R&D Gueuze
New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D GueuzeR&D Gueuze
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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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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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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
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orbitalr0x from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Kevin for grabbing this for me while he was at the brewery! Pours into my glass a beautiful golden peach with a fast moving bubbly head that quickly subsides. Great clarity with lots of active carbonation. Aromas start out with a good deal of funk coupled with fruit tones. Cherry and vinous notes. Floral accents meld into a mellow woodiness as well. Mild vinegar works in. Nice!

First sip brings tart fruit upfront with notes of cherry and apple. Malt dances underneath with woody oak tones and a touch of vinegar. Good balance between sour, acidity and sweetness. Dry white wine moves in as it flows down. Lingering funk on the finish that leaves you coming back for more!

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with lots of fast moving carbonation...kinda champagne-esque. Pretty easy to drink as it is not overly sour or acidic. Cheers to New Glarus for taking the chance on brewing a Gueuze!! Glad to have the opportunity to try it and hope to see something like this from them again soon.

Feb 02, 2011
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warriorsoul from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank YOU to Don (orbitalr0x)...hooking me up big time here.
First sampled at Great Taste 2010 and now a bottle to consume at home.
Pours a golden color with a thin, bright white head...no lacing. Quite still after this one sits in the snifter for a few minutes.
Aroma is divine with a lot of fruit...pear, strawberry (?), white grapes. Extremely inviting.
Taste is just as enjoyable...ah, who we kidding. Of course tasting the beer is better than just sniffing it! That prickly pear flavor kicks in up front with a delicate tart/sour complement. The sour works its way into the lingering finish and rounds out this world class creation. A small amount of the wood flavor shows up, but very much in the background here.
Mouthfeel is full of carbonation, but it complements the beer here.
Alcohol is non-existant. Despite some of the sour in the finish, it is quite dry and strips the palate clean almost completely after each sip. Love it.

Dec 20, 2010
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to CaseyK for sending me a pair of the most recent New Glarus R&D series beers. I split them with Devin earlier tonight.

Hazy orange with a dense white head with good retention and lacing, this is a very good looking beer. It would be a lot clearer, if not for being shaken up. The nose is decent, and rather unlike what I was expecting. Definite Bretty character with a moderate fruit character that grows as the beer warms. Initially mildly tropical with some citrus and a little apple, warming the beer up brings out a moderate stone fruit character. Mildly funky and cheesy, almost fatty, there's some mild phenols, mildly plasticy and rubbery. The plastic does fade off as it sits in my glass for a while. Ultimately, though, this beer really doesn't have the oomph of a traditional gueuze, and is, in fact, quite timid.

The palate opens surprisingly tart, very, very lactic with a little lemon. No acetic character whatsoever, this is just a giant wave of lactic sourness that initially swamps everything else. As it warms, the fruit character really comes through, a delicious light stone fruit character with peaches and apricots and a little citrus too. Drying and rather lactic on the finish with a little tannin character, this beer is light in body. Carbonation is high, causing the beer to initially foam up in my mouth, and the lactic finish is almost yogurt-like. Very very refreshing, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would drink it again in a heartbeat. As a gueuze, it fails, but as a beer, it does very well, and is an excellent first attempt. I'd like to raise my scores, but given that I'm currently drinking a fresh Cantillon Classic, I can't quite do that.

Sep 02, 2010
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klikger from Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Honey-colored with substantial white head, effervescent bubbling, and good lacing.

S - Champagne and funk. Drool-worthy.

T - Begins with lemony citric acidity and a bit of vinegar. Floral qualities appear next, coupled with mild yeast notes turning sour as it hits the middle and back portions of the tongue. The end is a refreshingly sour funkiness which tingles the areas behind the jaws.

M - Light bodied, crisp, and lively. Good carbonation.

D - Very drinkable.

Overall, my high expectations were met and then some. This is extremely enjoyable right now, and I can't wait to try it again in the coming months and years to see how it ages.

Aug 17, 2010
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jjfancybeers from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jan 17, 2012
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rye726 from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with a silky white head. Nose is a bit mellow. Not too sour, soem funky yeast and tart apples over mild malts. Nose is a great balance of sweet malts, sour fruits and funk. Clean, crisp body. Well carbonated. Nice American Gueze.

Jul 12, 2011
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beerindex from Michigan

4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A deep yellow-gold color with thin but persistent lace-like white head (which starts off at a couple of fingers due to its surprisingly high level of carbonation).

S - Mostly lemongrass with a bit or brett. Quite a bit more mild than the horseblanket wallop I was expecting for a beer that bills itself as a gueze. Pleasant, but nothing truly stand-out

T - First hit with a wave of moderate lemon and and apple sourness, with hints of a brett funk. Finishes with a sweeter lemon-grass taste. It makes the sort of transition that Flemish reds attempt, but with far more grace. Delicious both as a sour and a non-sour.

M - Nice and crisp, with a good amount of carbonation. Almost feels like a soured cider.

D - I almost never buy the same beer twice. If I could get this locally and regularly, I would surely make an exception. I would however make sure to have it before getting to stronger sours, stouts, or hop bombs if it is part of a tasting line-up.

Sep 24, 2010
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mothman from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Lost Abbey Snifter.

Pours about a finger of clean white head. Fades down a bit but good retention from there. Some active carbonation in the glass. Color is a bright golden orange.

Aroma: Very sweet with a lot of fruit flavors. I get a lot of muskmelon flavors and lemon citrus. A bit of funk, but mainly sour. A hint of tart cherries. The funk comes at the very end and isn't too apparent.

