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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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BA SCORE
95
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129 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 165
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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
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
Photo of egrace84
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

egrace84, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

GRG1313, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of pmoney
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

pmoney, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Treebs
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle (I think?) served in a Deschutes snifter. I think dvelcich shared this one. Thanks Dan!

A: Pours a hazy apricot color with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin cap that leaves some sticky splotches of lace.

S: Malty sweetness, some light berry and tart stone fruit. Grassy with some lactic lemon and a little vanilla.

T: Oaky with some vanilla sweetness. Grassy with some slight lemon character. Tart stone fruit with a little bit wet hay funk. Light mineral quality to it as well.

M: Light bodied, spritzy carbonation and a dry finish. Really drinkable.

O: Really delicious. Very gueuze-ish. Definitely the best representation of the style this side of the Atlantic.

Treebs, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Hopsiam14
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Hopsiam14, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Efay
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Efay, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

SpdKilz, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Penguin3200
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Penguin3200, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of jegross2
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

jegross2, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of dc55110
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dc55110, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +16.3%

ucsbmullet, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -7%

TurdFurgison, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of eyemustard
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

eyemustard, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Shango for hooking this one up! Pours an almost-clear golden, amber color with a medium-large white head that goes down rather quickly. Scent is WOW... great nose on this beer. Scent is extremely funky at first. Then, I get some ripe stone fruit aromas, lovely peach and apricot. Some sharp cheese-like notes are balanced with sweet oak and vanilla. This is a VERY inviting aroma. Just a hint of vinegar. Taste is initially tart and oaky... lots of oak. Light vanilla with apricot, peach, plumcot, nectarine, and a hint of white grapes. Wine-like flavors with sour, funky cheese flavors. Such a complex brew. Champagne-like finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is absolutely fantastic. I was not expecting it to be this good. I wish I could have shared it with someone.

DovaliHops, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Sean9689, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of HarryHood
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

CheapBeerBuzz, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Lukafer
4/5  rDev -7%

Lukafer, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

denimdemon, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

SafeAtFirst, Dec 29, 2012
R&D Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.