R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry)
New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry)R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry)
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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Wild Ale
4.75 | pDev: 6.95%
Nov 01, 2022
Aug 19, 2013
R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry)R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry)
Notes: 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!
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Reviewed by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
One of the greatest of all time.
Super jammy blackberry on the nose and palate, paired with a terrific sourness and a dry finish that makes this a one-off miracle. The glory of this beer will never be replicated.
Nov 01, 2022
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Taste: Sour tart, blackberries, fruit, some acidic to finish. Candy, blackberry tart nose.Deep red cherry color hue, semi clear, tall pink foamy head with sticky lace. Medium body. Aroma saw sweeter than the tartness. 12 IBUs
Jun 23, 2021
Rated: 4 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Mar 15, 2020
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jan 11, 2020
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Rated by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

4.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Perfectly balanced fruited sour. Opened 9/29/19.
Sep 29, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Sep 11, 2019
Rated: 5 by edthehead from New York

Jan 26, 2019
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Reviewed by fondyball20 from Wisconsin

4.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottle consumed on 1/12/18. Still tons of jammy fruit coming through in the nose/taste. Sour but not over the top. A little funk. I enjoyed it more colder vs when it warmed.
Jan 13, 2018
Rated: 4.92 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Dec 15, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona

Nov 19, 2017
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

4.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
500ml bottle into snifter. Thanks for sharing Kevin!

A: Pours a deep purple with a thin cap of fine bubbles. Very effervescent. Lasting collar.
S: I can smell this beer from across the table. There's a surprising amount of jammy blackberry fruit for being so old. I get a notes of sweet grape jelly in the mix as well. Amazing.
T: Super tart, puckering, and drying flavors of very jammy and sweet blackberry/boysenberry. The tartness is super tannic and drying. Jammy and juicy fruit all the way. Subtle oxidization. Fresh blackberry fruit mixed with grape jelly.
M: Very very dry, like a desert. Gritty tannic feel but the flavor is still very juicy. Acidic, but not overly acidic, more just super dry and tart with a crisp tartness. Soft but very frothy carbonation, better once a bit is burned off.
O: Gritty and tannic mouth but extremely juicy and fruity. Super surprised how well this held up for being so old. I've had fresh sours that aren't as fruity as this. Thanks again Kevin.
Oct 26, 2017
Rated: 5 by xt0n1cx from Virginia

Oct 17, 2017
Rated: 4.99 by Fireman_RK from North Carolina

Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 5 by maljay26 from Florida

Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 4.72 by jaydoc from Kansas

Dec 11, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by YvesB from Belgium

Oct 12, 2016
Rated: 4.89 by SimcoeKid from California

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4.73 by halo3one from Georgia

Jul 07, 2016
Rated: 5 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jul 03, 2016
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Reviewed by RRtransvestification from New York

5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I've been waiting for a very special time to crack this one open. It has been my most cherished beer in my cellar for a few years now. After a while, I decided last night that I can't let this one just sit around and collect dust any longer!!!

A: A very rich, dark purple with a light pink head.

S: I not only smelt the two glasses I poured, I also spent a good 5 minutes with my nose practically inside the top of the bottle. That is how amazing this smells. Pure unripened, tart blackberry juice is the best way I can describe this. You can almost assume what this will taste like just by smell alone. I am happy that nothing was lost in terms of aroma from this being a few years old.

T: A present, but not overly tartness comes through but the most important flavor here is the blackberry. I said to my friend that this is like eating a blackberry when its still firm and tart, before it becomes mushy and sweet. Fresh blackberry jam would also be a great comparison. The flavor is perfect in every way and I am so happy this lived up to the hype and did not diminish in any way over time. I love this beer!

M: A full, but not too thick mouthfeel. Perfect.

O: Well, having had some amazing sour offerings from Russian River, Lost Abbey, Cantillon, Hill Farmstead, Side Project, Jester King and many more, I can safely say that this is the best sour I've ever had and my new favorite. I didn't think anything could outclass Framboise du Fermier, but this beer is so well balanced and has too much flavor to have any competition. THIS IS THE PINNACLE OF SOUR BEER.
Jul 02, 2016
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Reviewed by WI-Beer-Man from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
The absolute perfect beer. Amazing color and carbination. Smells extremely fruity and tart. The taste is a next level combination of tartness and fruit. Perfection in every way.
May 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Raziel313 from California

4.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Easily the best American sour I've ever had. Just truly perfect in every way. My only reason for the 4.75 is that it was slightly too sour and acidic and that's really nitpicking. Essentially a perfect beer
Apr 26, 2016
Rated: 5 by fthegiants from California

Apr 26, 2016
Rated: 4.45 by cjgator3 from Florida

Mar 31, 2016
Rated: 4.7 by TheDole from Georgia

Mar 21, 2016
Rated: 4.98 by tgates from Minnesota

Feb 27, 2016
Rated: 4.89 by controlfate from Illinois

Feb 17, 2016
Rated: 4.96 by rarapacz from Minnesota

Feb 15, 2016
Rated: 4.58 by doremite from Vermont

Feb 06, 2016
Rated: 5 by Shawner from Minnesota

Jan 18, 2016
Rated: 4.48 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts

Jan 16, 2016
Rated: 4.6 by Resuin from Massachusetts

Jan 09, 2016
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Rated by BeerMeBro720 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Jan 09, 2016
Rated: 4.92 by SkiBum22 from New York

Jan 04, 2016
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Reviewed by MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Had to trade a whale to get this whale but totally worth it. Beautiful look and the beer was amazing. Perfect level of pucker and just bursting with blackberry flavor and a little oak. So glad I had to opportunity to try this and would trade for another in a second!
Dec 25, 2015
Rated: 5 by robgage from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by JMFP from Delaware

Nov 23, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

Nov 20, 2015
Rated: 5 by mythaeus from Pennsylvania

Nov 19, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by w5baron from Pennsylvania

Nov 19, 2015
R&D Sour Fruit (Very Sour Blackberry) from New Glarus Brewing Company
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