Taste: Fairly tart and sour with a dry funkiness to it. The fruits are more sweet with the melon sticking out the most. Some light medicinal flavors with hints of horseblanket. Lemon zest and cherries. It has some oak showing. It is pretty good, but different from Belgian gueuzes. The aftertaste of sharp cheese or basement musk.

Mouthfeel: Tart with a mild funkiness. A bit fizzy with a medium amount carbonation. A lighter body for this one. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, I like the classification of American wild ale on this one. It has a few differences that really make it hard to compare to something like cantillon classic. It is a really nice beer, however. Pretty drinkable. I am really happy to see something like this made in the midwest.

Oct 10, 2010
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Overlord from California

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Tpatuto!

Pours a light gold. Maybe half an inch of bubbling foam. Little bubbles and a thin white crust last a while.

Smells lightly of oak, big-ly of lemon zest, a bit of musty barnyard funk. Mmm....smells good.

Tastes even better. I'm going to buck the reviewing trend and say this is clearly better than the bourbon barrel kriek. Taste is more strongly of oak, some crazy musty tones that I really didn't expect from the aroma. Lots of barnyard mustiness for you funk fanatics. Lemon and spiderwebs of various notes of acidity make an appearance. Is that a faint aftertaste of ... honey? Some sort of sweet fruit? Interesting in such a sour beer.

Very drinkable.

Sep 18, 2010
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groovy24 from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +20.5%

Feb 08, 2012
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rtepiak from Poland

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is really an interesting quality of malt and sour. the appearance of the pour was an intense head of tight bubble that have a presence for about five seconds that dissipates. bubbles persist. a nose of floral hops, citrus pineapple, and coconut. palate of that with a very delicate pollen honey sweet. mild creamy quality of coconut milk that almost seems like lactic acid. finish butterscotch and coconut oil.

Sep 09, 2010
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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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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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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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madtowndmb1 from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Aug 08, 2012
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monitorpop from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Apr 30, 2012
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by ahalloin. Thanks Tony!

The beer appears clear and golden. Don't blink or you'll miss the head, as it fades instantly, leaving nary a trace of its existence. The beer has but a few bubbles and appears low in carbonation. This is an appearance I would expect from a very old gueuze. Hmm. The beer is more sweet than sour, which is the polar opposite of my personal preference. That being said, it tastes pretty good for what it is. True to form, this is another New Glarus beer that is just too sweet. A few ounces was plenty. This is not what I would consider a gueuze.

Nov 13, 2010
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weatherdog from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a Bells Tulip glass. This beer was shared amongst friends at a recent tasting.

This beer pours a crystal clear honey yellow with a generous white head with sticky lacing on the sides from the initial pour. New Glarus does know how to make a good looking beer but the lack of just a tinge of haziness makes me wonder if this was either filtered or how much (unmalted?) wheat was used.

The first thing I smell is an unmistakable presence of candied green apple skins. Its almost as if you sliced into a ripe tart green apple and stuck it into your nose. While that is pleasant and all I want some funk in my gueuze nose. There seemed to be a little lactic funk at the end but not having it dominating in the nose made me sad.

The taste finally comes through with some solid sourness. A clean seemingly refined lactic tartness is very present but still restrained compared to the benchmarks of the style. I then get some tart green apple sans the sweetness that was in the nose. The end finishes with a pleasant sharpness. The flavor is nice and refined but falls short in the real funkiness I crave in a well made and blended gueuze.

The carbonation is great, and as always mouth feel is spot on for a New Glarus beer. This beer is lively on the palette and the dry sharp finish combined the high carb has parallels to a champagne.

I'm a self admitted New Glarus fan boy, but I still pride myself on a honest review. With Dan Carey's previous assertion that this is a gueuze I kept my rating in line with that style. Much like previous reviewers have mentioned this is a great American Wild Ale but just a good gueuze. I really hope time in the bottle makes this beer less refined and gives it some unchained funk. I've got some bottles put aside to find out and I've got high hopes for future releases of this beer.

Aug 26, 2010
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Ineedabeerhere from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing James! From notes Nov 20th.

Pours a pale golden straw color, small head forms and leaving a dot or two of abstract lace.

I had drank this once before and found the aroma to be so incredibly overly toasted woody, just too much buttery wood, but this bottle didn't display those qualities. More integrated woody character, very light earthiness, with some orange, slightly tart in the taste with a semi-dry hint of lemon zest in the finish. Nice brew, definitely showing potential for future blends.

Nov 25, 2010
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enelson from Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.5%

Nov 16, 2011
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from the brewery

Brilliant, bright white, three finger thick head sits atop a clear yellow base riddled with an absolute tempest of swirling bubbles like an angry swarm of bees

Smell is slightly muted but predominantly barnyard funkiness and lemon rind along with green apples

With my guard slightly down from the mellow nose, the taste is a pleasant surprise. Lemon and funk up front followed by an explosion of sour tart Granny Smith as the beer reaches the middle of the tongue and slightly acidic bitter pucker at the back end. The woodsiness of the barrel and dry yeast is quite evident in the finish and adds a nice texture and flavor contrast while rounding out the profile.

Beastily carbonated, dry, and quite bubbly

One of the greatest strengths behind New Glarus is the drinkability of many of their offerings, regardless of style. This beer is no different. Given the right opportunity, I'd spend a few more hours lingering over my remaining bottles.

Aug 20, 2010
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Proteus93 from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clean golden, though very little head. No lacing, no head... Pretty much just a clean glass of liquid.

S + T: Modest, somewhat tart, and a little touch of pineapple. A nice level of acidity, moderately tart, fruity and just perfectly dry.

M + D: Medium bodied, but with enough dryness and carbonation to be very refreshing. Quite a pleasing brew, and something I'd happily take in again if the opportunity arose.

Jan 01, 2011
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Nov 23, 2011
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