Rueuze - The Bruery

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 1,300
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 28.33%
Wants: 88
Gots: 376 | FT: 35
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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 cheers_chick
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very light and white bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear medium gold. In fact, with the carbonation, it almost looks like a gold sparkling.

The beer smell is both fruity and funky. The fruit notes are sweet, not artificially sweet, and resemble strawberry, a bit of peach, and slight raspberry notes. The smell is also very tarty and resembles more cherry tartness than granny smith tartness. The beer also has a musty, earthy funk smell mixing with the other notes as well. The note is pretty earthy and contrasts well with the sweeter notes while complementing the tart notes very well. At colder temps, the beer has a slight whiff of vanilla from the barrels.

The beer taste is fairly tart and acidic. The tart taste is more granny smith than cherry but also a citrus note that appears to have lemon and grapefruit notes. The funk is still in thee but it's a bit more subtle and gets lost in the other notes. The funk imparts the same earthiness and must notes from the smell. The lingering aftertaste is a bit tarty with some sweet fruit flavor. There is also a slight vanilla flavor.

The beer is medium bodied with a nice crisp feel from the carbonation. The beer is smooth with a dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer and worth having at least once. The beer is a bit tarty and may not be for everyone, but this is definitely a must have for tart fans. I've never had a gueuze before the style seems to be pretty good and I'm glad The Bruery is taking chances with old and rare styles such as this.

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Photo of barczar
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light musty funk with big tart character in aroma.

Flavor is very citric and lactic, pretty tart! Definitely not a starter sour. Barrel doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
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 Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of srandycarter
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Only slightly murky copper, not much head, not much lace. Still looks pretty inviting.

S - Tart apples and malt.

T - Low malt, BIG tartness, very clean at end.

M - Medium to light body, good carb and balance. Nice tangy dry finish.

D - Great beer. I like it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/31/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong esters, sour fruit and very light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a huge burst of sourness along with some tart fruit flavors, esters and a very light malt character. There’s a very good balance for a beer with such a strong sourness to it. The after-taste is tart.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink when you want a nice sour bomb.

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Photo of dannydetox
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour at a tasting. Light straw body. Sourdough aroma. Taste sort of like a granny smith apple. Just starting to like these tart beers. This one was pretty good.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of travolta
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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 TWITA
4/5  rDev -1.5%

750 ml bottle dated 7/16/14
White wine and funk aromas, tartness, slight vinegar.
Aggressive pour one finger head dissipates at the speed of light.
Taste is mouth puckering, but not as acetic as the aroma indicates. The sourness lingers pleasantly.
Overall, very nice blond sour, should I say gueuze, sessionable at 6% ABV.

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Photo of doremite
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/10/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart lemon peel, green apple, white wine, vinegar, wet hay, herbal, straw, grass, leather, musty funk, oak, pepper, cracker, light wheat, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart lemon peel, green apple, white wine, vinegar, wet hay, herbal, straw, grass, musty funk, leather, oak, pepper, cracker, wheat, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/vinegar acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon peel, green apple, white wine, vinegar, wet hay, herbal, straw, grass, musty funk, leather, oak, pepper, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately acidic, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome gueuze style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.72/5  rDev -33%
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 SerialTicker
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$20 750ml that was on sale for $16, so I picked it up... what better time to try a Bruery beer for the first time than when it's on sale? Bottled about eleven months ago on 9/13/13 I believe. *My FIRST Gueuze*

Appearance: A somewhat hazy orange with no head about 20 seconds after the pour. Nothing to get excited about, but I do like the color of it.

Smell: Funky. I've had some sour beer, and although this beer probably doesn't exactly qualify as one, it has a lot of that same aroma. Majorly funky and sour smelling with some wet trunk, hay, and a wallop of overly ripe citrus. Man I love the smell of beers like this... strange as hell, in my opinion, but compelling as can be. Excellent... though I don't have any specific Gueuzes to compare this to.

Taste/feel: The feel is light, but not water light... a perfect consistency for this beer. Carbonation is about moderately prickly and a perfect compliment to the sourness in this beer. Some would call it tart, I'd say this beer is more sour than tart... it'll get your jaws going. The taste is tart for spit second, then sour enough to make your mouth water mid-sip, and then ends tart again. Super dry finish, like a vinegar vacuum -- yeah, I know that's not a thing, bear with me. I'd even go as far as saying the end of this beer is salty. I'm not getting an insane amount of depth of flavor that I'd expect in a beer that retails at about $20, but what's there is delicious. I get trunk funk and that puckering citrus character with bits of yeasty esters or something like that, but there's not much else there -- I suppose a grape-like quality as it warms up a tick. The oak character from this beer is very, very mild, and I doubt I'd think it was aged in barrels in a blind tasting. I guess I'd like a bit more of a lingering flavor with the tartness as well, but since I don't have any other from the style to compare this to, I can't tell if this is considered normal or not. On some sips I do get a very faint biscuity malt flavor at the end, but it's subtle, and I don't get it consistently for some reason.

