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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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(From the label) "Ville De Rivere Geuze is a wonderful blend of one year old and three year old sour lambic beer. Following the blend the beer is allowed to mature in the bottle for up to six months. The result is a beautifully well rounded ale: Dry, cidery, musty, vinous, and sour."


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2633) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Tasted on 7/5/13 from a capped 750mL bottle purchased at Midtown. Pours clear, light orange with a very thin white head that quickly disappears leaving no lace. The nose is close to classic Gueuze, with plenty of vinous and citrus sourness, a touch of oak vanilla, a bit of candied orange zest, and a bit of cereal malt aroma. The flavor is pleasantly sour with citrus, a vinous vinegar note, the same touch of vanilla from the nose, and a bit more of a cereal malt note than I have ever tasted in a Gueuze style beer. The body is medium with a bit of a sticky texture, very light carbonation, and a long cereal malt and sour citrus finish.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quick3Beers (949) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Pours a nice clear amber from a bottle, aroma of a nice tart apple cider vinegar, musty basement in a good way. Very tart and musty in the best possible way. Very good beer, might have to buy another bottle to throw in the cellar and forget for a while, see what happens.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3434) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle from a trade like 3 years ago. Lots of funky cheese and spice and pepper and earthy dirtiness. One of the better funky American beers I’ve had in a while. Some fruit, lemon. Banana and baked bread. Really entertaining. I have learned to leave a Brett beer for a couple of years. Does wonders for the complexity. Same here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4210) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
Style et résumé: Tentative tout de même réussi de gueuze.
Comment: EBF 2016.
Portrait: Un liquide dorée trouble avec une mousse blanche. Un nez de bois, de sauvage, de cidre et de citron. Une bouche acide avec de légères notes médicamenteuses qui ne compromettent en rien la qualité intrinsèque de cette bière qui aurait dû s’appeler Ville de Rivière au lieu de Rivere .
Note: 7+/10

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2016
Cloudy orange, nice white head. Smells of lemon and cold steel. Very lemony flavor, with notes of vinegar and dust. dry finish. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2016
Draft pours golden with a white head. Aroma of oak, sour and funky. Taste is delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Draught at EBF, 2/5/15.
Forgot to ask the vintage of this particular blend, but it seemed very young, so I assume it to be a recent batch. They do indeed blend a one and three year sour ale and, as far as the owner/brewer? said, do expose it to ambient yeasts in the brewery. Did not want to come across fanatical, so I didn’t ask if they do a turbid mash...
Anyhow, the beer pours a gently hazy, soft-goldenrod/bronze color with gentle carbonation and a large white head that slowly fades to cover.
In the nose there is a good deal of oak/wood and light lactic acid mixing with brighter, fruitier brett acids. Light band-aid, limeskin and a fair amount of cereal and honey-like malts in the background. Doesn’t have the deep, intense funk of stuff like Cantillon or some of 3F’s weirder lambics, but smells entirely enjoyable, nonetheless, with no diacetyl or strong acetic component (nor is it over-oaked or boozy).
When drinking lambics, I can’t help but immediately compare it to the best stuff out there, and while this has some shortcomings, namely no real heavy horseblanket, no strong lactic component and a bit too much sweetness, it doesn’t skimp on bright acidity mostly in the form of brett and cider-like flavors. The oak/wood character is done well too, adding noticeable tannin and oaky character but not going overboard on it. Strong, tight carbonation helps add to drinkability and despite 6.4% being a bit higher than average for a gueuze, it doesn’t seem to succumb to the looseness that the higher alcohol often creates in the body.
In the end, yes, it’s still closer to an American sour ale/wild ale, but for comparison’s sake, I liked this about as much or more than Resurgam, though they both are a bit too sweet, overall and just don’t have the profound flavor profile and developed funk that the real stuff has.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5091) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2016
Terre, poussière, citron et cidre et chêne tissent les arômes et les saveurs de cette bière qui est davantage une sour/wild ale qu’une gueuze. Enfin, selon mon expérience avec le style. Anyway, pas mauvais du tout, plutôt facile à boire avec cette pointe de douceur et cette lichette épicée. Content de mon choix car cela aurait pu être catastrophique au cube.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (3802) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle share Hazy pale golden Nice sour acidic aroma light pale mild sour wheaty flavors. Soft and almost watery

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (3943) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle share thanks to Jeff. Very fruity, light, not too fizzy. Could use a bit more body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (5995) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2016
22oz bottle thanks to Jeff. pours out a crisp golden topped with a small head. nose is light fruit notes funk and some gueze notes. Taste is more of the funky barnyard and some pucker.


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