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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Rueuze is our take on the traditional Belgian-style blend of lambics of different ages.  We carefully select a number of oak barrels from our warehouse that have been aging our sour blonde ale. this is one complex beer.  Notes of hay, barnyard funk, apricots, and even olives play wonderfully with the balanced acidity.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one finger thick, somewhat large bubbled, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright yellow / gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lactic acid, urea, spicy / woody oak, vanillin, light notes of cider and pears, and touches of straw and pale malt. The nose isn’t overly complex, and in fact seems to die out after you start to drink this beer.

Bitingly sour, with an almost bracing edge to it; the beer is solidly lactic in its acidity and there is a lot of pucker accentuating oak tannins, especially in the finish, as well as a lightly effervescent carbonation. Flavors of yogurt acidity, woody mushroom musty notes, a rounded pale malt character (straw, touches of pale wheat crackers, and a hint of bread like character), touches of urea, . The body has a lactic slickness to it, as well as some woody / tannic structure, but is light and quaffable, at least if you like sour beers. The sourness here is quite nice, it has the sourness of a good Gueuze, though isn’t as hard as the most sour Lambics. There is an almost nutty quality to this from the intersection of oak and malt character; though this is certainly not like the toasted / roasted nuttiness that is often found in other beers. This beer is bone dry, even more so than many a Lambic actually; really it seems to not quite have the malt / grain complexity that a traditional Lambic has, as the grain character is pretty subdued here, though it does become more noticeable as the beer warms up.

This is a bit too clean to be considered a classic Gueuze; it has the bracing sourness, but lacks the funky complexity of a truly great example of the style, and it could certainly use a more lively carbonation. Having said that, this is far better than I was expecting; hopefully this will be a yearly offering, and I will be curious to see if this is continued to be dialed in. Hard enough for my stomach to recognize the acidity, but seems to avoid the acetic acid flaws that can sometimes be found in Lambics or other sours. A beer that doesn’t hold up to critical analysis, but is actually fairly enjoyable if you are just drinking it and otherwise distracted.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (3459) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Tap. Golden with minimal head. Tart with some fruitiness. Peach, pear and lemon. Complex flavors. Only flaw is a slight aftertaste that reminds me of splenda.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (1914) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle poured into a tulip. Clear golden with small off-white head. Aroma is tart, medium body, low carbonation, and pretty good medium-size bubble lacing. Taste is tart, fruity, some cheese, and some funk. Good gueuze.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle pours burnt gold with a whispy white head that quickly fades. Lots of bright fruit and even more funk. Aroma shows lemon, leather, oak, vanilla, and cheese. Flavor is a good mix of citrus, underripe stonefruit, bretty funk, and oak. Overall body is moderate and the finish is dry/acidic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1047) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Pours light orange with a one finger white head with pretty nice lacing. Aroma is of sour fruits, wet hay, vinegar, barnyard funk, goose berries, and apricots. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Has a medium body with a bone dry, sour, long, lingering finish. Overall, a tasty, complex sour ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (6153) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2015
75 cl bottle vintage 2013 @ tiong. Bottle(?) #00835?3, bottled 26.08.2013
Aroma has leathery apples, orange, strong bretta notes and grapefruit. Also lots of gooseberry bush leaves. Flavour has urinal, citron juice, some urinal tones, grapefruit and orange. Also gastric acid in the background. Not your typical gueuze.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4079) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2015
750ml bottle from Bierkompass

2013 vintage, bottled 08/2013(?) - Pours orange with a smooth white head. Aroma of oak, apricot, tart berries, sourness, hints of wood, vanilla and funky yeast. Taste is sour, woody and oaky with notes of apricot, tart berries and lactic notes. Finish is sour and tart with notes of berries, apricot, barnyard and oak. Quite aggressive in its sourness, but not very lambic-like and certainly nowhere near a real gueuze.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aholmb1 (132) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Appearance: translucent orange color, slight white head poured from bottle Aroma: sour grape apricot Taste: sour taste and tart with hints of grape Palette: light and tannins left on tongue Overall: this is a great sour and very recommended ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6752) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, hazy orange pour with thin fizzy white head,that dissipates, aroma brought notes of funk, grass, cheese,lacto, tart lemon, hints of earth, some biscuit. Taste is tart lemon, funk,cheese, some slight white fruit, touch of earth, biscuit, finishing tart, dry. Not bad!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3871) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy light brownish color with a rather small whitish head on there. Nose is very sour with some citrus elements coming off this one. Taste is also quite sour and pretty dry, which makes you pucker. Not heavy on the fruit, which I like.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (2017) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4 ounce pour on draft at ChurchKey. Hazy yellow with off-white ring. Aromas of stone fruit, vinegar, floral notes. Tastes of tart notes, acidic notes, vinegar, stone fruit, oak, lemons. Medium body with a dry finish. Low carbonation. Very nice.


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