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Farmhouse Gueuze - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Farmhouse Gueuze
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BA SCORE
88
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 14.94%


Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 07-31-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy light-gold color with an off-white head.

Banana oil, yellow flowers, yeast, ground wheat, hay, citrus.

Citrus, pine sap, stirred yeast, mint.

Medium- bodied with a mild hop bitterness that leaves a very clean finish on the palate.

Really an odd beer. It wants to get there, but ends up being a shadow of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2013 05:27:45 | More by Libationguy
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A- yellow gold, slightly hazy, has decent lacing and a good appearance.

S- fresh banana yeastiness, straw yeast, some malt in the background but mostly light with some floral character.

T- slight bitterness, subtle yeatiness, could be more flavour forward. Pretty respectable though.

M- pleasant, slight carbonation, refreshing and has a solid crisp finish.

Nice drinking saison, but far from the most interesting one I've tried, pleasant but not inspiring.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 19:28:50 | More by mick303
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a weird beer. Never had anything like it. Pours a cloudy yellow, with thin white head. Solid lacing though. Aroma, some might call it convuluted, some might call it complex, I tend to lean towards the 'all over the place' descriptor. You get farmhouse, a perfumy kind of fruit, and brett moreso than specific gueuze lambic like sourness or fruit notes. Lots of white wine type grape and oak qualities in it as well. Seems like belgian yeast phenols at the same time as well.

Taste, sourness is much lighter than most gueuzes, again, this doesn't really seem to be a gueuze, but nonetheless, you call it that, its gonna be compared with all other gueuezes. The perfumy flowery funk isn't offensive, its like being in a garden.

I dunno, its kind of like its really good for a saison, underwhelming for a gueuze.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2012 01:01:29 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at the brewpub in Petaluma. From notes.

Pours a cloudy hay colored with a wispy white head. A bit of lace sticks to the glass. The aroma is tart and very lightly funky. Some biscuity sweetness shows in the nose as well. The taste is lemony and moderately sour with some earthy bitterness and a little bit of brett funk. Field berries also add to the mix. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with an active carbonation. Sourness in the finish lasts a short while.

This is a nice America Wild Ale imo. Sour but well balanced with malt sweetness. The funk could be stronger. Still great, and I'm sure age will be awesome for it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 07:12:29 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is malt, grain, yeast, and Brett. Taste is much the same with a slightly medicinal and funky finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but not very sour.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 01:30:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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wethorseblanket

California

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the source.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amberish orange with a trace white head which quickly fades to the rim leaving clumpy lace behind.

N: Sharp tannins, cheesy funky must and dust. There is a lovely "old" smell that is difficult to describe.

T: Fruity (cherries), oak tannin bite with moderate acidity.

M: Semi-moderate body and carbonation. Tart finish.

O: Not expecting this and was pleased to find it so good. Nice work.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 23:02:00 | More by wethorseblanket
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KDawg

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a tulip. Pours a nice dark orange/gold color with a very frothy head.

Very good aromas of spices, funk, navel oranges and a good amount of citrus notes as well. Good depth, not as funky as I would expect given its called a gueuze.

Medium bodies with a nice feel, but lacking on the mid a slight bit. It does have a very nice dry finish to it with a lot of flavors of spice, citrus, and funky notes.

It's not really a gueuze. It's the little sumpin wild aged in wine barrels. As a gueuze it doesn't fully hit, but it is a very good wild ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 01:52:02 | More by KDawg
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Map Room. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a creamy cap, solid collar, leaving plenty of lace. Very dark brown-orange body with a hint of transparency.

S - Smell is interesting, and not totally what I was expecting. Lots of earthy and farmy brett, with oak, spicy and estery Belgian yeast, and some surprising citrus hop presence. Is the base for this beer A Little Sumpin' Wild?

T - Taste is also very earthy and farmy, but with a balancing sweet and sugary malt backdrop. Some unexpected lemony hop bitterness in the finish mingles with a bit of phenolic, medicinal, Belgian yeast and dry oak. Strangely refreshing.

M - Super dry, but with some residual hop resins from the base beer. Medium, juicy body. Pleasant moderate carbonation.

D - Very odd, and not particularly gueuze-like, but strangely enjoyable. Think wine barrel-aged Belgian IPA with brett and your expectations will be more than satisfied. A bit more in the way of sour/tart notes and a bit less hop presence would help - perhaps this needs to age longer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2012 16:34:07 | More by MasterSki
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ehammond1


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Slightly hazed light yellow with a small white head that doesn't leave much cling down the glass.

