R&D Golden Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by cokes:
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2011 08:06:43 | More by cokes
More User Reviews:
4.11/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Cloudy brownish-golden in color. Forms a moderate sized, fine-bubble, white head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing.
S: Aroma is fairly Brett dominant. Tropical fruit and pineapple are mixed with light notes funk and basement.
T: Starts with a light sweetness. Notes of fruit, mango, and pineapple. Then some zesty spice, sort of like lemon-pepper seasoning. Finishes with a mild metallic twang.
M: Medium bodied. Crisp. Mild bitterness. Medium carbonation. Light dryness on the finish.
O: A very nice beer with a pleasant and inviting Brett character.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2013 23:50:09 | More by Florida9
R&D Golden Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.