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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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326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.75
pDev: 6.95%
Wants: 804
Gots: 49 | 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:
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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Photo of ajmmin
5/5  rDev +5.3%

A - Dark reddish hue. Decent, persistent head. Nice legs.

S - Strong and heavy fruit scent. Reminds me of the scent of plums pickled in umeshu. Can tell right away this one is going to be sour!

T - Stunning. Every sip hits the back of your jaw... your palate really doesn't adjust to this one. Blackberry comes through nicely.

M - Light and crisp, yet coats nicely. Lingers for quite a while.

O - Fantastic! So glad I held onto this last bottle instead of trading it.

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5/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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5/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of drmcleod10
4.94/5  rDev +4%

A - Redish pinking purple pour with a slight 1 finger reddish pink purple foam that dissipates after a bit

S - Smell is absolutely fantastic here. It smells as though someone took fresh blackberries from a farm, smashed up and presented before you in a cup. There isn't really other smell and you don't need to know any other smells. It reminds me of the blackberry fruit popsicles from when I was a kid, absolutely stunning.

T - Taste follows the nose here with a surprisingly tart up front taste followed by the loads of blackberries that the smell derives from. Very crisp and supremely balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp, light, yet full somehow. The taste lingers.

O - Not sure how they get such a natural fruit taste, but next to wild peach, this blew it out of the water. Not to say that Wild Peach isn't good, it just didn't have any kick to it. They know how to brew the most natural tasting beers you will ever try. Glad to finally try this one and can't wait to revisit in october.

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4.92/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Okay, so first off, a massive thank you to Steasy66 for this. Bro, respek. Second, happy birthday to me :-)

Poured into my vintage cast glass lord of the rings collector glass from burger king. This is the Gandalf one, so you know something special is going into it.

Appearance. Pours a murky redish-plum colour with almost two fingers of frothy pink-tinted head. 4.25

Smell. Nice floral blackberries and raspberry, black currant, a touch of that new glarus yeast smell that always smells dusty ...maybe earthy. Some light oaky white wine notes as well. 4.0

Taste. Wow, very sour blackberry indeed! Super tart and sour blackberries stimulate massive salivation. Just a faint touch of that ng wild yeast, tart raspberries, some lemon juice and maybe a touch of toasty oak. Pretty awesome actually but couldn't take much more sour and still enjoy this. 4.50

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, strong carbonation but fine and somewhat smooth. 4.75

Overall. One of the best american sours I've tried for sure and very different from all the other NG wild I've tried. Thanks again steasy66 for the opportunity.

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5/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is a deep purple with a pink head. Huge blackberry aroma. Pie crust, wild yeast. Wow, this is tasty. Sour and puckering, settling in the jaws with a gentle acetic quality. Long lasting after taste. Huge blackberry and jammy quality throughout. While the rarity adds to the allure of this beer, there's no doubt this is a stellar brew. One of, if not the, best from New Glarus.

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5/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -10.5%

R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry) from New Glarus Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.