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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: 9.38%
Wants: 92
Gots: 381 | 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 rand
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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 ichorNet
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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/

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Photo of Samuel906
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine & Liquors in NW D.C., 2013 Edition, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day" tulip glass and drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - golden-yellow coloration, impressive clarity (able to see and read through my pour but clarity dropped significantly as approached the dregs), initial 2 finger soapy white head settles into a 1/2 finger glass lacing, high carbonation with tight white bubbles just pouring off the bottom of the glass, small alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - big admixture of citrus fruit - lemon, lime, and apricot - and sour - acetic, barnyard and tart - notes; no detectable hops, malts, barrel-notes or flaws

T: 18/20 - on first sip, there 's an intense tart/funk with complex fruit flavors in the background - lemon, lime, ripe pear; in the middle of the mouth, some of the oak and vanilla flavors start to pop with a subtle woodines; there's a very mild malt character; little detectable hops or alcohol; finishes dry

M: 4/5 - very high carbonation (almost Mimosa-like), easily quaffable (as expected for the low alcohol), just a little thin for me

T: 9/10 - another winning Bruery's sour, which further solidifies their standing as the best American sour program; hits all the major points emphasized by the BJCP 2008 Style Guidelines in 17E.; although expensive, $22.99 for a bottle in the greater Washington D.C. area, this is definitely worth your investment for now and later

TOTAL - 44/50

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage 750 mL bottle at 50 degrees into flute
Nice sour aroma of champagne
Head small (1.5 cm), off-white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to just a ring
No lacing
Body light yellow, slight haze
Starts with acetic sourness, no diacetyl, no malt, no hops, no alcohol, just well attenuated
Ends with acetic sourness, low pucker factor, just champagne-like
Body light, dry, lively carbonation

Found two bottles of this cellared with a 5/6 case of mixed Jester King stuff. Lacks the bizarre funk of many wild sours – overall quite drinkable and, for me, a flavor-packed introduction to The Bruery

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Photo of wedge
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

@ Busy Bee

Cloudy golden-orange glow topped with only a slim ring of a head. Quality funky aromas of sour lime, lemon, apricot, wet hay, mineral notes, and general Gueuze-y stinkiness. Loads of really satisfying Lambic flavor...sour lemon, stone fruit, light woody funk, mineral. Acidic, but not too sharp or lactic. Easily drinkable, dry, puckering, lip-smacking goodness. I expect good things from The Bruery, but this really surprised me. On a night full of funky goodness at Sourfest, this was my favorite of the night and the only beer I needed a refill. I haven't tried this from the bottle yet, but I'd be less hesitant to fork over $20 now. Excellent!

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Photo of stuppy
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden, slight haze, decent cream color head at pour, dissipates to just edges

Aroma: Sour aroma, pineapples, lemons, barnyard, some oak, citrus fruits

Flavor:complex fruits, pineapples and lemons, sour, balances with malt well, some oak, light vanilla, no hops

Mouthfeel: med light, med high carbonation.

Overall: Great beer. I like the complex fruit and sour flavors and finish is perfect. Very drinkable.

Bottle 2013 edition

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Photo of dgilks
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour with a small white head.

Tart and funky. Nice lactic. Lovely stone fruit. Very nice.

Lovely sourness. Citrus and lots of lemon. Nice slight astringency. Very good.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

A really nice beer. Tart and crisp. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml split, loon glassware

seabirds v. saints

Cloudy golden body – clear bubbly head, minimal lace. Very tart – a touch metallic, oak, chardonnay, sugars, lemon rind. Like a lemon warhead – wildly sour and much better than I was anticipating actually. Puckering tartness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
5.6% ABV, 08/27/13, "Rueuze is suitable for aging up to five years when cellared properly. Best stored and cellared around 55°F. Ideal serving temperature is 50°F. Please pour carefully, leaving the yeast sediment behind in the bottle. Best served in a tulip or wine glass."

A - The tall white head's disappearing act comes as no surprise when one whiff of this acidic beer is taken. Fingers of lace decorate the tulip above the bright but hazy goldenrod-colored beer.

S - Rueuze is a powerhouse of funk that kicks off with damp sweat sock and squeaky pool noodle with intense acidic barnyard funk following. Horse blanket and damp straw strike the perfect chord in this Belgian clone as it finishes with just a light suggestion of dry oak vats but keeping the head alive to capture the aroma takes many swirls.

T - Tart ground lemon rind sprinkles just a touch of citrus over the beer's funky yeast profile that mimics the nose; barn and animal with the oddly described sweat sock and pool toy finishing. If you're a sour lover, you know what I mean and if not, try it and with one sip it will make perfect sense.

M - Instantaneous sourness engages in a death grip on the tongue, not letting go for any reason and it's glorious! Bone dry tartness washes down with saliva-sucking capabilities and a mild carbonation level that's quite like the beautiful Belgian gueuzes.

O - With descriptors like damp sweat sock, barnyard, and pool toys, to the uninitiated, The Bruery's Rueuze might sound like an experiment gone horribly wrong but it's just the contrary! Like Champagne to the wine world, beer cannot be called Gueuze outside certain areas of Belgium but The Bruery has, in Rueuze, created one of the closest American Wild Ale clones of this classic and highly sought after style. From it's bright golden color to the invitingly funky aroma, this sour power beer has all of it's bases covered with exceptional grace and the best part is, this is one Bruery beer that makes it out into distribution! Hooray!

