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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342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.75
pDev: 6.95%
Wants: 826
Gots: 46 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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 guyinchicago
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best friuted Sour on the planet, Blackberry adds the perfect fruit for a sour since it is already Sour, DAN CAREY IS A MASTER BREWER OF SOURS WATCH OUT THE NEW SOUR HOUSE AND CAVE ALMOST IN PLACE AND THE PRODUCTION OF NEW GLARUS SOURS, THERE WILL BE MORE ON THE MARKET IN YEARS TO COME, STRAIGHT FROM THE MAN'S MOUTH

Photo of tectactoe
4.87/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Crimson tinted, indigo colored pour that’s mostly opaque with a pink-ish, white head that wastes no time moving to a thin collar.

Aroma is all blackberry, all day. Sour blackberry fruity & blackberry skins, sharp lemon acidity, & an intense tartness that flows throughout.

Taste is crazy tart; puckering amounts of blackberry, & lemon-like acidity that rips at your cheeks & gum line. Lovely sour finish, lacto notes & blackberry with a touch of lemon...

This is a great American fruited sour, probably one of the best I’ve had. Get your jammies on & get ready for mouth ripping sourness.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus R&D Very Sour Blackberry

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into accompanying stemmed New Glarus glassware. Served chilled...

A) This is a purple brew with a little haze. The pour produced a big pink head. I'd say about 3 fingers worth. Decent retention... Not much lacing...

S) Heavy blackberry aroma with a little lemon zest.

T) Again, loads of blackberries. Some citrus shavings. Yeast and plenty of funk. Very tart... Very sour....

M) A medium body with very lively carbonation. This leaves the palate just scorched in tartness. Mouthwatering sourness is what this is all about.

O) Highly enjoyable... Looking forward to what New Glarus has in store for us with upcoming sour offerings.

Photo of PHBoiler
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.

Photo of homebrew311
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.

Photo of dirtylou
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.

Photo of kevanb
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.

Photo of ncketchum
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.

Photo of oline73
4.71/5  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.

Photo of kojevergas
4.3/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Unquestionably delicious.

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.

Low A

Photo of bcm75
4.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dan told us at the release for this beer that it would be ready around mid october.Well, its mid October so I better do a quality inspection tonight!

500ml R&D bottle with pressure cap is poured into Crooked Stave tulip glass.

Aggressive hiss when the pressure cap is removed.

Appearance: deep blue/purple bodied beer with massive 3 fingers worth of deep pink head. Head slowly drops to an uneven cap ontop of the beer.

Smell: fresh berry jam that is slighty sweet, but more so tart. Somebody just dropped a Blackberry BOMB into this beer. It was Dan Carey. It is also has fruity and juicy character to the nose.

Taste: Very tart and fruity blackberries, I would say its better than moderately tart, but not overdone. Really as sour as you would want it without overdoing it. This is way more tart than the nose leads you to believe. Great balance between slightly sweet "jamminess" and tart blackberrys with a hint of spicy cinnamon believe it or not! Slight oak barrel presence and its hard to find amongst the huge fruit and sourness of this beer. The blackberries have a fresh and juicy characteristic about how they taste in the beer, just like the nose. Moderately tart lingering finish filled with blackberries and raspberries with a hinting of oak barrel that seems to emerge more so in the finish of the beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. This is pretty dry and it is definately a fact that this drives up the puck factor of this beer! The carbonation is soft and creamy, but it fizzes aggressively when it sits on your tongue. Even though this beer is very sour, it maintains impressive drinkability.

Overall: Another success in the R&D sour series. I have sampled all 4 of the R&D sours and it is hard for me to decide if my favorite is Bourbon Barrel Kriek or Very Sour Blackberry! I dont think that BB Kriek was this good fresh... This blows away Upland Blackberry Lambic for sure. I would even say that this is easily the best blackberry sour beer that I have ever drank. Dan was right! I tried a bottle of this when it was fairly fresh and it was very good but a little rough around the edges. Now the beer has come into its own without a doubt! Dan Carey you are have definately mastered brewing sour beer!

Photo of Ri0
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured 500ml bottle into wine chalice.

A - Deep violet with a big 3 finger salmon head. Retention is forever and a cap remains. I've never seen a beer look like this before.

S - Fresh blackberries.

T - Ripe blackberries and a very intense sour taste. I pick up some wood from the barrels. I don't know what else to say about it, but it is incredible.

M - For a sour style this has a medium heavy body and is chock full of carbonation. Will make you pucker.

O - Wicked sour and packed full of blackberry flavor. Saved it for my birthday and I'm glad I did. This is perfect now and will be perfect for many years to come. I hope that this is a glimpse of what is to come with the new lambic cellar.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
4.71/5  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.

