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Rueuze - The Bruery

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 1,284
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 3.73%
Wants: 86
Gots: 372 | 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 kkleu357
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (161 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of travolta
3/5  rDev -25.4%

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. (191 characters)

Photo of TWITA
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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. (324 characters)

Photo of doremite
4.3/5  rDev +7%

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. (153 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,570 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.72/5  rDev -32.3%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (3,019 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,350 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

Cheers! (299 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of Preturbed
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (1,107 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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! (523 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy apricot browns and oranges are stirred about by an active carbonation that built a foamy and fizzy cap.

The aroma is tangy, sour, musty and quite funky with fragrant white grapes, Chardonnay, white wine and floral tones.

The palate gets vanilla coconut and oak barrel at first blush. Then a sour, tart and funky mineral flavor floats through. The Chardonnay, white grape and wine like qualities than hold true all the way to the finish.

This is so drinkable with a very even tart, sweet and sour personality.

This was a bit expensive for a lower ABV beer but wow it's a wild ride! (592 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle at fridge temp into a tulip. 2013 vintage.

Pours out a really nice bright light golden color. Surprisingly the first pour was rather clear and it retains a nice white head for the first half of the glass leaving a bit of lace as well. A nice looking beer.

Big lemon citrus acidity, wet hay, barnyard funk, Brett comes out a lot more as it warms. lactic. It's all there.

Intense flavor when compared to the aroma. Big sourness that lingers well into the finish as well as a nice lactic twang. Big lemon citrus, slight wet hay and barnyard funk. I really enjoy the finish to this beer

Light bodied, but the sourness and lactic qualities of this beer really play a big part in destroying the palate. Higher carbonation of course.

An impressive beer. Almost hard to believe this comes from America. But really not for the beginner sour drinker. Worth getting a few for the cellar. (900 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an enlarged snifter. This was bottled on 09/05/13.

Appearance: Pours a peachy amber color and leaves a couple fingers of white head that fade in a flash to nothing. Many carbonation bubbles can be seen floating to the surface.

Smell: Green apple, lemon, slight hay funk, tart grapes. Pleasant, light, refreshing slightly funky, sour notes.

Taste: Green apple, lemon, crackery malts, mild pleasant funk, hints of other fruits: tart cherries, peach, grapes. Really well balanced and nuanced - the sour is present but very manageable, definitely not overly. Very drinkable.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, fairly creamy body. Fits the style well. Finishes quite dry.

Overall: I'm definitely a fan of this - it hits all the funky, sour, tart notes without overdoing it. Definitely glad I picked this one up (on sale too) and may reach for another. Delicious tart fruit notes are the highlight. (941 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a faint bottling date of 09/05/13 etched on the side. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a brassy golden color with a lot of interplay between various hues--amber, orange, sandy yellow, based on how the light hits it. Some slight chill haze, but there is plenty of translucency to see a lazy trail of carbonation bubbles rising up from the etching on the bottom of the glass to replenish a one finger bone white head. The foam dissipates after a minute or so, leaving no lacing whatsoever. The only drawback is that there seems to be some brown flecks of something up in the neck near the crown. A few pour into my glass, forcing me to strain the beer before drinking.

Smell - Initial wafting from the glass is pungent funk, with wet hay, musty wood and notes of citrus and overripe fruit. Upon subsequent inhalations, the citrus narrows down to specific notes of lemon and yuzu, oak tannins and light grains.

Taste - Considerable lactic tartness is front and center, creating a puckering effect that makes my tastebuds water a tad. Woody notes, and a slight sweetness come through, along with profiles of apricot and a nice funky undertone make this a wonderfully tasting sour beer.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate to low carbonation, with a mostly dry finish that still retains a touch of sweetness. Lingering tartness.

Overall, a great take on the style and one I would pick up on the regular if Bruery distributed to my neck of the woods. That said, there are a couple other gueuze style ales that do distribute to my area that will likely continue to fulfill my sour fix. (1,669 characters)

Photo of rand
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 750 mL bottle to snifter

As much an American Wild as a Gueuze, Rueuze emits bands of sour wafts immediately upon popping the cap, which shouldn't be surprising given this is a Bruery offering. An attractive apricot-yellow in color, the brew forms a frothy, 1-inch head on a gentle pour, quickly dissipating. Along with the sour aspects, the nose carries a distinct banana tone, along with pepper and grassy notes. Notes of unripe fruit pop up at the front of the palate, with oaky, peppery and astringent aspects at the close. Instead of funk, there's a hint of a banana-like ester at the finish, all accented by a crackery, tart undertone. And with a light, effervescent body, the layered tart fruit notes make for a refreshing experience.

Maybe not traditional in style, and not as complex nor funky as expected, Rueuze is yet a tasty beverage in and of itself. (870 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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). (1,262 characters)

Photo of ichorNet
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque and clouded deep golden with a rather ruddy complexion. Spotty lacing as it drinks; never lets go of a thin yet composed head

Scent: Bright sour fruit, musty barnyard, lemon juice, slightly earthy and grape-like; slight, stiff oak; funky veiny cheese; a touch acetic

Taste: Crackery pale malt with a huge wave of lactic and citric sourness/funk; bright tropical fruit, lemon and granny smith apple

Mouthfeel: Pretty coating with a fairly-aggressive carbonation that totally covers the palate; punchy, bright and earthy with a champagne-like feel

Drinkability: One of the best unbridled sour beers I’ve had in a while; makes no bones about being exceedingly tart but it’s complex and fun as well

Overall: The mystery and complexity of blended beers like this is just one of the many aspects of craft brewing that keeps me fully enthused; the intensely tart, funky, cheesy and fruity blast of sour flavor accompanying each sip is something that has to be experienced to believe. Simply one of the best American sours I've ever had; split with friends or nurse for several hours to bring the most out of this one!

Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2014/02/08/the-bruery-rueuze/ (1,220 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a staw colored hue, slightly murky, with lots of effervescing bubbles. Thin, champagne-like head. Smell is very sour, with some grape funk. Taste is very tart, mostly lemon, lime, green apple and some funk. Mild fruity sweetness. Feel is light, very crisp, some astringency, highly carbonated. Very refreshing and champagne like in texture. Overall, an amazing tasting beer if you enjoy sours. I think this is my first Gueuze so I cannot comment how true to style it is, but overall, very enjoyable. (505 characters)

Rueuze from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.