R&D Gueuze | New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D GueuzeR&D Gueuze

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by alcstradamus on 07-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of electrojosh
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentment - One bottle, received as a gift. I like the old fashioned, hand-numbered bottle. This beer was available for only a very limited time, and I was very fortunate to get a bottle from a friend.

A - Cloudy. Presents nice in the old fashioned brown bottle.

S - Wonderful sour funk. Not as strong as the best Belgian geuzes, but very terrific by American standards. Just one whiff tells me it's a geuze.

T - My favorite thing about this beer was the taste. Sour without being overwhelming. Not as complicated as an authentic European geuze, but very close -- and way superior to almost all domestic American sour beers I've tasted. (Off the top of my head, only Russian River has better.)

M - Just a bit thinner than it should be. But otherwise goes down nice. This geuze (were it still available) would be an excellent choice for when I want a delicious sour beer just goes down quickly -- such as while watching football.

D - Overall, this is one of the best domestic american sours I've ever had. Everything about the experience was delightful. From the feel of the old fashioned bottle, to the sour funk, to the taste in my mouth, it was all perfect. I'm quite surprised that even a good brewer like New Glarus got this one so right on the first try. I hope they make it again, and perhaps consider adding it to their seasonal lineup.

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Photo of levifunk
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into snifter

a - very light golden color. white head. constant carbonation bubbles coming up. looks like champagne...absolutely beautiful.

s - big nose. got a hit of fruit when i opened the bottle. smell is very sour. lemon. a bit of grassy funk

t - wow, bigger sour flavor than expected. very dry as well. from the nose I was expecting sour, but that ripped my tongue a bit. citrus sour, with a subtle funk aftertaste.

m - big carbonation, and as mentioned, very dry.

overall - its NG, so its very drinkable. I'm regretting sharing this with my wife.

Its drinking amazing fresh, but definitely young. The funk flavors are there, but just babies, and should develop great. Also, I am very surprised how dry and sour this beer is fresh. This is going to be great to cellar and have with next year's batch.

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Photo of beerindex
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled 08-06-10.

(A)- Pours a crystal clear golden orange hue that produced a good effervescent pure white head that has some great retention behind it.

(S)- A dry earthy barnyard floor front with a light floral aspect to it. A light tart apple fruit in the background. Bits of lemon sourness; subtle, but there.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A much stronger lactic sourness than the smell led me to believe, but welcomed! An earthy clay dryness of a funkiness that I enjoy. A light combo of a tart apple/lemon fruit zest at the end with an even bigger dryness. Pretty sour throughout, but restrained.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Rather sour, but has a great earthy funk to smooth it out. A nice tart fruit zest at the end. A great feel for the style.

(D)- New Glarus never fails. They seem to succeed in just about everything they make, and this is no different. A fantastic take on the style that is more fitting of its name than a Wild Ale in my opinion. This one rather impressed me. Crisp, and just the right amount of sour funk and light fruits. Nothing like some funk from the Midwest! Well-done yet again Dan. Can I buy a case? I look forward to seeing how this ages in the coming years.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I have to recognize the ever generous zimmerbloke for hooking me up with this rarity from the mid-west. Thanks Matt. Shared the 16.9 ounce bottle with my wife. Poured into tulips.

Pour is pale gold with top notch clarity. There exists a nice two finger rocky snow white head that quickly recedes to a wisp ring around the glasses inside. No lacing exists but none was expected.
On the nose we have boat loads of vanilla, some raw wood, sour stone fruit, and lactic goodness. The promise of a great sour has been made!

This might just be the single most sour beer I've had to date! My skin literally prickled on my arms as I took my first sip! Goose bump causing sourness aside, a little peach, under-ripe grapes, and copious vanilla dance on the palate. A little graham cracker sweetness makes a cameo on the finish. Really, really, good flavors from top to bottom.

Spritzy, prickly carbonation help this finish clean and encourages another taste! This would be great with some spicy stir fry.

I love me some sour beers. The only qualm I have is that they are so highly drinkable, I always find my glass empty before I'm ready for it to be. This beer is no exception. Really fantastic brew. I've yet to find a New Glarus beer I don't thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of digita7693
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thank you to hu5om for this!!!

