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Rueuze | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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.

Added by IKR on 11-10-2012

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Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 1,381
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!

Cheers!

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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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Photo of KYGunner
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of rand
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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 -0.7%
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 -2.5%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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 -1.5%
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 +8.1%
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 +3.4%
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 +0.2%
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 +3.9%
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 +14.8%
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 +8.9%
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 +0.7%
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 +1.5%
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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Rueuze from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.