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R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry) - New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry)R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry)

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.76
pDev: 5.67%
Wants: 784
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Fourth in our series of spontaneous sour ales. Fermented and aged in oak barrels - on yeast lees - with Oregon blackberries. Refermented in this bottle. Open with care - This is a funky wild sour beer!

(Beer added by: thebigredone on 08-19-2013)
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Reviews by BarrytheBear:
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A very special thanks to JP for this opportunity...I am humbled buddy. Thank you very much.

500 ml bottle dated:brewed November 2010 and bottled August 2013. Poured into a wine glass.

Pours a lovely dark purple with a pinkish light purple head that rises substantially above the beer. Honestly, this is a beautiful looking beer.

Effervescent seedy blackberry is very powerful on the pour. Lightly sour and a touch yeasty on the nose. It's rather clean, but big on the berries.

Very tart right off the bat. Instantaneous lockjaw as I was unprepared for the massive tartness based on the nose. Moves straight into seedy blackberry, lemon, and light wild yeast. Not the most complex sour and honestly, not all that sour. Very tart and very blackberry....maybe Very Tart Blackberry is a more appropriate moniker.

Carbonation is high, almost drinks like a flavored spritzer. As with most all New Glarus beers, there's an ease and accessibility that makes this an enjoyable, if not a mind blowing, beer. Appreciative of JP for the chance and appreciative of Dan Carey for moving in this direction.

*Review edited multiple times while drinking this...I should have waited until the end of the bottle as this became increasingly enjoyable with every sip. I understand there are a limited amount of bottles, but this is a beer that certainly benefits from a large pour, if not the whole bottle as an experience.*

BarrytheBear, Jan 29, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Crimson tinted, indigo colored pour that’s mostly opaque with a pink-ish, white head that wastes no time moving to a thin collar.

Aroma is all blackberry, all day. Sour blackberry fruity & blackberry skins, sharp lemon acidity, & an intense tartness that flows throughout.

Taste is crazy tart; puckering amounts of blackberry, & lemon-like acidity that rips at your cheeks & gum line. Lovely sour finish, lacto notes & blackberry with a touch of lemon...

This is a great American fruited sour, probably one of the best I’ve had. Get your jammies on & get ready for mouth ripping sourness.

tectactoe, Jan 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

Jared14, Sep 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Callmecoon, Mar 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

jaminjohnson, Dec 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

standardcherry, Apr 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

bpfrush, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Cynic-ale, Apr 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

rudylaw, Oct 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5%

BobbysLiquors, Dec 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

JasonFromLA, Sep 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -10.7%

DerekQXQX, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -10.7%

roostor07, Dec 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

weonfire, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -16%

mhenson42, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 500ml bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Careful... this one's a slow gusher. Pours a massive, frothy 4 finger deep pink colored head with good retention. Beer is a dense, nearly opaque purple. Lacing is thick and layered and deeply purple. Certainly catches my attention.

Nose is tart blackberry. Fruity, juicy and unmistakable. Oh yeah, and that signature New Glarus yeast.

Opens intensely tart blackberry. Very aptly named. Juicy with a sweet, cinnamon-y New Glarus yeast backdrop. More blackberry in the end and finish with a sweet, seed-y aftertaste. Pretty simple but enjoyable.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and aggressive in the mouth and goes down sparkling, crisp, and dry. Puckering finish with a dry, sticky, lingering aftertaste. Very nice.

One-dimensional for sure but overall a pretty enjoyable brew. Certainly one of the more sour American Wild Ales I've ever come across.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

schmidtmattsays, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4.73/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle, split

I hit this bottle release after the GTMW 2013 - this serving was generously shared with me on a recent trip to Madison. Served in Cantillon stemware - dark raspberry body. At first whiff, it's clear this is going to be pretty epic.

Very sour, but in an extraordinarily refined way that can only be derived from avoiding all potential shortcuts. Layers of jammy blackberry, wild yeast profiles that bring immediate comparisons to favorites from the Seine River Valley. Fizzy carbonation, puckering tartness and fantastically delicious.

dirtylou, Dec 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5%

blabaer, Dec 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5%

Lucho, Jun 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

joshwith, Jun 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

huskermike12, Jun 20, 2014
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R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry) from New Glarus Brewing Company
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