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R&D Gueuze - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
R&D GueuzeR&D Gueuze

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

170 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 299
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

1,900 bottles
Brewed March 24, 2009
Bottled August 6, 2010

Brewed in the tradition of the Lambics of Belgium but using a blend of Ale Yeast, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, and Acetobacter. These microorganisms came from our culture collection as well as many collected by Dan around the wilds of Wisconsin! Fermented and aged in Oak. This beer spent the summer of 2009 aging outdoors in used oak barrels, then bottle fermented.

(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 07-30-2010)
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Sammy, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

t0rin0, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a bit of a white head. Smell immediately makes quite a bit of funk apparent, although it's not nearly as integrated as I get from the exemplars of the style. A bit of hay and ever-so-slight sourness. Taste brings forth a bit of horse blanket and some dry wheat. Hopefully it's just the age, but it's not terribly complex at this stage. This carries over into the mouthfeel, which isn't nearly as dry and funky as many Belgian counterparts. Drinkability is good, and I'm left wondering what this might become; or, better yet, what New Glarus might end up making if it continues down this road and creates a larger number of barrels/batches to blend.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, May 05, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a head, which after a careful pour, rose to two fingers; nice clumpage around the chalice, though the retention was not particularly long

Smell: Lactic yoghurt, apple skins, lemons and barnyard funk

Taste: All of the elements of the aroma come together right up front, leaving an overwhelming impression of tart yoghurt, with an oaky/vanilla character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tartness lifts up another notch and the finish is very acidic

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; mouth-puckering

Drinkability: Despite the label, BA characterizes this as an American Wild; I agree with that and that is how I will rate it - top notch in that category

Thanks, DP34, for the opportunity

brentk56, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color beer with a large foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of light funky notes with some tart notes and light oak notes also noticeable. Taste is a good mix between some funky ester with some oak and tart notes that are all well balanced between each others. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well balanced and easily drinkable

Phyl21ca, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the heart of the hobo tasting and the reason we came in the first place, the last two in the rnd series i needed to have. served chilled and next to the railroad tracks.

the pour was a bright golden yellow with a light cloudiness to it that settled out nicely showing some really nice carbonation that reinforced a pillow like white head. nice look overall.

aroma was massive funk that you could smell from everywhere. just a deep vinegar and apple sourness that was only slightly balanced and cut by some underlying notes of fruit and light grain. no matter how you sliced it this one was a beast. each sip puckered the lips,sucked all the moisture from your palate and left you searching for something more. huge sour apple finish that again really showed off just how sour this beer actually was with an increible hit of dryness in the finish.

overall this was a very solid beer, i much more preferred the bourbon kriek, but this was still very, very good.

mikesgroove, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scott for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this "gueuze".

A: The pour is a golden orange color, much like the real thing, with an initially fluffy white head that dies down to a thin layer of foam.

S: A soft, but enjoyable, funk character to this beer. Mostly grass and straw notes with a slight lactic tartness. There is a bit of an apple juice character that provides some sweetness, but also some green apple for some more mild acidity.

T: The tartness is moderate, not quite as intense and puckering as many a traditional gueuze, but sufficient. Lemon and green apple provide some fruit notes, and a bit of a grassy character is present. There is an unfortunate metallic aftertaste, however.

M: The mouthfeel is actually quite appropriate. Medium body with a high carbonation that really resembles a true gueuze quite well.

D: Of course, I'd still prefer to open up a Cantillon Gueueze or Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, but this was a good effort. The metallic quality sort of ruined it, though.

womencantsail, Oct 25, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared at 60º since the release in hopes of some bug development.

Decanted into a tulip glass at 52º, cool not cold. Frothy white foam rises and sticks a little to the glass. Bright clarity, it has a fossilized amber orange jewel tone. Some visible carbonation can be seen rising in trails from below.

Soft vanilla and apple tartness in the nose, also some white wine minerality. Clean, some vague indication of "wildness" though not especially funky at all. A bit too restrained, but still pleasant.

