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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
ClarkVV (6873) - 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. There’s 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 it’s 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.

3.5
AirForceHops (7820) - 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 isn’t bone dry but dry without a doubt. Honestly I like it more than I thought I was going to.

3.6
Chalumeaux (1709) - 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.

3.6
Dfonorow (2274) - 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.

3.3
slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
"wow...some polarizing scores here...mid range 4’s...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 it’s not offensive, but outside the brett, there was nothing else. possibly my least favorite NG beer to date."

3.8
RussianDragon (877) - - 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.


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