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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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918 Ratings
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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 200
Gots: 114 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unfiltered version.

(Beer added by: marburg on 09-28-2002)
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

This is my first review of a gueze or lambic. I was very happy with this beer and even though I am fairly new to liking the sour beers, I think that this is one of the best I've tried.

A - Clear orange slight haze, fizzy head that lasted less than a minute and left almost no lacing.

S - Hits you the moment the cork bursts out of the bottle. Sour funky dryness that I can feel in the back of my throat. Citrus peels and the smell of an apple orchard with young sour apples and the dry grass of autumn.

T - Sharp quick and sour right as it hits my mouth. This one has quite a zip right at the beginning. In the middle, I get some citrus peels and immature apples where the peels add a good amount of dryness. then a slightly bitter finish on the back of the tongue. Very clean aftertaste, a bit of bitter grapefruit is left in the mouth but not for long.

M - Leaves the mouth clean and dry. Very fizzy and light bodied. A bit gassier than I generally like but this makes it a fantastic palette cleanser that works out well as an aperitifs or between courses. Gave me a nice but mild mouth sweat.

D - Refreshing and easy to drink. Low alcohol (5%) gives you the option of drinking a couple and feeling fine.

09-04-2009 21:53:20 | More by thepeter
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +14.7%

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!

05-08-2004 00:49:06 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

08-19-2007 22:04:37 | More by DaPeculierDane
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-25-2013 19:26:08 | More by tectactoe
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ricke

Sweden

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

07-21-2009 00:12:48 | More by ricke
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wesbrownyeah

Florida

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

08-31-2012 08:40:25 | More by wesbrownyeah
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

06-26-2006 02:25:55 | More by orbitalr0x
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Kjanisch7

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-15-2013 18:10:35 | More by Kjanisch7
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dill

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

03-31-2008 19:45:52 | More by dill
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

09-04-2007 03:53:00 | More by Beaver13
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%

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!

08-07-2004 14:30:40 | More by shapudding
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-22-2014 01:14:42 | More by Callmecoon
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

05-23-2008 21:48:54 | More by tjthresh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

03-17-2010 03:48:18 | More by Mora2000
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-18-2011 18:51:54 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Prospero

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

02-19-2013 17:06:54 | More by Prospero
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magictrokini

California

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours hazy bronze with a 1 cm tall white head. Pleasant aroma of bitter crabapples, yeast, and musk. Wicked bitter bite. Very sour and acidic, with a mostly apple flavor and some metal. This bitterness continues throughout, but at the very end the beer takes a mellow, sweeter turn. A buttery, biscuit-like flavor burns thorugh. Sometimes it leans into a cheese/mascarpone flavor. Delicious sipper of a beer.

12-05-2008 20:00:39 | More by magictrokini
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

2008 bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a Very clear light amber with a small yellow head. Nose is tart, funky and sour with a bit of that barnyard scent, it's different than the other lambic houses, but very good.

Taste is tart and sharp, very crisp and clean and much less funky and horse blanket-y than the likes of anything 3F. Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a good bitter & sour bite that really rounds it out. I wasn't sure what to expect but this did not disappoint.

05-15-2011 20:45:01 | More by kingcrowing
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ehammond1


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Orange and amber in color like a light cherry, at least in this dim lighting. The head is fairly large, persistent and near-white in color.

The aroma of this beer is particularly good. This has lots of the earthy, musty funk I love, but also a huge amount of tart sour lemon character as well. Very nice.

The flavor is a bit disappointing, though by no means bad. This isn't quite as tart as I prefer in my gueuzes, and a bit surprising after the particularly tart aroma. This is full of lovely funk and brick.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A very good gueuze with a particularly great aroma, though I've had much better tasting ones within the style.

11-12-2011 17:59:15 | More by ehammond1
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Received this as an extra from Bucwild in a recent trade. My second time with the beer and I've enjoyed it each time.

Appearance- Pours a nice hazy golden (I always put in a touch of the yeast, which clouds up the appearance I imagine) with about a finger and a half of fizzy white head that dies back to a ring pretty quickly. Leaves a touch of lacing as I drink, with pretty continuous carbonation beading up as well.

Smell- Hmm, lots of funk in this one for a gueuze. Heavy doses of barnyard and horseblanket (I think I'm finally getting a feel for that smell in lambics!), more so than other gueuze I've been drinking recently. Very tart smelling, of the variety of green apples. Smells refreshing.

Taste- Very nice. As per the smell, big notes of funk and tartness right off the bat. Very noticeable funk that hits you in a big, nice way and lots of green apple. I found this to be a fairly aggressive gueuze, but in a good, thirst-quenching way.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty spot on, though the carbonation was a touch on the heavy side. Very very drinkable however, and I could have had much more.

Overall, very nice relatively affordable and easy to find gueuze. Give it a shot if you see it.

10-04-2009 18:19:16 | More by boatshoes
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A 750ml champagne bottle; the cork has Ref E x 2011 stamped on it (not sure what this means). Purchased ages ago from a Belgian webshop - I've been holding onto this for quite a while.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with excellent retention; this eventually settles as a thick surface layer. Aroma of tart, dry fruit notes - hints of apple, lemon and acidic grapefruit accompanied by wood, hay and some barnyard funk. Lovely aroma development.

Tastes sour and very dry - superb. Notes of tart apples, lemon/grapefruit acidity, funk, hay and earthy yeast. A hint of cheese and an oxidised, vinegary twang. A dry, puckering finish rounds it off. Mouthfeel is bone dry, acidic and highly astringent - truly palate-stripping. Tingly carbonation adds texture. Aftertaste of tart fruit and yeast notes.

Fantastic - this has matured nicely since I got my mitts on it. Sour, dry and fruity; delicious. Good balance, the acidity isn't overpowering and the taste is clean and bright. A must-try lambic - grab one and age it for a while.

08-19-2012 22:16:54 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7%

06-03-2014 23:15:02 | More by Cynic-ale
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

06-23-2012 23:21:49 | More by chickenm
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robertjbell

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: Gushes out of the bottle upon the cork being popped, pours into a amber-orangey coloration, with delicate, effervescent champagne bubbles.

Nose: Incredibly complex, with woody accents complimenting the sharp smell of peaches and pears, and all rounded out by an overarching funk character and must

Taste: The taste itself is one of an amazing, classic oude gueze, the old lambics bringing a refined, earthier, woodies subtext, with the younger ones bringing intense, incredibly tart, sour, and sweet tones. The subtlety of the fruits implicit in the sourness, and the funky, hay, horse blanket notes all combine into a complex and interesting gueuze

Mouthfeel: Nothing too intricate, the puckering tartness dominates the feel of the beer, yet the finish is quite dry. The carbonation is bubbly without being abrasive.

Drinkability: Well, a great gueuze brings you back in with each sip, though a sessionable beer this is not, despite the low ABV. A beer to be slowly sipped and enjoyed

05-10-2010 12:21:48 | More by robertjbell
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jtladner

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

05-25-2013 11:38:34 | More by jtladner
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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.