Editors’ Picks: Gueuze-Inspired Blends

Informed by the Belgian tradition but rooted in their own places, here are five beers brewed and blended in the manner of lambic and gueuze.

Craft Beer and Brewing Aug 3, 2020 - 3 min read

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Allagash Coolship Resurgam

One of the OG’s of American spontaneously fermented beer, Coolship Resurgam captures everything great about the style—a light and woody earthiness, pineapple Brettanomyces funk, and a confident minerality. Brewmaster Jason Perkins builds masterful blends, year after year.
ABV: 6.6%
Location: Portland, Maine

Jester King Spon Three Year Blend

The beauty in spontaneously fermented beers is the unique expression of microbial terroir, and Jester King’s surrounds (combined with a thoughtful recipe and process) produce dry notes of light stone fruit and prickly pear cactus, whiffs of concrete minerality, and a funky light bitterness. Each new vintage brings new flavors and new expression to the blends.
ABV: 5.5%
Location: Austin, Texas

Beachwood Blendery Funk Yeah

Vivid, bright, and energetic, Funk Yeah bubbles with a neon-like buzz. Where other gueuze-style blends may pensively brood, it instead cracks a huge smile and wraps you up in a welcoming hug of citrus and white wine. Subtle layers of lambic-style funk make sure you don’t forget what it is, but the very chill acidity and bold fruity notes are thoroughly satisfying.
ABV: 6.5%
Location: Long Beach, California.

The Bruery Terreux Rueuze

It may not be a consistent year-on-year release from The Bruery, but the various forms this blended wild ale takes (Humulus Rueuze, Rueuze Reserve) routinely explore the gorgeous pinnacle of their wild-and-sour beer program. Horsey Brettanomyces and hay, pineapple and subtle berry, light stone fruit, and vigorous carbonation make for a boldly expressive beer.
ABV: 6%
IBUs: 3
Location: Placentia, California

Tommie Sjef Wild Ales Poos

Tommie Sjef’s beers grow out of a wild mixed culture he first reared himself as a homebrewer. Those bugs now live in a growing number of repurposed wine barrels near Sjef’s home on the North Holland peninsula, where they produce some stunningly delicate blends of balanced acidity. Poos (Dutch for “a while”) is one of several blends based on mingling threads of oaked beers of different ages.
ABV: 5%
Location: Den Helder, Netherlands