This is a fabulous beer, but I'm throwing it "just" a four overall because the normal price of this beer is pretty high at $20 -- The Bruery's high prices are what took me so long to try one in the first place. I'd try more beers from them for sure, but as good as this one is, I couldn't see myself spending $20 for a 750ml of it. Would be curious to see what this beer does with a couple or three years of age on it.

If you can afford it, go for it... especially if you're fortunate enough to see it on sale like I did.

EDIT: As if this review wasn't long enough, I just wanted to say I'm bumping the taste and overall rating by a quarter point. This beer truly is phenomenal, and one I could drink until my tongue dries out. I just can't get enough of it. Every sip is as good as the first. I'll likely be back to adjust some scores as I drink more from the style, but right now, this beer is tasting absolutely unbelievably awesome.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden orange in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation very slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and a moderate amount of golden yellow + brassy highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy sudsy white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of tartness along with a light to moderate amount of funkiness as well. Hints of lemon citrus and apricot/peach underneath the stronger tartness.

T: Upfront there is a light hint of wheat malt with a moderate to strong amount of tartness. Underneath the tartness, there if a light to moderate flavor of apricot + peach + lemon/citrus. There is a light to moderate amount of funkiness and a moderate flavor of oak from the barrel aging. Overall, there is a moderate lingering tartness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very enjoyable because there is a moderate to significant amount of complexity to the flavor of this beer. Not so tart that it is hard to drink but certainly not a beer that you would drink real quickly, one to be savored and enjoyed. Definitely worth grabbing, not as funky as some of the others in the style but a very nice drinking beer.

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Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle etched 8/27/13 - 2013 edition

Hazy, golden pour with head reducing to slight lacing. Aroma is primarily sour lemon with some funk and sweet malt. Taste is bright sour fruits (primarily lemon and apple), oak, grass and a bit of subdued funk. Quite tart and fairly acetic in a similar manner to Hannsenns oude gueuze. Finishes with a lemony zing which is very gueuze-like but there is a malty sweetness that is un-gueuze-like. Active, creamy effervescent carbonation lends a nice mouthfeel to this light-bodied beer. Overall this is a very nicely done american sour ale that has held up well with almost a year since bottling. Refreshing, tasty and very sour! Recommended.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
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 Budinetz
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a beer goblet.

Pours a beautiful golden color with a minimal head and minimal lacing. Smells of sour deliciousness!! The sour bouquet is phemononel!! Flavor is legit...very tart, as the lacto is very prevelant. I would definitely recommend this for any sour fan!


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Photo of gcamparone
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

Appearance - Pours a bright, sunny yellow colored hazy body with a 2 finger white head that reduces fairly quickly to a ring of foam. No lacing. 4.5

Smell - Very pleasant on the nose, fresh citrus and tropical fruit, tart lactic, subtle barnyard funk and yeast, oak, belgian spice, bread, slight caramel malt backbone. 4.5

Taste - Absolutely fantastic.. where do I start.. The first notes to hit the tongue are a perfectly balanced mixture of tart fruit, sweet and sour apple, sour grape, citrus, lemon juice. The follow through is perfectly funky, yeasty, and musty, complimented with absolutely delicious oak and wood notes. The finish is dry and citrusy, leaving a slight vanilla flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing.. one of the most drinkable beers I've ever tasted.

Wow is all I can say. I love The Bruery and was expecting this to be awesome, but it absolutely blew me away and exceeded every expectation I had. Honestly, my taste buds are telling me that this is a nearly perfect representation of the Gueuze style. MUST try for all sour/gueuze/wild fans.

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Photo of Preturbed
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange-golden with a fair about of white head. Slightly hazy.

Smell: Oh man, this is a good one. Smells strongly of oak and vanilla with an acetic sharpness over everything. Despite the vinegar, there is something soft about the nose as well. Hard to put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the dry side. Not particularly thick bodied, but it coats the mouth and the back of the throat like milk.

Taste: A host of sour fruits dominate as expected. Plums, citrus, and cherry are all present but strawberry is the king of the Rueuze. As in the nose, oaky-vanilla flavors are present as well. There's something lactic going on in every aspect of this beer that gives it a milk-like quality, and not in a bad way. After drinking about half the glass my wife absolutely nailed what I was trying to express - This tastes like strawberry cheesecake!

Overall: This is an absolutely fantastic beer. I would recommend this to any of my friends who enjoy sours, though perhaps not to those who do not. I'll be brewing a sour blonde in a few weeks, and I think I'm going to shoot for something like this.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a quickly dissipating head. The aroma is full on sour complimented by soft grains. In the taste, sour traits and a great blend to add depth and complexity. Hard to discern between some of the better Gueze (or Gueuze) I've had. Well defined flavors of candi sugar, fresh lemon peel, oak, and healthy wild yeast tartness. Barrel aged brew with a soft dryness. Medium bodied, good sustain. Overall, this is as good as some imports, and the three batch blend gives it that authentic taste. Great beer!

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