Bruery Terreux

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Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #17
Ranked #1,601
4.2 | pDev: 8.33%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Notes: Our take on a gueuze-style ale, this intensely tart and funky beer combines three different vintages of our barrel aged sour blonde ale.
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With one foot in California and the other in Brussels, the Bruery Terreux leg of The Bruery does the difficult. They make a traditionally styled sour, oak barrel aged beer with all the spontaneity, rusticity, refinement and charm as the class gueuze of the Zenne Valley.

Much like the originals, Rueuze pours with a teeming effervescence that erupts from the onset of the pour like a fine but hazy chrome champagne. Carrying a loose but withstanding foam stance, A peppery, tart, perfumy and fruity scent teases the nose with notions of white wine, curing cheeses, attic-like conditions and cellar cork. Slim on sweetness, the beer's maltiness is arid, bready and as thin as wafers early on the palate.

With the bubbles bursting on the nucleation cites of the tongue, the malts are lifted form the tastebuds and the ale is ushered into a fast and fleeting finish. But first, its impressions of fruit come with the dried peels and rinds of grapefruit, orange, pear, apricot, grape and apple. Shifting quickly to a spice forward balance, its late taste is of peppercorn, brine, oak, wine and hay. All this swirls around a striking sourness of cidery, white wine and lactic variety.

Light in body, The beer is strikingly similar to the younger brands of Brewery Boon in that their brazen sourness is young, youthful and wiley, in contrast to the earthen, leathery and refined sourness of extended age version. A quick aftertaste with a wafting array of woods and pepper in the retro-olfactory senses gives the beer a comforting charm suitable for a bottle share with mussels and abbey-styled wash rind cheeses.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: hazy amber with a short-lived fizzy white cap

S: tart, fruity smell

T: Lemonade tart with an earthy funkiness and a slight cider-like quality and a mild oakiness on the finish.

F: Medium light body, effervescent, tart, dry

O: A very pleasant, tart, refreshing summer time beer

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage bottle

White head. Golden orange color. Surprisingly this doesn’t suck. Maybe a bit too much citrus or tartness, but it has some nice flavors. Lemon, grapefruit, oak, peaches. Pretty sour, but I was able to enjoy most of the bottle.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. 2015 vintage.
Slightly cloudy deep gold colored body, with a tint of apricot. Each pour leaves behind a slight fizzy white head that retreats, leaving a few spots of bubbles on the surface. No lacing.
Sour aroma, with woody oak. The fruit smells are lemon and apricot.
Taste is quite sour, which leads to a very dry and quick end note. Fruit flavors of lemon, green apple, and apricot. Also has the flavor of the oak barrel. The funk is minimal.
Medium mouth feel, and produces inner cheek and jaw muscle clenching. Small touch of fizziness on the tongue. Good carbonation.
Straight forward sour ale with fruity and oak components, lacking a strong funk expression.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the money to style which I guess would take some doing... Only deviations?? Quite full bodied and not sharp sharp taste especially the aftertaste and yes there are apricots rather than lemons in the mix as others have noted.
Very very solid tho!

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Photo of Taybeh
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle into a Town Hall tulip, this looks enticing...1 finger tight white head that subsides fairly quickly, on top of a glowering slightly hazy apricot-reddish body. The nose is great: white wine grapes, green tart apple, lemon, apricot, and some sweet hay, and the taste carries all of these forward. Body and feel is in the middle in terms of carbonation...I'm not crazy about the finish, which is a little sticky sweet candy-like, and not quite as dry as I was hoping for, but all in all, this is very tasty.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip. no freshness dating that I could find.

attractive pale orange body. initially there is a large white head which dissipates to a ring and covering. There is a good stream of carbonation leading to bubbles popping on the surface.

This beer manages to smell tart. A little sharpness, some fruit, and a faint earthiness to it, just as the bottle describes.

Soft in the mouth, mildly funky, and only a faint suggestion of the oak. a little apple. mellow tartness dries out the mouth. nice beer. later in the drink, there is a light butteriness.

feels close to full on the mouth, slightly funky, and well tart on the finish.

overall, a nice earthy sour beer with some flavor. Only the second time I've tried this style, and the first from an american brewery.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L) Pours a straw colored, opaque, golden hue with a little bit of head retention and lacing

S) The smell is ripe with stone fruit, in particular, apricot, and other juicy citrus fruits. Very acidic, but nothing that makes the nose too aggressive.

