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Review of Rivertown Ville de Rivere Geuze (2011)

20 Sep

How’s it going guys?  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Ville de Rivere Geuze (2011) produced by the Rivertown Brewing Company located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

I’ve only had the opportunity to try a couple of brews from Rivertown and they have been solid enough, so I’m hoping that this brew holds true to my previous experiences.

Let’s get to the website, rivertownbrewery.com, and see what we can find out about this beverage.

Malt Beverage Aged in Oak Wine Barrels

– Available in 750ml bottle only, released once yearly in October. A blend of our 8 month old and 3 year old lambic beers. A prized possession – dry, spritzy, sweet and sour, vinous and earthy.

Ok.  Let’s get at it!!!

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This beer came in a 25.4 oz. bottle and at 6.4% ABV.

It poured a hazy, orange color.  The head was white, but rather small even with an extremely aggressive pour.  It hardly had any retention time or lacing.  Very flat to be truthful.

The nose released a decent bit of sourness.  It fell along the lines of lemon citrus, white grape and green apple. A subtle amount of woodiness and a minor amount of musty hay and funk were discovered as well.  Overall, I felt that the aroma was just a touch underscored.  I would have liked for it to have a little more punch.

The flavor discharged an ok amount of sourness and acidity.  Again, mostly lemony and white wine like grapes. It also had a slight grassy savor.  The woodiness was decent enough, but the funk was rather weak.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, semi-sharp, but mostly smooth.  The carbonation fell to the low side, yet an ok amount of flavor was left behind for me to ponder for a few moments before I took another sip.

Well, this was an ok beer i guess.  Truthfully though, I was a bit disappointed.  It was just too mellow for me, especially with a beer of this style.  It may just have been past its prime or something.  Coupled with the fact that it was incredibly flat.  The drinkability was pretty good though.  I had no trouble finishing the whole bottle by myself.  I’d really like to find a fresh bottle and see how it is.  Either way, if you guys have the opportunity to try the Rivertown Ville de Rivere Geuze…. let me know what you think.  I’d be interested in hearing another opinion.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.35 out of 5

Grade:  B-

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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Country: USA, Rivertown

 

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