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Ville De Rivere Geuze - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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85
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | FT: 5
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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edfish

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got a 22oz bottle and chilled overnight.
A-poured into a pint glass about half full. Was an amber cloudy golden color.Thin lacing and light head.
S-hard to describe, smelled slightly like bitter grapes . Strong smelling from a foot away.
T- This beer is called a blended sour ale. It has a dry wine bitterness to it, it seems to want to go sweet on you but never does. Very unique!!
M- Light on the carbination, the sourness floats accros were ever it touches! Almost like a dry wine.
O- I am head over heals in love with this brew! I guess its first real Lambic I have had! I was allow to try a sample before it was released and had many questions for the brewmaster/owner that was there. He showed me some clear jugs were other Lambics were "doing " there aging. I am going to age a bottle and see how it changes over time.
This is truely a unique brew. 13$ a bottle. If I handn't had a sample I would never had spent that much on an unknow brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 23:48:18 | More by edfish
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AlienSwineFlu

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

02-02-2014 03:57:10 | More by AlienSwineFlu
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-04-2012 01:36:33 | More by DangerDawg
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DustinSWB

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

05-17-2014 16:36:52 | More by DustinSWB
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PerHops

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

06-10-2014 06:13:18 | More by PerHops
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beerslushy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

05-11-2014 01:44:30 | More by beerslushy
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Acquired as an extra from Bill, thank you!

A- Pours an orange body with a small white head that reduces quickly to a white ring.

S - woah there! This stuff is funky! Barnyard, leather, sour lactic, grapes, musty, oak, sour lemons, and dare I say it - horse blanket. Very inviting.

T - upfront is a punch in the mouth of sour lemons, white wine, vinegar, sour apple, lactic acid. The follow throw exhibits lots of oaky, leathery, musty, funky notes. The barrel leaves an aftertaste of oak and vanilla.

M- high carbonation , easy drinking light body.

This beer is SO underrated. It is a superb representation of how a gueuse should taste - and the barrel adds complexity and flavor. I can compare this to the better know gueuzes and American wild ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 04:02:07 | More by gcamparone
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-11-2012 19:14:33 | More by xdefeatsy
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NRo

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-29-2014 18:37:16 | More by NRo
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-03-2013 15:58:45 | More by EgadBananas
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cfaulman

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-03-2013 17:02:38 | More by cfaulman
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throwback

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-22-2014 17:45:55 | More by throwback
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

01-20-2013 14:15:16 | More by AleWatcher
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meanmutt

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-01-2014 01:18:11 | More by meanmutt
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sirsteve42

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-12-2014 03:00:22 | More by sirsteve42
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

07-20-2013 19:03:53 | More by DmanGTR
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-21-2014 22:15:47 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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emerge077

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 18:59:26 | More by emerge077
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 18:05:21 | More by jmarsh123
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metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 00:09:36 | More by metter98
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:01:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A taste of Belgium makes its way to the greater Cincinnati area with the rustic, earthen, and unmistakable charm of Lambic. This blended gueuze is both sharp and tart, along with mature musty distinctive notes from nose 'til finish.

The pour delivers a spritzy champage-like pour that does more than those sparkling wines- it retains a dainty white foam character that quickly reduces to a skirt along the edge. Golden rod in color, the hazy ale is classic Belgian- even unblended lambic at times.

Cidery aromas rise first, but carry with it complementary notes of sour grapes, crab apple, and more pungent sandalwood aromatics. Musty aged oak, dusty attic aromas, dried lime, sea air, light saddle leather and vinous wine rot are just a few of the complexities that waft over the olfactories with each return to the glass. Even peppery notes of cumin and cinnamon make a vague introduction before trailing off in obscurity.

Dry cracker-like maltiness lay the foundation for moderate sourness to come. Light in sweetness, the dry malt 'beer' character supports the more wine-like notes of apple cider vinegar, chardonnay, and earthen pungent woods that are reminescent of weathered oak and sassafras. Dried limes, lemons, and apples offer an estery and highly tart taste just ahead of its mild peppery rebuttal. Its quick and snappy finish of sea brine and dried oak offers a terse memory before its thirst quenching closure arrives.

Light and refreshing, even to start- the beer jumps right into a racy acidity that probes the taste buds and evokes mouth whetting properties. Its short-lived middle palate leads to a quick and dry finish of light woodish tannin and a pleasant powdery dryness. The quick closure is lightly astringent and palate stripping- suggesting that each taste is just as refreshing as the first.

Where the beer carries a more somber and moderate stride of intensity, the complete ensemble of flavor profiles of gueuze are all alive, well portrayed, and properly balanced- there seems to be a sense that the beer is dialed down with regard to intensity in taste, sourness, strength, dryness, and overall rusticity. It's a fascinating beer that graduates up from the syrupy fruited versions and into the authentic world of sour.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 06:13:21 | More by BEERchitect
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Iparedman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-13-2014 01:12:43 | More by Iparedman
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Tyrus

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-23-2014 06:33:09 | More by Tyrus
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-14-2014 01:19:16 | More by Gonzoillini
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Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.