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Rueuze - The Bruery

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964 Ratings

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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 74
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

millerbuffoon, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of abrethanson
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this 750ml up at High Times.

Opened up for a lazy Saturday after a good Paddle board cruise around the harbor.

A: Bright golden hazy orange. Could probably use as a flashlight if caught in a bind while drinking. Light and watery around the edges and leaves no lacing around the glass. Poured no head. Retained zero head when poured into tulip glass.

S: Farmhouse yeast with strong citrus notes, lemon peel. Wife picked up a spice that she is unable to name. Also a weird smell that is tough to place.

T: Puckering tartness from the get go. Popped some sour patch kids in my mouth to mellow it out. Upfront with citrus fruits consisting of strong lemon, extremely ripe apricot. Bready yeast, smooth vanilla, and a hint of spice at the finish. Mostly just strong sour and a little carbonation.

O: Extremely refreshing beer. I like tart things and this definitely hit that note. Did not seem to have a lot of complexity going on and was mainly focused on the tart. Was disappointed with the appearance as it was pretty average. Not an expert on Lambics/Gueuze but it is probably a average - above average take on the style.

abrethanson, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color. It produces nearly zero head, a fizzy white cap fizzles to nothing almost instantly and leaves behind no lacing.

S- Lots of fruit, citrus and vinegar, a bit of musty funk that unfortunately disappears in the flavor.

T- Very sour, lots of vinegar and a bit of lactic tartness, goes heavy on the fruity aspects with some mild oak flavors as well. Again though there's no funkiness to it whatsoever, and the flavor profile doesn't really resemble that of a gueuze.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, dry feel. Carbonation is moderate to low.

O- This isn't a bad beer at all, but it isn't a gueuze by a long shot. The sourness focuses so heavily on the vinegar aspect, and there really isn't much funk either. It doesn't taste bad in general though, and I finished a 750ml very easily, but as far as style and pricing go I would probably pass on this one.

WillCarrera, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of brez8791
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

brez8791, Feb 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

KiMiRaiK, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

750ml capped bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger coarse white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear, bright goldenrod. Lacing is minimal with thin legs. Average for the style.

Nose is tart lemon and a touch of apricot with a mild, zesty citrus presence. No real funk to speak of. Fruity. Moderately aromatic.

Opens tart lemon and citrus with vinegary notes throughout. More tartness in the middle with some starfruit and other tropical fruit at the end. Finishes tart vinegar with just a touch of sweetness. Sour aftertaste. They sure got the sour part of the gueuze down. Though again, there's no hint of funk or much of anything else for that matter.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Slick, oily and bubbly in the mouth and goes down oily and filmy. Finishes messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Vinegar, vinegar, and more vinegar in this one. Pretty lifeless overall.

This beer is not bad but its certainly outclassed when defined as a gueuze. Its average in every way. Too bad when I pay $25+ for a beer, I expect it to be a bit better than average. I won't be revisiting this one nor any other Bruery "Gueuze" in the future.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jlindsey, Jan 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

DangerDawg, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jvillefan, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Once again, shared with rudzud.

Light fizzy head fades quickly like it barely existed at all, hazy murky apricot colored.

Nose is awesome, great lambic, sour funk and lemon fruit, tartness, light lemongrass, hint of stone fruit and maybe apricot but hard to really pinpoint, light funk, hint of oak barrel, mineraly, acidic, just great gueuze.

Taste hits with a big sour kick, tart fruit, stone fruit with huge apricot and bit of a mango like, little nectarines and clementine like. Big tart fruit and funk. Pure apricot like sucking on the pit with niblets still on it. Just a hint creamy. Nice overall sourness. Finish is little flemmy, long lingering apricot and sour fruit, hint bready funk, tart, light sweetness too but dry, little acid bite.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent enough but lighter carb.

Overall great, great sour and tart fruit flavors and aromas, nice apricot and fruit middle that adds a great touch, little light on the funk for now but will probably pick up as it ages.

jlindros, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a hazy dandelion golden hue with no real head. Just a thin halo. Very nice.

S - Aromas of strong hay and funky barnyard. Lots of sour lemons and hints of stone fruits, dusty basement. Very very powerful and inviting and incredibly sour smelling.

T - Taste is full ans funky at first barnyard and hay and then wapow apricot pit! I think they blended filmishmish withbthis or used that barrel because there is an incredible amount of apricot here. Funky, barnyard, sour, and stone fruits. My goodness.

M - Mouthfeel is sharp and super sour,with a nice dry acidic finish. Lowly carbonated but it works.

O - Overall I was floored by this beer. Such a great flavor profile here with light sour apricot and faint barrel notes. Incredibly well done

rudzud, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

CypherEnigma, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

spoony, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

gtermi, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

When I opened the bottle, I immediately smelled the sour. I put my nose to the bottle mouth and breathed in the better geuze essence. After pouring into my tulip glass I took in the aroma of the geuze. I really enjoy the sour.

There is a lot of carbonation in this beer, but the foam didn't come up from the initial pour. The coloring is a vibrant yellow, almost like a ginger ale.

This is a challenging sipper. The sour really hits the back of the mouth. The after-taste was very refreshing.

This is a good example for the style.

ummswimmin, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of julian
1.25/5  rDev -70%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance is murky yellow in color with minimal lacing as the carbonation is nearly non-existent. Strike one for a "gueuze-style ale". Little to no head and zero lacing. Aroma has a bit of citrus, in the form of lemon/lime but this is quickly squashed by the abundance of acetic acid and its dominance on the nose. Taste follows suit. It’s quite tart but not in a complex, funky, traditional gueuze style way, more in a "oops I just squirted vinegar in my mouth" kinda way. Mouthfeel has an unusual oily papery feel. That’s the best way I can describe it. Nothing about this is "gueuze-style" in any way other than it was a blend of 3 different barrels. This was a drain pour. One of very few in the past several years (the last one was also a Bruery beer). Overall, I was less than impressed with this beer or the price tag it demanded. This is yet another overrated, sad failure of a beer from Bruery. They, as of this writing, will no longer be getting any of my business.

julian, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

zach60614, Jan 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Tibi81, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

KWMiles, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

clubarsky91, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

CelticAleMan, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.5.13

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a fizzy and active off-white head that slowly fades to the edges.

S - Tart lemon, grain and oakiness.

T - Tart citrus, lemons, tangerine, very sour, wood, slight floral finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very tart and citrusy, very nice and enjoyable.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 22, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm really excited to try a gueuze made in the US for the first time, I'm also always excited to try a Bruery beer new to me!

A-golden with an almost no head except some white around the rim. not many bubbles. from the belgian gueuzes I've had, this seems to be more or less the norm.

S-super sour scent of lemongrass and citrus. it really tingles the nose!! smells awesome.

T-comes in with a perfectly tart flavor of lemongrass and citrus. it really makes me pucker! the flavors are clear and of high quality. this sure is savory! it has a crisp matching after-taste that really sticks to the mouth. has a certain oak flavor and rawness to it as well.

M-medium to low carbonation with a sticky finish. though not typically desirable in a beer, this is common in a Belgian gueze, giving this a real feeling of authenticity.

O-if you gave me this with out telling me what it was, i would tell you that it's a fine example of gueuze from Belgium. I'm surprised an american brewery, even The Bruery was able to get it spot on. Truthfully this beer is mouth watering. I could drink this so quickly and so easily.

AdamBear, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

AleWatcher, Jan 20, 2013
Rueuze from The Bruery
93 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.