Ville De Rivere Geuze
Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #45
Ranked #24,857
3.81 | pDev: 17.59%
Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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Notes: A blend of Rivertown's one and three year old wine-barrel-aged lambics allowed to further age in the bottle for up to six months. The result is dry, cedary, musty, vinuous, and sour.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.79/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really surprised on the rating on this one. This was the first beer I had a second pour of at FOBAB and a couple more after that. I loved every dimension of this brew.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the first time I knowingly is having a Geuze. It is a blend of Wine Barrel Aged Lambics, which I got via a trade. It was a new experience for me but it was pretty good.

Look: cloudy golden hue with a thin white heat.

Aroma: fruity, lemon, oak.

Taste: It is very tart, lemon, green apple, fruity, oak, wine, some vinegar, overall quite sour, but I like it.

Feel: Light body, a bit fizzy and acidic but not too much.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter appears a clear copper color with white head that is quick to fade.

This smells like mineral water, lemon and apple cider. The taste is tart, earthy, herbal with slight woody character and funky cheese before getting cidery into the finish.

This is light in body with moderate to low carbonation. A little linear but still a decent brew.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz

Pours a very slightly hazy lemon gold, white lacing for a head.

Smells of lemongrass, apple cider vinegar, citrus zest, and coriander.

Flavor is very tart, green apple and white grape over lemon citrus, with a grassy malt undertone and some coriander a woody finish.

Light to medium body with stinging carbonation on the tongue.

Very nice sour, lots of good flavor and aroma. This one is certainly worth trying for fans of sours, not a good entry point for the style though.

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Photo of stevoj
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share thanks to Jeff. Very fruity, light, not too fizzy. Could use a bit more body. Pale golden, small airy head dissipates quickly. More sweet than sour.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm fortunate enough to be trying the 2012 & 2013 side by side. Scores for each are within, above is an average
2013: 750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Hazy light brown with no head (3.5)
S: Sour, citrus and a hint of vinegar (4)
T: Lemon, vinegar, green apple (4)
M: Light-bodied, mouthwatering acidity (4)
O: This isn't flawed, I like all things acidic so I like this though the vinegar is a touch strong compared to everything else. Also as others have mentioned it's lacking expected carbonation (3.75)

2012: 750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Light orange with a one-finger head that quickly settles (4)
S: Green apple, citrus, a hint of vinegar; slightly muted overall (3.75)
T: Matches the nose- mostly green apple, some citrus/vinegar, purer flavors than the 2013 (4)
M: Light-bodied, light carbonation, less acidic than the 2013 (4)
O: Tasty, clean, acidic but not overwhelmingly so. Enjoyable beer, tastes fresh yet I'm sure the age has added complexity (4)

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Photo of Dicers
1.36/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

2013 Vintage

Clearly based on some of the other reviews this batch was very hit or miss. Unfortunately I got a miss. Nose was straight paint thinner poured almost completely still. Taste was nail polish and acetone.

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Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shared (1st Sunday group) large bottle.

Flavor: Moderately tart and mildly bitter. Soft ripe fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation provides a lively feel.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold.

Aroma/Flavor: Solid levels of oak, wine, and fruity funk with moderate acidity (could have used more IMO).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Solid American version.

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Photo of vanburton1
1/5  rDev -73.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

After reading previous reviews, it seems the 2013 vintage is straight-up diarrhea. I have had many brews like all of you, but this is the worst in about 3 years and hundreds of beer. Completely undrinkable and disappointing from this fantastic brewery. As coined in a previous review, my legitimate interpretation of its taste is pickle juice. Going to rinse with a Zombie Dust.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smells like vinegar, tastes like pickle juice. Too hard to drink. First beer in months that was a drain poor. Not representative of what I have had form this brewer. This one definitely not for me

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Photo of HopHead29
1.65/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Okay, so here goes...

2013 edition

Appearance: very pale with low carbonation. (wtf????? it's geuze!!!)

Smell: there are some simple acidic notes, mostly lemon with an off handed cream cheese smell that's less than enjoyable.

Taste: Big acidic notes up front. A little overwhelming. There is an odd sweet character in the background that I can't quite put my finger on, but it makes me gag.

Feel: Again, this didn't seem to be very carbonated which is odd for a geuze.

After having their lambic, this was a real letdown. Not the least bit true to style.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Bob last night. '12 vintage.

This one pours a hazy yellow-ish orange, with a small head, and barely any lacing.

This smells moderately sour, with a bit of oak, some green apple, and some lemon.