A big, expressive aroma of barnyard funk, bright citrus and white fruit (lemon and tart green apples), along with some oak, and white wine. Complex, interesting, and delightful.

The funk is very bold and expressive and is this beer's signature, with lots of lemon, apple, and oak flavors complementing things nicely. This is great stuff.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

They probably do themselves a disservice by labeling this a gueuze, because it in no way at all resembles one. I can't understand the name here at all. That being said, this is a fantastic, funky, mildly sour, interesting, complex wild ale. Kudos to Lagunitas on this first, incredibly successful attempt.

This was probably my favorite, and certainly the most interesting, beer at the Lagunitas beer-pairing dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 22:24:16 | More by ehammond1
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was titled just as 'gueuze' at the brewpub. The waitress said it was A Lil Sumpin Wild aged in wine barrels. This was awesome. Pours a dark, hazy amber. Some slight sourness with fruity notes in there too. very refreshing. I drank this one way too quickly. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2012 14:53:46 | More by WeedKing4
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dgilks

Australia

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colour with a good white head. Surprising head retention.

Nice lemon tartness in the aroma with a hint of funk. Surprisingly reminiscent of Cable Car.

Sweet, tart and balanced with some berry notes. Interesting.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. I like this fine.

A balanced and interesting wild ale. The balance of tartness and funk is good and the light berry note adds interest.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 12:36:08 | More by dgilks
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chumba526

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears solid gold with a small layer of white foam.

It smells funky and barnyard like. There is a very mellow tartness to the smell. I also get a bit of a subdued fruity smell.

It tastes much like the smell. There is a strong funky Brett flavor with oak like and fruity undertones. There is an ever so mild tartness to the beer but I would hesitate to call the beer sour. It is very smooth and easy to drink.

There is a light mouthfeel to this beer.

Overall a nice smooth funky saison of sorts. One of the better beers I have had from Lagunitas.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 21:29:34 | More by chumba526
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JizackFH

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Rattle 'N' Hum in New York, NY on 5/27/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a light golden amber color. It has a small head that dissipates rather quickly, and leaves no lacing on the side of the glass.

S - It smells tart and sour. There are notes of wheat, brett, barnyard funk, sour apples, and other fruits.

T - It tastes sour and tard with some wood notes and funk right off the bat. There are also notes of wheat, sour apples, and pears. There is some hop presence here, as well as some spices.

M - This has a light to medium body and lower carbonation. It goes down very easily, and it is very refreshing. There is some sourness, as well and some lingering hop bitterness and spices.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy, and honestly I think I could drink this stuff all day. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, and I think it is definitely very unique. I am very thankful that I had the chance to try this, and I definitely recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 13:51:04 | More by JizackFH
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OutsidersAlmanac

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an odd beer. Feels like a saison, but tastes like a geuze with brett and floral notes. Slight vinegar and tartness with a wooliness that helped make texture for rosehip notes.

Curious how this is a geuze or a saison, but enjoyed it none the less. Here's to stepping out of styles into strange new territories.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 19:25:25 | More by OutsidersAlmanac
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DJButters

California

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Lagunitas

A- Pours a bright golden color with minor head that died to a fluffy white layer of head that remained for the entire drink, slight lacing but not much.

S- A wee bit of funk but a great smell that is hard to come by for us in the states. Funk followed by an oaky buttery goodness present in many AWAs.

T- A smooth AWA with mild funk. Not to sour / not to funky... just a nice crisp cold beer. Might be the tops from Lag. I will have it sometime again.

M- Nice light body with loads of carbonation that cleanses the palate and leaves you wanting to drink more of this beer. My mouth is still watering after each sip. An excellent brew.

D- Huge drinkability, could drink this all day and have no problem. Wouldn't destroy my gut - a solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 21:07:37 | More by DJButters
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david18

New York

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer among a number of sour beers at a sour beer event at Rattle N Hum in Manhattan. It was great to taste so many sour beers side by side and this one was somewhat middle of the road in comparison to many of the others, although it was still quite good.

Very light in color with an adequate amount of carbonation. Not a huge head but it did stick around for a while

Aroma was of oak as well as some of the sour quality was able to come through in the aroma.

Flavor was very well balance for the style with a good amount of sour, not too much, but it lacked in any sort of characteristic unique to this beer.

