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R&D Golden Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 43 | 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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Ratings: 318 | Reviews: 179
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 indiapaleale
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - beautiful golden orange in color with nice carbonation levels and lots of bubble action building a big fluffy white head on top. Pour looks great.
Aroma - let's talk about funk. Lots of the typical Brett trademarks. There is the "barnyard" and "horse blanket" smells along with a straight up funkiness of a very well developed Brett driven brew. This is a lot funkier than some older Orval that I've had that is for sure. Along with all that funk there is some bitter or sour fruit characters and some peppery notes.

Taste - now this is a complex beer despite a rather innocent appearance. The Brett has really taken control and made this golden ale into a monster. Tons of funk and mustiness go extremely well with a nice sparkling brew like this one. Some sweetness and tartness also come out of this brew. It has some similarities to Orval that is for sure. A nice dry finish also keeps you going back to start.

Overall - Great stuff! This is a rather unique offering from New Glarus that I am super happy to have had the chance to try.

Would I buy more of it? - sure, but I don't think that will be happening as its all gone by now and not likely to be brewed again anytime soon.

Brewed - February 23rd, 2009

Bottled - June 18, 2009

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a one finger frothy white head on top. It had some nice head retention and left good lacing as well.

The aroma has a good amount of funk to it with the Brett playing a major role in the smell. It has a little bit of sour citrus to it as well as a hint of peppery spice as well. The taste has some brett funk to it as well with some lemon zest citrus and some fruity, apple, pear like flavors.

The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good if you like funky beers. It has a nice Brett characteristic without really being soured. It added a nice complexity and some good citrus and fruit flavors to it making it a nice easy drinking complex beer.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by alfrantzell (and a gift to him from nickd717). Thanks guys. From notes.

A: Pours a murky mango-apricot-flesh body. One finger of off-white head, short retention, medium collar.

S: Brettanomyces (funk, hay, horseblanket), floral and perfumey (like a hair oil), apricot, mango.

T: Initially sweet, with stone fruit flavors and lemon. Some banana and clove in there. It develops floral hops, a touch of grass, and progresses into a bretty finish.

M: Light-bodied; it's crisp and well-carbed.

D: It's enjoyable, and really tasty. Reminds me of Saison-Brett. Actually, it tastes a lot like what Redemption (from Russian River) would be if they bottled it with brett. Good stuff.

Here my written notes become illegible, but it appears I jotted down some sort of ode to Arne's greatness and followed with, "Thanks for opening this, Arne!"

Photo of Popkas
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours is a yellow/orange/gold with a large frothy white head that clings to the glass very nicely. Great looking beer.

S: Smells like light sweet malt mixed with a wet blanket.

T: Taste is similar to the nose with the brett being balanced by the sweetness.

M: Medium to light dry body

D: Another nice beer in a long line of good ones from New Glarus.

Photo of crossovert
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550th beer tried.

500ml bottle with a "handwritten" label.

Pours into my Duvel tulip a brilliant golden orange. It is slightly hazy but tons of tiny bubbles ca be seen racing towards the head which is 4 fingers of mountainous white foam. As it recedes it leaves nice belgian-styled lacing.

The smell is dominated by brett with a supremely funky barnyard smell, by far the funkiest I have smelled. There is also a hint of hops and grain underneath. Also, there is a slight sour lemon hint to it, similar to Orval.

The funk is less prevalent on the tongue instead this is a super-smooth tasting Belgian pale ale with a slight hint of brett. The mouthfeel is much different than Orval's but I think they both work. The funk melds with an elevated level of piney hops from what the nose gave. There are also hints of green apple peel and lemon. It is a unique taste experience.

Think a hoppier Orval, of the beers I have tried from this style (Orval, Matilda, R&D) this one is nearly as good as Orval, it is close.

Photo of GbVDave
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Special thanks to LJArsenal for this from our recent trade!

