R&D Vintage 2014
New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D Vintage 2014R&D Vintage 2014
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
6%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 6.47%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
346
From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
98
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R&D Vintage 2014R&D Vintage 2014
Notes: Vintage 2014 is blend of 1, 2 and 3-yo beers aged in oak. Complex citrus, horsey notes; fruity and farm aromas.
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 346
Photo of Phineasco
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a Clear yellow with a small white head that recedes immediately. It has high carbonation. The beer smells of Granny Smith apples, barnyard, damp funk, and hay. It tastes of green apples, barnyard, damp funk, and hay. The feel is medium. A great vintage sour from New Glarus.

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Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Seems to have mellowed with times, that makes it a smooth drinker. A good spotferm with tastes farmhouse - geuze characteristics. Cheers to whoever sent me this gem. Good carbonation, still.

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Photo of joe1510
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle

Vintage '14 is a blend of '11, '12, and '14 brewed beers. A vibrant beer. Bright polished golden with a surprisingly clear body. A few streams of carbonation rush to the surface but it's pretty calm overall. The pure white foam formed easily enough and grew to a finger in height on a soft pour. It showed decent staying power but did eventually fall to a skim coat. Better than expected for the style, actually.

The nose is stacked with mouthwatering depth. It kicks off with an orchard full of stone fruits. Bright peaches, nectarines, and apricots. Bosc pears as well. The middle flashes with both white and cider vinegars before segueing into a wet stone minerality. There's a play of sweet & sour with the acidity and Smarties. A touch of horse blanket funkiess rolls out on the periphery. This stuff smells great.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose but that's a tall order. The orchard fruits again lead the way, a little tart in nature. While the vinegar acidity I mentioned above brings some more tartness it tends to be handled by that Smartie sweetness that I mentioned. A touch of both wet stone minerality and horse blanket funk wrap it up. This is a really well put together gueuze with good depth.

The mouthfeel is where it should be. It's light in body with a spritzy carbonation that brings with it a touch of frothiness. It's tart and softly acidic on the tip of the tongue through the swallow. A dry finish accentuates the tartness and leaves you wanting another drink. This beer leans toward tart but it's amazingly easy to put away. Really well done.

This is another really well crafted beer from New Glarus. It has great depth and brings all the aspects that you want in a quality gueuze. All those aspects play well together. Fruity, funky, acidic, and sour. I can't recommend this beer highly enough.

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Photo of twaltero
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I let this one sit over the winter in the cellar. Very little head from a careful pour but tons of carbonation. Big bubbles (think 7up rather than champagne) that last throughout the entire glass. Nose is all aged calvados. A little of the lemon some others have noticed. All rustic apples up front. Taste follows perfectly. Incredibly thirst quenching. Dry finish true to the style. Alcohol is completely hidden. The perfect summer beer on the patio. Enjoyed this with smoked salmon and it was perfect. I wish I had a cellar full of this. I'm a big fan of sours and NG for sure but I'd be hard pressed to name another that was in the same league as this. Bravo!

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Balanced sour, stone fruit sweetness, acidic, white grape, oak, apricot, very light lemon

Had this after Beatification and this seems to be a much better American interpretation of the gueuze style

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Photo of pagriley
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml into snifter

pours golden and clear with slight head and beading carb
tart with a hint of funk on the nose. Hay and stone fruit
Same on the palate with a soft sour and a touch of funk
Bright easy drinking with sparkling carb

Definitely the best american gueuze style blended sour I have ever had. Not up to the Belgians, and epically overrated - no better than a cuvee rene (which is also extremely delicious) but you know - rarez bro...

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Photo of huolij79
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All of the reviews I've read for this beer have totally gotten it wrong. This beer is fantastic. Everyone acting like its an American wild, yet the bottle clearly states it's a three year blend gueze. This beer trumps any commercially available gueze in America. Dan Carey is definitely getting his sour program right; the only ones close to him in America are block 15 and crooked stave.

