Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Avg: 4.29
pDev: 13.52%
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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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Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Cider-rust with film. 3.75
Mad cheesy nose - way rustic. 4
Wheat cracker, Parmesean, yellow pear, wax, chakly cheese rind, lemon peel, and some spice. 4.25
Almost medium, tart, clean. 4

Mad funky! Any acetic is buried - the most barnyard so far. Not harsh, but lots of cheese. The picture of Bretty geueze. 4.75

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle served into a tulip.

Light wispy head and light-lacing that settles as a film over the body. Body is crystal clear and copper in color, resembling apple cider. 4.5

Tart, funky, acidic, funk and a pleasant floral bouquet. Straightforward and pleasant. 4

Floral, chalky, tart, with a touch of lemon and citrus, and a crisp apple type of bite. The finish offers a noticeable brett presence. 4

The flavors speak to the feel but to reiterate, it's tart and a tad funky and acidic, with a rush of carbonation mid-palate that tingles on the tongue. On the back end there's a bit of an abrasiveness, but otherwise it's drinks cleanly and easy. 4

This is good, but seems to lack some of the diverse flavors I've found in great gueuzes. I found it one-noted, I guess. But that's a good one note.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks perfect; fluffy carb that fizzes out leaving a light ring. Golden orange, great clarity. Smell is the weakest link ... Muted, hay / funk, Apple, but mostly a laquery aroma. Taste is juicy apple, funk, some dried flowers. Crushable.

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Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle 2015 vintage, reviewed live 8/9/15

Appearance: Hazy gold, medium light carb, small inkling of foam with solid lasting power style considered.

Aroma: Barn loft, and fruity brett funk, clover honey, mild acidity.

Flavor: More grainy funk and mild assorted citrus acidity.

Mouthefeel: Medium light dry and refreshing.

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Photo of danieelol
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed by this. It's a 2015 bottle so still quite young.

Pours a nice orange with good, persistent head and lacing.

Nose has a lot to it. It's almost like a collective of the standout qualities of many other gueuzes. I get the raw kind of oaky 3F funk but combined with a sort of unwashed feet, truffle and soft rind cheese quality. Later on I get Tilquin rockmelon and the firestick/firework quality of an Oude Beersel. Just a whole lot to this beer, particularly in light of its youth.

Taste is a well-rounded oaky sourness but also has a fair amount of both sweetness and bitterness. When I first tasted it I was surprised at how sweet it was, even outdoing the Marriage Parfait gueuzes which I usually find a little sweet due to the higher ABV. But over time the sweetness seems more tempered and is more balanced amongst the bitterness and sourness. Palate does finish sour with a little bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is that oak, that sourness, that cheese and minerals, and more oak and cheese.

Really good gueuze, I think it would be my pick of the readily available gueuzes I've tried thus far as it's banging and substantially complex even without a lot of age on it.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A stiff pour equals an inch and a half of off white head that stays for awhile leaving a small wall of lace as it slowly fades. Body is a bold orange amber that hosts the head really well. Nose is full of yeasty tart funk that really penetrates the senses with candy like sweet fun. With first sip my eye twitches a sideways kink due to the super sour funk that really attacks the entire mouth. The sour feel is long, powdery and dry with some lemon and vinegar zest. I can't get over how consistently dominating the sour is while being balanced and accessible. Mouthfeel is blanket like tart while inviting the next sip wonderfully. Tannins almost develop as you drink. This is a special and superbly drinkable Lambic.

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Photo of robear
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Hazy gold. It's all been said here before, but this gueuze looks like a clear mid-summer sky just before sunset. Beautiful bright white head.

Smell: The best part of walking into a working barn- hay, dusty overalls, and livestock not worried about the winter.

Taste: Like drinking lemonade in the barn.

Feel: Sticks just a bit, but this is a beer you and your mouth must contemplate. Carbonation keeps everything lively.

Overall: The definition of the style. Available, relatively affordable, cellar-ready, and a joy to drink.

