R&D Golden Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D Golden AleR&D Golden Ale

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 319
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 78
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden body, hazy, and with a full inch of near white foam.

Smell: Leather chaps dipped in phenols, pineapple rings dipped in relatively clean sweat, a squirt of lemon juice, and some underlying straw-like malts.

Taste: Lightly malty with modest touches of bread and toasted straw. Light sweetness from a dusting of powdered sugar. Background hops remain light. Floral soap suds. Musty cobwebs, lightly funky barnyard character, jutting phenols. Citrusy lemon. Saliva-inducing, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high, engaging carbonation.

Overall: An interesting, enjoyable brew. (628 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle generously sent my way a little while back by Biglobo8971 in a growler BIF. enjoyed from an urthel tulip.

brewed 3/23/09
bottled 6/18/09
batch 160 BBL

a - bottle slightly started to gush shortly after i opened it so i went for a quick pour. murky opaque orange with some visible carbonation and about a fist worth of big foamy head that slowly fizzled away looking a bit soapy leaving some foamy chunks on the side of the glass.

s - BRETT. pretty funky. some sweet tart, but soured. almost like spoiled funk.

t - the taste is all brett as well. barnyard funk...a bit sour crossed with spoiled. some sweet tart, but mostly hay and cosmic funkiness. some floral notes.

m - crisp while being soft. bready. cooling. definitely leaves a coating of the spoiled funk vibe in my mouth.

o - overall, it is pretty good. mostly just seems like brett, but without the sweetness that would make it great. just spoiled sour brett funk with some floral notes. (957 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 500ml bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden orange hue with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates leaving a decent trail down the glass.

S: Fruity and citrus aroma with a mild hoppy background.

T: Similar to the smell I get a fruity citrus flavor with a floral hoppy background.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Decent beer – went down smooth and was enjoyable. Not the most rememberable beer but worth the taste. (461 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the New Glarus Brewery on my May 2012 visit. At that time, this was the only “brewery exclusive” beer that was offered.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick, foamy head. Scent is a mixture of citrus and floral scents. Taste is bold with flavors of hibiscus, citrus and other floral tones. Smooth, mellow and delicious. Drinks great and keeps inviting you back for another sip. If you think the New Glarus 6 packs are good, you’re in for a treat as this is even better! (500 characters)

Photo of beagle75
2.62/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, orange-golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Plasticky band-aid quality is sharp, with some associated spiciness that suggests phenolics. Goat pasture is weak, hard to pin down, likely interrupted by strong plastic notes and lesser perceived sourness.

T: Begins dry, with acidic pale malt and phenolics that become intense and energetic in the middle. The finish is briny and surprisingly bitter for the style.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This bottled version of New Glarus's brettanomyces ale is of questionable relationship to the draft version, which exhibited a purified clarion call of brett qualities. Rather, this beer is slightly sour and chemical-infused, with just enough of goaty brett qualities to make the drinker wish for more. While not as undrinkable as some might suggest, it is definitely a bit of a mess--and not in a good way. (1,041 characters)

Photo of bashiba
1.76/5  rDev -56.8%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of cradke
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale foggy orange. Very thin head.

Smell: Good belgian yeast comes through at first. Apple, pear and cinnamon. Not a huge nose but nicely complex

Taste: This taste more than a little like apple pie. Smooth aftertaste. Pretty dry with some good hops in the background. Nicely subtle and complex at the same time.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but certainly within the style.

Overall: Nice and refreshing. Good belgian style. Doesn't blow me out of the water but i would certainly have it again. Love NG (510 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a honey golden with lots of carbonation, come pure white head that fades to a nice lacing

S - yeast, banana, cloves

T - sweet, yeasty up front then balanced with hops in the finish

M - not overly carbonated, no trace of alcohol, makes for a potentially dangerous 7% ABV

O - typically I'm not huge Belgian fan, but this had enough balance that it made me a pretty big fan. Lucky to have been able to pick this one up (462 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright blonde color ale with a super huge foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard notes with some light tart notes and some pungy hops are quite nice. Taste is a great mix between some floral dry hops notes with light pungy characteristics mix ion with some notes of funky barnyard ester and a tart finish. Body is full with great carbonation. I though this was a great take on an Orval-like beer style with loads of complex notes. (490 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dogfishandi for splitting this bottle...