Crisp green apple tartness, juicy but not puckering. Wet hay and apple orchard impressions. Not especially funky, tart not sour. Crisp and dry feel, quenching. Cider and champagne come to mind. The apple dominates and there isn't much nuance or complexity from the barrel unfortunately. Brettanomyces is in here? Could have fooled me... Would like to see more oak, Brett, something funky in the ballpark of a traditional Gueuze. This is easy drinking, and tasty for what it is, but this pilot batch isn't worth jumping through hoops for. Hoping future incarnations bring the unbridled funk, and perhaps more cellar time will be beneficial for this batch.

emerge077, May 08, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both nerd and Arbitrator for sharing bottles.

Golden-amber, fairly clear and bright with a small white head. The aroma is interesting, very musty and cheesy, almost salty; the lactic quality reminds me distinctly of sour cream. There's also a solid foundation of damp oak. The palate is quite sour up front, very lactic and even a bit creamy. Lemony with musty/funky oak, grain husk and cheesy lactic acid. Light in body, pretty refreshing and unusual. Lactic and lemony finish with a lingering sour cream character. Pretty enjoyable overall, clearly not an authentic gueuze, but even taken as an American sour it doesn't quite stack up against the best.

largadeer, Oct 11, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 23, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to pantanap for sharing. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and filmy haze. The body is a hazy peach color.

S - Mixed berry yogurt, apple skins, some wood and char, oaky vanilla, pale malt backbone. Definitely not your typical gueuze here.

T - Taste is pretty similar but a bit less exciting. Vanilla, sweet barnyard funkiness, a little bit of tart apples, lemon, and sour grapes. Just surprisingly sweet for gueuze - unless you've been drinking Mort Subite or something...

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, dry finish but minimal pucker. Pretty successful here.

D - As an American Wild it's pretty decent, but as a Gueuze it's more on the mediocre side. I'm with alcstradamus here, and will split the difference in my scoring. I'd definitely have this again, and would like to see what some age does to it. No problems finishing my pour.

MasterSki, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nate(?) for sharing this a 500 ml into cervoise.

The color is a beautiful golden shade with excellent clarity and a thick cap of white which looks fluffy with very fine beading and carbonation visibly streams from the center of the glass. The smell is herbal and toasty iwth fruity sourness and light tinge of rind with a tropical fruit sweet tinge and light wood accent.

the Taste is somewhat spicy with a gentle fruity tinge, not specifically sour but lightly sour in its own way with slight hints of tropical fruit augmenting with a nice wood component and mild dry oaky essence that compliments with a hint of tea-like tannic flavor. This is a really good beer, nice blend of many components makes for a complex taste. Dry herbal, juicy and slight tropical with a mild funk and light sour is a nice list of attributes to have. Overall I think it exceeds the drinkabililty and quality of the R& D Golden, not sure why it is rated lower -different strokes I guess.

Slatetank, Jan 11, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy yellowish amber with a half finger of white head. This one has some decent retention.

Smell: Crisp and vinegary, more sour than funky. There is a lot of oak with some fruity notes in the smell as well.

Taste: Sour vinegar and white wine up front. A bit funky, nice and crisp. The finish is a bit mild/watery given the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good gueuze, but given the hype and ratings behind it, I was hoping for a bit more. I would have liked the flavor to be a bit more aggressive in the finish.

oline73, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled August 2010; Sampled September 2010
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a nice gold hue that shows a touch of haze. The aroma has a fruity acetic acid focused note to it up front (that is usually a sign of a poorly made Gueuze in Belgium). A dried, grassy grain notes in the finish intermingle with a lactic acidity that is a bit more usual. Musty, definitely musky and this has a certain urea like quality to it. the funkiness reminds me a bit of phenolic soaked and sweat dried old blankets. This really has a nice, grain driven, hay like / pale cracker character to it that comes through more as one gets used to the acid and funkiness. Even towards the end of my glass the pale grain character still plays a large role; I really like this somehow rustic seeming grain character here in the nose.

