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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 520
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 204
Gots: 112 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin

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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Photo of Urbancaver


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A golden hazy pour with a bit of head. Tart and funky smell that has both sour and funk characteristics. Tastes like a nice balance between the two. Definitely sour, but complex and funky. Well carbonated. A smooth sippable beer that I would definitely drink again

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 16:38:08 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of kayalla


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork on the bottle says 2011, so I think this is a 2009 bottle? Pours into the glass a clear rust orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is farm year, mineral, horse sweat, peach. Not all that funky, and has a touch of something sweet in there, but very crisp and refined. The flavor follows the aroma, peach fruits, pears, not a lot of citrus. A hint of sweet, almost vanilla flavor, and of course alot of horsey, farmy, sour minerals. This one is really nice but not as good as the Drei Fonteinen to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:04:27 | More by kayalla
Photo of kscaldef


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear and copper, nearly flat

S: Winey, with cherry and apricot. A bit of funk, but not excessive

T: A lot of white wine flavors here, apricot pits and flint, strongly herbal finish with a bit of lemon peel.

M: Basically flat, but clean and crisp. Somewhat bitter, astrigent finish. Good linger.

O: I'd definitely recommend this as a beer with food. By itself, the finish is a bit too much. However, together with food, it's delightful and palate cleansing. I'd grab this again if I had a chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:57:33 | More by kscaldef
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

now that's a gueuze! damn this is yummy. it pours a pale straw color, hazy but I wouldn't call it cloudy, as the yeast sediment is very fine, rather than coagulated floaties. just a half inch of white lace on top. the nose is real sour, lemon rind and champagne assault the nostrils, very acidic, very unique. the flavor isn't nearly as pucker as the nose, until the finish that is, when the sour just expands and takes over the mouth. it starts more malty, wheaty, farmy, oaky, chardonnay and orchard fruit. the sour slowly eases in, amping up to a very intense degree by the time the beer is swallowed. the sour and the acid leave the tastebuds in a blissful state of ruin. don't follow this beer with anything you want to taste nuances in, trust me. light fizzy body, heavily acidic, piquant, lovely. gueuze is something ive been getting into recently, and I think this is up there with some of the heavy hitters in the field. this is a fairly priced treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 19:22:55 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of WankelEngine


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a hazy, dark orange color. There is a small white head which fades to a thin cap.

S: A fairly tart aroma, lemony and crisp. There is a growing amount of funk, wool and hay, I can smell as the beer warms. Also some apple and pear fruitiness.

T: A very potent lactic sourness is surrounded by citric sweetness. Not as tart as the aroma. Barnyard funk complements the sour flavors and contributes horse blanket and wet wool. A mild amount of caramel malt helps balance the wild yeast flavors, providing a bit of balance to the sour. Some vinegar notes round out the flavor.

M: Mouth puckering and moderate-thin. Very mild carbonation.

O: A good entry gueuze. This exhibits all the standards things you'd find, but isn't to sour or funky.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 20:30:08 | More by WankelEngine
Photo of flagmantho


4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: sour, grassy, earthy and a little bit floral. I has elements of both autumn decay and springtime renewal. I like it.

Taste: starts off a little sweet, then the sour kicks in. The sourness is less pronounced than in the aroma, and I think it works beautifully. Earthiness and a bit of a farmhouse quality take over, but without losing the whimsical sweetness. A complex yet easily drinkable brew. Great!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation producing a big, if a bit short-lived, effervescence. Nice.

Overall: tasty and infinitely drinkable. Wonderful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 23:55:10 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 ml. bottle. Extremely cloudy yellow-orange, with retaining thin head around the rim, and noticeable lace. Aroma of cider and bleach. Initial taste of rounded softened apple juice sourness. Cannot be drunk quickly, only sipped. Sour vinegar and acid leads to tongue freezing, mouth puckering, and jaw fatigue that was tolerable and long lasting. Aftertaste was a medicinal drying,unresolved for hours by water. Medium in texture on the mouth. Thanks Clarkevv. This is not my preferred style, and I am striving to rate it within its style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 02:13:45 | More by Sammy
Photo of bunnyhustle


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was suprised by this beer. I went into not expecting to care for it much, but was wrong. Pours golden orange, hazy, with a 1 finger creamy white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is funky, some real sour apple with some yeast and a floral kick to it. Taste is somewhat simple I thought. It was sour. It was funky. Some yeast. I really cant say I noticed this, and noticed that, just overall it was nice and sour. Dry mouthfeel with a bit of a lemony aftertaste, fair amount of carbonation. Overall a nice beer and very drinkable. Serve it a little warmer and sip away, one of these should last you a while!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 23:01:56 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of beachbum1975


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newtonty was a nice chap and decided to bring this to the watch the Cincinnati Reds game today.

Pours a cloudy brown with golden highlights. The off-white head only sticks around for a few minutes, leaving a fine white halo around the edges of my snifter.

The nose has a moderately loud flair to it. Sweaty gym socks and fresh grapefruit are playing around in the basement together (mustiness, citrus and funk).

