R&D Vintage 2014
New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D Vintage 2014R&D Vintage 2014
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From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
6%
Score:
99
Avg:
4.47 | pDev: 6.49%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
292
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 11, 2022
Added:
Jun 01, 2015
Wants:
  105
Gots:
  103
SCORE
99
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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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Rated: 4.09 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Dec 11, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle cellared 7.5 years. Clear amber body with a white bubble ring. Aromas of peach, horse blanket and barnyard funks, green apple, lime, oak, apricot and hay, pretty potent yet complex. Taste adds pear, lemon peel, and flower petals with a playful and sneaky juicy tartness underneath the dry funk and oak, the peach and apricot really sing as it warms. Feel is funky and dry before the patented new glarus wet sour juiciness kicks in, on the bright side but medium weight.
Feb 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by bouncepass from California

Jan 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.73 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Sep 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.69 by Dr_Fox from Utah

Sep 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.43 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jul 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
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.
Jul 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by Beerbom from California

Mar 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by soze47 from Massachusetts

Jan 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.59 by Benish from Utah

Dec 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by SteveTheBrit from Illinois

Jun 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.82 by Bigdoc91 from Texas

May 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.39 by loganburgh from Michigan

May 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.58 by sweemzander from Illinois

Apr 17, 2017
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
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.
Mar 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.49 by South2NW from Oregon

Feb 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.39 by MarkyMOD from Colorado

Jan 13, 2017
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Reviewed by joe1510 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
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.
Dec 26, 2016
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle thanks to Steve
Dec 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.56 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Nov 04, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by jjwisenheimer from Indiana

Nov 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.22 by jakea from Wisconsin

Oct 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.4 by AlexFields from Tennessee

Oct 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.67 by Milou from District of Columbia

Sep 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by suckaj from Florida

Aug 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.22 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Jul 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.51 by dheldman from Minnesota

Jul 10, 2016
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Reviewed by twaltero from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
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!
Jun 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
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
Jun 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.38 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia

Jun 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.6 by hilgart1 from Illinois

May 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.67 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

May 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.34 by B-Nut-GoBlue from Iowa

May 28, 2016
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Reviewed by pagriley from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
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...
May 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by BMart from Pennsylvania

May 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

May 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by smartassboiler from Illinois

May 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.44 by driftlessbeer from Wisconsin

Apr 30, 2016
R&D Vintage 2014 from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 349 ratings