Dovetail Brewery

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Belgian Gueuze
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4.11 | pDev: 3.65%
Dovetail Brewery
Illinois, United States
Notes: A combination of ten spontaneously fermented barrels that vary in age, up to 3 years, in the tradition of Belgian Gueuze. The aromatics are full-on gueuze from the start, with tart lemons and grapefruit, a mélange of sourdough and expressive funk, just a bit of salinity around the edges, hints of tangerine, and very subtle oaky vanilla from its time in barrels. Flavorwise: Lots of vibrantly tart fresh lemons and assorted citrus, with complex tartness and a toasty underpinning of subtle white pepper and sourdough.
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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally tapped at the brewery...
Glowing saturated orange, ample head of meringue foam, lasting unbroken skim and clinging lace. Citrusy and oaky aromas, lemon acidity, mild stonefruit.

Taste is fruity and acidic, lemon, tropical passionfruit, cider apple, apricot, light tannic bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Medium bodied and effervescent, acidity is moderate and pleasant, puckering and dry finish. Easy to drink 2 in a row. A very nice traditional Gueuze interpretation, balanced and complex. I've tried every spontaneous blend they have released so far, and this is the best one yet.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a light, pale yellow with 1/4 inch fizzy white head that quickly recedes.
S: Nice sour with hints of tart and sweet. Sour citrus and melon, soft honey, sourdough, tart lemon and grapefruit, and hints of vanilla, white pepper, and saline. Nice complexity!
T: Tart lemon and grapefruit, quickly followed by softening vanilla, and then a quick burst of salinity and very young cigar (took me a bit to realize this was the sourdough note; comes across in the taste as a very young cigar to me...weird, but it definitely works!). Soft melon and honey around the edges. With warming, white pepper, lime, and tangerine emerge. Love the complexity!
M: Light body. Sour, but not overly so. Nice tart and funky notes. Light salinity and sweetness. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate. Love how this hits so many notes as it travels across the palate.
D: This one started a little slow, but quickly made up ground! Love the complexity that the blending brings to this brew! Refreshing and an interesting session beer. Drinks as a very fresh gueuze with excellent complexity. Nice surprise!

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy amber with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and lively carbonation. Nose is of barn yard, vinegar, wheat malt and lemon zest. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is of barn yard yeast, wheat malt, lemon zest, wood and some herbal hops. Finish is long and sour. Nice brew

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color. It poured with just a narrow collar of white bubbles around the edge of the glass and lots of wisps of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of barnyard funk are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is very funky with notes of sourness and hints of lemons.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This gueuze has a strong dose of funk in both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 7 ratings