt presence, as the lactic acid is really the show here.

Overall, this is an astoundingly great sour. The complexity is there, as is the impeccable balance. I really look forward to how this one evolves over the next couple of years. Really something special.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:03:18 | More by vespahulb
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mdfb79

New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/17/12 notes. I bought this at the brewery a few weeks ago; almost passed as I thought the bottle was 2 Women Lager, luckily Sara saw it. Brought to the big Eclipse tasting to break up the stouts, poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, deep orange-brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smell is super funky; I love it. Smells of cheese, barnyard funk, oak, acedic, light fruits, apricots, and earthy notes. The nose is really reminiscence of a great Belgian gueuze; just an awesome nose for an American Wild.

t - Tastes of barnyard funk, cheese, earthy notes, oak, citrus, apricots, fruits, floral notes. Not quite as funky as the nose but still awesome; really loving this one.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Acedic body, pretty nice for a gueuze style beer.

o - Overall I was blown away by this one; I think it's one of the best beers I've had from New Glarus, and one of the best American made gueuze style beers I've had. My favorite from the R&D series so far, it is just super funky and cheesey. Wish I could have grabbed a few more bottles of this one, would love to have it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 15:53:11 | More by mdfb79
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dc55110

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-14-2012 04:23:42 | More by Gonzoillini
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caskstrength

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange, white bubbles, bright and fresh looking.

Funky lemon blue cheesy wonderfulness on the nose.

Sour funk, lemon, dry yellow fruit, grass. Yummy.

Nice pucker complementing the flavors. Dry enough without being a distraction. Well constructed, enough sweetness to balance the dry sour funk.

Very good beer. Competes with top shelf wild ales and lambics I've had. Definitely a step beyond the Cranbic and Enigmas they've churned out. Wish I had a couple more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 18:39:32 | More by caskstrength
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KHM

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-07-2012 02:58:41 | More by KHM
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scotv

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-27-2013 02:56:06 | More by scotv
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JRod1969

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-05-2013 00:40:44 | More by JRod1969
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-22-2012 20:25:19 | More by beerwolf77
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R&D Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.