R&D Gueuze
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
R&D GueuzeR&D Gueuze
Notes: 1,900 bottles
Brewed March 24, 2009
Bottled August 6, 2010

Brewed in the tradition of the Lambics of Belgium but using a blend of Ale Yeast, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, and Acetobacter. These microorganisms came from our culture collection as well as many collected by Dan around the wilds of Wisconsin! Fermented and aged in Oak. This beer spent the summer of 2009 aging outdoors in used oak barrels, then bottle fermented.
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bret27 from California

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage courtesy of Draftdaddy.
Clear copper. White fluffy head with lace.
Smell: Sour, grapefruit, funk.
Taste: funk, tart, barnyard, brett, wood.
Dry, crisp, refreshing.
Overall: solid gueze, authentic to style.

Apr 13, 2020
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened in 2019. This is a review based on a 9 year old bottle of beer, and that's all it is. Essentially, as you'd expect, darker brown body, oxidized, one finger white head, short retention and not much lacing. Smell is a very odd caramel and dark fruit but without cardboard, mild lemon tartness, a bit of cracker and toffee. Weird nose, very oxidized. However, the palate has more funk, leather and crisp tart lemon and acetic acidity to accompany the mild dark fruit oxidation, a bit of oak to boot. It's drinking sufficiently well, but the smell is all off from the oxidation. Lighter medium body, good carbonation, mildly dry leathery brett with a dab of dark fruit oxidation. Didn't age well, but it isn't a bad tipple either.

May 05, 2019
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TheSSG from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soft, soapy white head that has nice persistence. Sour and oak nose. Chill hazed, golden color. Starts with a sour, fruity, horsey flavor. The horse-like profile intensifies, then recedes to allow a soured maltiness to come through. The finish is citric sweet malt lingering over lactic acid.

This is quite good. It's a straightforward gueuze that is well balanced.

2014 vintage

Nov 25, 2016
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scottfrie from California

3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks for sharing, Jeff. Snifter.

A: Pours a light caramel/dark golden color with a thin cap of white foam.
S: Super musty funk, greasy oak, slight oxidization, apple juice scents, cheesey.
T: Musty apple juice, cardboard, and cheese. The tartness is fruity, and I get some golden fruit juice flavors. Slight caramel, like a caramel apple. Musty oxidization lingers.
M: Sprtizy and fizzy carbonation, medium body, greasy with oak but slightly tannic.
O: Over the hill. This beer tasted tired. I'm sure it was much brighter fresh, but now its very muddled and oxidized. Still drinkable, however I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this again.

Sep 08, 2015
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have tried getting into sours and/or wild ales but just can't seem to develop a taste for them. This beer though was solid. It had a nice, funky sour taste that for a wild ale newbie like me, wasn't too overpowering.

Aug 09, 2015
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vizzionman from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very complex after the aging. Had this two months ago. Lots of funky oak charicteristics to it. Awesome sourness. I did not try when it first came out so I have nothing to compare the aging to, but it seems like it aged very well.

Jul 18, 2015
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jegross2 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the R&D Gueuze from New Glarus Brewing Company out of New Glarus, Wisconsin.

Score: 90

Brewed 03/24/09, bottled 08/06/10. Served in a Firestone Walker reserve series mini snifter and enjoyed on 01/24/14. Sampled side-by-side with New Glarus R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek, R&D Sour Ale and R&D Very Sour Blackberry. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale golden color with a thin fizzy layer of head that settle to a ring around the head. Poor lacing, average retention. 3/5

Smell: Straw grain, light barnyard funk, sweet malt, brown sugar, lemon rind, apple and faint peach. This might be the best smelling bottle of this I have had yet, with others being much funkier, grainier and less citrusy in the smell/taste. 4.25/5

Taste: A light kick of wet wood flavor upfront, followed by sour lemon, sweet apple juice, white wine and a hint of cherry. The lemon flavor lingers nicely. Not very complex or tart as hoped, but more so than the R&D Bourbon Barrel Kriek. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Quire juicy on palate. Very muted tartness. Dry finish 4/5

Overall: The previous two times I tried this beer, it lacked any tartness and was overly funky, but this was a surprisingly good bottle for whatever reason.

