Gueuze (Hout Series) | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by seaoflament on 10-26-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 13
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of MasterSki
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Someone from Ballast Point brought a bottle of this to Gourmet Haus Stadt last night. Thanks to whomever you were. Served in a small snifter.

A - A half-finger of white foam settled to a thin collar, with some wisps on top, but minimal lace. The body was a murky orange color, but I got a pour from near the bottom of the bottle.

S - Vanilla, tart apples, cider vinegar, some lightly musky, sweaty horse, a touch of lemon. Mild lactic sourness, with more bretty funk flavors.

T - Taste is quite similar with green apple skins, lemon, and sour grape. Mild oak and vanilla, mild lactic acidity, but moderate acetobacter presence.

M - Super dry, medium body, with lower carbonation, and some tannic oakiness, and mid-level acidity. Could use a tad more spritz, but otherwise quite pleasant.

D - A very nice beer. Probably more in the American Wild tradition - it's got some of the acetic character of Lost Abbey's wild beers and a bit less complexity than the best gueuzes. Still, highly drinkable and well done. It's a shame Ballast Point doesn't or can't make more of this stuff.

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone Sour Fest. Pours a hazy tangerine/marigold color with almost no carbonation. Nose is of lemon verbena and mild funk with an amazing cedar wood quality. Taste is a SMACK punch. This is what I wanted. Tart and somewhat cheesy with a puckering zest. Mouthfeel is sour and dry. Overall, my favorite of the day. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden/yellow color with a sturdy white head and some mild lacing.

S: Not quite as intensely tart and funky as a traditional gueuze, but good lemon notes, green apple, lots of oak, and a dry, earthy funk quality.

T: The acidity/tartness comes primarily in the form of lemons with a bit of a green quality (apples and grass). The oak is dominant and gives this one a really pronounced dryness and wood flavor.

M: Medium in body with a level of carbonation that might be considered low for a gueuze, but hey it's not exactly the real thing...

D: One of my favorite beers on the day and one that I've wanted to try for quite some time. Very enjoyable, though I would have preferred some more tartness.

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Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased to get to try this at Stone sourfest! Thanks for putting on a great event, Bill.

Pours orange with gold highlights. Crest ofw hite foam. Smells like lemon, some very mild oak notes.

Taste is surprisingly bursting with oak, lemon funk, citrus ... wow, this is a very solid gueuze, and much better than their fruit efforts.

Not overly carbonated, but a decent mouthfeel.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had as part of a tasting at the Ballast Point Brewing Company. Served on tap in a tasting glass.

A-thin ring off white head, reddish brown body

S-sour fruit smell, stone fruit

T-muted lemon, fresh berry, fruit pit


D-nice representation of the style. Perfectly complex. I would encourage sour lovers to get.

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Photo of byaeger
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the bar at the Homebrew Mart. I'm not Mr. Sour, but that just means that it takes more than making me pucker to get into a sour beer like a gueuze. I believe I was told it's a blend of 5, 3, and 1 y.o. lambics. Great citric tartness without being pure acid and none of the overboard funkiness that I personally find off-putting. In other words, this isn't hiding from anything. For some reason, it made me want to pair it with angel food cake.

Proof that Ballast Point excels at more than just hop bombs.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mystery keg dug out by a good man for some silly students. The blend was of 3? 4? 15? years of barrels.

A hazy amber with copper tones, a smell of lemon and tart and fruit, a taste of blissful soft sour, stong on taste and light on harshness. This is a truly drinkable gueuze.

If only I could have it everywhere in my mouth, right now.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft @ Ballast Point Linda Vista on 11/9/09 during their "Beer Meets Wood" event. Part of San Diego Beer Week.

Pours a hazy copper, with a thin bubbly white head. Modest retention at best on this, with not much lacing left behind at all. Pretty normal look for the style. The aroma is more tart than sour, with musty yeast and deep woody edge to it. I'm getting just a touch of lactic notes with this, with most of the body of the nose coming from tart citric character, not unlike grapefruit juice.

The taste is similar, with even more tartness, but this is also a bit more acidic than the aroma was. Nice brightness to the fruit flavors here (lemon, grapefruit, orange rind), with a ton of dry wood notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lower carbonated feel, which gives this an oily and slick feel in the mouth. The intense tartness and dryness give this a certain amount of crispness and refreshment though, despite the initial heavier presence on the palate.

Just the right amount of tartness, sourness, and funk, with a surprisingly refreshing touch, this is one of the best American-made Guezes that I've run across. It was a pleasure to be able to try this.

