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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3095) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2015
Bottled. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aroma of sour apples, apricot, lemon notes, brett and barnyeard. Slightly sweet flavor that ends up dry and tart. Light to medium bodied, watery texture and soft carbonation. A nice Sour. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4115) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Shared bottle. Pours golden orange with a decent white head. Aroma of citrus, tart fruit, and barnyard. Taste is tart fruit, citrus, barnyard, malt, and wood. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2632) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2015
Bomber. Thanks to mike12da. Strong acidic nose, funk and sour fruit, small citurs, and barnyard. Thin apple juice color. Very tart initial, sour apple, tiny pepper notes, strained and condensed sour fruit through the finish. Thin body, some astringency. Very nice hits of sourness. Hits the gueuze notes more or less. Not overly funky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (7369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle. Nose of grapefruit, vanilla, yogurt, some leather, oak. Hazy orange-gold with lace. Tart, grapefruit flavor, leather, white pepper. Decent level of acidity, funk and barnyard character is a bit light. Lots of citrus. Tart and refreshing. Creamy body. Liked this a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (909) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle. Golden cloudy Body with nearly no White head. Aroma is wine with sour fruits and some wood. Taste is nearly the same but with some caramel malts in the back. Aftertaste is dry with wood and bitterness. Very nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (839) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAY 2, 2015
Sampled from bottle at Craft Bier Fest Wien Tasting Sessions.
Orange, hazy body, with a big, creamy, off-white head.
Aroma is sour, tart, with funk, sour citrus, sour apples, pears, ripe fruits, sour cherries, barrel notes.
Taste is pretty much the same, with some more subtle sweet malt notes.
Medium, slick mouthfeel, with a lively carbonation.
Finishes sour, tart, dry, a bit salty, fruity.

Tasty! Greatly balanced, with a dominant sourness, but never too overpowering, like in other Gueuze beers. Complex, with loads of sour fruit notes and very fresh. One of my favourite Gueuze beers I’ve had so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Werckmeister (703) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAY 2, 2015
at Craft Beer Fest Vienna Tasting Sessions. kindly shared by Saeglopur, light yellow hazy color. small white head. smells sour, funk, some wooden notes, very fruity, light bubbly gum, some sweetness. quite nice smell. medium to full body, bubbly carbonation, full mouthfeel. quite sour taste, light wooden notes, citric, very astringent, funk, some light cherries. rather sour / quite dry finish. decent, liked the smell quite a lot, taste is too sour for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (777) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2015
750mL bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is bright citrus and stone fruits with a bit of oak, a hint of a dirty martini, and a light barnyard funk. It’s a murky straw hue with a soapy white head that has moderate retention and very little lace. The beer is medium high sweet, medium sour, and medium light bitter. The texture is oily and thin with a fizzy carbonation and a medium light body with flavors of pineapple, apricot, and lemon zest as well as a dry oak and light herb touch which strengthens at the finish with a olive tartness. There’s a cloying, lingering aftertaste of under ripe fruit, oak, and olives, but overall, it’s refreshing and relatively clean and crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
umich03jm (2577) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
Tap at Hopcat Detroit. From notes 2 months ago. Mostly clear gold pour with a small foamy head that fades to a ring. Aroma is mostly sour lemons and vinegar with some light hay and grass. Tastes very sour without much flavor really. Lemons, grass, and light barnyard. Not nearly enough funkiness to make it stand out. Very acidic too which I don’t generally enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsandman (582) - New York, USA - APR 13, 2015
Tap @ blind tiger. Pours a hazy golden orange, no head. Aroma is full of lemon, sweet tarts, green apple, mega funk. Flavor is heavy lacto, Brett, heavy sour, basement funk, apples, lemon lime tart. Med body agro sour, harsh sour finish. I dig.

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