R&D Golden Ale (2009)
New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D Golden Ale (2009)R&D Golden Ale (2009)
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Pale Ale - Belgian
4.1 | pDev: 13.17%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
R&D Golden Ale (2009)R&D Golden Ale (2009)
Notes: Brewed 3-23-09, Bottled 6-18-09
Reviews: 184 | Ratings: 332 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Lucular from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle enjoyed side by side with the 2015 version. Many thanks to @maximus12 for this vintage bottle.

Major sigh of relief - there is no band-aid aroma or flavor. Lots of brett funk. Darker than the 2015 version, a nice copper color, with a nice fluffy head with good staying power, though not quite as voluminous. Flavor is much sweeter and not bright at all since the hops have faded into almost nothing over the last 7 years. A slight state or cardboardy flavor on the finish but nothing too bad. The funk and sweet (almost honey-like) flavors predominate.

Overall, I definitely preferred the 2015 version but this was not bad at all.

Oct 11, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a carbonated golden color with a 3 finger white head. Aroma is nice Brett funk. Flavor is Brett up front but has a nice balanced finish with some sweetness and hops. Has a nice carbonated bubbly mouthful and overall very enjoyable.

Sep 03, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In the mould of Orval Trappist Ale, New Glarus R&D collection of esquisit ales had begun. Liberally spiced with hops, transformed by wild yeast and simply but masterfully put together, their Golden Ale takes on a whole new life of its own.

Turblent straw and with an unadulturated haze, the ale sheds a rich and rocky lather; casting aspirations of white wine, curing leather, citrus, and a waft of barnyard funk and fauna with the first graze of the nose. Its gentle sweetness fights through the expressive effervescence and settle onto the tongue with suggestions of fresh baked bread, coming together in a shortcake roundness.

As the sweetness begins to lift, broken up by the gusto of champagne and acidity, the musty fruit flavors add a tart matrix of taste- dried lemon, lime, green apple, green grape and pineapple all seeming of the over-ripened variety. Spicy and musty, the taste of weathered oak, grassy hops and a gently rolling medley of white and black pepper, vanilla and cumin lead to a bitter finish with an undertow of burlap.

Medium-light on the palate, the zesty carbonation gives the malts a lift, ushering in a quick and lightened finish with a light spicy prickle on the tongue and a long gripping bitter closing. Its sparkling wine character shares an acidic tone to contend with the lingering bread and sweetness in a brief but earthen afterglow

Mar 31, 2016
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scxcrunner from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in to a tree house teku. Appearance is bright and golden with a decent amount of white head. aroma i get lemon, orange, and some funk. taste i get fruit, funk, and pepper. mouthfeel is moderate carbonation very little if any alcohol detected.

Nov 13, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Brewed 5-23-19, bottled 6-18-09, consumed 6-2-12.
L: Pours brilliant gold to light amber under a 3” fluffy white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Fruit, spicy, resiny hop nose is there but slightly muted.
T: Slight funk, stone fruit, light biscuit. F: medium body and slightly above average carbonation.
O: I liked this beer and wish they would make it again sometime.

Jul 12, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra a long, long time ago. Ah..the simple days when New Glarus R&D beers were extras instead of beers one put their home up for mortgage to be able to afford.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a good one finger creamy head that never really face. Just hangs out there leaving fluffy thick halo and nice lacing. Quite the looker.

S - Aromas are pleasantly interesting. I get belgian notes, fleeting esters and maybe even a flash of banana before super light tropical aromas of pineapples come in to play. Brett is still there, nice and funky with good barnyard and musty basement notes. Its pleasant, however, the whole random banana notes throws me for a loop.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nearly identical. The brett funk is not too over powering though its the strongest flavour, the tropical notes are rather soft though the pineapple is there. That odd banana comes back and forth, in and out of the pallet. For me, that flavour (like the aroma) just doesnt work here. I'm assuming its some combo of the belgian esters and the brett.

M - The mouthfeel is quite nice, alcohol hidden well. Nice drinking.

O - Overall, I suppose this beer was a bit of a let down. I REALLY wanted it to be awesome but the belgian aspects of this beer really was more of a distraction than anything. Such a shame.

Jul 23, 2014
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Florida9 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy brownish-golden in color. Forms a moderate sized, fine-bubble, white head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly Brett dominant. Tropical fruit and pineapple are mixed with light notes funk and basement.

T: Starts with a light sweetness. Notes of fruit, mango, and pineapple. Then some zesty spice, sort of like lemon-pepper seasoning. Finishes with a mild metallic twang.

M: Medium bodied. Crisp. Mild bitterness. Medium carbonation. Light dryness on the finish.

O: A very nice beer with a pleasant and inviting Brett character.

Oct 18, 2013
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (forgot the size). Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy golden color, white creamy head that recedes to a collar.

S- Smells great, lots of fruit, spice, peach, perfume and floral aromas.