Brewed 3-23-09
Bottled 6-18-09

A: Pours a semi-hazed glowing gold with a dense, one finger, off white head that sticks around for just a short time before receding down to a thin ring that leaves some spotty lace.

S: Initially, I picked up a big nose of charcoal. As it settled down a little, I recognized the unmistakeble aroma of brett. Funky and delicious. Lurking beneath the brett blanket were hints of pineapple, hay, spices, apples, fresh cut grass, pears, and lemons.

T: This baby layed a coating of brett on my tongue that was funky and spicy. Loads of spices, along with the aforementioned tropical and orchard fruits. Not quite as fruity or hoppy as I would've liked.

M: Prickly and dry with a sticky spiciness that lays on the tongue and percolates. Decent amount of peppery tingle.

D: This was excellent! I can't wait to see what surprises R%D #2 brings! Very refreshing.

Photo of OlieIPA
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another wonderful gift from a closed loved one...thanks Amy! Poured into a very large weizenbock glass and shared with a few close friends.

A: A nice unfiltered orange and yellow hued beer that was accompanied by a light white fluffy head. Unfortunately, the body of the beer couldn't produce much lacing...therefore, I had to the knock the score down a little bit.

S: The first whiff is a mix of banana and barnyard aromas that eventually turn into an assortment tropical fruits.

T: A harsh banana and wheat flavor off the bat that backs off towards middle palate. The flavor reminds me of a hefeweizen that is mixed in with a blonde of some sorts.

M: A nice light bodied beer and is perfectly carbonated.

D: Not sure if it's a perfect example of a Belgian Golden ale, but as an overall beer....the flavor is very enjoyable and I could have easily downed the whole bottle to myself.

Overall: A good beer, not great. Something that I would say is worth picking up and cracking open on a late spring day. A try it brew. Cheers!

Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle that I've cellared since first came out (big thanks to milwaukeeclassic for picking this up for me!). Poured into my large Duvel tulip, R&D Golden Ale is a dull burnt gold with a big, frothy off-white head leaving nice lace.

Smell is big and bretty, nice musty pineapple aroma, hint of ginger, light malty sweetness and generally very floral. Very much like De Prof's blondes, which I love, although the alcohol character is unmistakable, and opens as it warms from cellar to room temp.

Taste is very good, a nice orval clone, spot on really. While the brett bite is assertive, it's well balanced by the sweetness of the marris otter. There's a bit of heat from the fusels, which is exaggerated a bit by the brett, but it's not overwhelming...

Mouthfeel is dry, almost starchy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good if you're a fan of brett, of which this is a quintessential example. Not as smooth as Orval, but still very much in the classic style.

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 Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the brewery in August 2009 on our honeymoon.

Poured a nice golden color with a pretty nice cream-colored head and some lacing as it went down. Plenty of visible carbonation. The smell was nice, but not quite as hoppy as I was expecting--maybe I was just expecting something different, although it turned into a very nice beer. A nice overall flowery and earth character, however. The taste was quite similar, with a bit of a grassy graininess added in for good measure. Nice carbonation on a medium body and highly drinkable.

Photo of drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa! Dan the guru nailed it! This is the stuff! Pours with an ENORMOUS foamy, frothy, textured, off white head and a boat load of lace. Color was a hazy amber. Aroma was heady and full of yeast, malty, and reminiscent of Orval - spicey, a bit of citrus and the Belgian ale essence. Flavor was all of that and so full and rich. Bitterness of the yeast come through more. Body is excellent and ditto carbonation. Citrusy, spicey, yeasty finish. Masterful! Not a session tho.

Photo of fropones
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Gonzoillini at a tastinig he had.

A - Cloudy, golden orange with a nice white head.

S - Very funky, lots of barnyard and horse blanket.

T - This has got to be the funkiest beer I've ever had. Shows what brett really can do, more the funky side than the tart. Some apples and fruit in here as well.

M - A nice effervescence, creamy, and a good bite.