A: This beer pours a nice honey gold with hues of pick peach. There is about a half finger of pure white head that wants to linger around forever. There is some solid lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm getting huge brett, some fresh cut grass, some definite lemon, and a tiny bit of pepper. This beer smells absolutely delicious. I can't wait any longer to try a sip.

T: This beer starts off with a nice citrus and floral punch. I get some lemon and rose right off the bat. The brett comes on strong and linger through to the finish. The brett notes get stronger as it lingers on the palate. This beer is delightful.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer has a strong brett character, but it never gets overwhelming. It's perfectly suited to bring out the flavors a hoppy ale.

O: This beer is fantastically delicious. This might be one of the best New Glarus brews that I've ever had. It's hitting me in all the right spots. I need to find some more of this. (1,002 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of adrock7309
2.91/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

shared a bottle over the weekend with a few fellow BAs. Let me first say - this beer did get partially frozen in transit.

for me, the pour and sight of this beer was the highlight - if there was one. Cap was light and fluffy over a bright orange body.

Was expecting a belgian golden ale / pale ale with some tartness. What we had was a wheaty funky mess.

The smell was heavy on plastic bandaids, old wet cardboard and dank basement.

Flavors I picked up were belgian spicy yeast, a bit of a crisp malt character, but ZERO fruit, sour, or anything interesting.

I think it would be possible that the freezing played a role in the flavor but i doubt it as I have had thawed / frozen beer but never with results like this. (723 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to yappin about this beer after many afternoons spent drinking this at the brewery.

From a bottle dated June 2009. Light golden body, tornado of bubbles, and fat topping nearly two inches high that leaves curtains of lace.

Brett, funk, hay, touch of lemon, soapiness, and an underlying mild sourness.

Taste follows suit. Mouthfeel is lively and creamy. (379 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle tried 21 Oct 2010. Courtesy of ratatat & S, thank you! Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter.

Brewed 23 Mar 2009, bottled 18 Jun 2009.

Large light yellow fluffy head. Well carbonated. Hazy golden orange in color. Aroma is fairly complex, yeasty, earthy, musty, tart cherries, some acetone, barnyard funkiness, maybe even tomato vine. Taste is reminiscent of the aroma,yeasty, hay, funkiness. Dry earthy finish. A lingering grainy sweetness in the aftertaste. Medium body, moderate ethanol.

Seems to have aged quite well. (541 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this at his place, poured chilled into a cervoise.

Color is murky goldenrod which is apropos with thick white cap that adheres in a spotty lace pattern. The smell is unique and off with strong herbal essence like a cough drop with some methol and floral earthy qualities -very medicinal arom with light hint of pepper.
The feel is dry with medicinal feel with herbal tannin and slight dry toast with mild grassy tannin and woody tonic-type aspect.

This has a taste that is both dry with the herbal flavor following the smell and feel. There is a light anise accent with the grass and mint adding to the flavors with subtle dry woody and gentle chalky taste. I was surpised by how quick the flavor dissipates considering the amount of intensity it has. the overall drinkability is low for me as this tastes like something along the lines of absinthe in beer form, which is not really a flavor I am especially fond of. (951 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a taster glass. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing. The brew appears a clear golden color with a finger of white froth. As it recedes, it leaves minor spots of lacing and a light swirl revives the cap back to a finger strength.

The aroma of this brew includes a light note of plastic mixed with cheese. Citrus hops are evident with a light herbal aspect that collectively makes for an earthy feel to the nose.

The taste includes a minor note of plastic just like the aroma indicated. Some citrus to herbal rind aspects are also evident before the onset of more grassy to herbal hop inclusion.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. There is seemingly no alcohol feel to this which makes it fairly easy drinking. The flavor and aroma seem a bit disjointed through. Worth a try if you get the chance but nothing to go out of your way for. (876 characters)

Photo of Prostman81
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually had this on tap at the brewery, and was intrigued so much by it, that I bought a bottle and brought it home for further "R&D".