Middle of the road sourness dominates the flavor of this beer. The dryness factor is medium to high, leaving an almost chalky residue in my mouth. After the initial sour wave passes, I get a complex mix of citrus like lemon zest and almost a cherry presence.

Light to medium body with high carbonation on the mouthfeel. Nice example for its' style.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 19:22:35 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Girardin 1882 gueuze

Nearly clear and golden, it has a nice topper of lively suds that only grudgingly gives ground, and some leggy lacicles hang in there, framing a lasting white cap. Pretty.

Unripe apple and pear are light leaders of a host of aromas which include citrus, tart and sharp, vinous, even a touch of vinegar and funkified floral candy in there. One sniff contained brief hint of skunk. Overall, though, fantastic bouquet.

Like any gueuze worth its difficulty of obtenance, this baby has Full Flavor. Varying degrees and tastes of tart start things off, some candy comes in, odd, but nice here, just a touch really that contrasts without too much sweetart, some citrus and sour grape, hints of funk but nothing hormonal to it, just a bit of that odd delectability for which this flavor profile was designed. End of sip isn't what one would call drying, but it's not quite juicy.

Mouthfeel is nicely carb'ed to style, could use a bit of a drier finish, and cleaner cling to it. Those nitpicky items all that keep this from being world class even here.

Excellent gueuze, it has made me forgive its less than dry finish and less than desired funk with a brisk tartness and bold taste. I recommend it, enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 23:56:06 | More by cavedave
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear, amber colored beer, thin but nice head, dissipated towards middle with tiny bubbles on side of glass
S: traditional, sour, brett
T: strong sour, slight metallic bite in middle, grapefruit, noticeable malt, well done
M: rounded
D: highly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 19:54:33 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of pwoody11


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes: Purchased at State Line Liquors.

Pours a cloudy light orange color without much head. Above average carbonation, but not a gusher like many of the other reviews I have skimmed on here.

Nose is one of the funkiest I've smelled. Very musty and barnyard-like. Pick up a little fruitiness. Peach mostly.

Talk about pucker factor! Tart, sour and sweet are understatements. Again peach is around. Dry finish.

This one certainly lived up to the hype. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 00:57:02 | More by pwoody11
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unsure of the vintage on this one, but I picked it up only a couple of months ago, so I'm assuming it's pretty fresh.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange. A thin white head rests on top with decent staying power. Light lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good for a gueuze.

Musty oak, hay and toast/bready malts on the nose. Almost seems like there is a touch of Belgian spice in here as well. Damp barnyard smell.

Malty with tart/sourness up front, but finishes very cleanly and smooth. Not much lingering flavor. Nice oakiness and a touch of vanilla. Some citrus, grapefruit and orange slice. Not as complex as some in this style, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy with light tingly carbonation. Some chewiness. Nice sourness. Juicy.

This gueuze is quite drinkable and has a decent amount of sour, but not overwhelming. Oak comes through nicely. A refreshing gueuze, but lacking a little bit in the complexity department. However, with a couple years of age this could turn into an excellent beer. Looks like I'll be picking up a few more for the cellar. Worth checking out if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 17:14:09 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of Jas45678


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 bottle ref GX 2013 on cork
Pours a apple cider color with a minimal amount of haziness. Smell is green apples and lemons with a decent amount of funkiness. Taste is moderately tart with some of the apple and lemon, and is fairly dry. Medium amount of carbonation. Overall it very enjoyable and very good especially at price around $10

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 22:47:32 | More by Jas45678
Photo of doughanson78


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into snifter.

A: Nice golden color. Fairly hazy but not cloudy. A half finger head that quickly fades. Beautiful lacing.

S: Wet hay. Funky. Slight marijuana smell. Very yeasty. Lots of lemon. Sour apples. Slight sour grape aroma.

T: Very sour apples. Like sucking on a lemon. Very tart. Makes you pucker.

M: Medium bodied. Puckering. Makes your mouth water, but still a slightly dry finish.

O: Much better than the first in this style that I had. Not as funky as a taste. Much mellower. Allows you to really taste the fruity sourness.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:10:11 | More by doughanson78
Photo of Azurescens


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle with REF FX 2011 printed on cork, poured into Hair of the dog tulip, reviewed on 7/24/11.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with white head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Lots of barnyard funk, citrus notes, pale malt and wheat.

T: Really tart with some balancing sweetness, funky notes, lemon, grass and crisp pale malts.

M: Tart, light bodied with moderate carbonation and very dry finish.

O: Solid gueuze, not the best that I have had but very delicious and refreshing none the less.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 01:30:05 | More by Azurescens
Photo of yamar68


4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Brenson for hooking this up! 2011 vintage:

Pours kind of a cinnamon gold, stuffed with needlepoint beading and capped with an impressive dose of paper white carbonation that leaves behind milky but short-lived sheets of lacing around the glass.

Sour apples, pear skins, some old oak layered with a pungent white grape character. More funky than sour. Pretty mellow in this regard but damn smooth for a gueuze.

