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Ville De Rivere Geuze - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 11
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:
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.


(Beer added by: edfish on 11-17-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-30-2013 03:02:51 | More by C_Roetting
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3.61/5  rDev -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

09-06-2013 16:57:36 | More by schwemjw
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-29-2013 14:21:28 | More by Giantspace
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West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +5.5%

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
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-09-2013 00:45:10 | More by dbc5
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-05-2013 18:43:20 | More by drummermattie02
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-05-2013 02:09:39 | More by roodie
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-29-2013 16:46:23 | More by NW2285
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-20-2013 19:03:53 | More by DmanGTR
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-02-2013 07:54:34 | More by beernads
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

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
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3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

06-05-2013 15:33:20 | More by Bonis
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-31-2013 02:07:59 | More by vrbulldog22
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-15-2013 02:30:24 | More by cwxc818
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-13-2013 19:29:24 | More by vonnegut21
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

05-10-2013 02:35:07 | More by unclejazz
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3.23/5  rDev -15%

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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-24-2013 22:31:52 | More by mdaschaf
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-14-2013 21:23:55 | More by bauermj
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-04-2013 05:58:38 | More by FalconA
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-02-2013 02:59:13 | More by jodan
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-24-2013 18:40:03 | More by raffy313
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4.21/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

02-21-2013 18:05:21 | More by jmarsh123
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3.89/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

02-13-2013 02:14:23 | More by jlindros
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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
Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.