Cost: $8 for a 500 ml bottle.

Aug 16, 2013
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Treebs from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served in a New Glarus flute. Bottled 8/6/10. Thanks to sweemzander for the share!

A: Pours a clear yellowish color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Fruity and sweet with a slightly tart lemony note. Grassy, wet oak and a hint of lemon peel.

T: Lots going on in the taste. Tart apple, lemon spritz, musty basement and grass. Sweet vanilla with some pale malts and a little oak. Sour lemon notes as well.

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Sour and sweet finish.

O: Really good. Definitely enjoyed this one. Easy drinking with a nice complex taste.

Apr 11, 2013
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birchstick from Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish tigers eye color without much of a head. Nose sour citrus with the new Glarus house yeast smell. Taste starts off with citrus, lemony notes that's hold strong through the middle of the palate. These flavors hold strong through the rest of the beer. The new Glarus yeast / house character also comes through in the back 1/4th of the palate. Mouth is a little watery and thin but good for the style. Overall, I Was hoping for a bit more out of this. I couldn't escape the house character bleeding into this and washing out some of the gueuze. I glad to try it, but would take a Belgian Ted over this.

Nov 10, 2012
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color beer with a large foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of light funky notes with some tart notes and light oak notes also noticeable. Taste is a good mix between some funky ester with some oak and tart notes that are all well balanced between each others. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well balanced and easily drinkable

Oct 30, 2012
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Duff27 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half inch white head on a dark golden/light amber body. Leaves a collar of the most part, then vanishes.

Slight tartness on the nose, hint of sweetness as well!

The sweetness that I detected in the aroma didn't translate in the taste, all sour here. "granny smith apples". Well hidden alcohol, hardly noticeable.

Light and crisp mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

Yum yum here. Aged 2 years and now finally enjoying the first two limited quantity R&D beers, worth the wait. Holds up well to some of the more sour-eccentric breweries' (Russian River, Cascade) beers.

Aug 06, 2012
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brystmar from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brendan, thanks!

Looks like apple juice: minimal head that disappears quickly, zero lace after 2-3min. Smells sweet and (again) like apple juice. Honestly can't smell much of anything.

Taste is much improved. Reminiscent of a good Belgian gueuze with hints of NG-esque Wisconsin sugars. Tart, crisp, tasty. Finishes slightly watery and totally refreshing.

I enjoyed this *much* more than the Kriek.

Jul 19, 2012
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starrdogg from District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Stawn for sending this one our way.

Beer pours a hazy yellow/orange with a thin white head and almost no lacing. Smell is very interesting, not what I expected for a gueuze. It's got some white wine characteristics and is a little sweet and fruity as well. Not really any funk at all. Flavor is a little different than any other wild or gueuze I've had. It's much closer to an American Wild than a gueuze. It's got a nice acidit and is pretty sour, but it's also got some nice white wine characteristics to it as well as some light fruit. Mouthfeel is light with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a really tasty wild, nothing amazing, but a nice unique spin on the style.

May 12, 2012
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3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade

(Aged for 1+ year)

Clear golden orange and yellow with a small near-white head that falls to a filmy crown quite quickly. This leaves the glass spotted with dots of stick.

The aroma is a nice combination of virgin oak, green apple, and some lemon. This doesn't have quite the earthy, grassy, or funky scents I really like to find in gueuze.

The flavor is a well-rounded and well integrated combination of spicy oak, green apple, lemon, and a bit of earth. This is quite sweet for a gueuze, and not nearly as funky as some others.

Thin to medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

A very flavorful, somewhat sweet gueuze. I wish there was more funk.

Apr 12, 2012
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jedwards for the opportunity to try this beer. Bottled on 08/06/2010. Pours a straw gold hue with a quarter inch, frothy, bright white head that dissipates into a froth and a skim. Nose expresses citrus zest and light malts - the nose is really quite bright on this beer. Taste is bready with some buttery notes. I would really liken this to a bolder berlinner-weisse. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but closer to light, with a lively carbonation. Overall, a very nice sour, although more akin to a berlinner-weisse than an American Wild in my opinion. This beer has held up very well. Too bad it's a one-off.

