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Rueuze - The Bruery

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 1,299
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 88
Gots: 376 | FT: 35
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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color beer with a medium foamy head with limited retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of funky yeast notes with light barnyard notes and some tart notes. Taste is a well balance mix of tart notes with some funky yeast and light barnyard feel. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice level of complexity but still not close to the level that can be tasted in Belgian lambic. I loved the way they control the acidity level.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into snifter. Bottled 9/10/2013.

A: Pours a clear golden with a finger of fuzzy white film that faded into a bubbly collar that eventually disappeared into nothingness. No lace.
S: I get notes of earthy brett and slightly musty notes of oak. Clean blonde ale malt backbone is light and grainy smelling, and there is a few hints of stone fruits and peppery spice.
T: Follows the nose with pretty straightforward tart blonde ale flavors. There is a clean acidity up front, but the bright edges are polished with age. Flavors of pale malt, wheat, and hints of stone fruits are also mostly present up front, as the flavor really falls off in the finish. I do get a touch of spice near the finish, but nothing much lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-light body, very effervescent and fizzy carbonation, drying mouthfeel but not a desert. Carbonation is a touch distracting, and takes a little away from the drinkability.
O: A clean and straightforward sour blonde. Doesn’t hold a candle to a Belgian counterpart, but it’s more flavorful than other non-fruit blonde sours I’ve had. Solid, but underwhelming.

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Photo of champ103
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had many times, my original "had" was a 4.5. Drinking a 2014 edition on 9/5/2015.

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. At first a dense two finger white head forms and recedes quickly to a small cap that stays throughout. Light lace if left behind.
S: Light funk, but mostly acidic with some tart fruits. Like tart lemon rind, grapes and apples. The tart/sour mix is intense at first, and I eventually get use to it.
T: Like the nose, the tart and sour burst up front is strong and takes a minute to get use to. Light funk, light wood, Very acidic. Sour, over ripped fruits. Lemon, grapes and apples are dominate.
M/O: A light body that is incredibly effervescent. Champagne like carbonation that works beautifully. The intense sourness takes it toll, but still something I vary much enjoy sipping on.

Consistently one of the best American made Gueuze available, and one not very difficult to come by. This has always been a big, puckering sour bomb, but I think it gets even more intense with age. I think slightly younger bottles give the best results, and would be easily in the 4.5 range. Still, just damn good as it is.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice-looking, well-carbonated golden body. Decent white head.
Smell is VERY interesting. To me it's like burnt corn, with some underlying peanut/ general nut funkiness. Bottle indicates 6% abv.
A fresh roasted husky scent that I love. Sour nose yes, but different.
The first taste and it's just like the scent. The sour tartness lingers through now. The nuttiness I picked up in the nose translates to more of a funk-filled white grape party. The burnt corn is still there. All a nice sour mashup of flavor. Really sour, too.
Nicely crisp and carbonated throughout.
Only had a few sours so far. This was by far the most tasty/ memorable.
Too bad I can't buy this in TX.

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Photo of Ri0
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured 750ml bottle into Teku. 2014 Vintage.

A - Darker shade of gold with a soft white 2 finger head. Fades into thin ring with minimal lacing. Looks enchanting.

S - Starts off with a tart and sour aroma. Fresh lemon juice, green plum, and sour grapes. Funk is light and there is a slight woody character.

T - Huge bright tartness that is bordering on sour. Lemons. green plum, and sour grapes. I detect faint funk and some wood, even a bit of vanilla.

M - Light crisp finish with mouth puckering sourness. Carbonation is perfect and the finish is slightly dry.

O - Pretty tasty Gueuze style that is readily available in many places that helps make the price easier to deal with.

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Photo of Domvan
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice tart and balance, refreshing and a nice easy drinker. This one is a definite favorite of mine now from the bruery, ignore the price tag if you haven't tried it yet

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass, light golden blonde colored with a large white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: sour, tart, acetic acid, pickles, light grain

T: intensely sour up front, tart acetic acid, flavors of oak, green apple, lemon, light hop bitterness

M: very bubbly, prickly like champagne

O: excellent light bodied pale sour

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Photo of do_ob
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

09/06/13 bottle. Served in a Tank 7 tulip at 48*F. Pours a light-medium golden and settles quite clear in the glass. Enormous amounts of carbonation bubbles fuel the ever-present head of white foam - 2 fingers' width in height initially, it has fizzed down to a dense 1/2 finger after only a minute or two.

Strong sour notes on the nose, as expected. There's a steady acidity on the aroma that ties in well with a plethora of sweet & tart fruits. All apparent to me are cherries, grapes, lemon, and maybe a slight hint of green apples. Very pleasant and well-balanced. The aroma on this actually made my mouth water.

Medium-light weight and presents a lively, carbonated, almost champaign-like mouthfeel. Immediately upon tasting, a wall of flavor is slammed onto the palate. The first distinct flavor I picked up was sour green apples, followed by lemon, blackberries, and a huge tart cherry character. Wow, lots of tart cherries. I may have made a face just now.

Great smooth finish, which was a pleasant surprise. Sometimes with these sour beers, an abrasive finish is almost expected. A touch of vinegar on the finish leads into a dry, tart aftertaste.

Overall, I found this beer to be excellent. It honestly exceeded my expectations, which I suppose it shouldn't have. I should know by now that The Bruery knows what they're doing, so it's no surprise that this one was another winner in my book. This beer presented a lot of complexity while still remaining simple enough for someone like me, who is new to sours, to be able to pick up on many different flavors and characteristics. I found the heaviest hitters in this particular beer to be green apples and cherries. There's a great balance between sweet & sour, and between tart acidity and dinkability.

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Photo of mchegash
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 3.75/5
A semi-translucent darker golden orange. A small amount of white head. Slightly less than typical carbonation is visible rising up the beer,

Smell - 4.25/5
Delicious tart cherries, apples, maybe some lemon as well. Overall a great sour funkiness.

Taste - 4.25/5
Very sour but delicious. Cherries, apples, lemons, and other slightly boozy fruit flavors are present and tart.

Mouthfeel - 4.75/5
Incredibly smooth and creamy feel. Not overcarbonated like some sours, so you get to experience the fullness of the sour flavors, without it being overpowered by the carbonation. The smoothness and creaminess are really incredible, considering this is a very sour beer.

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall, this was a very good sour beer, but not incredible. I'm not sure it was worth the $20 I paid for it. If it was $15, maybe.

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Photo of ARoman
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of macher0
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of miguellunarusso
4.71/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of MagicJeff
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of upton7418
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of ajm5108
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of cheers_chick
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
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

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light musty funk with big tart character in aroma.

Flavor is very citric and lactic, pretty tart! Definitely not a starter sour. Barrel doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Rueuze from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.