Lots of that dry fruit skin with that white grape tart punch. What a great daytime beer - drinks like a dry cider. The acidity comes mid palate but fades quickly leaving you with this great tame fruit flavor.

Very tasty indeed. A bit pricey even for a gueuze but it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 16:46:32 | More by yamar68
Photo of IntriqKen


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with a two finger white head of tiny bubbles that melted quickly to a faint ring of white on top.

Aroma is sour notes of apple, wood, lemons and a touch of Belgium 'funk'.

Taste follows aromas with very sour lemon initially that you get used to as you continue to sip allowing some of the subtleties of the wood and sour cherry to come through. Still, predominantly lemon sourness.

Aftertaste is clean and refreshing.
Great afternoon drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 19:48:24 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 5% ABV, "Store laying down and serve between 50-58°. Beer under pressure, handle and open carefully."

Here we go, another night of glory presented by the ever-generous Beerwolf77. Frickin' guy...

A - Very lightly hazy golden yellow topped by a low white head. With all the acidity I smell I'm not surprised there's no retention. Light lace is left speckled on the glass.

S - Light at first, a swirl unleashes a whirlwind of funk upon the olfactory senses. Sweaty gym socks and lactic sourness like crazy. The sad thing is, that's a turn-on in this situation.

T - Tart, light citrus behind a big funk and sourness. Great barnyard notes and wild yeast. Delicious.

M - Weak carbonation is a bit unfortunate but it's still got a great wild, sour finish. Tart and lactic with some dryness pulling through.

D - It's a nicely drinkable sour beer with a good flavor but the carbonation is a little low for this style I feel. Otherwise a very nice Gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 02:06:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big bubbly head at first, but it disappears to nothing in no time. Carbonation? Can you say none?

Aroma is wonderful- apple cider, sharp tang of sourness. None of the really off harshness of other gueuzes.

But in the flavor- it is there in spades. Sour, sour, sour. There is the dry winey apple-grape flavor, and definite organics that gueuze lovers love. Very acidic finish. It's really good, but it doesn't balance as nicely as a few of the others I've had.

Mouthfeel is moderate. I can definitely drink this one. But to be honest, not my most favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 02:50:59 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was defiantly an interesting brew for me. I am never sure what I am going to get when I open something like this, but there is only one way to find out. Popped the cork and it let out a nice pop and audible hiss, so this one was defiantly still alive. Poured into a tulip it was a light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish. This was a wonderfully unique brew that had a very good flavor and a light fruity feel that really made it shine. I could see why it is rated so high, as it is quite different then anything I had tried in the past. This was very much a great brew and something I would look forward to sipping on again. Highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 00:41:24 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle received in trade from Phyl21a

Appearance – Clear golden yellow colour with a large size fizzy/rocky white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, vinegar, grapefruit, herbal notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste tart citrus (lemons/grapefruit), green grapes, and some vinegar. There is also some wheat/yeast flavour, floral notes and a bit of funk. It end with a tart citrus aftertaste.

Overall – I haven't had much experience with this style of beer, but it seemed to be more complex tasting than some of the others Gueuze's I've had. It wasn't simply just a blast of citric/vinegar.. it had subtle nuances to it. Very good stuff, thanks again Phyl21ca!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 13:36:57 | More by spinrsx
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork: Dx 2011 (dunno what this means)

A: pours a toasted honey ale with a single finger of bone white foam which falls to a sheet of the same. There is spotty lacing over the excellently clarified beer.

S: Huh, excellent mix of lemon, tart, feces (barn style), hay, mammal hair, and more sourness. Well balanced nose; which I don't think I've ever said about a beer.... Really digging this nose, not too farmy and funky, not too sour and abrasive.

T: Lemon. Strait up lemons. Okay, okay, maybe hints of calcific rinds, some nice earth tones. You know, when I review a Geuze, I'm always uncertain how to really articulate all the nuances of the beer. It's fucked (my brain). By the way, this is good.

M: Light body, hi carb; spot on for the style. Dry finish.

O: Good stuff. I'm really happy about this one. I really dig the balance on the nose, additionally the flavor profile is really satisfying. Man, I wish this genre were more accessible and less expensive..

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 14:17:07 | More by harrymel
Photo of BarrelO


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Hazy golden body. Good sized head that dissipates and leaves little lacing.

S: Tartness mixed with sweetness, like a grapefruit sprinkled with sugar.

T: Puckeringly tart, which is to be expected. Just a touch of barnyard funk. Finishes dryer than the Sahara.

M: Light and bubbly like champagne.

D: Light enough to be refreshing, complex enough to be interesting. Perhaps the perfect summer beer for the beer geek.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 08:02:50 | More by BarrelO
Photo of DrunkenMaster


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a head that starts out thick but quickly fades to just a thin layer that lasts for a few minutes. Oaky with grapefruit and funky aromas. The flavors are all perfectly balanced which I think makes this gueuze more complex than any others I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 13:42:02 | More by DrunkenMaster
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.