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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)

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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Photo of errantnight
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah NG R&D. A longtime fixture on my wants list, fulfilled be several wonderful BAs over the years. Time to finally rate one.

This pours a brilliant copper/gold with superb clarity with a huge, fluffy head. Retention is moderate at best, it dissolves with almost a soda's swiftness (perhaps a function of its age at this point) with similarly only moderate retention.

The nose is sublime. Big brett character utterly predominates, but there's an appealing background of water cracker. Floral, musty notes though carry the day.

On the palate this disappoints, just a tad. And I think it's primarily an issue of age. The body is still wonderful, a nice rich fullness through the middle that tapers off nicely with a quick, clean dryness. Up front there's some pale malt sweetness. It's in the mid to back palate that it falls part. A harsh bitterness pervades and overrides the delicate brett composition, and completely sweeping away the appealing early palate fruitiness. There's some "freezer burn" character and a hint of wet cardboard now seeping in. I'd say drink 'em if you got 'em.

It's still a very good beer, but the experience of holding, smelling and anticipating the beer leads to a modest let down when drank. Still, this was even better while young and I hope that more comes in this series, if not simply a rebrew of this dialing back the hops (at least bittering additions) just a touch.

One last note, the bitterness definitely has a mineral-y edge to it, and was slightly alleviated by aggressive swirling.

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Photo of jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Took me forever to figure out what this beer was, but looks awesome. Golden ale with Brett, now over a year old. This one came from imperialking.

A: The head started to rise up the neck as I popped the top, forcing to pour quickly before it erupted. It pours a fizzy bubbly head that fades semi quickly to a light head covering, yet I'm amazed at how clear it is, crystal clear, with pure golden tan color. I think the bottom will have more haze when I stir up the yeast. Yep, sure enough stirring this puppy up a bit added a nice layer of haze and cloudiness.

N: Oh man is it ever Bretty. A definite barnyard funk the initial nose, with lots of Brett, which has obviously just taken over this beer. Some musty aromas from the Brett as well. Under that I get hints of golden Belgian malts, and the slightest hint of a sweet malt, but the Brett just overpowers everything else.

T: Starts with more Brett of course, lots of dry funk, barnyard, some light Belgian malts under it all with a slight inherent sweetness, but not much, and it gets really dry. I also get some metallic flavors, most likely from the Brett as well. It has a slight horsehair flavor, and very medicinal taste, including a slight musty honey cough drop like flavor. A little straw taste and hay to go with the barnyard, almost like licking the floor of the barn. I'm not so content with the way the Brett is playing in this one.

M: Medium to lighter body with ass-loads of carbonation.

F: Very dry as expected, a slight bitterness probably a side effect of the Brett and dryness. Some lingering Brett funk flavors there, but not a lot. A little straw and hay to finish, with touch of a malty taste somewhere hidden in there, just hinting at you that it was once present in the beer. I feel like I'm looking for clues that this was once a beer, and was demolished by the Brett. Overall I think this one is the type where the Brett just doesn't play well with others. If you throw Brett in the ring, make sure the other opponents can hold their own taste wise. In this case it was like throwing Brett being Mike Tyson in the ring with the subtle flavors of malts and hops represented by, oh, let's say the Jonas Brothers, and telling them to fight to the death. Give the Jonas brothers a head start by tying Mike Tyson's hands, but once he has time to wiggle free of his bonds, he will just make a bloody mess of the Jonas brothers. If you put someone like Holyfield in the ring with him, which he can represent lets say sour fruit, it's a much more even match.

OK, so that metaphor was a little out in left field, but I think you get the hint. The Brett in this beer is just to overpowering and destroys anything else in the beer. Brett is a monster that you have to keep under reps or it's all over, and New Glarus just seemed to unleash it's power without really knowing the consequences. To be fair, this IS an R&D beer. So thanks again imperialking for letting me try this R&D offering with Brett.

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Photo of number1bum
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks go out to BeerTruth for this bottle.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with two inches of off-white head. Keeps a full lace with some good webbing on the sides.

Smell is...wow, insanely funky. The brett just jumps out of the glass and slaps you around. An absolute ton of barnyard, horse blanket, wet dog funkiness. There's a hint of a medicinal quality to it as well. Looking deeper is difficult because the brett is so incredibly dominant, but there is some floral hoppiness and a bit of sweetness.