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Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork says 2014

Hazy golden orange under a thin, creamy covering. Classic funky Gueuze aromas...sour lemon/lime, wood, musty grapes, and straw. Funky, juicy lemon flavor, a little grapefruit pulp, damp wood, tart green apple, dried apricots. Super dry, moderately acidic, and easy to drink.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange color, slightly hazy, white medium-small head atop. Aroma is woody lemon, creamy floral, dried apricots, lightly and evenly yeasty, sweet, doughy, and candylike. Just a little bit of tartness hovering over the sweet base. Taste is sharply tart at first, but as your taste buds adjust it becomes dank, fruity, and floral. Oakiness with some cedar as well.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork dated 2015

Beautifully funky nose filled with horseblanket, hay, flowers, bright lemons and oak.

Sweet-tart lemon presence followed by an earthy, herbal funk. Some bready malts last through into the aftertaste. Finishes with an oaky dryness. It has a bright, balanced acidity that keeps it easy-drinking. This is a recently bottled geuze that packs plenty of flavor but is not overtly complex. There are no significant off flavors.

The mouthfeel is near perfect for the style. The beer itself is light but the active, creamy carbonation creates a full mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a really enjoyable geuze that I would like to always have on hand. It is well balanced and not aggressively sour. Would love to see what some more time in the bottle would do. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first Gueuze =)
It has a copper color and big whitey foam, a lot of bubbles too.
Head is yeasty and sour with a lot of acetic notes and some fruits and vegetables reminding condiments.
Taste is similar but way maltier, what makes the degustation almost like eating a food really condimented.
Bitterness is at great level, body is delicate and carbonation high, making a great feel.
Oh.. that's a complex beer, difficult to detail. Really nice though.

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Gave this a 4.5-star review on Untappd last night and will stick to that here, as well.

I considered this gueuze to be appropriately sour/tart, non-acidic, flavorful and of high quality. I was very impressed with this one. There's lots of balance to this. Both the aroma and color were appealing. Not quite a Cantillon or 3F, but that doesn't take anything away from this, either.

I would love to try this again and definitely will be looking for more bottles, moving forward.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed MoB teku glass (375ml bottle, 2014 cork).
Thanks to Spinrsx for the bottle!

A: Hazy, light straw color with 2-3 fingers of bubbly white head with decent persistence and leaving islands of lacing as it falls.

S: The nose is strong and tasty while not being as intense as some other gueuze (maybe it needs a bit more time to warm). The sour and acidity hit you first, but behind that comes in some fruit, green apples and lemon rind, with a nice punch of white pepper; vinous and whispers of the JB Horns in the background, ready to open up (read: funk).

T: On the palat, it is dominated by dry sourness and acidity. The beer has a backbone of bitterness and spicy pepper (hops) and some funk.

M: The beer has a medium-light body and the perfect amount of carbonation keeping it round in flavor but light and lively on the tongue.

O: I don't have a wide gueuze background, but this really nice!

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Photo of sjccmd
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours lovely orange with a large white head that surprisingly takes a while to fizzle away. Just slightly hazy, pretty brilliant.

The cork says 2014, so this is a pretty fresh gueuze.

Aroma is apparent immediately after popping the cork. Fresh cut grass, "spring meadow," damp forest floor. Lovely. Herbal funk and musty basement. Lemon and orange with surprisingly some bready malt.

Flavor is tart and earthy. Lactic acid with perhaps just a hint of acetic. Not enough to be offensive. Tea and oak and some bitterness in the finish. Very mineral. Lemony and pleasant but balanced towards earthy.

Surprisingly smooth and silky. A tad low on carbonation. Clearly young, but still complex.

Balanced and pleasant, but tons going on, particularly in the aroma. Luckily I have a few more bottles to sit on.

