Ville De Rivere Geuze - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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2/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of OrgasmicChemist
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 2/2/13

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.

S) Stinky cheese, vinegar, sour vinous notes, damp oak. The aroma is minimal in terms of mustiness. It's pretty good, actually.

T) Sharp, sour brevity. Quite vinous; heavy on the grapes. It's close to drinking slightly musty grape juice. Modest oak notes.

M) The body is light and fairly thin but it's actually not too bad for having essentially no carbonation. Dry, musty finish.

D) Overall, it's a bit on the bright side but I think it's fair enough.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Bonis
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Seems like Rivertown is hit or miss on the sours. Ojos Negros, Sour Cherry Porter, and Lambic are all excellent. This gueuze is not. It isn't at the level of Pestilence, but it was disappointing. My biggest complaint with this beer was that it had absolutely NO carbonation. It was as flat a beer as I have ever seen come out of a bottle (excluding some of my early day homebrew). As far as I am aware, a gueuze is supposed to have extremely high carbonation, almost champagne-like. The aroma and flavor were right on par with many beers in the same style. Very sour with notes of lemon and sour grapes as well as some must. Dry and tart. It was just very dull and bland. The lack of carbonation really hurts this beer. I would pick it up if I saw it from a new batch just to see how it is with carbonation.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 batch poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a light, rather clear golden color. Little to no haze in the body of the beer. Hardly any head to speak of; just a few bubbles on the top. No lacing. This really does look like apple juice in the glass.

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.

M- Smooth, but very low levels of carbonation to that for that. Not at all how gueuzes usually feel. This one drinks more like a lighter wheat ale that has no carbonation than a sour.

Overall, I'm fairly disappointed in this beer. Carbonation is no where close to where it should be, so it can't help cover up the lack of a strong sour flavor profile. The fruit flavors are nice, but they never really make the transition into a unique gueuze flavor.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.