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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: 297
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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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 93 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jedwards for the opportunity to try this beer. Bottled on 08/06/2010. Pours a straw gold hue with a quarter inch, frothy, bright white head that dissipates into a froth and a skim. Nose expresses citrus zest and light malts - the nose is really quite bright on this beer. Taste is bready with some buttery notes. I would really liken this to a bolder berlinner-weisse. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but closer to light, with a lively carbonation. Overall, a very nice sour, although more akin to a berlinner-weisse than an American Wild in my opinion. This beer has held up very well. Too bad it's a one-off.

Jwale73, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

denimdemon, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of GORUM
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

GORUM, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of bishocr
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

bishocr, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

whartontallboy, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of amphion1065
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle courtesy of the very generous Duff 27. Served in a Duvel glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a shade that's quite reminiscent of apple juice. Very clear. A half-finger white head quickly settles. Lacing recedes quickly

Very pleasant aroma. A lot of tart, Granny smith apples. Lemon. Grass. A faint funk throughout.

At first, the sourness seems almost overpowering, but the beer itself is surprisingly sweet. That acidic quality abates fairly quickly, leaving a melange of sweet fruits and lemon zest. Bready in the finish.

The carbonation is perfect, though the mouthfeel is a little heavy. Still, this is quite easy to drink, with very nice effervescence.

Not my favorite of the R&D series, and one that seems more traditional in its stylistic aims, but still very nice.

amphion1065, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of orangesol
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
Photo of phishsihq
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beautiful brewery located in the little Swiss-haven town of New Glarus, shares the town's name, and has put the town on the map. New Glarus is the 18th largest brewery in the United States, and has a very limited distribution, "Only in Wisconsin". We were fortunate to be able to swing by the brewery on our way back to Colorado following a summer vacation. In the gift shop we noticed a R&D Gueuze, Limit 3 bottles. Excitement began to build.
Gueuze pours a clean and clear gold, with a tight white head that leaves a loose and lasting lace. A vinegary sour twang meets the nose, with hints of slight oakiness, funk and sweetness (apple). Acidic tartness is very prevalent, with some Brett hints as well as oak, vanilla, and cinnamon. Very complex flavors are met with a lighter body and high amounts of carbonation. Love this beer and brewery, sad we are out of their products for the time being.

phishsihq, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of groovy24
5/5  rDev +20.5%

groovy24, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jfcaa193, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of mikereaser
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light orange with an inch of white foam that quickly faded leaving just a bit of spotty lacing. Not alot to look at
S - The aroma is a mix of oak, some cherry pie filling, light funky sourness and some sort of spiciness.
T - Taste is very similar to the aroma. Some light citrusy flavor with some oak and the cherry pie filling flavor. There is some vanilla and cinnamon as well. The oak really shows through along with some of the funky sourness but its not overpowering at all. Very nicely balanced.
M/D - Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Its very easy to drink and I'm glad I have another bottle.

mikereaser, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Fitzmke
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Fitzmke, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Alpar
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Alpar, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of EasyReader
5/5  rDev +20.5%

EasyReader, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of stakem
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 McCranky
4/5  rDev -3.6%

McCranky, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of jjfancybeers
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jjfancybeers, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

imperialking, Jan 13, 2012
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
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Bobbydigi
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Bobbydigi, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Mrpickles
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Mrpickles, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of emdawg
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle from thagr81us in a massive trade back in September. I've been wanting to try this one for a long time. Thanks Calton!

It pours a light bodied clear copperish gold in color with a light white lacing around the glass. It smells of light butter from the oaking, light dried fruits, namely peaches and apricots. The flavors feature light oaking and light and quick dried apricot. It finishes very quickly and drinks very light in body. It drinks really smoothly and leaves a very appealing after taste behind. It has a good amount of carbonation and is very effervescent. The flavor is nice and satisfying, just short. I like it a lot and am glad to have tried it. It's one of the more drinkable, sessionable gueuzes I've come across.

aasher, Dec 29, 2011
R&D Gueuze from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.