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Rueuze - The Bruery

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147 Reviews
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Reviews: 147
Hads: 1,310
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 28.4%
Wants: 92
Gots: 381 | FT: 36
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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Photo of julian
1.3/5  rDev -67.9%
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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Photo of rab53
2.45/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.72/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

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Photo of claspada
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.92/5  rDev -27.9%
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.


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Photo of travolta
3/5  rDev -25.9%

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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.04/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of cheers_chick
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A delightfully sour punch in the face. Those who can take the hit and enjoy tart lambics will relish the complexity of funky farmhouse meeting green apple. Too tart for my taste but a well crafted beer none the less.

Video Review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJE_UkeUPLw

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.16/5  rDev -22%
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy orange-yellow, thin bubbly head. Aroma of acidic lemon, sourdough, dirty funk. Taste followed the nose pretty much, lemon, grapefruit rind, yogurt, malt vinegar, oak, Sprite, moderately sour, but more in an acetic way. I don't know, just kind of messy and unbalanced.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks rob

Pours a hazy golden-straw-yellow color with a thin head which dissolves completely into a thin collar, leaving little to no lacing.

Funky, sour and fruity in the nose. Touches of pear and peach with straw and wet hay. Notes of citrus, lemon and mineral.

Sweeter, fruit-driven sourness up front. Apple, peach and pears mix into the funky, bretty backbone. Wet hay, straw and horse blanket. A few notes of lemon peel and citric acidity towards the finish, which is dry and crisp.

Medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and dry on the palate. I found this a little sweet and plain for my tastes, plus it doesn't help that this was opened along with about 20+ other sours/wild ales. I also can't help but compare American attempts at the gueuze to Belgian varieties, which may not be fair, but this pales in comparison to something from Cantillon, Tilquin or 3F.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour is transparent golden amber with a small amount of tight white head. Nose has a good bit of hay, light wheat notes, hints of lemon, lacto, notes of vinegar, and some off plastic notes. Taste has a bit more vinegar and a decent bit of lemon, faint wheat notes, fair amount of lactic acid, not the burn I was expecting from them. Moderate carbonation, lighter body, lingering musk.

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Photo of beagle75
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tasting glass.

A: Slighly hazy, medium golden color with no foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright lemon and musty funk are featured, with other qualities such as gruyere and green apples faint but detectable. Other fruit and spice are absent, preserving an authentic cleanliness.

T: Begins dry, with potent tartness, bright fermented grain, and sharp minerality. Yeast funk becomes pronounced into the middle, suggestive of digestive fluid when considered with the sourness. Flavors drop off abruptly into the finish, tasting stale and just a little sweaty.

M: Medium viscosity, syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This wild ale features some authentic lambic qualities, mostly centered around the smell. The flavor profile starts out in agreeable fashion, but flails ineffectively by the midpoint. It seems a little young, and time to condition fully may alleviate the textural issues.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with a finger of white cap. The head dissolves fairly fast leaving a thin film atop. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl releases a finger that is quick to fade.

The aroma is lemony lactic with a hint of yogurt. Some mild raw oak appeal is also present with a soft inclusion of vanilla. It has an overall tropical sort of feel to the nose before the onset of a little sulfur, brine and vinegar.

The flavor of this brew is quite sour and briney with notes of apple cider vinegar. There is some tropical fruity aspect providing a pleasant complexity to the flavor. The finish has a bit of white wine dryness mixed with lemony lacto, yogurt and more cider.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a pleasant interpretation of a gueuze for an American brewery. I enjoyed the tropical aspects but pretty much hated the brine and vinegar notes that are unfortunately present in not only this but nearly all sours from the Bruery.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy gold color. There's a finger worth of white-colored head - while it retains relatively decently, it leaves no lacing behind.

S: Funkier than I expected. The primary aromatic notes are earth, funk, phenol, and bright fruits; these elements blend with the subtle sourness well. Not exactly authentic (and yes, I remember my previous experiences with proper gueuzes), but a solid imitation of the style and a genuinely great nose in general.

T: It starts with some subtle tartness, which fades to a combination of noble hops, crackery malts, and even a touch of diacetyl. The sourness is enjoyable - unfortunately, it's too timid for my tastes, and doesn't have the complexity to compensate. I'm really missing the funky notes from the nose here.

M: Surprisingly heavy. The sourness and oak tannins give it a decent dryness, however. Simply put, this doesn't feel as light or as refreshing as I want it to, but it does drink fairly easily. Carbonation is vibrant.

O: This is *NOT* a proper gueuze, but to be fair, it's not trying to be a proper gueuze. As a regular sour ale, it's good if not world class. At the price I bought it for, there are other sours I'd go after first (even from the same bruery).

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color. It produces nearly zero head, a fizzy white cap fizzles to nothing almost instantly and leaves behind no lacing.

S- Lots of fruit, citrus and vinegar, a bit of musty funk that unfortunately disappears in the flavor.

T- Very sour, lots of vinegar and a bit of lactic tartness, goes heavy on the fruity aspects with some mild oak flavors as well. Again though there's no funkiness to it whatsoever, and the flavor profile doesn't really resemble that of a gueuze.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, dry feel. Carbonation is moderate to low.

