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New Glarus R & D Golden Ale (2009)

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RATINGS: 299   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CanIHave4Beers (3897) - 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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2010
In short: America’s answer to Orval. Wicked beer.
How: Bottle 500ml. Sent to me by CaptainCougar. Thank you so much Tom. Consumed early febuary 2010 relatively fresh, about 6 to 7 months after bottling date
The look: Partly cloudy golden body topped by an enormous white head with good retention
In long: Nose is extremely but has a lot more to offer than traditional brett bombs. Here it is has floral as it is wild. Already an Orval feature. Taste sends you a truckload of brett but quickly draws your attention away with all those floral hops, grapefruits notes, pine, Social Tea™ cookies, dust. Also a strong scented cedar sensation (is this beer cedar aged?!?). Very Orval-esque although I got less of a “flower bouquet” sensation than with Orval. The hop profile here is less bitter but more citric/astringent and more fruity than with Orval. Overall rather dry. Big spongy body, smooth but lively carbonation. There is many many differences between this beer and Orval, yet I cannot help but to compare them. If you love Orval (the indisputably most better best beer in the world) then you will love this beer. A whole new twist on the Orval approach. It is exactly Orval, but totally different. However something about its more fruity yeast character and hops makes me think it cannot age like Orval. But when fresh (I’d say 1 year or less) this is almost as great as Orval. What all these Sours, Imperial whatever and BA this-and-that what I really want is more beer like this. And peace on Earth. As long as the latter doesn’t prevent the former

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nuplastikk (5606) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2009
500ml brown bottle. Murky orange-tan color. Big foamy head that fades out pretty quick. Mellow but astringent Brett and hop aroma, maybe some lemony funked-out wheat. Mellow/medium carbonation. The hop and Brett balance is pretty perfectly achieved, with neither being too intense, perfectly complementing each other. Some sour citrus on top of an ultra smooth, creamy, golden malt body. This beer is phenomenal. Tangy, earthy hop finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2883) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Whoa! Dan the guru nailed it! This is the stuff! Pours with an ENORMOUS foamy, frothy, textured, off white head and a boat load of lace. Color was a hazy amber. Aroma was heady and full of yeast, malty, and reminiscent of Orval - spicey, a bit of citrus and the Belgian ale essence. Flavor was all of that and so full and rich. Bitterness of the yeast come through more. Body is excellent and ditto carbonation. Citrusy, spicey, yeasty finish. Masterful! Not a session tho.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
allfreej (554) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottled, at BBC Wort Hog October 2010 tasting. Golden pour, nice white head. Funky barnyard nose. Flavor is barnyad brett sourness with a citrusy undertone. Tart, refreshing, and wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2009
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 500ml bottle huge huge thanks to davinci!!! Oh my... that smells fantastic!!! Pours a slightly hazed, probably too cold, bright orange gold, same color as the picture there, with a medium frothy dense fine white head with some fine lacing. Aroma at first is very similar to Orval, big brett, some light sourness, richly sweet, loads of brett, some floral hops, light vanilla, delightfully stinky. First taste is quite bitter, bitter bitter bitter, rubber, so far just bitter with some brett, opens up just a little, some bright fruit, clean malt sweetness, finishes very dry, and clean tasting like cedar. It is exceptional dry without being ’drying.’ The ’woody’ aftertaste is phenomenal. The body is perfect, perhaps better than Orval in that sense, medium bodied, perfect consistency, dry and slightly milky, the carbonation is perfectly ubiquitous medium sharp bubbles. Almost like Jolly Pumpkin meets Orval. P.S. Love the Bamburg style bottle/label. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [Come on guys... we can’t do more than do more than 2 sentences on this? really???] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p.s.s. why do people keep thinking this beer is going to get really sour??? this beer is NEVER going to get sour... it’ll get more funky... but not sour... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [rerate 5 months later 2.15.10] yea, this is freaking fantastic. Pours with a great sizzling fizzy this time. Served at 60F or so, very subtle beers need all the nuance. So woody and dry, delicious! I want more more more. The carbonation is up quite a bit now.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (6272) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 Courtesy of tytoanderso via trade

Bottle: The aroma is a great combination of brett, citrus, sweet tarts, lemon peel, and floral notes. It pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a moderate soapy white head. The flavor starts citrusy with orange peel. The finish has light lemon, sweet tarts, floral notes, and faint yeastiness. Medium bodied with lively soft carbonation and somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lemke10 (947) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
I picked this up at the New Glarus Brewery on my May 2012 visit. At that time, this was the only “brewery exclusive” beer that was offered. Pours a cloudy copper color with a thick, foamy head. Scent is a mixture of citrus and floral scents. Taste is bold with flavors of hibiscus, citrus and other floral tones. Smooth, mellow and delicious. Drinks great and keeps inviting you back for another sip. If you think the New Glarus 6 packs are good, you’re in for a treat as this is even better!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
seymour (1830) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2015 Shared a 2009 vintage 500ml bottle into a mini schooner glass, thank you so much Vyvvy! It poured a slightly hazy orangish-golden-amber color with white head, everlasting with lace. Absolutely perfect aromas: husky grains, sweet malts, faint caramel, biscuit, rising bread dough, baklava, fruity ale yeast esters, and mysterious and slightly barnyardy Brett. Flavor balance was just as complex, a little more hops-forward than I expected, tangy and citrusy but smooth, smooth, smooth. Light-medium body, spritzy carbonation, well-rounded wheat-bread mouthfeel, nicely concealed elevated alcohol, lasting bitterweet aftertaste. An unbelievably delicious beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Thanks Brian for the opportunity to try this beer! A- Body is a uniformly translucent nearly opaque golden yellow hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head which eventually fades to a thick collar with plenty of lacing left down the glass. S-Nose is soft and more sweet than hoppy. Apple, white grape and pear come through upfront with a slightly funky backbone. Soft floral hops accent the nose but are very mild. T-Initial flavor is quite soft and balanced. Floral hop flavors come through a lot more and the fruity flavors are very light but still present initially, a peppery spice and yeast fill the background nicely. The flavors really intensify for the finish as floral hop bitterness and peppery spice come through the most but dry slightly sweet fruity flavors provide a nice balance. A very mild tartness as well as a very mild funk is also noted-the finish is quite dry and leaves you wanting more. M-Medium to high tingly carbonation, and a light, dry, spritzy champagne-like body. D-This is a great, dry, spicy, hoppy belgian ale. IMO, more BSPA than single BPA and it has a lot of saison-like qualities. Truely a wonderfully brew and one I would like to have again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-25-2010 01:43:11

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