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Rueuze - The Bruery

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965 Ratings

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 75
Gots: 261 | FT: 32
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ShanePB, Apr 24, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

stakem, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Beerontwowheels, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

BAsbill, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Nuwanda, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of SHODriver
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a duvel tulip to a dark yellow with hints of orange with a small white head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. not a lot of bubbles streaming up from the laser etching in the glass so it might be low on carb. we'll see
S: intense sourness on the nose that seems mostly lactic, also some funky brett, slight fruitiness, and a bit of oak
T: taste is softer than the nose would lead you to believe. very clean lactic sourness with some sour green apple pucker, a nice fruitiness and a bit of oak. swallow is a huge blast of sourness with lingering acidity on the palate with a bit more fruitiness and some must
M: carb is soft but slightly prickly. the beer is medium in the mouth and the beer is quite drying on the finish
O: Another solid beer from The Bruery. Their sours can be overly sour to some people but this one seems to be as expected for the style without being overwhelming. Very good and can stand up with Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze

SHODriver, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

pokgye, Apr 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

sjstraub, Apr 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

notchucknorris, Apr 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

gpawned, Apr 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

AlexChillton, Apr 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

sbanacho, Apr 01, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into HF stemmed globe. Let's see how this Americanized gueuze stacks up against the Belgians.

A - pours a slightly murky yellow-orange hue with plenty of carbonation. Head recedes quickly. Yup, looks like a sour blonde.

S - Oh boy, you can smell the sour. Strong lemony smell. I'm not picking up any funk in the nose. This doesn't surprise me as The Bruery usually takes their sours to 11.

T - Well now, this is pretty good! Right up front with tart apples and sour lemons, then into a strong sour mouth puckering punch, and leaves with a bit of sweet oak keeping the sour onslaught at bay. Very drinkable for a Bruery sour.

M - Moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

O - Definitely more of a sour blonde then a gueuze. I had low expectations as I expected it to be a complete sour bomb, but I left surprised by it's clean aftertaste inviting you to take another sip. If more funk can be added in on future batches, this might become incredible.

Hugonaut13, Apr 01, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Sweet wheat, funky brett and other yeasts, lactic acid, oak, lemon zest, vanilla, tart green fruits, sourness, touch of citrus hop.

T - Wheat, tart green fruits, sourness, lactic acid, Brett and other funky yeasts, lemon zest, oak, vanilla, touch of citrus hops/

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart and sour finish.

D - Nice gueuze. Well balanced with good complexity.

ngeunit1, Mar 30, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a sticky head at the edges and a Slight orange marmalade tinted yellow.

S: Aroma of sweet funky metallic dry hay. Slight oak hints.

T: Taste of sour pungent oak barrel with some vinegar, funk and straw mixed together. Very metallic bite, similar to Drie Fonteinen which tends to have a similar metallic edge to it. Some lightly caramelized sugars in the midbody and a stinging lemon presence that is very strong. Aged hops there, probably 2-3 year old czech variety to preserve this. I think this would age well and wish I had more of these.

M: Great level of carbonation for a Gueuze here. Not stinging my tongue and not flat. I heard a nice hiss when I opened the bottle and did not have to wait 30 minutes for the beer to settle.

O: Overall, this is a nice sessionable Gueuze that I think shows that the Bruery is making strides towards making a Gueuze that can be world class. Well done.

alpinebryant, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

MMAJYK, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

M27, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

davewlfpckfan29, Mar 26, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a cloudy yellow with a one finger white head

S- lemony aroma alnog with some barnyard horse blanket funk

T- some lemon, very crisp. Funk is mild, not overwhelming at all

M- medium bodied..a lot thicker body than I'd expect from any sour, but I guess it's standard for a gueuze

O- not in love with this one. Pretty subtle flavors, not very loud, seems a little plain despite the ton of work that went into it

bigfnjoe, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

brheuer, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

mdaschaf, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

oldp0rt, Mar 24, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml of this despite the $22 price tag and my feelings about The Bruery because I just had to know how it stacks up against real gueuze. I suspected it would not and I was right. Appearance is orange, clear (let it settle for two months and poured it like a gueuze), and looks almost identical to Cantillon gueuze. Aroma is interesting, has a mustiness and a slight touch of minerals and copper that immediately makes me think of Cuvee Rene. Slight touch of body odor (no lie, sweaty), cereal and then ass (eww). The aroma is good at first but its not gueuze. I can deal with sweat and body odor but not ass. Super fruity flavor, sour, tart, tastes good but this is definitely going to stand out in a blind tasting as not being authentic gueuze, it lacks funk in the flavor and has a sweetness to it. I caught a sweetness in Duck Duck Gooze as well and I've never caught that in the real stuff. Overall I would not buy this again, its not fooling anyone as a gueuze but as a wild ale it was a good offering. Probably one of the better beers I've had from The Bruery (I usually avoid them).

ArrogantB, Mar 24, 2013
Rueuze from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.