R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry) - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.7/5 rDev -1.1%
500ml bottle, courtesy of BA THANAT0PSIS who bought it to a killer bottleshare last night, 10/5/2013. Poured into a Zwanze 2013 glass.
Looks pretty much like blackberry puree.. looks thick, purple-black and very jammy-looking. Pours reasonably viscously, no sediment. No lacing, but a fairly decent light purple head. Looks somewhat overly carbonated actually.
Smell is absolute heaven. So much blackberry flavour in here. It smells like Dan filled up a barrel with nothing but blackberries and used a massive immersion blender and just let it ferment. It was ridiculous and I can't think of a ton of beers that smell better than this. This is straight up, acetic, vinegar sourness mixed in with a good bit of sweet fruit aromas. Hell of a nose.
I really enjoyed tasting this beer. It actually starts out as rather mild, accentuating the fruity sweetness of the beer. The blackberries come out very well here- a little acidic at first with some blackberry fruit sweetness. But as the beer warms up, it gets more intense. That blackberry jammy fruitiness gets even more crazy good, but the big change is that it becomes helluva sour on the back-end. Mouthpuckeringly sour. It's more of an acidic sourness than anything else. Very tasty.
The feel on this beer is honestly its achilles' heel if I can call it that. I definitely enjoyed this beer, but this was a medium-full bodied beer that actually felt creamy and thick. Like I said in the appearance, it looks and feels jammy. It does not feel clean, in the sense that all its aspects were crisp and 100% present.. that's what I really enjoy in Brett beers. This one is the complete opposite. Still ridiculously enjoyable, but I think the mouthfeel took quite a bit away from me on this.. I won't hold it against Dan since this is what was advertised!
So, this is an awesome American Wild Ale. So much blackberry fruitiness and acetic sourness. The smell on this beer is ridiculous.. top 3 noses of all time. Mouthfeel is very good but just not what I would prefer on a sour like this. Still, its a fruit sour and you gotta expect some fruit aspects! Don't get me wrong, this is an absolute delight that is worth trying at least once.
Re-review: Brian generously opened a bottle of VSB up on 1/24/2014. Poured into an O'so snifter. Basically, the beer is so much more complex, acidic and dry while retaining the full complement of the blackberry fruit. The mouthfeel is very dry but well-rounded and less jammy and custardy. The sour quotient is somewhere between 7-8 of 10, which is pretty dang sour but this time, meshes really well with the blackberry fruit qualities to create an incredible drinking experience. And the appearance of this beer is still awesome, but the smell still makes it one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. So yeah, I'm bumping this from a 4.4 to whatever it is now, my guess is that it'll be a 4.7 once I submit this review. And I think that's the perfect place for it. A world-class sour that just needed some time to mature (In Dan Carey we trust), and made in Wisconsin to boot. There is no question that this is the best craft beer of any style to ever be produced in Wisconsin.
10-07-2013 02:10:49 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
4.88/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
01-02-2014 04:10:56 | More by tectactoe
4.1/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
10-11-2013 01:45:15 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.73/5 rDev -0.4%
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.
12-01-2013 19:26:54 | More by dirtylou
R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry) from New Glarus Brewing Company
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