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

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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Ratings: 332 |  Reviews: 184
Photo of drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa! Dan the guru nailed it! This is the stuff! Pours with an ENORMOUS foamy, frothy, textured, off white head and a boat load of lace. Color was a hazy amber. Aroma was heady and full of yeast, malty, and reminiscent of Orval - spicey, a bit of citrus and the Belgian ale essence. Flavor was all of that and so full and rich. Bitterness of the yeast come through more. Body is excellent and ditto carbonation. Citrusy, spicey, yeasty finish. Masterful! Not a session tho.

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Photo of fropones
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Gonzoillini at a tastinig he had.

A - Cloudy, golden orange with a nice white head.

S - Very funky, lots of barnyard and horse blanket.

T - This has got to be the funkiest beer I've ever had. Shows what brett really can do, more the funky side than the tart. Some apples and fruit in here as well.

M - A nice effervescence, creamy, and a good bite.

D - Went down very nicely.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. Brewed 03-23-09, Bottled 06-18-09, Batch 160 BBL, O.G. 15 degrees P, 7% ABV, IBUs 38.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this blonde bombshell with me!

A - Lightly hazy golden yellow with a dense two-finger cream head with moderate retention and some classic Belgian lace left on the glass.

S - The aroma is bursting with total funkiness and it's awesome! Lots of barnyard funk and horse blanket with pale malts in the backdrop and mild spicy floral hops. Fantastic nose!

T - The wild funkiness isn't as bold as the nose, but its very good regardless. More spicy hops and pale malts balance out the funky yeast a lot and give it a round, solid flavor. A little earthy wet wood and horse blanket funk comes out.

M - Medium-bodied and crisp but smooth, the R&D washes down clean with a good carbonation finish.

D - A very well brewed funky beer with great flavors and subtle nuances that really blend well. An incredibly drinkable golden ale I could any time!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split my buddy BeerFMAndy.

Poured into my glass the beer is a cloudy golden orange. The huge white pillow of head explodes to a full three fingers. The retention is mighty. After a decent wait the glass is flecked with lace webs.

The aroma is phenominal. Funky, yeasty, wet wood, barn yard, and sour lemons and oranges. It has an old library book dusty hint that I love.

The flavor is a bit of a let down after the nose. Not bad just not as funky and I love funky. Light belgian yeast, lemons, white pepper, and a touch of funkiness in the finish.

Dry medium to light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall another solid outside the box beer from NG. I wanted the flavor to be a tad bigger but it was solid. I'm glad I have another bottle in the cellar.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I did not expect this beer to be a sour, I'm not sure what I was expecting but not that.

Beer poured from a bottle into a becher. Beer is yellow and hazy with moderate to high steady carbonation of large bubbles. Forms a large head and it falls away leaving almost no lacing on the glass, beer looks fine.

Aroma was described by someone standing next to me as if he had just walked into a flower shop. I agreed, very floral, some sour acids in there as well.

Lactic and citric first, then if finishes sweet. Very odd, drinkability is high, no aftertaste, beer is medium to low bodied. I was hoping based on the aroma that there would be a little more. Mouthfeel suffers, the flavors seem disconnected, like I'm missing something. I would definitely want to try this again.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden color with a very clingy ample white head. The aroma is moderate-high fruity, a bit peppery and perhaps a bit of spicy hop aroma. The flavor is moderate-high malt - biscuit with a subtle yeast/fermentation character followed by a slightly dry finish and just enough hop bitterness that cleans the palate. The carbonation is medium-high and body medium. Overall a very flavorful brew, certainly not a boring beer and would like to see this one hit the stores.

