On the Road – Frederick H. by The Bruery Terreux

OK, I know that is a little bit strange to have two brews from the same brewery in a one-two ordering, but I am feeling a little bit wiggy at the moment. Now the last beer, Rueuze from The Bruery, was a combination of sour and blond ale and it overcame all of my trepidations about blond ale. Now I have another beer from The Bruery Terreux again and it literal has blown my mind regarding sours and Berliner Weiss.

Frederick H. is a mix between sour and Berliner Weiss beer and it is excellent!

Now Berliner Weiss has a number of the same issues as blond ale, but it also has a couple that are special to it. One is that is supposed to be light with grapefruit and orange flavor and a light little bit of sour added to it. This can be tricky because unless it is a lot of sour, the sour actually become lost in the mix and it kind of comes out as a something of a fruit beer. The second one is that it is to be served with syrup, which I don’t take akin to because that is making it a sundae. It is beer, for heaven sake, not ice cream!

The Bruery (737 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA 92870
Email: info@thebruery.com Voice: 714-996-MALT(6258) Hours: 830am-5pm Mon-Fri; www.thebruery.com) is an established setting. It has a 4.4% ABV but don’t let it fool you for a minute. Frederick H. is set up as follows:

So, having all of this in mind, I order it. When it comes, it has a nice deep rich color to it, a rich hue, that says all kinds of good things about what will be in the glass. I lean over the glass, get my nose into it and I get a real sharp tart smell. This thing is loaded for bear! And now for the taste…

Tart! Really tart! But it is part of a carefully crafted flavor palette because they the tart entry is carefully matched with a Berliner Weiss that is without match. The tart entry is really what you taste, but the Berliner Weiss begins about 1/3 of the way through the taste and ends up with the flavor you have at the end.

This is the part where I say it is good but not a whole lot different from the Rueuze, but I can’t because it is a whole different calling. Yep, two beers, one brewer, and they are equally good. Just a bit wiggy.

Skal!

On the Road – Rueuze by Bruery Terreux

Now sours, as you can guess, are one of my favorite groups within brewing.  I know some of you do not support my appreciation, but I really love sours and I like to see more of them across the board. They make beer really sing.

A really good, flavorful combination of sour and blond ale. Perfect match for each.

But the other side of the board is blond ales. If there is one area where I do not support blonds, its in blond ales. (Yes, you can guess my hair color.) Blond ales are a throw away place when you don’t know what to do with a mild tasting ale but you have to put it somewhere, so you decide to put it out there and hope that it sells. Something. Anything. Just as long as it turns a profit, you will be OK with it.

So, I wince when I see Rueuze by Bruery Terreux sour blond ale on the menu at Rustico.  Wonderful to see a sour beer, but not so great to see it mixed with a blond ale. But The Bruery (737 Dunn Way, Placentia, CA 92870 Email: info@thebruery.com Voice: 714-996-MALT(6258), www.thebruery.com) has regularly produced some pretty good brews in the past and their Terreux brand is a showcase for some of these respectable beers.  It describes its Rueuze as follow:

“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 for anywhere from several months to several years and blend the beers together to what we find to be the ideal flavor. This is one complex beer. Notes of hay, barnyard funk, apricots and olives play wonderfully with the balanced acidity.”

The beer comes in a non-descript light golden color, but I immediately recognize that the beer is a little more opaque than usual. The smell is a nice beautiful blend of sour flavor and the better side of blond ales, but it is also impenetrable. It is not giving up its secrets.  So, it is time for a taste.

I know it is going to be a good beer from the second I taste it. The sour elements immediately make their presence known and slowly the really good taste of blond ale comes to back them up. Sour apple-like taste is nicely presented and then extended by the blond ale. It is really nice to sit back and take swig after swig of their wonderful elixir. The Rueuze made me really glad that I had ordered it and I was sad when it was finished.

Skal!