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Farmhouse Gueuze - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Gueuze
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88
very good

67 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: womencantsail on 07-31-2010

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 24
Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of womencantsail
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dgilks
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jsanford
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Photo of thewimperoo
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

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Farmhouse Gueuze from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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