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New Glarus R & D Golden Ale

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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.

New Batch released in 2011, New Glarus is also considering putting it in six packs.

New Batch release in 2015 under the R & D label as well still pending unique entry or alt add.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1646) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2009
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011 On tap at GTMW 2009 (and poured by Dan Carey!). Light golden pour with an off-white head. Faint citrus aroma with some brettiness noted. Lightly tart, yet sweet. I wish I had more in my notes on this one but I was too busy enjoying my sample. Another exceptional beer from New Glarus...Additional notes from 04/16/2011. Finally tried a bottle of this that was almost 2 years old. It has held up remarkably well. The tartness has faded but it is a very dry and sweet beer at 2 years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3830) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2009
500 ml bottle purchased from the brewery gift shop. Effervescent golden pour with thick bubbly head that dissipates. Bretty aroma with horseblanket, some barnyard. A bit of belgian spice and sweet citrus. Maybe a touch of apricot and definitely some fresh grass and flowers. Flavor is extremely complex, dry dusty brett notes with some nice hoppy flower flavor. Funk, spice, lemon. Barnyard, cheese. Bubbly, almost champagne like mouthfeel with flowery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2009
500 ml bottle sampled during the New Glarus Hard Hat Tour (New Glarus, WI). Pours a shiny hazed golden hue, nice offwhite head that dies to a good film, laces pretty well, lively carbonation. Aromas are a nice horseblanket bretty feel, hay, a touch of spicy Belgian yeast, fruity qualities, florals from decent hopping. Body is light and airy, dancing on the palaye with light belgian spice, a touch of citrus rind, bretty funk, soft cheese compliments as well. A bit of a dandelion aroma in. Delicate, flavorful, but light and lively. This beer will develop and hopefully dry out a bit with edge and take on a more bretty feel. This is a quality Belgian ale with an emphasis on bretty and dryness over cloying spice. Cheers to a great beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CanIHave4Beers (3622) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 7, 2009
The floral bouquet and the funkiness of the aroma on this thing can be detected across the room. When the glass is held up to the nose fresh hops, banana, more funk and more intense floral notes present themselves. This couldn’t smell better. The head is a little loose but has some great retention and lace, the color is a nice hazy blonde with plenty of small bubbles. The flavor is particularly hoppy, it squeezes all the hop flavor out of those 38 IBUs that I can imagine. The flavor is dusty, lemony, bitter, and fruity with some grapefruit, some, some strawberry, and some peach. The beer is nicely funky with some perfect spiciness. Everything is so well balanced that each and ever drink presents the drinker with an opportunity to sit and ponder the nuance and complexity of this beautiful beautiful piece of alchemistic perfection. This is particularly dry and reminds me of what a bone dry aged Orval, and a fresh hoppy Orval would be like if you blended them together and that worked with magical perfection. The palate is perfectly sharp, full, and mind bendingly drinkable. This is some serious stuff, I’ve got to go back to the brewery and get another case.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Great stuff. The dried out MO provides a a pleasant ritz cracker foundation for a dose of bitter noble hops and a very subtle brett twist trending towards pineapple. The finish leaves you with a smooth cookie dough sweetness. The nose puts forth1 the pineapple and hop flavor aspects of the beer. NG can do it all!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3191) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 500mL Bottle. Flickr(http://www.flickr.com/photos/26049401@N0 Purchased at the hilltop brewery. My 26th Birthday Beer. I love this bottle, by the way. So much information. Pours with a wonderful white pepper, cookie dough, freshly grated allspice, green pear skin, and wildly aromatic spice and floral notes. Beautiful and touching. Pours a crystal clear deeply hued golden, with a rocky clean white head. Flavor is wonderfully spicy and Bretty. Tangy coconut Brett duels with mace and almond powder. The beer foams in the mouth, exploring a wondrous cacophony of stimulating dry, horsey, fruit characters. The wildness in this beer is really enjoyable. I also love the deep, crackery malt beneath, that lends a broad range of deeper bread, cookie, and yeast notes. Wonderful brett character, great malt base, beautiful execution. A fantastic beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Ughsmash. POurs a hazy golden color with a massive one finger bright white head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of floral esters, spice, caramel, honey, light barnyard funk. Flavor is sweet and spicy with light floral esters, light barnyard funk, caramel, honey, overripe fruit, some hints of yeasty bread. Generally medium body with a pleasing sweet floral finish. Nice ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7408) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottled, thanks to Blake for picking these up for me! Poured lighter golden with a short-ish cap of white head. The aroma opened with lemon rind and dank Brett over sweet toffee and honeysuckle.. warmth brought out chamomile and other floral character as well as some dried apricots.. catty, Amarillo-like hops on the back of the nose. The flavor had bready notes at the core surrounded by a huge funky and bitter impression.. dried flowers and white pepper gave the bitterness, while the Brett was really starting to take hold.. dry finish with the spicy lemon rind from the nose and some dank basement. Medium-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. bitterness was greater than expected, but it worked well and played great with the Brett presence.. memorable finish. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 2, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 500mL bottle. Poured a clear golden-orange color. The head was white, tall, and fluffy with good retention and lacing. Pleasant aroma with apricot, flower blossom, orange, and ginger. Light to medium bodied and delicately sweet. I tasted dried apricot up front with a hint of bitterness that accompanied the delicate sugars. The bitterness increased a bit toward the end but never surpassed mild. Carbonation was moderate at this relatively young age and the bubbles were diminutive. White pepper, wet stone, pale malt, flower blossom, and orange flavors emerged in addition to the previously mentioned apricot. I like NobleSquirrel’s comparison to Matilda. Good stuff. Looking forward to tasting how the remaining eleven bottles mature over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle at the brewery. Pours a nice gold color, fluffy head. Nose is a bit of dry funk, some hay and straw in there. Kind of reminds of of Orval or perhaps Matilda. Spicy, black pepper in the nose, cellar must as well. On taste, a bit of dry brett funk, great malt notes, somewhat fruity with dry apricot and spice. This is good and will only get better. Favorable to comparisons with Orval, imo. Very nice.

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