R&D Golden Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D Golden AleR&D Golden Ale

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 77
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: deliriumfest on 07-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed 3-23-09, Bottled 6-18-09
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Reviews by AdmiralDiaz:
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL to snifter

A: Pours a beaming golden body, which supports a semi-short-lived white head. Very little lacing if left, but a small white galaxy of white head remains on the top. I have to give it a 4 just because the body looks so appealing.

S: This is hands-down the greatest beer I've ever smelled. If a spring day could be captured into a flowery perfume, this is what it would smell like. Zesty lemon with hints of wet grass, flowery hops, and a small malt background. Can't get over how amazing this smells.

T: Taste is right-on with the smell. It gives a lemony sting on the tongue accompanied by clove, grass, and floral hops which dominate the palate, but get balanced with some maltiness. Very good.

Overall: Mouthfeel and drinkability are good above average. Mouthfeel is light with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability would be much higher, but drinking spring can only last so long. Very excellent beer! thank you to Natasharai for the try!

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted - January 31, 2011

I'm very impressed by how this beer has developed. Upon my first several samplings I thought it solid, if not interesting, but now after some time it has become a wonderful, subtly sour beer.

Appearance: This one is a gusher. I had to race to find a glass as thick white foam started gushing as soon as I opened the bottle. Pours a straw gold with an everlasting white lace.

Aroma: Hints of banana and clove, reminiscent of a wheat beer. Background barnyard notes remind me of Fantome. Lemon and dried grass.

Taste: Mmmm.... Lemon and must. Grass with a bready finish. So much more funky than I remember this being when it was first released and on subsequent tastings last year.

Mouthfeel: Zesty and champagne like with micro-carbonation biting at the tongue long after each sip. Light to medium bodied. Very mildly sour. Dry. Just wonderful.

Drinkability: Sessionable. The balance is sublime. Enough funk here to keep my interest but not so much as to churn my stomach after 4 bottle or to turn away drinkers who fear the Brett. This would be a good intro to funky beers or a great sessionable treat for those like me who can't get enough of the funk. Great beer!

Photo of MadScientist
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy, glowing gold with an orange hue. The head is creamy and white leaving sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is dominated by floral hops and a alcohol aromas. There are fruity esters of peach with a slight orange aroma backed by a light horse Brett aroma. A honey like malt sweetness with moderately low peppery phenols.

T: Fruity and peppery with a light malt sweetness and moderate hops bitterness. It gets pretty dry by the finish from the Brett that brings a light barnyard funk. Te balance is slightly bitter and the aftertaste is of flowery hops and alcohol.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderately-strong carbonation. No astringency. Not cream. slight alcohol warmth.

O: The Belgian yeast character shows through well with a light Brett character.

Reviewed from notes, sampled on 12/1/2012.

Photo of newk340
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful cloudy golden pour with a thick white head that leaves spotty lacing.

S: similar to a saison with a strong tartness, can almost taste the sour flavors.

T: a very tart shock blasts the senses with underlying funk of sour that permeates well after each swallow.

MF/D: a gentle tingle of carbonation dances across the tongue that dissolves into a foamy coat.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden with superb clarity and an inch of bubbly white foam on top supported by plenty of active carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of crisp grain malts alongside a somewhat fruity undertone. Big earthy yeast funk with trademark Brett and barnyard accents. I get a slight acetic green olive type of aroma here that is oddly enticing. Sun dried hay and mellow herbal, grassy hops. Spiciness as well. Quite complex.

First sip brings crisp sun dried malts upfront with a mix of fruit and funky yeast flavors. The Brett steps up right away with barnyard and musty tones along with a nice tartness. Acidic tones with a touch of vinegar and green olive again. Earthy and spicy flavors weave in and out as it flows down. Quite dry overall. Light caramel and honey afterthoughts with hops on the back end. Complex, bold flavors, extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel is crisp and on the lower end of medium bodied making this brew extremely drinkable and refreshing. Good carbonation overall. I could drink this in mass quantities if it was a bit cheaper and more readily available. Perfect on this sunny Labor Day. As far as I am concerned New Glarus knocked this one out of the park and I look forward to future R&D releases.

