Rueuze - The Bruery
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
3.99/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Thanks to ThaFATkid for hooking me up with this one. Poured from a bottle into a Bruery snifter. The pour is perfectly clear and deep gold in color with a hefty 2 fingers of creamy white head that the acidity doesn't allow to linger for long and quickly reduces to a thin lacing. Speaking of the acidity, the moment the cap was released I could smell this beast. Lots of sour apple, white wine, vinegar, and astringent notes filled the air. Sadly, I don't get much in the way of earthy, musty, barnyard odors. Still, an assertive aroma.
The beer has a nice light body and, like all wildly-fermented beers from The Bruery, an intense sour flavor. The acidity hits you very quickly in the front of the palate with massive sour apple, green grape, and white wine flavors. At mid-palate, the acidity starts to ease off and the flavors start to dry out. This softens the feel and allows some subtle herbal flavors of to come forward (is this the result of their oak-aging?). The finish is somewhat dry and leaves tannins and hints of acid behind, making you salivate for more. Very refreshing. Not quite as carbonated as I would like.
Another crazy sour bomb from The Bruery. I don't know how they manage to make beers this sour that are still palatable. It has no objectionable characteristics, but if I have to rate this as a Gueuze, then I must say it lacks some of the balance and musty complexity that the best beers of that style have. Nevertheless, for the combination of intense acidity and drinkability, it's hard do much better than this.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2013 18:58:45 | More by deadonhisfeet
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District of Columbia
4.44/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750 mL bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors in NW D.C., 2013 Edition, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" tulip glass and drank over 30 minutes
A: 3/3 - golden-yellow coloration, impressive clarity (able to see and read through my pour but clarity dropped significantly as approached the dregs), initial 2 finger soapy white head settles into a 1/2 finger glass lacing, high carbonation with tight white bubbles just pouring off the bottom of the glass, small alcohol legs
S: 10/12 - big admixture of citrus fruit - lemon, lime, and apricot - and sour - acetic, barnyard and tart - notes; no detectable hops, malts, barrel-notes or flaws
T: 18/20 - on first sip, there 's an intense tart/funk with complex fruit flavors in the background - lemon, lime, ripe pear; in the middle of the mouth, some of the oak and vanilla flavors start to pop with a subtle woodines; there's a very mild malt character; little detectable hops or alcohol; finishes dry
M: 4/5 - very high carbonation (almost Mimosa-like), easily quaffable (as expected for the low alcohol), just a little thin for me
T: 9/10 - another winning Bruery's sour, which further solidifies their standing as the best American sour program; hits all the major points emphasized by the BJCP 2008 Style Guidelines in 17E.; although expensive, $22.99 for a bottle in the greater Washington D.C. area, this is definitely worth your investment for now and later
TOTAL - 44/50
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 23:28:17 | More by MNishCT77
Rueuze from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.