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Rueuze | The Bruery

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
1,393
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.36%
 
 
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102
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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 1,393
Photo of Catracho5
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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Photo of upton7418
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle to snifter 2014 vintage

A- golden straw in color and hazy with a 1/2 finger white head. leaves no lacing. head dissipates quickly

S-strong musty acidic smell with citrus layers very strong lemony smell.

T- very citrus tastes with a strong lemony taste as the primary flavor. it's is def. sour and enjoyable. light sour patch kids taste going on with this beer. As it warms up a staw/hay like taste develops at the back end.

M-light body with decent carbonation.

Overall this is a very good sour beer. I would def buy this again but not regularly. I am not sure how much everyone else paid but I paid $20 for 1 bottle. It's a bit steep in price but very good. A once a year purchase when you can find it.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015-03-06
750ml bottle split between a pair of tulips. Oddly, this beer is audible. At roughly arm's length, I can hear it crackling as the carbonation bubbles up and pops. This is new to me.

Pours hazy with little head. Moderate amount of carbonation. Smell is lemony sour, a little candy sweetness. Something decidedly sweet-tarty about it.

Taste is shockingly sour. It sent me reeling and elicited curses of surprise. After a small period of adjustment, it's still quite sour, but not shocking. Flavor brings to mind unripe light colored fruit -- not sure exactly what, though. Maybe actually peaches.

Mouthfeel is very dry, somewhat gritty. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Pours gold with slight orange hue. Low carbonation with 1/4 finger head that dissipates immediately.

Aroma yields baking soda, vinegar, funk, and lemon.

The tartness of this beer is actually pleasant. I get a nice sharp lemony-citrus flavor immediately, followed by a little vinegar. Then i get that baking soda and a finish of funkiness. Not enough carbonation for me.

I will admit, I'm definitely a sour beer drinker, and I picked this one up on a whim. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I have had other sours with this baking soda like flavor, which I'm not a fan of, but the other flavors of this beer are actually pretty good. I pair this with chicken Picatta. It gets an 85 from me which is great for a sour!

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Photo of ajm5108
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of grass / hay on the nose along with the expected stinging citric and a very distant tart vinegar, taste is strong on the dry citrus, doesn't pop upfront with the tart /sourness...it is present, but not overwhelming. Mostly lemon tart. Finishes with some latent acidity, similar to Duchess but not as lingering.

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Photo of cheers_chick
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A delightfully sour punch in the face. Those who can take the hit and enjoy tart lambics will relish the complexity of funky farmhouse meeting green apple. Too tart for my taste but a well crafted beer none the less.

Video Review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJE_UkeUPLw

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

The beer pours a very light and white bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear medium gold. In fact, with the carbonation, it almost looks like a gold sparkling.

The beer smell is both fruity and funky. The fruit notes are sweet, not artificially sweet, and resemble strawberry, a bit of peach, and slight raspberry notes. The smell is also very tarty and resembles more cherry tartness than granny smith tartness. The beer also has a musty, earthy funk smell mixing with the other notes as well. The note is pretty earthy and contrasts well with the sweeter notes while complementing the tart notes very well. At colder temps, the beer has a slight whiff of vanilla from the barrels.

The beer taste is fairly tart and acidic. The tart taste is more granny smith than cherry but also a citrus note that appears to have lemon and grapefruit notes. The funk is still in thee but it's a bit more subtle and gets lost in the other notes. The funk imparts the same earthiness and must notes from the smell. The lingering aftertaste is a bit tarty with some sweet fruit flavor. There is also a slight vanilla flavor.

The beer is medium bodied with a nice crisp feel from the carbonation. The beer is smooth with a dry finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer and worth having at least once. The beer is a bit tarty and may not be for everyone, but this is definitely a must have for tart fans. I've never had a gueuze before the style seems to be pretty good and I'm glad The Bruery is taking chances with old and rare styles such as this.

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

Light musty funk with big tart character in aroma.

Flavor is very citric and lactic, pretty tart! Definitely not a starter sour. Barrel doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy orange-yellow, thin bubbly head. Aroma of acidic lemon, sourdough, dirty funk. Taste followed the nose pretty much, lemon, grapefruit rind, yogurt, malt vinegar, oak, Sprite, moderately sour, but more in an acetic way. I don't know, just kind of messy and unbalanced.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap

A- pours a clear golden orange color with a creamy white head that retains nicely long after the pour

S- dried hay and lemon peel with some earthy funk aroma, barnyard, grass, spicy rye

T- lots of fruity notes up front with hints of pear, green apple, lemon peel and peach. Big tart puckering notes of sour grapes kick in mid-palate, leading to a bone dry earthy and sour finish

M- medium my body with light carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp bone dry finish

O-probably the best American made gueuze that I've had, definitely worth a try

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Photo of srandycarter
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Only slightly murky copper, not much head, not much lace. Still looks pretty inviting.

S - Tart apples and malt.

T - Low malt, BIG tartness, very clean at end.

M - Medium to light body, good carb and balance. Nice tangy dry finish.

