Ville De Rivere Geuze | Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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3.73/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Ohio, United States
rivertownbrewery.com

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

5 IBU

Added by edfish on 11-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,299
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
162
pDev:
17.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
29
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of vanburton1
1/5  rDev -73.2%
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 Dicers
1.36/5  rDev -63.5%
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 anteater
1.57/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got a flat bottle, taste was overly acetic, vinegary.

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Photo of HopHead29
1.65/5  rDev -55.8%
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 DaveHack
1.87/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Horrid. Straight band aid flavored vinegar that has been fished out of the toilet

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Photo of Knapp85
1.96/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Smelled awful, tasted like nail polish, low carb, just not what a true Gueuze should be.

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Photo of Envelopes
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of dheldman
2.03/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Photo of TrackcoachLVPA
2.08/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First beer from the brewery I wasn't impressed with. More like nail polish remover.

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Photo of OrgasmicChemist
2.26/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I don't review often, but I felt with the lack of reviews on this beer I should go ahead and do it. This is an enjoyable beer and can easily be split between two people. This is also a terrible gueuze. It lacks complexity, carbonation, and clarity. A gueuze is the champagne of beer and on most accounts this beer lacks all the qualities one associates with a gueuze. If this beer was branded as an Ohio sour, I would have given it a 3 star rating, but since they are attaching the name gueuze to the beer, it leads to a let down of expectations.

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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Straight nail polish remover. A 2.5 was a gift. BAD!

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
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 chrisroarshack
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of nrbw23
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of acurtis
2.82/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of WillCarrera
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of adroberts01
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ThirstyHrothgar
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.02/5  rDev -19%
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 Bonis
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Seems like Rivertown is hit or miss on the sours. Ojos Negros, Sour Cherry Porter, and Lambic are all excellent. This gueuze is not. It isn't at the level of Pestilence, but it was disappointing. My biggest complaint with this beer was that it had absolutely NO carbonation. It was as flat a beer as I have ever seen come out of a bottle (excluding some of my early day homebrew). As far as I am aware, a gueuze is supposed to have extremely high carbonation, almost champagne-like. The aroma and flavor were right on par with many beers in the same style. Very sour with notes of lemon and sour grapes as well as some must. Dry and tart. It was just very dull and bland. The lack of carbonation really hurts this beer. I would pick it up if I saw it from a new batch just to see how it is with carbonation.

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Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
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 DavoleBomb
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip. I had always thought of Rivertown as that local brewery that doesn't really care much about beer. Perhaps I was wrong or perhaps some internal changes were made in the last couple years. Anyway, here we have my second wild ale from them. The first one was very good, so I'm leaning toward expecting something from this one too.

2.0 A: Hmmm. This gueuze is awfully low in carbonation. The cap came off very easily, so it's possible it was never put on properly. Anyway, well hazed dark yellow color. Just about a quarter finger of head formed from an aggressive pour and it fell almost immediately.

3.5 S: This probably has a lot to do with the carbonation level not being adequate, but the nose on this is weaker than I'd like. Still, it's pretty good. Plenty of acidity that leans toward acetic. Fresh outdoors funkiness a la running stream and leafy woods. Also some basement/sweat sock funk in there as well.

3.5 T: The taste is also good, but it is just a bit shallow. Lemony acetic vibes with tangy lactic acid, apple fruitiness, and the funks mentioned in the nose.

2.0 M: Lighter medium body. Barely any carbonation. Dead, lifeless mouthfeel. Sad.

3.25 D: I have no doubts that this was a good beer when it went into the bottle. Too bad the technical aspects fucked it up. The reason for this not having the proper carbonation doesn't matter. This is how I bought it so this is how it is reviewed. I haven't heard about this being much of a problem, so pick it up if you see it.

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Photo of Magery
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 162 ratings
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