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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 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 emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared at 60º since the release in hopes of some bug development.

Decanted into a tulip glass at 52º, cool not cold. Frothy white foam rises and sticks a little to the glass. Bright clarity, it has a fossilized amber orange jewel tone. Some visible carbonation can be seen rising in trails from below.

Soft vanilla and apple tartness in the nose, also some white wine minerality. Clean, some vague indication of "wildness" though not especially funky at all. A bit too restrained, but still pleasant.

Crisp green apple tartness, juicy but not puckering. Wet hay and apple orchard impressions. Not especially funky, tart not sour. Crisp and dry feel, quenching. Cider and champagne come to mind. The apple dominates and there isn't much nuance or complexity from the barrel unfortunately. Brettanomyces is in here? Could have fooled me... Would like to see more oak, Brett, something funky in the ballpark of a traditional Gueuze. This is easy drinking, and tasty for what it is, but this pilot batch isn't worth jumping through hoops for. Hoping future incarnations bring the unbridled funk, and perhaps more cellar time will be beneficial for this batch.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was glad to have Lukafer over to crack this one open. Thanks Luke for bringing this one!

A- Poured a golden yellow color. Half finger white head shows light retention. No real lacing except for a couple specks here and there.

S- Nice fruity aroma with this one. Peaches come to mind first with some light grapelike notes. Oak does come through as well with a nice sour vinegar and green apple like aroma. This one has a huge funk to it but overall it seems to be a little balanced which I was surprised.

T- Peaches like in the aroma come out in the front with a dry oak like note right off the bat. Some slight vinegar sourness comes in next which seems to draw off the peach like notes. The grapes in the aroma come off ever so slightly in the middle of the beer. Green apple comes back in the backing of the beer along with a hint of wet grain. The green apple is sour but more natural flavor and not so much artifical. Light alcohol is in the very ending of it.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Peaches, oak, and vinegar are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, green apple funk, and wet grain. Flavors were balanced overall very nicely throughout the beer. No off flavors were present from what I can tell...even the green apple flavor was meant to be in there....or else it is one hell of a blended off flavor. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer blew my mind away as it was not at all what I was thinking it was going to be. The ABV was not really there at all flavor wise only showing up in the drying of the palate. I could have drank this entire bottle if it were just me that had it. I will be looking for another bottle of this one!

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Photo of Lukafer
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden with a thin, white fluffy head.  Smells oaky, some citrus, slightly sour. Taste some oak, very slight vanilla, with a definite sour/puckering finish.  Very well balanced, and very delicious.  Mouthfeel is perfect, with a huge amount of carb, drinkability is great.  

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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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Photo of CaseyK
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a plentiful white head that fades with little lacing. Bubbles keep rising to the top, this one looks carbonated.
S: Funky smell without being too sour, horse blanket, vinegar and apple.
T: Dry white grapes, vinegar, lemon and funk. Interesting flavors that blend together well, with the oak barrel taste not as strong as I would have anticipated, though certainly present.
M: Decently carbonated beer that prickles your mouth at first.
O: A well made beer by New Glarus. I hope to see more R&D's like the Gueze and the Kriek in the future.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the heart of the hobo tasting and the reason we came in the first place, the last two in the rnd series i needed to have. served chilled and next to the railroad tracks.

the pour was a bright golden yellow with a light cloudiness to it that settled out nicely showing some really nice carbonation that reinforced a pillow like white head. nice look overall.

aroma was massive funk that you could smell from everywhere. just a deep vinegar and apple sourness that was only slightly balanced and cut by some underlying notes of fruit and light grain. no matter how you sliced it this one was a beast. each sip puckered the lips,sucked all the moisture from your palate and left you searching for something more. huge sour apple finish that again really showed off just how sour this beer actually was with an increible hit of dryness in the finish.

overall this was a very solid beer, i much more preferred the bourbon kriek, but this was still very, very good.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a pale golden orange color, completely transparent with a bubbly white head.

S-the nose has a ton of very dry, sawdust like oak with sweet white grapes and notes of peaches. there is a light funk to it but very faint.

T-again lots of dry oak and sawdust notes, soft peaches and golden fruits with a light funk to it. notes of appricot and fair bit of sourness in the back.

M-very soft and creamy on the palate, nicely carbonated and lively with a dry finish.

D-tasty beer, well balanced and nice fruit flavors to it. the oak is a little strong and the gueuze characteristics are entirely there but very drinkable.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -4.2%
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.


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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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.


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Photo of chicano4craft
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 Wisconsinality
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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 +0.2%
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 +2.2%
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 -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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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 Proteus93
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -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 SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +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 warriorsoul
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -3.9%
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 -6.4%
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 -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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R&D Gueuze from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 185 ratings.
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