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Rueuze - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
93
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1,048 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,048
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 73
Gots: 285 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our take on a gueuze-style ale, this intensely tart and funky beer combines three different vintages of our barrel aged sour blonde ale.

(Beer added by: IKR on 11-10-2012)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a faint bottling date of 09/05/13 etched on the side. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a brassy golden color with a lot of interplay between various hues--amber, orange, sandy yellow, based on how the light hits it. Some slight chill haze, but there is plenty of translucency to see a lazy trail of carbonation bubbles rising up from the etching on the bottom of the glass to replenish a one finger bone white head. The foam dissipates after a minute or so, leaving no lacing whatsoever. The only drawback is that there seems to be some brown flecks of something up in the neck near the crown. A few pour into my glass, forcing me to strain the beer before drinking.

Smell - Initial wafting from the glass is pungent funk, with wet hay, musty wood and notes of citrus and overripe fruit. Upon subsequent inhalations, the citrus narrows down to specific notes of lemon and yuzu, oak tannins and light grains.

Taste - Considerable lactic tartness is front and center, creating a puckering effect that makes my tastebuds water a tad. Woody notes, and a slight sweetness come through, along with profiles of apricot and a nice funky undertone make this a wonderfully tasting sour beer.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate to low carbonation, with a mostly dry finish that still retains a touch of sweetness. Lingering tartness.

Overall, a great take on the style and one I would pick up on the regular if Bruery distributed to my neck of the woods. That said, there are a couple other gueuze style ales that do distribute to my area that will likely continue to fulfill my sour fix.

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4.2/5  rDev +1%
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750 ml bottle at fridge temp into a tulip. 2013 vintage.

Pours out a really nice bright light golden color. Surprisingly the first pour was rather clear and it retains a nice white head for the first half of the glass leaving a bit of lace as well. A nice looking beer.

Big lemon citrus acidity, wet hay, barnyard funk, Brett comes out a lot more as it warms. lactic. It's all there.

Intense flavor when compared to the aroma. Big sourness that lingers well into the finish as well as a nice lactic twang. Big lemon citrus, slight wet hay and barnyard funk. I really enjoy the finish to this beer

Light bodied, but the sourness and lactic qualities of this beer really play a big part in destroying the palate. Higher carbonation of course.

An impressive beer. Almost hard to believe this comes from America. But really not for the beginner sour drinker. Worth getting a few for the cellar.

Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
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Bottle (2012)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

Clear orange with a small to moderately-sized near-white head that quickly recedes. This beer doesn't have a lot of carbonation, especially given the noted style of gueuze. Leaves the glass nearly clean, though it leaves small spots of juicy stick. Only average.

The aroma is perhaps the best aspect of this beer, though it's not anywhere close as complex, enjoyable, or funky as Belgian examples of the same style. Some definite lemon and sharp citrus notes, bit sour character, and some definite funk (sweaty sock) character.

The flavor is nice, though it simply lacks depth. In one of the most complex tasting styles, this one doesn't have similar depth. That being that, what's here is delicious and certainly worth drinking. Sharp, bright, and sour lemons and perhaps some apricot, sock sweat funk, and moderate-to-high sour character. Dry finish.

Medium bodied with extremely low carbonation. Watery after less than a half hour in the glass. This beer's true failing, if it has one.

Good, and affordable, but not great.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Rueuze from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 1,048 ratings.