T) The tongue on this brew include a ton of unripe stone-fruit, including apricot, white peach, and even a bit of sour mango. The taste is incredibly tart, yet refreshing.

F ) The mouthfeel on this brew is uncharacteristically full bodied for the style, but I refused to complain. I love a tart and full bodied sour. The carbonation is also perfect for the style.

O) This is an easy recommendation to any sour lovers that can get their hands on this brew. Again, be ready for unripe, tart juice, and lots of stone fruit and citrus, cause this brew really brings it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a lovely copper tickled color with a sly transparency about it. A finger's worth of white foamy head sat atop and mildly slithered off. No lace.
The aroma had a well rounded lemon pulpy to rind-like semi-juicy yet slightly dry with white grapes, green apple, hay, tart grassiness, dried driftwood and a clean earthy character laying down altogether nicely.
The flavor blends the sour to the funk to the sweet "lemon jolly rancher"-esque sort of meshing. A very nice and emphatic lemon crisp to smooth and clean earthy aftertaste. That's a damn nice aftertaste! Probably one of my favorite aftertastes in any beer I ever had.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt a tad under, but no knock on that from me since this is an aged bottle. ABV felt fairly close to what was projected. Holy jolly rancher finish even with the same sort of candy stickiness.
Overall, I super loved this beer as what it is but I honestly don't have enough experience with gueuzes to tell someone how close this is to style. If anything, there wasn't much funk to this beer, I have to admit.

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Photo of kitch
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 750ml bottle, 2016 vintage, bottled on 10th October 2016. Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass.

Appearance: Very lightly cloudy, still see through, golden blonde colour with a just under two finger white head that dissipated quickly to nothing and left behind no lacing.

Aroma: Funky, tart, grape, apple and hay, with hints of oak, vanilla and lemon.

Taste: Funky, barnyard, grape, white grape, apricots, lemon and hay.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: An enjoyable Gueuze. The main thing though was that I was hoping that carbonation would have been much higher than what it was.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle says 2015 on it.

Pours a fairly clear golden color. There was really no head, but a bit of white carbonation bubbles on top . No lacing on the glass.
The nose is tart, and funky. Slight lemon aroma, and also cherries.
Taste - a bit mellow up front. The tart and funk kick in hard on the backside. Tart cherries, and other pleasing tart flavors.
The body is a bit lighter, but the tartness lingers and lingers. It really sticks to the back of my throat, and doesn't let go. Up front, when I take a sip, carbonation goes up and seems to go into my sinuses. Quite pleasing in a way.
Solid well built tart beer that does seem to age well. I'd love to try a fresh one sometime to see how different it is fresh.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was pleasing. Marked as a 2015. While not "intensely tart" it had a nice sourness. It also had hints of fruit and a soft malt base. Funk was mostly in the aroma, but showed mildly and intermittantly in the taste. Oak aging flavors were very much in the background.
Lighter smoother drink with a soft feel.

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Photo of Beejay
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A hazy pale apricot in color with a very small white head that quickly fades.

S: Tart and sour aroma with a lemon zest thing.

T: Tart and acidic with a touch of vinegar, and some lemon zest or lemon grass flavor. Herbal finish, and perhaps a touch of popcorn in the finish.

M: Light and dry with bubbly carbonation.

O: Overall pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chilled for a few months in the fridge; likely no aging occurred, just more of a state of suspended animation.

Golden hue that’s slightly cloudy; neither clear nor turbid. Light head that disappears quickly.

Palate-zapping tartness on the nose - green apple, lemon zest, sour candy - with an underlying funkiness; not much, just a whiff.

Taste is a pleasant, though pronounced, sourness lightened up by a toasted grain malt base and a hint of musty attic. Lacto-tartness zips to the back of the mouth and dances a jig. Not mouth puckering but its got oomph.

Drinks crisp and finishes dry. Lingering tartness on the palate but it’s refreshing and light which lends itself to an enjoyable session.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Yello, clear, with 3 inch head. Medium carbonation.
Smell: Lemon, funk, perfume, and barn yard.
Taste: Lemon, apple, funk, and barn yard.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light
Overall: A good American Geuze from the Bruery.

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Photo of car2052
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml. bottle to wine glass.

