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R&D Very Sour Blackberry - New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D Very Sour BlackberryR&D Very Sour Blackberry

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275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.74
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 762
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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Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

10-18-2013 14:36:38 | More by cabrina
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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

10-18-2013 10:57:31 | More by beernads
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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-17-2013 00:09:23 | More by MarkyMOD
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baybum

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.5%

10-15-2013 17:29:25 | More by baybum
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fbc24

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.5%

10-15-2013 14:19:58 | More by fbc24
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

10-15-2013 01:59:54 | More by cfrances33
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.1/5  rDev -13.5%
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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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-11-2013 01:39:04 | More by nrs207
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mychalg9

Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.5%

10-11-2013 01:21:07 | More by mychalg9
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.5%

10-10-2013 15:00:29 | More by anticipation23
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dmsulli

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-09-2013 16:54:50 | More by dmsulli
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.2%

10-09-2013 15:48:20 | More by iL0VEbeer
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emerge077

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a small snifter glass, thanks to Dave for the assist (5/14).

Murky saturated reddish purple, with pinkish purple foam that sticks around for a few minutes, audibly fizzling at first.

Aroma is pure blackberries, with an undercurrent of wild bacteria. Acidic berries and barrel funk.

Taste is sharply acidic and sour, jammy at first, bright and fruity. Seedy blackberries are still very present and expressive 9 months from bottling. FInishes bone dry with a lasting pucker. Scrubbing carbonation, the body has a pleasant, slightly vinous quality about it. Some minor funkiness lingers behind the fruit, which lends a nice layer of complexity. Overall this is an extremely well made wild ale, and a sign of wonderful things to come from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 02:33:09 | More by emerge077
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 02:10:49 | More by Stevedore
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Roger85

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-07-2013 01:23:50 | More by Roger85
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There was a little criticism on the appearance of this beer. It looked like blackberry puree. I see nothing wrong with that! Pretty awesome if you ask me. It looks very nice. Smell was absolutely incredible. VSB might be the best smelling fruit beer out there, It might be the best smelling beer out there, for that matter. Very intense blackberry notes, some lactic, some vinegar. The smell is HUGE. It's awesome in this regard. It tastes quite good too. Very jammy blackberry, 6 out of 10 on the sour scale, a dash of apple cider vinegar. I really enjoyed all of this. There a little custard flavor which I also noticed in Destihl's sours. I don't like this, but some people really seem to. This custardiness carries over to the MF a bit too, which is where the beer begins to fall apart for me. Honestly, I thought the MF was pretty disappointing. The beer is very heavy and the bottle we opened was insanely carbonated. It was like soda, almost. Fizzy and prickly. It really detracted from the beer's complexity. The beer is not dry, crisp, or refreshing in the least, imo. I was really hoping for this. Oh well. It was still really damn good. Glad I finally tried it!

First review: 4.4

Update from 1/24/14:
Was able to taste another bottle thanks to 4DAloveofSTOUT at a nice little tasting we put together. I want to note that this beer has developed extremely well over the last 4 months. The flavor has become richer, more sour, and more complex. Most notably, the mouthfeel has improved night and day. The beer is much drier and crisper. This fixes all my big gripes from the past. VSB is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 17:01:03 | More by lunarbrew
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Ohio

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.5%

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R&D Very Sour Blackberry from New Glarus Brewing Company
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