There is more to the taste other than brett than there was with the smell, but this is still a total brett-bomb. There is a light sweetness, some herbal and grassy hops, and some pepper spice. The other flavors come into focus halfway through the sip but then the brett returns to destroy the palate along with some hop bitterness. There's also a bit more medicinal character than the nose had. As it warms up a the floral, herbal hop flavor becomes a bit more apparent and begins to provide a bit of balancing flavor; balance, however, is never this beer's strong suit.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body with a good crispness to it. Surprisingly soft and creamy given the crisp carbonation.

Wow, I don't know that I've ever had so much brettanomyces character in a beer. Unfortunately I don't know that that's such a good thing. I like brett when it complements other flavors and works in harmony with them. It doesn't in this beer. Maybe when this was fresher the brett was a bit more subdued, but at about one year of age this is an absolute brett-bomb. The word balance need not apply here. In the same way that a beer can be overly sweet or overly hoppy, this beer is overly funky in my opinion. Just extremely one-dimensional. It does that dimension well, but I'd like to see some other complementary flavors. An interesting beer and it was nice to try, but I think this is just too funky for me. If I had another bottle I'd share it a good 4 or 5 ways.

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

Thanks to Oach for sending this bottle!!
Appears hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy off white colored head - really pretty! Smells - fruity, tart, funky oh and yummy. There is less funkiness to the taste. It starts with an initial malt sweetness followed by a crisp tartness in the middle followed by some funk and dryness on the backend. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and crisp with the carbonation. I suppose it's light bodied. Overall an interesting brew with the initial look and smell I thought it was going to be fantastic but it ended up just being very good. I'm happy to still have another!

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Photo of jgasparine
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thank you Les White for sharing this bottle of Batch #160.

A- Poured from the bottle with virtually no head or lacing. The body was a lightly sedimented golden color; like small chunks of yeast suspended in a body that was otherwise optically clear. Moderate carbonation was observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Intense aromas of Brettanomyces over mild impressions of pineapple juice. Smells quite a bit like Orval.

T- Wow!!! Brett brett and brett... nothing but brett. Maybe a touch of pineapple. Like Orval on steroids. Amazing!

M- Thin in body, but creamy in texture from the soft carbonation. Slightly astringent.

D- Very drinkable- quaffable even... and the alcohol is SO well hidden!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Brian for the opportunity to try this beer!

A- Body is a uniformly translucent nearly opaque golden yellow hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head which eventually fades to a thick collar with plenty of lacing left down the glass.

S-Nose is soft and more sweet than hoppy. Apple, white grape and pear come through upfront with a slightly funky backbone. Soft floral hops accent the nose but are very mild.

T-Initial flavor is quite soft and balanced. Floral hop flavors come through a lot more and the fruity flavors are very light but still present initially, a peppery spice and yeast fill the background nicely. The flavors really intensify for the finish as floral hop bitterness and peppery spice come through the most but dry slightly sweet fruity flavors provide a nice balance. A very mild tartness as well as a very mild funk is also noted-the finish is quite dry and leaves you wanting more.

M-Medium to high tingly carbonation, and a light, dry, spritzy champagne-like body.

D-This is a great, dry, spicy, hoppy belgian ale. IMO, more BSPA than single BPA and it has a lot of saison-like qualities. Truely a wonderfully brew and one I would like to have again.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled 06-18-09. Reviewed and tasted EXACTLY one year from bottled date! Huge thanks to wisconsinality for the hookup on this one!

(A)- Pours a clear golden color that produced a huge and beautiful fluffy off-white head that has awesome retention; left big clumps of lacing here and there.

(S)- A creamy lemon tartness with bits of a banana and clove thing. A biscuit-like dryness. Spicy.

(T)- A spicy lemon and grass tartness up front. Has a rather dry, spicy, and grassy profile to it. Almost sour, but has a good fruit profile.

(M)- A big carbonation level, but it fits. Has a good balance too. A spicy yet tart kick from the brett.

