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R&D Wild Peach | New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D Wild PeachR&D Wild Peach

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

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Reviews by Canada_Dan:
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4.55/5  rDev -0.7%

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Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Not as dark as I expected, more of a medium-light copper in body, with a half finger white head with fair retention and lacing.

S- Peach bomb. Wow, there is so much peach in this; I haven't had anything more peachy than this. This includes Fuzzy and Peche'n'Brett. Not as much acidity as I'd like, however. Some sweet brown malt in the back with a bit of oak and leather, but this is more or less 100% peach goodness.

F- Also a peach bomb here. I also get some of that sweet brown base malt, some oak and a bit of leathery dry funkiness. But make no mistake, this has a ton of peach.

M- Medium in body, not overcarbonated. Great stuff. Easy to drink, I'd like it to be tarter and more vinegary, but I think that'll come with time.

O- Great stuff, it's not VSB but it's definitely a beer in the tradition of New Glarus- well-done, tasty and fruit-forward beer. I suspect that there will be a better balance in 4-6 months- a bit less peach and more sourness.

Brief re-review. 500ml bottle opened up on 11/1/2014. About 3 months after release. Essentially, this is still a very peach forward beer on the nose; and it has picked up a bit more tartness and acidity on the palate than I remember it fresh. Despite how peach-forward this is, it is distinctly a bit less peach-forward than I remember it being fresh; perhaps the acidity has This just about confirms what I predicted 3 months ago at its release. Now, the question is how much longer will the peaches last? My guess is that it'll last for a long while even with the acidity slowly increasing. This may be a great one to drink at one year.

Re-review 2/13/2015. About 8 months post-release. I just have to add that this is nothing short of astounding. This has really evolved over the past year to develop more of an acidity and funk without any fading of the peach flavours. Incredibly, the aroma smells very Fou' Foune-like, and if you know how I like my beers, that's high praise. It doesn't follow as well on the palate, but it's still very peach forward and funky. I highly recommend this beer without reservation. It will likely continue to drink very well from here on.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip.
7.25% ABV, II IBUs, Bottled Aug 2014

A - Despite the over-carbonation warning that accompanied the bottles, Wild Peach doesn't even show an attempt to gush upon chilled opening. It does, however, have a tall off-white head that slowly lowers to cover the slightly hazed orange-hued amber beer while leaving spotty lace on the glass.

S - Aromatically amazing, Wild Peach is pungent with a combination of freshly sliced peaches and over-the-top peach candle-like presence. Amber maltiness gives the background a slightly nutty toast quality that recalls peach preserves spread across the crusty bread. Wild yeast funk incorporates a lingering sourness that seems like it will present a bigger bite on the tongue than it smells like while notes of leather and oak-heavy potpourri finish out.

T - Juicy peach makes an impressive entrance, coating the tongue in real fruit flavor, no syrupy sugar nonsense. Complex maltiness brings dry toast, leather, and a kiss of real maple syrup into the fold while wild yeast finishes out with unique barnyard funkiness and lactic acidity.

M - Light effervescent bubbles dance across the tongue, joyously leading the way for this lighter bodied beer's wonderful, drying sourness that creates the perfect pucker on the finish!

O - Rumors circulated around the long lines leading up to procuring this rare beer on a hot Saturday at New Glarus that it was "OK"; that it wasn't bold with peach presence or as sour as their previous R&D release, Very Sour Blackberry. Simply put, those rumors are false - ok, maybe it's not quite as sour as VSB, but they're different beers. New Glarus' Wild Peach, a sour fruit beer from THE fruit beer master, Dan Carey, is rich with fresh peach aroma and flavor so pungent, it's like biting into a real peach. Underlying maltiness provides a complex and delicious base for the wild yeast's playground; funky, sour, and refreshing, this unique and flavorful beer is where it's at.

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Photo of hansenm72
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Appearance - copper and cloudy, foamed upon opening, little white head, nice and bubbly
Smell - peach. Lots and lots of peach. Smells tart similar to Oud Bruin.
Taste - not as much peach as the smell suggests. Nicely tart. Interested to see what happens with time.
Mouthfeel - great carbonation. Fruity and juicy in the mouth with a nice dry tart finish.
Overall - the beer is good. After this taste I'm struggling with how high people are trading for this. I gotta hold a bottle to see what time does. Good now, hopefully great in a year.

4.0 for now. I'll re-review in a year.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown with a thin with cap into a wine glass. Leaves plenty of webbing and spotting throughout.

Smells like walking through a peach orchard. A bit of yogurt and sweetness from the base pop up, but there's really little interference as the fruit is showcased front and center.

Peach, gentle tartness from the sour brown base, more peach, still more peach, yogurt, twang of sourness at the finish.