A Cloudy yellow, 1 finger head that disappears rather quickly and leaves almost no tracing. what I expect from a geuze

S very lemony, with some slightly sour apples, just an overall very appealing and fresh sour/tart smell

T sour and lemony, very refreshing, with a slight sweetness.
very refreshing and simply delicious!

M/D I could drink these all night, just perfect all around. Good carbonation, body, taste

Notes: a deliciously balanced gueuze that makes me think NG can do no wrong, not just a great American Gueuze, but a great one all around

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Photo of vizzionman
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a head, which after a careful pour, rose to two fingers; nice clumpage around the chalice, though the retention was not particularly long

Smell: Lactic yoghurt, apple skins, lemons and barnyard funk

Taste: All of the elements of the aroma come together right up front, leaving an overwhelming impression of tart yoghurt, with an oaky/vanilla character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tartness lifts up another notch and the finish is very acidic

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; mouth-puckering

Drinkability: Despite the label, BA characterizes this as an American Wild; I agree with that and that is how I will rate it - top notch in that category

Thanks, DP34, for the opportunity

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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From tasting notes:
500ml bottle shared, into a Tulip
A: A hazy golden body, nice overall Gueuze appearance. No head or lacing, but standard for style. Good amount of carbonation.
S: Strong notes of lemon zest, orange and acid undertones.
T/M: The nose, hits the spot for this brew. A nice acidity to it, with notes of lemon, orange on this medium body. The finish holds a sensation of cake batter (best part for me). Sweet notes of spice, with a medium mouthfeel, this is an all around great gueuze.
D: I would love to have more bottle of this, seeing as I could drink it all the time, but the rest will see some age in the cellar, cannot wait to try some age on it.

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Photo of drpimento
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bang on! Poured with a fine white head that slowly settles, but lasts to the bottom and lots of lace. Color is a slightly pale yellow. Aroma is very yeasty, spicey, fresh cut grass, and grain. Flavor is like aroma plus a little lemon and lots of bitterness from yeast and Brett. Body is perfect and so is carbonation. Finish is clean and fresh. Slow sipping on hot summer days session.

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Photo of rye726
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to a snifter.

A: Golden Color, Semi small ring of head.

S: Heavy Oak, Champagne like aromas, Grape, Vanilla, Spice. Very Nice bouquet.

T: Awesome. Tart but not super tart, a dry vanilla and oak flavor that goes way beyond just being 'sour.' Well balanced and excellent mature tasting beer.

M: Bubbly and dry, nice medium feel. Great and correct to the style.

D: Great, a beer to remember.

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Photo of klikger
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. Batch 10 bbl, Brewed 3.24.09, O.G. 14°P, Bottled 8.6.10, ABV 6.2%, IBUs 15.

Another thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this awesome bottle as well as getting one for me!

A - Completely clear golden yellow with a massive three-finger head form the tall pour. Poor retention from the acidity but great lace left over!

S - Very reminiscent of the Bourbon Barrel Kriek I had just before this beer, this has a mild lactobacillus aroma hiding timidly behind a light acidic barrel - not booze - just wood aroma. A little splash of lemon sourness and mild maltiness behind. A very fantastic aroma I cant seem to get enough of but is it really Gueuze? Not a hole lot so far.

T - Aah! The sourness emerges! Wild lacto and acidic funk comes out with a good barnyard funk flavor here. Nice balance and more of a true Gueuze flavor than the aroma lets on.

M - Tart and sour with a good crisp and refreshing finish. Medium-light bodied and well carbonated, R&D Gueuze has a great feel!

D - Good, nay, GREAT drinkability, this went down almost as quickly as the R&D BBK. Well done again Dan, this is another nice brew from New Glarus.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Kan, thanks dude!

A - Pours a light golden yellow, white fizzy head which dissipates into a few bubbles here and there. No lacing, no retention.

S - Decent amount of funk, sour notes, slight barnyard. Nothing mind blowing here, but very solid.

T - Medium funk, sour/tart, slight barnyard, oak, some citrus notes. All very solid and well done. Slightly sour finish.

M - Light, crisp, champagne-esk carbonation, dry finish.

D - I really like this one. From what I've been told, this will be the base beer for future sours from NG. I think that's awesome because I heart this beer. Recommend.

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Photo of Overlord
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of TulipSnifter
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clean golden goodness with bubbles.
Smell: A little funky and sour but good.
Taste: There is a prominent sour taste.
Mouth feel: This has a clean feel. My tongue tingled a little when sipping on this sour beer.
Drink ability: I really enjoyed drinking this clean and crisp sour beer...a lot.

