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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: 976
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 215
Gots: 128 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 09-28-2002

Unfiltered version.
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Photo of robertjbell
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of degerbah
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden with about an inch of head. There is lots of sediment visible around the base of the glass. The aroma is faintly citrusy with a huge amount of funk. The taste is incredibly sour while refreshing at the same time. The taste is almost the equivalent of taking a shot of tequila and then chasing it with a half and half mixture of lime juice and mountain dew. It's actually a very pleasant taste.

Photo of mullenite
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into two stanges both had the same beautiful cloudiness and tall frothy head. Color was a pale light orange.

Smell was straight funk. Sour and tart, pungent. Stings the nostrils.

Taste is sour and funky. Hurts the jaws like a liquid warhead candy. Not a lot to it, but perfect.

Mouthfeel was clean and crisp with a nice sharp carbonation. This is a great way cleanse or wake up the palate and maybe drink two glasses but not a whole lot more.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a firm 1.5 finger head, good retention.

S: Notes of Brett/wet sock and citrus, nothing too crazy.

T: Serious lemon-lime juice attacks immediately. Big acidity. Complex, with horse blanket Brett funk flavours finishing out the back end. Like an imaginary blend of Boon and Cantillon Gueuze.

M: Vibrant acidity, smooth, definitely palate cleansing with a nice long aftertaste.

D: This is a delicious complex beverage that needs to be experienced. Once of the best lambics I've ever had.

Photo of gregc
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured a hazy orange color with a nice sized white foamy head. Head hung around for a few minutes.

Smell was intense...vinegar, grass, lemons, oak, yeast and sour apples.

Taste was mouth puckering, i loved it...tasted lemon tartness with some apple and the oak coming through...super dry...

mouthfeel was very nice, good carbonation, very crisp and refreshing...

I could drink these all day...

Photo of ojclark
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderately sour/acidic aroma blends into pleasantly funky barnyardy notes. Some aroma of rhubarb and grapefruit and a slighly oaky note as well.

Golden-orange color. Fairly cloudy. Thick white head with pretty good retention. Very effervescent.

Fairly sour and acidic flavor with strong grapefruity notes. Subtle sweetness in the background. Mild woody oak flavor. Lambic funk notes of leather and barnyard are present, but subtle. Beer tends toward sourness/acidity and fruitiness, especially citrus. Has a fairly long, sour acidic finish. Some additional tartness from wheat.

Medium-light body. Abundant acidity and fruitiness heighten impression of body. Moderately high carbonation.

Excellent beer. Lacks the intense funkiness of a Cantillon, but this helps make it very refreshing, drinkable, and more accessible than some other examples of the style.

Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml corked and caged bottle into snifter. 2013 on the cork.

Explodes with a nice pop and a puff of smoke. Moderate pour gives a pillowy head that expands and retracts quickly leaving fine white bubbles on the surface. Slightly hazy body that is on the darker side for the style.

Lots of citrus and oak on the nose. Dry and funky with a bit of malt, very inviting.

Lemon and other citrus fruits are the initial tastes. Followed by more of the oak and some green apple. Not quite as complex as some of the more sought after geuze but still very enjoyable.

Very light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Great value and readily available geuze. Can't find Drie Fonteinen or Cantillon anymore? Meet Girardin 1882. At least while you still can...

Photo of geexploitation
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Releases a mighty pop when the cork is removed. Pours with a thick, gassy head and a body that is murky and orange-amber. The nose is powerful with a musty funk. It's almost like dry mildew. There's also a citrusy, sour element. Upon tasting, the first thing to hit is that citrusy sourness. That's quickly followed up by an acrid barnyard bitterness. The finish is dry, long, and incredibly bitter.

This is a huge beer. Not exactly my cup of tea, but definitely something that I can appreciate for its flavors and complexity.

Photo of JAXSON
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 rate. I'm not even entering my initial rate from 2007. In fact this particular rating is crap also, it's always from memory. It's a fine, fine beer, suffice to say.

375ml bottles, 2009 batch I believe. Pours mostly clear hay gold with a snowy head. (Raising my rating for this thanks to a couple bottles at our lambic tasting over the weekend. No notes on this, but each bottle was exceedingly better than my virgin bottle). Nice lemon, funk, sour, and dry flavors. Very expressive and balanced. Good stuff, one of the best standard geuzes from what we enjoyed.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy amber color with a large creamy white head that lasted with minimal lacing. Good citrus and yeast aroma. Medium body with a tingly texture and soft carbonation. Moderate sour fruit flavor with a long citrus finish.

Very good refreshing citrus brew.

Photo of brystmar
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml into my Russian River tulip. Orange, active body with good retention on its white head. Pungent nose with tart fruit, tons of funky yeast, mild earthiness, and faint hops. Aroma is very is strong and balances nicely.

Sour citrus fruits kick things off; mostly lemons & oranges here. Lots of funk, and quite acidic. Carbonation tickles my tongue. A surprising hoppy backbone shows up at the end, leaving a mild bitterness that lingers. Unique for sure, but the bitter aftertaste isn't really my thing.

A different take on the gueuze style that I'd happily give a small role in my regular rotation.

Photo of kkipple
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A most famous gueuze! At last I get around to reviewing this.

A. Pale gold, hazy, sediment bits, tiny white head that goes nowhere.

S. Pungent and tart as heckfire! Funky funk funk, leather, only the finest sweaty gym socks, vinegar, simply out of control! This is possibly the most pungent, abrasively acidic beer I've smelled. Almost too intense.

T. Tart. Puckering green sour apple, salty sea-brine, vinegar, shocking. Manages to be tart and gives the sensation of acidity without being undrinkable. It's ragingly sour and memorable. Perhaps a bit over the top, but I'm glad this exists.

M. Dry, citric finish that is a lot less sour than you'd expect after all the rest. Pleasing as a palate refresher.

D. Low, but exceptional all the same. A few ounces of Girardin will wake your tastebuds up. A great choice to break out in the middle of a heavy beer tasting to shock palates into overdrive.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pop and smoke pouring out.

Huge white head and a hazy orange body. Lots of sticky lace and the head doesn't disappear.

Aromas of tart apple, lemon, vinegar, and hay.

Tastes tart and vinegary. An assertive opening that opens into more hay funk and a dry finish.

Lively carbonation and light bodied. When the carbonation subsides it is smooth drinking.

Super enjoyable gueuze. Nicely balanced between sour and funk.

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of boatshoes
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mattfancett
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of billyshears
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear golden body with large brett fluff on pour that dissipated but good head retention.

s: sour and sweet lemon funk; belgian yeast.

t:great tartness and sourness resembling lemon and grannysmith apples and a slight hint of oak.

m:nice smooth medium body mouthfeel. finishes dry.

d:a sipper for me. actually took me quite a while (though it never became a chore).

certainly one of the best gueze still being produced.

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.