R&D Sour Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by 4DAloveofSTOUT on 08-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
145
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.6%
 
 
Wants:
163
Gots:
31
For Trade:
3
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of woosterbill
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle, shared at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

A: Lightly hazed medium amber body under a finger of ultra-fine white head that settles into a ring. Great.

S: Smells like Wisconsin: earthy, woody, piney, cheesy, citrusy, and lactic. Wonderful array of funk, sourness, and complexity.

T: Everything from the nose, plus some additional notes of tropical fruit (cantaloupe and mango), crisp lactic acidity, and a supremely oaky (almost buttery) finish. Amazing.

M: Creamy, lively, medium-bodied. Great.

O: Quite simply one of the best American Wild Ales I've ever had. If it were easier to trade for, I'd love to have more.

Cheers!

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Photo of Shawner
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mobius387
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: golden yellow, lots of bubbles, thin white head. honestly, looks like an ipa

aroma: oak, funk, wheat, lemon. but pretty light overall.

palate: it stings, it drinks easy, its bubbly, pretty much all you can ask in the feel of a beer. great variety, every sip is fun

taste: huge oak and funk, some citrus, some maltyness, some cherry? very robust, very balanced, just flat out awesome

overall: honestly, this is about the best sour ale ive ever had. its not my favorite style, and it lacks a little bit in the aroma department, probably could be a bit funkier, but just about the most balanced, yet with enough kick, sour/lambics ive ever had. maybe could benefit from more of a fruit forward taste, like stronger lemon or cherry, but then again its very diverse in its offering. this is on par with upland lambics and the west coast sours ive had. great offering from NG!

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4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to have waited in line to snag a bunch of these.

Upon first whiff, I was really taken with the aroma. Cinnamon, gingersnaps, baking spice, lemon, wet hay, and stinky-yeasty-apple aromas envelope the nose. Damn. This is something incredibly complex.

In the mouth, the balance of tart, sour green apple and lemons with spicy yeast are seamless. Not so much of a malt presence, as the lactic acid is really the show here.

Overall, this is an astoundingly great sour. The complexity is there, as is the impeccable balance. I really look forward to how this one evolves over the next couple of years. Really something special.

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4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brewed Dec '09, bottled March '12, thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours light fizzy head that fades med pace with streaming bubbles, hazy candy reddish orange color light lacing and nice legs.

Nose is great, nice sour funk, lacto and some nice sour Brett funk, lactic acid and vinous notes, fruity sourness and tangy, nice mild vanilla oak, very tart and berry skin like tannin.

Taste blends nice sourness with buttery oak and lactic acid, nice Brett sour funk, nice lacto like creamy sourness, with tangy tart juicy fruit and nice acidic level. Nice toasty oak vanilla buttery oak, light bready note, nice tannic berry skin and vinous like with touch lemony funk.

Mouth is med bod, lighter but decent carb, sour lacto.

overall awesome, great all-around.

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4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade long ago. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy amber hue with a thin head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of lovely lacto sourness, light oak and tannins, nice brett funk. Creamy light vanilla with oak. My minds eye likens this almost to beatification due to faint lemon berry skin.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of lacto, light brett funk, faint vanilla oak tannins, light lemons and green berry skin. Not overly sour, just sour enough. Really really pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is a touch weak, lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this beer was really tasty, very complex. Was scared that time works have affected this badly but man oh man was this tasty. Glad I held I to this as it was from one of my first trades way back when.

Serving type: bottle

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4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 11/17/12 notes. I bought this at the brewery a few weeks ago; almost passed as I thought the bottle was 2 Women Lager, luckily Sara saw it. Brought to the big Eclipse tasting to break up the stouts, poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, deep orange-brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smell is super funky; I love it. Smells of cheese, barnyard funk, oak, acedic, light fruits, apricots, and earthy notes. The nose is really reminiscence of a great Belgian gueuze; just an awesome nose for an American Wild.

t - Tastes of barnyard funk, cheese, earthy notes, oak, citrus, apricots, fruits, floral notes. Not quite as funky as the nose but still awesome; really loving this one.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Acedic body, pretty nice for a gueuze style beer.

o - Overall I was blown away by this one; I think it's one of the best beers I've had from New Glarus, and one of the best American made gueuze style beers I've had. My favorite from the R&D series so far, it is just super funky and cheesey. Wish I could have grabbed a few more bottles of this one, would love to have it again sometime.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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