Photo of badbeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a nice white head the retains well and leaves good lacing on the glass. Some funky Brett and feet aromas along with some hay and a light grassy hop character. Bread, hay, feet, a tinge of citric tartness and light vegetal hop character. High carbonation and medium bodied. A pretty drinkable beer, I'll be interested in how this one does over time.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this 500 ml bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is very funky with a lot of brett character. The flavor is more of the same with a lot of brett funk. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I don't really know what else to say about the beer other than I really enjoyed it.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to dougofthefuture for the bottle!

16oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a boulevard tulip, split with trxxpaxxs, bottled on 6/18/2009 (roughly 2 1/2 years old)

pours out a somwhat cloudy golden color with a nice fluffy 2 fingers of near pure white head. some very good retention, and lots of sticky lace till the end of the glass.

very pleasent aromas. clove, and a bit of pepper and lemon citrus are noticed intially followed by some light bretty, horsey funk, floral, also a bit grassy or hay like and something that reminds me of smarties?

again, just the right amount of barnyard bretty funk. nice floral, grassy, and hay like notes and again, something reminds me of smarties. a nice easy tartness, but no actual sourness.

light body, dry finish, very easy drinking and almost crisply refreshing.

a top notch belgian pale, very well made. id definatly come back to this. age has done this beer very well. leaves me wanting to try any new glarus beer i can get my hands on, exspecially the 2 other R&D series beers.

Photo of boatshoes
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this, along with the R&D Gueuze and Bourbon Barrel Kriek from Translucent. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a cloudy cereal golden topped by a pillowy three fingers of head with really large bubbles. Head has surprisingly good retention and sticks around for quite awhile before layering the top. Very nice looking.

Smell- Wow, quite a bit of barnyard and funk right off the bat. I knew this one was bretted but comes across quite strong on the nose and was the dominant smell. A little bit of tartness buried at the back and a slight cereal graininess.

Taste- Again, funk and barnyard come right out of the gates, backed up by yeast and cereal flavors. Finishes with a bit of tart, green apple twang at the end. Very tasty and pleasantly surprised with brett presence as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was solid and not overly carbonated. Drinkability was great and I really enjoyed the mild green apple on the finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed all of the R&D beers but interestingly, I think this may have been my favorite. Found this to be a very pleasant but interesting beer.

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in brewhouse on 4/28/12

A - Bright golden with 1 finger white head with great retention and great lacing.

S - Quite an abundance of floral notes, honey, malt.

T - Starts with a light peppery spice on the side palate with a sweet banana ester, floral, and honey. Just slightly bitter with some herbal hops A touch of alcohol.

M - Light-moderate body with moderate-high carbonation with crisp, refreshing finish.

O - A nice refreshing and drinkable honey brew, very exceptional for this style.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by a generous soul – much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with a white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of bright spices – white pepper and clove. Also present are slight amounts of citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malts up front are joined quickly by large amounts of spices – clove and white pepper as in the aroma. Midway through the spices fade a bit, allowing the citrus and slightly grassy hops to shine, carrying through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this beer was different from what I was expecting, but the large hit of spices translated well. Worth a shot.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a white foamy head on top Decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: A nice combination of citrus and tart fruit, some pale malt, and little wheat, and some funky/barnyard aromas.

T: Rather spicy with cloves upfront, nice citrus fruit in the middle, mostly lemon rind and zest as well as a slight floral flavor. Some definite barnyard funk on the flavor profile as well.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: Pretty good beer, rather different, especially for a BPA. Would be interested in drinking this one again.

Photo of nkersten
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one randomly showed up at a chicago wine store, they had it labeled as a lager... wtf. I am glad I bought it anyway.

Bottled on 6/19/09, poured into a pint glass (I was expecting lager). Golden color with a small white head, fades quickly to the edges. Smelled funky right off the bat, a good brett barnyard funk with some faded grassy hops. Taste is amazing - slightly sour with a decent amount of brett flavor, but it has an interesting hop/malt taste at the finish. Hops are very light and clean. Very dry and highly carbonated. This is one of the best American takes on a Belgian pale ale i have tried so far. I will be on my way back to the wine shop to try and pick up a bunch more of this one tomorrow morning.

