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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 isnít 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 isnít 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 doesnít hold up to critical analysis, but is actually fairly enjoyable if you are just drinking it and otherwise distracted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
freeofthoughts (667) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2014
One year old 2013 bottle, pours clear golden with white fizz. Aroma of funk and a little lemony tartness. Nice light vinegar and lemony tart flavor, light Brett with a smooth Belgian golden ale malt, such a delicious beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (2166) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
Pours hazy apricot with low white head. Aroma of apples, grapes, earth, grass, bretta, light funk, wonderful! Taste is big apple tart, grapes, lingering sour finish. Light, very crisp body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (1558) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
Pours hazy apricot with a low white head. Just a fantastic llooking beer! Aromas of funk, farmhouse, citrus, apricot, gooseberry, soil, musky notes. Taste is funk, citrus, gooseberry, farmhouse, sour apple, apricot. Mouthfeel is tart, dry with medium carbonation. Stellar stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (390) - South Gate, California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
P: Hazy golden with a thin head. S: Just oak, apricots, yeast and lime. T: Super pucker-y with some lime notes and yeast. M: Thin and pucker-y and even a bit sticky. O: Impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Hazy golden orange pour with a thin white head. This beer was one of the closest beers I have ever had that tasted like a sweet tart. The powder sugar candy sweetness and back palate tartness worked well together with a decent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (2993) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2014
CLoudy orange pour from 22oz bottle at home. Been looking forward to this one. Pours without much head. Sour, peach, orange, and chalky aroma. Makes your cheeks pucker a bit. Sour apple and fruity aroma. tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (6833) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled via bottle at WTWBA 2014 in Minneapolis. Gold pour with a white head. Funky / hay notes with some soft light fruit. Tart. This was great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (1068) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle share. Cloudy yellow gold. Aroma of young apricot, barnyard funk, cheese. Taste is great sourness. Terrific.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"This is a beer that I wish i could give half points too...I like it a touch better than the GFAR, which i think is the single year of this 3 year blend (at least it tastes that way). Slightly more complexity in this one, green apple, olives, lemon, oak...yet ANOTHER really nice sour from Orange County. Drank a 750 myself and enjoyed every sip.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MacBoost (1353) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2014
First off, this isnít a lambic. Itís an American sour ale. A blend of "sour blond ale(s)"? FFS. I donít give a shit if you blend your inoculated sours, just donít fucken call it lambic, dipass.
Pours a hazy orange with minimal head. Aromas of a pretty standard wheat beer brewed with acidified malt. I would guess that food grade lactic acid is an ingredient in this beer (donít fucken lie, Bruery. You know you added some at some point. The gentle tartness just doesnít seem to be a byproduct of pure lacto bacteria). But Iíd also venture to guess that this was inoculated with Brett, which produced the simple funk after a year or so in the barrel. Yippee. Good for you. You can follow a recipe.
To call this a lambic is to call Mike Tyson white. It just isnít the case. This is a blended American sour, inoculated with bacteria and brett, blended with a few different vintages. Itís mediocre at best. Way over priced. Good thing I got ths fucken bottle for free in a trade, as I would have been very pissed off if I had actually spent money on this sham of a beer. Iím calling for admins to recatogorized this as a sour ale because to call this a "lambic" is a fools errand. Fuck you, Bruery.

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