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Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent! Poured at a good temperature with a modest, foamy, cream-colored head that soon settled to an island and ring with a bit of lace. Color is a clear gold amber with lots of large bubble trails. Aroma at first is a very heady blend of many things including acidic fruit, fresh sawn lumber, olives, yeast, malt. Then a lot of that quiets down. Flavor’s much like nose, tart stands out but has just enough sweet to balance; almost no bitter, oak is in there. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, is unusually drinkable for a gueuze, strangely a tad boozy too.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy golden yellow color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-lemon, grain, hint of tropical fruit, yeasty, earthy

T-lemon, hint of peach, yeasty funk, toasted grain, earthy, moderate tartness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and puckering

O-a solid gueuze, not spectacular, but decent flavors and tartness

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer was served in a taster size snifter and shared. Nice golden appearance. An aggressive pour yields little head that dissipates into a thin film. Some but not a lot of carbonation. Smell is amazing, like a nice champagne or chardonnay. Taste a first is nice but it dissipates quickly leaving nothing but a slight acid bit on the tongue. It's slightly funky and slightly sour. Not sure I would buy this again for the price. There are better beers more available for the price.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel Tulip

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours a hazy, but very vibrant gold with yellow highlights A surprisingly tightly bubbled 2 finger tall, bright head quickly forms and retains for a little while before reducing down to nothing but a whisp.

Aroma: (4.25)
Tart aromas of lemon juice and faint white wine vinegar waft out of the glass immediately upon pouring. Vinegary acetic aspects are very subdued compared to the last Bruery sour I've had (Oude Tart). Beneath the accompanying this mostly clean acidity is a very pronounced, funky Brettanomyces edge; dried apricot, pineapple juice, musty hay and earth and sun warmed leather. There is a distinct mineral roughness about this sour. As the beer warms, the light stone fruit character becomes more apparent as well as some vanilla tones from the barrels.

Taste: (4)
As soon as the beer touches your palate, you're blasted by the clean acidity that was in nose; mostly expressive and refreshing tart lemon juice with very little of the abrasive vinegar like sourness that can be found in some of the younger, rushed out sour ales. On the heels of this acidity is the light stone fruit tones that were also featured in the aroma; mostly some apricot and even some faint peach notes. Just before the off dry finish, your palate is kissed by a gentle and clean malty breadiness. Long lingering notes of funky pineapple, apricot, lemon juice, light barnyard overtones; damp earth and hay. As in the aroma, as the beer warms some vanilla barrel tones become more evident.

Mouthfeel: (3.5)
Medium to light bodied with stubborn, but not obnoxious carbonation. The back end is a tad watery, which I am not a fan of.

Overall: (4)
The Bruery's take on a Gueuze, which is traditionally a blend of a 1 year, 2 year and 3 year old spontaneously fermented sour ales. The Bruery doesn't have make a spontaneously fermented sour ale, so instead their "Rueuze" is a blend of their 1-3 year old sour blonde ale. The added aging really allows some of apricot heavy, matured Brettanomyces character to really shine in lock step with the assertive, but not grating tartness. My only real qualm with this sour is that it finishes slightly watery.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with bottled on date 09/10/2013 printed on the bottle. Another new beer to me from The Bruery, and my first encounter with a legitimate gueuze! I'm very excited. Expectations are high based on the brewery and based on this beer's current high ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright orange yellow colored body with a finger of fluffy bubbly white head. Looks bright and delicious.

S - Oh man, this thing smells sour. It has me salivating in anticipation. Tart vinegar acidity, cold leather, white wine, white grapes, a hint of vanilla, and lots of musty yeast funk. Some earthy / woody barrel character appears when I really look for it.

T - The sour is nice and tart, but it never becomes too much. But I enjoy sour stuff, so that might just be me. Tart vinegar acidity, vinous white grapes, white wine, leather, peach / orange / lemon, and soft earthy wood. Becomes more oaky and less sour as you sip on it, but that's probably just my taste buds getting acquired to it. My friend says green apple warheads, and he might be right.

M - Feel is tart & sour, with a quick, crisp, clean, and dry finish, much like a wine. Light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a lovely sour beer drinking experience. In many ways it reminded me of how I felt about Goose Island Halia. Delicious and tart. This definitely has me excited to try many more of this style. Recommended.

The Bruery Rueuze ---4/5.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear orange yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that died down, leaving thin lacing on the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with notes of funk.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is more complex with additional notes of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and rather tart on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice complexities in the taste and is relatively easy to drink compared to other beers in the style because it isn't that funky.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Gold tangerine body with lively carbonation. Fine white head pours well but settles quickly with low lace.

S - Distinctively sour nose. Lemon acidy, dry grass, and tart peaches.

T - Wow. Bracingly sour. Lemon, copper pennies, peach pits, honey, citric acid, and apple sour warheads.

M - Bright, medium frame. Nice carbonation. Clean, lingering finish.

O - Imho with the straight, aggressive sourness the beer drinks more like an American Wild than a Sour Belgian Blonde, but it's stellar in either case.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with large head that dies at good pace and left lace patches. Aroma is mostly sour, funky and tart, but to be specific there seems to be a tart citric hop edge and/or some sour tropical fruits (something akin to pear or apricot or mango). I get some of this sour apple/pear and apricot/mango fruit feel and then also this sharp, crisp acidic citrusy sourness and a whole bunch of funk. Easy drinking, light bodied, has good amount of carbonation that leads to sharp finish. Pretty taste beer and a little sweeter than average gueze.

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Photo of NCalement
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

A- Aggressive pour generates a foamy, fast, white head. It dissipates quickly. Orangish-amber with little to no carbonation. Looks like wine.

S- Tart funk. Oak, wheat and lemon grass. I could smell this for awhile. Kinda faint but the execution is spot on.

T- Sour lemons. Has a dry oak finish that leaves the mouth watering. Well done.

M- Fizzy. Medium body with light carbonation. It finish dry and makes the mouth water like crazy.

O- A great take on the style. Not at complex as some but for what it is it's really good. Kinda of pricey but worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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