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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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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Reviews: 184 | Ratings: 331
Photo of bashiba
1.76/5  rDev -56.8%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.1/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a bright golden color, with a good size head that lasted throughout the beer. The smell was horrible, resembled urine, and a uranal cake. There simply wasnt a taste, a bit spicey, but very weak. The taste was very light, and was easy to drink, but there was almost no flavor, and it wasnt very enjoyable because of this. Overall I was not impressed, I wouldnt recommend this one.

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Photo of flyfisherfinn
2.59/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I was expecting a great brew with this, as I've heard many great things about the R & D line. This beer had a decent appearance, and was a very smooth beer. The taste was average, but I just couldn't get past the odor on this one. It's possible the beer I had was bad, and I would try this again, but overall I was not impressed with this.

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Photo of box299
2.62/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I clearly don't have taste... So please don't listen to me... I am the only one who thought this beer tasted like a freshly cut lawn... I truly do not find this beer worthy of the New Glarus name.

I live in Chicago and make an annual pilgrimage to the town of New Glarus for an annual camping trip and major beer purchase. They have beers that I am not crazy about (spotted cow, dancing man) and they of course have beers I love (Hearty Hop and Fat Squirrel)

To me this beer misses the mark... It's Grassy in taste and smell and the after taste is one I want to follow with a shot of almost anything.

It is strong and I did drink in September beer brewed in March and bottle in June. I did ask if it should sit around for awhile and they said no it's ready to roll...

So you know I didn't get a bad bottle... bought two at the brewery and then tasted in the tasting room... Grassy... then I have tasted two bottles here at home... Batch 160 BBL

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Photo of samie85
2.62/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 6/18/09. A slight gusher when opened, not surprising with the Brett.

A-Pours a hazy orange color with three and a half fingers of dense, stiff, white head.

S-Smells of intense lime and some woody, pine-sol like notes and some light soil.

T-Not what I was expecting at all from the nose; a little boring with just some light malt, but transitions into what you would think pine-sol would taste like.

M-Very light-bodied and watery with very low carbonation.

D-Not very impressed with this one; I was expecting a lot more complexity and a deeper mouthfeel.

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Photo of beagle75
2.62/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.69/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Adam for this one. Brewed 3-23-09, bottled 6-18-09. Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful 3 finger fluffy white head with great retention. Beer itself is a semi-cloudy peach color. Lacing is patchy and full with great cling. Perfection... I can't imagine a beer looking more "commercial-like" than this one.

S: Soap, perfume, garden flowers, and a hint of fresh peach. Very floral in every way, I feel like I'm about to sip an expensive bottle of perfume or body wash.

T: Unfortunately, tastes exactly like it smells. Soapy and floral bitter. Rose petals and chewy fresh grass. Bathwater comes to mind and I feel like I could just be sipping water from a mineral bath during ancient Roman times when the water was perfumed, with flowers floating in it. Finish is more of the same and leaves an oily, soapy bitterness on the tongue.

M: Light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated and lively. A bit oily and powdery but I think that might be residue from the taste influencing this aspect of the beer. Finish is slightly messy and leaves a lingering aftertaste.

D: This is definitely a one and done for me and the first thing from New Glarus that I haven't liked. Waaaay too weird and off center, I'm glad they called this R&D... as I hope it never gets put into mass production.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.8/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a bright clear gold color with a nice white head. Head is gone in a flash, turning into a layer of bubbles and hardly any lacing.

S- Smells is fairly light. An earthy, herbal smell and a bit of floral hops. A bit of a funk here too. A bit of spices and yeast.

T- Pretty big floral taste. Nothing special here as well. A tiny bit of a funkiness to it.

M- Fairly light in body and on the higher side in carbonation.

D- I'm not really digging this one. I'd say ok at best and probably something I wouldn't seek out again. One thing I thought was pretty cool was all the information on the label.

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Photo of adrock7309
2.91/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

shared a bottle over the weekend with a few fellow BAs. Let me first say - this beer did get partially frozen in transit.

for me, the pour and sight of this beer was the highlight - if there was one. Cap was light and fluffy over a bright orange body.

Was expecting a belgian golden ale / pale ale with some tartness. What we had was a wheaty funky mess.

