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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Reviews: 538
Hads: 1,082
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 224
Gots: 140 | FT: 11
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Brouwerij Girardin

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: marburg on 09-28-2002

Unfiltered version.
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Reviews by gonzo46and2:
Photo of gonzo46and2
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first Gueuze but not my first sour beer.

Appearance is a nice cloudy orange almost like a bock or weizenbock. There was a big pillowy head that had to rest a moment before the rest of the beer could be poured.

Aroma is slightly funky with mostly fruit and malt. Full of citrus to the point of smelling acidic. Slight notes of malt vinegar, grass, hay, lemon, oats, dust and barnyard or sweat socks-like funk.

Taste is sour but not warhead sour. Very manageable sourness for a first time sour drinker. Tastes of warming cereal grains and lemon.

Mouthfeel is very bubbly and effervescent.

Refreshing beverage for summertime. Will drink again. I wish this wasn't 10 bucks a bottle.

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Photo of cokes
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Frosted tangerine with a close-cropped, milky yellowed rise.
Aromatic of vinegar-steeped limes, rusted iron, bretty saddle bags, and apple skin.
Begins with a sturdy wheatiness, carrying lemon and dough, that quickly broadens and lengthens into a deluge of concentrated lime juice tartness; one spiked with balsamic vinegar, apple peel, and fresh cilantro. Stonier as it sits, full of granite dust and limestone, as a quelling quinine bitter dryness arises, mingled with a lightly astringent salinity. Funk come late here, right at the swallow, as it exits with a middle finger of rusted farm equipment, mushrooms, hay, brett, and sweaty horsehair.
It never becomes quite as shockingly and acidicly tart as some gueuze, but the finish is mouth-rippingly dry. Truly cotton mouth inducing.
A generally light body carries a steadfast carbonation, and a well-hewn sense of malt-funk balance. It is as drinkable as any, as each sip is parching and seemingly makes a person insatiably thirstier.
Right up there with some of Cantillon's jewels for best-in-class.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks for this bottle Deuane!

375ml bottle C&C bottle.

poured into SP tulip.

review 885.

Appearance: tawny or copper colored body with a thick cap of white head that drops down to a thin ring. Lots of yeast floaties.

Smell: mild acetic sour with a touch of brine. moderate funk that is of wet rotten hay and horsey. smells bright and zesty. lemon and lemon zest. vinous white grapes. Really nice aroma from this beer.

Taste: mild sourness and moderate funk just like the nose suggests. Meyer lemons, green apple skins, and vinous white grapes. A general fruitiness and earthy from the brett. Lots of deep oak notes. Funk is full of complexity; sweaty gym socks, wet hay, barnyard and horsey. A nice mineral flavor on the after taste of this beer. The beer actually finishes fairly clean with a hint of lingering tart lemons and light brine.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation level. This beer comes off slightly watery and minimal dryness, but enough that you know it has that nice dry quality of most gueuze. I would say that it less than semidry finish.

Overall: This is a nice and mild gueuze with plenty of complexity. I would put this into the same caliber as a 3F gueuze which is my favorite standard gueuze. I would say that I like this slightly more than cantillion classic because the funk profile of Girardin Gueuze is much better suited to my tastes; it is much more well rounded and balanced than Cantillion classic gueuze.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) 2010

Appearance: Opens with a vigorous pop. The first pour with yeast reserved appears a bit darker than straw yellow, clear with a soapy, well retaining frothy head. Not unlike some champagne. Ten minutes later, the head is still perfect.

Smell: The room fills with the pleasing odor of gueuze. Tart, like fresh squeezed lemon juice. Funky, airy aroma. Basement citrus.

Taste: Very nice and rather intense sourness, strong acetic bite, soulful and uplifting flavor. An experience in the art of taste. Awesome Gueze here, meant to be sipped and savored. Lemon dances with piith of a kumquat or unripe citrus. Rind like. Wheat and barnyard elements are another layer. Oaky tannins lend a drying mouthfeel and taste of damp wood. Decently bitter, which plays off the sourness. Moreso sour than tart, and done so expertly.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, lingering sour. Refreshing in nature, mildly puckering, with just a slight warming alcohol. Exemplary in the dryness category (if there is such a thing) and the finesse of the brewers is worthy of compliment.

Overall: A quintessential example of its style, the Girardin Gueuze 1882 is an experience not to be missed. Intense to the unaccustomed, but a worthwhile endeavor for the connoisseur. Treat yourself to a bottle, and discover a piece of beer folklore.

