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New Glarus Wild Sour Ale

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by teamwiggum, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Advocate (705) Wisconsin Nov 30, 2008 Beer Trader

    From my go to liquor store's FB page:
    Are you a fan of Sour Beers? If so, than you may enjoy these next few days. Today, New Glarus Brewing Co.'s Wild Sour Ale arrived. Tomorrow? Who knows what?

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  2. s_wit

    s_wit Advocate (505) Wisconsin Apr 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    The only sours I have had have been this and ng Berliner Weiss. Berliner Weiss was decent and I really liked this wild sour ale. How does this compare to other sours? If I really like this should I be pursuing more sours?
  3. gyberic

    gyberic Aficionado (245) California Oct 6, 2011 Beer Trader

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  4. HighWine

    HighWine Savant (440) Illinois Dec 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    The answer is obviously "no".
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  5. mynie

    mynie Champion (790) Massachusetts Jun 22, 2004 Beer Trader

    Enigma was very good and their last batch of Berliner was amazing. I have very high hopes for this.
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  6. Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Savant (405) Wisconsin Jul 24, 2008

    Berliner Weiss isn't technically a sour even though it has the tart flavor from the grapes. The Sour Ale has some wild yeast being introduced. And yes, it goes without saying, buy the hell out of this. A beer like this from most other breweries would be in a bomber and cost $15/bottle. Between this and Berliner Weiss the Thumbprints have taken off after that slow start.
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  7. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Savant (460) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    In this regard New Glarus is a cut above no matter the format the most you'll spend is 13 bucks and some change. (Not counting cases)
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  8. Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Savant (405) Wisconsin Jul 24, 2008

    In most cases I would agree. However, the Winter Warmer wasn't worth $10 to me. Anyway, has anybody seen in around La Crosse?
  9. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    Berliner weisses typically soured using bacteria from unmashed grain, right? I'm pretty sure...
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  10. antlerwrestler19

    antlerwrestler19 Savant (430) Nebraska Nov 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    They can be using the sour mash method in which the grain is allowed to rest at optimal temperature so the natural lactobacillus has an opportunity to ferment the beer without any yeast being introduced. However, there are many bacterial varieties available without the use of any sour mash methods to mimic the characteristics. It's entirely up to the brewer at that point. I've only done one berlinner wiesse while homebrewing and I used the sour mash method - while the beer is tasty there is a minuscule "rotten grain" characteristic that has been off-putting to some friends who I've shared it with.
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  11. s_wit

    s_wit Advocate (505) Wisconsin Apr 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    How does this compare to other sours?
  12. IndyDad

    IndyDad Champion (905) New York Jan 21, 2013 Beer Trader

    Send me some in New York, and I'll let you know how it compares to other sours (or Berliners)
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  13. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Advocate (640) South Carolina Nov 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    Oh, teamwiggum, about this new NG beer.......
  14. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Champion (890) Ohio May 29, 2005 Verified

    Here's what the label says: "Naturally soured by farm valley winds blowing wild yeast into our oak casks. Finally after a year and a half of patient coaxing, Wisconsin dark malts swirl in a kaleidescope of cedar, caramel, and tart green plum exhuberence."

    Having had one myself yesterday (albeit after a scathingly hopped IIPA, effectively de-sensitizing me toward nuanced flavors) I'd say it's similar to a mild Oud Bruin or Flanders Red. Slightly more sour than Enigma, also less fruit (almost certainly no fruit at all was used), it was really an easy drinking sour. Nearly everything that NG makes is on the money, you really cannot go wrong choosing this.
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  15. AleFredO

    AleFredO Zealot (95) New York Aug 13, 2011

    Berliner Weisse is technically a sour ale. 17a of BJCP guidelines.
  16. BiereBlanche

    BiereBlanche Savant (305) Colorado Nov 15, 2007

    Nothing very technical about it - you taste a BW and it's sour and lactic, otherwise it's just a wheat beer.

