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Ville De Rivere Geuze - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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34 Reviews
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 141
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 24.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: edfish on 11-17-2012

A blend of Rivertown's one and three year old wine-barrel-aged lambics allowed to further age in the bottle for up to six months. The result is dry, cedary, musty, vinuous, and sour.

5 IBU
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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 141
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

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. (1,513 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apparently this beer was made available again recently, as a recent batch was just shipped to several stores in my area. I picked up a bottle about two weeks ago, which I am drinking right now. This is the 2013 vintage. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy medium golden/copper color with very little foam or signs of carbonation, even when first poured. This is of course pretty typical for this style of beer. Starts out with a harsh, sour aroma with some hints of grape, green apple, and apricot that gives way to a musty, yeasty, funkiness and certainly a hint of oak. Has a moderately sour funky, musty flavor upfront that gives way to the aforementioned fruity flavors of sour green apple, apricot, and grape. This gives way to a vinegary white wine oakyness. Goes down harsh and it gave the back of my mouth and throat a very slight burning sensation on the way down. Has a dry, slightly vanilla-esque aftertaste. Has a crisp and quite smooth, slightly prickly, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. While my experience drinking this style of beer is still fairly limited overall, I feel this beer is probably a good representation of this style. This is not a style of beer I could seem myself drinking pints and pints of on a regular basis, but every now and then I do enjoy a good beer of this style. And this particular beer is certainly a fine representation of this style. Worth a try for sure.

Eric (1,490 characters)

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.51/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this one. Can hang with the big boys for sure. (66 characters)

Photo of Dicers
1.36/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

2013 Vintage

Clearly based on some of the other reviews this batch was very hit or miss. Unfortunately I got a miss. Nose was straight paint thinner poured almost completely still. Taste was nail polish and acetone. (216 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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! (909 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shared (1st Sunday group) large bottle.

Flavor: Moderately tart and mildly bitter. Soft ripe fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation provides a lively feel. (157 characters)

Photo of Iparedman
4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Tyrus
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of OrgasmicChemist
2.26/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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. (546 characters)

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (369 characters)

Photo of FalconA
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of zimm421
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Updated review. First bottle was off. Replaced and the 2nd is much better!

2013 vintage.

Poured into a tulip. Appears a dark golden color with hints of orange. There is a touch of carbonation with a wisp of lacing left around the edge of the glass.

The nose is slightly sour with hits of green apple, apricots and a touch of mustiness. The taste follows suit. Nicely complex but not quite as sour as I expected. There are good citrus notes, along with green apple and apricots.

The mouthfeel is not overly dry and has some sharpness to it from the acidity and touch of carbonation. Overall, I this is much better the second time around. From the sounds of things, there are quite a few bad bottles from the 2013 vintage floating around. I had one the first time, but the second is spot on. I said I'd revist again if the wrong was corrected, and cheers to Lyndsey at Rivertown for doing so! (896 characters)

Photo of MajorBuckeye
4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of NRo
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Magery
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (807 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (574 characters)

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Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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