Vieux Bois 3 Year Blend #2

Montana
United States
Vieux Bois 3 Year Blend #2, Bozeman Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

This Gueuze inspired ale was fermented and aged in French and American Oak barrels under the rafters of the Bozeman Underground. A unique blend of 3, 2 and 1 year old Lambic inspired barrels was selected to create this very unique beer. This blend stands out due to its many layers of subtle complexity. A soft mouthfeel and American oak notes complement this beer’s firm tartness and classic brettanomyces character.

Profile

ABV: 
5.0%
IBUs: 
4
Served at: 
45º F
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Vieux Bois Gueuze by Bozeman Brewing Co. is a Gueuze and is being evaluated as a Gueuze (category 23E in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Gueuzes are unfruited lambics that are blends of one, two and three-year-old vintages. Gueuzes are traditionally spontaneously fermented leading to a complex wild character with flavors such as horse blanket, leather and barnyard and a pleasant, moderate sourness. This #2 version of the 2019 Gueuze is a blend of one, two and three-year-old “lambic-inspired” ales aged is French and American oak barrels. “Vieux Bois” translates as “old wood” in French.

Vieux Bois Gueuze pours golden in color with a slight haze and a small, quickly fading white head. The aroma is prominent lactic sourness with a light wild note of leather and a hint of tropical fruitiness. The body is medium-light and moderate in carbonation. The flavor has a moderate level of clean, lactic sourness with a tropical fruit note of pineapple. The finish is lightly bittered leaving a dry, sour, thirst-quenching beverage.

This is a pleasant, easy-drinking sour beer, but the wild character is restrained to a simple lactic sourness and a hint of leather; more prominent wild flavors are typical for the style. Seek this one out sour beer fans!