Rueuze - The Bruery

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 1,271
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 3.73%
Wants: 87
Gots: 375 | FT: 36
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 beagle75
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this and Oude Tart side by side

A-Cloudy bright yellow-orange one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Some funk, lemons, oak

T-Good deal of sour, not as sour as Oude Tart. Lemon and grass as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and very smooth.

O-Improves as it warms,a good beer. Not worth the price tag for a bottle, but still a good beer. (359 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Craig. This is surprisingly decent, considering how much the Bruery has been sucking at sours lately.

Pours a clear light amber hue with two fingers of rocky foam. Carbonation isn't quit where I'd like it for "gueuze", but it's a step up from the largely flat Bruery sours of late.

The nose is heavy on lactic acid, very yogurty with lemon and stonefruit. There's a fair level of acetic acid, too. Funk is restrained, but there's a bright citrus character that's thoroughly enjoyable.

There's a nice level of sourness on the palate. Largely lactic, reminiscent of sour cream, with a touch of white wine vinegar, citus and unripe stonefruit. Carbonation is at a lower-medium level; could be a bit higher. Finishes with a strong lacto note that drops off quickly with little barrel or tannins. (802 characters)

Photo of mrandypandy
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, purchased at Hop City in Atlanta. $18 price-tag was a bit steep, but I'm worth it. Split with my buddy, pullen.

A - Pours a hazy orange, no head at all.
S - Tart. Lactic sourness, with just a touch of earthy funk.
T - Taste follows the aroma. Very tart and sour, with a generic citrus fruit finish.
M - Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Feels like a Gueuze. Drinkable and refreshing.
O - Not a bad American attempt at a Gueuze. A bit on the sour side, but I like a bit of pucker. A well made brew, but in the end, I'm not sure it's worth the price of admission. (581 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from a tasting on 12/6. Big thanks to scott for the share.

Enjoyed from a bruery sniftery tulip.

soft murky white with fizzy head that fizzled away fast with streaky lacing. smells funky. apples, pears, lemon, lime and grassiness. tastes like sweet tart crossed with lemon and apples. puckering. dry finish. overall really nice, but a bit heavy handed on grass and sourness for my tastes. (396 characters)

Photo of claspada
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and slightly funky and is of apricot and peach with an acidic aroma. Taste is much the same with a fruity and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (536 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a duvel glass.

A: I get a nice 3/4 of a finger of white head that's dissapates nicley and leavs some small spots of lacing.... Hazy Golden blonde in color, looks nice

S: wow, great aroma here, smells of tart lemony citrusy, with a giant touch of vinegar and a nice earthy oakyness... Actually smells very tart, smells like a bruery sour. I could smell this all day

T: a little less funky then the aroma... But instill get great lemony citrus tartness, balanced with a nice earthy oak, I feel like everything is very well balanced here, a very nice blend of the three generations of blonde sour.... Everything I expect from a gueze with the tartness and deliciousness I've come to expect from a brewery sour

M: light medium body with nice crisp medium carbonation, lightly stings the tounge, very drinkable for a beer this tart.

O: another great bruery sour... If you like gueze or any sour for that matter, thisnisna must try, as are all the other bruery sours I've had to date, so derrricious, loft tart and refreshing, deffiantly grab this one if you can. (1,087 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (1,294 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellow. Very faint white head.

Lots of lemon and oak in the aroma with a strong dose of lacto. A little funky hay as well.

Similar flavors. Lots of bright lemon up front. Mild sour bite through with a hefty amount of drying oak. A touch of funk, but this one has more lacto than the funkiness of a true gueuze.

Very dry on the finish with a strong pucker.

Very nice beer. More like a Cascade style sour (American) than a true gueuze, but still a very enjoyable beer as long as you aren't expecting a Cantillon or 3F clone. (539 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Beermongers. Split with my wife.

A: Lemon-straw yellow. Almost no head.

N: Wooden and funky. Horse blanket, lemon, and lactic acid. Saltiness with some heavy oak.

T: Balanced sourness. Lemon, some of the aforementioned salt. Oak heftiness. Has a lighter flavor than the best oude gueuze or than the beatification, but it’s pretty good.

N: Very dry and somewhat oily.

O: An excellent attempt at a true gueuze (as far as I've tried from the Bruery) and a beer I’ll try to keep on-hand. Really nice. (528 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1614th Review on BA
Draft to snifter


App- A bit darker than Smaak and lighter than 5GR. Looks like a traditional gueuze to me. A small head and then a bit clear in the center with some darker yellow edges. Maybe a couple dots of cling but not much.

Smell- This came out of the glass with a pretty solid earthiness and musty aroma. Wasnt cloying or stining as funker or filmishmish was. This was more down to earth and subtle. A bit clean and had nice tart aromatics and a bit of grass and lemon.

Taste- This was pretty solid. Wasnt the lightest or most defined gueuze but still really flavorful and clean. The lemon and oak are fairly light with a bit of the classic gueuze flavors in the middle. Had touches or "orange" family fruits. Halcylondays said apricot, but i didnt get that particular flavor.

Mouth- A more light medium body vs. the fullness of Filmishmish or GFAR. This was a bit cleaner and crisper. The carbonation was pretty high and a bit bubbly with some grass, lemon and oak.

Drink- This was pretty above average. Again like some of the other Bruery sours. They are a bit young. This needs a bit of time to meld and mesh together and just forget about itself for a while. Will be better later.

Mouth- A (1,237 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours lightly murky goldenrod to orange, light white head. Fair head retention.

S: Lemons, vinegar, some stone fruit.

T: Unripe apricots are clear, again lots of lemon. Some acetic acid, but not overboard. The lactic holds it in good balance. Nice complexity of flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, strong acid. Very tart. Easy drinking for how acidic it is, crisp carbonation.

O: A really good 'gueuze' style ale. The acid does not get to vinegary which I've found in a lot of The Bruery sours. Well worth a try. I liked this quite a bit. (559 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (446 characters)

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