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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (6103) - 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 14/20
ClarkVV (6539) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2016
500 mL bottle shared by AdamChandler on 3/26/16.
Clear golden body shows a touch of amber and a small white head with poor retention.
Good dose of brett in the nose shows the expected limeskin, light band-aid and some lighter nectarine-like fruitiness. Theres plenty of malt behind it showing cereal character, light honey and a touch of vanilla-tinged caramel. No flaws, and just a touch of oxidation.
In the mouth its lightly oxidized, but it just comes off as a light caramel-bread character. Tartness is definitely low, but present, adding light fruitiness, floral notes and various tart acids (lemon and very light acetic notes). Some earthiness and more cereal/bread character. Carbonation is low but very tight, helping give it still a pinch vibrancy. Well-made beer, would be curious to try the newer version. No alcohol or flaw noted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (7044) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2016
(From notes, 26 March, 2016) 500 ML bottle thanks to Adamchan for sharing! Pour lighting at Clarks house, it looks almost clear gold in color, some carbonation. Aroma of dusty basement, older brett culture, and apple skins.

This is pretty tasty for the age of it. Soft floral hints upfront turning into a vinous note with mild traces of funk. Maybe a trace of oxidation, something slightly amuck. Nothing off putting, has to be oxidation. The mouthfeel still has carbonation which is nice. The texture isnt bone dry but dry without a doubt. Honestly I like it more than I thought I was going to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (1485) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks AdamChandler reddish brown with no head. Aromas of funk oak clove brett. Taste is tart fruit oak wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (2216) - 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 (11660) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"wow...some polarizing scores here...mid range 4s...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 its 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 (578) - - JUL 7, 2014
16 oz bottle given to me by Dan Carey himself of New Glarus Brewing at the Rare Beer Tasting at GABF 09 (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 (3125) - 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 (4167) - 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. Its 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 doesnt seem like age has made it any better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (2132) - 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. Im not sure if its the age or something else, but this beer doesnt have much character to it. Stale and slightly oxidized. Brett character hasnt 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 (8096) - New York, 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.

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