R&D Gueuze | New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D GueuzeR&D Gueuze

Brewed by:
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 birchstick
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Gold, maybe a hint of red. Clear. Tall white head that quickly dissipates into a fairly short layer of foam.

Smell - Cherries. But smells quite tart - almost lemony.

Taste - Comes across as pretty light. Mainly tart cherries and a little citrus. Some additional ill-defined sourness. Lip puckeringly sour.

Mouthfeel - Light to moderate. Well carbonated.

Drinkability - This might not be the style of beer for me, but I'm thankful for the opportunity to have tried it. Hooray for adventurous local breweries.

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Photo of nickd717
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle thanks to Arbitrator.

This "gueuze" pours a clear copper color, dark and clear for the style with a two finger white head and a nice big ring on the glass.

Aroma is sweet malt, oak, and green apple. Not much funk to it really.

The flavor is nice sweet pale malt, sour cream (largerdeer suggested it but it's true), apple, and only a little tart funk.

Medium-bodied with average carbonation and not nearly enough acidity.

A good enough beer, but come on, this is not a gueuze. So far off-style it's not even funny.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both nerd and Arbitrator for sharing bottles.

Golden-amber, fairly clear and bright with a small white head. The aroma is interesting, very musty and cheesy, almost salty; the lactic quality reminds me distinctly of sour cream. There's also a solid foundation of damp oak. The palate is quite sour up front, very lactic and even a bit creamy. Lemony with musty/funky oak, grain husk and cheesy lactic acid. Light in body, pretty refreshing and unusual. Lactic and lemony finish with a lingering sour cream character. Pretty enjoyable overall, clearly not an authentic gueuze, but even taken as an American sour it doesn't quite stack up against the best.

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Like the R&D Kriek, I tried this twice; once via nerd, and once out of a bottle traded to me by Wisconsinality.

A: Pours a golden orange body with a finger of off-white head that sticks around and leaves trails of lace down my snifter.

S: Oak, lemon peel, green apple. Like its cousin, the R&D kriek, there isn't a ton of bacterial character. But it is there; I pick up a light barnyard funk.

T: Mild lactic sourness, tart green apple, a touch of funk, oak, orange peel. A touch of spice in the finish. The beer has a mild cereal grain flavor to it that I enjoy. But overall, it feels a bit simple. I was expecting the complexity and maturity of a real gueuze; something that feels like you ground up a horse blanket and leather boots, then strained some water through the mixture and bottled it. This just doesn't capture that flavor. It's not bad, but I can't suggest it's anywhere near a 5 for a wild ale.

M: Crisp, dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium-high with a good scrubbing presence.

D: I liked the beer, but I guess I was expecting something more like Lambicus Dexterius when I saw it billed as a true gueuze. Quibbles over spontaneous fermentation aside, my expectations of a particular flavor profile weren't met. It's still good, and (IMO) better than the Bourbon Barrel Kriek.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from glazeman - thanks, Scott!

Pours a brilliantly clear, deep amber color. The white head is frothy and a half-inch thick with light retention and lacing. The smell is dominated by apple cider vinegar, or more closely, a mixture of apple juice and acetic acid with very faint floral notes. The taste is a bit more complex with notes of tart apples and grain providing depth to the intense acetic flavors. This smells and tastes like no other gueuze I've had. There are hints of the unmistakable New Glarus flavor/sweetness that I've picked up in the Cranbic and Bourbon -bal Kriek as well. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a lightly sweet and tart finish. The drinkability is above average but not great because of the relative lack of complexity for the style. Overall, this is a decent American wild that probably suffers from being labeled a gueuze.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Thanks to Mike (Overlord) for sharing. The Law of Equipoise must be restored in the near future.

A: Mountainous frothy white head atop a hazed golden body, good retention, scattered lacing.

S: Lemon, oak, moderately sweet, moderately acidic. There's a light Brett presence and an inchoate funk character to the beer. A restrained lactic sourness is evident as well as some phenolic and acetone notes.