Appearance: golden Yellow
Aroma: funky sour horse blanket with fruity notes mixed in.
Taste: sweet tart horse blanket lemony citrus. The brett/bacteria flavors are amazingly well developed. Just a fine fine beer.
Mouthfeel: exactly what you'd expect from a sour that probably finishes at 1.000.
Overall: fantastic, anyone who poo poos this beer has never had a decent gueze. this is the best American gueze I've ever had, bar none.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky to try this one with friends on my 40th Birthday! Nice balance of tart, funk and slight hop aroma on the nose and delivered the same when consumed. Excellent!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of a New Glarus R&D offering.

Citrus and sour on the palate with a restrained wild funk on the back end.

A very nice beer that drank remarkably well.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow golden color without much head at all. Funk, tartness, citrus, hay, barnyard, and light fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes tart, dry, and crisp.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Light yellow coloring with a very thin layer of head
S: Straw, hay, and subtle lemons on the nose
T: Distinct gueuze sour profile, but very minimal tartness like too many sours - very balanced and smooth
F: Moderate carbonation with a crisp finish
O: Exceptionally smooth ride and one of the better of the style in my opinion. This would be an excellent gateway sour for someone unfamiliar - very easy sipper here

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Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear yellow. White head. Fruity and sour. Not too tart. Mellow. Lemon zest. Tannins. Oak and light Belgian-like spices. Nice carbonation level. Easy to drink.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Over hyped. A good beer, but nothing compared to the hype. There was some lemon and grass with a little bit of tartness. But at the end of the day there was not much there.

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Photo of ramay86
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful honey gold with moderate carb showing. A thin ring of foam sticks around to the finish.

Aroma has a lot of lemon and grapefruit... mildly sulfurous, toasted grain, white grape... doesn't smell too terribly sour.

Like the nose, the taste is pretty tame in terms of acidity. Citrus, grass, somewhat tart, pale fruits. It finishes clean and quite dry.

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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer is a balanced wild ale, or American attempt at a blended "geueze." Funky, lemon tart up front, tart lemon candies of Warheads and Sour Patch Kids, onto a drying oak on the finish.

A refined brew with balanced and refined funk and tart.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

new glarus has the best wild ales in my opinion. they had this at their booth and it was really good. i only got one glass though. line was really long.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a New Glarus beer that is more sour then sweet! Great balance of tart and not too sweet. This beer would be really taste with fruit added to it. Maybe peach or raspberry.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just a great beer all around. Very sour and pungent. I would love to get my hands on another one. Had to trade some gems for this one. If you can find it... Get it!

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer. Golden yellow hue. A mild sour smell gives way to a gueuzey like character with oak, sour, and tannins mixed in. My favorite of the R&D releases in 2015 thus far.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a hazy orange gold color, The smell of the beer is quite funky, there is a good amount of earthiness to it. The taste of the beer has some funky sourness going on with a bit of sweet grain in the mix. The feel of the beer is a little heavier than I would have liked it to be. Overall it's a very solid brew.

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Photo of Herky21
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely light in color and as "blonde" as you would think it should be. The aroma has some funk and some white wine characteristics. The flavor is subtle, but funky and horsey and somewhat fruity. The mouthfeel is lighter, not quite soda-like. Overall, this is a tasty, funk american geuze-thing that is really enjoyable.

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Photo of worldsworstextra
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a ton going on but every thing from the funk to the lemon/orange acidity come together very nicely. Also, the color was very nice, which I noticed on the other r&d beer I had(wild peach). Not extremely sour which I liked but I imagine this would get more sour and funkier over time. Not sure if I would sit on this for long if I had another bottle.

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Photo of csaxon128
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on two occasions as of yet. First time was very close to release and was impressed, but not what I thought it would be. 3 Months later and it's a very different beer. Much more sour. I get lots of banana and some funk now. Really liking this.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Clear straw color. Small white head. Really nice aroma. Lemon. Bright oak. Hay. White wine? Nice. Tastes nicely tart. White wine is very prominent here. Oak permeates throughout. Hay and dried grass finish. Medium low carbonation. For an American sour, it’s really nice and complex. If it were a true Belgian lambic, it probably wouldn’t rank that highly.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Light citrus taste, tart, super clean finish, but not much funk or complexity unfortunately. Great mouthfeel with considerable carbonation, would be easy to drink a couple of these. Overall, I enjoyed it but it's not in the same league as Cantillon's or 3F's gueuze.

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R&D Vintage 2014 from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 346 ratings