Photo of cokes
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly misty golden-yellow with a mountain of white suds that stick around and stain the insides of the glass.
After nearly two years in the bottle, the Brett is showing its kaleidoscopic effect on the aroma. It begins with a basic Brett note of rotten citrus and dirty suede earthiness. It rotates outward from there in sequential tangents of lemon oil, apple cores, milkweed, lavender, heather, rosewater, bosc pears, aged cheddar, spearmint, acetic acid, gauze pads, wet hay, and rock candy.
Crisp, pils-esque malts grabs the tongue initially. The crackery dryness is bolstered by the brett, adding earthy peppery spice notes, cracked leather, rotten apples, and lemon rinds. Pepper notes grow and conjoin with the still crispy herbal, weedy hop traits. Cobwebs and a minty, lemon-eucalyptus note appear on the swallow.
The rapid (sometimes gushing) CO2 fades over time, allowing it to transition from blisteringly dry, to something a bit more nuanced...though never quite as much as the nose suggests.
There is a great balance between its funkier elements and general drinkability, with neither actually compromising anything. It's not an enamel-stripping sour Brett bomb, but the rusticness is here.

Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A barnyard story. Very funky aroma, barnyard on steroids. Significant foaming. Very much smooth soapy lace, and lots of soapy head. The taste is barnyard, socks, wet rag, detergent, straw, corn, peas. Smooth mouthfeel, though mildly acidic in finish. A dramatically different golden. Steven's hookup.

Photo of dancinwillie
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was pretty stoked to finally get out to the new brewery today, and pick up a few of these.

Pours medium straw colored, with an adequate inch high white head on it. Liquid itself is startlingly clear, with a few streams of carbonation lazily drifting up to escape.

Aroma is absolutely amazing. Strong barley aroma hits me like a ton of bricks, and it almost smells like there's a little wheat in there too. Smells like their other, older brewery always smelled when I've visited there! Really, just a very good bouquet here.

A nice balance here. Some nice brett flavor, but not out in front showing off. Also a decent amount of lemon flavor, that mingles with the brett, and for all I know is a byproduct OF the brett. I'm really most impressed, however, with the lovely barley flavors! Grainy, and almost a raw element, yet it works wonderfully with everything else.

Full mouthfeel. I think it even seemed fuller after looking straight through the straw colored beer. Somewhat slick, and a nice tight little finish.

What can I say? I really love this beer. And yes, I am somewhat of a NG fanboy. But I was prepared to be disappointed. In the back of my mind, I didn't really think this beer was worthy of special trip to New Glarus, and then pay $8 a bottle on top of it. I was very wrong. And on a side note, and knowing that it doesn't affect the product inside, I love the new bottle's for this series, and I love the labels. All around a tremendous beer, and I'm glad to see New Glarus growing.

4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle shared, into snifter.
A: Hazy golden body, with good lacing. Head retreats into a thin layer along the top of glass.

S: Notes of gumball and a distention of floral aroma of paper-whites. As brew warms a hint of cake batter is found.

T/M: A sweetness of flowers and subtle cake expressions, just as the nose suggests. Warm and inviting, a great lingering taste of a flower garden. A very smooth mouthfeel.

D: A very drinkable brew, sweet notes, that call back for more analysis's for a true interpretation of this beer.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.69/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Adam for this one. Brewed 3-23-09, bottled 6-18-09. Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful 3 finger fluffy white head with great retention. Beer itself is a semi-cloudy peach color. Lacing is patchy and full with great cling. Perfection... I can't imagine a beer looking more "commercial-like" than this one.

S: Soap, perfume, garden flowers, and a hint of fresh peach. Very floral in every way, I feel like I'm about to sip an expensive bottle of perfume or body wash.