This is a pretty good take on a traditional gueuze, but it's not perfect. There's some musty funk, not a whole lot, with some slightly vinegary sourness, and some green apple flavors. It doesn't feel quite as boldly sour as other gueuzes that I've had, but it is a '12 vintage, so maybe time has mellowed this one. There's some vague fruitiness, maybe a bit of lemon.

This is medium bodied, with an active amount of carbonation. Fairly drinkable.

A fairly nice rendition here.

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Photo of zimm421
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Updated review. First bottle was off. Replaced and the 2nd is much better!

2013 vintage.

Poured into a tulip. Appears a dark golden color with hints of orange. There is a touch of carbonation with a wisp of lacing left around the edge of the glass.

The nose is slightly sour with hits of green apple, apricots and a touch of mustiness. The taste follows suit. Nicely complex but not quite as sour as I expected. There are good citrus notes, along with green apple and apricots.

The mouthfeel is not overly dry and has some sharpness to it from the acidity and touch of carbonation. Overall, I this is much better the second time around. From the sounds of things, there are quite a few bad bottles from the 2013 vintage floating around. I had one the first time, but the second is spot on. I said I'd revist again if the wrong was corrected, and cheers to Lyndsey at Rivertown for doing so!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apparently this beer was made available again recently, as a recent batch was just shipped to several stores in my area. I picked up a bottle about two weeks ago, which I am drinking right now. This is the 2013 vintage. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy medium golden/copper color with very little foam or signs of carbonation, even when first poured. This is of course pretty typical for this style of beer. Starts out with a harsh, sour aroma with some hints of grape, green apple, and apricot that gives way to a musty, yeasty, funkiness and certainly a hint of oak. Has a moderately sour funky, musty flavor upfront that gives way to the aforementioned fruity flavors of sour green apple, apricot, and grape. This gives way to a vinegary white wine oakyness. Goes down harsh and it gave the back of my mouth and throat a very slight burning sensation on the way down. Has a dry, slightly vanilla-esque aftertaste. Has a crisp and quite smooth, slightly prickly, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. While my experience drinking this style of beer is still fairly limited overall, I feel this beer is probably a good representation of this style. This is not a style of beer I could seem myself drinking pints and pints of on a regular basis, but every now and then I do enjoy a good beer of this style. And this particular beer is certainly a fine representation of this style. Worth a try for sure.


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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2012 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy medium straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass along with some fine particles in suspension and just a hint of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma of moderately sour with light to moderate notes of light fruit (apricots and apple cider) and oak barrels from the aging.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of sourness with some vinous and musty grape notes. That is followed by light flavors of slightly sweet apricots and apple cider but overall it does not take away from the sourness. Light notes of oak from the barrel aging.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish a moderate amount of acidic prickliness.

O: A very nice example (especially one made in the US) of the style - enough sourness to keep sour lovers interested but definitely not overpowering. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of rangerred
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%

Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle. 2011 vintage.

Pours a clear deep gold with tiny, minimal carbonation but enough to leave a small fizzy head. Just a few spots of lacing but it is passable.

Aroma is quite vinous and almost stings the nostrils. Strong notes of barnyard and horse blanket along with a touch of wet hay. Some woody notes and a touch of grape must.

The flavor closely follows the aroma up front. Strong hay and barnyard and very vinous. However the further you get into the drink, the more subtleties begin to show themselves. The wine barrel aging becomes evident with light notes of wood and some grape. A sweet shot of peach comes through that is quickly zapped by a drying, clean finish. Tartness is kept in check but is enough to cleanse the palate as it should.

Overall, this beer is an underrated gem. I never had a fresh sample but I have to believe 3-4 years is the sweet spot. There is incredible depth and one would never guess this beer came from a brewery in an industrial park north of Cincinnati. This is up there with many Belgian examples of the style. Absolutely outstanding.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. Acquired as an extra from Bill, thank you!

A- Pours an orange body with a small white head that reduces quickly to a white ring.

S - woah there! This stuff is funky! Barnyard, leather, sour lactic, grapes, musty, oak, sour lemons, and dare I say it - horse blanket. Very inviting.

T - upfront is a punch in the mouth of sour lemons, white wine, vinegar, sour apple, lactic acid. The follow throw exhibits lots of oaky, leathery, musty, funky notes. The barrel leaves an aftertaste of oak and vanilla.

M- high carbonation , easy drinking light body.

This beer is SO underrated. It is a superb representation of how a gueuse should taste - and the barrel adds complexity and flavor. I can compare this to the better know gueuzes and American wild ales.

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Photo of emerge077
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Thomas for sharing this one!
Served in a small tasting goblet, quick review from notes.

