R&D Pommier Sauvage
New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D Pommier SauvageR&D Pommier Sauvage
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4.25 | pDev: 5.65%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
R&D Pommier SauvageR&D Pommier Sauvage
Notes: Our Pommier Sauvage is a very dry example of our Sour Blonde spontaneously fermented with varietal apples from Wisconsin's Kickapoo Valley.
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage. Poured from a tall bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden pour with a finger of fizzy white head. Falls fast with modest lacing. A bit of debris at the end of the pour.

S: Tart and fruity. Granny smith apple and lemon citrus.

T.F: Tart withot being sour. Strong green apple... lighter pear and grape. Almost some white wine character. Oak and tannins... a bit of funk and yeast. A whiff of sweetness that vanishes quickly and this finishes quite dry. Modest acidity. Lighter bodied... well carbonated.

O: An outstanding wild ale. Great flavor and drinkability. New Glarus rarely disappoints.

Aug 16, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2016; drank 10/20/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Semi-opaque pale yellow appearance.

Minimal bright white head; minimal lace.

Soft apple, yeast funk & dry wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Soft apple & gentle yeast funk flavors up front; mildly tart, carbonated finish.

Mild but enjoyable.

Aug 01, 2019
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured straw yellow with a big white head.

Smell - The beer had a dry sour green apple nose.

Taste - The first impression was a dry green sour apple presence. Generous sweetness in the beginning is offset by dry barnyard funk in back. The funk stands out in back.

Mouthfeel - The bubbles aggressively brushed away the sweetness, leaving only the funk.

Overall - I can’t remember a sour blonde I enjoyed more.

May 25, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pale straw yellow, clear body unless you stir up the sediment, and a minimal white head quick to fade to nothing.

S - Pungent sour grain, grass, wood and minerality. Not particularly approachable, but on point for a Wild.

T - In contrast, the flavor is quite approachable. Bright and acidic, with lemony aspects, the grassy quality carries through, as does a tart grape and apple note, and a clean quick finish.

M - Strong, effervescent carbonation, slightly prickly, but with a smart finish that keeps the beer from building as it progresses.

O - Never surprising that New Glarus delivers, with a pungent and pleasant sour that is both clean and powerful.

May 14, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy pale straw color with a two-finger lively and bubbly white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- musty barnyard mixed with a spring rain, as well as wet wood. Ripe apples & pears, dried hay, lemon peel & some floral notes close it out

T- super dry out of the gate with notes of tart ripe apple, followed by a bouquet of orchard fruits, pear & lemon poking through. Mid-palate gives some earthy and musty notes, as well as wet hay and floral notes. The finish, brings out more apple & pear, with a light yeast funk on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate bubbly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and an effervescent finish, drinks almost like a champagne

O- bone dry from start to finish, the apple pays well throughout, very good

Jan 29, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright pale gold, visible rising carb and a momentary head of crackling sudsy foam. It dwindles away without any lacing.

Minerally aroma, wet stone and wood, light nuanced apple presence.
Taste is more fruit forward, tart and cidery, clean with a crisp lactic/malic acidity. Lingering dry oaky vanilla aftertaste, tart red apple that fades quickly. Light to medium bodied with ample carb and a bone dry finish. Champagne-esque and super attenuated.

Reminiscent of French farmhouse cider, not as wild and Brett forward as Spanish sidra though. Seemed fairly restrained, but an interesting beer nonetheless.

Aug 28, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a tulip. Pours a lovely translucent straw gold with a 1.5 inch fluffy, bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution. Nose is primarily acetaldehyde. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some acetic acid notes. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a bright carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, not my favorite R&D offering. Too acidic and one-sided.

Apr 08, 2018
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw blonde body, perfectly clear. Big fizzy head dies away quickly to nothing. Then, magically a ring appears. The carbonation is lively, both visible and audible.
The smell is a delicate balance of grain, green apple and skin and mild cider vinegar.
A bit of funk comes through in the taste, which is sour and tart with apples and their skins, cider vinegar and a floral presence.
Highly active carbonation, light body. The mouth feel is light and effervescent.

Mar 02, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dry and funky with tart green apple and some oak. Nice complexity. Clear, effervescent, and very champagne-like. If all of the R&Ds were fruited sours like this I would not complain.

Feb 18, 2018
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle split into two of the finest dixie cups.

A: Light yellow/gold body with lots of bubbles. Head was big and fizzy and it fizzled out rather quickly.

S: Lots of apple and a little softer smells of vinegar and some grains.

T: Nose translates nicely with lots of the apple and a light sourness on the finish.

M: Pretty high carbonation with a lighter feel.

O: This was an excellent fruited sour, super approachable it isn't crazy sour, but just enough to make you appreciate it. The apple comes out nicely in the taste and smell.

Dec 11, 2017
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle
New Glarus Beer Depot

Pommier Sauvage is as champagne like as it gets without actually being champagne. There's a slight chill haze to the very pale golden body. Bubbles shoot from every surface of the glass and bolster the fizzy, crackling, tightly bubbled white head. The foam forms instantly but just as quickly snaps, crackles and pops away. The highly active carbonation is what keeps the chunky ring intact. This is a pretty beer.

The nose is also pretty. It's bright and vibrant, funky and sour. Wet stone and rainy Spring leap from the glass. Musty pears and dusty barnyards. Wildflowers galore. Layers of orchard fruits are tucked in deeply. All these things have their place and run throughout the drink, popping up here and fading there. It finishes off with softly tart, yet softly sweet, Granny Smith. Mouthwatering.

