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Rueuze - The Bruery


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670 Ratings

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.98%

Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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 Justin_Neff


4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, straw colored golden yellow body. Fizzy bubbles slide down the glass with virtually no retention.

S: Tart and funk just jump out of the glass. Oak. Citrus sweetness - oranges and grapefruit.

T: Follows the nose. Puckering funk. Sweet tarts. Oranges. Grapefruit. Oak is faint but helps scale back a bit of tartness.

M: Light body. Heavy carbonation. Dry. Prickly.

O: A really great beer. If I didn't know better I would think this came from Belgium. Great sweetness mixed with dry champagne-like body and feel. Worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 01:27:18 | More by Justin_Neff
Photo of ThePaleRider


3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy, golden yellow. Very thin white head that quickly disappears and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S - Tart fruits. Not really picking up much except sour apples and cranberries.

T - Not quite as one dimensional as I thought from the aroma. I like the way the barrel contributes to some balance between the tartness and fruitiness. Almost a little smoke in there as well.

M - Light and crisp like a sour ale. Lots of fresh carbonation.

O - Not really familiar with this type of ale or how it's intended to taste, but I'm not overly impressed by this ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 20:16:35 | More by ThePaleRider
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: medium gold body, just short of clear, ivory head a finger+ high; slims to a collar, only traces of brief lace

S: citrus fruit and flowers; clean, fresh malt grain and grasses; dankness lurking beneath the pithy citrus

T: up-front tartness puckers the palate, crisp citric notes and sour apple; oak barrel dryness; tart and funky; dry white wine acidity

M: fizzy and tart - drying and tightening; light-weight but medium-bodied; wine-like moments, like a pinot grigio

O: an elegant drink, very tart and bright, heavy wet citrus and dry oak wood create a graceful and drinkable brew - if you can dig on a sour ale, and you dig on barrel-aging sour ales, then this should be right up your alley, provided you don't mind spending $20+ to buy a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 16:01:03 | More by Greywulfken
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2.38/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 08:43:18 | More by rab53
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 06:02:27 | More by Jonada
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gueuze lambic features complex layers upon layers of moderate sourness. The depth to this beer is impressive and each sip unveils new notes and subtleties. Citrus leads to slight spiciness leads to straw leads to honey. All of these blend into a warm oily slick that coats your tongue with a buttery finish. Fantastic. 86/100

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 02:57:19 | More by MetricOcean
Photo of Etan


3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a darkish orange with a small white head.

S: Aroma brings tart citrus, some mineral notes, acetic acid, slightly sweet wheat.

T: Taste brings oak-laced lactic acidity, mild acetic note, hard water, grapefruit and lemon, a hint of wheaty maltiness.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is definitely getting at the flavors of an authentic gueuze, but everything is a little too meek and restrained to really match the real stuff, or even better American blends like Resurgam.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:01:22 | More by Etan
Photo of Stevedore


3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle of the 2013 vintage split with Regen. Poured into an unlabeled wine glass today, 12/5/2013.

Pours a hazyish straw color, nice thick 1cm white head that dissipates into a thin film on the surface. Looks to be just rightly carbonated, no lacing.

Smells fairly acidic at first, but also in a lemony sweet kind of way. As it warms up, it gains some earthy funk, but not intensely so like a good Cantillon geuze has. It's fairly decent, not complex but it is what is advertised.

Tastes fairly sour, with a dash of lemon and zest. Its also a bit sweet and heavy in the sense that its a slick, thicker kind of lemony sweetness. Some acidity, not much lactate but more vinegar; fairly sour but not Sour in the Rye-level sour. Interesting but not super complex.

Thinner-medium bodied, OK carbonation. Feels slick and resinous which is not something I'm used to in a Belgian-style geuze. Reminds me a lot of the Goose Island sours if you took the fruit out of them. I'm thinking specifically Lolita.