T: Unfortunately, tastes exactly like it smells. Soapy and floral bitter. Rose petals and chewy fresh grass. Bathwater comes to mind and I feel like I could just be sipping water from a mineral bath during ancient Roman times when the water was perfumed, with flowers floating in it. Finish is more of the same and leaves an oily, soapy bitterness on the tongue.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated and lively. A bit oily and powdery but I think that might be residue from the taste influencing this aspect of the beer. Finish is slightly messy and leaves a lingering aftertaste.

D: This is definitely a one and done for me and the first thing from New Glarus that I haven't liked. Waaaay too weird and off center, I'm glad they called this R&D... as I hope it never gets put into mass production.

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz euro-bottle, scooped a case from the new brewery last sunday. I have been anxiously awaiting this new series from the best brewery in the US

appearance: really interesting oldschool bottle design - poured into my hopleaf tulip, energetic pour - active carbonation, clear orange body, wavy white lace.

smell: sweet floral nose, orange and lemon zests, corriander, currents of brett, nice funky kick, sweet sugary candy noise - perhaps sweet tarts

taste: perhaps not fully developed, and not as sophisticated as the nose - nice slick body with a very pleasant brett presence...its funky, sweet but a little flat-finished.

mouthfeel: slick, prickly carbonation

drinkability: good

Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A buddy brought a couple bottles of New Glarus R&D Golden Ale. The bottles were, 3-29-09 Batch 160.

The beer poured a cloudy golden orange color, with a modest half inch white head, good retention, mild lacing. The smell was a mixture of light funk, brett, lemon zest, citrus notes. The taste had flavors of mild apple cider, clove, possibly some coriander, finish is close to scent, some lemon, and citurs. The mouthfeel had a dry finish, medium body, slight crisp bitterness, and acidity. Overall a unique beer, the brett certainly adds something to a Belgian pale ale. Glad I was able to try it, would not seek out again, but might not pass up a taste again either.

Photo of deliriumfest
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 7/15/09 at the brewery

Poured a nice golden color with a white 2 finger head. Aroma is a bit fruity followed by complete barnyard funk. Taste is similar with a bit of sour that permeates across the tongue followed by a lingering funk. Average carbonation is present. Mouthfeel is light and semi creamy with a decent drinkability. Overall a great first beer to come out of the new R&D series. I can't wait to see what some age does to this one!

Photo of hooliganlife
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to Sean9689 for letting me try this

poured into a De Ranke tulip. very crisp carbonation leaves a thick frothy head that slowly disappears. very bright golden in color.

on the nose, sour apples, and white grapes up front. light funk in the back.

flavor seems to be lighter than the scent. not as much going on but well rounded. a light apple flavor lingers through out. light funk finds itself bending with a bit of a copper flavor from the malts. i do not pick up the white grape flavor i smelled and the apple is far more subtle than i was hoping. lots of flavors going on here for a nice layered complexity.

good carbonation with some bite as expected for the style and a nice body.

this is probably the best offering i have had from new glarus thus far besides the raspberry tart but thats a bit different overall. good stuff and i would def drink this again.

Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden with a creamy white head.

S - Aroma is very bretty with green apple, some barnyard funk, and a touch of floral hops.

T - Pale malt, brett, sour green apple, and some floral hops as well as a substantial amount of funk. Would be great, except it unfortunately gets a little catty and strange on aftertaste. Some hop bitterness present, 38 IBUs according to the bottle.

M - Nice smooth palate with medium body and lively carbonation. Refreshing despite the aftertaste.

D - Drinkability is high.

Photo of bashiba
1.76/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a bright golden/orange with a thick white head.

The smell is very bubblegummy with a lot of plastic.

The common band aid flavor is very apparent here. Has a very off plastic flavor as well, not good. I really get nothing but artificial.

Th emouthfeel has a long oily quality to it.

Just plain bad, a drain pour for sure.

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one with me so I could complete the 'set' of the R&Ds. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a two and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pineapple, earty, and HUGE funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, pineapple, earthy, massive funk, and horse blanket. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. The best way I can describe this brew is: liquid Brett. Seriously, this thing screamed Brett at the top of its lungs. This is also the first beer where I have actually tasted horse blanket in it... This one was quite enjoyable (if you like Brett). If not, I would avoid at all costs. Really glad I got to try this one.

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R&D Golden Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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