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Rueuze - The Bruery

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93
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1,210 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 85
Gots: 352 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
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: 1,210 | Reviews: 139
Reviews by stuppy:
Photo of stuppy
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden, slight haze, decent cream color head at pour, dissipates to just edges

Aroma: Sour aroma, pineapples, lemons, barnyard, some oak, citrus fruits

Flavor:complex fruits, pineapples and lemons, sour, balances with malt well, some oak, light vanilla, no hops

Mouthfeel: med light, med high carbonation.

Overall: Great beer. I like the complex fruit and sour flavors and finish is perfect. Very drinkable.

Bottle 2013 edition

More User Reviews:
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 dogfishandi
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of doremite
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Gueze like for sure. Found this to be very balanced and appropriately tart. Clean and dare I say sessionable for the style. I was surprised by this one.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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).

Photo of mondegreen
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip. New Years Eve 2012 beer.

Pours a clear pale golden color. Initially yields a thin white head, but I recedes to nothing. No lacing, but that's been typical of all the Guezes I've ever had.

Nose is tart and funky. The tartness is pointed in the nose. Funk is there, but in the back seat.

Taste is somewhat acidic. Funky upfront with a long-lingering sour finish. I can best describe the taste as a juicy SOUR peach (if that makes sense).

Mouth is perhaps a touch heavier than usual, but the slickness works with the lingering tart finish.

Overall, a solid American take on Gueuze. I'd like to see the Bruery get the cost (19.99) down on this one, as I can find several imported Guezes at a lower price. In all, a solid take on the style.

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

Poured a wonderful cloudy golden color with a half finger of white head. It looked fantastic and very true to style. Scents of sour barnyard funk, green apple, apple cider vinegar, sour cherry, sour citrus and citrus peel and light aromas of oak and faint vanilla. A with wonderfully layered aroma with a true to style bouquet that is appealing and wild. Flavor begins delightfully sour with notes of sour, wild Brett, lemon juice, sour raspberry and sour green apple. This moves into a sour middle of sour green apple and sour barnyard funk. Finish is dry and sour with a wonderful flavor of oak, sour green apple, sour raspberry, sour Brett funk, and lemon juice. Aftertaste is sour with notes of raspberry, sour green apple and oak. A wonderful flavor profile that is dry, sour, fruity and complex. A fine geuze. Mouthfeel is light bodied with effervescent carbonation and a puckering, drying feel. A good, refreshing mouthfeel. Overall this is a fine geuze. It is sour, fruity and complex in aroma and taste and combines with a refreshing mouthfeel to make a fine geuze lambic. Quite nice and highly recommended.

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

Poured from 750 ml into chalice
A- hazy, golden/yellow pour. Bubbly carbonation; not much lacing.
S- plastic toy, lemon, wheat, lacto, barnyard musk, slight oak
T- lacto funk, sour fruits (sour apple, lemon, cherry)
M- very nice, crisp medium body. Tart twinge through and through.
O- got better with the second glass. Very nice acidity and funk. Overall, very enjoyable.

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 SpeedwayJim
3.04/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

750ml capped bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger coarse white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear, bright goldenrod. Lacing is minimal with thin legs. Average for the style.

Nose is tart lemon and a touch of apricot with a mild, zesty citrus presence. No real funk to speak of. Fruity. Moderately aromatic.

Opens tart lemon and citrus with vinegary notes throughout. More tartness in the middle with some starfruit and other tropical fruit at the end. Finishes tart vinegar with just a touch of sweetness. Sour aftertaste. They sure got the sour part of the gueuze down. Though again, there's no hint of funk or much of anything else for that matter.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Slick, oily and bubbly in the mouth and goes down oily and filmy. Finishes messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Vinegar, vinegar, and more vinegar in this one. Pretty lifeless overall.

This beer is not bad but its certainly outclassed when defined as a gueuze. Its average in every way. Too bad when I pay $25+ for a beer, I expect it to be a bit better than average. I won't be revisiting this one nor any other Bruery "Gueuze" in the future.

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

750ml split, loon glassware

seabirds v. saints

Cloudy golden body – clear bubbly head, minimal lace. Very tart – a touch metallic, oak, chardonnay, sugars, lemon rind. Like a lemon warhead – wildly sour and much better than I was anticipating actually. Puckering tartness.

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 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 Alieniloquium
2.72/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Orange. Clear. A few large bubbles.