Decent American take on a geuze, it's not really something I'd recommend trying more than once. Any good Belgian geuze would probably wipe the floor with it especially at its price point; just consider that you can find a 750ml of 3F Oude Geuze for cheaper and you understand my feelings on this subject.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 06:09:19 | More by Stevedore
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5,6% abv 2013 bottle into a teku glass

pours a light golden color with a nice head. smell is big on vinegar and tartness.... taste is reminiscent of a belgian gueuezue very very sour and tart tasting. white grapes, vinegar...no fruit flavors. lip puckeringly sour. medium bodied, mild carbonation...

overall just a great american representation of a gueueze...i thoroughly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 04:29:24 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of DoubleJ


4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the source itself, on to the beer:

Bruery's version of a gueuze starts off with a light golden orange color and topped with a little head which goes away quickly. The aroma is on the mark, which I wasn't expecting. The Bruery usually adds a twist to a traditional style, however this is a straightforward gueuze and it gets right down to business. A faint note of fruit, a stronger note of pleasant tartness, vague citrus, mild vinegar, all coming together very well.

This is a refresher as much as a great flavored beer. The eye is centered on the tartness, which is downright enjoyable. Accents of lemon add to the fun of Rueuze. There's a vague rusticness. My saliva started to thicken as I drank more and more, which is one of the most reliable indicators I have to tell whether I have a winner of a sour ale. I think we do.

Not an authentic gueuze, but whatever it is, it's outstanding ale that I will be doing again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2013 19:37:36 | More by DoubleJ
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4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden bodied beer, slightly hazy, with a thin effervescent eggshell head.

S - Lemon and green apple. Oak on the backend. Definitely musty with some funk.

T - Boom... Lemon sour to start off. Green apple and white grapes come through on the backend. The oak is light, but noticeable. And the funk is ever present.

M - Light bodied and light carbonation. Has a very crisp and dry finish that aides the puckering sour.

O - This is great... And probably my favorite tart/sour from The Bruery to date. One I'd reach for time & time again if I could and was in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 23:06:55 | More by cvm4
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3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours from a capped 750ml bottle a clear straw yellowish with a 1/4-inch large-bubbled white head which fades quickly to the rim leaving no lace.

N: Sour, vinegar/acetic acid, fruity (white grapes, peaches, apricots, lemons).

T: Follows nose with some grainy and earthy notes. Slight funk, oak and green apple.

M: Semi-moderate body and light carbonation. Sour and fruity finish.

O: Lip smacking pucker. Wishing for more funk/wild character.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:24:59 | More by wethorseblanket
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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a bottle

A- Dark straw hue

S- 'Classic' Gueuze smell. Sour, more Oaky then usual.

T- The oak comes through a lot, followed by lemons and citrus

M- Good carbonation, tart.

O- One of my favorite Gueuze style shelf beers. I always seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 06:01:17 | More by HoppyKilaMonster
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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:38:48 | More by nimrod979
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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale orange with a slight haze to it. Light comes through, but the body is not completely transparent. Bubbly white head that is thin and fades quickly.

S- Sour grapes, oak, tart tree fruit, slight funk, some vinegar.

T- Tart, with some faint hints of fruit, but the tart, funky flavors come through the most. Hints of oak, sour grapes and sour apples.

M- Probably the driest beer I have ever had. Incredibly dry, with a tart, lingering sourness.

O- The dryness is ridiculous and the depth is very nice. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 01:18:56 | More by stephenjmoore
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 03:24:03 | More by Rutager
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3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to ThaFATkid for hooking me up with this one. Poured from a bottle into a Bruery snifter. The pour is perfectly clear and deep gold in color with a hefty 2 fingers of creamy white head that the acidity doesn't allow to linger for long and quickly reduces to a thin lacing. Speaking of the acidity, the moment the cap was released I could smell this beast. Lots of sour apple, white wine, vinegar, and astringent notes filled the air. Sadly, I don't get much in the way of earthy, musty, barnyard odors. Still, an assertive aroma.

The beer has a nice light body and, like all wildly-fermented beers from The Bruery, an intense sour flavor. The acidity hits you very quickly in the front of the palate with massive sour apple, green grape, and white wine flavors. At mid-palate, the acidity starts to ease off and the flavors start to dry out. This softens the feel and allows some subtle herbal flavors of to come forward (is this the result of their oak-aging?). The finish is somewhat dry and leaves tannins and hints of acid behind, making you salivate for more. Very refreshing. Not quite as carbonated as I would like.