F: Sweet and lightly tart lemon with notes of oak and very little funk, maybe a dash of musty character. The sourness is mostly lactic and it comes across as sort of simple. The finish is lactic and lightly acidic lemony oak.

M: Crisp and dry with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: I think this was a decent American Wild Ale, but calling it a Gueuze does it a disservice as it lacks the intricacies and various qualities that I associate with the style. I'm a big New Glarus fan, but this isn't one of their better beers and wasn't what I'd hoped.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kan for this treat.

Pours a light peach, cloudly, off white head, not good retention or lacing...The aromaa is sour to start, a little oak, but then a weird medicinal yogurt comes through that is really offputting...Taste is similar lots of yogurt with a more pronounced medicinal finish...Decent feel but kind of tough to drink as its really off putting and not what is expected at all for a gueze.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus R&D Gueuze, bottled on 8.6.10

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear gold with fluffy eggshell-white head that recedes quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Strikingly effervescent.

S: Even before I hold glass to my nose, I can smell whiffs of lactic sourness. Yes, lactic acid is sharp. Some vinegar, red wine vinaigrette, flowers, and a suggestion of brettanomyces. Additional aromas includes oak/barrel and citric acid. 

T: Not as sharply acidic or as complicated as I was expecting after smelling it for ten minutes. Brettanomyces is more prevalent, and that plays well with sourness. Watered-down distilled vinegar and apple vinegar with a squirt of lemon juice. This is juxtaposed with some funk/barnyard, hay, and freshly cut oak. I keep picking up a very light buttery note. Minimal bitterness. Vinegar and funk linger into finish.

M: Light body and light carbonation. The beer is oddly still, considering initial burst of bubbles. That's okay as I think light carbonation works with flavor profile. 

O: R&D Gueuze is quite drinkable, but just a slightly above-average American take on one of my favorite styles. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the experience and would revisit this beer. 

Thanks dvelcich for the opportunity. 

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.64/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of brystmar
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a bit of a white head. Smell immediately makes quite a bit of funk apparent, although it's not nearly as integrated as I get from the exemplars of the style. A bit of hay and ever-so-slight sourness. Taste brings forth a bit of horse blanket and some dry wheat. Hopefully it's just the age, but it's not terribly complex at this stage. This carries over into the mouthfeel, which isn't nearly as dry and funky as many Belgian counterparts. Drinkability is good, and I'm left wondering what this might become; or, better yet, what New Glarus might end up making if it continues down this road and creates a larger number of barrels/batches to blend.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scott for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this "gueuze".

A: The pour is a golden orange color, much like the real thing, with an initially fluffy white head that dies down to a thin layer of foam.

S: A soft, but enjoyable, funk character to this beer. Mostly grass and straw notes with a slight lactic tartness. There is a bit of an apple juice character that provides some sweetness, but also some green apple for some more mild acidity.

T: The tartness is moderate, not quite as intense and puckering as many a traditional gueuze, but sufficient. Lemon and green apple provide some fruit notes, and a bit of a grassy character is present. There is an unfortunate metallic aftertaste, however.

M: The mouthfeel is actually quite appropriate. Medium body with a high carbonation that really resembles a true gueuze quite well.

D: Of course, I'd still prefer to open up a Cantillon Gueueze or Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, but this was a good effort. The metallic quality sort of ruined it, though.

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Photo of Phelps
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting by tlay10. Brewed 3-24-09 bottled 8-6-10, this beer was spontaneously fermented in oak barrels outside the brewery before it made its way into my snifter.

The color is like subtly chill-hazed apple juice. A one-finger head of white fizzes away to a simple lingering and sticky ring, leaving behind smooth arcs of sticky lace.

In the nose: peppermint, black licorice, tropical oranges, mangoes, papayas and a very very subtle tartness. Weird smell. I enjoy how foreign the aroma is.

The flavor is similar, with a black cherry sweetness, mint and some light lingering black licorice. Moderate tartness blasts in the middle. There's also a tartness that kind of overpowers the other flavors.

