R&D Gueuze | New Glarus Brewing Company

R&D GueuzeR&D Gueuze
BA SCORE
86.2%
Liked This Beer
4.15 w/ 189 ratings
R&D GueuzeR&D Gueuze
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
189
Liked:
163
Avg:
4.15/5
pDev:
10.36%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
28
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pair of Duvel tulips for a final night. Bubbly and pale, golden with hints of fire. A tall white head that falls fast, leaves a lemony liquid. Smells like acetic acid and lemons, taste even better. Bits of tropical fruit and a sincere fruitiness that defies my greatest expectations. An underlying jungle earth, deep and bottomless. Covers the mouth in a thin carbonated wisper. Very nice.

I would drink this many times more.

New Glarus- Welcome to the new millennium.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Big thanks to Tony for sharing this at a tasting.

A: Lightly hazed gold body with a temporary layer of fizzy, frothy white foam. Ok.

S: Buttery oak, lemon, apple cider, and curdled milk. Absolutely unlike any other beer I've smelled, but not entirely in a good way. Strange spice, earthiness, and musty, mossy funk. Cray, unique, off-putting...and fascinating.

T: Tons of apple cider vinegar, cherry, lemon zest, oak (with vanilla and butter), and lactic acid. Not as complexly funky as the nose, but more directly sour. Nice.

M: Light, smooth, and only slightly carbonated. Unspectacular but effective.

D: Fascinating, exciting, and weird enough to keep me coming back for more.

Notes: This was more like a Gueuze than the BB Kriek was like an actual Kriek, but it was still just plain bizarre. There were flavors and aromas going on here that I've never encountered, period, much less in a beer. It was entirely enjoyable, but I'm thrilled that I got to try it. It'll be exciting to see how future years vintages do once there's an older base for blending.

Cheers!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enelson shipped me this as part of a very generous trade... Truly appreciated amigo... I shared this with a few of the geeks. Pours very clear bright yellow..

Nose is lemony and has something that reminds me of chamomile .. granny smith apples.. not as funky as I had built it up in my mind... still pretty interesting.

Flavor begins with the same elements as the aroma.. but a touch of sweetness seems out of place.. clean lemon and only a mild leather and horseblanket funk.. later pours show a bit of mushroom, but it is minor... more lemony than anything else.

Body is medium lite and the carbonation is about right.. maybe a little lite.

If this is the first commercial go-around for NG in the "Gueuze" playground, I am damn impressed... but with the big boys, it needs aging and some dialing in.

Another big props to enelson... Thanks Ed... we must do another trade soon.

3.5/4/4.5/4/4

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Wisconsinality
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super Bowl celebration beer #2.

A- Pours about the same color as apple juice. No haze to it and a small head that dies quickly and leaves no lacing ont he side of the glass.

S- The first thing I pick up is the typical New Glarus house yeast followed by some apple and a little bit of malt. There is also a little bit of that book dust as well.

T- This has morphed into something good. I had this when it first came out and it was nothing like this. Some nice sourness has developed. Some sour apple and a little bit of grape. The house yeast NG uses and a little bit of funk.

M- Medium to lighter bodied that has dried out significantly since the last time I tried it. It has also become exponentially more sour than it was when it was first released.

D- This is going to turn into something good. It is now starting to get those classic gueuze characteristics. I can't wait to keep trying these as the years progress.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just finally getting around to trying this beer. Been sitting around in the cellar for a bit.

Appearance: Poured into snifter glass. Nice translucent copperish color with a big white head.

Smell: a bit of funky smell. not too much malt or hops smell, just a pleasant funk.

Taste: cant really say what i am tasting here besides delicate sourness and acidic flavors. Maybe some pear flavors in there. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: feels acidic, but smooth at the same time. Beer coats the mouth.

Drinkability: It is easy to drink the whole bottle yourself. I was in the mood for something different than my normal beer styles i drink, and i got that with this beer. I have not had very many sour beers yet, but this beer has opened my mind to trying more beers like this style!

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Photo of Phelps
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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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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Photo of StormKing47
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Proteus93
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.

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Photo of craytonic
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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 SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting on this one for a while. Thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a 2 finger coarse, white head with decent retention that dissipates down to one finger and holds. Beer is a clear golden-rod, revealing ample carbonation. Lacing is patchy and with little stick.

S: Nose is strong with the signature New Glarus house yeast scent. A bit of oak, vanilla, lemon, apple, and soap. More sweet than it is funky, somewhat expected from a New Glarus offering.

T: Opens pretty intense tart apple and lemon. Slightly dry. Woody with distinct vanilla and floral soap overtones. Middle is yeasty and tartness starts to fade a little. Sour apple and lemon juice. Finish is a hint of diacetyl butteriness that throws me off a little but isn't all bad. Aftertaste is butter but doesn't last.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Prickly and lively in the mouth. Invigorating at the start but smooths out quickly as it warms. Dry at the start but becomes a bit watery. Finish is subtle with an aftertaste that lingers for just a moment.