T- A bit spicier than the aroma, with more floral, grassy, musty flavors, a bit of peach and lemon, some sweet grain. Tastes very good but the aroma really stood out in my mind.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, a bit dry.

O- A very tasty beer, R&D Sour was definitely my favorite of the two, but I would be glad to drink this again any time.

Apr 14, 2013
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MadScientist from New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy, glowing gold with an orange hue. The head is creamy and white leaving sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is dominated by floral hops and a alcohol aromas. There are fruity esters of peach with a slight orange aroma backed by a light horse Brett aroma. A honey like malt sweetness with moderately low peppery phenols.

T: Fruity and peppery with a light malt sweetness and moderate hops bitterness. It gets pretty dry by the finish from the Brett that brings a light barnyard funk. Te balance is slightly bitter and the aftertaste is of flowery hops and alcohol.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderately-strong carbonation. No astringency. Not cream. slight alcohol warmth.

O: The Belgian yeast character shows through well with a light Brett character.

Reviewed from notes, sampled on 12/1/2012.

Jan 07, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very clean golden pour with a finger of detergent-like head, lots of visible carbonation, good amount of lacing.

smells of apples, orange peel, very fruity, sweet bready smell.. for the style it's the best smelling i've come across.

a pine like bitter-sourness. grassy, floral, tree sap bitterness. lots of earthy notes complimented by a fruity sweetness.. very complex.

medium body, high carbonation, creamy on the lips, slightly sour from the brett.

this is a phenomenal beer altogether. very complex, and hell, this is the first sour i've ever fully enjoyed.

Nov 30, 2012
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axeman9182 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle courtesy of AlAlvarez. It was allowed to warm for just a minute before being poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

New Glarus's Golden Ale pours a crystal clear goldenrod, lightening towards lemon along the outer edges o the glass. Three fingers or so of fluffy white foam sit atop the beer. Head retention is just alright, and there's not much lacing at all to speak of. The nose has a nice pineapple tropical fruit aroma, along with a bit of the more expected barnyard funk. The flavor profile leads off with the fruity aspect of the nose. The pineapple flavor is sharp, and maybe even a little bit bitter, filling in where hops might otherwise have been in a lot of beers. The familiar wet hay, earthy brett notes come in later on along with a very delicate pepper presence. The beer is nice and dry, but the carbonation is just not quite lively enough. I enjoyed Golden Ale, it had a nice flavor profile from the brettanomyces, but it just wasn't a "great" beer.

Aug 21, 2012
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A barnyard story. Very funky aroma, barnyard on steroids. Significant foaming. Very much smooth soapy lace, and lots of soapy head. The taste is barnyard, socks, wet rag, detergent, straw, corn, peas. Smooth mouthfeel, though mildly acidic in finish. A dramatically different golden. Steven's hookup.

Jul 31, 2012
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brokensail from California

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, Paul.

Pours a golden straw color with a finger of white head. Really nice balance of sweet pale malt notes and fruit. Quite a bit of pear and apple with a touch of pineapple. Some light tartness on the nose as well. The flavor is clean and very enjoyable. Great balance of malt and Brett. Somewhat dry but a touch of residual malt sweetness as well as some sweet fruit character. A bit of spice character on the palate which is very nice.

Jul 16, 2012
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jsanford from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to The CPJ.

Pours a hazy gold with a dense white head that settles to a thin cap, leaving sheets of lacing. Excellent aromas of earthy, musty Brettanomyces, orange peel, lemony hops, and crisp grains. Taste is quite similar to the nose, earthy, slightly plastic-y Brett, with lots of citrus hops and light grain. Very spritzy and light, and the Brett is balanced nicely by the hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. A really great beer overall, refreshing and complex.

Jul 12, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden body, hazy, and with a full inch of near white foam.

Smell: Leather chaps dipped in phenols, pineapple rings dipped in relatively clean sweat, a squirt of lemon juice, and some underlying straw-like malts.

Taste: Lightly malty with modest touches of bread and toasted straw. Light sweetness from a dusting of powdered sugar. Background hops remain light. Floral soap suds. Musty cobwebs, lightly funky barnyard character, jutting phenols. Citrusy lemon. Saliva-inducing, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high, engaging carbonation.

Overall: An interesting, enjoyable brew.

Jun 10, 2012
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cosmicevan from New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle generously sent my way a little while back by Biglobo8971 in a growler BIF. enjoyed from an urthel tulip.

brewed 3/23/09
bottled 6/18/09
batch 160 BBL

a - bottle slightly started to gush shortly after i opened it so i went for a quick pour. murky opaque orange with some visible carbonation and about a fist worth of big foamy head that slowly fizzled away looking a bit soapy leaving some foamy chunks on the side of the glass.

s - BRETT. pretty funky. some sweet tart, but soured. almost like spoiled funk.

t - the taste is all brett as well. barnyard funk...a bit sour crossed with spoiled. some sweet tart, but mostly hay and cosmic funkiness. some floral notes.

m - crisp while being soft. bready. cooling. definitely leaves a coating of the spoiled funk vibe in my mouth.

o - overall, it is pretty good. mostly just seems like brett, but without the sweetness that would make it great. just spoiled sour brett funk with some floral notes.