Gently carbonated, medium heaviness on the tongue, and abundantly peachy.

I guess the biggest thing of note here is that this is named appropriately, and those expecting the Very Sour Peach, or an identical beer to VSB with peach as a substitute, are bound to be confused or disappointed. Those looking for a peach forward sour brown with a hint of wild character and the potential for increased sourness over time will likely be quite pleased.

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Photo of jegross2
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the R&D Wild Peach, a sour brown ale with Michigan peaches that was spontaneously fermented and aged on oak from the New Glarus Brewing Company out of New Glarus, Wisconsin. This beer is a blend of beer that was brewed in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Score: 97

Blend of 2011, 2012 and 2014 beer bottled in August 2014. Served in a Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery tulip and enjoyed on 08/11/14.

Appearance: Watch out, this one gushes! Pours a murky, brownish red color with nice edge-to-center fade and 3 fingers of tan foamy head that settles to a thick ring around the glass with clumps of foam and what appear to be residual fruit shavings/dregs atop the brew. Solid lacing, very good retention. 4/5

Smell: Fresh peaches, peach syrup and peach jelly in spades! Behind that is graham cracker, brown sugar, oak, a little lemon and a dash of vanilla. Faint hint of brett and hay hidden in the background. This beer smells like a peach cobbler. 5/5

Taste: Peach syrup and fresh peach galore in the taste as well, though it does not taste like a peach cobbler. Behind the big wall of fresh peach is oak, sweet malt, brett and a light barnyard funk. Finishes with a mild bourbon flavor with ample peach syrup and a little bit of brett also lingering. There is a lot more funk on the taste than there was in the nose, but it is still relatively subtle and mixes well with the rest of the flavor profile. Really well balanced, mixing sweetness with a light sourness and a bit of young funk. As it warms, the peach lingers longer. Mmmm. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Viscous for a sour, effervescent and appropriately carbonated. The sourness level here is very mild, but the carbonation level renders it lively on the tongue nonetheless. Dry finish. 4.75/5

Overall: I was skeptical of what a bourbon aged brown ale with peaches would smell and taste like, but New Glarus hit the mark on this one. The nose is absolutely sublime. This beer is not sour like very sour blackberry, but why should it have to be? It is a different base beer entirely. Think Peche 'n Brett with more peach and a little bourbon.

Cost: $8 for a 500 ml bottle.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%

The nose on this beer is unreal. It smells like canned peaches, a fresh bag of peach rings, and the freshest peach flesh you've ever picked from an orchard. Really hard to not just keep smelling this beer. The color of the beer looks like caramelized peaches in a cobbler. Light brown essentially. Nice wispy carb throughout. You get that distinct natural fermentation smell and taste that really set these open fermentation beers apart. Really light lemony tartness and a rich peach flavor. Not as much peach as the nose, but as much as I've ever had from a beer. The carb carries the flavor perfectly and this beer does nothing but get better as it warms. This isn't big on sour. It's a naturally fermented beer with some light funk and some tartness. Seek this beer out if you love peaches, not if you desire tongue-buckling sourness.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Amazing peach in both the smell and flavor, but the malty base beer throws this off a little bit and doesn't work as well with the peach as I'd hoped. Still, one of the best peach flavors I've ever experienced in a beer.

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Photo of KevSal
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%

Fantastic beer, reminds me a lot of what sour in the rye with peaches was like when it was first releast. Peach up front and center. NG tearing up the fruit beer department once again!

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Photo of Benish
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance: appeared like peach or apricot nectar. Glowed with that burnt orange color. A very prominent head while pouring.

Smell: smelled instantly Jolly Rancher Peach but with some added funkiness - very inviting, actually mind-blowing.

Taste: sour, sweet and quenching. Fruits were a little hard to detect when chilled but once it warmed up there were bursts of peaches with oaky contributions. The sweetness just made it so delectable. Often sour beers kept me at a slow drinking pace but I just couldn't stop taking one sip after another. So easily drinkable; could be finished in minutes.

Mouthfeel: very medium bodied. Almost like nectar but not thick. Carbonation perfect.

Overall: this is a winner. I loved it and am sad to have finished the bottle.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, orangish gold color with thick, sloppy, off-white head. Superb retention and a bit of lacing.

S: Straight up fresh peach juice, just a touch of lacto tartness in the background. Pretty straightforward.

T: Peach is again forward, but more moderate and integrated with light tartness and brown malt. A bit of oak and tannic character, but you really have to look for it. Long finish has more peach and a medium-light sweetness.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy, with soft and light carbonation.

O: Light, flavorful, and highly drinkable. Tartness is so light that you could down a lot of this. Not much complexity but certainly refreshing.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark amber in color nearly brown with a slight haze and a thin half finger blubbly head that retains nicely.