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Photo of Casey10
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a exceptional beer obtained from klikger thank you again.

This is a excellent representation of the style.

A - Yellow golden hue wipy head with lots of bubbles comming to the top.

S - slight grass slight lemon smell.

T - tart and sour. Those into sours will absolutely love this it is really good.

M - Leaves a nice tingly sensation with a nice puckering mouth feel after drinking.

D - Worth having given the abvs would love to have regualarly.

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Photo of crossovert
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle, purchased at the brewery. Chilled.

It pours a nice look for a gueuze, the head is bright white and big at first but quickly recedes, as per the style for the most part. It is a nice golden gueuze color.

It smells rather clean for a gueuze but it does smell pretty good. There is a ton more oak here than I usually get from the standard gueuze and it is the same oak smell I get in all New Glarus BA beers, it has some wood, vanilla, and a distinctive waxiness to it, whatever barrels they use are distinct ones. There is also oxidized apple and pear, with each respective fruit's peels included, underneath there is a lemony pucker. There is a slightly funky must, but it is buried. Overall I would have to dock this one a it in the smell because the oak blankets everything else.

The flavor brings to mind more traditional gueuze. And it is indeed a funky one. It isn't overly sour but it does bring a bit of pucker. The first thing I noticed was the big hit of lemon that is the main flavor of this brew, after that it slides away and you get a mouthful of oaky funk. As I drink more of it it really brings to mind traditional gueuze flavors: sour lemon, apple peel, pear, sour. The oak isn't overbearing in the flavor bringing a subtle wood and vanilla note, and thankfully so because rather than cloaking the great flavors of this beer, it just adds another level of complexity. There are also hints of grain and malt that further add to the depth of this interesting brew.

The mouthfeel was rather carbonated which isn't what you always expect in a gueuze, but really worked well here. The sourness coats your tongue and keeps you going back for more, but it isn't overbearing.

It is a solid example of an "American Gueuze", it has a lot of elements that you get from traditional beers, but it has its own unique twist. It is still young, but I look forward to trying my other bottle in the future.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second of the R&D beers sent to me in a package by Translucent. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a largely translucent golden appropriate for the style with about a half finger of fizzy head that dies back to some patchy layering in fairly short order.

Smell- Wow, a surprisingly fruity nose with a lot of pear, green apple, and grapeskin. A whiff of lactic acidity on the finish of the nose.

Taste- Again, very fruity. For me, this fruitiness really comes across as an almost pear-like flavor, though the green grapeskin and apple is also there. Not overly tart does finish with some acidity. There is also a little bit of something on the end that I was almost describe as a buttery-ness. Doesn't take away really but I would say that it surprised me a bit and didn't really seem to fit in.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is not overly carbonated or thin and good for the style. Drinkability is also quite good as well and was by no means an acid bomb.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer from New Glarus. I'm really enjoying this R&D series, though I would have to say that of the three, this one comes in third for me so far. Nevertheless, very enjoyable.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, split

appearance: sweet R&D label design - served in ale asylum chalice, straw-golden body, foamy white cap but no retention

smell: grass, tart lemon, citrusy sugar, hay, oak, funky but more restrained than some belgian examples.

taste: tart lemon, peach, funky yeast that will develop nicely over time, hay and grass, sugary candy, high acidity. Very nice sour offering - i'm not one to downplay a rating for skewing from a style while still being great as i think some are quick to do. It cant stand up to Cantillon Gueuze (nothing can) but its a great american sour that remains distinctly new glarus.

mouthfeel: tart, tongue twisting, light and crisp

drinkability: good

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Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mikesgroove for bringing this one to share! Had during Hobo Tasting #5 along-side R&D BB Kriek down by the railroad tracks near RJ Rockers. Brewed 3.24.09, bottled on 8.6.10, 10 bbl batch. Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal bone white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, and big funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, big sour, tart, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. Had a very nice sour and tart aspect going on here that dominated the beer. The funk also really worked with these aspects to tie the entire brew together as a whole. This one was definitely more my style as compared to the R&D BB Kriek. Really glad that I have my own bottle that I can lay down for awhile and see how it develops. Definitely must have to find a chance to try this one!

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R&D Gueuze from New Glarus Brewing Company
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