(D)- A fascinating take on the style with the brett added into the mix. Spicy with a bit of grassy hops. I enjoyed this american take on a belgain pale ale. Tasty, with the classic belgain qualities, but at the same time almost has a wild ale approach to it at the same time.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle courtesy of EliteDigger, bottled 6-18-09, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A careful pour (according to Dan's instructions on the bottle) results in a stunningly gorgeous beer. The body is a luminous shade of deep orange in the middle, warming to an expressive gold around the edges; through the middle rises a steady column of lively carbonation that feeds the effortlessly lofty head - three + fingers of light, fine, frothy, chunky foam that stick around for the longest time and leave behind abundant patches of stout lace. I can't imagine a better-looking Belgian Golden Ale.

S: Brett. Pure, dank, funky, floral, tart, barnyardy, beautiful Brett. With almost a year of bottle-conditioning, the wild yeast has really asserted itself, and the result is phenomenal. I only wish this had some sour fruit to it as well.

T: Very dry and very Bretty, with lightly tart floral notes up front that soon give way to horseblanket funk and a powerfully bone-dry finish. As it warms, just a hint of biscuity malt shows through midway, providing a nice touch of balance to the dominant wild yeast characteristics. Reminds me of Orval and nothing else, which is a good thing, but I like this even more.

M: Fairly light body that immediately explodes into a cascade of soft, smooth, mouthfilling effervescence. Some might call this overcarbonated, but I think it works wonderfully for the style.

D: This is the only category where this beer fails to shine. As delicious as it is, the dry bite of the well-aged Brett really makes each sip an intense experience. It's enjoyable, but rather tiring, to drink.

Notes: I've been wanting to try this one ever since I heard about it being released last year, and was lucky enough to find a generous trader in EliteDigger. Thanks, man, for this gem. Why am I not surprised that New Glarus made an "experimental" beer that's both elegant and accomplished. I've never had a brew that did more to highlight Brett and Brett alone, and the result is truly outstanding. Now if Dan will just put this beer in barrels with bugs!


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Photo of scaliasux
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light yellow. Cloudy. Tall white head that persists.

Smell - Fruity. Odd spicy malt aroma. Not real familiar with this style, but the scent of this is new to me.

Taste - Not sure I have the vocabulary to describe this. Malt is fruity and spicy, combining to create a malt taste I've not had before. Maybe kind of a mildly spiced bready orange. Little bit of floral hops in the finish. Unique and very interesting for me.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Dry finish.

Drinkability - It's beers like this that keep me trying different microbrews. You never know when you'll be introduced to something new and interesting. And this one has a little cashe, with the unavailability outside the brewery and the pseudo-nonpublic label.

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyncognito for this 500 mL bottle. I had one at Christmas and have been jonesing since then for my last bottle.

A: The golden ale is hazy, just enough to obscure the ale. It's golden brown color is interrupted only by a steady stream of carbonation. A white head that covered two plus fingers didn't lace as much as I'd expected.

S: The nose has a crisp bretty dryness that accentuates citrusy lemon. The fruit is pleasant but not overwhelming, nor is the funk too heavy. The funk is spritzy, refreshing every time.

T: The brett dominates but shares some space with the Belgian pale side. Caramel malts are bready, appearing somewhere after the initial funkiness. The brett takes over right away and again at the end. It's flavors are funky with lemon citrus taking the lead. The flavor is very citric, leaving a dry taste after each sip. The dryness, while sweet, accentuates the breadiness near the finish. Pepper and hay, a mild dose of balancing hops, sends the ale off on a strong note. Surprisingly, I found the bretty sharpenss to be strongest when the ale was cold.

M: The mouthfeel is zpritzy, aided by a high level of carbonation. The bubbles followed by dry brett flavors is good.

D: The brett has really come through over the past 4+ months. A stunning ale, complex but very drinkable. I'd spend a night with this one.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled November 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat, three-finger thick, pale tan head. The head leaves some nice lacing layers on the sides of my glass; the head is actually quite persistent maintaining a creamy thin layer right to the end of my glass. The beer is a honey / amber-gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright golden hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of lemon / lime tart notes, and a musty, musky funkiness. There are lots of Brettanomyces-derived phenolics here that are slightly plastic like, with some solvent notes and just a pure musky and an old-sweat-dried leather character; all of course in a good way if you like funky beers. Underneath is a soft, pale-grain character that contributes wheat-cracker aromatics and a touch of bread-like character; and there is perhaps even a touch of hay aromas here. The aroma is quite enjoyable, especially if you like the funkiness as it is heavy on the phenolics.

