Rueuze

I’ve been drinking various types of sour beers for around 25 years. I’ve also been to Cantilon. Twice. As such, I know sours and and I have an appreciation of these beers. Having said that of late I’ve been ‘feeling’ such beers less and less. That’s the context, on to the beer.

A gentle phhhhhhtt greets the ears on opening, and an aggressive pour produces a marmalade body and some forced, airy, big-bubbled head. Retention and lace are basically absent, but a tiny white color does persist.

Nose has a medium ethanoic acid notes, and the tastes are a similar, mid-sour range. The beer is quite short. Not much aftertastes and not too much lingering either. It’s a very clean beer, with some citrus elements. There is a touch of sour candy in the middle. No alcohol to speak of, and any oak element is pretty restrained. Normally the oak aging with start to bring extra driness to any style, and a Gueuze can be plenty dry even under the best of circumstances, but Rueuze does not really bite hard in that department.

Appropriately carbonated.

It’s a beer that might get better with time I suppose, and maybe in that time it will come together a bit more, bit for me, for now, competent and not much more.

As a rule, I’m not a big fan of the ‘beer with food’ mantra, but with a beer like Rueuze I think there is something to be said for it. I like to pair beer like this with strong, hard cheeses, and this is one of the few cases where I feel a pairing can enhance the beer.

Not very good value.

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01/05/2013
Brewery:
The Bruery
Style:
Gueuze
Format:
bottle
ABV: 5.9 %
Appearance: 4.0
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total:
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