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R&D Gueuze | New Glarus Brewing Company

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R&D GueuzeR&D Gueuze
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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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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 97
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of birchstick
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish tigers eye color without much of a head. Nose sour citrus with the new Glarus house yeast smell. Taste starts off with citrus, lemony notes that's hold strong through the middle of the palate. These flavors hold strong through the rest of the beer. The new Glarus yeast / house character also comes through in the back 1/4th of the palate. Mouth is a little watery and thin but good for the style. Overall, I Was hoping for a bit more out of this. I couldn't escape the house character bleeding into this and washing out some of the gueuze. I glad to try it, but would take a Belgian Ted over this.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color beer with a large foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of light funky notes with some tart notes and light oak notes also noticeable. Taste is a good mix between some funky ester with some oak and tart notes that are all well balanced between each others. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well balanced and easily drinkable

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half inch white head on a dark golden/light amber body. Leaves a collar of the most part, then vanishes.

Slight tartness on the nose, hint of sweetness as well!

The sweetness that I detected in the aroma didn't translate in the taste, all sour here. "granny smith apples". Well hidden alcohol, hardly noticeable.

Light and crisp mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

Yum yum here. Aged 2 years and now finally enjoying the first two limited quantity R&D beers, worth the wait. Holds up well to some of the more sour-eccentric breweries' (Russian River, Cascade) beers.

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3.65/5  rDev -12%
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Stawn for sending this one our way.

Beer pours a hazy yellow/orange with a thin white head and almost no lacing. Smell is very interesting, not what I expected for a gueuze. It's got some white wine characteristics and is a little sweet and fruity as well. Not really any funk at all. Flavor is a little different than any other wild or gueuze I've had. It's much closer to an American Wild than a gueuze. It's got a nice acidit and is pretty sour, but it's also got some nice white wine characteristics to it as well as some light fruit. Mouthfeel is light with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a really tasty wild, nothing amazing, but a nice unique spin on the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade

(Aged for 1+ year)

Clear golden orange and yellow with a small near-white head that falls to a filmy crown quite quickly. This leaves the glass spotted with dots of stick.

The aroma is a nice combination of virgin oak, green apple, and some lemon. This doesn't have quite the earthy, grassy, or funky scents I really like to find in gueuze.

The flavor is a well-rounded and well integrated combination of spicy oak, green apple, lemon, and a bit of earth. This is quite sweet for a gueuze, and not nearly as funky as some others.

Thin to medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

A very flavorful, somewhat sweet gueuze. I wish there was more funk.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jedwards for the opportunity to try this beer. Bottled on 08/06/2010. Pours a straw gold hue with a quarter inch, frothy, bright white head that dissipates into a froth and a skim. Nose expresses citrus zest and light malts - the nose is really quite bright on this beer. Taste is bready with some buttery notes. I would really liken this to a bolder berlinner-weisse. Mouthfeel is light-medium, but closer to light, with a lively carbonation. Overall, a very nice sour, although more akin to a berlinner-weisse than an American Wild in my opinion. This beer has held up very well. Too bad it's a one-off.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle courtesy of the very generous Duff 27. Served in a Duvel glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a shade that's quite reminiscent of apple juice. Very clear. A half-finger white head quickly settles. Lacing recedes quickly

Very pleasant aroma. A lot of tart, Granny smith apples. Lemon. Grass. A faint funk throughout.

At first, the sourness seems almost overpowering, but the beer itself is surprisingly sweet. That acidic quality abates fairly quickly, leaving a melange of sweet fruits and lemon zest. Bready in the finish.

The carbonation is perfect, though the mouthfeel is a little heavy. Still, this is quite easy to drink, with very nice effervescence.

Not my favorite of the R&D series, and one that seems more traditional in its stylistic aims, but still very nice.

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R&D Gueuze from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 189 ratings
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