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New Glarus R & D Golden Ale

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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4438) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle shared at Campground Brewdown. Poured a hazy deep golden straw body with an average to larger bright white foamy head. Aroma of Brett, funkiness, horse blanket. Full body with super fizzy carbonation at first but that dies and this actually finishes watery. Flavor is funky with notes of Brett, horse blanket and rottin lemons. Good but aroma trumps flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle. Pour is hazy light orange/yellow with a moderate white head that stays for a while. Aroma and flavor of oak, brett, clove spice, hay, barnyard, and light fruit. Finish is sour with some belgian spice notes coming through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"wow...some polarizing scores here...mid range 4ís...and a 1? Honestly, I cant see either. i love new glarus, but maybe they are slipping a little, if only because their bar has been set so high. this light golden ale seems like a typical golden draped in horseblanket. i like brett so itís not offensive, but outside the brett, there was nothing else. possibly my least favorite NG beer to date."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RussianDragon (565) - - JUL 7, 2014
16 oz bottle given to me by Dan Carey himself of New Glarus Brewing at the Rare Beer Tasting at GABF í09 (September 25, 09) Pours a hazy light golden orange color with wisp of head focused on rim. Aroma of brettanomyces and slight sweetness. Flavor is sweet Belgian golden ale with slight brett tang and crisp sour apple notes. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (2866) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Ed. Super cloudy golden body; foamy white head that slowly lumps into a chunky collar. Lots of gummy yeast in the aroma, very Belgian-like with hits of clove & esters. Sine mild green apple sourness may be the only indication of Brett on the nose. Taste is also heavy yeast with a hint of spice, clove, maybe mint, a touch of hay. Esters, gum, & baked bread come together in a relatively dry finish. Not much tartness, if any, in the flavor. Just a hint of fruit zest. A good beer, although I did expect a little more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3200) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
2009 bottle. This is golden, slightly hazed anc cloudy w/ a fine bubbled head. At this point it si getting a big oxidized and nutty. Itís a little sweet and nice and drinkable. I would have loved to try this when it was younger and more hop-forward. As it is, it is a very much malt-centric brew, which is great, but it doesnít seem like age has made it any better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (969) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 18, 2013
2009 bottle. Aroma is honestly quite muted. Only hints of floral notes and a light Brett note. Brett is cherry with a touch of barnyard. Pours a fairly cloudy golden orang with a pillowy white head that has fairly good retention. Small head persists with moderate lacing as well. Flavor is a bit better, but the malt still tastes stale at this point in time. Light pineapple and cherry notes from the Brett. Medium low bitterness. A bit of a floral, woody note in the flavor with hints of phenolics. A light honey note in the finish. A mineral note from the water is also noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and fairly low alcohol warmth. Overall a surprisingly underwhelming beer. Iím not sure if its the age or something else, but this beer doesnít have much character to it. Stale and slightly oxidized. Brett character hasnít come on strong enough to make up for the age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5836) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2013
[Backlog] Bottle shared with brendan. Pours a light golden body with active white head. Aroma is soft floral notes, brett, barnyard funk and light crisp malt. Mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation, medium-feel, with notes of funk, cheese, sour pale malt, lemon and brett. Very nice - I would really love to try this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (1982) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Refrigerated brown bottle poured into a sample glass. Pours golden with small white head. Medium body, low carbonation, and tart aroma. Taste is tart malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3390) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with no had. Aroma is dry mandat bretty. Sort of piny. Bitter with not Mich in the way of sourness. Very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4411) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 14, 2013
2009 500 ml bottle thanks to CanIHave4Beers. Barnyard and funk in nose. Apple and tart. Well carbonated. Almost gushed. This is pretty tasty for a four year old beer.

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