Rueuze | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our take on a gueuze-style ale, this intensely tart and funky beer combines three different vintages of our barrel aged sour blonde ale.

Added by IKR on 11-10-2012

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle poured into a teku glass. Pours a deep golden color with medium haze and a finger worth of white head that fades quickly. Slightly darker in color than I normally see a Gueuze, but I suppose that happens easily with blended products. Nose is at first sharp and sour, and then a bit funky and grassy. Taste is a tad sweet at first, quickly transitioning to a sharp and earthy tart and funky combo, lingering for a bit on the palate. Feel is light enough in body but substantial for a Gueuze.
This is my first American-made Gueuze from a brewery for which I have loads of respect, and though it's slightly different from other beers I've had of the same style, this one is still a huge success on its own.
All the flavors I expect to find in a Gueuze are there, maturity did it well, with tastes of lactic tartness, wild funky yeast, tannins, but a tad sweet, which caught me off-guard, but if they stuck true to style it'd be blended which could cause a balance/contrast of flavors different from what I'd had in the past. Still, a stellar beer though, for sure.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a nice slightly hazy golden amber appearance with little visible carbonation.
The aroma is big barnyard funk, hay, tart citrus, oak, and peach.
The tastes are tart and funky up front with a big acidic kick. Also has notes of citrus,peach and some oak tannins.
The feel is medium minus with a nice dry finish that lingers with a nice zest on the palate.
Overall this is the first gueuze I've had and I can't wait to try some more examples of the style. Big bracing tartness while not being overpowering.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big funk, fruit, and acid. Overripe tropical fruit. Pear, pineapple. Wet wood and hay. Slightly cheesy, lots of barnyard. Grassy. Tons going on. Definitely authentic smelling.

The palate is aggressively acidic. Definitely acetic acid is present. Not as pleasant as I'd hoped. However, it's not over the top with acetic acid. There's definitely plenty of fruit on the palate, and juicy lactic acid as well. I may be trying to justify me spending the money on this one. There is an interesting salinity on the finish.

Light body, high carbonation. Sharp and almost tannic. Oak is apparent.

I want to like this more. While it is closer to a proper gueuze than many American efforts, it doesn't quite have the finesse I enjoy in the style.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boom. Totally tart sucker punch! If you like gueze this is a definite must as it starts with a tart lemon squeeze but finishes with notes of apricot and peach that really develop on your palette on the 3rd and 4th taste.

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Gueuzes might be my favourite style of beer. This beer takes that style and cranks it to 11! Big sour lemon, tart peach and apricot sweetness. White wine, some funk and a nice dry finish. Like adding lemon juice to a traditional Lambic, basically. Best 'gueuze' I've had outside of Belgium.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber with a two finger white head. The head recedes quickly to a thin ring leaving some light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is green apple, lemon peel, oak and lacto.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Green apple, lemon peel, apricots, oak and lacto.

M - Light body with medium/high carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Solid readily available Gueuze. My only is complaint is the price tag.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color of bright apricot, no head.

Tart lemon and olive brine on the nose.

This puppy is really a acetic, super sour tour de force, with concentrated green apple, lemon and lime in near-vinegar form.

For the truly obsessed sour lover.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very well done sour blonde, but nothing crazy. Intense lacto sourness, little funk, clear and pretty yellow, but hard to swallow the pricetag. Cheers!

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Photo of Buck89
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden color with a wispy white head that left quickly. Smells were understated, with funk, barnyard, oak, vanilla, orange, and apricot. Huge tastes of lemon, apricot, and cherry. Definite funk and floral esters were woven in, and finally there was a nice oaky presence. Dry and clean finish.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle that I had for 4 months.
Look: Golden yellow with the head dissipating quickly.
Smell: Stone fruits like apricots and funk.
Taste: A little of apricots, lemons, and tartness.
Feel: Right carbonation and smooth.
Overall: Solid sour. Surprisingly enough fruit to be enjoyable.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - I assume that this will get moved over to the Bruery Terreux listing, or something?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden amber colour, with one fat finger of weakly puffy, loosely foamy, and rather fizzy off-white head, which leaves nothing in the way of lace anywhere in the vicinity of the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of fairly sharp, if indistinct pome and citrus extract, funky wet wood, somewhat blue-leaning white cheese, semi-sweet grainy pale malt, a strange earthy spiciness, a maybe just a wee touch of leafy greenery. The taste is mildly sour medium-dark fruit, a respectful musty barnyard funkiness, more underripe apple and pear fruitiness, buttery vanilla-heavy oak barrel notes, and a base grainy and doughy pale maltiness that does well to keep its metaphorical head above water (or, at least the stuff with a much, much lower pH level).