Apr 01, 2012
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amphion1065 from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle courtesy of the very generous Duff 27. Served in a Duvel glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a shade that's quite reminiscent of apple juice. Very clear. A half-finger white head quickly settles. Lacing recedes quickly

Very pleasant aroma. A lot of tart, Granny smith apples. Lemon. Grass. A faint funk throughout.

At first, the sourness seems almost overpowering, but the beer itself is surprisingly sweet. That acidic quality abates fairly quickly, leaving a melange of sweet fruits and lemon zest. Bready in the finish.

The carbonation is perfect, though the mouthfeel is a little heavy. Still, this is quite easy to drink, with very nice effervescence.

Not my favorite of the R&D series, and one that seems more traditional in its stylistic aims, but still very nice.

Feb 20, 2012
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this one to our recent gueuze tasting. Served alongside the Kriek.

A - Pours golden straw yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving patchy lace down the glass.

S - Smells of light funk and sourness, dash of herbs, green apples, oak and some wet straw. Compared to the others we opened this ones nose wasn't as good.

T - Starts off with bright lactic sourness kick quickly giving way to hints of barnyard funk, green apples, lemon zest, oak and a touch of spice. Not as sour as I was expecting, also a slightly metallic flavor develops as it warms. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the pallet after the finish.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, tart feel that lingers through the finish. Nice and soft at the start growing a bit watered down toward the end of the glass.

O - Second time I have had this one, once fresh and once aged, and I have enjoyed it both times, altho I think I preferred it fresh. The flavors where mild and it was easy to drink. I would recommend it.

Feb 12, 2012
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phishsihq from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beautiful brewery located in the little Swiss-haven town of New Glarus, shares the town's name, and has put the town on the map. New Glarus is the 18th largest brewery in the United States, and has a very limited distribution, "Only in Wisconsin". We were fortunate to be able to swing by the brewery on our way back to Colorado following a summer vacation. In the gift shop we noticed a R&D Gueuze, Limit 3 bottles. Excitement began to build.
Gueuze pours a clean and clear gold, with a tight white head that leaves a loose and lasting lace. A vinegary sour twang meets the nose, with hints of slight oakiness, funk and sweetness (apple). Acidic tartness is very prevalent, with some Brett hints as well as oak, vanilla, and cinnamon. Very complex flavors are met with a lighter body and high amounts of carbonation. Love this beer and brewery, sad we are out of their products for the time being.

Feb 11, 2012
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mikereaser from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light orange with an inch of white foam that quickly faded leaving just a bit of spotty lacing. Not alot to look at
S - The aroma is a mix of oak, some cherry pie filling, light funky sourness and some sort of spiciness.
T - Taste is very similar to the aroma. Some light citrusy flavor with some oak and the cherry pie filling flavor. There is some vanilla and cinnamon as well. The oak really shows through along with some of the funky sourness but its not overpowering at all. Very nicely balanced.
M/D - Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Its very easy to drink and I'm glad I have another bottle.

Feb 05, 2012
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Orangesol for sharing this. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a taster. The brew appears a clear golden color with a white froth. As the cap fades, it leaves some spotty to patchy lacing effect on the glass. A light swirl revives the head.

The smell of this brew is briney like olives mixed with some lemon and funk. Oak is present with a spiced aspect almost like vanilla and cinnamon. Some notes of vinegar come out as it warms. I'm not sure if it is the type of oak or level of char to the barrel but I've noticed a similarity here in other barrel aged bees that comes across with almost an incense aspect about the nose. Not bad, just a little ackward for the style.

