Ville De Rivere Geuze - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 142
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 18.38%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: edfish on 11-17-2012

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.

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Photo of vanburton1
1/5  rDev -73%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

After reading previous reviews, it seems the 2013 vintage is straight-up diarrhea. I have had many brews like all of you, but this is the worst in about 3 years and hundreds of beer. Completely undrinkable and disappointing from this fantastic brewery. As coined in a previous review, my legitimate interpretation of its taste is pickle juice. Going to rinse with a Zombie Dust.

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Photo of Dicers
1.36/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

2013 Vintage

Clearly based on some of the other reviews this batch was very hit or miss. Unfortunately I got a miss. Nose was straight paint thinner poured almost completely still. Taste was nail polish and acetone.

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Photo of HopHead29
1.65/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Okay, so here goes...

2013 edition

Appearance: very pale with low carbonation. (wtf????? it's geuze!!!)

Smell: there are some simple acidic notes, mostly lemon with an off handed cream cheese smell that's less than enjoyable.

Taste: Big acidic notes up front. A little overwhelming. There is an odd sweet character in the background that I can't quite put my finger on, but it makes me gag.

Feel: Again, this didn't seem to be very carbonated which is odd for a geuze.

After having their lambic, this was a real letdown. Not the least bit true to style.

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Photo of OrgasmicChemist
2.26/5  rDev -38.9%
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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Photo of kylehay2004
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells like vinegar, tastes like pickle juice. Too hard to drink. First beer in months that was a drain poor. Not representative of what I have had form this brewer. This one definitely not for me

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
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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Photo of Bonis
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shared (1st Sunday group) large bottle.

Flavor: Moderately tart and mildly bitter. Soft ripe fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation provides a lively feel.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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).

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Photo of schwemjw
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale hazy yellowish gold. no head at all. no carbonation either.

S: Rotten peach, very funky. a hint of crisp apple. lemon. sour and very acidic.

T: Sour acidic funky kick in the tastebuds. Tart. ripe green apple. funk. lots of bright abrasive citrus. sweet honey and a musty finish. a bit like cider.

M: No carbonation at all. very light.

O: Very nice. a pleasant easy drinker. i would have liked a little more complexity and a little more carbonation. /85

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that I received from one of you fine people sometime last year. Bright yellow color. Aroma was nicer than the Rivertown lambic, no cider just lemons and hints of sourness. Flavor was good and wild and occasionally made me pucker. Fruity but still not quite an authentic gueuze. Much like the Lambic from Rivertown this is a fine wild ale but not quite a match for authentic lambic. I hope they keep at it though and I respect them for going down that road.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a flute, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with no head at all. No lacing, either. Aroma is nice but subtle, the brew smells like tart lemons, and a bit of musty funk. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's a bit of a cidery flavor too. It's nice and tart, it's not a strong tartness although it does get better as the beer warms up some. There's also a lingering tart finish. Mouthfeel/body is light, it has low carbonation and it's very easy to drink. I think it's a solid brew overall. Definitely worth a try. $11.99 a bottle.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a beer flute

A - It kind of looks like apple juice. There is practically no head.

S - It has a dry, musty cider smell.

T - The taste is tart with a dry finish. It has that cider taste, too.

M - Moderate with virtually no carbonation. My mouth almost puckers from the tartness.

O - It started out rather bland, but the tartness grew. I am partial to it since it is from my home state, and I had to drink Cincinnati beer for the Wild Card game tonight.

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Photo of rudzud
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a slightly hazy golden hue with a quarter inch white head that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of nice sour vinegar, lemons, very light funk, slight sweetness.

T - Taste is solid, similarto the nose with light lemon notes and slight vinegar. Good blending job here with nice light oak notes.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side here with a bit watery notes.

O - Overall not a bad beer just watery. Wish the mouthfeel was better as that really affects the overall enjoyability.

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a light fizzy head covering that fades fairly quickly, no lacing, super hazy wheat orange sun colored, couple of yeast chunks.

Nose is petty nice, it has done tart sour lambic like but a nice balanced smooth blended addition. Hint if lemony funk, sour tart fruit like but light malt too, fresh citrus spritz, light oak barrel too. Light sour funk and vinous musty aroma.

Taste come on with a nice sourness, cidery lambic, with little lemon and grassy funk. Some tart fruit but seems a little light and watery somehow. However, the nice blending of vintages brings a good smooth taste, light vanilla oak, etc. Little vinous and tart acidic bite, little yeasty funk too, sour almost lacto like creamy sour but wild and not too funky. Juicy sourness but still a bit thin. Finish its dry but not too flemmy, nice sour fruit and tartness lingering with acidic and little lemony funk.

Mouth is thinner, decent carb, light acidic bite.

Overall nice but not great. The blending and barrel round out the sour funk well, but overall just a bit too thin.

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a golden hue. There was no head at all on my pour.

Smell: Light, tart, and funky. I'm getting some hay as well as lemon and a yeasty component.

Taste: Light and funky, but not particularly sour. The interesting funky flavors to most of the work here. Citrus tartness here but no real sour vinegar like note. A bit yeasty with a hint of white wine as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a very nice beer. The fact that it wasn't super sour made it interesting in my mind. I enjoyed the funky notes. I would have more given the chance.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bob last night. '12 vintage.

This one pours a hazy yellow-ish orange, with a small head, and barely any lacing.

This smells moderately sour, with a bit of oak, some green apple, and some lemon.

This is a pretty good take on a traditional gueuze, but it's not perfect. There's some musty funk, not a whole lot, with some slightly vinegary sourness, and some green apple flavors. It doesn't feel quite as boldly sour as other gueuzes that I've had, but it is a '12 vintage, so maybe time has mellowed this one. There's some vague fruitiness, maybe a bit of lemon.

This is medium bodied, with an active amount of carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

A fairly nice rendition here.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold.

Aroma/Flavor: Solid levels of oak, wine, and fruity funk with moderate acidity (could have used more IMO).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Solid American version.

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Photo of unclejazz
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This bottle was a casualty of a recent flight back from the Midwest, so I had to drinking sooner than expected.

A-low carbonation, yellow/orange hue

S-nice apple and green grape with funk

T-much of the same, a really nice bite on the tongue

M-the carbonation is in the funk and fuzz of this beer. I think it was miscapped, but that makes me wonder if it would have been even better.

O-I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, reminds me a bit of the Bear Republic's Tartare. I would buy this again. Thanks Bowling Green, KY.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by OldSock. Thanks Mike!

The beer is golden yellowish orange and fairly hazy with a small white head. The aroma offers funk, citrus, hay, oak. Nice flavor. Smooth on the palate with some funky citrus. Acetic character disappears rapidly in the finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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