Appearance: Pouring this yields a fairly typical looking beer, reminiscent of an unfiltered wheat or hefe. The label says it is Maris Otter, so it must be a by-product of the yeast and brett. Color is orangish.

Smell: Ok, so I've heard of 'horse blanket' thrown around on the forums before, but never really had experienced it. Well, this is exactly what they meant. Musty/musky/sweaty odors dominate the nose. Definitely unsettling. But very intriguing at the same time.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Liquid horse blanket at first, but the flavor peaks, and then mellows just as quickly as first experienced. Back end has some very minor tart/and slight fruit. Smooth though. Very smooth. It almost intices you to have another go at it. The ride experience begins again with a new sip. I did notice that the pungent effects felt at first diminish as you work your way through the beer. Probably just your tongue becoming desensitized due to alcohol/whatever.

Overall: Probably the wierdest beer I've ever tasted. But oddly enough, it is quite good, and is certainly worth the experience. The beer was bottled in June of '09 and I cracked this open December of '11, and I appreciate the careful handling of New Glarus to preserve this experience for me! (1,382 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 500mL bottle to snifter on 11/13/11 at a small tasting with friends
*From notes

A: It looks like a Beriner-Weisse. Cloudy pale golden with a pale white, one finger head.

S: Baby powder and freshly trimmed herbs.

T: Pretty low key. Hints of brett and thyme are prevalent, and the finish is rather dry.

M: Bubbly yet creamy. It remains refreshing, though the body is rich enough to properly carry the wild yeast.

O: Pretty good stuff here. New Glarus' R&D Golden Ale is approachable for both the seasoned vet and, from my estimation, newbies too. Not overly tangy or sour, it's fresh and easy to drink. Reccomended. (623 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to zimmerbloke for sending a couple of these out my way. This one was split with TulipSnifter and poured into a couple Duvel tulips.

A: Pale straw with great clarity, about a finger and a half dusty soapy head, and no lacing. 3/5

S: Obvious brett, beautiful pepper notes, sweet grassiness, and some honeysuckle. Dope stuff. 4/5

T: There's the funk! Bretty barnyard galore make this a stimulant to the senses. It's spicier than Orval but not quite as crisp. 4/5

M: Moderate body, moderate carbonation, nice clean finish. 4/5

O: A very good beer but not quite as dynamic and balanced as Orval. 4/5 (611 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage R&D bottled on 6/18/09

A - Poured this hazy bottle conditioned, bright yellow BPA into a tulip glass. A thick lingering white head emerged from a delicate pour.

S - A blatant infection of Brett is the most obvious character found in the nose of the beer, almost overpowering to an extent. Some subtle citrus hops are detected. I believe the 2 year aging of this beer really let the brettanomyces take over. Some subdued spices.

T - Nice grainy, bready malt bill with a good hop flavor. Balanced out very nice in the finish with no intensely sharp hop bitterness.

M - Light-medium bodied with a considerable amount of carbonation.

O - This was truly an experience I won't soon forget. I never had a beer quite as infected as this one was albeit intentionally. I wish I could have tried this beer with a little less Brett and a little more fresh hop flavors. It was rather complex and enjoyable. (908 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear golden, thin white head, decent retention, some lacing

S: nose is funk-ay... big time yeasty notes up front, a bit of bubblegum, hay, grass, wood, and spice. This aroma and me aren't getting along too well...

T: taste is much different than the smell... and that is in a good way. Notes of biscuit, lemon, and yeast. A touch of black pepper is in the mix, decent balance. Still can't get over the smell though.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: interesting brew, not my favorite, the smell is very funky...not in the way that I can appreciate. (566 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy apple-juice-yellow-orange color, with a thick, billowy, eggshell-white head. The aroma is earthy yet fresh, like morning in a barnyard, with a bit of unripe apple adding some extra tartness. The earthy characteristics continue into the flavor, with a musty yet light yeastiness, a bit of a grassy character, and a small contribution from some biscuity malts. The light, effervescent carbonation complements the flavor profile.

Overall, the lightness of the supporting flavors allows the Brett to be showcased, but there wasn't a lot of wow for me beyond that. (582 characters)

R&D Golden Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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