R&D Vintage 2014 | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vintage 2014 is blend of 1, 2 and 3-yo beers aged in oak. Complex citrus, horsey notes; fruity and farm aromas.

Added by Ri0 on 06-01-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
55
Ratings:
345
pDev:
6.49%
 
 
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109
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Ratings: 345 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by LanePerson:
Photo of LanePerson
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, lighter yellow body. Half finger white head, short retention, splotches of lacing. Looks a bit undercarbonated, actually, which is a bit of a surprise for a geuze-style beer. Smells of lemon and citrus, first and foremost. Mellow grain follows, lots of oak, mild hay, but not as much as I was expecting. The lemon presence and acetic acid is very strong; I had Casey Oak Theory today and this reminds me a lot of that beer in how much lemon and acidity there is. Flavour is lemon for days; mild citrus rind, sweet pale malt, oak. Quite tart, with a moderate acetic presence. The funk never truly comes into its own, which would otherwise elevate the beer quite a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft, a bit on the lower end of expected carbonation. Drying, citrusy sweet tart-type finish. My overall impression- it's acetic, lemony and oaky. I would love if it had a more of a funky presence, though; for some reason I am looking for the funk while drinking a beer that's blended in the geuze tradition and I did not find much of it here. I felt that would do wonders for the experience of drinking this beer, but it's already very tasty. I see it only improving with time.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -15%
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 emerge077
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale gold, racing streamers when the bottle was opened. Soft carbonation, spotty lace, thin ring around the edges. Head retention isn't the best, foam rapidly fades away.

Minerally aroma, slight sweetness, slightly farmy Brett yeast. Not overly funky or sour in the nose, somewhat tame.

Lightly sour with a crisp feel, lemon rind and mild citric acid. Light dry Brett that I wouldn't describe as horsey. Flavors are somewhat brief, finishes crisp and dry, not much to the aftertaste. Overall it's a solid wild ale, it doesn't really approach a traditional Gueuze in terms of complexity and intensity, but it's very drinkable. Whole lotta homers up in here.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
6 % ABV, 8 IBUs, 12°P

A - Very faintly hazy, bubbles rise with no haste through the golden beer to a frothy but fleeting white head of foam.

S - The complex aroma begins with a funky barnyard presence ranging from a musty goaty-like aroma to the classic horse blanket nose and finishes out with a citrusy profile of lime juice and lemon peel. Acidity is present but not huge - it doesn't quite smell as sour as it does just funky.

T - Sweet honey malt crosses the palate first, carrying with it a bit of surprise as the flavor is immediately different than what the aroma would suggest. Light citrus notes follow and finish out on the back end while the overall funk presence sticks to the aroma and is only found with slight undertones in flavor.

M - Nicely carbonated, bubbles tickle the throat but Vintage 2014 seems to have an overarching thin slickness on the palate. Dry citrus bites the front of the tongue nicely for this light-bodied beer but it's lacking any sort of sourness to it, unfortunately.

O - Much of this beer reminds me of my first attempt at a sour; a brett and lacto Pilsner base that aged for some time ending up very similar. This beer is very good from the inviting, funky aroma to the easy drinking flavor but the one thing I feel keeps it from greatness is it's lacking sourness, and not just because I'm a huge sour fan, but because it's barely there for the style. I'll hang on to my remaining bottles as I'm sure this will increase with age - something to look forward to!

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden color with good carbonation and a finger of fluffy white head that disipates quickly to a cap.

Smells like a bright, funky gueuze. Very nice funk.

The mouthfeel is medium to full and and tingles on the tongue.

The flavor is exactly what I wanted in an American Gueuze/Wild Ale...funky sourness, but not overly sour. Just enough to make you pucker but not so much that it is undrinkable. Every drink I took made me eager to take my next sip. This is truly a treat!

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Photo of Ri0
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

poured 500ml bottle into Teku

A - Golden shade of yellow with a soft white 2 finger head. Fades into oblivion with no lacing. Nice clarity and quite appealing to the eye.

S - Starts off with a tart and sour aroma and moves into a musty funk. Fresh lemon juice, green plum, sour musty grape along with wet hay and horse blanket funk. While the funk is there, it is less than I expected. Maybe it will increase with age?

T - Huge bright sourness that is not over the top. Lemons. green plum, and citrus tartness. Funky horse blanket, oak and wet hay. Quite pleasant as the flavor blend together well.

M - Light crisp finish with mouth puckering sourness. Carbonation is perfect and the finish is slightly dry.

O - Incredible work on this one and I can only hope we will see it again in the future. Maybe there could be enough for a small TP release. I would be in heaven with a case of this beer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml R&D bottle sealed with New Glarus branded pressure cap.

poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: Golden and glowing straw yellow bodied beer that is slightly opaque. Pours a large 2 fingers of bone white head that is composed of dense packed tiny bubbles. Eventually drops to thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Smells of lemon and oak with mild to moderate sourness. Well water minerals and fruity yeast.

Taste: Mild almost moderate sourness; a 3.75 out of 10 on the sourness scale. Lemons and fruity yeast profile. Deep and lingering wet oak notes permeate all levels of this beer through and through. White grapes and juicy pears. Bright citrus presence in small amounts. Not much funk to speak of maybe it is hiding behind all those oak notes.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and soft carbonation with light driness, but it is not quite semidry in the finish. Very clean beer. Quite drinkable as well.

Overall: This beer is another nice R&D beer by Dan. He and his crew at New Glarus have done a fine job of blending this beer and it really shines at how drinkable this is for a sour beer. Still for whatever reason I want more sourness and way more funk from this beer. With patience, Vintage 2014 should deliver on this idea as long as this beer is bottle conditioned and has not been pasturized. Traditionally these R&D series sour beers tend to gain sourness, substantial funk, and become more dry with time in the bottle. My guess is that I need to forget about a few of the bottles of Vintage 2014 for well over 2 years.

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Photo of lefty17
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World class offering from NG. Citrus flavors up front with some farmy flavors on the back. Very crisp and refreshing. Extremely well balanced. One of the best beers I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml poured into 22oz snifter

L- Golden and hazy. Poured with an inch of head that receded quickly. Nice color
S- Sour apple, lemon peel, and a hint of blue cheese. Smells like a goozie!
T- Very good. Taste follows the nose. Tart and crisp. Everything is pronounced yet not overpowering.
F- A little heavy for the style.
O- This is a very well done American Wild "Gueuze". Kudos NG.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light shade of yellow with a fair amount of clarity and no head. The nose is fantastic, loads of lemon zest, a background hint of farmy funk, the brett is present but not dominating, light oak and grain to round out the finish. The taste is very refreshing. A bit of tartness up front in the form of lemon juice and brett, the brett progresses as the taste goes. Finish is tart and funky and leaves the palate wanting more. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. While the carbonation isn't apparent in the look, there is a spritzy feel towards the end. This is a very well executed Gueuze and is definitely up there with the Belgians. I get the sense that a little further bottle conditioning will increase the carbonation and elevate the flavor even more. As it is currently, it is delicious and well balanced, but lacking a little bit in terms of carbonation and head.

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Photo of joe1510
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.25/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very soft geuze. In the boon style, I'd say. Not much funk. A little cheese. Light acidity.

While I appreciate American breweries who actually do this style properly, this one is a bit disappointing.

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Photo of pagriley
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...

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prospero
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lawsonciv
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sourdog
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.94/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zhillsgator
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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R&D Vintage 2014 from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 345 ratings