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Photo of biegaman
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sun ripened apricot - this bronzed peachy tone is stunningly gorgeous and shimmers like the twilight of a sunset. Despite a lucent complexion and unimpeded clarity, a very minor film of dust is noted when held up to the light. In an act of freedom, hundreds of tiny bubbles recoil upwards to attack the surface but get no further than the sticky froth of white head that remains fixedly perched along the top.

I won't lie: I had to sneak in a sip before even starting to unravel the aroma. I figured - correctly so - that piecing together all the particular and distinctive attributes of a real gueze might take some time. It might also prove to be futile. The custom is to make up silly, gross sounding descriptors like "wet dog in a phone booth" or "blanket of horse piss". I won't stoop to these depths of the imagination but will concede that describing the beer is a tough task.

My first instinct is to say soured orchard fruits. There's a delicate presence of apricot, peach and tart green apple. I would also add an almost Champagne like characteristic from the suggestion of dry, white wine grapes. The contribution of oak makes for a puzzlingly complex profile, one that includes notes of vanilla, cider, wild honey, sawdust, wild flowers and sharp citrus fruits. The wood itself imparts a lot of its own flavour too.

It'll be hard to come across another beer with this much texture. It is foremost equal parts tart, acidic and sour with funky, dry, malty, and vinous making descending contributions in that order. The taste of citrus is tremendously sour while the oak can really dry out the mouth. A gentle but pricking tartness resides for some time while the funky flavours never grow any easier to put a finger on. It assaults and then soothes all areas of the mouth.

Accurately describing the taste of a real gueze can be as impossible of a task as building a perpetual motion machine. Like the notion of such a device ever existing, true lambics bend our principles and challenge our understanding: funky, soured, barnyard smelling, unfiltered and bacteria ridden drinks can't possibly be appealing to the senses can they? Yes, they can and that's something Belgians have known for over 500 years now.

Of course, Lambic making isn't a science - it's an art. It involves blending, a proud sense of tradition and hand-me-down knowledge of an ancient brewing technique. I'd strongly recommend a trip to Brussels for anyone who has an appreciation for the dying art of true lambic. Go to see the cobwebs and spiders, the open air coolships, rows of exploding barrels and the racks of aging corked bottles. Oh, and be sure to drink plenty!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled February, 2004; Hop Leaf, Chicago
There is a pronounced and funky farm-house cheese aroma that wafts from my Gueuze tumbler as I pour this beer. Coupled with this is a dry musty barnyard aroma, and of course a sour aroma as well. The beer is brilliantly clear and a light amber-gold color. It is topped by a creamy beige head that starts out quite big but falls to a persistent 1/8 inch head for most of my first glass. The taste of the beer has a nice sour cidery character to it. This is a sour beer, but it is not as mouth-puckeringly so like some Gueuzes. Overall this is a nice light, refreshing, and spritzy beer, just like a good Gueuze should be. The beer is also very dry, and finishes with a bit of woodiness. This is dry, musty, and dusty, it reminds me of a wet Belgian hayfield in early spring.

This is an absolutely world class Lambic, that pairs wonderfully with my appetizer of mussels & French fries with a garlic aioli. Though the beer is bone dry it develops a perceived sweetness when paired with my appetizer. The food takes away nothing from the beer and the beer takes away nothing from the food, an absolutely stunning combination.

Sampled March, 2001
Smells quite musty not that sour smelling, a bit of oakiness as well. This beer is quite clear in appearance. Tastes sour with an astringent oakiness to it as well. Definitely going to have to try this one again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a while ago at Armanetti's. The cork says Ref C X 2009. Not sure what that means, but I'm guessing this is fairly new. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Pours with a few fingers of eggshell foam that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin cap and thick ring. There are a few splotches of lace left behind. Body is a hazed golden peach color with fiery copper highlights and some visible bubbles. Better lace and retention would make this perfect.

S - The smell is a wonderful blend of white wine vinegar, grape skins, lemon peels, tart apples, a touch of earthy mustiness, and some peripheral funk that comes out as the brew warms. There's a light kiss of oaky vanilla as well.

T - Taste is very strongly oriented towards tart green apples and sour green grapes. Very lemony sour and acetic, but never verges into vinegar territory. As I consume more there is a fruity sweetness that develops and evokes starfruit and pineapple. A light hint of blue cheese pops up in the aftertaste.

M - This is one of the driest beers I've ever had - definitely in the top five. Carbonation is a little gritter than I like. Body is medium-light, smooth, and suits the 5% ABV. There's some residual candy sensation, but it's surprisingly mild compared to some other sour beers I've had.

D - The only thing preventing me from drinking more of this is the price (~$10 for a 375ml bottle), and the danger of sour stomach. This is a wonderful gueuze that is highly overlooked (or as overlooked as a Top 100 beer can be) due to its relatively wide availability. A lot of the rare beers that are drooled over aren't nearly as good as this stuff.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This one poured a light, clear orange with one of the best looking heads that I have ever seen. It was big, pillowy, and reminded me of fine goose down. It was just gorgeous.

