R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry) - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.46/5 rDev -5.9%
Served slightly chilled in a Chimay chalice
A - pours a dark red with an intense light red head, loads of carbonation
S - lemon, blackberry, raspberry, funkiness
T - very tart, blackberry is evident, but more citrusy with lemon predominating. undertones of funky yeast throughout
M - highly carbonated, no alcohol, not too thin, very refreshing
O - another great sour by NG, maybe not quite as drinkable as Wild Sour Ale, but excellent nonetheless. I hope more of these sours make it into a seasonal rather than special releases.
11-20-2013 03:52:58 | More by ncketchum
4.7/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured from the bottle into a goblet.
The beer pours a murky dark purple color with a layer of off white/pink head. The smell is full of fruit with a nice balance between tart and sweet. The tartness really pops in the taste with just enough sweetness to balance it out a bit. This is a fantastic fruit sour and I'd love to have more in the future.
11-12-2013 02:22:31 | More by oline73
4.3/5 rDev -9.3%
500ml brown glass bottle with great seemingly hand-written label art and iconic green/gold pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 and served into a Biere de Saint Louis teku. Reviewed live for my birthday. Expectations are sky high given its current 100 rating and the brewery - which I adore. "Brewed November 2013. Bottled August 2013. 12 IBUs. 5% ABV. Batch 5.3 bbl." Reviewed as a sour fruit ale because the label identifies it as such.
Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are expected.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a two finger pink colour head of okay creaminess and decent thickness. Head is uniquely fizzy, continuing to fizz about the edges a good two minutes after the pour. It's a special effect and is quite remarkable. Consistency is light and airy. Complexion is fairly soft. Head retention is excellent - easily 15+ minutes; I can't wait long enough to find out. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a very dark pink/red. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it's a unique look for a beer and it's incredibly appealing. Really inviting.
Sm: Sugar-covered blackberries, tart sour yeast, fruit tart, controlled wild yeasts/bacteria, berry/currant jam, subtle oak, and juice. There are berry/currant notes here other than blackberry - mainly raspberry. Lactobacillus doesn't dominate; other wild yeasts are present as well. It brings plenty of sourness to the table, but seems to let the tartness take precedence. I'm loving what I'm smelling, and I hope the flavour profile delivers. Sweetness/sourness balance seems perfect.
Any malt backbone is invisible; seamless integration. No hop character or alcohol is detectable. Really craving the first sip of this one. A great, evocative aroma of mild to moderate strength.
T: Oh boy. Almost puckering sourness builds and builds until it crescendos on the climax. Heavy tartness throughout, delivering on the blackberry sour premise. There's plenty of blackberry here with lots of depth of flavour - blackberry jam, blackberry fruit tart, blackberry puree, blackberry flesh, sugar-covered blackberries, etc. There're also other complementary fruit notes: blackcurrant, redcurrant, raspberry, and accompanying esters. The berry sweetness beautifully complements the sourness; there's a special marriage of flavour here that results in a wonderfully well-balanced gestalt flavour profile.
Malts are so seamlessly integrated that they aren't noticeable. I'd guess crystal malts based on the fizziness. Tart fruit rightfully has the spotlight here. No hop profile is noticeable. No alcohol is detectable.
Guiding oak character never feels too woody, and complements the nuanced sourness very well.
The wild yeasts/bacterial notes are great, with plenty of varied sourness. It doesn't have the clean, clinical feel of a lactobacillus-only sour, though lactobacillus does provide a pleasant sourness alongside the other yeasty notes. Great complexity and subtlety across the board. Depth of flavour is exquisite. Really delivers the intensity of flavour as well; it's an aggressive balls-to-the-wall sour. Flavour duration is above average.
Mf: Perfect carbonation; fizzy and effervescent. Lip-smackingly luscious, complementing the tart flavours beautifully. Smooth and wet, with a bit of a bite. Coarsens and dries towards the finish, teasing out the next sip. Almost refreshing. Aggressively acidic. Clean. Exquisite presence on the palate. Ideal body and thickness. Marvelous execution, yielding a marriage of texture to taste. This mouthfeel was custom-tailored specifically to this beer's flavour profile and it shows.
Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or offensive.
Constructively (i.e. nitpickingly), it could be softer.
Dr: A real achievement of a sour, and easily one of the finest American sours I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Not a sour for newcomers to the style. I'm glad I'm greedily enjoying it alone. It's incredibly drinkable for those drinkers who can handle its assertive commanding presence. Not only would I get this again, I'd clear the shelves of it if possible. I'd recommend anyone reading this get their hands on a bottle immediately.
A unique experience of a beer from New Glarus. Artfully brewed, obscenely well-executed. I'm glad I saved this for my birthday - it really delivered. Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle.
Don't pair with anything. It demands to be enjoyed alone.
Drank wonderfully from a teku; I can't imagine a better glass.
I could see this getting better with age, but God, is it drinking damn good now.
11-05-2013 04:20:13 | More by kojevergas
4.83/5 rDev +1.9%
A - Dark maroon. Bottle was a slight gusher so it's pretty well carbonated.
S - Lots of blackberries. Very slight barnyard funk.
T - Again, lots of blackberries but not overly sweet, which I was worried about. Very pleasantly tart and sourness that hits at the higher end of the scale.
M - Light-medium body. Very well carbonated.
O - Best offering yet from NG. A real winner.
11-03-2013 21:33:00 | More by bcm75
R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry) from New Glarus Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.