Smell is great. Tons of fresh bright peach aromas along with a fair amount of notable candy like tartness. There is a very slight must overlaying a crisp aroma and some nice grainy malt.

Taste follows the nose with beautiful juicy fresh peaches forward with a nice crisp tartness that borderline sour. Some nice base beer is detectable with a great funky must along with the malt and a slight presence of barnyard. Lots of oak in the finish but the complexity added by the peaches is incredible and by far the highlight.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied highly carbonated tart crisp refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Couldn't control myself, had to pop a bottle as soon as it was properly chilled.

Pours a peachy gold color with a couple finger tall white head.

Smell is absolutely incredible. Fresh juicy peach and peach yogurt intertwine to create a strong, delectable aroma. Wonderful.

Taste matches the nose. Starts with some of the fresh peachiness, with a decent tartness. This segues into a sweeter, malty flavor from the brown sour base. The peach comes back on the finish with more of a yogurt-esque tang.

Mouthfeel is what you would hope for. Neither under or over carbonated, very smooth, not too acidic.

Overall, another fantastic R&D from New Glarus. Not only is the beer great (and so reasonable at $8!), but Dan and Deb really ran a classy release. Looking forward to having another of these in six months to a year to see how a little more time affects it.

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Photo of jaken0ss
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle shared on 8/26/14 with some high class BAs (cough cough Jimmie & Han)

A: No gushing when the bottle was opened, contrary to advertisement. The beer holds a brownish hue, not 100% sure as this was opened in almost complete darkness.

N: Peach. No sour, funk, or yeast in the nose at all. Just pure peach aroma

T: Peach up front, followed by some barnyard funkiness and malt, with peach ringing through again on the finish. Simply a peach bomb.

M: Refreshing, nice carbonation, overall a very drinkable sour from NG again.

O: Well the R&D department hit it out of the ballpark on this one as far as the wild peach goes. Just a fantastic peach bomb here. Would like some more sourness, but it's pretty clear the complexities of this beer are going to develop nicely over time. Drinking this one next to Fuzzy made it practically not sour at all in comparison. Can't wait for this beer in another 6 months to a year time!

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Photo of JMFP
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a huge sour fan, but this was as good a sour as I've tried.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had high hopes for this one... tastes like those candy peach rings. Very synthetic tasting. Disappointed.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks man!

Hazy orange / copper body with an inch of soapy tan head. Malty peach aroma, akin to a fuzzy navel, minus the alcohol sweetness. Sweet peach juice. Hints of white wine, bready yeast, perhaps a touch of lacto. Sweetness prevails mid palate leading to a tart, puckering finish. Delicious!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a deep orange with some haziness and generous bone white head. Nose is chock full of candied peach. Bright and sweet peach flesh notes with a touch of sugar and a hint of lactobacillus in the background. The aroma is fantastic! The taste starts with notes of wild yeast, then comes the sour brown base. Light malty notes are followed by moderate tartness and then the finish is all peach. Again, fresh and bright peach notes with a clean and slightly sweet finish. The acidity on this is mild for a sour beer, but I get the sense that age will bring on a more forward tartness. Mouthfeel is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation (no gushing as the special warning stated was possible). Overall, a very successful peach brew. Probably falls a bit short of Fuzzy, but either way, one of the best peach beers around.

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Photo of cbutova
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Massive thanks out to my cousin Sonny for sharing this with me. Never imagined I would try this beer, ever. Forever grateful to people who share amazing beer.

A- Split into two wine glasses from the 500ml bottle with a semi-hazy red body with orange hues at the edges. A head rises up to almost two fingers with a thick, foamy consistency and great retention. A thick ring deposits plentiful spots and large webbed patches of lacing.

S- Peach, peach, peach, peach. Captures peach better aromatically than any other beer I have had. Fresh sliced, ripened peaches. Some acidity but not a ton. Hints of brown sugar, oak and raisins/dried fruits beyond the shining peaches.

T- Tartness picks up with a lactic feel but the peaches still reign supreme. Just juicy, fresh peaches with a milder (lacking intense sours) Gueuze flavor profile beneath that. Oak is more apparent with a touch of funk, lemon juice, raisin and vinous grapes.

MF- Light bodied and nearly fully dried out besides a hint of fruit sugar sweetness. Carbonation is on the high side but not quite at the level of some sours. Sourness builds with time and lingers with peach intensity on the palate for a long time.

Perhaps in the top three best aromas I have ever smelled in beer. So many peach beers lack actual peach flavor and aroma but this is the exact opposite. Peaches in a bottle paired with a great sour Brown base makes for a world-class brew. New Glarus does Fruit Beers how they should be. There are very few beers this well made.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle sealed with NG pressure cap.

