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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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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.75
pDev: 6.95%
Wants: 816
Gots: 51 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: thebigredone on 08-19-2013

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!
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4.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best sour I've ever had. I can't wait to try and hunt one down. The beer is a beautful pinkish purple color. It smells like fresh blackberries on the nose. Just blackberry. That's the perfect scent. The beer tastes like warheads, then fresh blackberries, then back to warheads. It is aggressively sour, but once you get over the shock the flavor is incomparable. Home run of a beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.88/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a beautiful purple, maroon with pink head. Nose is full of blackberry jam. Notes off earth, heavy dark fruit, acidic notes, and oak. Taste is amazing, super sour up front, tons of blackberry flesh, notes of earth, Nice balance of fruity sweetness and tart acidity. Mouthfeel is effervescent and medium. Overall, one of the best fruited sours I've had. Worth seeking out.

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4.72/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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4.46/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry) from New Glarus Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.