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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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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 166
Gots: 30 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

psychotia, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Atomicskis5, Jul 05, 2013
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

imperialking, Jun 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

claaark13, Jun 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

kawilliams81, Jun 16, 2013
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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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

ajzy, Jun 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JRod1969, Jun 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Beerdy, May 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

jjheinrichs, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

thegerm87, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (forgot the size), poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a murky golden color, thin white head that recedes to a collar.

S- The aroma is great, there's a huge lactic tartness and musty funk, stone fruit and oak.

T- Taste follows the aroma with a potent lactic acidity, wet oak, stone fruit, lemon, and a nice woody funkiness.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth feel, nice carbonation, dry finish.

O- A very good American sour. I'm actually not a fan of a lot of New Glarus' sour/fruit beers, which are a bit too sweet for me, but this really hits it right on the head with a very prominent tartness and just the right amount of wood, funk and fruity flavors to round everything out. Delicious stuff.

WillCarrera, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Dreadnaught33, Apr 13, 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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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to djcorrao for the bottle. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange. Small bright-white head. Tiny wisp of a cap. Collar is tiny with tight bubbles. No lacing to speak of. Solid carbonation.

Smell: Crazy tart with some.citric sour backing. White wine, lemon zest and juice. Crazy tart. Brett funkiness. Solid layer of oak over the top. Deeply complex with some lactic sourness. Powdery yeast with some hay and grass. Flowers. So very sour and oaky.

Taste: Lemon, oak, zest, and tons of brett funk. Some hay, grass, and powdery yeast. Floral and deeply sour. Tart lactic bite on the finish. Loaded with oak. Nice layered complexity. Straight up white wine pushed so far beyond normal fermentation. Grape and touches of granny smith apple. Earthy and damp.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light with a strong carbonation. Bone dry on the sip, but finishes less so.

Overall: Tony Stark must have been involved in the development of this magic substance.

New Glarus can do no wrong when it comes to sour and barrels. Crazy clean. So many sour and funk characteristics. I need to learn magic so I can keep this flowing for ever and ever.

Goblinmunkey7, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little to no head. Hazed golden orange in color.

Flavor profile is very sour and acidic. Lemon zest and melons. Barnyard musk and some some cobweb flavors.

Mouthfeel is sour upfront, but it ends clean. Lighter bodied.

Overall, a really nice sour that is easy to drink. Very enjoyable!

mothman, Mar 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

egrace84, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

GRG1313, Mar 24, 2013
R&D Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.