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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 332 |  Reviews: 184
Reviews by hu5om:
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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Photo of imwalle
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured out into a tulip glass

Look: a two finger head forms quickly then dissipates. there is a very light golden (thus the name i guess) look.

Smell: ho boy there is a lot going on here. Right out of the gate you smell the Brett. then with a little investigation you find a funky smell and golden malts, there is a bit of sweet malts in there at the end.

Taste: yet again the first thing you notice is the Brett. there is also a gingerbread taste. some lemon rinds are hinted in there also. there is yet again some funkiness in there.

Mouthfeel: It is light and kinda dry, but also it is quite a refreshing beer.

Drinkability: Very very drinkable. I would love to have more of these. there is a small resemblance to a saison. the taste of alcohol is almost none existent, even though it is 7%.

Overall I would highly recommend trying this if you can.

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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 ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HosP
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle from a couple different guys. Thanks for the hookup!

A- Pours a very nice golden color with 2 finger white foam head. Lots of visible carbonation.

S- Hmm. There is a lot going on here in the nose. Not sure what is what. Floral, maybe apple, maybe white grape. Not sure about this nose.

T- After not being sure about the nose, the taste is very good. Upfront there were some floral hops. Followed by some good spices and malts that balance out the hops upfront. Some of the fruit flavors come through in the middle that give it some tartness. The balance is very nice and gives good taste.

M- Medium body. Lots of carbonation. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

D-Had only one belgian style like this before. This did much better justice and made me want to open my 2nd bottle. Looking forward to this sometime in the future!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one with me so I could complete the 'set' of the R&Ds. Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a two and a half finger off-white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pineapple, earty, and HUGE funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, pineapple, earthy, massive funk, and horse blanket. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. The best way I can describe this brew is: liquid Brett. Seriously, this thing screamed Brett at the top of its lungs. This is also the first beer where I have actually tasted horse blanket in it... This one was quite enjoyable (if you like Brett). If not, I would avoid at all costs. Really glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The floral bouquet and the funkiness of the aroma on this thing can be detected across the room. When the glass is held up to the nose fresh hops, banana, more funk and more intense floral notes present themselves. This couldn't smell better. The head is a little loose but has some great retention and lace, the color is a nice hazy blonde with plenty of small bubbles. The flavor is particularly hoppy, it squeezes all the hop flavor out of those 38 IBUs that I can imagine. The flavor is dusty, lemony, bitter, and fruity with some grapefruit, some, some strawberry, and some peach. The beer is nicely funky with some perfect spiciness. Everything is so well balanced that each and ever drink presents the drinker with an opportunity to sit and ponder the nuance and complexity of this beautiful beautiful piece of alchemistic perfection.
This is particularly dry and reminds me of what a bone dry aged Orval, and a fresh hoppy Orval would be like if you blended them together and that worked with magical perfection.

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Photo of crusian
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from awesome girlfriend, from the brewery. Bottled 6-18-09.
Pours a nice Piss golden with a decent 2 fingers of head. Lacing all around the glass as it fades. I mean everywhere. Crazy.
Smell is initially sour. Very sour... then moves into funk with some spice. Like gym socks and soap.
Taste is everything that the nose has, but no indication of sour. Strong soapy gym sock taste with a mix of lemon. Very interesting... but not really all that enjoyable. It does get better the more I drink it, though. Very crisp clean finish as well. Good to try, wouldn't go out of my way to get one though.

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Photo of soze47
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 klipper
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of markrmoser
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of surlytheduff
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nghab
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful slightly hazy deep golden to orange-y colour into a Kasteel glass. Medium malty nose with citrusy/lemony spicy notes, almost a touch of coriander although I doubt that it's an ingredient. Grassy hops, some earthy notes, some floral notes. Very effervescent with a big lasting white head. A bit like a Belgian IPA or an Orval, definitely hop accented and a dry finish. Complex, but perhaps not as much as I would have expected from the Brettanomyces. More malty and fruity as it warms up, but still finishing relatively dry. High CO2, as expected, very lively snd with a surprising creaminess, medium body. Nothing "extreme" about this beer, just a very solid, balanced, enjoyable moderately complex beer.

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Photo of drumminbrewer
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(reviewed 5/15/11) Proud to say this is the first beer I put into my "cellar" about 2 years ago, got it right off the shelf and into the cool/darkness of my cabin's basement. Let's see how it's turned out...

Bottled 6-18-09

Absolutely alive with carbonation. Enormous head surfaces through a gold/straw colored body. Dissipates rather quickly, leaving just a bit of lacing behind.

Enormous nose. Smells like someone poured a tub of pre-mixed mojito's on freshly cut grass and let it bake in the light for a few hours! Massive Brett presence with a bit of earth too.

Extremely intense taste of Brett. I had this beast fresh and it was much lighter, age has suited this beer well. Candy apples (green apples, Granny Smith), dirt, kiwi, parsley and maybe even a hint of sage. Long finish.

Brewmaster Dan has done it again. I'm just left wondering how much longer this beer could go in my cellar. Outstanding, perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing, hazy orange body. Carbonation is evident in the form of moderatey paced rising specks. Tight cap of eggshell colored head leaves decent amounts of lace. Some definite barnyard funk on the nose. Also a sweet tart kind of a presence. And lemon and hay. Aroma is very definitive and very distinct. Flavor is reminiscent of the nose....funky, tart, tangy, musty... get some lemon pepper and hay notes as well. Malt base is bready underneath. Very flavorful. Carbonation is lively without being gaseous. Body is hovering around medium. This is quality stuff. And I'm not a big Brett guy.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle tried 21 Oct 2010. Courtesy of ratatat & S, thank you! Served in the 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter.

Brewed 23 Mar 2009, bottled 18 Jun 2009.

Large light yellow fluffy head. Well carbonated. Hazy golden orange in color. Aroma is fairly complex, yeasty, earthy, musty, tart cherries, some acetone, barnyard funkiness, maybe even tomato vine. Taste is reminiscent of the aroma,yeasty, hay, funkiness. Dry earthy finish. A lingering grainy sweetness in the aftertaste. Medium body, moderate ethanol.

Seems to have aged quite well.

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Photo of shirtless_mike
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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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Photo of TheDTrain
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a tulip.brewed on 3.23.09, bottled on 6.18.09. 7% ABV.

Great drinkability on this R&D from New Glarus. Pours golden yellow with foam everywhere. Very crisp feel with citrus, tartness, and pleasant bitterness at the finish blend well with the carbonation and alcohol. A very good ale. But at the price tag, the D-train's not sure if he'll pick this one up again.

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