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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

Added by deliriumfest on 07-15-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Bold floral bouquet sweeps forward encouraged by Maris Otter Malt. Ale and Brettanomyces promote complex brett characters. Dry finish. Alive and still fermenting, this bottle will continue to build carbonation. Pour with care."

500 ml bottle enjoyed at New Glarus Brewery. First of the R&D series and hands down my favorite brew to date...

Appearance: beautiful golden body with large cream colored head, thin wispy lacing, transparent with plenty of visible carbonation

Smell: pungent brett, deep malt background, flowery hops, spicy, hint of fruity citrus

Taste: full belgian brett funk and malt sweetness, soft fruit notes, slightly bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, very lively, smooth and crisp finish

Drinkability: perfection... all day, every day

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my blog, this is the ONLY beer to date that has earned a perfect score. That said, I'm simply going to reprint the review word for word to recapture my enthusiasm.

Appearance - This beer seems illuminated from the inside. The colors of raw honey and ripe peach make it a golden delight. The orange-tinted head is very generous, with large, soapy bubbles, but does not last as long as I would like. In fact, you can watch the head dissipate before your eyes, before settling as a single finger's worth.

Aroma - Sweet honey and flowers. Flowers, flowers, and more flowers. Literally like sticking your face in a bouquet full of Stargazer Lillies. Nay, a greenhouse full of Stargazer Lillies. The biscuit and straw malt flavors are present, but hard to find behind such an overwhelming force. A slight warmth is felt, but not detected in the aroma. This is amazing.

Flavor - First sips give you a tiny citrus bite on the tongue before turning their attentions elsewhere. The "elsewhere" is flowers that fade in and out, barely a hint of barnyard must, suggestions of a Belgian yeast (spicy and barely banana sweet), and a light bitter that hides in the background waiting to be paid attention. A wine-drinker's slurp renews the honey sweetness. The finish is quite spicy given the otherwise sweet character of this beer. Lots of pepper, clove, and hop bitter really bring all the sweet floral esters back down to earth. The aftertaste is a similar blend of bitter and flowers, though eventually only the bitter remains (und die Blume abgefallen...) and leaves the mouth fairly dry. What an ale!

Mouthfeel - The light, crisp, tiny effervescence in this beer is the perfect blend of being bubbly enough to keep this beer refreshing and compliment its light flavors, but small enough to help enhance its creamy body. It is abundant to the end, of this medium-bodied brew. Despite its light malts, 7% ABV, and medium body, any alcohol warmth was undetectable.

Overall - This beer is perfect. It's true to style, laden with flavor, excellently crafted, highly drinkable, has perfectly camouflaged alcohol, and immensely refreshing. I cannot make one honest suggestion for improvement to this beer.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Been a long time since I've been blown away by a beer. Had this numerous times at the brewery.

This is a close cousin to Orval. Funky wild yeasts, biting acidity, venemous hop tones. Very well done. The similarities of funk and other character are so similar to Orval, I find it quite odd. Trade the arm and a leg to get it. Easily a top 5 beer of 2009.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Into a New Glarus flute. This was bottled in June 09. Opened with caution, as per notes on the bottle, and it still foamed over. No matter. I love this beer like almost no other.

A: Champagne-like, with a cider ting. Great, obvious effervescence, thin ring of large-bubble head. Quick, voluminous head dissipated quickly. Nice, sticky, webby lacing as I drink.

S: A bit of sour tang lurks in between bold floral nose. Must, horse-blanket, barnyard funk all over the scent--I love this, but it is extreme and perhaps off-putting.

T: Rosewater, a touch of acid, and just a bit of malt and hops bittering in the back. This is the closest to Orval I've ever tasted/smelt in a beer.

M: Nice carbonation, really champagne-like.

D: It's perhaps too funky for many, but you can't say you didn't know what you were getting into--it's described nicely on the bottle.

Anyhow, if you like Brett...few better American examples. As for Belgian Pale Ale, it might be somewhat out of style, but I don't care. This is funky and beautiful, and the best thing I've had from New Glarus.

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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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4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Batch 160 brewed on 3/23/09 and bottled 6/18/09. Was a mostly clear golden color with massive carb streams. It had a huge 3+ finger head that settled into a constant thick cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was outstanding with lots of brett barnyard funk along with banana, clove and lemon. A solid malt base underneath. Great aroma. The taste was also amazing and easily the best BPA that I've had to date. Great brett flavors complimented with the fruit and clove. Nice dry finish as well. Went down way too easy for 7%. Sessionable. Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation and dry spicy finish.

Overall, an outstanding beer that I was extremely lucky to get to try, thanks Ummagum!!! Highly recommend if you can find it or trade for it. Only avail in WI and listed as one time release. If available again and I could get it then several bottles would suite me fine! [R;Y]

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4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle received in a trade from jamal32. The label says batch 160 BB1, brewed 3-23-09, bottled 6-18-09. After uncapping and taking the first whiff I chose an Orval glass.

Holy crap this is good. If I'd known how much this would remind me of Orval I'd have made sure I had a bottle for a side-by-side. The beer is clear, maybe a little chill haze, golden colored with a thin persistent head. As already stated, the smell brings Orval to mind, funky barnyard provided maybe by a little Brett, pungent hops employed in the Belgian style, really good. It tastes delicious, a little sweet at first but with a nice balancing bitterness in the end, some esters leaving a pleasant after-taste. Mouthfeel is thicker than water but not by much, extremely drinkable even with 7% ABV. Matilda has a new competitor in the US Orval race.

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4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dogfishandi for splitting this bottle...

A: This beer pours a nice honey gold with hues of pick peach. There is about a half finger of pure white head that wants to linger around forever. There is some solid lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm getting huge brett, some fresh cut grass, some definite lemon, and a tiny bit of pepper. This beer smells absolutely delicious. I can't wait any longer to try a sip.

T: This beer starts off with a nice citrus and floral punch. I get some lemon and rose right off the bat. The brett comes on strong and linger through to the finish. The brett notes get stronger as it lingers on the palate. This beer is delightful.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer has a strong brett character, but it never gets overwhelming. It's perfectly suited to bring out the flavors a hoppy ale.

O: This beer is fantastically delicious. This might be one of the best New Glarus brews that I've ever had. It's hitting me in all the right spots. I need to find some more of this.

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4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +17%
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!

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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