The smell was heavy on plastic bandaids, old wet cardboard and dank basement.

Flavors I picked up were belgian spicy yeast, a bit of a crisp malt character, but ZERO fruit, sour, or anything interesting.

I think it would be possible that the freezing played a role in the flavor but i doubt it as I have had thawed / frozen beer but never with results like this.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear golden, thin white head, decent retention, some lacing

S: nose is funk-ay... big time yeasty notes up front, a bit of bubblegum, hay, grass, wood, and spice. This aroma and me aren't getting along too well...

T: taste is much different than the smell... and that is in a good way. Notes of biscuit, lemon, and yeast. A touch of black pepper is in the mix, decent balance. Still can't get over the smell though.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: interesting brew, not my favorite, the smell is very funky...not in the way that I can appreciate.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this at his place, poured chilled into a cervoise.

Color is murky goldenrod which is apropos with thick white cap that adheres in a spotty lace pattern. The smell is unique and off with strong herbal essence like a cough drop with some methol and floral earthy qualities -very medicinal arom with light hint of pepper.
The feel is dry with medicinal feel with herbal tannin and slight dry toast with mild grassy tannin and woody tonic-type aspect.

This has a taste that is both dry with the herbal flavor following the smell and feel. There is a light anise accent with the grass and mint adding to the flavors with subtle dry woody and gentle chalky taste. I was surpised by how quick the flavor dissipates considering the amount of intensity it has. the overall drinkability is low for me as this tastes like something along the lines of absinthe in beer form, which is not really a flavor I am especially fond of.

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Photo of Beejay
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Levifunk.

A: Pale Golden Color, slightly hazy with a nice amount of head on top.

S: Sweet, tart and yeasty. Tart cherries and a hint of vinegar. Definitely smells like a bit of sour here. (which the label confirms Brett)

T: Brett is clear from the get go.. Definitely a little barnyard in there as well as some metallic taste. The front is nice with tart cherries, the finish is rusty barnyard.. We'll see if it changes.

As I get into it, I enjoy it a bit more, though I still think the brett isn't needed.

M: Crisp sharp, and carbonated like a belgian should be.

D: A sipper. Not my favorite. But a very interesting beer to try. I see what they are going for, but I think they messed up a perfectly serviceable crisp Belgian Pale, with Brett- and that's unfortunate. Take out the Brett, and sell it like crazy.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.14/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the the last beers from mr. LeviFunk. Thanks for the experiences
A: pours a nice golden color. foamy white head that sits around for a while.
S: light, vaguely spicy. Honestly, the nose has kind of a sterile finish. odd
T: Light clove, and sweetness, but there is an odd, sterile, homebrew finish.
M: nice, not heavy not light, and descent
D: aside from the odd sterile taste, pretty high

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Photo of crusian
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
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 Retsinis
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a recent tasting (thanks Skuter)

Per the bottle, 6-18-09 Batch 16.

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

A:The beer poured a cloudy golden orange color, with a modest half inch white head, good retention, mild lacing.

S: A mixture of light funk, brett, lemon zest, citrus notes.

T: Similiar mild funkiness, flavors of mild apple cider, clove, finish is simialr to nose, some lemon, and citurs.

M: Dry finish, medium body, slight crisp bitterness, and acidity.

O: Unique beer, the brett certainly adds something to a Belgian pale ale. Glad I was able to try it, would not seek out again, but might not pass up a taste again either.

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Photo of stakem
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a taster glass. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing. The brew appears a clear golden color with a finger of white froth. As it recedes, it leaves minor spots of lacing and a light swirl revives the cap back to a finger strength.

The aroma of this brew includes a light note of plastic mixed with cheese. Citrus hops are evident with a light herbal aspect that collectively makes for an earthy feel to the nose.

The taste includes a minor note of plastic just like the aroma indicated. Some citrus to herbal rind aspects are also evident before the onset of more grassy to herbal hop inclusion.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. There is seemingly no alcohol feel to this which makes it fairly easy drinking. The flavor and aroma seem a bit disjointed through. Worth a try if you get the chance but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

R & D Golden Ale 

Brewed 3-23-09 and bottled on 6-18-09. Poured in a New Belgium tulip. 

