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Rueuze - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 86
Gots: 366 | FT: 37
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IKR on 11-10-2012

Our take on a gueuze-style ale, this intensely tart and funky beer combines three different vintages of our barrel aged sour blonde ale.
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Ratings: 1,242 | Reviews: 141
Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is always a pleaser. IMHO, one of the best shelf sours available!

Photo of ARoman
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is bright citrus and stone fruits with a bit of oak, a hint of a dirty martini, and a light barnyard funk. It's a murky straw hue with a soapy white head that has moderate retention and very little lace. The beer is medium high sweet, medium sour, and medium light bitter. The texture is oily and thin with a fizzy carbonation and a medium light body with flavors of pineapple, apricot, and lemon zest as well as a dry oak and light herb touch which strengthens at the finish with a olive tartness. There's a cloying, lingering aftertaste of under ripe fruit, oak, and olives, but overall, it's refreshing and relatively clean and crisp.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dishwater blonde and plenty hazy. Lots of carbonation bubbles are showing here. I smell tart Gwen apples and a bit of Brett. The taste is plenty of tart apple and a light touch of Brett at the end. The mouth is crisp and light with moderate carbonation.

Photo of peterlada
4.98/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite beer, so far at least.

Photo of Catracho5
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Cloudy, bright orange, had a nice creamy white head that quickly vanished, some carbonation coming off the bottom, no lacing.

A: Tart funk sour upfront, slight champagne aroma, white grapes, not picking up any barrel or alcohol on the nose.

T: Sour, funk tart goodness, picking up a nice white grape flavor, slight barrel on the backend, taste really good, impressed.

M: Medium mouthfeel little to no carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Very nice, this is tasting great on this 90 degree day afternoon, thirst quenching, a balanced beer with a nice sour tart funk goodness up front, some nice fruity flavors in the middle and finishes really good with a slight oak flavor and nice dry finish, good beer but at $20 a bottle I might need to reserve this beer for special occasion.

Photo of macher0
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip.

A. Pours bright amber, very translucent with a very coarse bubble head and lots of effervescence. Looks kind of like a Bud heavy.

S. For 100% certain, this does not smell like a bud heavy. Tart bacteria and sour yeast jump out font. Notes of vinegar, neutral oak, lemon, and dust.

T. That's a tart-ass beer and I love me some sours. The high tart level certainly works. Very similar to a Belgain geuze.

M. Thin body, thin feel, high carbonation, fairly smooth.

O. This has all the same characteristics of a traditional Belgian geuze . A very good sour. I certainly recommend this beer to sour fans.

Photo of miguellunarusso
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful execution. Color is golden with a hint of brown (assuming oak). Smells of lemon and grape fruit with a hint of oak. T:Again citrus at the start, following with oak and ending in tart goodness. Light body and carbonation is just right, makes it very fresh.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage shared by Umberto yesterday.

This one pours a moderately dark orange/yellow, with a half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

This one smells pretty sours, lots of lemon, a bit of grapefruit, and a good amount of lactic goodness.

This is definitely one of the best Bruery sours that I've had. Lots of intense lactic sourness, a bit of barnyard funk. The sourness is so bright and sunny here, with a good amount of citrus- lemon and grapefruit mostly.

This is fairly light bodied, with an intensely tart mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

This was a nice surprise.

Photo of MagicJeff
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass

Look: Deep copper orange look. small head that held for a while then eventually dissipated.

Smell: Lemony citrus; fresh cut wet grass; slight mustiness but not like most gueze's i've tried.

Taste: Citrus and some funk on back end. lemon, blood orange. tartness really shows in after taste, it lingers for a second.

Mouthfeel: it tastes a lot fuller than it looks. it almost looks a little watery after sitting in my glass a while. but the mouthfeel is medium bodied IMO. Definitely could drink a few of these on a hot day.

Photo of upton7418
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle to snifter 2014 vintage

A- golden straw in color and hazy with a 1/2 finger white head. leaves no lacing. head dissipates quickly

S-strong musty acidic smell with citrus layers very strong lemony smell.

T- very citrus tastes with a strong lemony taste as the primary flavor. it's is def. sour and enjoyable. light sour patch kids taste going on with this beer. As it warms up a staw/hay like taste develops at the back end.

M-light body with decent carbonation.

Overall this is a very good sour beer. I would def buy this again but not regularly. I am not sure how much everyone else paid but I paid $20 for 1 bottle. It's a bit steep in price but very good. A once a year purchase when you can find it.

Photo of snaotheus
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015-03-06
750ml bottle split between a pair of tulips. Oddly, this beer is audible. At roughly arm's length, I can hear it crackling as the carbonation bubbles up and pops. This is new to me.

Pours hazy with little head. Moderate amount of carbonation. Smell is lemony sour, a little candy sweetness. Something decidedly sweet-tarty about it.

Taste is shockingly sour. It sent me reeling and elicited curses of surprise. After a small period of adjustment, it's still quite sour, but not shocking. Flavor brings to mind unripe light colored fruit -- not sure exactly what, though. Maybe actually peaches.

