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The Bruery
California, United States | website

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 ummswimmin
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

When I opened the bottle, I immediately smelled the sour. I put my nose to the bottle mouth and breathed in the better geuze essence. After pouring into my tulip glass I took in the aroma of the geuze. I really enjoy the sour.

There is a lot of carbonation in this beer, but the foam didn't come up from the initial pour. The coloring is a vibrant yellow, almost like a ginger ale.

This is a challenging sipper. The sour really hits the back of the mouth. The after-taste was very refreshing.

This is a good example for the style.

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Photo of julian
1.3/5  rDev -68%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance is murky yellow in color with minimal lacing as the carbonation is nearly non-existent. Strike one for a "gueuze-style ale". Little to no head and zero lacing. Aroma has a bit of citrus, in the form of lemon/lime but this is quickly squashed by the abundance of acetic acid and its dominance on the nose. Taste follows suit. It’s quite tart but not in a complex, funky, traditional gueuze style way, more in a "oops I just squirted vinegar in my mouth" kinda way. Mouthfeel has an unusual oily papery feel. That’s the best way I can describe it. Nothing about this is "gueuze-style" in any way other than it was a blend of 3 different barrels. This was a drain pour. One of very few in the past several years (the last one was also a Bruery beer). Overall, I was less than impressed with this beer or the price tag it demanded. This is yet another overrated, sad failure of a beer from Bruery. They, as of this writing, will no longer be getting any of my business.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.5.13

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a fizzy and active off-white head that slowly fades to the edges.

S - Tart lemon, grain and oakiness.

T - Tart citrus, lemons, tangerine, very sour, wood, slight floral finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very tart and citrusy, very nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm really excited to try a gueuze made in the US for the first time, I'm also always excited to try a Bruery beer new to me!

A-golden with an almost no head except some white around the rim. not many bubbles. from the belgian gueuzes I've had, this seems to be more or less the norm.

S-super sour scent of lemongrass and citrus. it really tingles the nose!! smells awesome.

T-comes in with a perfectly tart flavor of lemongrass and citrus. it really makes me pucker! the flavors are clear and of high quality. this sure is savory! it has a crisp matching after-taste that really sticks to the mouth. has a certain oak flavor and rawness to it as well.

M-medium to low carbonation with a sticky finish. though not typically desirable in a beer, this is common in a Belgian gueze, giving this a real feeling of authenticity.

O-if you gave me this with out telling me what it was, i would tell you that it's a fine example of gueuze from Belgium. I'm surprised an american brewery, even The Bruery was able to get it spot on. Truthfully this beer is mouth watering. I could drink this so quickly and so easily.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden/straw colored with a small white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: There is definitely some kind of white wine/vinous thing going on here. Sour apple and lemon notes tell you that this is definitely a sour.

Taste: Funky! I'm finding it hard to describe this very well. Sour all the way with an oak backbone gives way to lemon and wheatgrass like notes with a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Ample carbonation keeps things interesting.

Overall: I feel like this beer would sit better with me if it were a bit sweeter, but it's not bad. Glad I got to try it but I probably won't buy again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a bright yellow and light tangerine type of color not unfamiliar to those who like their ipas awesome. White head on the top, plenty of carbonation in the right dose. Doesn't retain the head for shit. so what.

Aroma was plenty tart, lemon forward, some chalky brett notes.

Good oaky and big time sour presence, plenty of tartness. Nothing unique here, tastes a lot like most blonde wilds/gueuze kind of stuff, heavy on the lemon, a fractional amount of other citrus (peach, grapefruit, apricot maybe), but mostly tart ass lemon, and why reinvent the wheel, this stuff is solidly reliable. Plenty acetic, but I'm all about that, so its pleasing me and not coming off at all like vinegar. Very crisp mouthfeel, gotta love that, yet gets some grassy notes on your palate at the same time.

I dunno, some people think Bruery's sours are lacking, I think they've done really well. You just know the name and the association with a traditional gueuze is gonna drive some people up the wall, so hats off to the Bruery, anytime you get someone's traditional panties in a wad, you know you're providing some solid entertainment, so thank you for a good beer and a good entertaining read sometimes.

Drank at Layne's UFC ppv (Dos Santos/Velasquez).

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Considering this is like the fifth bottle of this I've opened since its release, I figure I should finally review it. Pours a hazy, golden straw color. Small white head...not necessarily head...more like A LOT of bubbles. Scent is musky and mineral-forward at first. A bit of vitamin mineral aromas with some nice funk and tropical fruit aromas. Sour stone fruits...apricots, peaches, and even some green apples come through in the nose. I also get some grape skin aromas. Smells like it's gonna be pretty sour. Taste is not as sour as I was expecting (this ain't no Mother Funker). I was hoping for something like Mother Funker, but with more carbonation. This one has the carbonation, just not as much as most traditional Gueuze have. Taste is quite acidic, with peaches and nectarine flavors. Slight tropical flavors with mango and pineapple. Funky, but not "traditional gueuze funky". Still very tasty. Mouthfeel is liking a bit. It could use a bit more carbonation... other than that, the tannic, sticky feel works well with this beer. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a decent attempt at an American Gueuze. However, it falls short of some of The Bruery's best sour beers.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy, golden straw in color - small, white head - disappears quickly and completely - leaves a few splotches of lacing