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Photo of blackie
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

kindly procured and provided awhile back by the dirtman, the first of two

a: awesome bottle and label, into my chalice it goes, the beer a moderately hazed, deep honey golden in color, sustaining a nice layer of white carbonation

s: first whiff is beautifully funky brett and floral aromas laid on a pale malt base, lemon zest, fresh apricot, green apple, and white grape, the brett gives mostly wet straw and such with only a small glimpse of the stronger stable-type aromas, papery aged hops, not much more one can ask for here

m: carbonation lively, around medium-high in level, on a crisp light-medium body

t: pale malt body with fresh white peach and grape juice, great brett profile, sunny and full of bright farmyard and orchard flavors, a stroke of dried lemon and a flavor not unlike magnolia, generally on the dry side and finishes cleanly with a light bitterness and a dusting of yeast

d: with ease - another top-tier effort from new glarus, looking back at some older reviews it seems to be developing nicely

01.2013 - cellared appropriately, excellent development - brett is bold at this point, lots of dry hay, light cellar funk, lime candy, warm peach skin, and a pleasant hop acid. quality stuff. leaving scores alone - due to age.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Purchased At: New Glarus Brewery

Appearance: A gentle pour presents a deep saffron and golden color. The amount of head was less than I was expecting. I poured it carefully, but nonetheless, the amount of head produced was only a fingers worth. It disappeared rather quickly too. I'm left with just a thin layer of creamy white colored bubbles sitting on top. When held up to light, the effervescence looks about right; it should have a nice crisp feel from the carbonation. After a few swirls in my snifter it doesn't look like any lacing is going to show itself.

Smell: The nose is less funk and more floral than I was anticipating. A nice blend of grass, flowers, a little lemon and just a dash of barnyard funk. Quite pleasant.

Taste: The malt is the first flavor to cross the palate. It's pale malt, not a whole lot to expect. Whoa, a lot more hop flavor than I was expecting. It is a pale ale I suppose, but I was expecting the hops to be more of a bittering component than a flavor addition. The hops contribute a little bit of citrus and some herbal notes. The beer finishes with some of the brett creeping up. It's not very strong, but it's noticeable. Wisconsin barnyard funk finishes the tasting resting on top of some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A nice crisp carbonation tingles the tongue. The beer has a medium body.

Drinkability: I would have liked to have seen this beer in 12 ounce bottles instead of the 500mL. Still, an enjoyable beer, and I hope to see more beer under the title of New Glarus R&D.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden, with a full creamy bright white head with nice lumpy formation as it retains.

S:Great! Bright floral hops, with a very interesting herbal infused scent. Lilies, lavender, and lilacs all come to mind. A little grassy funk lingers in the back, foreshadowing what might take center stage (or at least a larger role) if aged longer.

T: Much like the smell, and it doesn't disappoint. Light flavour of two-row malt, a little wet-grass, but again--the refreshing herbal scents are at the forefront. Sweet citrus

M: Well carbonated and light-to-medium bodied which aids in the refreshing appeal of this beer.

D: So refreshing, not even a hint of the 7% abv. Fantastic, looking forward to more R&D offerings.

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Photo of djcorrao
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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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL to snifter

A: Pours a beaming golden body, which supports a semi-short-lived white head. Very little lacing if left, but a small white galaxy of white head remains on the top. I have to give it a 4 just because the body looks so appealing.

S: This is hands-down the greatest beer I've ever smelled. If a spring day could be captured into a flowery perfume, this is what it would smell like. Zesty lemon with hints of wet grass, flowery hops, and a small malt background. Can't get over how amazing this smells.

T: Taste is right-on with the smell. It gives a lemony sting on the tongue accompanied by clove, grass, and floral hops which dominate the palate, but get balanced with some maltiness. Very good.

Overall: Mouthfeel and drinkability are good above average. Mouthfeel is light with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability would be much higher, but drinking spring can only last so long. Very excellent beer! thank you to Natasharai for the try!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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 SirSketch
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very clear, pale yellow in color with a large , bright white head.

S - A single sniff and I could tell I was going to love this beer! There's a bunch of funky brett character. Mildly acidic aroma similar to that of hard apple cider. Decently malty as well.

T - This beer has the perfect amount of malt sweetness and belgian funk. Slightly toasty and has hints of hot oatmeal. Very earthy beer in general and incredibly complex. This beer gave me quite a lot to think about while drinking it.