Photo of lunarbrew
4.71/5  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.

Photo of Treebs
4.15/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served in a New Glarus flute. Big thanks to AldoRaine for the share. Bottle first week of August and enjoyed on 8/11/13.

A: What a color. Pours a deep purple color with a pinkish colored head. It recedes to a thin ring. Some splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Super jammy on the nose. The initial blast of sweet blackberry jam is intense, but it quickly gives way to a sweet bread malt profile with a splash of sour fruit and oak.

T: Not as jammy on the taste, but it it is still there. Ultra fresh blackberries with some nice under ripe berry tartness. Oaky with slight vanilla sweetness to it. Light, bready malts with a nice blackberry sourness.

M: medium to light bodied with a spritzy carbonation level. Effervescence on the tongue.

O: Super jammy and sour. Really nice right now. Dan Carey said to wait until Christmas time open bottle so that what I plan on doing. I think the flavors will meld together even better than they already are.

Photo of CaseyK
4.68/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours maroon with a beautiful pink head that fizzes, then sticks around. One of the better looking beers I've seen in a long time
S: Loads of sweet berries assault the nose. Very concentrated, think raspberry french soda syrup. The "very sour" portion is not coming through in the nose.
T: Sour is much more present in the taste than the smell, nice and tart. Delicious blackberry and raspberry flavors. A bit of Jolly Rancher sweetness to start. Slight citrus, but not much. Pretty sour, I'm glad I have one more of these.
M: Nice carbonation prickle on the tongue.
O: Dan Carey said this beer would start out very fruit forward and develop with age, so I figured I would try one fresh and one with age on it. If you like your sours very fruit forward I say go ahead and crack one now. It's drinking great.

Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the R&D Very Sour Blackberry from New Glarus Brewing Company out of New Glarus, Wisconsin.

Score: 100

Bottled August 2013. Served in a Perennial snifter and enjoyed on 08/23/13 while traveling on the Metra. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous dark murky purple-ish blackberry puree color with three fingers of light purple/pink colored foamy/soda froth head that settles to a thin layer of fizzy head that coats the brew. Good lacing and retention. Excellent color. 5/5

Smell: Huge, bold notes of fresh blackberries and dark berry jam. Very fresh and jammy, with a hint of lemony lacto and a dash of raisin. The nose is almost exclusively blackberry, but the blackberry dimension is so damn appetizing. 5/5

Taste: Not very complex, but darn delicious! Tart and fresh blackberry flavor hits the front of the tongue, but subsides to more of a jammy-sweet blackberry fruit flavor towards the finish. Not very acidic overall. Finishes with a briefly lingering tart berry-fruit flavor on back center of tongue and a little earthy lacto and straw hay residual character on the front of the tongue. The blackberry flavor here is ineffably delicious, and the 500 ml of liquid bliss contained in this bottled disappeared all too quickly. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation level for the flavor profile and mouthfeel, dry finish. Very tart upfront, but not cringingly sour because the tartness smoothes out and subsides to jammy sweetness towards the finish. Foams up on the palate if you swish, which increases the dryness of the finish. 5/5

Overall: This beer is the blackberry sour king. It is easy drinking and requires no stretch of the imagination to love unless you despise blackberries, in which case more for me! Dan Carey recommended sitting on this beer for a few months, allowing for the secondary fermentation to take. Honestly, though, this beer is drinking perfectly right now so why wait. This is New Glarus' best beer to date. Prost!

Cost: $8 for a 500 ml bottle.

Photo of Lemke10
4.58/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This very limited release pours a deep maroon color with a foamy pink head. Lots of sweet and tart fruit aroma. The taste starts sweet but finishes with an unbelievable sour taste. There is a lot of great blackberry flavor that is quite tart. This is about as delicious as sour fruit beer can be.

Photo of thebigredone
4.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jeff and Jason for making the complete R&D Sour tasting possible.

Very Sour Blackberry pours an intense purplish color with a finger of white head.

The nose immediately lets you know that this will be sour. Moderate blackberry aroma as well.

Taste is wonderful. Strong sourness (as advertised) plays well with tart blackberry flavors. As usual, Dan Carey does a masterful job of letting the fruit shine through. The blackberry freshness on this is fan-friggin'-tastic.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Puckering sourness, moderate acidity, and well carbed.

Overall, this may well be the best of the R&D series thus far. At this point, there is not a ton of complexity, which is why this beer didn't get a perfect 5 for taste. Dan mentioned at the release that he recommends waiting until October or later for maximum complexity, so we'll see how this develops. Definitely something I look forward to trying again, among the best of any American (or Belgian for that matter) sours I have tried.

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R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry) from New Glarus Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.