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

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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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Reviews: 184 | Ratings: 331
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
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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Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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 BarrytheBear
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to yappin about this beer after many afternoons spent drinking this at the brewery.

From a bottle dated June 2009. Light golden body, tornado of bubbles, and fat topping nearly two inches high that leaves curtains of lace.

Brett, funk, hay, touch of lemon, soapiness, and an underlying mild sourness.

Taste follows suit. Mouthfeel is lively and creamy.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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 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 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 Prostman81
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually had this on tap at the brewery, and was intrigued so much by it, that I bought a bottle and brought it home for further "R&D".

Appearance: Pouring this yields a fairly typical looking beer, reminiscent of an unfiltered wheat or hefe. The label says it is Maris Otter, so it must be a by-product of the yeast and brett. Color is orangish.

Smell: Ok, so I've heard of 'horse blanket' thrown around on the forums before, but never really had experienced it. Well, this is exactly what they meant. Musty/musky/sweaty odors dominate the nose. Definitely unsettling. But very intriguing at the same time.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Liquid horse blanket at first, but the flavor peaks, and then mellows just as quickly as first experienced. Back end has some very minor tart/and slight fruit. Smooth though. Very smooth. It almost intices you to have another go at it. The ride experience begins again with a new sip. I did notice that the pungent effects felt at first diminish as you work your way through the beer. Probably just your tongue becoming desensitized due to alcohol/whatever.

Overall: Probably the wierdest beer I've ever tasted. But oddly enough, it is quite good, and is certainly worth the experience. The beer was bottled in June of '09 and I cracked this open December of '11, and I appreciate the careful handling of New Glarus to preserve this experience for me!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 500mL bottle to snifter on 11/13/11 at a small tasting with friends
*From notes

A: It looks like a Beriner-Weisse. Cloudy pale golden with a pale white, one finger head.

S: Baby powder and freshly trimmed herbs.

T: Pretty low key. Hints of brett and thyme are prevalent, and the finish is rather dry.

M: Bubbly yet creamy. It remains refreshing, though the body is rich enough to properly carry the wild yeast.

O: Pretty good stuff here. New Glarus' R&D Golden Ale is approachable for both the seasoned vet and, from my estimation, newbies too. Not overly tangy or sour, it's fresh and easy to drink. Reccomended.

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -12.8%
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 Jparker37
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -27.5%
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 devilben02
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +0.2%
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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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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 -36.4%
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 aasher
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.15/5  rDev +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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Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -0.5%
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 +22.9%
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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Photo of birchstick
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a straw golden yellow with a small head that rims the glass

S - smells is a nice mixture of light fruits (apples and pears) with a funkiness from the Brett overshadowing everything

T - the taste is like the nose. Starts with some dry, sweet fruits, typical of a BSPA (pears, apples). These fade to a musty funkiness from the Brett. Last up is an unpleasant metallic bitterness that takes away from the rest of the flavors. There is also some grass hops and bitter orange-rind.

M - a medium body with a really nice smoothness

D - interesting BSPA...I haven't had one with Brett in it and I still can't decide if I like the addition to this beer or not. The only negative I took from this beer was the weird bitter metallic taste on the backend. Worth a shot if you are into beers with Brett.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +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 rye726
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw with a silky beige head. Nose has barnyard funk, tart and sour fruits and a clean malt bill. Taste is mellow, but well balanced. Much more funky than tart or sour. Clean, crisp body is nicely carbonated. Drinks great. I just wish it were a bit more sour.

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