High prickly carbonation peppers the tongue, causing a little pain. It fizzes up quite a bit as it moves about. Medium light body, nice smoothness. Tartness dries out the mouth a bit, but doesn't get too crazy.

An interesting gueze, with flavors I've never experienced before. Would've liked a little more complexity.


Two years later, this beer is a whole new animal. The aroma blends honey, peaches and apple juice and is absolutely beautiful. Same black cherry sugar in the flavor, with an added honey/sherry quality. Much improved.

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3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with some orange highlights. Fingers worth of white head that drops fast. Leaves a thincap of bubbles that eventually becomes a crown.

Nose is funk! Almost a salt and lemon smell. Somehow it manages to be somewhat fruity. The barrels give of a nice wood note in the background. Very nice.

First sip is mouth puckering. It eases up, but not by much. Lemon peel with an earthy barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel is good. I really don't find this style to be highly drinkable. Glad I grab some bottles when I visited the brewery.

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Photo of StormKing47
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared on New Years Eve with cmurren25 and therealnomayo. Been waiting to crack this and hears why...

A- An obviously hazy yellow with a golden hue. A steady stream of carb bubbles leading up to a razor thin white head. Looks like most guezes as it should. Can't wait to get to the rest.

S- An immediate burst and onslaught of sour apples, lemons and earthy mustiness. Smells somewhat sweet, with a lemony tartness and slight vinegary acidity. Really want to dive in more this smells fantastic and like it will go down smoothly.

T- An apparent sour lemon and granny smith rush to open, but an unexpected sweet finish. Some warming and the earthy mustiness comes into play in the finish with a sour apple finish accompanied by a light vinegar sourness, but still has an odd lingering sweetness possibly from the malt.

M- A very nice carb tingle with a mouth watering sourness and pucker. A nice tart zing to finish with a refreshing and crisp smoothness. Not very coating or thick, but more towards the thin side.

D- A very nice rendition of a gueze that is approachable and drinkable, but the sweetness could be a little much. Still glad I got to try this one and would like to again with some age on it so that maybe the acidity would kill the sweetness.

New Glarus continues to impress and what a nice way to branch out and try new styles.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to pantanap for sharing. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and filmy haze. The body is a hazy peach color.

S - Mixed berry yogurt, apple skins, some wood and char, oaky vanilla, pale malt backbone. Definitely not your typical gueuze here.

T - Taste is pretty similar but a bit less exciting. Vanilla, sweet barnyard funkiness, a little bit of tart apples, lemon, and sour grapes. Just surprisingly sweet for gueuze - unless you've been drinking Mort Subite or something...

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, dry finish but minimal pucker. Pretty successful here.

D - As an American Wild it's pretty decent, but as a Gueuze it's more on the mediocre side. I'm with alcstradamus here, and will split the difference in my scoring. I'd definitely have this again, and would like to see what some age does to it. No problems finishing my pour.

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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear pour with a slight yellow tint, tiny white head

Smell: Sour, tart yogurt, realemon from the bottle, lemongrass, light gym funk, piss

Taste: Similar to the above, sour, tart yogurt with lemon and some funk, perhaps some oak and vanilla as well. Flavor profile does improve significantly as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Thin with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Didn't feel the urge to finish the bottle, they have a long road ahead of them. Blending and getting a stock of older vintages should help.

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Photo of ratedz
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into New Glarus champagne flute. Bottled 8.6.10.

Pours a yellow golden color with about a half inch of fluffy white head which fades quickly and leaves very little lacing. A LOT of bubbles stream to the top of the glass.

Smells of barnyard funk with some lemon notes.

Taste is of sour apples, lemons and the brett funkiness. The sourness that remains on my lips reminds me slightly of those sour Warheads candies I had when I was a kid except without the insane sugar rush afterwards.

Mouth feel is smooth with a lot of carbonation. As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of bubbles in the pour. Light and crisp, it is very drinkable.

Because this was the first sour I have ever had, it took a few sips for me to get used to the sourness of it. Definitely an acquired taste, but a very tasty beer.

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R&D Gueuze from New Glarus Brewing Company
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