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Ville De Rivere Geuze - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 146
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 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 metter98
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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.

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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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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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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 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 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 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 dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 rangerred
4.7/5  rDev +27%

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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm fortunate enough to be trying the 2012 & 2013 side by side. Scores for each are within, above is an average
2013: 750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Hazy light brown with no head (3.5)
S: Sour, citrus and a hint of vinegar (4)
T: Lemon, vinegar, green apple (4)
M: Light-bodied, mouthwatering acidity (4)
O: This isn't flawed, I like all things acidic so I like this though the vinegar is a touch strong compared to everything else. Also as others have mentioned it's lacking expected carbonation (3.75)

2012: 750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Light orange with a one-finger head that quickly settles (4)
S: Green apple, citrus, a hint of vinegar; slightly muted overall (3.75)
T: Matches the nose- mostly green apple, some citrus/vinegar, purer flavors than the 2013 (4)
M: Light-bodied, light carbonation, less acidic than the 2013 (4)
O: Tasty, clean, acidic but not overwhelmingly so. Enjoyable beer, tastes fresh yet I'm sure the age has added complexity (4)

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Photo of zimm421
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Updated review. First bottle was off. Replaced and the 2nd is much better!

2013 vintage.

Poured into a tulip. Appears a dark golden color with hints of orange. There is a touch of carbonation with a wisp of lacing left around the edge of the glass.

The nose is slightly sour with hits of green apple, apricots and a touch of mustiness. The taste follows suit. Nicely complex but not quite as sour as I expected. There are good citrus notes, along with green apple and apricots.

The mouthfeel is not overly dry and has some sharpness to it from the acidity and touch of carbonation. Overall, I this is much better the second time around. From the sounds of things, there are quite a few bad bottles from the 2013 vintage floating around. I had one the first time, but the second is spot on. I said I'd revist again if the wrong was corrected, and cheers to Lyndsey at Rivertown for doing so!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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 fine representation of this style. Worth a try for sure.


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Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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