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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of hopsbreath
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to zimmerbloke for sending a couple of these out my way. This one was split with TulipSnifter and poured into a couple Duvel tulips.

A: Pale straw with great clarity, about a finger and a half dusty soapy head, and no lacing. 3/5

S: Obvious brett, beautiful pepper notes, sweet grassiness, and some honeysuckle. Dope stuff. 4/5

T: There's the funk! Bretty barnyard galore make this a stimulant to the senses. It's spicier than Orval but not quite as crisp. 4/5

M: Moderate body, moderate carbonation, nice clean finish. 4/5

O: A very good beer but not quite as dynamic and balanced as Orval. 4/5

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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 Jparker37
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage R&D bottled on 6/18/09

A - Poured this hazy bottle conditioned, bright yellow BPA into a tulip glass. A thick lingering white head emerged from a delicate pour.

S - A blatant infection of Brett is the most obvious character found in the nose of the beer, almost overpowering to an extent. Some subtle citrus hops are detected. I believe the 2 year aging of this beer really let the brettanomyces take over. Some subdued spices.

T - Nice grainy, bready malt bill with a good hop flavor. Balanced out very nice in the finish with no intensely sharp hop bitterness.

M - Light-medium bodied with a considerable amount of carbonation.

O - This was truly an experience I won't soon forget. I never had a beer quite as infected as this one was albeit intentionally. I wish I could have tried this beer with a little less Brett and a little more fresh hop flavors. It was rather complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
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 devilben02
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy apple-juice-yellow-orange color, with a thick, billowy, eggshell-white head. The aroma is earthy yet fresh, like morning in a barnyard, with a bit of unripe apple adding some extra tartness. The earthy characteristics continue into the flavor, with a musty yet light yeastiness, a bit of a grassy character, and a small contribution from some biscuity malts. The light, effervescent carbonation complements the flavor profile.

Overall, the lightness of the supporting flavors allows the Brett to be showcased, but there wasn't a lot of wow for me beyond that.

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Photo of NStLincoln
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really pretty hazy gold with a nice finger high white head.

Somewhat startling on the nose. At first I get a Lemon Pledge aroma but it's a lot deeper than that. What I ultimately come up with is mango/pineapple with some fancy pepper on it.

Complex and really fun to drink. Yeasty goodness with tropical fruit and pepper. Some lemon too.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden pour, fluffy white head.

Big bretty nose on this. It's a clean musty pineapple aroma.

Pineapples and cream taste with a bitter musty funk. Seriously bone dry. This beer isn't crazy in complexity but it's a really great brett beer since it's not offensive at all and tastes very good. Very similar to Saison Brett.

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Photo of flyfisherfinn
2.59/5  rDev -36.2%
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 aasher
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice, bright honey gold in color with moderate turbidity and a white lacing around the glass. It smells of pale malts, slight tart fruits, and a mix of wild yeasts. There is a slight butter component. It's pretty interesting for the style. The flavors are floral and you get a mouthful of brett. Wow is that a lot of brett. I haven't been hit in the face this hard since Ommegeddon. Damn it's funky. It drinks pretty light in body and leaves the funk behind. It's like a 70's funk band pulling an all night show in your mouth. It's solid but funky, funky, funky. That's all you get after awhile. Brett is alright but this is almost overkill. Solid beer, like diving in head first into a Brett infused shallow end.

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

Yum, thanks to Chris for sharing this at a tasting. Soft golden color, a little hazy under a billowy white head. Truly pleasant aroma; all shades of Brett. Pineapple atop must, cob webs and spicy notes. Just a tad of smokey leather. Funky flavor with a little spice and pineapple again. Very much like orval. Barny and smoke again at the end. Very very dry and crisp. Very enjoyable from all sides.

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

Bottled 06-18-2009. Consumed over two years later.

Appearance – Pours into my tulip with a cloudy yet radiant peach color. About a finger of slightly off white head is achieved with a careful pour that dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Lots of lemon, floral hops, grass, clove, and some slight barnyard funk.

Taste – An interesting flavor. Listed as a Belgian Pale Ale, this is not what I was expecting. There is a sharp almost medicinal flavor up front that mixes with spices and clove. Wow, there is just so much earthiness and floral flavors. Lavender can easily be picked out which mixes with a slight citrus lemon zest. There is a slight barnyard funk to the overall beer, though not as much as I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, dry finish.

Overall – What a unique beer. While it doesn’t particularly float my boat, I really do wish I picked up another one of these. The various flavors that can be picked out is in my opinion quite amazing – you really can tell just what is in here. Recommended for a try.

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