Smell – Man, did this thing smell. The animal and horse blanket were mixed with a yeasty sourness that actually made my mouth water. I’ve caught glimpses of this with other examples of the style, but this one was the full monty.

Taste – The tart and sour flavors came straight from the nose. They laid perfectly on the yeasty base. Everything came together in an amazing way at the tongue.

Mouthfeel – This Gueze was medium-bodied and impeccably balanced. This guy was dry, dry, dry.

Drinkability – I’m no pro when it comes to the style, but this has got to be one of the best Guezes ever made. It’s exactly how I’ve always thought the others should be.

Comments – I can’t begin to express my appreciation to TheBum for popping this at the 2004 AleOha First Annual Derby Party Celebration. He brought this out after a rather long day of drinking, but damed if this didn’t revive the taste buds. What a treat!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Opens with a huge champagne like pop. Unknown vintage. Purchased 8 months ago at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee for $7.99. Likely an old bottle.

Pours a light gold with lots of tiny bubbles but no head or lacing. Champagne like in that there really is a ridiculous amount of carbonation yet no head (aside from a two second blast of white while pouring).

Wonderful aroma. Very funky. Lots of barnyard aroma. Citrus, must, cider, and particularly lemon rind.

Sourness is subdued in the feel, at least by geuze standards and the flavor is a more balanced and refined funk than I’m used to. Plenty of citrus, mostly lemon and a lot of wet straw and must. Highly acidic and absolutely assertive carbonation. Very dry. Exceptionally balanced. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one has been surprisingly elusive, so as soon as I found it, I had to snatch up a bottle. The pour is a slightly hazy golden color with some orange-like hues that hug the sides of the glass and show just a bit more clarity. The head is beaming white and it fizzles and fades quick, almost like the fizz you'd get from a hard-pour of a Sprite, and it's nearly as loud as Alka-Seltzer; we're left with a thin, white collar a few moments later.

Holy funkin' hell, Batman! The nose is funk city; by far one of the funkiest things I've had the pleasure of sniffing in a while. We're talking typical Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen levels of funk here, and nearly every bit as complex. Sweaty feet, dirty old horse blanket, and musty, damp bales of hay. The funk is hand-in-hand with typical, sour gueuze aromas; ripping ripe apple skins, lemon juice, and sour white grapes. Oaky, funky, dry, and tart... gonna be a doozy.

The first sip is very tart and spiky on the palate; the first thing I'm pulling out is a copious amount of under-ripe apple skins and old lemon peels. No doubt, this thing is pretty damn acidic and tart, absolutely pile driving your taste buds with sourness and mild lactic acid. Around mid-palate and through the finish, the beer switches gears a bit as the sourness mellows out and the oak and funk have a chance to work their magic.

Very tannic, dry, oaky, and bursting with more healthy amounts of musty barnyard stalls and some sweaty, cheesy funk. There's a sharp, stone fruit acidity that battles its way back into the mix and cuts your palate in the finish along with a drying oakiness that literally sucks the moisture from your mouth like a black hole capturing light. Thin-ish bodied, heavy carbonation, and a drier than dry finish; drier than the Savanna in the summertime.

Very, very nice gueuze, here. What's more is that you can typically pick this stuff up off the shelf, too. At least, you should be able to. It seems like most places near me don't carry it anymore, but if you look around, you should be able to get it. And once you find it, I recommend buying as much of it as you can. It's some truly delicious stuff, and any lover of gueuze will certainly appreciate this blend.

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Photo of ricke
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange with small amber hues. The liquid is actually quite clear. A surprisingly big head develops. The head is ivory-colored, shows good retention and leaves big lacings as it dissipates and finally settles into a nice lid of foam.

S: A nice smell with a good mixture of tart fruity aromas (mostly lemon) and ripe fermenting apples, with big additional notes of horse blanket and a general funkiness. Some puckering vinegar, white bread, spices and grassy notes as well.

T: A great taste with a strong acidity. The sourness really grabs hold of you as it makes the cheeks feel like they're making out with a nine volt battery. Musty apples and a note of white bread in the mouth, coupled with yeast and earth. Here's not a lot of sweetness to balance the massive acidity. However, delightful, at least semi-sweet, flavors of lemon develops and get accentuated as well as turning really sour towards the finish. The funkiness is restrained, but some notes of horse blanket and barnyard is noticeable, and the funk actually gets more pronounced as the beer warms up. The finish is incredibly long with a forever lasting sourness that is right on the edge of becoming too assertive. Notes of lemon pits and minerals are the only things that manages to break through the fantastic acidity.

