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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: 306
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.76
pDev: 5.67%
Wants: 783
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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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

3 oz pour at bottle share, thanks Shea!

A: Light foam which left slight trails around the glass. Dark purple coloration reminiscent of blackberry juice. Very inviting.

S: Wow. One of the most aromatic beers I have ever enjoyed. Big blackberry aroma wafts out of the glass. There's no synthetic smell here, its as if hundreds of blackberries were freshly squeezed and jammed into the bottle!

T: The flavor progression on this sour is both amazing and surprising. You get an obscenely fresh blackberry flavor on the front while the tartness builds through the middle and climaxes on the finish. In contrast, many sours which I have had blast you with sour on the start and give the fruit flavor on the finish. The sour finish is fairly intense, reminiscent of warhead candy. This flavor is so fresh and spot on I actually had the sensation of phantom blackberry seeds!

M: Medium body, very effervescent, bubbly all the way down the palate.

O: This is hands down my favorite sour that I have ever had. I was heartbroken when I reached the end of my pour. I just kept breathing in the (still extremely pungent!) aroma from the last vestiges of this sweet nectar of the gods. Well done New Glarus, well done.

Get_Lowell, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of tripelhops
5/5  rDev +5%

tripelhops, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of facesnorth
3.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. But not deserving of the hype it gets. I drank it at a small share with 2 other friends along with Atrial Rubicite and some other beers. It was on par with Atrial. Which means it's a very good beer. But it's not worthy of the praise that it commands. Worlds better than Nocturn Chrysalis though, which I found quite lacking. Don't give up the cellar for this expecting it to blow your mind. I don't get much funkiness nor jammyness from it, which is how it's often described. Pleasant, quite tart, nice fruity aroma. Great beer to enjoy in the summer. Certainly won't attempt trading for another, though, unlike some other beers which are truly world class. FWIW, we drank Veruca in the same tasting and that handily stole the show.

facesnorth, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of JedMarshall
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

JedMarshall, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of huskermike12
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

huskermike12, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
4.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle into a cantillon gueze glass. 8/2013 bottle date.

pours a dark ruby red color with a terrific red head. smell has a massive aroma of blackberries the second it leaves the bottle. wow. taste is damn amazing and ..wow . it has a slight tartness...but the perfect amount of fruit. its like blackberry wine. the flavor is almost perfect. the best new glarus ive ever had and possibly the best beer period. body is medium and so is carbonation.

overall it surpassed my expectations. deserves the hype.

Axnjxn, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of earljones199
4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

earljones199, Jun 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

Mikeypnh, Jun 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

trevor_s, Jun 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev -0.2%

KCBeerNerd, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

PeakedInHighSchool, Jun 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

Thishops4u, Jun 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

Bigtwin, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Alpar
5/5  rDev +5%

Alpar, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Duff27
4.74/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purple head in a dark purple body. Very excellent head retention for a sour. Some lace clings.

Love the smell. Like fresh blackberry jam.

Blackburrrries. "Yum yum yum"...after every sip. Gets a 8 on the Duff27 sour scale.

Full mouthfeel. Carbonation level is perfect.

The masters of fruit beers have done it again. Don't know what else to say other than this is one of the best sours I've ever had.

Duff27, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Jordy777
5/5  rDev +5%

Jordy777, Jun 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

fishmich, Jun 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

DrunkAl, Jun 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

1noa, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

Kramerbarthomer, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -5.5%

omegagogetass4, Jun 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

Lucho, Jun 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +5%

JohnnieNepal, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of topdown
5/5  rDev +5%

topdown, Jun 05, 2014
R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry) from New Glarus Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.