M/D - A little on the light-and-fizzy side, but it works somehow. Drinks much easier than a 7% beer.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to Sean9689 for letting me try this

poured into a De Ranke tulip. very crisp carbonation leaves a thick frothy head that slowly disappears. very bright golden in color.

on the nose, sour apples, and white grapes up front. light funk in the back.

flavor seems to be lighter than the scent. not as much going on but well rounded. a light apple flavor lingers through out. light funk finds itself bending with a bit of a copper flavor from the malts. i do not pick up the white grape flavor i smelled and the apple is far more subtle than i was hoping. lots of flavors going on here for a nice layered complexity.

good carbonation with some bite as expected for the style and a nice body.

this is probably the best offering i have had from new glarus thus far besides the raspberry tart but thats a bit different overall. good stuff and i would def drink this again.

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Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow yet another fantastic beer from NG received as a extra from madtowndmb1 thank you so much for this !!

A - Hazy Yellow golden clear with a huge head that lst forever and lots of lacing.

S - has that smell of grassy citrus that gives that Belgian feel and is fresh as well.

T - Slight tart has that kind of tangy taste that is fimilar but smooth.

M - Leave a nice feel after drinking very nice.

D - My only one loved it want another New Glarus just gets it want another !!

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Photo of BTPete
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden in color (hence the name ;) Big fluffy head with lots of bubbles. Very active beer and a couple swirls and you get a nice head on it again.

S: Funky. Nice brett character. Some subtle fruit tones under the funk.

T: Very active in my mouth. High carbonation. Very funky flavor up front followed once again by soft fruit notes, light hop balancing in there too.

M: light and bubbly. Highly carbonated with a dry finish.

D: I love this beer! I'm not terribly surprised being a big fan of the very well known other brett beer out there. I enjoyed it so much that after finishing my last bottle I immediately set out to trade for more. I've enjoyed it and look forward to drinking again. If you like bretty Belgian Pales I would at least give this one a try.

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Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HopHead84 cracked this one open as a palate-cleanser after a long night of gueuze drinking.

The first pour from the bottle is a brilliantly clear gold, with a billowing head of pure white. A great looking beer. The aroma is grainy and funky, brett present but still subtle at this point. Beneath the musty cellar aroma there's an herbal hop character and some light apple-like sweetness. Flavors of honey, cereal and malt hit the palate first, followed by some semi-medicinal funk and an herbal hop kick. Crisp and light bodied but very flavorful. It finishes dry and grainy, slightly grassy with lingering hoppy bitterness and some faint phenols.

Another awesome beer from this underrated brewery. The hoppiness is enjoyable, but I'm interested to see where this will go with age.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle, thanks to CaptainCougar for hooking it up. Gold color with a big fluffy white head. The aroma pops out with a very brett-in-primary signature fruitiness, with lots of floral brightness as well. Herbal and somewhat phenolic tasting with just a touch of sweetness, some funky dustiness and light bitterness. There is also a juicy, almost pineapple fruitiness that enhances the illusion of a sweeter beer before the dryness of the finish hits you. Pretty light on the tongue with plenty of carbonation. This is pretty nice right now, with a great, bright mix of fruity, spicy, and herbal elements, but I can see it getting great with more time in the bottle.

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Photo of gford217
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle courtesy of FlssmrBrewAlum poured into a tulip.

Pours a light clear golden amber with a constant stream of champagne-like bubbles feeding a billowy white head that leaves a huge one-inch head and tons of lacing.

The aroma is light and sweet with tons of light fruits, apricots and pears especially, as well as a bit of spiciness from the Belgian yeast and an overarching floral character. And I mean actual flowers, not the grass or pine from hops, but much more perfume-like. The brett is coming through a little bit with some earthy barnyard funk as well.

The taste is much milder than the aroma would suggest with the initial tastes being a quick lemony citrus flavor before the Belgian yeast and lightly sweet fruits take over. The funk is barely present and only in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and much smoother than I was expecting. The finish isn't as dry as I was expecting from the aroma.

This is an exceptionally drinkable Belgian style beer from New Glarus. The taste doesn't quite have the complexity I was hoping for, but it's still a very tasty brew.

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Photo of younger35
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just got this bottle from Joe1510 because he's scared of me and knows I'd kick his ass if he didn't give me one. New Glarus is my favorite brewery and I'm pumped to be able to try this brew. Drank from my The Lost Abbey goblet while watching Vikings vs. Steelers.