D - Great beer. I like it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/31/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong esters, sour fruit and very light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a huge burst of sourness along with some tart fruit flavors, esters and a very light malt character. There’s a very good balance for a beer with such a strong sourness to it. The after-taste is tart.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink when you want a nice sour bomb.

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

bracingly tart offering from the bruery. rueuze provides a blend of barnyard hay and lemon on the nose, with pleasantly sharp acidity as the brew hits the tongue. carbonation is light, and what bubbles there are tiny and vinous.no head what so all. long finish that brings out more of the rustic side and the oak of this blended sour ale. would pair nicely with offensively pungent washed rind cheeses like epoisses or ardrahan.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour at a tasting. Light straw body. Sourdough aroma. Taste sort of like a granny smith apple. Just starting to like these tart beers. This one was pretty good.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2013 Edition, looks like the bottling date is 09/10/13. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like apricots, funk, vinegar, green apples, hay and some lemon peel. The taste is nice too, with apricot, funk, green apple, bready/grainy malt, hay, vinegar, lemon peel, and earthy flavors all noticeable. It's nice and tart! Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing and has a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, certainly wouldn't mind buying more of this in the future.

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Photo of travolta
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Appearance: Hazy straw/gold. Very minimal retention and lacing.

Nose: White wine, vinegar, some white crackers, and yeast.

Taste: Yeast, pineapple, some green apple, and plenty of tart.

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Photo of TWITA
4/5  rDev -1.5%

750 ml bottle dated 7/16/14
White wine and funk aromas, tartness, slight vinegar.
Aggressive pour one finger head dissipates at the speed of light.
Taste is mouth puckering, but not as acetic as the aroma indicates. The sourness lingers pleasantly.
Overall, very nice blond sour, should I say gueuze, sessionable at 6% ABV.

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Photo of doremite
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Gueze like for sure. Found this to be very balanced and appropriately tart. Clean and dare I say sessionable for the style. I was surprised by this one.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.72/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Orange. Clear. A few large bubbles.

Smell - Acetic. A little lemony. Monotonic aroma.

Taste - Puckering sourness, not as acetic. More woody. Very lemony. Not so pleasant sourness lingers.

Mouthfeel - Sour, not as intense as some other Bruery sours, but strong. Low carbonation and kinda slick.

Overall - Not very good. Nothing resembling a gueuze. I realize it's their "take," but I was hoping for some of the positive characteristics.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$20 750ml that was on sale for $16, so I picked it up... what better time to try a Bruery beer for the first time than when it's on sale? Bottled about eleven months ago on 9/13/13 I believe. *My FIRST Gueuze*

Appearance: A somewhat hazy orange with no head about 20 seconds after the pour. Nothing to get excited about, but I do like the color of it.

Smell: Funky. I've had some sour beer, and although this beer probably doesn't exactly qualify as one, it has a lot of that same aroma. Majorly funky and sour smelling with some wet trunk, hay, and a wallop of overly ripe citrus. Man I love the smell of beers like this... strange as hell, in my opinion, but compelling as can be. Excellent... though I don't have any specific Gueuzes to compare this to.

Taste/feel: The feel is light, but not water light... a perfect consistency for this beer. Carbonation is about moderately prickly and a perfect compliment to the sourness in this beer. Some would call it tart, I'd say this beer is more sour than tart... it'll get your jaws going. The taste is tart for spit second, then sour enough to make your mouth water mid-sip, and then ends tart again. Super dry finish, like a vinegar vacuum -- yeah, I know that's not a thing, bear with me. I'd even go as far as saying the end of this beer is salty. I'm not getting an insane amount of depth of flavor that I'd expect in a beer that retails at about $20, but what's there is delicious. I get trunk funk and that puckering citrus character with bits of yeasty esters or something like that, but there's not much else there -- I suppose a grape-like quality as it warms up a tick. The oak character from this beer is very, very mild, and I doubt I'd think it was aged in barrels in a blind tasting. I guess I'd like a bit more of a lingering flavor with the tartness as well, but since I don't have any other from the style to compare this to, I can't tell if this is considered normal or not. On some sips I do get a very faint biscuity malt flavor at the end, but it's subtle, and I don't get it consistently for some reason.

This is a fabulous beer, but I'm throwing it "just" a four overall because the normal price of this beer is pretty high at $20 -- The Bruery's high prices are what took me so long to try one in the first place. I'd try more beers from them for sure, but as good as this one is, I couldn't see myself spending $20 for a 750ml of it. Would be curious to see what this beer does with a couple or three years of age on it.

If you can afford it, go for it... especially if you're fortunate enough to see it on sale like I did.

EDIT: As if this review wasn't long enough, I just wanted to say I'm bumping the taste and overall rating by a quarter point. This beer truly is phenomenal, and one I could drink until my tongue dries out. I just can't get enough of it. Every sip is as good as the first. I'll likely be back to adjust some scores as I drink more from the style, but right now, this beer is tasting absolutely unbelievably awesome.

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Rueuze from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.
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