The carbonation is fairly understated in its plain and merely structural frothiness, the body a solid middleweight for the style, and so-so smooth, but you weren't expecting anything different - were you? It finishes off-dry, the blonde ale doing well to parry any lingering fruity and funky sourness.

Yeah, The Bruery nails another one - the barrel treatment of a basic American brewing staple elevates it into headier, but not particularly isolating territory. Nicely tart, and offensive enough for those who seek out this sort of thing, but still approachable to those others who wonder what all the damned fuss is about.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. 10 ounce pour into a snifter.

a: Vibrant golden body. Clear. 1 finger, soapy head.

s: Sour, woody aroma. Hints of lemon and funk.

t: Lemon, green apple, a bit of funk and woodiness in the finish.

m: Not as bitting as some lambics. California Chardonnay butteriness.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a hazy, pale yellow color. Aroma is funky and sour and earthy. Traditional nose and flavor for the style. It tastes really sour and tart. Pretty complex with barn and earth flavors as well. Surprised the rating on this is not higher. Really pretty well done. Lighter bodied. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 2015:
This beer is a pale golden that holds a chill haze for a little, but ends up with only a light fuzziness until you get to the bottom of the bottle (when sediment affects clarity). White soapy head ends up in a thin rim.

Nose didn't burst from the bottle, but did explode upon first hitting the glass. Tartness abounds with just a little woody funk. Closer inspection brings a lot more sour notes than funky: tangerine, lemon, sour apple, and nectarine. Warmth brings a little more wood and farmhouse-like notes back into the mix.

First sips were sour apple heavy but resembled the nose. The nectarine came next, not as the main player but as a balance to the apple. Mid taste some sour melon flavors started coming forth along with some of the wood notes, and while not fully displacing the initial sour notes, they quelled them a bit. Near the end, I started getting some vanilla-like flavors with a stronger woodiness and finally something indicating funk that never gets fully realized.

Feel is fairly smooth given the tartness. I think of the feel as almost that of a buttery wine, smoothly flowing over the tongue as the flavors hit the different part of the tongue to provide the flavor components of this beer.

Very enjoyable and one to grab again when there's a decent occasion to sip and enjoy a refreshing beer. At half the price, it'd be a staple for the fridge.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in February 2016. Bottled date was 7/17/2014.

Appearance: Golden orange with light tan head. Beer color is cloudy. Head was thick, with a little lacing that left a thin film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma dominated by earth tones. There is some hops and pine aroma as well, but it is dominated by the earth tones. There was a very strong aroma that was noticeable immediately on opening the bottle.

Taste: Sour with lemons and tart apple flavors. There is a little spice as well. The main aftertaste is the sourness which lasts a while.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with strong carbonation. Medium alcohol, which confirms the 5.6% on the bottle.

This is a smooth light-bodied ale. This is my first time drinking a Gueuze. It may be an acquired taste that doesn't quite work for me. Interesting alternative to other types of beers, but not something I am going to search out. This may be a good example of a Gueuze, but I would much rather drink a different style.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 25/.4 oz bottle I've had sitting in my cellar for about 7 or 8 months now, this beer has a bottled on date of 9/10/2013. So this was sitting in the cooler from the store I bought it at for a long time before I purchased it. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface along with a nice white head that's initially about an inch thick when first poured and that settles fairly quickly to a very thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a huge cluster of a film layer of surface foam. Aroma wise there are certainly some funky, green apple tart, a bit of oak, and slightly vinegary notes here along with some other fruity notes of cherry, grape, and lemon. The taste is pretty much the same too, with funky, sour green apple tart notes and a nice vinegary presence upfront that gives way to a nice oak flavor that helps to sort of smooth things out a bit before the cherry and grape notes make their presence known. There may be just a slight dry-hopped bitterness at the very end to round this all out. This flavor profile is simply quite excellent indeed! Has a very crisp, slightly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a mainly dry and clean finish. The tart sour funk really sticks around as an aftertaste following each sip quite nicely indeed! An excellent beer if you are into this style.


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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright yellow and light orange appearance, leans darker gold. White head, solidly carbonated. Aroma was earthy, sour, lemon.

Brings the musty oak, sour lemon, base beer has a bretty or gritty edge to it. Carbonation keeps it crisp.

Good blending job, no aspect of the beer seems more dominant given its ages.

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Photo of MacMalt
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. It pours a cloudy golden orange with a thin bright white head and minimal lacing. It is tart, almost sour, citrusy, and oaky in smell. It is extremely sour and acidic in taste with a noticeable oaky flavor and some faint citrus. It finishes with a slight apple sweetness. It is lightly-bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a very drinkable ABV of 5.6% To me, Guezue, as a style, is an acquired taste that I have yet to acquire so I probably don't fully appreciate its subtleties. Nonetheless, it is clearly well-crafted; it is just a little too sour for me to enjoy.

