Ville De Rivere Geuze | Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
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
Ratings:
161
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
17.52%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
30
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of acurtis
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.6/5  rDev -29.9%
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 kjkinsey
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
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 Knapp85
1.96/5  rDev -47.2%
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 oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and has a bit of fine particles floating in suspension. No carbonation is visible. It poured with wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather sour and has oaky notes of cedar wood from the the barrel aging process along with some hints of fruit.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This is a fine example of the style that has nice sour aromas and flavors but isn't overpowering. The cedar adds to the complexity.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A taste of Belgium makes its way to the greater Cincinnati area with the rustic, earthen, and unmistakable charm of Lambic. This blended gueuze is both sharp and tart, along with mature musty distinctive notes from nose 'til finish.

The pour delivers a spritzy champage-like pour that does more than those sparkling wines- it retains a dainty white foam character that quickly reduces to a skirt along the edge. Golden rod in color, the hazy ale is classic Belgian- even unblended lambic at times.

Cidery aromas rise first, but carry with it complementary notes of sour grapes, crab apple, and more pungent sandalwood aromatics. Musty aged oak, dusty attic aromas, dried lime, sea air, light saddle leather and vinous wine rot are just a few of the complexities that waft over the olfactories with each return to the glass. Even peppery notes of cumin and cinnamon make a vague introduction before trailing off in obscurity.

Dry cracker-like maltiness lay the foundation for moderate sourness to come. Light in sweetness, the dry malt 'beer' character supports the more wine-like notes of apple cider vinegar, chardonnay, and earthen pungent woods that are reminescent of weathered oak and sassafras. Dried limes, lemons, and apples offer an estery and highly tart taste just ahead of its mild peppery rebuttal. Its quick and snappy finish of sea brine and dried oak offers a terse memory before its thirst quenching closure arrives.

Light and refreshing, even to start- the beer jumps right into a racy acidity that probes the taste buds and evokes mouth whetting properties. Its short-lived middle palate leads to a quick and dry finish of light woodish tannin and a pleasant powdery dryness. The quick closure is lightly astringent and palate stripping- suggesting that each taste is just as refreshing as the first.

Where the beer carries a more somber and moderate stride of intensity, the complete ensemble of flavor profiles of gueuze are all alive, well portrayed, and properly balanced- there seems to be a sense that the beer is dialed down with regard to intensity in taste, sourness, strength, dryness, and overall rusticity. It's a fascinating beer that graduates up from the syrupy fruited versions and into the authentic world of sour.

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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.

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 oline73
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a golden hue. There was no head at all on my pour.

Smell: Light, tart, and funky. I'm getting some hay as well as lemon and a yeasty component.

Taste: Light and funky, but not particularly sour. The interesting funky flavors to most of the work here. Citrus tartness here but no real sour vinegar like note. A bit yeasty with a hint of white wine as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This was a very nice beer. The fact that it wasn't super sour made it interesting in my mind. I enjoyed the funky notes. I would have more given the chance.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a light fizzy head covering that fades fairly quickly, no lacing, super hazy wheat orange sun colored, couple of yeast chunks.

Nose is petty nice, it has done tart sour lambic like but a nice balanced smooth blended addition. Hint if lemony funk, sour tart fruit like but light malt too, fresh citrus spritz, light oak barrel too. Light sour funk and vinous musty aroma.

Taste come on with a nice sourness, cidery lambic, with little lemon and grassy funk. Some tart fruit but seems a little light and watery somehow. However, the nice blending of vintages brings a good smooth taste, light vanilla oak, etc. Little vinous and tart acidic bite, little yeasty funk too, sour almost lacto like creamy sour but wild and not too funky. Juicy sourness but still a bit thin. Finish its dry but not too flemmy, nice sour fruit and tartness lingering with acidic and little lemony funk.

Mouth is thinner, decent carb, light acidic bite.

Overall nice but not great. The blending and barrel round out the sour funk well, but overall just a bit too thin.

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Photo of nickfl
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Ville De Rivere Geuze from Rivertown Brewing Co.
3.71 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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