    NG BW is great, look forward to this release as well.
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  17. Coletrain

    Coletrain Aficionado (105) Wisconsin May 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    quick report: it is a not crazy sour, just slightly more sour than the Berliner Weisse. Really easy to drink, by sour standards, i will be buying more tonight.
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  18. elliott1184

    elliott1184 Advocate (580) Minnesota Mar 31, 2011 Beer Trader

    Anyone know when this is coming to Hudson or Eau Claire?
  19. Just spoke with a friend at Bill's Distributing in Menomonie and it is in and will be sent out to the stores Monday.
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  20. Oh, man, moving to Madison in a month. I hope some of this is still left for me!
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  21. elliott1184

    elliott1184 Advocate (580) Minnesota Mar 31, 2011 Beer Trader

    Thanks! Any thoughts on whether this will hang around for a while, as Berliner Weiss has, or will it go quickly?
  22. TurdFurgison

    TurdFurgison Champion (890) Ohio May 29, 2005 Verified

    Wish I knew this too. If it was truely made with wild yeasts across an open vat over an 18 month period then it's possible that this will be a little more limited. Don't know for sure though.
  23. Looks Like this is through August so should be around for a while.
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  24. The IIPA was great too. While I agree on the Winter Warmer, everyone is allowed a mulligan once in a while, no?
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  25. Wisconsin

    Wisconsin Savant (405) Wisconsin Jul 24, 2008

    I assume Casanova's will put a one case limit on it, which isn't a big deal, until more shows up in the next couple weeks. The first delivery will get hit hard, but the supply of Thumbprints always outlast demand regardless of the beer. Clean 'em out Mudducks.
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  26. maDUECEgunner

    maDUECEgunner Advocate (620) Minnesota May 23, 2013 Beer Trader

    I can't wait till it makes it up to Superior.
  27. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,475) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    This sounds pretty tasty.
  28. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Advocate (665) Michigan Sep 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Not after a month, but I'm sure you could find it outside of Madison and the metro.
  29. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    Of course this comes out the week after I was in WI
  30. Fireslayer

    Fireslayer Advocate (620) Wisconsin Apr 13, 2013 Beer Trader

    Just picked up a case....glad I did. This stuff is awesome!
  31. Ugh, want a case so bad. Sounds like it's nowhere near as sour as the R&D Sour Ale, but that's okay. The R&D brew is pretty damn sour and for a daily drinker, I prefer something closer to Enigma or a bit more sour, so this sounds about perfect from everything I've heard.
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  32. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Advocate (595) Arizona Nov 14, 2010 Beer Trader

    Plus 1
  33. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Advocate (595) Arizona Nov 14, 2010 Beer Trader

    Got a trade partner that is picking some up for me. I can't wait to try it. Trading him som RR sours in exchange.
  34. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Advocate (705) Wisconsin Nov 30, 2008 Beer Trader

    Yes? ;)
  35. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Advocate (705) Wisconsin Nov 30, 2008 Beer Trader

    I should be able to help you out, shoot me a BM if you're interested.
  36. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poobah (1,065) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Its a clear looking beer, so I wonder if it will improve with age. I don't know if there's any brett sitting in the bottom of the bottle, but if its in there somewhere, that would make one expect more funk with age.

  37. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,155) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    After drinking my first 4pk, I contacted New Glarus and asked if they could deliver 10 cases to my front door.
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  38. doobgoob

    doobgoob Aficionado (210) Texas Apr 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    I'm pretty sure NG pasteurizes all their beers, so this one probably won't get a lot more funky. If anything it'll probably oxidize with age. Still gonna pick up a case though!
  39. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Advocate (640) South Carolina Nov 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    I'm not sayin, I'm just sayin...NG BW+NG Wild Sour..you can sponsor a famished South Carolina beer drinker, with these goods...for only pennies a day.
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  40. From NG's site:

    "Truly unique this Sour Ale is brewed for those who live on the wild side and is suitable for laying down or consuming immediately, serve at 40 – 45 °F."

    Just sayin'.
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