Ville De Rivere Geuze - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
3.23/5 rDev -14.8%
Poured into a tulip. I had always thought of Rivertown as that local brewery that doesn't really care much about beer. Perhaps I was wrong or perhaps some internal changes were made in the last couple years. Anyway, here we have my second wild ale from them. The first one was very good, so I'm leaning toward expecting something from this one too.
2.0 A: Hmmm. This gueuze is awfully low in carbonation. The cap came off very easily, so it's possible it was never put on properly. Anyway, well hazed dark yellow color. Just about a quarter finger of head formed from an aggressive pour and it fell almost immediately.
3.5 S: This probably has a lot to do with the carbonation level not being adequate, but the nose on this is weaker than I'd like. Still, it's pretty good. Plenty of acidity that leans toward acetic. Fresh outdoors funkiness a la running stream and leafy woods. Also some basement/sweat sock funk in there as well.
3.5 T: The taste is also good, but it is just a bit shallow. Lemony acetic vibes with tangy lactic acid, apple fruitiness, and the funks mentioned in the nose.
2.0 M: Lighter medium body. Barely any carbonation. Dead, lifeless mouthfeel. Sad.
3.25 D: I have no doubts that this was a good beer when it went into the bottle. Too bad the technical aspects fucked it up. The reason for this not having the proper carbonation doesn't matter. This is how I bought it so this is how it is reviewed. I haven't heard about this being much of a problem, so pick it up if you see it.
04-06-2013 04:44:32 | More by DavoleBomb
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev +5.8%
Rivertown Ville de Rivere Gueze
Pours with no carbonation, okay minimal white head glowing orange golden body clouded to apricot tones. I'm over the carbonation issue aroma is cider like tart yogurt like zing with mellow citrus earthy funk laden wild yeast notes. Tart white grapes citrus peel like zing with long lasting waves of sour lactic notes however its really enjoyable and easy to drink that's if you enjoy sours. I'm shocked how this Cincinnati based brewer is churning out sours, this is dated 2011 I also have a lambic dated 2012. Such a nice change of pace their regular offerings are mediocre but this shows promise, although I may be chasing this with a Pepcid. Medium bodied almost absent carbonation finishes bone dry like some white wines or ciders. I have nothing but good things to say about this gueze pretty damn authentic flavor someone has been inspired by Belgian brewing traditions!
08-09-2013 23:01:17 | More by WVbeergeek
2.2/5 rDev -42%
I don't review often, but I felt with the lack of reviews on this beer I should go ahead and do it. This is an enjoyable beer and can easily be split between two people. This is also a terrible gueuze. It lacks complexity, carbonation, and clarity. A gueuze is the champagne of beer and on most accounts this beer lacks all the qualities one associates with a gueuze. If this beer was branded as an Ohio sour, I would have given it a 3 star rating, but since they are attaching the name gueuze to the beer, it leads to a let down of expectations.
12-27-2012 16:34:45 | More by OrgasmicChemist
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Hazy orange. Thin collar, but no head.
Smell - A little acetic. Some lemony aroma. Pale malt. A bit of funk.
Taste - Lemony tartness. Less acetic flavor, but it's still there. Pale malt and some flavors reminiscent of funk.
Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Moderate sourness.
Overall - Decent sour. Not very exciting.
11-12-2013 01:24:21 | More by Alieniloquium
4.21/5 rDev +11.1%
Thanks Thomas for sharing this one!
Served in a small tasting goblet, quick review from notes.
Bright golden orange, sharp clarity, thin wispy foam ring around the edges. The occasional stray rising bubble gives it an inkling of carbonation, though it's nearly still like an unblended lambic.
Aroma is very nice, woody and citric, slight musty funk about it that rings true with authenticity.
Taste has a juicy, lemony citrus quality and bursts with citric acid and musty wet wood. Dry woody finish, gripping and tannic with a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Soft carbonation, it's barely there and ebbs over time, but it's not completely flat. The 3-year-old lambic really adds some complexity and authenticity here, it's vaguely reminiscent of Cantillon Classic Gueuze with less body, funk, and bubbles.
12-28-2013 18:59:26 | More by emerge077
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
750 ml bottle. Served in a flute, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with no head at all. No lacing, either. Aroma is nice but subtle, the brew smells like tart lemons, and a bit of musty funk. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's a bit of a cidery flavor too. It's nice and tart, it's not a strong tartness although it does get better as the beer warms up some. There's also a lingering tart finish. Mouthfeel/body is light, it has low carbonation and it's very easy to drink. I think it's a solid brew overall. Definitely worth a try. $11.99 a bottle.
12-02-2012 22:19:43 | More by bluejacket74
4.21/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours a light fizzy head covering that fades fairly quickly, no lacing, super hazy wheat orange sun colored, couple of yeast chunks.
Pours somewhat hazy straw with a small quickly receding head and little lacing.
Tart and funky aromas. Lemon, grapeskin and crackery malt with some funk and oak.
Tastes come off like a gueuze fairly well. Lemon up front followed by some hay funk. Sour tart grapes and drying oak on the back end. A light level of acidity.
Mouthfeel is not quite as creamy as the traditional lambics, but not too bad. Carbonation level is medium.
Pretty good beer and glad someone in the midwest is making good sours on a consistant basis. Probably my favorite of Rivertown's offerings so far.
02-21-2013 18:05:21 | More by jmarsh123
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a beer flute
A - It kind of looks like apple juice. There is practically no head.
S - It has a dry, musty cider smell.
T - The taste is tart with a dry finish. It has that cider taste, too.
M - Moderate with virtually no carbonation. My mouth almost puckers from the tartness.
O - It started out rather bland, but the tartness grew. I am partial to it since it is from my home state, and I had to drink Cincinnati beer for the Wild Card game tonight.
10-02-2013 01:10:32 | More by buschbeer
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and has a bit of fine particles floating in suspension. No carbonation is visible. It poured with wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather sour and has oaky notes of cedar wood from the the barrel aging process along with some hints of fruit.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This is a fine example of the style that has nice sour aromas and flavors but isn't overpowering. The cedar adds to the complexity.
12-23-2012 00:09:36 | More by metter98
3.6/5 rDev -5%
2011 bottling. Poured into a Lindeman's tumbler. The beer has a nice cler golden color, but even a rough pour produces nary a bubble. Like most of Rivertown's beers, this one is terribly, terribly undercarbonated. I can forgive this in a porter or stout, but this is a GEUZE. It's supposed to have the sparkle of a champagne. Unacceptable. The nose, however, has nice notes of sour apples, green grapes, and white wine vinegar.
Light body, but the lack of carbonation just kills the feel. There is no sparkle and there is no prickly rush of bubbles to wake up the palate. The flavor is nice and acidic with flavors of sour apples, lemons, and white wine. The tart flavors are very soft and not overbearing, making the beer quite drinkable and refreshing. I should also note that it has the same faint cheese-like aftertaste that seems to be present in all of Rivertown's sours. Like their other sours though, it doesn't detract too much from the drinking experience and it isn't even noticeable in every swallow.
This beer is a great tragedy. I enjoyed the flavor very much, but am forced to penalize it because of the complete lack of effervescence that is expected in this style. Sadly, I cannot recommend this beer (unless you have the ability to carbonate it yourself).
12-20-2012 23:21:52 | More by deadonhisfeet
Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.