Smell: Tart, funky, potent - acidic and lactic sourness - some barnyard funk and a wet, damp, basement - tart lemon and other fruits - peaches and apricots, perhaps? - some pale, blonde malts

Taste: Sour, tart, and damp - acidic and lactic, as the smell suggests - flavorful sourness, with a lot of light fruits - lemons and under-ripe peaches - very wet, damp, musty - some wood - some pale malts underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, minimal carbonation, way too damp for the style

Overall: Very tasty, but faces some stiff competition

Gueuzes give me a warm, fuzzy feeling (and it's certainly not the alcohol). This is a good gueuze, but there is certainly room for improvement. It's nicely sour, tart, and funky, but it lacks the crispness that I seek in this style. Still, worth a try.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold. Almost no cap or collar. Tiny hints of a bright-white collar. Pours a bit heavier than anticipated. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Small oakiness. Some citric funk. Lemon zest and a touch of flesh. Some bright fruitiness. Some apple, peach, and touches of pineapple. Fresh leather. Fruity and floral with some sweet pale malts coming through the back. Lemonade and fruit punch mixed in an oak bowl. Slightly vinous. Maybe even some lactic funk.

Taste: Lemon juice. Oak. Sweet, vaguely sugary. Very fruity and floral. Odd almost tomato/vegetable note in the back. Lemon rind. Some soft apple and tropical fruit. Some pale malts. Vague hits of hay and earthy funk. Slightly musty. Slightly spoiled fruit. Mango. Not the most complex, but decent. Acetic bite on the finish. Some lactic funk as well.

Mouthfeel: Minor carbonation. Body is smooth, but dry and runs dead center.

Overall: Ruse? Perhaps, but the it's worth trying.

A good beer. The weird vegetable flavor reminds me of Hottenroth and gets a bit distracting at times. Nicely tart, but still young and lacking the depth I would like to see with the style. Good, not great.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the new guy who shared this during a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, brine, earth, citrus, and apricot. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, tart, sour, apricot, and brine. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I fully understand what the Bruery was going for with this one and I think they nailed it pretty well. This brew had all of the traditional characteristics of a Gueuze, but just not to the intense nature as some of them. The kiss of apricot was a nice welcomed addition to cut some of the acidic nature of the beer to make it more enjoyable. All in all a pretty well done brew that I wouldn’t mind having again the future or aging to see how it develops.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.92/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks Dan!

A: Cloudy pale gold body with some off-white froth. Uninspired.

S: Overripe cherry, funky wet hay, uric acid, and must. I like the weirdness, but frankly it's unappealing.

T: Lemony tartness up front (nice), rotten fruit midway through (terrible), and dry sour oak on the finish (quite good). Muddled and mediocre, but clean enough on the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Meh.

O: What a disappointment. Just interesting enough to be drinkable, but an embarrassment compared to pretty much any authentic Geuze.

Cheers!

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, 2012
Heady Topper stemless wine glass

A: Slightly hazy bright yellow beer. Only got a couple bubbles of bright white. Then still....nothing. No lacing with this one either. Have to dock some points on lack of carbonation.

S: Smells funky like a gueuze should. Pulling some fruity notes: apricots, citrus, etc. Maybe a little of the typical tart green apple and vinous white grape. It doesn't smell overly sour though.

T: Some of funk on tip if tongue. It's nothing along the lines of Mother Funker from the Bruery. You do taste some of those fruity notes that you smelled up front. Maybe some apricot and peachiness. You get some tartness on back end of sip. Seems like it might need more time to carb up and get more sour.

M: Medium but would be light with more carbonation.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by GT2. Thanks bro. The beer is golden hued and mildly hazy. The aroma brings classic gueuze scents. Barnyard, lemon rind, funk, oak. The flavor is nice. A bit sharp and acetic. Definitely American and not Belgian. Lactic and sour. Lingering fruity funk. Good stuff.

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

Bottle shared at gueuze a palozza.

A - Pours hazy yellow with a foamy one finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of strong citric fruits, most notably lemon, with some backing mild barnyard funk and quite a bit of vinegary sourness. Still smells a little green but the sourness is a little ominous I must admit.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of fruitiness, the lemon still being the strongest contributor but some apricots and peaches also come forward. Thankfully the vinegary sourness from the nose is dailed way back while the mild funkiness is a little more assertive, combining with the fruit to make a nice combo of flavors. Finish is dry with a bit of lactic sourness, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Dry, slightly sticky feel with some backing sourness from start to finish.