A: Hazy golden. 1 in. white head.
S: Sour blueberry, grape, strawberry, and melon. A little dusty, and some key lime.
T: Some citrus and berry in the front of tongue, resembling sweettarts. A moderate tartness takes over the rest of the finish.
M: Medium. Puckering sour finish.
O: Nice sour ale. Got it at a discount, so even better!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Bottle

A: Moderately sour with a light funkiness, overall pretty balanced with lemon and grapefruit like character and a slight oak aroma.

A: Deep gold color, clear, with a moderate white uniform head that quickly fades into a thin ring.

T: Moderately strong sourness with a balanced malt/wheat and funk character. The funk is faint and there is a light oak vanilla quality with a lightly dry finish.

with a bright tartness that is bordering on sour. Lemons. green plum, and sour grapes. I detect faint funk and some wood, even a bit of vanilla.crisp, dry finish

M: Medium light body with moderately light carbonation and light, but pleasing acidity.

O: Tasty; the beer starts off a bit aggressively acidic, but with some cellaring the beer mellow out some of the sharpness, while retaining the fruit, sour character.

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Photo of johnaitchison
4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Spot on. Everything a lambic should be. Barnyard and tart aroma give way to tart sour taste up front. Soon, complex wet-hay and sharp sour in mid palate. Finish is more earthy. Yet, classic high-carbonation levels keep the beer bright and lively and help dry the beer out well. Andrew Bell outdid himself with this. Better than 90% of the Belgian lambics I've had. When I teach the style in the future, this is the beer I'll bring out.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage. Nice initial head leaving ring until done. Smells very funky with that unmistakable Brussels yeast nose. Taste is very sour and earthy, somewhat sweat with dry finish.

Spot on for style and by far the best US Gueuze I've had. Better then many Belguin brands. Worth getting.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle poured into a teku glass. Pours a deep golden color with medium haze and a finger worth of white head that fades quickly. Slightly darker in color than I normally see a Gueuze, but I suppose that happens easily with blended products. Nose is at first sharp and sour, and then a bit funky and grassy. Taste is a tad sweet at first, quickly transitioning to a sharp and earthy tart and funky combo, lingering for a bit on the palate. Feel is light enough in body but substantial for a Gueuze.
This is my first American-made Gueuze from a brewery for which I have loads of respect, and though it's slightly different from other beers I've had of the same style, this one is still a huge success on its own.
All the flavors I expect to find in a Gueuze are there, maturity did it well, with tastes of lactic tartness, wild funky yeast, tannins, but a tad sweet, which caught me off-guard, but if they stuck true to style it'd be blended which could cause a balance/contrast of flavors different from what I'd had in the past. Still, a stellar beer though, for sure.

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Photo of krome
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An almost perfect sour blonde ale. It is very tart, and decently funky. There is not any noticeable salty taste, but it does seem to have a slight undercurrent of saltiness (as a proper gueuze ought to have).

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a nice slightly hazy golden amber appearance with little visible carbonation.
The aroma is big barnyard funk, hay, tart citrus, oak, and peach.
The tastes are tart and funky up front with a big acidic kick. Also has notes of citrus,peach and some oak tannins.
The feel is medium minus with a nice dry finish that lingers with a nice zest on the palate.
Overall this is the first gueuze I've had and I can't wait to try some more examples of the style. Big bracing tartness while not being overpowering.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big funk, fruit, and acid. Overripe tropical fruit. Pear, pineapple. Wet wood and hay. Slightly cheesy, lots of barnyard. Grassy. Tons going on. Definitely authentic smelling.

The palate is aggressively acidic. Definitely acetic acid is present. Not as pleasant as I'd hoped. However, it's not over the top with acetic acid. There's definitely plenty of fruit on the palate, and juicy lactic acid as well. I may be trying to justify me spending the money on this one. There is an interesting salinity on the finish.

Light body, high carbonation. Sharp and almost tannic. Oak is apparent.

I want to like this more. While it is closer to a proper gueuze than many American efforts, it doesn't quite have the finesse I enjoy in the style.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boom. Totally tart sucker punch! If you like gueze this is a definite must as it starts with a tart lemon squeeze but finishes with notes of apricot and peach that really develop on your palette on the 3rd and 4th taste.

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Belgian Gueuzes might be my favourite style of beer. This beer takes that style and cranks it to 11! Big sour lemon, tart peach and apricot sweetness. White wine, some funk and a nice dry finish. Like adding lemon juice to a traditional Lambic, basically. Best 'gueuze' I've had outside of Belgium.

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