Rueuze - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,068
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 291 | FT: 34
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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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Photo of julian
1.25/5  rDev -70%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance is murky yellow in color with minimal lacing as the carbonation is nearly non-existent. Strike one for a "gueuze-style ale". Little to no head and zero lacing. Aroma has a bit of citrus, in the form of lemon/lime but this is quickly squashed by the abundance of acetic acid and its dominance on the nose. Taste follows suit. It’s quite tart but not in a complex, funky, traditional gueuze style way, more in a "oops I just squirted vinegar in my mouth" kinda way. Mouthfeel has an unusual oily papery feel. That’s the best way I can describe it. Nothing about this is "gueuze-style" in any way other than it was a blend of 3 different barrels. This was a drain pour. One of very few in the past several years (the last one was also a Bruery beer). Overall, I was less than impressed with this beer or the price tag it demanded. This is yet another overrated, sad failure of a beer from Bruery. They, as of this writing, will no longer be getting any of my business.

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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of rab53
2.38/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I have tried Rueuze, Oude Tart and Tart of Darkness. I honestly could not tell them apart (blind-folded) from each other or a glass of vinegar. I assume Sour in the Rye tastes very similar.

I suppose that there is some flavor or nuance that draws people to this beer, but it is lost on me. This is one-dimensional and acetic, falling short of the Belgian style it tries to emulate.

On a positive note, I have stopped buying limited releases for the sake of being limited, and focused more on proven quality beers.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.7/5  rDev -35.1%
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 claspada
2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light hazy golden color with a small white head that dissipates to leave minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with a boat ton of standard vinegar and straight lemon juice. I am searching for something more in depth but all I am finding it waves of lactic acid with no funk.

The tastes follow the nose with copious amounts of white vinegar and tart acidic lemon juice. As it warms there is a slight oak but not much. Still looking for some of the traditional gueuze funk, but to no avail.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is super abbrasive with aggressive vinegar, bile and concentrated lemon juice.

Overall this was very disappointing and I am glad that I wasn't the one to purchase this and only had 8 oz to attempt to consume. I obviously was not expecting an authentic Belgian gueuze but this is pretty bad. It was rough to consume and I can't imagine this improving and I could see this become undrinkable in about a year.

Photo of woosterbill
2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks Dan!

A: Cloudy pale gold body with some off-white froth. Uninspired.

S: Overripe cherry, funky wet hay, uric acid, and must. I like the weirdness, but frankly it's unappealing.

T: Lemony tartness up front (nice), rotten fruit midway through (terrible), and dry sour oak on the finish (quite good). Muddled and mediocre, but clean enough on the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Meh.

O: What a disappointment. Just interesting enough to be drinkable, but an embarrassment compared to pretty much any authentic Geuze.

Cheers!

Photo of pudgecat
3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Appearance: Hazy straw/gold. Very minimal retention and lacing.

Nose: White wine, vinegar, some white crackers, and yeast.

Taste: Yeast, pineapple, some green apple, and plenty of tart.

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
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 Goblinmunkey7
3.14/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold. Almost no cap or collar. Tiny hints of a bright-white collar. Pours a bit heavier than anticipated. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Small oakiness. Some citric funk. Lemon zest and a touch of flesh. Some bright fruitiness. Some apple, peach, and touches of pineapple. Fresh leather. Fruity and floral with some sweet pale malts coming through the back. Lemonade and fruit punch mixed in an oak bowl. Slightly vinous. Maybe even some lactic funk.

Taste: Lemon juice. Oak. Sweet, vaguely sugary. Very fruity and floral. Odd almost tomato/vegetable note in the back. Lemon rind. Some soft apple and tropical fruit. Some pale malts. Vague hits of hay and earthy funk. Slightly musty. Slightly spoiled fruit. Mango. Not the most complex, but decent. Acetic bite on the finish. Some lactic funk as well.

Mouthfeel: Minor carbonation. Body is smooth, but dry and runs dead center.

Overall: Ruse? Perhaps, but the it's worth trying.

A good beer. The weird vegetable flavor reminds me of Hottenroth and gets a bit distracting at times. Nicely tart, but still young and lacking the depth I would like to see with the style. Good, not great.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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Rueuze from The Bruery
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