D - Went down very nicely.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. Brewed 03-23-09, Bottled 06-18-09, Batch 160 BBL, O.G. 15 degrees P, 7% ABV, IBUs 38.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this blonde bombshell with me!

A - Lightly hazy golden yellow with a dense two-finger cream head with moderate retention and some classic Belgian lace left on the glass.

S - The aroma is bursting with total funkiness and it's awesome! Lots of barnyard funk and horse blanket with pale malts in the backdrop and mild spicy floral hops. Fantastic nose!

T - The wild funkiness isn't as bold as the nose, but its very good regardless. More spicy hops and pale malts balance out the funky yeast a lot and give it a round, solid flavor. A little earthy wet wood and horse blanket funk comes out.

M - Medium-bodied and crisp but smooth, the R&D washes down clean with a good carbonation finish.

D - A very well brewed funky beer with great flavors and subtle nuances that really blend well. An incredibly drinkable golden ale I could any time!

Photo of beerwolf77
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split my buddy BeerFMAndy.

Poured into my glass the beer is a cloudy golden orange. The huge white pillow of head explodes to a full three fingers. The retention is mighty. After a decent wait the glass is flecked with lace webs.

The aroma is phenominal. Funky, yeasty, wet wood, barn yard, and sour lemons and oranges. It has an old library book dusty hint that I love.

The flavor is a bit of a let down after the nose. Not bad just not as funky and I love funky. Light belgian yeast, lemons, white pepper, and a touch of funkiness in the finish.

Dry medium to light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall another solid outside the box beer from NG. I wanted the flavor to be a tad bigger but it was solid. I'm glad I have another bottle in the cellar.

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I did not expect this beer to be a sour, I'm not sure what I was expecting but not that.

Beer poured from a bottle into a becher. Beer is yellow and hazy with moderate to high steady carbonation of large bubbles. Forms a large head and it falls away leaving almost no lacing on the glass, beer looks fine.

Aroma was described by someone standing next to me as if he had just walked into a flower shop. I agreed, very floral, some sour acids in there as well.

Lactic and citric first, then if finishes sweet. Very odd, drinkability is high, no aftertaste, beer is medium to low bodied. I was hoping based on the aroma that there would be a little more. Mouthfeel suffers, the flavors seem disconnected, like I'm missing something. I would definitely want to try this again.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden color with a very clingy ample white head. The aroma is moderate-high fruity, a bit peppery and perhaps a bit of spicy hop aroma. The flavor is moderate-high malt - biscuit with a subtle yeast/fermentation character followed by a slightly dry finish and just enough hop bitterness that cleans the palate. The carbonation is medium-high and body medium. Overall a very flavorful brew, certainly not a boring beer and would like to see this one hit the stores.

Photo of blackie
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

kindly procured and provided awhile back by the dirtman, the first of two

a: awesome bottle and label, into my chalice it goes, the beer a moderately hazed, deep honey golden in color, sustaining a nice layer of white carbonation

s: first whiff is beautifully funky brett and floral aromas laid on a pale malt base, lemon zest, fresh apricot, green apple, and white grape, the brett gives mostly wet straw and such with only a small glimpse of the stronger stable-type aromas, papery aged hops, not much more one can ask for here

m: carbonation lively, around medium-high in level, on a crisp light-medium body

t: pale malt body with fresh white peach and grape juice, great brett profile, sunny and full of bright farmyard and orchard flavors, a stroke of dried lemon and a flavor not unlike magnolia, generally on the dry side and finishes cleanly with a light bitterness and a dusting of yeast

d: with ease - another top-tier effort from new glarus, looking back at some older reviews it seems to be developing nicely

01.2013 - cellared appropriately, excellent development - brett is bold at this point, lots of dry hay, light cellar funk, lime candy, warm peach skin, and a pleasant hop acid. quality stuff. leaving scores alone - due to age.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: New Glarus Brewery

Appearance: A gentle pour presents a deep saffron and golden color. The amount of head was less than I was expecting. I poured it carefully, but nonetheless, the amount of head produced was only a fingers worth. It disappeared rather quickly too. I'm left with just a thin layer of creamy white colored bubbles sitting on top. When held up to light, the effervescence looks about right; it should have a nice crisp feel from the carbonation. After a few swirls in my snifter it doesn't look like any lacing is going to show itself.

