R&D Gueuze
New Glarus Brewing Company

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From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
95
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 19, 2023
Added:
Jul 30, 2010
Wants:
  293
Gots:
  30
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
So I guess I will have to come back to this review, because I still have a 2010 bottle in the cellar. This is the July 2015 bottling (2015 Vintage). But May 2022, my absolute favorite beer of the trip, broke out by Nick U, and man, this has to be one of the best reviews in at least the last few hundred, maybe thousand, who knows.

Pours golden. It looks good, it looks familiar as beer. Virgin white head, 1/3". The aroma had probably the most amount of spontaneous fermentation funk than anything I've ever had. Wonderful nose, dare I say, perfect. Its like every bug in the ferment world it seems, producing notes of hay, lemon, grapefruit, wheat, barnyard funk and sourness. Belgium does not have the market cornered.

The taste just bangs away and is just as good as my faves like Cantillon, de Garde, 3F, Cuvee Rene etc. . .. There is a crispness to the mouth feel that brings about some green apple. Its super light yet flavorful. The oak seems very young. The sourness and acidity levels are just perfect. Its amazing how affordable these are. Only problem is the lack of production numbers. Amazing stuff.
Jan 19, 2023
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Feb 15, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.36 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Apr 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Oct 31, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Sep 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by Jonnydrinker from Illinois

Apr 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.71 by Brewery_Decimal_System from Texas

Dec 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by kbgratz from Texas

Dec 24, 2016
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.5 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Aug 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by ironchefmiyagi13 from Tennessee

Jan 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by kvgomps from New Jersey

Dec 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.01 by mendvicdog from Maryland

Oct 06, 2015
 
Rated: 4.21 by egrace84 from Illinois

Sep 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by Zuidman from Illinois

Sep 18, 2015
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4 by xdtfx from Illinois

Jun 14, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Mar 11, 2015
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Rated by GRG1313 from California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is not a 2015 review. This is from notes that I found of several beers tasted in 2010 when this was freshly released.
Mar 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4.6 by Tanger112 from Illinois

Jan 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by blabaer from California

Dec 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4.1 by wethorseblanket from California

Nov 30, 2014
 
Rated: 4.75 by robear from Wisconsin

Sep 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Sep 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by bobv from Vermont

Aug 26, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by fbc24 from Pennsylvania

Jul 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by akang from California

Jun 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by Boski from North Carolina

May 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by zestar from California

May 05, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by CurtisLoew from Wisconsin

Apr 22, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by yourefragile from District of Columbia

Nov 12, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by MCain04 from Texas

Nov 08, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by kodt from Illinois

Nov 08, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by tom10101 from Canada (QC)

Sep 02, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by cadaugherty from Illinois

Aug 20, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by thebigredone from Wisconsin

Aug 19, 2013
R&D Gueuze from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 195 ratings