The flavor has a suggestion of sweetness to it in the first sip, but finishes bone dry and even has more of a drying effect on the palate due to the phenolic notes in this beer. Notes of solvent linger in the finish along with a musty Brettanomyces note. There is a faint tartness here that combines nicely with the faint, almost honey-like, grain sweetness; though the tartness is the more noticeable of the two. Flavors of dried grass, a bit of a more robust hay-like flavor, wild or even weed-like flower notes as well as a flavor that reminds me of sweaty, molded, dried, aged blankets cooked in the sun over a period of years. There is a solid hop bitterness throughout, it is quite noticeable really and serves as a nice counterpoint to the other funky flavors found here. The hops contribute flavors of herbal notes, grass, peppery notes (especially in combination with the Brettanomyces). Speaking of pepper, this really has a nice spiciness to it. This beer is very quaffable; it has a lightness to it, but still has a hint of texture that provides an almost creaminess. It definitely never gets watery.

This is quite enjoyable, at least for someone that likes an aggressive, signature Brettanomyces character in a beer. There is a hint of tartness, some light grain character and a structured bitterness as well as a nicely herbaceous hop character that keeps this from being a simplistic focus on the dominant Brettanomyces phenolics. I really wouldn't mind having a case or two of this in my stash.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.69/5  rDev -33.7%
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 brewcrew76
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed 3-23-09
Bottled 6-18-09

A - Pale hazy golden with a 2 finger white head even with a delicate pour. I noticed some foam start to rise out of the bottle when I opened so I poured as gently as possible.

S - Very floral with a good dose of brett funk. Wet hay, lemon and a touch of barnyard.

T - Floral, lemon, hay, a bit of spice and some funk. I have never eaten a dandelion before but for some reason I think dandelion when I sip this.

M - Prickly carbonation with a dry finish.

D - A slightly funkier more floral version of Orval or Matilda. Very nice.

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Photo of Beejay
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this 500 ml bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is very funky with a lot of brett character. The flavor is more of the same with a lot of brett funk. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I don't really know what else to say about the beer other than I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - beautiful golden orange in color with nice carbonation levels and lots of bubble action building a big fluffy white head on top. Pour looks great.
Aroma - let's talk about funk. Lots of the typical Brett trademarks. There is the "barnyard" and "horse blanket" smells along with a straight up funkiness of a very well developed Brett driven brew. This is a lot funkier than some older Orval that I've had that is for sure. Along with all that funk there is some bitter or sour fruit characters and some peppery notes.

Taste - now this is a complex beer despite a rather innocent appearance. The Brett has really taken control and made this golden ale into a monster. Tons of funk and mustiness go extremely well with a nice sparkling brew like this one. Some sweetness and tartness also come out of this brew. It has some similarities to Orval that is for sure. A nice dry finish also keeps you going back to start.

Overall - Great stuff! This is a rather unique offering from New Glarus that I am super happy to have had the chance to try.

Would I buy more of it? - sure, but I don't think that will be happening as its all gone by now and not likely to be brewed again anytime soon.

Brewed - February 23rd, 2009

Bottled - June 18, 2009

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a one finger frothy white head on top. It had some nice head retention and left good lacing as well.

The aroma has a good amount of funk to it with the Brett playing a major role in the smell. It has a little bit of sour citrus to it as well as a hint of peppery spice as well. The taste has some brett funk to it as well with some lemon zest citrus and some fruity, apple, pear like flavors.

The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good if you like funky beers. It has a nice Brett characteristic without really being soured. It added a nice complexity and some good citrus and fruit flavors to it making it a nice easy drinking complex beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by alfrantzell (and a gift to him from nickd717). Thanks guys. From notes.

A: Pours a murky mango-apricot-flesh body. One finger of off-white head, short retention, medium collar.

S: Brettanomyces (funk, hay, horseblanket), floral and perfumey (like a hair oil), apricot, mango.

T: Initially sweet, with stone fruit flavors and lemon. Some banana and clove in there. It develops floral hops, a touch of grass, and progresses into a bretty finish.

M: Light-bodied; it's crisp and well-carbed.