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Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Ballast Point.

Standard hazy amber gueuze color. It was poured with very little head, though swirling brings to life a short-lived white cap. The aroma is musty and tart, very sharp with stinging lactic sourness and some light vinegar. This reminds me quite a bit of Russian River's Beatification. Only slightly funky, this is heavy on the lacto and pedio and fairly light on the brett. There's a bit of stonefruit buried beneath the sourness. The taste is sour stonefruit, Parmesan cheese funkiness and mouthwatering lemon-like acidity. Filling and intense. It finishes woody, tannic and fruity, with bracing acidity that you can feel burning holes in your innards as it goes down. Simply an awesome beer, I'd love to try this again.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed on 10/2/2009 at Downtown Johnny Brown's 22nd Anniversary Party in a small wine glass. Thanks to Todd for pouring me some of this gem. The beer is hazy straw golden with a one finger white head.

I'm immediately greeted by lemon, orange, and peach. Strong lactic sourness and lesser Brett character are present, as well as a distinct earthy quality. The Brett imparts horse blanket, goaty, cheese, and musty barnyard aromas.

The beer opens up with a high level of lactic sourness that is accompanied by lemon rind and orange peel. A moderate level of acidity is present, and sourness is strong throughout. Brett provides blue cheese flavor, as well as horse blanket and musty notes. The combination of citrus, lactic notes, and Brett character is outstanding in this beer. It finishes with tart and acidic citrus (lemon and orange) and a strong lactic sourness that lingers.

The beer is light bodied with a high moderate level of carbonation. Outstanding stuff, I cannot say enough about it.

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Photo of WeeObese
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the SD Brewers Guild Fest.

I had two tasters and went back for a third but the keg had already blown. This was all from memory.

Appearance was golden hay colored, slightly hazy with a small white head.

Smell is sour, tart, lemony, funk (burnt rubber/hair).

Taste is amazing. Sour, tart fruit, lemon, unripe plums and apricots, and the funkiness of burnt rubber/hair. The best domestic gueuze I've tasted.

Mouthfeel is perfect for a gueuze, carbonation is spot on.

Drinkability. I love sours and could drink this beer alone all night. My girlfriend had about four of these and wanted more but they ran out. Great job BP, now just bottle it!

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Photo of Floydster
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had four five ounce tasters at Ballast Point's 12th Anniversary Party, reviewed from notes, I got in line for more and the keg had already blew after about thirty minutes

A-Bright yellow color with dark orange highlights, 1/2 inch white foamy head that stayed around for a little bit, decent retention, nice lacing
S-Along the lines of dirty gym socks as far as the funk goes, lots of underlying citrus including a big orange and lemon presence, starwberries, tangerines, and other acidic fruits, smell was great
T-From the very beginning, this brew had awesome tart flavors, at first it had a big lemon taste, some dryness in the middle mixed with orange peel, berries in the finish with some nice funk, gets slightly sweeter as it warms but remains dry and crisp, the citrus components are great and I really wonder what went into this blend, the lambics had to be a couple years old that made this up, great balance of flavors and everything a gueuze should be
M-Dry, citrusy, leathery, funky, tarty, and sour mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, aggressive level of carbonation and would not have wanted it any other way, taste lingered fantastically
D-Could have used all ten of my tickets on this one and wish I could have, do not the ABV but it could not have been above six percent, light on the stomach, crisp and refreshing, well rounded and flat out good

The line for this beer was incrediblly long consistently and hopefully the people from Ballast Point recognized this and will bottle this stuff, just like Carlos said in his review and at the festival, this was the best American-made gueuze I have ever tasted without question, definitely the big surprise of the day for me, cannot wait to drink again, highly recommended

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Photo of seaoflament
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 3 tasters of this at today's Ballast Point 12th Anniversary Festival, I even lined up for a fourth but by the time I got to the front of the line it was gone.

Clear amber, yellow, color with a thin ring.

The aroma was funky with some sweet malt in the background, lemon, cherries, strawberries, orange zest and an array of citrus fruits. Really fruity and tart on the nose. I was already impressed with this beer just by the aroma itself.

Great sour and tart flavors on the start, lemony on the tongue. A mixture of tart fruits, strawberry in the finish and bitter orange.

Dry and crisp finish...I kept going back for this one and would have easily finished all my tasters with this beer. Straight up the best American made gueuze I have had thus far.

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Gueuze (Hout Series) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 17 ratings