Ville De Rivere Geuze - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
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 +5.8%
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
4.21/5 rDev +11.1%
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
4.01/5 rDev +5.8%
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
3.89/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
02-13-2013 02:14:23 | More by jlindros
3.98/5 rDev +5%
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.
01-09-2013 01:45:43 | More by oline73
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
01-07-2013 01:39:09 | More by Huhzubendah
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
11-12-2013 01:24:21 | More by Alieniloquium
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
12-02-2012 22:19:43 | More by bluejacket74
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
06-09-2013 22:34:15 | More by ArrogantB
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-13-2013 00:02:36 | More by rudzud
3.23/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
04-06-2013 04:44:32 | More by DavoleBomb
Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.