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Rueuze | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,196
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
1,435
pDev:
8.59%
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and slightly funky and is of apricot and peach with an acidic aroma. Taste is much the same with a fruity and acidic finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i loved this, and surprised other didnt. as about as authentic as the style gets here in the usa. pours a washed out white hued yellow corn color, pale and cloudy, fine grained sediment floating, and a robust flashy white head two inches high. the nose is really sour. funky as hell, lemon and acid, wheat malt base. the flavor is also quite puckery, tastes old in a good way, mature i should say. very oaky as it warms, especially in the finish. maybe even more oaky than some of the authentic belgian versions, which i think cuts through the acid nicely while preserving the really sour character. easily one of the better american sour beers ive had, up there with the russian river stuff. effervescent carbonation is just right for the style, but maybe the acid is a touch high. i like that its lower abv so i can drink the whole bottle without a problem. i drank this in isolation, but i could see almost endless culinary possibilities. a truly divine brew. the bruery can do no wrong these days!

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear orange yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that died down, leaving thin lacing on the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with notes of funk.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is more complex with additional notes of oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and rather tart on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice complexities in the taste and is relatively easy to drink compared to other beers in the style because it isn't that funky.

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3.94/5  rDev -6%
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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3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at Provisions in Orange, CA and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm always skeptical of The Bruery because they're almost always overpriced crap; I did enjoy Black Tuesday and Tart of Darkness so I'm hoping this is a solid sour.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head of slight cream, decent thickness, and below average (~1 minute) retention. Body colour is a dull copper with orange hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It isn't much to look at, but it's typical for the style.

Sm: Sourness, bacterial notes, funk, tart fruit, oak, pale malts, fleeting hints of bright fruit esters, fermented orange peel, and wild yeasty notes. No alcohol is detectable. A fairly strong, assertive aroma. I'm starting to get excited.

T: Clean sourness with a luscious smack-your-lips tartness on the climax. Bacterial but somewhat clinical; this feels less like a spontaneous Belgian sour and more a laboratory brew - to its obvious detriment. Lacks the complexity and depth of a good Belgian gueuze. Lightly funky. Somewhat tart. Nicely acidic, but not as commital as it could be. Even Cascade Kriek (not a gueuze) hit me harder with the assertive sourness than this does. Pale malts and orange esters are buried in there. Crystal malt throughout. Nicely lactic. The finish is surprisingly clean and easy on the palate, giving you a break but also leaving you wanting more. I'd prefer more commitment to the sourness. Some lemon ester zing on the finish. Quite tasty all around, but frontloaded; all the good flavour is in the early second act; this results in a lackluster climax. It's therefore structurally imbalanced, but the flavour balance is rather respectable. Except for that pesky empty third act. A really nice sour all around; I quite like it.

I do get very little of the wood/barrel in the flavour profile. I'm not sure what to make of this.

Mf: Acidic, smooth, wet, zingy. Good presence on the palate and excellent carbonation.

Dr: A solid sour from The Bruery that nevertheless feels restrained to appeal to a wider audience. The sourness isn't as pucker-worthy as it should be, but this is still really tasty stuff for an American brewed sour. A great effort from The Bruery, albeit a pricey one. I'd definitely try this with some age on it. Very drinkable for a sour; I'll have no trouble murdering this bomber by myself.

I did notice that it actually drops off as it warms and loses its edge. Serve cold.

B+

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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL split into two tulip glasses. First round was only slightly hazy golden orange, second time it was a little more cloudy even when decanted slowly. Not much head, just a bit of larger juice-like bubbles clustered on the surface momentarily. The second pour yielded a little more foam, but similarly short lived.

More closed aroma at first, it opens up more as it warms, bringing out some grapefruit and lemon, oak and wet hay traces of Brett yeast.

Sour lemon and grapefruit, hints of something tropical that don't completely flesh out. Acidic in the gastric sense, sharp with a puckering dryness in the finish. Low on carbonation, a bit slick and slippery in feel. Overall pleasant to drink, moderately sour. Not overly complex, though it has a distinct flavor of sour fruits and a dry oaky finish, and is a nice American rendition of a traditional Belgian Gueuze.

Paired nicely with a farmstead goats' milk cheese, Tumalo Pondhopper.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Pours a cloudy golden color with just a hint of amber. There isn't much head on this beer. Lots of sour lemon and vinegar along with a bunch of oaky notes in the nose. There is a mild funk in the smell that doesn't show up in the taste. The taste is extremely sour, but it isn't funky. This is a very clean sour with notes of lemon juice and vinegar. The body is medium with a very dry finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Craig. This is surprisingly decent, considering how much the Bruery has been sucking at sours lately.

Pours a clear light amber hue with two fingers of rocky foam. Carbonation isn't quit where I'd like it for "gueuze", but it's a step up from the largely flat Bruery sours of late.

The nose is heavy on lactic acid, very yogurty with lemon and stonefruit. There's a fair level of acetic acid, too. Funk is restrained, but there's a bright citrus character that's thoroughly enjoyable.

There's a nice level of sourness on the palate. Largely lactic, reminiscent of sour cream, with a touch of white wine vinegar, citus and unripe stonefruit. Carbonation is at a lower-medium level; could be a bit higher. Finishes with a strong lacto note that drops off quickly with little barrel or tannins.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/10/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tart lemon peel, green apple, white wine, vinegar, wet hay, herbal, straw, grass, leather, musty funk, oak, pepper, cracker, light wheat, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart lemon peel, green apple, white wine, vinegar, wet hay, herbal, straw, grass, musty funk, leather, oak, pepper, cracker, wheat, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/vinegar acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart lemon peel, green apple, white wine, vinegar, wet hay, herbal, straw, grass, musty funk, leather, oak, pepper, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately acidic, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome gueuze style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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