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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: 316
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 7.17%
Wants: 789
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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4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

RMTWM, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4.73/5  rDev -0.2%
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
Photo of kevanb
4.18/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

kevanb, Nov 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

madtowndmb1, Nov 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

JRdaSconnie, Nov 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

MNPikey, Nov 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

Thefonz1988, Nov 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

nharres, Nov 28, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ncketchum, Nov 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

mendvicdog, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -10.3%

mrbubbler, Nov 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

duceswild, Nov 12, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

oline73, Nov 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

yourefragile, Nov 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

spycow, Nov 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

Gonzoillini, Nov 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

badboy7113, Nov 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

Thurgoft, Nov 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

MCain04, Nov 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

StoutItOutLoud, Nov 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

kodt, Nov 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

smurfbeer, Nov 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

awdturboiv, Nov 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +5.5%

Chingringo, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of bcm75
4.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

bcm75, Nov 03, 2013
R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry) from New Glarus Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.