R&D Vintage 2015
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
4.35 | pDev: 5.06%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
R&D Vintage 2015R&D Vintage 2015
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 2012; bottled June 2015.

Drank 8/8/20 @ Pierce's.

Cloudy bright orange appearance.

Small white head which quickly dissipated; almost no lace.

Peach & mildly tart orange citrus notes in the nose and in the flavor; bright & bold, and very enjoyable.

A real nice American oude gueuze.

Aug 10, 2020
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the label:
Brewed June 2015
Bottled August 2015

Consumed on March 14, 2020

Pours a nice murky, hazy golden color. Heavy carbonation rising in the glass. 3 finger white and very fluffy head. Head retention is great, and there's beautiful lacing on the glass.
The nose has a ton of floral notes. There's a hint of apple. A hint of malty biscuit in it.
Taste - There's the wild funk to this beer. The apple aroma did carry over to the flavor, but it's a subtle undertone. Definite malty backbone that merges the flavors all together.
The body is crisp, and full. There's a bit of a pop from the carbonation.
Tasty and highly recommended offering from New Glarus.

Mar 15, 2020
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - beautiful golden hue with a small lacing. Poured with a white head
S - apple sweetness, mineral, oak, some funk. I would prefer a more mineral aroma and less sweetness
T - follows the nose. Apple sweetness, subtle minerality, funk oak, finishes smooth.
F - effervescent on the tounge. Light mouth feel. Would like more carb
O - a great beer, but not a good representation of a gueuze. Would like some more mineral harshness and higher carb.

Jan 28, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Golden body, superbly clear and gem-like brightness, minimal white head. Small bubble.

S - Sour hit, sharp grape and wood, notes of age.

T - Superb flavor, apple, oak and sharp wine notes. Finish is tart but not punishing.

M - Quite brisk, solid carbonation, superb close.

O - Oh my heavens, delicious and bright. I have never appreciated a Gueuze as much as this one.

Sep 26, 2018
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle
New Glarus Beer Depot

2015 Vintage is a near perfect looking beverage. It's brightly polished golden with near perfect clarity after a careful pour. A few very active streams of carbonation rush to the surface. The foam is impressive for any beer style but especially for this beer style. It's pure white and tight, a couple fingers in height before slowly fading to a cap. Patchy lacing is left behind here and there. The foam never disappears.

The nose is loaded with character. There are huge orchard notes. Underripe pears and Granny Smith apples. A touch of cider vinegar in the middle with a great play between sweet and sour. There are minerals, there is wet stone and the backend brings with it gobs of musty attic and wildflowers all over the top of a softly sweet wheatiness. This beer will have you salivating immediately.

The flavor manages to step it up, somehow. This beer is big on the apple notes, Granny Smith and another, slightly sweeter apple are in cider form off the bat. That cider has gone to vinegar in the middle, just a touch. The sweet & sour flashes through mid-palate before the wet stone, damp oak, musty-ness, and wildflowers seamlessly enter the fray. This beer smells and tastes like the inside of a cave but way more palatable, obviously. There's a soft sweetness, where that aforementioned pear comes in, and a twangy wheat presence. This is some good suds.

The mouthfeel fits this beer just right. The body is light and effervescent, even a little prickly. It runs through at a good clip but that brightness, that carbonation, that tartness manages to wash across every surface. It finishes appropriately dry with that lingering tartness. It makes your mouth water after each swallow. Incredibly easy to put away.

Vintage 2015 is another great beer from New Glarus. It's bright and bold yet nuanced and seamless. Each aspect segues perfectly into the next. Whatever wild bits in the air that bring along that apple quality, that's unique and welcomed. I'm a huge fan of these New Glarus Vintages.

Apr 02, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unbelievably clear shimmering and sparkling gold with a large white foam slowly settling to a very clingy fuzzy collar and thin mat, leaving some spotty lace.

Smell is clean and sharp yet woody and funkier than other New Glarus R&Ds, exhibiting a grassy hop kick, lemon rind, toast and dusty walnut.

On the palate is sharp grapefruit acid and lemon rind with an almost cannabic hop, walnutty oak and a woody brie swallow.

Moderate body, crisp but fluid, with a tingly semi-dry finish.

Jan 06, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a 12 oz snifter, blind - I couldn't tell exactly what this was: it was evident from the nose and color that the beer was some variety of sour, but I really couldn't tell exactly what. I knew that it was a New Glarus sour, and likely an R&D... that was all I had to go on.

It certainly has that gueuze lambic dryness - unlike a typical American sour, it is not sweet, nor is it at all syrupy. The nose is obviously that of a sour, and slightly funky and wild. It's an excellent beer, easily as good as a Cantillon gueuze.

Dec 22, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Khalil. Thanks man.

Light golden body with a small white collar. New world meets old world. Funky, tart, white grape, oak. Delicious.

Oct 06, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, 2015 Vintage, poured into a stemmed white wine glass. Enjoyed on 5.27.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a golden topaz color, light amber hues with some noticeable sediment floating in the glass and a big, foamy, white head with great retention and lace. The aroma is great, super funky, has a lot of dirty and dry aromas, leafy, hoppy, citrusy with plenty of musty oak barrel character, really well developed funk and wonderfully complex. The flavors are beautiful, lovely funk and must, light apple cider, soft oak barrel, a hint of vinegar but nice hop qualities, a hint of citrus, a nice burst of grassy and dank flavors with some mineral water and faint wheaty grain at the finish. The mouthfeel is good, crisp, coating, lively carbonation and a delicate medium body with a very tart and dry finish.