Mouthfeel is very dry, somewhat gritty. Overall, pretty good.

Photo of DaverCS
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Pours gold with slight orange hue. Low carbonation with 1/4 finger head that dissipates immediately.

Aroma yields baking soda, vinegar, funk, and lemon.

The tartness of this beer is actually pleasant. I get a nice sharp lemony-citrus flavor immediately, followed by a little vinegar. Then i get that baking soda and a finish of funkiness. Not enough carbonation for me.

I will admit, I'm definitely a sour beer drinker, and I picked this one up on a whim. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I have had other sours with this baking soda like flavor, which I'm not a fan of, but the other flavors of this beer are actually pretty good. I pair this with chicken Picatta. It gets an 85 from me which is great for a sour!

Photo of ajm5108
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of grass / hay on the nose along with the expected stinging citric and a very distant tart vinegar, taste is strong on the dry citrus, doesn't pop upfront with the tart /sourness...it is present, but not overwhelming. Mostly lemon tart. Finishes with some latent acidity, similar to Duchess but not as lingering.

Photo of cheers_chick
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A delightfully sour punch in the face. Those who can take the hit and enjoy tart lambics will relish the complexity of funky farmhouse meeting green apple. Too tart for my taste but a well crafted beer none the less.

Video Review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJE_UkeUPLw

Photo of HattedClassic
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very light and white bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear medium gold. In fact, with the carbonation, it almost looks like a gold sparkling.

The beer smell is both fruity and funky. The fruit notes are sweet, not artificially sweet, and resemble strawberry, a bit of peach, and slight raspberry notes. The smell is also very tarty and resembles more cherry tartness than granny smith tartness. The beer also has a musty, earthy funk smell mixing with the other notes as well. The note is pretty earthy and contrasts well with the sweeter notes while complementing the tart notes very well. At colder temps, the beer has a slight whiff of vanilla from the barrels.

The beer taste is fairly tart and acidic. The tart taste is more granny smith than cherry but also a citrus note that appears to have lemon and grapefruit notes. The funk is still in thee but it's a bit more subtle and gets lost in the other notes. The funk imparts the same earthiness and must notes from the smell. The lingering aftertaste is a bit tarty with some sweet fruit flavor. There is also a slight vanilla flavor.

The beer is medium bodied with a nice crisp feel from the carbonation. The beer is smooth with a dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer and worth having at least once. The beer is a bit tarty and may not be for everyone, but this is definitely a must have for tart fans. I've never had a gueuze before the style seems to be pretty good and I'm glad The Bruery is taking chances with old and rare styles such as this.

Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light funk with big tart character in aroma.

Flavor is very citric and lactic, pretty tart!

Photo of Tanass
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my top five sours!

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy orange-yellow, thin bubbly head. Aroma of acidic lemon, sourdough, dirty funk. Taste followed the nose pretty much, lemon, grapefruit rind, yogurt, malt vinegar, oak, Sprite, moderately sour, but more in an acetic way. I don't know, just kind of messy and unbalanced.

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved this....nice and tart. First time trying this style of beer and I thoroughly enjoyed this. Can't wait to try more.

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another amazing sour from Bruery . Even though gueuze is listed in the description , it's not very salty . Great tartness , carbonation and mouthfeel

Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap

A- pours a clear golden orange color with a creamy white head that retains nicely long after the pour

S- dried hay and lemon peel with some earthy funk aroma, barnyard, grass, spicy rye

T- lots of fruity notes up front with hints of pear, green apple, lemon peel and peach. Big tart puckering notes of sour grapes kick in mid-palate, leading to a bone dry earthy and sour finish

M- medium my body with light carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp bone dry finish

O-probably the best American made gueuze that I've had, definitely worth a try

Photo of srandycarter
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Only slightly murky copper, not much head, not much lace. Still looks pretty inviting.

S - Tart apples and malt.

T - Low malt, BIG tartness, very clean at end.

M - Medium to light body, good carb and balance. Nice tangy dry finish.

D - Great beer. I like it.

Photo of dannydetox
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bracingly tart offering from the bruery. rueuze provides a blend of barnyard hay and lemon on the nose, with pleasantly sharp acidity as the brew hits the tongue. carbonation is light, and what bubbles there are tiny and vinous.no head what so all. long finish that brings out more of the rustic side and the oak of this blended sour ale. would pair nicely with offensively pungent washed rind cheeses like epoisses or ardrahan.

Photo of kkleu357
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour at a tasting. Light straw body. Sourdough aroma. Taste sort of like a granny smith apple. Just starting to like these tart beers. This one was pretty good.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2013 Edition, looks like the bottling date is 09/10/13. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like apricots, funk, vinegar, green apples, hay and some lemon peel. The taste is nice too, with apricot, funk, green apple, bready/grainy malt, hay, vinegar, lemon peel, and earthy flavors all noticeable. It's nice and tart! Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and has a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, certainly wouldn't mind buying more of this in the future.

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Rueuze from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 1,242 ratings.