D: It's enjoyable, and really tasty. Reminds me of Saison-Brett. Actually, it tastes a lot like what Redemption (from Russian River) would be if they bottled it with brett. Good stuff.

Here my written notes become illegible, but it appears I jotted down some sort of ode to Arne's greatness and followed with, "Thanks for opening this, Arne!"

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Photo of Popkas
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours is a yellow/orange/gold with a large frothy white head that clings to the glass very nicely. Great looking beer.

S: Smells like light sweet malt mixed with a wet blanket.

T: Taste is similar to the nose with the brett being balanced by the sweetness.

M: Medium to light dry body

D: Another nice beer in a long line of good ones from New Glarus.

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Photo of crossovert
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550th beer tried.

500ml bottle with a "handwritten" label.

Pours into my Duvel tulip a brilliant golden orange. It is slightly hazy but tons of tiny bubbles ca be seen racing towards the head which is 4 fingers of mountainous white foam. As it recedes it leaves nice belgian-styled lacing.

The smell is dominated by brett with a supremely funky barnyard smell, by far the funkiest I have smelled. There is also a hint of hops and grain underneath. Also, there is a slight sour lemon hint to it, similar to Orval.

The funk is less prevalent on the tongue instead this is a super-smooth tasting Belgian pale ale with a slight hint of brett. The mouthfeel is much different than Orval's but I think they both work. The funk melds with an elevated level of piney hops from what the nose gave. There are also hints of green apple peel and lemon. It is a unique taste experience.

Think a hoppier Orval, of the beers I have tried from this style (Orval, Matilda, R&D) this one is nearly as good as Orval, it is close.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Special thanks to LJArsenal for this from our recent trade!

Brewed 3-23-09
Bottled 6-18-09

A: Pours a semi-hazed glowing gold with a dense, one finger, off white head that sticks around for just a short time before receding down to a thin ring that leaves some spotty lace.

S: Initially, I picked up a big nose of charcoal. As it settled down a little, I recognized the unmistakeble aroma of brett. Funky and delicious. Lurking beneath the brett blanket were hints of pineapple, hay, spices, apples, fresh cut grass, pears, and lemons.

T: This baby layed a coating of brett on my tongue that was funky and spicy. Loads of spices, along with the aforementioned tropical and orchard fruits. Not quite as fruity or hoppy as I would've liked.

M: Prickly and dry with a sticky spiciness that lays on the tongue and percolates. Decent amount of peppery tingle.

D: This was excellent! I can't wait to see what surprises R%D #2 brings! Very refreshing.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another wonderful gift from a closed loved one...thanks Amy! Poured into a very large weizenbock glass and shared with a few close friends.

A: A nice unfiltered orange and yellow hued beer that was accompanied by a light white fluffy head. Unfortunately, the body of the beer couldn't produce much lacing...therefore, I had to the knock the score down a little bit.

S: The first whiff is a mix of banana and barnyard aromas that eventually turn into an assortment tropical fruits.

T: A harsh banana and wheat flavor off the bat that backs off towards middle palate. The flavor reminds me of a hefeweizen that is mixed in with a blonde of some sorts.

M: A nice light bodied beer and is perfectly carbonated.

D: Not sure if it's a perfect example of a Belgian Golden ale, but as an overall beer....the flavor is very enjoyable and I could have easily downed the whole bottle to myself.

Overall: A good beer, not great. Something that I would say is worth picking up and cracking open on a late spring day. A try it brew. Cheers!

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Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a nice white head the retains well and leaves good lacing on the glass. Some funky Brett and feet aromas along with some hay and a light grassy hop character. Bread, hay, feet, a tinge of citric tartness and light vegetal hop character. High carbonation and medium bodied. A pretty drinkable beer, I'll be interested in how this one does over time.

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

Had this one on tap at the brewery in August 2009 on our honeymoon.

Poured a nice golden color with a pretty nice cream-colored head and some lacing as it went down. Plenty of visible carbonation. The smell was nice, but not quite as hoppy as I was expecting--maybe I was just expecting something different, although it turned into a very nice beer. A nice overall flowery and earth character, however. The taste was quite similar, with a bit of a grassy graininess added in for good measure. Nice carbonation on a medium body and highly drinkable.

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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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