Smell - Acetic. A little lemony. Monotonic aroma.

Taste - Puckering sourness, not as acetic. More woody. Very lemony. Not so pleasant sourness lingers.

Mouthfeel - Sour, not as intense as some other Bruery sours, but strong. Low carbonation and kinda slick.

Overall - Not very good. Nothing resembling a gueuze. I realize it's their "take," but I was hoping for some of the positive characteristics.

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel Tulip

Appearance: (4.25)
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.

Aroma: (4.25)
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.

Taste: (4)
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.

Mouthfeel: (3.5)
Medium to light bodied with stubborn, but not obnoxious carbonation. The back end is a tad watery, which I am not a fan of.

Overall: (4)
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.

Photo of IKR
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy light-yellow with a small white head. Good looking gueuze-style beer.

Smell:Barnyard funk, tart peach/apricot, and some hay aromas..

Taste: Citrus, unripened apricots, and some slight funk notes. This works for me.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium body with a fairly low level of carbonation.

Overall: I wasn't a real fan of GFAR, (I thought the flavor profile was good but muted) but I am a fan of this one. Good beer.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the new guy who shared this during a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, brine, earth, citrus, and apricot. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, tart, sour, apricot, and brine. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I fully understand what the Bruery was going for with this one and I think they nailed it pretty well. This brew had all of the traditional characteristics of a Gueuze, but just not to the intense nature as some of them. The kiss of apricot was a nice welcomed addition to cut some of the acidic nature of the beer to make it more enjoyable. All in all a pretty well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having again the future or aging to see how it develops.

Photo of nimrod979
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a glowing orange hue. Thin white head that dissipates quickly and no lacing.

Aroma: Lemony, green apple fruity tartness. Un ripened fruit. Oaky and woody mustiness. Sour funk.

Taste: Tartness hits right off the bat, lemon-y with subtle hints of peach and green apple. Oak barrel sourness and funky acidity.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Mouth-pucking with almost no carbonation. It's super dry. Finishes with a long lingering sourness but... it's so damn drinkable.

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 KYGunner
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy apricot browns and oranges are stirred about by an active carbonation that built a foamy and fizzy cap.

The aroma is tangy, sour, musty and quite funky with fragrant white grapes, Chardonnay, white wine and floral tones.

The palate gets vanilla coconut and oak barrel at first blush. Then a sour, tart and funky mineral flavor floats through. The Chardonnay, white grape and wine like qualities than hold true all the way to the finish.

This is so drinkable with a very even tart, sweet and sour personality.

This was a bit expensive for a lower ABV beer but wow it's a wild ride!

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL split into two tulip glasses. First round was only slightly hazy golden orange, second time it was a little more cloudy even when decanted slowly. Not much head, just a bit of larger juice-like bubbles clustered on the surface momentarily. The second pour yielded a little more foam, but similarly short lived.

More closed aroma at first, it opens up more as it warms, bringing out some grapefruit and lemon, oak and wet hay traces of Brett yeast.

Sour lemon and grapefruit, hints of something tropical that don't completely flesh out. Acidic in the gastric sense, sharp with a puckering dryness in the finish. Low on carbonation, a bit slick and slippery in feel. Overall pleasant to drink, moderately sour. Not overly complex, though it has a distinct flavor of sour fruits and a dry oaky finish, and is a nice American rendition of a traditional Belgian Gueuze.

Paired nicely with a farmstead goats' milk cheese, Tumalo Pondhopper.

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.

Photo of Rutager
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another big thank you to ObeMaltKinobee for this treat from my favorite state.

Appearance. Pours straw-gold with half a finger of white head that fades pretty quick.

Smell. Okay, I was approaching this one with a little cynicism, but this actually smells pretty close to the real deal. Sweet barn straw, funky wooden barrel, some sweet apples and orchard fruits, lightly lactic ...not too shabs.

Taste. Lactic sourness, green apples, light hay and barnyard funk, fresh barrel. Not as authentic as I hoped it would be after a few whiffs, but pleasant nonetheless.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, low carbonation.

Overall. Tastes more like a Bruery sour without the fruit than a traditional gueuze. I would have classified this as an American wild, but what the hell do I know (And really, who the fuck cares. It's a decent sour.)

Wait a sec, Vegas isn't in CA, maybe I need to retract that first statement... Nah, CA kicks ass but god damn I need a trip to Vegas soon.

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.

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Rueuze from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.