D: My first impression is that this beer is rather poor for a Belgian style geuze... but pretty decent for an American Wild Ale. Moderate complexity with a lively champagne body, this is a beer I could sip on all night long. Rather refreshing to see New Glarus' interpretation of this style. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of digita7693
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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 warriorsoul
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.

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Photo of Stigs
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gueuze as a Wild Ale...interesting. 500ml bottle, courtesy of glazeman. Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - pours with an inch or so of loose, fluffy white foam, falling to a semi-thin layer of film. the beer is just a touch hazy, dirty golden in color.

S - sweet and fruity: ripe green apples, banana, lemon zest, and grapes. there is a subtle yet easily noticed yeast mustiness, joined by a light vinegar acidity.

T - begins fairly tart, with a bright lemony pucker. turns slightly sweet and fruity as the apples, bananas, and grapes meld with a light grassyness. grains are present throughout, before being cut into by a sharp lactic acidity, lemony sourness, light barnyard funk, and a barely detectable lingering metallic taste.

M - light body with bright, tight and prickly carbonation. cuts through the bold taste with sharp acidity, finishing very dry. refreshing but at the same time challenging, like a good Gueuze/Wild should be.

D - not bad at all, though maybe lacking a bit of that deep, subtle character that makes the best Gueuze's stand out. or should i be judging this as an AWA? doesnt matter, this is a decent attempt at a very old traditional style. good to cure a sour kick and not to be taken too seriously.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
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.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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 Huhzubendah
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.

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Photo of TulipSnifter
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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 hopsbreath
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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 wschmit
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a flute.

A: White, soda-pop head quickly dissipates into nothing. Fizzy body with a transparent, cider hue. Plenty of carbonation rising up through the glass.

S: Sour, sweet, and a bit musty. There might be a hint of metallic tang to the nose, too. Definite hints of not-unappealing plastic.

T: Quite tart in the beginning, a bit sweet in the middle, and with solid but not overpowering barnyard taste. Lactic and acetic acid; the funk definitely tastes like my gym bag smells, or maybe a used bandage--the sort of gross beauty of gueuze.

M: Very carbonated, thin, pop-like mouthfeel. It helps the acidity, for sure. Not much to chew on, though.

D: If you like gueuze, this is one of the best American versions, but it's not quite as well-honed as those from the stylistic homeland. A great R&D beer, and I hope they bring out similar things soon--a noble attempt like this will hopefully yield better results in the near future.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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 boatshoes
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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 mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear apart from a good chunk of residual haze/well flocculated yeast that slipped in. Very little head, just pinpoint bubbles. Bright golden with great active carbonation. 4/5

S: Robust sour, belies what's actually inside. Mildly sulfuric, but really seems more like a food aroma than a beer or even wine aroma. 3.5/5

T: WOAH. Intensely sour and sharp. Black cherry, sour apply. No sulfur, and no really bad tastes. Best "sour" taste I've had. 4.5

M: Neds more carbonation in the body, but overall it's nicer, lighter. 3.5

D: Even my wife could get behind this one a little. 4

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

Bottled August 2010; Sampled September 2010
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a nice gold hue that shows a touch of haze. The aroma has a fruity acetic acid focused note to it up front (that is usually a sign of a poorly made Gueuze in Belgium). A dried, grassy grain notes in the finish intermingle with a lactic acidity that is a bit more usual. Musty, definitely musky and this has a certain urea like quality to it. the funkiness reminds me a bit of phenolic soaked and sweat dried old blankets. This really has a nice, grain driven, hay like / pale cracker character to it that comes through more as one gets used to the acid and funkiness. Even towards the end of my glass the pale grain character still plays a large role; I really like this somehow rustic seeming grain character here in the nose.

My first sip is sharply acidic up front, not just from the usual suspects but also from an effervescent, fizzy carbonation. This is more tart than I was expecting and thankfully is more lactic focused than I had worried it would be (based on the initial aroma). There is a touch of acetic character here, but only just and it is perfectly in line with the norm of a well made Gueuze; light perfuming the character and boosting a perception of fruit in this beer. The long finish sees a lingering, pail grain character sticking to the palate; dried hay and an almost oatmeal like raw grain dustiness showcase the wheat and pale malt and outlasts the acidity on the tongue. This doesn't quite have the lactic / oak texture of a phenomenal Gueuze, but the light body, prickly carbonation and easy drinking character of this beer is still quite a treat. As the beer warms up a couple more things become apparent; first off a very soft, suggestion of sweetness starts to be noticed; this is fleeting as at other times it remains bone dry and I think this is purely a perception from the hint of acetic character that is here. Secondly a subtle oak character starts to come out; a hint of oak spice and woody flavor is contributed towards the finish, it is very well integrated with the other flavors and is perhaps a touch more subtle than its actual influence warrants.

This is much, much better than I was expecting; the texture is perhaps a touch lacking, and the beer could use a bit more complexity in the flavor department, but this is a really nice, American made, example of a Gueuze. I can't wait to see what subsequent releases turn out like as the beer is continued to be blended by previous batches.

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R&D Gueuze from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86.2% out of 100 with 189 ratings
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