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New Glarus R & D Golden Ale (2009)

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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Bold floral bouquet sweeps forward, encouraged by the Maris Otter Malt. Ale and Brettanomyces promote complex Brett characters. Dry finish. Alive and still fermenting, this bottle will continue to build carbonation. Pour with care. Brewed 3-23-09. Bottled 6-18-09.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Orange, no head.. Weird aroma - woody, but also pactouli (sp) and lavendar and potpouri. Flavor is very dry and funky, with a lot of flowery notes and hins of wod and white wine. Very tasty. Sampled at lithy’s Septemberfest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theis (14658) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to CaptainCougar. Cloudy golden - white head. Brett - lots of brett, toasted, honey, fruity, light body, crispy, light barnyard, sulfor, fart, a bit wierd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8794) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2010 Virtually no head, over cognac-golden beer. C-hops, very fresh grapefruit on toast. This is a beergeek breakfast for me. Sweet-hoppy flavour, preserved orangezeste, with hop flavouring. Pretty IPA-like, all the same. Medium bodied, slick, alcoholwarming. Special, might like to see more of R & D. But as to Belgian - mind you, I couldn’t really find the Bretts.
Second test, on special demand. Bottled 6-18-09 Huge, just-off white head, over bright orange-golden beer. 4/5 Very obvious Brett nose, like an Orval clone. Grapes, bit of the olives in Orval, but more pronounced spicy; watercolour paint, pigeon sh*t. 7/10 Sweet in the first instance, then reverting to bitter-(old) hoppy, with a short milky acidity in between. The finish is again bitter, spicy, olives, but also quite a bit of solvent. Bretts are abundant, where they were nearly absent in my first sample. 7/10 Creamy head, very dry beer, slick. 3/5 Maybe I was (too) warned, but I’m sure this would still have struck me as an attempt at an Orval clone otherwise too. Unfortunately, an attempt: I find it like an Orval cliché, with some Orval characteristics blown out of proportion. And above all, it lacks the proverbial Orval drinkability. Whatever, this is nearly a totally different beer from the first sample, all the IPA characteristics gone. And me, for one, I’m not sure I ought to be happy about that. Thanks to CK 14/20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2009
500ml bottle
Having tried this on a tired palate at the Great Taste of the Midwest I was fortunate enough to get a bottle due to noncaloric. I appreciate the effort as it was truly fantastic. I wish I had another bottle to age as I suspect this one will only get better over time.

Aroma / Appearance - Lazy carbonation was trapped in the golden body like a mosquito in amber. The thick white head trapped the aroma for a while before grudgingly letting go. When it did I picked up sourdough bread, barnyard, lemon, and citrus. A yeasty bite was icing on the cake.

Flavor / Palate - Light and citrusy the liquid flows across the tongue like nectar. The taste of orange marmalade lingers on the throat along with honey and yeast. The overall impression reminds me of lemon meringue pie that has been blended into a smoothie. Once again Dan Carey has nailed what he set out to do and it shows.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Pours a clear gold with fizzy white head. Aroma of tart, farmhouse funk. Similar taste, very floral and tart. Dry finish. Very unique and enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3990) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Sampled at Lithy’s Septemberfest Tasting. Pours a clear pale straw with wispy clearish tan head. Nose is mildly tart, with a flintstones vitamins chalkiness. Very interesting. A lavendar potpourri bathroom flavor. Unlike any beer I’ve come across. But I don’t really like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottled. Big, bretty, horsey funk aroma. Mellow. Bitter, spritzy flavor, nice body, very horsey and dry in the mouth. Pretty enjoyable stuff. I want a bottle for myself rather than a sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2239) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Where the Wild Beers Are @ The Gate 8/30/09. Gold with flat head and lace. Piney lemon pastry melon aroma. Peach melon lemon pastry with very mild funky hay dry finish. Creamy nice palate. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 3, 2009
yellow body with a fizzy white head.nice aroma of gluten,flowers,wheat,and a slight funk.flavor is much of the same.very tasty brew indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2009
500mL bottle.Clear golden with small white head, good retention. Lots of floral hops up front with pears and light dusty caramel, faint funk and leather. Flavor follows suit with some bitter earthy notes. Medium body with light to medium smooth carbonation. Very good beer--would like to revisit this in a year.

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