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.

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

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass, light golden blonde colored with a large white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: sour, tart, acetic acid, pickles, light grain

T: intensely sour up front, tart acetic acid, flavors of oak, green apple, lemon, light hop bitterness

M: very bubbly, prickly like champagne

O: excellent light bodied pale sour

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Photo of do_ob
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

09/06/13 bottle. Served in a Tank 7 tulip at 48*F. Pours a light-medium golden and settles quite clear in the glass. Enormous amounts of carbonation bubbles fuel the ever-present head of white foam - 2 fingers' width in height initially, it has fizzed down to a dense 1/2 finger after only a minute or two.

Strong sour notes on the nose, as expected. There's a steady acidity on the aroma that ties in well with a plethora of sweet & tart fruits. All apparent to me are cherries, grapes, lemon, and maybe a slight hint of green apples. Very pleasant and well-balanced. The aroma on this actually made my mouth water.

Medium-light weight and presents a lively, carbonated, almost champaign-like mouthfeel. Immediately upon tasting, a wall of flavor is slammed onto the palate. The first distinct flavor I picked up was sour green apples, followed by lemon, blackberries, and a huge tart cherry character. Wow, lots of tart cherries. I may have made a face just now.

Great smooth finish, which was a pleasant surprise. Sometimes with these sour beers, an abrasive finish is almost expected. A touch of vinegar on the finish leads into a dry, tart aftertaste.

Overall, I found this beer to be excellent. It honestly exceeded my expectations, which I suppose it shouldn't have. I should know by now that The Bruery knows what they're doing, so it's no surprise that this one was another winner in my book. This beer presented a lot of complexity while still remaining simple enough for someone like me, who is new to sours, to be able to pick up on many different flavors and characteristics. I found the heaviest hitters in this particular beer to be green apples and cherries. There's a great balance between sweet & sour, and between tart acidity and dinkability.

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Photo of mchegash
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 3.75/5
A semi-translucent darker golden orange. A small amount of white head. Slightly less than typical carbonation is visible rising up the beer,

Smell - 4.25/5
Delicious tart cherries, apples, maybe some lemon as well. Overall a great sour funkiness.

Taste - 4.25/5
Very sour but delicious. Cherries, apples, lemons, and other slightly boozy fruit flavors are present and tart.

Mouthfeel - 4.75/5
Incredibly smooth and creamy feel. Not overcarbonated like some sours, so you get to experience the fullness of the sour flavors, without it being overpowered by the carbonation. The smoothness and creaminess are really incredible, considering this is a very sour beer.

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall, this was a very good sour beer, but not incredible. I'm not sure it was worth the $20 I paid for it. If it was $15, maybe.

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Photo of ARoman
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is bright citrus and stone fruits with a bit of oak, a hint of a dirty martini, and a light barnyard funk. It's a murky straw hue with a soapy white head that has moderate retention and very little lace. The beer is medium high sweet, medium sour, and medium light bitter. The texture is oily and thin with a fizzy carbonation and a medium light body with flavors of pineapple, apricot, and lemon zest as well as a dry oak and light herb touch which strengthens at the finish with a olive tartness. There's a cloying, lingering aftertaste of under ripe fruit, oak, and olives, but overall, it's refreshing and relatively clean and crisp.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dishwater blonde and plenty hazy. Lots of carbonation bubbles are showing here. I smell tart Gwen apples and a bit of Brett. The taste is plenty of tart apple and a light touch of Brett at the end. The mouth is crisp and light with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass

A: Cloudy, bright orange, had a nice creamy white head that quickly vanished, some carbonation coming off the bottom, no lacing.

A: Tart funk sour upfront, slight champagne aroma, white grapes, not picking up any barrel or alcohol on the nose.

T: Sour, funk tart goodness, picking up a nice white grape flavor, slight barrel on the backend, taste really good, impressed.

M: Medium mouthfeel little to no carbonation, finish is dry.

O: Very nice, this is tasting great on this 90 degree day afternoon, thirst quenching, a balanced beer with a nice sour tart funk goodness up front, some nice fruity flavors in the middle and finishes really good with a slight oak flavor and nice dry finish, good beer but at $20 a bottle I might need to reserve this beer for special occasion.

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Photo of macher0
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip.

A. Pours bright amber, very translucent with a very coarse bubble head and lots of effervescence. Looks kind of like a Bud heavy.

S. For 100% certain, this does not smell like a bud heavy. Tart bacteria and sour yeast jump out font. Notes of vinegar, neutral oak, lemon, and dust.

T. That's a tart-ass beer and I love me some sours. The high tart level certainly works. Very similar to a Belgain geuze.

M. Thin body, thin feel, high carbonation, fairly smooth.

O. This has all the same characteristics of a traditional Belgian geuze . A very good sour. I certainly recommend this beer to sour fans.

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Photo of miguellunarusso
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful execution. Color is golden with a hint of brown (assuming oak). Smells of lemon and grape fruit with a hint of oak. T:Again citrus at the start, following with oak and ending in tart goodness. Light body and carbonation is just right, makes it very fresh.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage shared by Umberto yesterday.

This one pours a moderately dark orange/yellow, with a half inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

This one smells pretty sours, lots of lemon, a bit of grapefruit, and a good amount of lactic goodness.

This is definitely one of the best Bruery sours that I've had. Lots of intense lactic sourness, a bit of barnyard funk. The sourness is so bright and sunny here, with a good amount of citrus- lemon and grapefruit mostly.

This is fairly light bodied, with an intensely tart mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

This was a nice surprise.

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Photo of MagicJeff
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass

Look: Deep copper orange look. small head that held for a while then eventually dissipated.

Smell: Lemony citrus; fresh cut wet grass; slight mustiness but not like most gueze's i've tried.

Taste: Citrus and some funk on back end. lemon, blood orange. tartness really shows in after taste, it lingers for a second.

Mouthfeel: it tastes a lot fuller than it looks. it almost looks a little watery after sitting in my glass a while. but the mouthfeel is medium bodied IMO. Definitely could drink a few of these on a hot day.

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