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Ville De Rivere Geuze - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | FT: 6
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.

5 IBU
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Photo of Knapp85
1.96/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Smelled awful, tasted like nail polish, low carb, just not what a true Gueuze should be.

Photo of DaveHack
1.87/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Horrid. Straight band aid flavored vinegar that has been fished out of the toilet

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Straight nail polish remover. A 2.5 was a gift. BAD!

Photo of drwatson32
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this one. Can hang with the big boys for sure.

Photo of zimm421
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage.

Poured into a tulip. Appears a dark golden color with hints of orange. There is absolutely no carbonation whatsoever, and there is a complete lack of head.

The nose is very sour and slightly harsh, with some hints of apricots and peaches. The taste follows suit, with loads of acetic acid. The lack of carbonation makes this very difficult to drink at points.

The mouthfeel is very dry and obviously, completely flat. Overally, I think this could be a decent brew if it was properly carbonated, but unfortunately something was not handled properly. I'll revisit again if this is corrected.

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apparently this beer was made available again recently, as a recent batch was just shipped to several stores in my area. I picked up a bottle about two weeks ago, which I am drinking right now. This is the 2013 vintage. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy medium golden/copper color with very little foam or signs of carbonation, even when first poured. This is of course pretty typical for this style of beer. Starts out with a harsh, sour aroma with some hints of grape, green apple, and apricot that gives way to a musty, yeasty, funkiness and certainly a hint of oak. Has a moderately sour funky, musty flavor upfront that gives way to the aforementioned fruity flavors of sour green apple, apricot, and grape. This gives way to a vinegary white wine oakyness. Goes down harsh and it gave the back of my mouth and throat a very slight burning sensation on the way down. Has a dry, slightly vanilla-esque aftertaste. Has a crisp and quite smooth, slightly prickly, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. While my experience drinking this style of beer is still fairly limited overall, I feel this beer is probably a good representation of this style. This is not a style of beer I could seem myself drinking pints and pints of on a regular basis, but every now and then I do enjoy a good beer of this style. And this particular beer is certainly a find representation of this style. Worth a try for sure.

Eric

Photo of masterofsparks
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bcm75
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kristougher
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EuphonicHops
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of visualmartyr
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SourinQns
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.76/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Moc513
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of rangerred
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%

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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

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Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.