Bright golden orange, sharp clarity, thin wispy foam ring around the edges. The occasional stray rising bubble gives it an inkling of carbonation, though it's nearly still like an unblended lambic. Bad form for a "Geuze" which should be sparkling. It's funny they mix French with the Dutch spelling of Gueze on the label, likely offensive to someone in Belgium.

Aroma is very nice, woody and citric, slight musty funk about it that rings true with authenticity.

Taste has a juicy, lemony citrus quality and bursts with citric acid and musty wet wood. Dry woody finish, gripping and tannic with a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Soft carbonation, it's barely there and ebbs over time, but it's not completely flat. The 3-year-old lambic really adds some complexity and authenticity here, it's vaguely reminiscent of Cantillon Classic Gueuze with less body, funk, and bubbles.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 batch poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a light, rather clear golden color. Little to no haze in the body of the beer. Hardly any head to speak of; just a few bubbles on the top. No lacing. This really does look like apple juice in the glass.

S- Light and subtle fruits at first before moving towards a more traditional tart gueuze scent. Fruity scents are predominantly apple, but also a little bit of lemon in there. A little bit of acetic dryness is towards the end, as well as some light oak character.

T- Starts with a mild tart flavor that is mostly acetic. Fruits play second fiddle to the tartness, but once again, apple and lemon are the fruit flavors. Some dry flavors with a little bit of the oak like in the scent. A little musty towards the end, and the tart, mildly sour flavor lingers for just a little bit.

M- Smooth, but very low levels of carbonation to that for that. Not at all how gueuzes usually feel. This one drinks more like a lighter wheat ale that has no carbonation than a sour.

Overall, I'm fairly disappointed in this beer. Carbonation is no where close to where it should be, so it can't help cover up the lack of a strong sour flavor profile. The fruit flavors are nice, but they never really make the transition into a unique gueuze flavor.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Thin collar, but no head.

Smell - A little acetic. Some lemony aroma. Pale malt. A bit of funk.

Taste - Lemony tartness. Less acetic flavor, but it's still there. Pale malt and some flavors reminiscent of funk.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Decent sour. Not very exciting.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 2/2/13

Shared at a tasting by MbpBugeye (RIP). Thanks Seth.

A) Bright golden yellow with some cloudiness. This must be flat because I could get but a scarce few bubbles even with my best BCBS-blah-blah-variations style pour. Stands to reason there was no head and no lace.

S) Stinky cheese, vinegar, sour vinous notes, damp oak. The aroma is minimal in terms of mustiness. It's pretty good, actually.

T) Sharp, sour brevity. Quite vinous; heavy on the grapes. It's close to drinking slightly musty grape juice. Modest oak notes.

M) The body is light and fairly thin but it's actually not too bad for having essentially no carbonation. Dry, musty finish.

D) Overall, it's a bit on the bright side but I think it's fair enough.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a beer flute

A - It kind of looks like apple juice. There is practically no head.

S - It has a dry, musty cider smell.

T - The taste is tart with a dry finish. It has that cider taste, too.

M - Moderate with virtually no carbonation. My mouth almost puckers from the tartness.

O - It started out rather bland, but the tartness grew. I am partial to it since it is from my home state, and I had to drink Cincinnati beer for the Wild Card game tonight.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale hazy yellowish gold. no head at all. no carbonation either.

S: Rotten peach, very funky. a hint of crisp apple. lemon. sour and very acidic.

T: Sour acidic funky kick in the tastebuds. Tart. ripe green apple. funk. lots of bright abrasive citrus. sweet honey and a musty finish. a bit like cider.

M: No carbonation at all. very light.

O: Very nice. a pleasant easy drinker. i would have liked a little more complexity and a little more carbonation. /85

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rivertown Ville de Rivere Gueze

Pours with no carbonation, okay minimal white head glowing orange golden body clouded to apricot tones. I'm over the carbonation issue aroma is cider like tart yogurt like zing with mellow citrus earthy funk laden wild yeast notes. Tart white grapes citrus peel like zing with long lasting waves of sour lactic notes however its really enjoyable and easy to drink that's if you enjoy sours. I'm shocked how this Cincinnati based brewer is churning out sours, this is dated 2011 I also have a lambic dated 2012. Such a nice change of pace their regular offerings are mediocre but this shows promise, although I may be chasing this with a Pepcid. Medium bodied almost absent carbonation finishes bone dry like some white wines or ciders. I have nothing but good things to say about this gueze pretty damn authentic flavor someone has been inspired by Belgian brewing traditions!

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Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 163 ratings