A: Shiny gold beer with a white, towering head. It does settle down, a bit, but a foamy pillow floats on the surface down to the last gulp. Wonderful Brussels lacing. Effervescent and sparkling. 

A: Musty and funk force themselves on nose, so strong that artisanal cheese and barnyard comes to mind. Beneath the brettanomyces, lemon zest, grass and white pepper are hiding. 

T: Follows smell, but brettanomyces are even more evident and the full spectrum of its character is evident: barnyard, horse blanket, gym socks, musty basement, moldy cheese rind and so forth. The other Belgian pale ale qualities are more or less smothered.  Long, super-freak finish. 

M: Medium body and bright carbonation. Surprisingly soft mouthfeel.

D: R & D Golden Ale has been taken over by brettanomyces, which I do enjoy, and drinkability suffers as a result.  Nonetheless, I find it interesting and look forward to sharing my remaining bottle with friends this summer. 

Thanks ezrem for the assist!

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Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a very clear golden color with a large 2 finger head that slowly dissapates. To say bold floral bouquet is an understatement. Taking a big whiff of this is like walking into a flower shop. Almost perfume like with a kick of funk. Hmmmm, the first sip I am not too sure of this. It's very much like flowers with a lot of carbonation. Very dry. The floral notes really kick in at the end. I could not see myself drinking a whole lot of this. Glad I am splitting a bottle.

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Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

received as an extra from TPatuto, thanks Tom

A - golden ale is not a misnomer, transparent golden, even a careful pours wells up a big white head that fizzes away quickly to a thin bubbly lace, plenty of visible carbonation

S - smell is unique, i detect distinct floral hops, golden delicious tart apples, and a non-hop floral characteristic, like jasmine or hibiscus or even rose

T - the apples fade in the taste, very faint if at all, the hops are present and tasty, but the floral jasmine/hibiscus/rose note is huge and rather tasty

M&D - light bodied and not smooth, but not harsh, fizzy on the palate, but unique flavor combinations, dry finish

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Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle that I've cellared since first came out (big thanks to milwaukeeclassic for picking this up for me!). Poured into my large Duvel tulip, R&D Golden Ale is a dull burnt gold with a big, frothy off-white head leaving nice lace.

Smell is big and bretty, nice musty pineapple aroma, hint of ginger, light malty sweetness and generally very floral. Very much like De Prof's blondes, which I love, although the alcohol character is unmistakable, and opens as it warms from cellar to room temp.

Taste is very good, a nice orval clone, spot on really. While the brett bite is assertive, it's well balanced by the sweetness of the marris otter. There's a bit of heat from the fusels, which is exaggerated a bit by the brett, but it's not overwhelming...

Mouthfeel is dry, almost starchy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good if you're a fan of brett, of which this is a quintessential example. Not as smooth as Orval, but still very much in the classic style.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A buddy brought a couple bottles of New Glarus R&D Golden Ale. The bottles were, 3-29-09 Batch 160.

The beer poured a cloudy golden orange color, with a modest half inch white head, good retention, mild lacing. The smell was a mixture of light funk, brett, lemon zest, citrus notes. The taste had flavors of mild apple cider, clove, possibly some coriander, finish is close to scent, some lemon, and citurs. The mouthfeel had a dry finish, medium body, slight crisp bitterness, and acidity. Overall a unique beer, the brett certainly adds something to a Belgian pale ale. Glad I was able to try it, would not seek out again, but might not pass up a taste again either.

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Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of bound4er
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 mL bottle, packaged on 6.18.09.

A. Golden copper color with a light white head that slowly recedes to a fine skim. Spotty lacing.

S. In a word - funky. I get sweet fruit (almost like Juicy Fruit gum) in one sniff and then a medicinal, almost graphite-like note in the next whiff and finally floral notes. Very inviting and intriguing at the same time. The brett aroma reminds me of a lot of European wines.

T. Man, I don't know what to make of this stuff. Overall it comes across dry and almost lifeless to me - fizzy and floral-like upon entry and then not much else in terms of flavor. Finishes with a good hit of drying bitterness.

M. Medium body with lots of carbonation.

D. Unique and glad to have tried this but one is enough for me. Hopefully I can get my hands on some other R&D NG beers down the road.

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