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Ville De Rivere Geuze - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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86
very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | FT: 6
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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Photo of edfish
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

edfish, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of rangerred
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%

Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle. 2011 vintage.

Pours a clear deep gold with tiny, minimal carbonation but enough to leave a small fizzy head. Just a few spots of lacing but it is passable.

Aroma is quite vinous and almost stings the nostrils. Strong notes of barnyard and horse blanket along with a touch of wet hay. Some woody notes and a touch of grape must.

The flavor closely follows the aroma up front. Strong hay and barnyard and very vinous. However the further you get into the drink, the more subtleties begin to show themselves. The wine barrel aging becomes evident with light notes of wood and some grape. A sweet shot of peach comes through that is quickly zapped by a drying, clean finish. Tartness is kept in check but is enough to cleanse the palate as it should.

Overall, this beer is an underrated gem. I never had a fresh sample but I have to believe 3-4 years is the sweet spot. There is incredible depth and one would never guess this beer came from a brewery in an industrial park north of Cincinnati. This is up there with many Belgian examples of the style. Absolutely outstanding.

rangerred, Sep 05, 2014
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4.67/5  rDev +22.6%

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beerslushy, May 11, 2014
Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

gcamparone, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

emerge077, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

jmarsh123, Feb 21, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

kjkinsey, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

metter98, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2012 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy medium straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass along with some fine particles in suspension and just a hint of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma of moderately sour with light to moderate notes of light fruit (apricots and apple cider) and oak barrels from the aging.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of sourness with some vinous and musty grape notes. That is followed by light flavors of slightly sweet apricots and apple cider but overall it does not take away from the sourness. Light notes of oak from the barrel aging.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish a moderate amount of acidic prickliness.

O: A very nice example (especially one made in the US) of the style - enough sourness to keep sour lovers interested but definitely not overpowering. Very enjoyable.

dbrauneis, Sep 23, 2014
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Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.