Smell: The nose is less funk and more floral than I was anticipating. A nice blend of grass, flowers, a little lemon and just a dash of barnyard funk. Quite pleasant.

Taste: The malt is the first flavor to cross the palate. It's pale malt, not a whole lot to expect. Whoa, a lot more hop flavor than I was expecting. It is a pale ale I suppose, but I was expecting the hops to be more of a bittering component than a flavor addition. The hops contribute a little bit of citrus and some herbal notes. The beer finishes with some of the brett creeping up. It's not very strong, but it's noticeable. Wisconsin barnyard funk finishes the tasting resting on top of some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A nice crisp carbonation tingles the tongue. The beer has a medium body.

Drinkability: I would have liked to have seen this beer in 12 ounce bottles instead of the 500mL. Still, an enjoyable beer, and I hope to see more beer under the title of New Glarus R&D.

Photo of darklordlager
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden, with a full creamy bright white head with nice lumpy formation as it retains.

S:Great! Bright floral hops, with a very interesting herbal infused scent. Lilies, lavender, and lilacs all come to mind. A little grassy funk lingers in the back, foreshadowing what might take center stage (or at least a larger role) if aged longer.

T: Much like the smell, and it doesn't disappoint. Light flavour of two-row malt, a little wet-grass, but again--the refreshing herbal scents are at the forefront. Sweet citrus

M: Well carbonated and light-to-medium bodied which aids in the refreshing appeal of this beer.

D: So refreshing, not even a hint of the 7% abv. Fantastic, looking forward to more R&D offerings.

Photo of djcorrao
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Bold floral bouquet sweeps forward encouraged by Maris Otter Malt. Ale and Brettanomyces promote complex brett characters. Dry finish. Alive and still fermenting, this bottle will continue to build carbonation. Pour with care."

500 ml bottle enjoyed at New Glarus Brewery. First of the R&D series and hands down my favorite brew to date...

Appearance: beautiful golden body with large cream colored head, thin wispy lacing, transparent with plenty of visible carbonation

Smell: pungent brett, deep malt background, flowery hops, spicy, hint of fruity citrus

Taste: full belgian brett funk and malt sweetness, soft fruit notes, slightly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, very lively, smooth and crisp finish

Drinkability: perfection... all day, every day

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!

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

received as an extra from TPatuto, thanks Tom

A - golden ale is not a misnomer, transparent golden, even a careful pours wells up a big white head that fizzes away quickly to a thin bubbly lace, plenty of visible carbonation

S - smell is unique, i detect distinct floral hops, golden delicious tart apples, and a non-hop floral characteristic, like jasmine or hibiscus or even rose

T - the apples fade in the taste, very faint if at all, the hops are present and tasty, but the floral jasmine/hibiscus/rose note is huge and rather tasty

M&D - light bodied and not smooth, but not harsh, fizzy on the palate, but unique flavor combinations, dry finish

Photo of SirSketch
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very clear, pale yellow in color with a large , bright white head.

S - A single sniff and I could tell I was going to love this beer! There's a bunch of funky brett character. Mildly acidic aroma similar to that of hard apple cider. Decently malty as well.

T - This beer has the perfect amount of malt sweetness and belgian funk. Slightly toasty and has hints of hot oatmeal. Very earthy beer in general and incredibly complex. This beer gave me quite a lot to think about while drinking it.

M/D - A little on the light-and-fizzy side, but it works somehow. Drinks much easier than a 7% beer.

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.

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R&D Golden Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.