Overall a very good beer but difficult to judge on its own merits when it is next to a bunch of other sours.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 19:22:06 | More by david18
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metter98

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and poured with no head or signs of visible carbonation.
S: There are moderate aromas of sourness, oak and chardonnay in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has flavors of dry grapes.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite drinkable because all of the flavors blend together rather well and the sourness is not overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 01:22:29 | More by metter98
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lechroy

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

A - nice clean finish, very clear. light golden color, one finger head departing quickly.
S - A nice reminder of champagne and oakey, oakey barrels. Wonderful fragrance with a touch of sweet Belgian yeast.
T- Exceptional champagne-y taste and feel to this beer. Two years in the making I understand - it's well worth the taste. Nicely balanced with a tinge of sour.
M- bubbly and lively. yum
O- quit reading this and go knock your taste buds off!

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 04:18:58 | More by lechroy
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jsanford

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Golden straw colored with a thin, creamy white head.
S - Wheat, sour apples and barnyard "funk".
T - Tons of green apple, almost like a cider. Pear, straw and more "funk".
M - Crisp and dry with nice fizzy carbonation.
D - Quite drinkable, tart but it won't destroy your palate.

I really enjoyed this one, thanks to dplittle for providing the info on this, I had no idea it was blended like it is. It was a nice surprise to find this on the menu, wish I drank more!

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2010 19:05:11 | More by jsanford
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t0rin0

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 11/13/2010 at -bal fest 2010. Easily top 3 at the fest for me. 75/25 blend of Chardonnay -bal and Pino -bal with Brett added. Allegedly 30 IBU when brewed.

Pours golden yellow, hazy, dense white head, good lacing and head.

Aroma is Chardonnay, grape, funk, pineapple, and wheat.

Flavor is kind of like Temptation with its chardonnay, lemon, grape, sourness, and funkiness. It's also just dry enough and wheaty. Very nice beer over all.

Body is light and highly drinkable. No complaints here.

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Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 07:09:44 | More by t0rin0
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dplittle

Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Lagunitas Pint Night at The Distillery prior to the Savannah Craft Brew Fest. This was the highlight for me of the entire weekend. The "Gueze", though not spontaneously fermented, is the perfect blend of malt and sour. Beautifully complex with the "three threads" of Farmhouse Saison ... one aged two years in Pinot Noir barrels, one aged one year in Chardonnay (and six months with brett) and then some fresh to balance things out. It especially went great with the Sonoma County goat cheese, mango-chipotle chutney and turkey bacon sandwiches!

This is extremely rare (I heard only 16 kegs were done) so if you ever get a chance to try this one, DO IT!

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 15:27:57 | More by dplittle
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floraday

California

4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank at Lagunitas once a week during all of July.

A: Golden in color with a gently crown of foam. Slight lacing throughout consumption.

S: Lots of creamy milk sourness. Funky and tart. Lemon peel and green apple.

T: Sour cream. Slight lemon rind. Slightly earthy with loads of funk.

M: Very thick and creamy. Viscous on the palate. Very nice.

D: I could drink this all day. My favorite Lagunitas brew of all-time. It was becoming better and better as the brew was aging with lots of creamy goodness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2010 02:58:13 | More by floraday
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benclimbs

California

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had on tap at toronado.

labelled 'Sonoma Farmhouse Sour Ale - 6.5%' under the specials menu. should be the same beer.

pours golden yellow with a nice head and bit of lacing throughout the glass.

the nose is typical for a sour, but has too much of the malalactic rotten milk smell, too buttery on the nose - yeasts are way out of the 'clean' range for me...but its very interesting.

taste is great, some amazing woody notes, mixed with lemonade, grapefruit and some herbal, medicinal character.

mouthfeel is rich and thick, very smooth for a sour before kicking in crazy dry at the end.

Nice sour, but far from a favourite.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2010 01:19:39 | More by benclimbs
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womencantsail

California

4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Lagunitas

A: The pour is a hazy straw color with an initially fluffy white head that slowly dies down to a thin layer.

S: An amazingly funky and tart aroma is present immediately. Lots of sour apples, lemons, and maybe some green grapes along with a subtle wood character and a bit of grass.

T: The tartness is bright and green, lots of lemons and apples. The oak, grass, wet straw, and mild earthiness give this beer a great funky balance to the sourness.

M: The body is somewhat light and crisp, with a great level of effervescence and slight dryness.

D: This is an absolutely fantastic beer. I would drink this like nobody's business if it was more readily available and/or Lagunitas wasn't such a drive.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 06:35:47 | More by womencantsail
Farmhouse Gueuze from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.