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Photo of drtth
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a snifter glass a fairly clear light orange color with a thin white head that recedes fairly quickly to a small ring of bubbles around the glass. There's little lacing and the ring is gone before the beer.

The aromas include some tartness along with some horse blanket and touches of oak.

The flavors are dominated by the tartness. There is the promise of some Brett funkiness that hasn't really developed in this bottle yet.

The body is on the light side of medium and the carbonation is persistent. The finish on the long side of medium but mostly consists of the tartness and some final dryness.

On the whole this seems a reasonably well made beer but one that needs more time in the bottle to develop its full potential. So I would mind trying it again but only if there's more bottle age than with this sample.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy blonde color beer with a medium foamy head with limited retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of funky yeast notes with light barnyard notes and some tart notes. Taste is a well balance mix of tart notes with some funky yeast and light barnyard feel. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice level of complexity but still not close to the level that can be tasted in Belgian lambic. I loved the way they control the acidity level.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into snifter. Bottled 9/10/2013.

A: Pours a clear golden with a finger of fuzzy white film that faded into a bubbly collar that eventually disappeared into nothingness. No lace.
S: I get notes of earthy brett and slightly musty notes of oak. Clean blonde ale malt backbone is light and grainy smelling, and there is a few hints of stone fruits and peppery spice.
T: Follows the nose with pretty straightforward tart blonde ale flavors. There is a clean acidity up front, but the bright edges are polished with age. Flavors of pale malt, wheat, and hints of stone fruits are also mostly present up front, as the flavor really falls off in the finish. I do get a touch of spice near the finish, but nothing much lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-light body, very effervescent and fizzy carbonation, drying mouthfeel but not a desert. Carbonation is a touch distracting, and takes a little away from the drinkability.
O: A clean and straightforward sour blonde. Doesn’t hold a candle to a Belgian counterpart, but it’s more flavorful than other non-fruit blonde sours I’ve had. Solid, but underwhelming.

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Photo of champ103
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had many times, my original "had" was a 4.5. Drinking a 2014 edition on 9/5/2015.

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. At first a dense two finger white head forms and recedes quickly to a small cap that stays throughout. Light lace if left behind.
S: Light funk, but mostly acidic with some tart fruits. Like tart lemon rind, grapes and apples. The tart/sour mix is intense at first, and I eventually get use to it.
T: Like the nose, the tart and sour burst up front is strong and takes a minute to get use to. Light funk, light wood, Very acidic. Sour, over ripped fruits. Lemon, grapes and apples are dominate.
M/O: A light body that is incredibly effervescent. Champagne like carbonation that works beautifully. The intense sourness takes it toll, but still something I vary much enjoy sipping on.

Consistently one of the best American made Gueuze available, and one not very difficult to come by. This has always been a big, puckering sour bomb, but I think it gets even more intense with age. I think slightly younger bottles give the best results, and would be easily in the 4.5 range. Still, just damn good as it is.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice-looking, well-carbonated golden body. Decent white head.
Smell is VERY interesting. To me it's like burnt corn, with some underlying peanut/ general nut funkiness. Bottle indicates 6% abv.
A fresh roasted husky scent that I love. Sour nose yes, but different.
The first taste and it's just like the scent. The sour tartness lingers through now. The nuttiness I picked up in the nose translates to more of a funk-filled white grape party. The burnt corn is still there. All a nice sour mashup of flavor. Really sour, too.
Nicely crisp and carbonated throughout.
Only had a few sours so far. This was by far the most tasty/ memorable.
Too bad I can't buy this in TX.

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Photo of Ri0
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured 750ml bottle into Teku. 2014 Vintage.

A - Darker shade of gold with a soft white 2 finger head. Fades into thin ring with minimal lacing. Looks enchanting.

S - Starts off with a tart and sour aroma. Fresh lemon juice, green plum, and sour grapes. Funk is light and there is a slight woody character.

T - Huge bright tartness that is bordering on sour. Lemons. green plum, and sour grapes. I detect faint funk and some wood, even a bit of vanilla.

M - Light crisp finish with mouth puckering sourness. Carbonation is perfect and the finish is slightly dry.

O - Pretty tasty Gueuze style that is readily available in many places that helps make the price easier to deal with.

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Photo of Domvan
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice tart and balance, refreshing and a nice easy drinker. This one is a definite favorite of mine now from the bruery, ignore the price tag if you haven't tried it yet

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