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

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
331 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
R&D Golden Ale (2009)R&D Golden Ale (2009)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed 3-23-09, Bottled 6-18-09

Added by deliriumfest on 07-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
331
Reviews:
184
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
52
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 331 |  Reviews: 184
Photo of Lucular
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

 644 characters

Photo of Stevem68
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 237 characters

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of halo3one
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EJJ1848
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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

 1,374 characters

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scxcrunner
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

 253 characters

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ob1wan
4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

 410 characters

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nuggetz
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mitchelmay
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

 1,364 characters

Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of robear
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DerekQXQX
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4/5  rDev -1.7%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
R&D Golden Ale (2009) from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 331 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More