The flavor profile manages to top the nose by a small degree. Green apple and gritty pear get things going. Again, those orchard fruits are layered deeply within the drink. It's bright and acidic. There are wildflowers galore from middle to end. A touch of alcohol on the finish helps usher in apple wine. Soft horseblanket runs the edges. The apple brings both sweet and sour, there's a nice interplay between the two, good balance. Nice beverage.

The mouthfeel is where it's at. Perfectly dialed in. Light bodied and supremely effervescent without being aggressive. Tartness engulfs the mouth after each swallow and the bone dry finish helps accentuate that tartness. It's refreshing yet complex. Highly drinkable.

New Glarus has done it yet again. Pommier Sauvage i a well developed bretty and sour treat of an apple beer. It's acidic and complex yet well balanced and highly drinkable. Layer after layer can be peeled on this beer, like a Russian doll. The base beer would be delicious on its own but the apple addition adds that beautiful sweet/sour component. Excellent, again.

Nov 23, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The bright, white head loudly fizzles and disappears rapidly and cleanly, exactly like champagne, and the body remains sparkling light yellow-gold, indefinitely. This is a champagne of beers if ever there was one.

Aroma exhibits a sharp, bright apple acidity with an underlying sharp, woody, slightly cheesy and faintly barnyard-esque funk. Hints of corn and bread hide in the background.

Taste is so unexpectedly funky, while simultaneously tart and sour--but measured, just perfectly so--with an effervescent, bouncy body and a crisp, semi-dry finish. Lemon, orange rind, pear and apple flavors have an undercurrent of barnyard and cheesy, soft round funk. As it begins warming, do yourself a favor and have a few salty tortilla chips or something--this allows the flavor of the beer to bloom into a totally fruity apple.

Nov 04, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Khalil. Thanks man.

Extremely pale yellow body, mild haze with nary a head. Aromas of gueuze funk, oak, apple, mineral water. Similar flavor. Thin body with a gentle acetic character. Tasty.

Oct 06, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like very dry cider, in many ways like some of the french dry ciders. Not particularly sweet, but lots of apple flavour, light funk, good carbonation, more than drinkable.

Aug 14, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light and clear yellow, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells intensely dry, with sour lemons, sour cider, red apple skins, and a light funk.

This finishes unbelievably dry, it just strips the moisture from the palate- it's crazy. It feels like a dry French cider, or something along those lines, blended with a dry gueuze. There's a light apple flavor to this, more skin than fruit, with lemon rind, and a light prickly funk that's just wonderful.

Despite the dryness, this is very nicely drinkable, with a good level of carbonation.

This is absolutely wonderful, and shows how talented Dan Carey truly is.

Jul 25, 2017
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tons of head which quickly disappears without leaving any lacing behind. Afterwards it looks nearly still although there are a few tiny bubbles rising up from the bottom. Smell and taste are both impressively very similar to gueuze with a hint of apple. Far less apple than I was expecting. Very dry and funky.

Feb 26, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pure American Coolship. Hay and funk on the nose. Hint of cider on the end. Beautiful beer. Clean and bright all the way through. Carb is excellent as well.

Dec 29, 2016
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours with an explosion like champagne. Pale straw color with haze. Lots of carbonation. Thin, white head.
S- Nice apple funk.
T- Medium apple sour finishing with a nice, Slightly salty funk. Yeast is very clean and crisp. I think will continue getting better with more age.
M- Crissp, snappy, clean.
O- I have not been big on sours. This is growing on me. I will continue to make NG R&D parties.

Nov 20, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle sealed with New Glarus pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: Pale yellow body with a full finger of white head that quickly drops down to no head.

Smell: Nice blend of apples. I would say golden delicious, red delicious, and granny smith apples are definitely involved. Light signature New Glarus funk.

Taste: Low to moderate sourness; 4/10 sourness. Apple medley; again golden delicious, red delicious, and granny smith apples. Light funk that smells of the signature fruit cave yeast and a light oak note as well. Very balanced fruited wild ale.

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean. Snappy and refreshing. Semidry finish.

Overall: Well, this is a great way to welcome in the fall. It was fully intentional that Dan released an Apple wild ale out of the fruit cave as the fall R&D release. I thought that this beer was just going to be an amped up version of apple ale(which is just "meh" to me), but there is quite a bit more going on than that. I can only think of PizzaBoy's Funky Applesauce as the only other sour brew with apples. I am not one bit surprised that Dan would brew an apple sour because it is a beer that totally fits the niche in his brewing profile.

Sep 27, 2016
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Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another home run from Dan and crew! Pours a pale gold, perfect clarity until the dregs join the party, then a moderate cloudy appearance. Bright white head disapates very quickly, but the high carbonation keeps a nice thin layer present throughout. Nose is woody, crisp apple, with a hint of funk. Flavor is what does it for me with this beer, like drinking a Granny Smith apple but with the addition of the oaky flavors from the foeder. The base blonde is really the star here, and the apple plays the supporting role perfectly, allowing the complexities to shine through. Just the right amount of pucker, which is to say not overly sour, and very clean acidity. Not heavy at all but just enough body to keep things interesting. So refreshing, I could put these back one after the other if that unrealistic dream were to ever come true. Highly carbonated, nice prickly feel that compliments the tartness.

A bug landed in my beer with a couple ounces left, so it seems to be a favorite of arthropods as well. I just drank around him, not wasting a drop of this! Prost!

Sep 24, 2016
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