O - Another decent sour from the Bruery. Not really a gueuze, drinks more like the blended american wild that it is. Either way, it held its own against some of the other highly rated sours we were drinking on the night.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a smallish bone white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Aromas of light citrus fruit with a bit of sweetness, think sweet oranges and lemons with apricots. A restrained sour and funky nose, but you can tell there's something lurking in the glass. The flavor is a bit more tart than the aroma suggested. Lemons, grapefruit, and sour oranges alongside pineapples, hay and a hint of light sugar. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart piercing mouthfeel. Wow that's a pretty good sour right there, I enjoyed it.

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

750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip. New Years Eve 2012 beer.

Pours a clear pale golden color. Initially yields a thin white head, but I recedes to nothing. No lacing, but that's been typical of all the Guezes I've ever had.

Nose is tart and funky. The tartness is pointed in the nose. Funk is there, but in the back seat.

Taste is somewhat acidic. Funky upfront with a long-lingering sour finish. I can best describe the taste as a juicy SOUR peach (if that makes sense).

Mouth is perhaps a touch heavier than usual, but the slickness works with the lingering tart finish.

Overall, a solid American take on Gueuze. I'd like to see the Bruery get the cost (19.99) down on this one, as I can find several imported Guezes at a lower price. In all, a solid take on the style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting gueuze, one that is fairly true to the style, but perhaps a bit more on the savory side than a traditional one. Pours a vivid yellow with zero head, but luckily there is some carbonation. Very tart aroma, with some of those savory, almost salty notes, and a touch of peach. Not sweet at all. The taste, if anything, is even more savory- there is a pleasant brininess here, some peach and apricot, and a lot of tartness. Once again, fruity, but not sweet. Very smooth, almost lactic, not bracingly sour. Definitely a different interpretation, and quite successful.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar and wisps, leaving behind a few specks of lace. Hazy blonde body. Looks gueuze-like, but a bit less spritzy.

S - Reminds me a lot of sour candies - citrus, peaches, and other fruity flavors - but with a touch of harsh acetobacter bite. Tropical funk and a mild sweaty, musky note as well. There's also a surprising herbal and leafy note in the periphery.

T - Taste thankfully loses the excessive acetobacter, and veers more on the fruity side with peaches, apricots, and citrus flavors. It's sour, but not excessively so like many other Bruery sours; there's some lactic tartness in there too.

M - Dry, medium body, with good heft to it for only 5.9%. Lower carbonation that seems a bit lacking. Lightly sticky in the finish.

D - As a blended American Wild Ale this is a good beer. It's not really much of a gueuze though, as it lacks the appropriate flavor profile and feel to it. Still, a few of us had no problem finishing off a 750ml bottle. Would drink again if appropriately priced.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks rob

Pours a hazy golden-straw-yellow color with a thin head which dissolves completely into a thin collar, leaving little to no lacing.

Funky, sour and fruity in the nose. Touches of pear and peach with straw and wet hay. Notes of citrus, lemon and mineral.

Sweeter, fruit-driven sourness up front. Apple, peach and pears mix into the funky, bretty backbone. Wet hay, straw and horse blanket. A few notes of lemon peel and citric acidity towards the finish, which is dry and crisp.

Medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and dry on the palate. I found this a little sweet and plain for my tastes, plus it doesn't help that this was opened along with about 20+ other sours/wild ales. I also can't help but compare American attempts at the gueuze to Belgian varieties, which may not be fair, but this pales in comparison to something from Cantillon, Tilquin or 3F.

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

A: poured a bright straw golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and virtually no head that absolutely left no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very nice barnyard bretty funkiness upfront in the aroma with great citrus lemon fruit notes, nice oakiness, acidic character present, hints of pineapple, sour qualities and mild vanilla notes.

T: outstanding amount of sour flavor that punches the palate alongside oaky wood accents, some acidic notes with nice lemony citrus twang, great barnyard funkiness, semi dry and a touch of pineapple fruit but with underlying vanilla flavor.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a slightly sweet, mild fruity, oaky, funky, acidic sour and slightly dry finish.

O: very well done gueuze that had me wanting more. very well worth the try and glad to have had it multiple times now.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Photo of beagle75
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tasting glass.

A: Slighly hazy, medium golden color with no foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright lemon and musty funk are featured, with other qualities such as gruyere and green apples faint but detectable. Other fruit and spice are absent, preserving an authentic cleanliness.

T: Begins dry, with potent tartness, bright fermented grain, and sharp minerality. Yeast funk becomes pronounced into the middle, suggestive of digestive fluid when considered with the sourness. Flavors drop off abruptly into the finish, tasting stale and just a little sweaty.

M: Medium viscosity, syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This wild ale features some authentic lambic qualities, mostly centered around the smell. The flavor profile starts out in agreeable fashion, but flails ineffectively by the midpoint. It seems a little young, and time to condition fully may alleviate the textural issues.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this and Oude Tart side by side

A-Cloudy bright yellow-orange one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Some funk, lemons, oak

T-Good deal of sour, not as sour as Oude Tart. Lemon and grass as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and very smooth.

O-Improves as it warms,a good beer. Not worth the price tag for a bottle, but still a good beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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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