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

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R&D Golden Ale (2009)R&D Golden Ale (2009)
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R&D Golden Ale (2009)R&D Golden Ale (2009)

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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.

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Ratings: 332 |  Reviews: 184
Reviews by AdmiralDiaz:
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL to snifter

A: Pours a beaming golden body, which supports a semi-short-lived white head. Very little lacing if left, but a small white galaxy of white head remains on the top. I have to give it a 4 just because the body looks so appealing.

S: This is hands-down the greatest beer I've ever smelled. If a spring day could be captured into a flowery perfume, this is what it would smell like. Zesty lemon with hints of wet grass, flowery hops, and a small malt background. Can't get over how amazing this smells.

T: Taste is right-on with the smell. It gives a lemony sting on the tongue accompanied by clove, grass, and floral hops which dominate the palate, but get balanced with some maltiness. Very good.

Overall: Mouthfeel and drinkability are good above average. Mouthfeel is light with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability would be much higher, but drinking spring can only last so long. Very excellent beer! thank you to Natasharai for the try!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted - January 31, 2011

I'm very impressed by how this beer has developed. Upon my first several samplings I thought it solid, if not interesting, but now after some time it has become a wonderful, subtly sour beer.

Appearance: This one is a gusher. I had to race to find a glass as thick white foam started gushing as soon as I opened the bottle. Pours a straw gold with an everlasting white lace.

Aroma: Hints of banana and clove, reminiscent of a wheat beer. Background barnyard notes remind me of Fantome. Lemon and dried grass.

Taste: Mmmm.... Lemon and must. Grass with a bready finish. So much more funky than I remember this being when it was first released and on subsequent tastings last year.

Mouthfeel: Zesty and champagne like with micro-carbonation biting at the tongue long after each sip. Light to medium bodied. Very mildly sour. Dry. Just wonderful.

Drinkability: Sessionable. The balance is sublime. Enough funk here to keep my interest but not so much as to churn my stomach after 4 bottle or to turn away drinkers who fear the Brett. This would be a good intro to funky beers or a great sessionable treat for those like me who can't get enough of the funk. Great beer!

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Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MadScientist
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of mykd
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of newk340
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful cloudy golden pour with a thick white head that leaves spotty lacing.

S: similar to a saison with a strong tartness, can almost taste the sour flavors.

T: a very tart shock blasts the senses with underlying funk of sour that permeates well after each swallow.

MF/D: a gentle tingle of carbonation dances across the tongue that dissolves into a foamy coat.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden with superb clarity and an inch of bubbly white foam on top supported by plenty of active carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of crisp grain malts alongside a somewhat fruity undertone. Big earthy yeast funk with trademark Brett and barnyard accents. I get a slight acetic green olive type of aroma here that is oddly enticing. Sun dried hay and mellow herbal, grassy hops. Spiciness as well. Quite complex.

First sip brings crisp sun dried malts upfront with a mix of fruit and funky yeast flavors. The Brett steps up right away with barnyard and musty tones along with a nice tartness. Acidic tones with a touch of vinegar and green olive again. Earthy and spicy flavors weave in and out as it flows down. Quite dry overall. Light caramel and honey afterthoughts with hops on the back end. Complex, bold flavors, extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel is crisp and on the lower end of medium bodied making this brew extremely drinkable and refreshing. Good carbonation overall. I could drink this in mass quantities if it was a bit cheaper and more readily available. Perfect on this sunny Labor Day. As far as I am concerned New Glarus knocked this one out of the park and I look forward to future R&D releases.

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Photo of badbeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a nice white head the retains well and leaves good lacing on the glass. Some funky Brett and feet aromas along with some hay and a light grassy hop character. Bread, hay, feet, a tinge of citric tartness and light vegetal hop character. High carbonation and medium bodied. A pretty drinkable beer, I'll be interested in how this one does over time.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this 500 ml bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is very funky with a lot of brett character. The flavor is more of the same with a lot of brett funk. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I don't really know what else to say about the beer other than I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Swonkie
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this, along with the R&D Gueuze and Bourbon Barrel Kriek from Translucent. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a cloudy cereal golden topped by a pillowy three fingers of head with really large bubbles. Head has surprisingly good retention and sticks around for quite awhile before layering the top. Very nice looking.

Smell- Wow, quite a bit of barnyard and funk right off the bat. I knew this one was bretted but comes across quite strong on the nose and was the dominant smell. A little bit of tartness buried at the back and a slight cereal graininess.

Taste- Again, funk and barnyard come right out of the gates, backed up by yeast and cereal flavors. Finishes with a bit of tart, green apple twang at the end. Very tasty and pleasantly surprised with brett presence as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was solid and not overly carbonated. Drinkability was great and I really enjoyed the mild green apple on the finish.

Overall, I really enjoyed all of the R&D beers but interestingly, I think this may have been my favorite. Found this to be a very pleasant but interesting beer.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by a generous soul – much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with a white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of bright spices – white pepper and clove. Also present are slight amounts of citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malts up front are joined quickly by large amounts of spices – clove and white pepper as in the aroma. Midway through the spices fade a bit, allowing the citrus and slightly grassy hops to shine, carrying through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this beer was different from what I was expecting, but the large hit of spices translated well. Worth a shot.

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DerekQXQX
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ZombPumpkin
2.48/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Photo of InVinoVeritas
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a white foamy head on top Decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: A nice combination of citrus and tart fruit, some pale malt, and little wheat, and some funky/barnyard aromas.

T: Rather spicy with cloves upfront, nice citrus fruit in the middle, mostly lemon rind and zest as well as a slight floral flavor. Some definite barnyard funk on the flavor profile as well.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: Pretty good beer, rather different, especially for a BPA. Would be interested in drinking this one again.

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Photo of mrelizabeth
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of nkersten
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one randomly showed up at a chicago wine store, they had it labeled as a lager... wtf. I am glad I bought it anyway.

Bottled on 6/19/09, poured into a pint glass (I was expecting lager). Golden color with a small white head, fades quickly to the edges. Smelled funky right off the bat, a good brett barnyard funk with some faded grassy hops. Taste is amazing - slightly sour with a decent amount of brett flavor, but it has an interesting hop/malt taste at the finish. Hops are very light and clean. Very dry and highly carbonated. This is one of the best American takes on a Belgian pale ale i have tried so far. I will be on my way back to the wine shop to try and pick up a bunch more of this one tomorrow morning.

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Photo of cokes
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly misty golden-yellow with a mountain of white suds that stick around and stain the insides of the glass.
After nearly two years in the bottle, the Brett is showing its kaleidoscopic effect on the aroma. It begins with a basic Brett note of rotten citrus and dirty suede earthiness. It rotates outward from there in sequential tangents of lemon oil, apple cores, milkweed, lavender, heather, rosewater, bosc pears, aged cheddar, spearmint, acetic acid, gauze pads, wet hay, and rock candy.
Crisp, pils-esque malts grabs the tongue initially. The crackery dryness is bolstered by the brett, adding earthy peppery spice notes, cracked leather, rotten apples, and lemon rinds. Pepper notes grow and conjoin with the still crispy herbal, weedy hop traits. Cobwebs and a minty, lemon-eucalyptus note appear on the swallow.
The rapid (sometimes gushing) CO2 fades over time, allowing it to transition from blisteringly dry, to something a bit more nuanced...though never quite as much as the nose suggests.
There is a great balance between its funkier elements and general drinkability, with neither actually compromising anything. It's not an enamel-stripping sour Brett bomb, but the rusticness is here.

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R&D Golden Ale (2009) from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 332 ratings