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.
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: email@example.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.