Rueuze - The Bruery
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.01/5 rDev -3.4%
Poured into a Duvel Tulip
Pours a hazy, but very vibrant gold with yellow highlights A surprisingly tightly bubbled 2 finger tall, bright head quickly forms and retains for a little while before reducing down to nothing but a whisp.
Tart aromas of lemon juice and faint white wine vinegar waft out of the glass immediately upon pouring. Vinegary acetic aspects are very subdued compared to the last Bruery sour I've had (Oude Tart). Beneath the accompanying this mostly clean acidity is a very pronounced, funky Brettanomyces edge; dried apricot, pineapple juice, musty hay and earth and sun warmed leather. There is a distinct mineral roughness about this sour. As the beer warms, the light stone fruit character becomes more apparent as well as some vanilla tones from the barrels.
As soon as the beer touches your palate, you're blasted by the clean acidity that was in nose; mostly expressive and refreshing tart lemon juice with very little of the abrasive vinegar like sourness that can be found in some of the younger, rushed out sour ales. On the heels of this acidity is the light stone fruit tones that were also featured in the aroma; mostly some apricot and even some faint peach notes. Just before the off dry finish, your palate is kissed by a gentle and clean malty breadiness. Long lingering notes of funky pineapple, apricot, lemon juice, light barnyard overtones; damp earth and hay. As in the aroma, as the beer warms some vanilla barrel tones become more evident.
Medium to light bodied with stubborn, but not obnoxious carbonation. The back end is a tad watery, which I am not a fan of.
The Bruery's take on a Gueuze, which is traditionally a blend of a 1 year, 2 year and 3 year old spontaneously fermented sour ales. The Bruery doesn't have make a spontaneously fermented sour ale, so instead their "Rueuze" is a blend of their 1-3 year old sour blonde ale. The added aging really allows some of apricot heavy, matured Brettanomyces character to really shine in lock step with the assertive, but not grating tartness. My only real qualm with this sour is that it finishes slightly watery.
01-04-2014 08:13:31 | More by flayedandskinned
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4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
06-07-2014 17:09:30 | More by dogfishandi
3.58/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
02-07-2013 02:20:52 | More by ehammond1
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours out a bright yellow and light tangerine type of color not unfamiliar to those who like their ipas awesome. White head on the top, plenty of carbonation in the right dose. Doesn't retain the head for shit. so what.
Aroma was plenty tart, lemon forward, some chalky brett notes.
Good oaky and big time sour presence, plenty of tartness. Nothing unique here, tastes a lot like most blonde wilds/gueuze kind of stuff, heavy on the lemon, a fractional amount of other citrus (peach, grapefruit, apricot maybe), but mostly tart ass lemon, and why reinvent the wheel, this stuff is solidly reliable. Plenty acetic, but I'm all about that, so its pleasing me and not coming off at all like vinegar. Very crisp mouthfeel, gotta love that, yet gets some grassy notes on your palate at the same time.
I dunno, some people think Bruery's sours are lacking, I think they've done really well. You just know the name and the association with a traditional gueuze is gonna drive some people up the wall, so hats off to the Bruery, anytime you get someone's traditional panties in a wad, you know you're providing some solid entertainment, so thank you for a good beer and a good entertaining read sometimes.
Drank at Layne's UFC ppv (Dos Santos/Velasquez).
01-19-2013 19:18:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Rueuze from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.