The taste includes an immediate barrel ages presence of vanilla and cinnamon. It had almost a sweet tea flavor about it. Some mild sourness mixes with some tangy notes of mild apple cider vinegar. There is a hint of nail polish remover across the back which intertwines with some dirty diaper aspect and tannic nature from the barrel aging.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking and a very unique take on the style. It has a big focus on the barrel aging which I found enjoyable in its own right but distracting from what I like most about the Geuze style. This is worth a try if you get the chance but not traditional by any means. I was appreciative for the chance to try this, thanks Nate.

Jan 17, 2012
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nate(?) for sharing this a 500 ml into cervoise.

The color is a beautiful golden shade with excellent clarity and a thick cap of white which looks fluffy with very fine beading and carbonation visibly streams from the center of the glass. The smell is herbal and toasty iwth fruity sourness and light tinge of rind with a tropical fruit sweet tinge and light wood accent.

the Taste is somewhat spicy with a gentle fruity tinge, not specifically sour but lightly sour in its own way with slight hints of tropical fruit augmenting with a nice wood component and mild dry oaky essence that compliments with a hint of tea-like tannic flavor. This is a really good beer, nice blend of many components makes for a complex taste. Dry herbal, juicy and slight tropical with a mild funk and light sour is a nice list of attributes to have. Overall I think it exceeds the drinkabililty and quality of the R& D Golden, not sure why it is rated lower -different strokes I guess.

Jan 11, 2012
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aasher from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle from thagr81us in a massive trade back in September. I've been wanting to try this one for a long time. Thanks Calton!

It pours a light bodied clear copperish gold in color with a light white lacing around the glass. It smells of light butter from the oaking, light dried fruits, namely peaches and apricots. The flavors feature light oaking and light and quick dried apricot. It finishes very quickly and drinks very light in body. It drinks really smoothly and leaves a very appealing after taste behind. It has a good amount of carbonation and is very effervescent. The flavor is nice and satisfying, just short. I like it a lot and am glad to have tried it. It's one of the more drinkable, sessionable gueuzes I've come across.

Dec 29, 2011
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oline73 from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy yellowish amber with a half finger of white head. This one has some decent retention.

Smell: Crisp and vinegary, more sour than funky. There is a lot of oak with some fruity notes in the smell as well.

Taste: Sour vinegar and white wine up front. A bit funky, nice and crisp. The finish is a bit mild/watery given the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good gueuze, but given the hype and ratings behind it, I was hoping for a bit more. I would have liked the flavor to be a bit more aggressive in the finish.

Dec 19, 2011
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beagle75 from Iowa

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with less than one finger of diminishing opalescent foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass and solitary bubbles rise frequently from the sides of the glass.

S: Musty like a damp wool blanket, with faint lactic acidity that reminds of yogurt that has been tastefully flavored with fruit.

T: Begins dry, with balanced tartness that combines lactic and acetic qualities into a mild and approachable package. Oak is detectable early, bringing much-needed complexity to simplistic bright fruit that leaves the palate wanting. Crackery malt becomes distinctive, in the middle as other flavors fade, transitioning well enough but struggling to keep up with the flavors from the beginning. The finish is mildest of all; crisp, with wild-yeast funk that is barely detectable.

M: Thin viscosity, watery but very refreshing on the palate until acidity slowly builds to a less-than-comfortable level in the throat, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a satisfying and approachable sour ale, similar to a base beer that New Belgium might take and modify with peaches or dry-hop additions to make an Eric's Ale or Le Terroir. Less is more for New Glarus, by comparison, with this beer offering a fairly objective point for the newly-converted to explore sours. It is held back somewhat by its gutless denouement, although it does shine early on in the flavor profile.

Oct 10, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kan for showing up at Seans with this to share.

A - Yellow beer with a bit of a white head. Not particularly great retention, left a some splotches on the sides.

S - A bit of funk. Some grass, tartness, and something sweet that reminds of apples.

T - Decently tart, a bit fruity with apples and something a little citrus. Little bit of oak, and a bit too much lactic notes here.

M - Lighter bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O - Somewhat disappointing, but not horrible. Wouldn't really care to have this again, had some odd stuff going on, not a great example of the style.

Sep 04, 2011
R&D Gueuze from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 194 ratings