Appearance- Pours a golden yellowish orange with a nice big fluffy two finger bright white head. A random spotty cap is left along with a big/thick collar that leaves a lot of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- Soft and very floral with a rose hip like scent right from the start. A bit of musky Brett and hay mix to compliment the florally nose perfectly. Dandelion stem and grass are a plenty as well. A bit of bready malt tickles the nose as well but for the most part this nose is Brett and floral hops.
Taste- Starts with a big Bretty presence as the beer is earthy and dank. Mushroom and grass are prevalent as the hops add a nice sharp florally bitterness. The floral aspect of the beer really translates into the nose and has a very perfumey taste. A bit of citrus as well with a bit of sharp lemon peel and even a touch of orange. Nothing crazy but a nice aspect none the less. The Brett really lingers and is very earthy and delicious.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light body with a really sharp, aggressive carbonation. Great feel.
Drinkability- Man this is a great beer right now. The balance between the hops and Brett is absolutely amazing. I think with too much more time on this though the Brett will get way more pronounced and the hops will lose some of the greatness they're showing right now. So good, so easy drinking. Awesome stuff, thanks Joe!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up on my way to Darkness Day '09 from New Glarus. Poured from 500ml bottle into Stone Levitation glass.

A - Pours a mirky golden yellow with a finger or so of frothy white head. Some nice retention as well as some sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - I can smell the Brett right off the bat along with some sweet fruity notes, light barnyard funk, and a touch of hops.

T - Not as funky as the nose, but I can still get some slight funky and musty notes. Yeast, brett, sweet fruit along with a slight bitter finish. I thought that the hops are more present on the palate.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation, sorta dry finish.

D - Really a great beer. I can't wait to see what the brett/funk does as time goes by.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a light orange hue and one finger of light bubbly head.

Scent of light sweet fruit, earthy yeast, sugars, tart funk, and light floral hops. This one is a winner, a light floral scent with a great funkiness, but not too light.

Taste of lemon zest, light bitter, earthy hops, and crisp bread in the finish. Zesty and funky, not overly so, with a touch of fruit and hops. Very good stuff, I can't wait to see how it ages.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a fairly strong biting carbonation as it lingers on the tongue.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the closest thing that i can experience to a orval on this side of the water i believe. not as bready. the pour is clear though sans some base sediment. nice and golden in color with a consistent head. a tad skunky and a very gentle sour hoppy quality. one of the few brewery that is doing export style properly. and well... consistently on point. great job.↲↲Had it again in oct '10 from the one time same batch and the nose had a cellar cheese fermentation of something gone bad. Hop was not as bitter zest pine but a nice mild sweet apple. Brett blends into so pretty firmly established floral notes. Lavender and honeysuckle and a bitter of chrysanthymum with a undertone of going foul. A bitter finish of herbal. Rosemary with a chalky mineral.

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Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden with a creamy white head.

S - Aroma is very bretty with green apple, some barnyard funk, and a touch of floral hops.

T - Pale malt, brett, sour green apple, and some floral hops as well as a substantial amount of funk. Would be great, except it unfortunately gets a little catty and strange on aftertaste. Some hop bitterness present, 38 IBUs according to the bottle.

M - Nice smooth palate with medium body and lively carbonation. Refreshing despite the aftertaste.

D - Drinkability is high.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from badbeer, thank you sir!

500 ml. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a mostly clear golden hue with a big two finger off-white head that takes a while to die down. A good amount of stick remains on the sides of the glass with a whole bunch of bubbles racing up to the top as well. Smell of this beer is absolutely divine. Lemon, floral hops, hay, and clean brett. I had to give this a perfect 5 for aroma because everything comes together so well and it's just so clean...mmmhmmm, orgasm in the nose. Taste is very similar to the smell. The citrus is a bit weaker (unfortunately) but the brett is quite strong and very dry and grassy. Some spice, pepper, and sweet honey. Horse blanket in the aftertaste with a splash of orange zest. Once again, great balance amongst the plethora of flavors. Light to medium body with a crisp feel and a fairly strong carbonation, very fitting for this beer. I can't help but love this beer. I love just about everything New Glarus makes and this is just another one to add to the list. Might be my new favorite from them in fact. Get your hands on this one for sure. Thanks a ton Mike!

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R&D Golden Ale (2009) from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80.7% out of 100 with 332 ratings
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