O- This isn't a bad beer at all, but it isn't a gueuze by a long shot. The sourness focuses so heavily on the vinegar aspect, and there really isn't much funk either. It doesn't taste bad in general though, and I finished a 750ml very easily, but as far as style and pricing go I would probably pass on this one.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

3.5 A: Well hazed dark yellow color. About one finger of frothy white head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Like just about all other Bruery sours, the nose on this is full of acid. Lots of acetic and lactic acid. Plenty of funk to go along with the sour though. Musty basement, barn full of hay, dry, dusty wood, and maybe a bit of horse blanket. Lots of lemony fruitiness. At first I thought it was a bit too acetic, but the funk comes through well as this warms up and it turns out to be quite balanced.

3.5 T: Taste is good, but it isn't as impressive as the nose. Acetic acid forward, with more sourness under that, and another layer of acetic acid. Mild-moderate tangy lactic acid. The funk doesn't come through as well as in the nose. It might be there, but if it is, it's hidden under the sourness. Moderate amount of musty funk, but not a lot of complexity. Lemony fruitiness, oak, and a mild tannic astringency. Not bad, but you have to be an acid fan for this one.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but low on spritziness. Smooth enough for how acetic it is.

3.0 D: This is another acetic Bruery sour. That's what it is. I predicted that before I opened it and, of course, I was right. Good enough.

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Photo of Jonada
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage. 750ml bottle served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden orange color with a finger of a fizzy white head that dissipates to a thin collar. Body is very hazy with light amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Tart, lemon like citrus, mild barnyard funk, green apples, subdued lactic character, hay with some hints of oak

Taste: Heavy lactic character, lemon, grain, bretty funk, green apple and pear. Medium/high sourness, but not mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Perhaps a tad watery. Lower, but aggressive carbonation. Easily drinkable.

Overall: Not a true gueuze and there's no mistaking it for one, but still a good sour blonde ale. At $20 per 750ml though, if you're looking for a gueuze, you're better off going for the real deal.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color beer with a medium foamy head with limited retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of funky yeast notes with light barnyard notes and some tart notes. Taste is a well balance mix of tart notes with some funky yeast and light barnyard feel. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice level of complexity but still not close to the level that can be tasted in Belgian lambic. I loved the way they control the acidity level.

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Photo of Rutager
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of drtth
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a snifter glass a fairly clear light orange color with a thin white head that recedes fairly quickly to a small ring of bubbles around the glass. There's little lacing and the ring is gone before the beer.

The aromas include some tartness along with some horse blanket and touches of oak.

The flavors are dominated by the tartness. There is the promise of some Brett funkiness that hasn't really developed in this bottle yet.

The body is on the light side of medium and the carbonation is persistent. The finish on the long side of medium but mostly consists of the tartness and some final dryness.

On the whole this seems a reasonably well made beer but one that needs more time in the bottle to develop its full potential. So I would mind trying it again but only if there's more bottle age than with this sample.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of grass / hay on the nose along with the expected stinging citric and a very distant tart vinegar, taste is strong on the dry citrus, doesn't pop upfront with the tart /sourness...it is present, but not overwhelming. Mostly lemon tart. Finishes with some latent acidity, similar to Duchess but not as lingering.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

When I opened the bottle, I immediately smelled the sour. I put my nose to the bottle mouth and breathed in the better geuze essence. After pouring into my tulip glass I took in the aroma of the geuze. I really enjoy the sour.

There is a lot of carbonation in this beer, but the foam didn't come up from the initial pour. The coloring is a vibrant yellow, almost like a ginger ale.

This is a challenging sipper. The sour really hits the back of the mouth. The after-taste was very refreshing.

This is a good example for the style.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Provisions in Orange, CA and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm always skeptical of The Bruery because they're almost always overpriced crap; I did enjoy Black Tuesday and Tart of Darkness so I'm hoping this is a solid sour.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head of slight cream, decent thickness, and below average (~1 minute) retention. Body colour is a dull copper with orange hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It isn't much to look at, but it's typical for the style.

Sm: Sourness, bacterial notes, funk, tart fruit, oak, pale malts, fleeting hints of bright fruit esters, fermented orange peel, and wild yeasty notes. No alcohol is detectable. A fairly strong, assertive aroma. I'm starting to get excited.

T: Clean sourness with a luscious smack-your-lips tartness on the climax. Bacterial but somewhat clinical; this feels less like a spontaneous Belgian sour and more a laboratory brew - to its obvious detriment. Lacks the complexity and depth of a good Belgian gueuze. Lightly funky. Somewhat tart. Nicely acidic, but not as commital as it could be. Even Cascade Kriek (not a gueuze) hit me harder with the assertive sourness than this does. Pale malts and orange esters are buried in there. Crystal malt throughout. Nicely lactic. The finish is surprisingly clean and easy on the palate, giving you a break but also leaving you wanting more. I'd prefer more commitment to the sourness. Some lemon ester zing on the finish. Quite tasty all around, but frontloaded; all the good flavour is in the early second act; this results in a lackluster climax. It's therefore structurally imbalanced, but the flavour balance is rather respectable. Except for that pesky empty third act. A really nice sour all around; I quite like it.

I do get very little of the wood/barrel in the flavour profile. I'm not sure what to make of this.

Mf: Acidic, smooth, wet, zingy. Good presence on the palate and excellent carbonation.

Dr: A solid sour from The Bruery that nevertheless feels restrained to appeal to a wider audience. The sourness isn't as pucker-worthy as it should be, but this is still really tasty stuff for an American brewed sour. A great effort from The Bruery, albeit a pricey one. I'd definitely try this with some age on it. Very drinkable for a sour; I'll have no trouble murdering this bomber by myself.

I did notice that it actually drops off as it warms and loses its edge. Serve cold.


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Rueuze from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.