Verdict: A great take on the Gueuze style from New Glarus and one of the best examples of an American made Gueuze. Super dry, incredibly complex funk, well developed, nicely balanced. A stunning beer.

Sep 09, 2017
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Spinaltapped from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Almost two years on this bad boy. Figured what better time to pop it open than now.

Look: Pours three and a half fingers of snow white wispy head, strong golden body (darker than I was expecting), mostly transparent with a bit of cloudiness, lots of present fast moving down-up carbonation, light right lacing

Smell: Big punch of sour yogurt, lemon peel, and peach, melon, mango, ripe strawberry

Taste: Dusty citrus, sherry/red wine vinegar, overripened peach, blood/iron/metal, sweet roll, tropical fruit cocktail, really mild funk in the form of wet hay/horse blanket

Feel: Medium-light bodied, delicate and smooth mouthfeel, low apparent carbonation, mildly dry finish, a bit watery

Wow. Well done NG.

Apr 20, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours yellow and foggy with a decent head.

Smells crisp, with sharp nodes of black pepper and horse blanket. Aroma-wise, this is the closest to a classic Belgian gueze that I've seen an American brewer get. It's a dry and deceptively simplistic aroma, but is nonetheless fantastic and quite difficult to brew.

Tastes fucking phenomenal. Dry throughout, light citrus and hay up front, musty bacterial tartness in the middle, a bone dry finish of tart lemon and cherries. Any time I have this, with any pallet, it's always a showstopper.

I bought 3 bottles of this in June of 2016. Here we're in March of 2016 , and this here beer is capital-P Prime condition. Easily the best American gueuze I've ever had.

Mar 04, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a lighter golden-yellow body, clear with a good fresh white head, nice retention, plenty of bits of lacing and fluffy filmy head. Smells of lemon, wheat, light orange, zest, acetic acidity, touch of oak, mild funk. A fairly clean smelling beer. Flavour is fairly much what is expected based on the experience of Vintage 2014. Mild funk, light citrus, lemon, zest, mild-moderate acetic acidity, light oak. Mouthfeel is a lighter, almost wispy body with a fair bit of acidity on the finish. Not too funky, very drinkable. This one could probably use a little more time to become what Vintage 2014 has become, and I do prefer 2014 versus 2015 when both are fresh.

Oct 02, 2016
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Lesingnon from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a thick, billowy head. Foam recedes to a thinner ring, but doesn't seem to dissipate. Very little lacing on the side of the glass, but a constant stream of bubbles can be seen rising through the beer itself.

Smell: Obvious but not overly strong; heavy on both he sourness and a bit of horsey funk.

Taste: Aggressively tart, the sourness of the beer is by far the dominant note in its taste. The horsey funk present in the scent of the beer is in the taste as well, combining with a bit of citrus from the hops to complement the tartness wonderfully. There's a slight hop bitterness, easily overlooked amongst the rest of the taste. A great tasting beer overall. Though I wonder if it wouldn't help the other aspects of the flavor shine through if the beer was just a little less tart.

Feel: A thinner mouthfeel, but it fits the beer well. Light and refreshing, it would certainly make a wonderful drink on a hot day. Very aggressively carbonated, which seems to highlight the sourness a bit.

Overall: When it comes to a New Glarus sour you expect excellence, and this beer certainly doesn't disappoint. Dan Carey has shown time and time again. And he proves here that he doesn't need to add fruit to his sours to work his magic. This is a tart and wonderfully refreshing beer...can't wait to see how it ages.

Sep 18, 2016
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bright hazy hay color. Opaque in appearance. Aromas were of citrus, mild hoarse blanket as well as some kind of funk. The flavors were primarily mild lemon citrus with strong tartness at the beginning and transformed to a punch of sour. A earthy characteristic thoughout - slight barnyard and a winey taste. A slight bitterness is leftover at the aftertaste. This beer kind of makes me think of a lemon meringue pie. Might pair well with it even?

Sep 08, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly light and crisp. Funky and lemony. Very much like a gueuze from Belgium. Impressive carbonation and flavor from such a light body. Lemon on the nose as well.

Aug 11, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yellow with a white head.

Very tropical and fruity. A lot of melon flavors and some zest. Light funk. Nothing overly sour. A bit of tartness as well.

Easy to drink this one. Well done.

Edit: 12/2017 dry with more tartness and acidity. Still very fruity. Some wet oak.

Jun 22, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow bodied beer with bone white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of acetic sourness and lemon. Lots of oak and minimal funk. Tastes of lemon citrusy character which melds into a mineral / well water profile. Lots of oak and light funk. Light bodied beer. Crisp and dry. Pretty decent sourness probably a 5.5 out of 10. Really nice.

Jun 20, 2016
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, lemon yellow, with a one finger, soapy head.
Smells of sweet, dry grapes and lemon.
Taste of a typical, sour gueuze. Tart lemon with a little hop backing. I wonder if it will be better with some age. 2014 got better, for sure.
Dry tart finish, but I'm not big on the style.

Jun 14, 2016
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fondyball20 from Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this side by side with a Vintage 2014 the day of the release at New Glarus. This one gushed when we opened it. I really enjoyed the tart lemon citrus with 2014... 2015 has more of a champagne dryness to it. Not really tart at all but you still get the citrus. Maybe I just don't appreciate the champagne qualities, but for me I enjoy 2014 more.

Jun 11, 2016
R&D Vintage 2015 from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 78 ratings