Another crazy sour bomb from The Bruery. I don't know how they manage to make beers this sour that are still palatable. It has no objectionable characteristics, but if I have to rate this as a Gueuze, then I must say it lacks some of the balance and musty complexity that the best beers of that style have. Nevertheless, for the combination of intense acidity and drinkability, it's hard do much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:58:45 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Yukon (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml cork n cage bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a light honey color with a 2" white head. Trails of lacing remain.

Big vinegar and surprised about the cherry and dark fruit notes. Some citrus and lactic acidic in there too.

Vinegar, tart citrus and cherry. Don't get any spice really from the rye, but finishes clean.

7/10 sourness. Very good sour. The cherry notes surprised me. Got this in trade but think I will grab a couple around me.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 03:39:23 | More by kawilliams81
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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, dry and tart peaches, with some funky cheese. In the taste, dry and tart peaces, with a small lemon presence in the end. A small tart bite, but mainly smooth, with a lightly dry tart peach flavor in the aftertaste. Not much oak, just lots of dry tart peaches.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 14:27:55 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle.

Slight [chill?] haze in a deep golden body. Fizzy-ish, off-white head. Not much retention. Nose shows plenty of tartness. Lemon, grapefruit, vinegar, and light earthy sourness. Hints of horse blanket and mustard seed.

Rounded, almost crackery and sweet malt up front and around the edges. Slight lemon sweetness before the tart and funk take over. Nice grapefruit and lime acidity and tartness. A little vinegar. Moderate earthy, funky notes as well. Sourness almost seems to peak in the finish, making for a very appetizing beer. Lingering lemon tartness, but there's also a hint of sweetness too. Moderate body with a lightly prickly, bottle-conditioned feel. Very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 20:40:19 | More by alexgash
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL into a Hennepin glass. Pours a clear golden honey color w/ a thin white head that dissipates to a white ring.

Aroma is tart and vinous - earthy, funky and bright.

Taste is tart, sour, lemony, acidic. Clean pale malt, lactic yeast. Puckerlingly sour and clean. Both sweet and sour, like a lemon drop.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, refreshing. Dry finish.

Overall, very good. One of the best gueuzes I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 04:33:29 | More by draheim
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4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Review #1400!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden creamed apricot-like orange color. Some good white froth that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A great lemon rind sweetness meets a wealth of oaky acidic sourness. Ever so slighty lacticness at the end.

(T)- A very nice acidity overall to this. Some lemon and orange citrus meets a dry yet sour oaky finish. Not overly dirty or earthy, but definitely on the cleaner-side.

(M)- A good crisp carbonation level combined with an awesome balance of sour fruit and dry oak. Again, like the taste, is not overly funky or dirty, but quite clean in its sourness.

(O)- I really dig this. Possibly one of my most favorite sours from the Bruery to date. A great sourness to it combined with a well balanced and rounded oakiness makes this a winner for me. Definitely makes me wish I grabbed more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 20:26:31 | More by sweemzander
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly clear pale gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like sour white grapes and funky oak, with some unripe apricot and tart apple cider vinegar.
T: It tasted like very sour oak and tart apple cider vinegar, with some unripe apricot and citrus zest. It had a bold and lasting sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a great sour ale. Tough to beat the traditional Belgians of the style, but this was a good attempt. Delicate but bold scent and taste. The body could have been a bit livelier. The finish was clean but strong, so it must be sipped. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 21:29:41 | More by Pencible
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4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle thanks to nicks6217. Shared with MrKennedy and danieelol. Reviewed from notes.

Cloudy cumquat with an anaemic white head that quickly falls to a bare collar.

Nice tart aromas of marmalade, green apple and grapefruit pith. Soft oaky edges and musty funk. Mild urine character which is not altogether offputting.

Lemon and orange sherbet, cumquat and tart Granny Smith apples, with milder banana estery character. Lovely and juicy, with the the oak completely shutting down any sweetness.

Slightly syrupy entry quickly offset by lively acidity. Great texture.

Great piece of work. The oak contributes a nice roundness and softens the rough edges typically associated with sours.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 03:09:26 | More by spicelab
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3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 14:18:24 | More by stakem
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