M: Medium body, effervescent character. The beer gets a slightly sharp edge due to the lively carbonation. The finish is not overly dry, but after a while the mouth gets really dry from this one.

D: A high quality gueuze. Complex and sophisticated, yet with plenty of that unique spontaneous edginess. It's delightfully sour (it could even give some of the beers from Cantillon a go regarding levels of acidity) but it never goes out of hand. I would also like to especially emphasize how great the finish in this one is, really magnificent.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fluid oz. corked and caged bottle with nothing but Belgium language all over it... minus the back for the import blah blah... and so on.

A- Smooth green bottle pours a golden offering of hazy and uncarbonated goodness. An almost thick honey look and barely a thin white froth ring going wit the heavy spider web lacing.

S- I sense a very humid and musky barnyard nose and this is followed by a sour hay and horseblanket scent.

T-M- Very balanced sour flavor of light pear and apple upfront molded with a even malt backbone of sweet plum and slightly rotton white wine finish. Mouthfeel is dry and sharp with light but known carbonation not showing on the head of the brew but on the tongue.

Overall an excellent showing of my favorate style and i've got a few to save.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B0905 on the cork. I've been sitting on this bottle for awhile and finally decided to pop it open. The Girardin Gueuze pours from the 37,5cl green bottle into my tulip glass a lovely deep golden orange with a fiercly bubbly two fingers of white head. Lots of active carbonation streams up the glass. Aromas begin with vibrant light citrus and berry tones married with a pale grain maltiness. A musty wood sourness with a hint of vinegar. Sharp, bright and tart with underlying barnyard notes. Really quite wonderful.

First sip brings a initially mouth puckering sourness that works into some citric/berry tones atop a well placed malt. Musty, old barnyard thoughts spring to mind as some vinegar flavor moves in. Flows down nice, dry and tart with fairly strong acidity. A funky, tasty gueuze that's lively and unrestrained.

Mouthfeel is light and extremely arid with a mezmerizing flow of tight bubbled carbonation. Dances across the palate and brings a sense of creaminess. A wonderful gueuze to be had here, not to be missed if you're a fan of the style. A true work of the brewer's art that this sour beer lover would sit down to anytime...this one can be held up to the best of 'em.

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Photo of Kjanisch7
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of warnerry
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dill
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 375ml bottle into a flute glass

A - a really nice golden orange with a white head.
S - green apples with a little bit of funk.
T - green apples and cheery. a really nice tartness to it.
M - very dry as the style would suggest.
D - i really liked this gueuze. a great beer to start the day with. i wouldn't suggest more than one, but it's something i'd definitely keep gonig back to.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, caged and corked. Pours a golden orange with a large fizzy white head that recedes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sour and tart fruits (apples) with some sugary sweetness and champagne. A little yeast comes out as it warms.

The flavor is sour tart apples with a dry champagne-like finish. The mouthfeel is medium with sharp bubbly carbonation.

Overall, a good beer, but not one of the better sours I've had. I don't care for the champagne and apples. It almost seems like a cross between champagne and cider. It's not as complex as I was expecting.

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Photo of shapudding
3.49/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apricot colored with a teensy bit of white head. Nice soured scent. Artificial lemon juice from a bottle with a light bit of mustiness... (not a bad thing though) Makes you think of walking into a good wine cellar...
Hits you with the burst of sourness that you were searching for! Bit of lemon rindy taste that hits the sides of your tongue. The limey-lemon juice and sour hits everything else in your mouth. But like with the aroma, it does remind me of an artificial citrus juice flavoring. Very good Gueze offering!
Nice surprise to have this one pop up at the tasting party at the General Lafayatte!

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Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.84/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of tjthresh
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I popped the cork and it took off like a rocket. I was ready for it, but still nothing I could do. I sucked some of the spillage up off the counter, and it stung the hell out of my chapped lips. OUCH!
When I finally managed to get it in the glass, it produces mostly a huge white head. It eventually turned in to a yellow-orange beer with a lot of bubbles. I suppose the aroma is pretty much the same for all gueuze. Cob webs, dusty, oak barrel, 'horse blanket'. Not really sure what else to say about it. Over the top tart. Very much like orange juice concentrate. Not a bad flavor, be very aggressive. Medium body. Highly effervescent. Dry, but not as dry as expected. I wish I would have shared this with somebody. I like it, but its a bit much for me.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a hazy brownish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is tartness with some sugar and not much funk. The flavor is tart lemon, oak, vanilla with some citrus and little to no funk. The beer is very, very dry and very juicy tasting. It finishes very tart. Low-medium carbonation and a thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.