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Ville De Rivere Geuze - Rivertown Brewing Co.

Ville De Rivere GeuzeVille De Rivere Geuze

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%


Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: edfish on 11-17-2012)
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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).

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 23:21:52 | More by deadonhisfeet
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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.

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S- Light and subtle fruits at first before moving towards a more traditional tart gueuze scent. Fruity scents are predominantly apple, but also a little bit of lemon in there. A little bit of acetic dryness is towards the end, as well as some light oak character.

T- Starts with a mild tart flavor that is mostly acetic. Fruits play second fiddle to the tartness, but once again, apple and lemon are the fruit flavors. Some dry flavors with a little bit of the oak like in the scent. A little musty towards the end, and the tart, mildly sour flavor lingers for just a little bit.

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Shared at a tasting by MbpBugeye (RIP). Thanks Seth.

A) Bright golden yellow with some cloudiness. This must be flat because I could get but a scarce few bubbles even with my best BCBS-blah-blah-variations style pour. Stands to reason there was no head and no lace.

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Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.