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light brown bodied beer with large white head. This one hissed pretty good and started foaming up seconds after pressure cap came off the beer. Head retention is pretty impressive for a wild ale. Slowly drops down to a thick cap that never really goes away for me.

Smell: Loaded with peaches light funk and wet oak. I get hints of the Peach O's brand candy.

Taste: Juicy peach flesh and peach skin. The peach here is authentic and does not taste fake at all. Light funk that grows considerably as the beer warms. The funk profile is horsey and dirty. Light tartness on the backend. Hint of bourbon sweetness. Slight hint of oak and earthiness. Very nice beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Mild level of dryness. Very crushable wild ale.

Overall: This is really good, but I see the potential for a lot more dryness and sourness as this ages. I can see this beer becoming a pretty big deal in 6 months for those hardcore sour lovers out there. Dan has done it again! Another awesome fruited wild ale by Dan Carey!

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Photo of kkleu357
4.01/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange brown color with some chunks of yeast in the body. Lots of carbonation and head. Smells like those peach ring candies. Buttery highly bubbly mouthfeel. Not as tart as I thought it’d be. Actually kind of sweet. Some peach taste. It’s pretty good.

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Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%

A: Pretty. Also, maybe not quite as dark as I was expecting but she's a beauty. Dark marigolden, hazy gem. Poured a good frothy, cream colored/off-white head.

S: Million's of Peaches, peaches for me!
Holy peachasaurus, how is this much peach aroma possible. Brilliant fragrance to this one. I just...It's so lovely smelling, like, you want that lady you walk by at work's hair to smell like this.

T: Movin' to the country gonna' eat me a lot of peaches.
I suppose not as peach-forward (poured 9-3-14) as I'd expected but it's there nonetheless. Light peach flavor, a medium tart (some say it's a lighter tart and funk) and sweet funkness going on alongside a brown oaky, malty awesome backdrop. The peach does linger. Why wouldn't it. Crisp. Refreshing. I dig.

M: Light-Medium body, perfect carbonation. Sits well in one's mouth and gives an ever so slight acidic pucker. Again, refreshing (though year-round, this goes with any season).

O: Peaches come from can, they were put there by a man, in a factory downnnnntownnn. If I had my little way, I'd eat peaches everyday!
She's a winner. Well done New Glarus. I didn't and likely will not have VSB, but this is delicious. Someone mentioned that this isn't a sour bomb (though I think it's more sour than others, can't wait to see what this does over time) and they are mostly correct and resembles more of a sour brown with peach and wild fruit notes. It also says that on the bottle! R&D Wild Peach is honestly a pretty simple brew, but in a very tactical, brilliant way. Drink up.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance: pours a deep brownish orange. A small tannish head that fades to a small lacing. Super hazy and opaque. 4/5

Smell: Strong juicy peach taste with a slight tartness to it. comes off as partially sweet at first then turns just a little sour. underlying notes of sweeter brown malts and earthy, woody flavors. 4.5/5

Taste: Opens with strong sweet peach, super juicy and about as close to the fruit as you can get. Slightly wheat tart taste. Behind the peach are notes of sweet brown malts, oak, earthiness and a little bit of funk. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Tart and really refreshing. some linger, sticky tartness too. 4.25/5

Overall: glad I got to try this one. I've been curious since the whole new glarus sour explosion, and i was not let down at all. great fruit taste, a nice refreshing tartness and good balance.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -19.2%

Pour is hazed brown with red hues and a lot of tight off white head. Nose is very bright perfume like peach and tangerine with a touch of dusty brett. Taste has that same perfume like peach and tangerine, more brett, a tiny bit empty in the finish with a moderate bitterness. Body is very juicy, a touch oily, well carbonated.

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Photo of Jonnyhiggs
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Opened this beer at the release. Wow. Now caution, it's a little crazy...Crazy good that is! Smells like I strangled a peach and slapped your momma in the face! first taste appeared sweet but after it aerated a little bit, it appeared to be more sour. It's color is golden haze. like peach juice you gave your kids to shut them up on your way visiting your in-laws. It has good carbonation, like suddle little minions having a party on your tongue. Mouthfeel is just like kissing a girl on the first date; exciting and better than how you thought it would be.

Overall, damn, this beer is legit. Almost 2-Legit. 2-Legit 2-Quit! AND IT WAS $8!!! haha! oh Wisconsin, you are so generous with your Midwestern Whalez. So happy I was able to FIB my way up there and get some. Thank you Cheeseheads for producing such an amazing beer! cheers!!!

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R&D Wild Peach from New Glarus Brewing Company
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