R&D Sour Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D Sour AleR&D Sour Ale
BA SCORE
97.3%
Liked This Beer
4.31 w/ 147 ratings
R&D Sour AleR&D Sour Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by 4DAloveofSTOUT on 08-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
147
Liked:
143
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
9.28%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
161
Gots:
31
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of jlindros
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of mrebeka
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a slightly hazy golden color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a lot of earthy oaky funk. The taste is very similar to the nose. There might be some citrus in there as well. The feel is dry. Overall this beer was fun to try, not their best Wild Ale though.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle from the August 2012 release. Poured into a snifter 11/28/2014.

A- Medium copper-amber body, half finger white head that quickly dissipates into a medium collar. Nice lacing, not much retention overall. [4]

S- Rich oak flavours, tannins, lots of funk. Followed by lactic acid, vinegar, slight hint of sweet wheat. This is definitely living up to the billing. Not as much citrus as Beatification would bring but certainly a ton of oak and acidity. Smells rich and sour, and surprisingly funky. [4.5]

F- Lactic acid, vinegar, oak, funk. There is quite a bit of strong funk that I did not expect. Rich, lactic, funky, leathery with a good Brett contribution. Nice complexity, a step below Beatification in terms of what it brings, but it is drinking really nicely right now with that similar level of complexity minus the lemon and citrus flavours. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, soft and refreshing at the same time. Nice leathery sourness that lingers on the palate. This is drinking great right now; very easy to drink. [4.5]

O- This was a real treat to drink. It's another example of why Dan is one of the best brewers out there, and he's been doing it even before sour beers became the big fad that it is now. Rich, sour, funky and once again, sour. Very tasty and well worth what it takes these days. [4.25]

Final score: 4.42

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Photo of Shawner
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jarrgal
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ralerwen
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of blabaer
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of jmbot4371
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dkw0063
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Herky21
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Alpar
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of woosterbill
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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 zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of billhelm
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of kojevergas
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown glass bottle with appealing classy label and branded iconic pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with Duff27 and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery - for which I have tremendous respect. Batch 8.5 bbl. 5.4% ABV confirmed per the label. Brewed December 09. Bottled March 12. Reviewed as an American wild ale since it's an American-brewed self-identified "sour ale."

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Lacks frothiness. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Complexion could be softer. Consistency could be more even and full.

Body colour is a translucent semitransparent orange-copper of above average vibrance. Appears well-carbonated. Clean; there are no floating yeast particles.

Overall, it's a lively appearance for a sour and I find it quite attractive, but it's not unique or special. Certainly appealing. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Tart fruits - peach primarily. Rich oak. Plenty of sourness is present, but it doesn't seem pucker-worthy. Clean lactobacillus is the main contributor, but there is a light bacterial character and some funky brettanomyces yeast notes. Crystal malt. Kisses of apple cider/apple juice. Floral hop character.

No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable. The sourness is noticeable but unintimidating, and acidity doesn't seem as high as usual for a beer in this style. It's an alive, inviting aroma of moderate strength. I'm really excited for the first sip.

Mf: Has a lovely dryness with some acidic twang. Perfect coarseness. Medium body. Slight overcarbonation. Good thickness. Refreshing. The coarse dry feel of the texture coupled with the refreshing clean sour flavour teases the drinker; I keep wanting to come back for the open even though the body drags a bit. Overall, it's got good presence on the palate.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, oily, astringent, or harsh. The texture helps coax out more depth of flavour at the expense of drinkability.

T: It's not as fruity as you might expect/hope for. There are touches of orchard apple/apple cider/apple juice as well as some orchard peach, but the fruity touches are quite buried. It's got a nice lacto-induced sourness to it and feels Belgian in character. Belgian pale malts, light sourdough malt character, neutral malts. It's a bit bacterial, and never feels too clean or clinical to be a truly wild/spontaneous beer like many American sours tend to. The oak is a bit more prominent than anticipated, and feels a bit chalky and neutral rather than toasty and/or rich.

Lemon. Juicy esters. Subtle farmhouse citrus character. Brettanomyces funkiness. Some earthiness. Hay. Straw. Reminds me a bit of a gueuze. Vinegar. Light acetic touches.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It's complex and subtle enough, but doesn't push the envelope. There isn't much nuance or intricacy here, but it's a well balanced beer and has a cohesive build. It's not gestalt, but it comes together nicely.

I'm really quite liking this one.

Dr: I'll easily kill this bottle alone and I'm very grateful to Duff27 for the opportunity to try this lovely brew. As good as it is, it can't compete with New Glarus' other superior sours. Absolutely worth trying, and very well executed for an American sour. It's extremely drinkable, and I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners any day of the week. More damn solid work from one of our best breweries.

I think the oak, lemon, and funkiness have really developed with age. They taste beautifully integrated in a way I can't imagine occurs fresh. As this warms, it just gets better and better. A great gueuze-esque American sour across the board.

B+

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Photo of bikesnbeerFtc
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

R&D Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97.3% out of 100 with 147 ratings
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