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R&D Very Sour Blackberry - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 748
Gots: 43 | 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:
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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jose34

Iowa

1/5  rDev -78.9%

04-12-2014 19:59:24 | More by jose34
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -20.7%

09-17-2013 03:10:12 | More by Sean9689
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. But not deserving of the hype it gets. I drank it at a small share with 2 other friends along with Atrial Rubicite and some other beers. It was on par with Atrial. Which means it's a very good beer. But it's not worthy of the praise that it commands. Worlds better than Nocturn Chrysalis though, which I found quite lacking. Don't give up the cellar for this expecting it to blow your mind. I don't get much funkiness nor jammyness from it, which is how it's often described. Pleasant, quite tart, nice fruity aroma. Great beer to enjoy in the summer. Certainly won't attempt trading for another, though, unlike some other beers which are truly world class. FWIW, we drank Veruca in the same tasting and that handily stole the show.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 02:50:06 | More by facesnorth
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mhenson42

Texas

4/5  rDev -15.4%

07-13-2014 03:01:36 | More by mhenson42
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Brew33

Ohio

4/5  rDev -15.4%

09-29-2013 12:44:19 | More by Brew33
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -15.4%

01-19-2014 22:47:39 | More by drummermattie02
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -15.4%

12-26-2013 02:22:09 | More by savagepm
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jvillefan

California

4.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A purple body with a one finger white head.

S: Very funky and sour in the nose. There is a ton of blackberry there that adds a sweetness.

T: Given how highly this beer is rated, a little disappointing. It is a sour bomb. There is almost no complexity to this beer. There is a co-dominate in the flavor of sour and blackberry. It tastes as if a juice squeeze went sour (in a good way). Very one dimensional though.

M: great carbonation and a thin and crisp clean mouthfeel.

O: A very good sour that is highly over rated. While this sour is good it does not break into my top 30 sours. Any Russian River Sour, a decent number of Bruery sours, the 500 ml Jester king sours, lost abbey sours, and several others are better and easier to get your hands on. It is worth trying because it is unique but don't give up too much for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 02:09:26 | More by jvillefan
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.1/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:45:15 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Treebs

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served in a New Glarus flute. Big thanks to AldoRaine for the share. Bottle first week of August and enjoyed on 8/11/13.

A: What a color. Pours a deep purple color with a pinkish colored head. It recedes to a thin ring. Some splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Super jammy on the nose. The initial blast of sweet blackberry jam is intense, but it quickly gives way to a sweet bread malt profile with a splash of sour fruit and oak.

T: Not as jammy on the taste, but it it is still there. Ultra fresh blackberries with some nice under ripe berry tartness. Oaky with slight vanilla sweetness to it. Light, bready malts with a nice blackberry sourness.

M: medium to light bodied with a spritzy carbonation level. Effervescence on the tongue.

O: Super jammy and sour. Really nice right now. Dan Carey said to wait until Christmas time open bottle so that what I plan on doing. I think the flavors will meld together even better than they already are.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 01:50:03 | More by Treebs
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kevanb

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, poured into a new Glarus stemmed flute and a New Glarus tasting glass.

The beer pours a lovely purple color, hues of garnet and ruby red, soft pinks, reminiscent of Concord grapes. The head is dark pink, cloudy and fizzy that has very nice retention but leaves no lace. The aroma is spectacular, an immaculate expression of blackberry. Fresh, jammy, pungent, tart with a bit of sweetness, it brings out some light lemon zest and subtle funk. It doesn't come across as super sour, just perfectly tart. On the tongue the beer is a bit different, super sour, true to the name. Lots of jammy blackberry, quite acetic with bright lemon qualities, tart with light funk as well. It's bright, but not that delicate, the sour qualities are really harsh and dominating. The body is nice, crisp lively, yet really rich and pulpy from the fruit, the finish is pretty abrasive from the sourness and carbonation.

Verdict: A fine wild ale from New Glarus. The aroma is truly amazing, but the flavors are dominated by the sour qualities, and while I'm sure that was intentional, it really does detract a bit on the tongue. It's improved since the release, but it's still a bit too acetic for me, and I doubt that will ever change. Still, I could keep my nose in this beer forever.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 21:42:06 | More by kevanb
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

04-26-2014 12:34:10 | More by Cynic-ale
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

04-27-2014 13:24:58 | More by DerekQXQX
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

12-19-2013 14:42:42 | More by roostor07
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

02-01-2014 16:49:14 | More by hooliganlife
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Magery

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

05-20-2014 02:36:57 | More by Magery
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thedarkestlord

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

01-02-2014 16:10:49 | More by thedarkestlord
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bstyle

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

08-28-2013 08:12:22 | More by bstyle
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rodkin

New York

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

09-09-2013 19:50:57 | More by rodkin
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

01-28-2014 02:41:39 | More by beerwolf77
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jackmax

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

02-12-2014 22:50:48 | More by jackmax
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-12-2014 08:13:50 | More by zestar
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LaChupacabra

California

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

12-21-2013 16:11:10 | More by LaChupacabra
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

01-29-2014 23:07:40 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

07-22-2014 02:13:39 | More by kscaldef
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R&D Very Sour Blackberry from New Glarus Brewing Company
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