My first sip is sharply acidic up front, not just from the usual suspects but also from an effervescent, fizzy carbonation. This is more tart than I was expecting and thankfully is more lactic focused than I had worried it would be (based on the initial aroma). There is a touch of acetic character here, but only just and it is perfectly in line with the norm of a well made Gueuze; light perfuming the character and boosting a perception of fruit in this beer. The long finish sees a lingering, pail grain character sticking to the palate; dried hay and an almost oatmeal like raw grain dustiness showcase the wheat and pale malt and outlasts the acidity on the tongue. This doesn't quite have the lactic / oak texture of a phenomenal Gueuze, but the light body, prickly carbonation and easy drinking character of this beer is still quite a treat. As the beer warms up a couple more things become apparent; first off a very soft, suggestion of sweetness starts to be noticed; this is fleeting as at other times it remains bone dry and I think this is purely a perception from the hint of acetic character that is here. Secondly a subtle oak character starts to come out; a hint of oak spice and woody flavor is contributed towards the finish, it is very well integrated with the other flavors and is perhaps a touch more subtle than its actual influence warrants.

This is much, much better than I was expecting; the texture is perhaps a touch lacking, and the beer could use a bit more complexity in the flavor department, but this is a really nice, American made, example of a Gueuze. I can't wait to see what subsequent releases turn out like as the beer is continued to be blended by previous batches.

Gueuzedude, Oct 15, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

imperialking, Jan 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

yourefragile, Nov 12, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this one to our recent gueuze tasting. Served alongside the Kriek.

A - Pours golden straw yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving patchy lace down the glass.

S - Smells of light funk and sourness, dash of herbs, green apples, oak and some wet straw. Compared to the others we opened this ones nose wasn't as good.

T - Starts off with bright lactic sourness kick quickly giving way to hints of barnyard funk, green apples, lemon zest, oak and a touch of spice. Not as sour as I was expecting, also a slightly metallic flavor develops as it warms. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the pallet after the finish.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, tart feel that lingers through the finish. Nice and soft at the start growing a bit watered down toward the end of the glass.

O - Second time I have had this one, once fresh and once aged, and I have enjoyed it both times, altho I think I preferred it fresh. The flavors where mild and it was easy to drink. I would recommend it.

orangesol, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Orangesol for sharing this. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a taster. The brew appears a clear golden color with a white froth. As the cap fades, it leaves some spotty to patchy lacing effect on the glass. A light swirl revives the head.

The smell of this brew is briney like olives mixed with some lemon and funk. Oak is present with a spiced aspect almost like vanilla and cinnamon. Some notes of vinegar come out as it warms. I'm not sure if it is the type of oak or level of char to the barrel but I've noticed a similarity here in other barrel aged bees that comes across with almost an incense aspect about the nose. Not bad, just a little ackward for the style.

The taste includes an immediate barrel ages presence of vanilla and cinnamon. It had almost a sweet tea flavor about it. Some mild sourness mixes with some tangy notes of mild apple cider vinegar. There is a hint of nail polish remover across the back which intertwines with some dirty diaper aspect and tannic nature from the barrel aging.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking and a very unique take on the style. It has a big focus on the barrel aging which I found enjoyable in its own right but distracting from what I like most about the Geuze style. This is worth a try if you get the chance but not traditional by any means. I was appreciative for the chance to try this, thanks Nate.

stakem, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Lost Abbey Snifter.

Pours about a finger of clean white head. Fades down a bit but good retention from there. Some active carbonation in the glass. Color is a bright golden orange.

Aroma: Very sweet with a lot of fruit flavors. I get a lot of muskmelon flavors and lemon citrus. A bit of funk, but mainly sour. A hint of tart cherries. The funk comes at the very end and isn't too apparent.

Taste: Fairly tart and sour with a dry funkiness to it. The fruits are more sweet with the melon sticking out the most. Some light medicinal flavors with hints of horseblanket. Lemon zest and cherries. It has some oak showing. It is pretty good, but different from Belgian gueuzes. The aftertaste of sharp cheese or basement musk.

Mouthfeel: Tart with a mild funkiness. A bit fizzy with a medium amount carbonation. A lighter body for this one. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, I like the classification of American wild ale on this one. It has a few differences that really make it hard to compare to something like cantillon classic. It is a really nice beer, however. Pretty drinkable. I am really happy to see something like this made in the midwest.

mothman, Oct 10, 2010
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R&D Gueuze from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.