R&D Vintage 2016 | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.15/5
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R&D Vintage 2016R&D Vintage 2016
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RobinLee on 08-12-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
34
pDev:
6.75%
 
 
Wants:
0
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25
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is great beer, a lambic type, but its subtle to me, lacking some of the wild complexity of the best new glarus wild beers and not quite hitting that all the way mature palate for me, despite its age at this point. not sure if this is a blend of vintages or not, i would assume it is, since others in the series have been, but this is somewhat straight forward, an obvious turbid mash and aged hop complexion, wheaty and pale, some lemonade notes to the nose, lactic and citric but not as runaway funky and developed bretty as i look for in the style, at least from the old world. the oak profile is strong, some white wine character to it too, and a sort of cereal porridge vibe on the grain side. there is a sharpness to it, but its not fully up front, fresh lemon zest vibes seem odd in here, wheaty and dry, a little musty, even a little oxidized. i liked this quite well, found it relatively unique, but less classic lambic-esque than i expected, and far less compelling and dramatic overall than the champ rouge from these guys that i had right next to it! enjoyable drinking experience, a rare one at this point i know, so fun to try, but a little less amazing that i thought it might be. i probably need to revisit this one in a little less busy beer setting, but sometimes lots of beers in the same session forces the best ones to rise up, and this one didnt quite get there for me, interesting and delicious as it is. i like that its different on the fermentation side, farmy and old worldy, unconventional.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrug5
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The playful spirit of New Glarus is alive and well with their R&D series of beer that tinkers with sour ale and a host of whimsies. Their 2016 Vintage boasts the additions of indigeonous apples on a spontaneously fermented base sour ale for a local taste with a deeply rooted sourness.

Hazy straw and sprite with a popping champagne froth, the sparkling beer radiates with a peppery nose of fermented spice, tart fruit, cider, wine and a funk-filled cloud of must. Light sweetness captures the taste of apple and white wine with its wafer breadiness and honeysuckle delicacy.

Sweetness rapidly retreats and leaves the middle palate a battleground for fruit and spice. Leading with green apple flavor, a taste of pear, melon, white grape and under ripened berries precede a balance of oak, pepper, brazen acidity and a stern linoleum-like alcohol spice that heats up the late palate.

Medium light on the palate, the beer's drying power leaves the mouth warm with white wine, puckering with grapefruit and lime sourness and lightly bitter with lemongrass, juniper and parsley before closing with a quick after palate and an aura of damp basement.

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Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadOldMrTot
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half liter bottle from the brewery. 1000th Wisconsin rating (I mostly rate elsewhere)! Murky orange, large fizzy white head, good retention. Aroma of pepper, funk, dry lemon. Taste is lemon, funk, pale malt, leather, vinegar, hints of leather. Medium bodied, strong lingering tartness.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice straw colored head, topped with a thin head which left a slim line rimming the glass.

S + T: Pleasant, sour yet sweet--some fruity esters evident in the aroma, perhaps most like pear.

M + O: Light-medium body, with a sharp carbonation which gives it a good, refreshing finish. A good beer to end the day... thanks to dkachur for sharing!

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of antoines15
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joe1510
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml Bottle
$15
New Glarus Beer Depot

Vintage 2016 pours a darker golden with faint sunset orange highlights.The pure white foam grows to a finger in height on the pour buts crackles away to nothing in about 30 seconds. Streams of carbonation burst forth from all over the glass but they don't seem to great any foam. Besides the lack of foam this beer looks excellent.

The nose isn't quite as complex as the others in the series. Peach and pear are first up. They come straight from the trees, still a little dewey, a little cobwebby. There is a touch of minerality popping up here and there with a soft tartness that's more fruit than vinegar driven. Damp oak gently runs the periphery. What's there smells good but it's also faint. You have to work to pull everything out.

The flavor also doesn't seem to have much going on. What's there is good but there's not a lot there. Peach and pear kick it off. There's a nice little sweet & sour back and forth in the middle. Some of the aspects I mentioned above flash through here and there but nothing really sticks, damp oak, musty orchard fruit. Again, there's not much depth. That's all there is to it.

The body is light and airy despite the lack of foam. It's carbed up. The finish is dry and it leaves behind some tannins from the oak and a touch of tartness. It's a highly drinkable beverage. My only slight knock of the body is that it's a little watery for whatever reason.

Vintage 2016 falls short in the line of New Glarus Vintage releases. It's just rather one note. Doesn't match up with the quality of the others. With that said, what is there still tastes good.

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Photo of jakea
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soze47
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear sparkling gold with a persistent white pillowy blanket resting against the glass in ridges.

Smell is sharp bright funk with lemon, backed by barnyard and cheese, accented with hay, green apple and sticky, overripe peach.

Taste is perfectly tart of lemon and green apple, a mix of lactic and malic sorts of acid, with some toasty oak and a slightly sharp white wine.

Semi-dry, crisp medium-light body with an airy froth.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dactrius
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely my least favorite of the Vintage beers. Nearly flat and the flavor/flatness really makes me think of an inferior Bruoscella and that's the only Cantillon I don't particularly like. The nose/flavor is pretty one-note with no real complexity. Not bad or unenjoyable, but it's a bit odd that their Vintage beers have been decreasing in quality.

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Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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R&D Vintage 2016 from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 34 ratings