Ville De Rivere Geuze - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +27.1%
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.
11-17-2012 23:48:18 | More by edfish
4.49/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
04-27-2014 04:02:07 | More by gcamparone
4.21/5 rDev +10.8%
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
4.21/5 rDev +10.8%
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
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
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
4.01/5 rDev +5.5%
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
4.01/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
01-17-2013 06:13:21 | More by BEERchitect
Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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