Jun 10, 2012
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ckollias from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 500ml bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden orange hue with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates leaving a decent trail down the glass.

S: Fruity and citrus aroma with a mild hoppy background.

T: Similar to the smell I get a fruity citrus flavor with a floral hoppy background.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Decent beer – went down smooth and was enjoyable. Not the most rememberable beer but worth the taste.

Jun 08, 2012
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Lemke10 from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the New Glarus Brewery on my May 2012 visit. At that time, this was the only “brewery exclusive” beer that was offered.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick, foamy head. Scent is a mixture of citrus and floral scents. Taste is bold with flavors of hibiscus, citrus and other floral tones. Smooth, mellow and delicious. Drinks great and keeps inviting you back for another sip. If you think the New Glarus 6 packs are good, you’re in for a treat as this is even better!

Jun 05, 2012
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beagle75 from Iowa

2.62/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, orange-golden color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Plasticky band-aid quality is sharp, with some associated spiciness that suggests phenolics. Goat pasture is weak, hard to pin down, likely interrupted by strong plastic notes and lesser perceived sourness.

T: Begins dry, with acidic pale malt and phenolics that become intense and energetic in the middle. The finish is briny and surprisingly bitter for the style.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This bottled version of New Glarus's brettanomyces ale is of questionable relationship to the draft version, which exhibited a purified clarion call of brett qualities. Rather, this beer is slightly sour and chemical-infused, with just enough of goaty brett qualities to make the drinker wish for more. While not as undrinkable as some might suggest, it is definitely a bit of a mess--and not in a good way.

May 21, 2012
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bashiba from Iowa

1.76/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a bright golden/orange with a thick white head.

The smell is very bubblegummy with a lot of plastic.

The common band aid flavor is very apparent here. Has a very off plastic flavor as well, not good. I really get nothing but artificial.

Th emouthfeel has a long oily quality to it.

Just plain bad, a drain pour for sure.

May 20, 2012
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williamjbauer from Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in brewhouse on 4/28/12

A - Bright golden with 1 finger white head with great retention and great lacing.

S - Quite an abundance of floral notes, honey, malt.

T - Starts with a light peppery spice on the side palate with a sweet banana ester, floral, and honey. Just slightly bitter with some herbal hops A touch of alcohol.

M - Light-moderate body with moderate-high carbonation with crisp, refreshing finish.

O - A nice refreshing and drinkable honey brew, very exceptional for this style.

May 03, 2012
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cradke from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale foggy orange. Very thin head.

Smell: Good belgian yeast comes through at first. Apple, pear and cinnamon. Not a huge nose but nicely complex

Taste: This taste more than a little like apple pie. Smooth aftertaste. Pretty dry with some good hops in the background. Nicely subtle and complex at the same time.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but certainly within the style.

Overall: Nice and refreshing. Good belgian style. Doesn't blow me out of the water but i would certainly have it again. Love NG

Apr 21, 2012
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ncketchum from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a honey golden with lots of carbonation, come pure white head that fades to a nice lacing

S - yeast, banana, cloves

T - sweet, yeasty up front then balanced with hops in the finish

M - not overly carbonated, no trace of alcohol, makes for a potentially dangerous 7% ABV

O - typically I'm not huge Belgian fan, but this had enough balance that it made me a pretty big fan. Lucky to have been able to pick this one up

Mar 29, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright blonde color ale with a super huge foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard notes with some light tart notes and some pungy hops are quite nice. Taste is a great mix between some floral dry hops notes with light pungy characteristics mix ion with some notes of funky barnyard ester and a tart finish. Body is full with great carbonation. I though this was a great take on an Orval-like beer style with loads of complex notes.

Mar 26, 2012
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dogfishandi from New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to dougofthefuture for the bottle!

16oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a boulevard tulip, split with trxxpaxxs, bottled on 6/18/2009 (roughly 2 1/2 years old)

pours out a somwhat cloudy golden color with a nice fluffy 2 fingers of near pure white head. some very good retention, and lots of sticky lace till the end of the glass.

very pleasent aromas. clove, and a bit of pepper and lemon citrus are noticed intially followed by some light bretty, horsey funk, floral, also a bit grassy or hay like and something that reminds me of smarties?

again, just the right amount of barnyard bretty funk. nice floral, grassy, and hay like notes and again, something reminds me of smarties. a nice easy tartness, but no actual sourness.

light body, dry finish, very easy drinking and almost crisply refreshing.

a top notch belgian pale, very well made. id definatly come back to this. age has done this beer very well. leaves me wanting to try any new glarus beer i can get my hands on, exspecially the 2 other R&D series beers.

Feb 13, 2012
R&D Golden Ale (2009) from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 332 ratings