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Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured a gorgeous cloudy golden colored body with a fluffy, quarter finger white head that receded to ring of white leaving little lacing. Effervescent bubbles can be seen in the glass. Quite nice looking and very true to style. Scents of sour, acidic funk, with notes of green apple, raspberry, layered with earthy, yeasty funk, hay, honey, a touch of oak, and mild grapefruit and lemon aromas. Overall impression is of a nicely acidic and sour, funky geuze that is still balanced with fruit and honey aromas that provide depth. A very nice example of the style's aroma. Taste begins moderately sour, with flavors of sour apple, earthy, funky yeast flavors, hay and a bit of oak balanced with a subtle, honey-like sweetness. Sourness is moderate-high on the middle, with notes of earthy, funky wild yeast, grapefruit, hints of oak and lemon. Finish is moderate-high in sourness with notes of grapefruit, oak, lemon and earthy, funky yeast. Aftertaste is grapefruit, lemon, wheat malt and sour, earthy funk. Overall impression is of a moderately sour and acidic flavor profile with balancing fruit, oak and honey flavors contributing depth. A very nice example of a geuze flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light bodied and effervescent with a semi-drying, puckering, acidic feel. Very nice and quite true to style. Overall this is a nice example of a geuze. It is sour and acidic in aroma and flavor, yet balances these qualities with other notes as well. This is aided by the mouthfeel which is light and spritzy, but not watery. A very nice geuze and well worth trying.

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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 BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured at Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Pours light yellowish gold with a small rim of white head on top. Aroma of candi sugar and mint leaves, dry, dusty, light citrus. Flavor is funky like my gym socks. Whoah. Some lemon notes, dry oakiness, and some vanilla as well here. More chewy body than other gueuzes in the class that I've had, and low plus carbonation. Nice brew overall, and a bit of a change-up from the LP Gueuze earlier in the night. Recommended.

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Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle, cork says Diam DX 2014. Best before 2014?

Pours a pretty clear light gold body with spidery lacing stretching out. Very tart aroma but surprisingly refreshing. Flavor is dry and tart, bit of sweet vinegar, rustic and some herbs around the edges. Quite nice.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Appears to be a fresh bottle.

Pours a dull and gritty light bronze with a fluffy, active off white head which settles to a Gueuze typical small froth atop the liquid.

The nose is a pleasantly balanced Gueuze nose. It's all their but restrained, lemon, oak, earth, hay, barnyard, some pineapple, and even a hint of field flowers.

On the palate the first thing I notice is it has a good amount of pucker but is also aggressively drying and chalky. The chalkiest Oude Gueuze I've had. Plenty of lemon peel, lime zest, peach pit, and toned down fruity white wine comprise the fruity aspects. Funk is toned down a bit compared to the nose but comes in as old house musk, horse mane, and earth.

Mouthfeel is light, higher medium carbonation, and super dry. Again the chalkiness of this adds an even more rustic tone to the already typical rustic nature of the style.

The thing l love about lambics is their variability, and this is further proof of the highly distinguishable differences among the standards like boon, 3F, Cantillon, Tilquin, Hansenns, etc. This to me lies just behind 3F, Mariage Parfait, and Cantillon Classic as far as best "standard" gueuzes go. Rustic, fruity, dry, quaffable...

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 4.25: Beautiful beer out of the bottle. Just a gorgeous, almost glowing apricot gold. Excellent lacing and perfect one inch head. Little bubbles coming up hit the surface and pop! Very unusual.

Smell 4.25: Just a fantastic bouquet. Lime rind, honey, earthenware, dank cellars, wood rosins, slight charring...I could go on and on but I won't. This is just wonderful.

Taste 4.0: Front is sour in a tangy way. Middle is dry with a delicious and thirst-quenching hit of musty cellaring that spreads out all over the palate along with a slight sourness. There is also a cloying sweetness at this level -and it is at the edges of the palate-- that is just delightful. Finish is dry, deep, slightly sour and contains a very interesting taste of wood rosins, combined with a unique taste of one of those wonderful "learned" tastes to appreciate from Belgium: brettanomyces. Aftertaste is almost non-existant; just a hint of the sourness remains.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Smooth and silky bottle-conditioning. Excellent complement to the beer.

Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. Fans of bretts will really love this one. It is funky, weird, sour but ultimately delicious and satisfying. I was joking with my wife that if I had brewed this and was trying for an ale or something and then it tasted like a gueuze, I might pour it all out and start over. However, once you have become acquainted with this style and the "brett taste" in general, I think you will become a life-long fan and take it as a blessing if "The Brett fairy" ever visits a fermenter of your home-brew. I would recommend this beer to any and all.

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Photo of simont1
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma is barnyard, very earthy, some hay, lots of grapefruit and overripe apples, very complex. Taste is of grapefruit rind, some lemony, a lot of hay, some tonic inputs, vanilla, leather, yoghurty sourness which is very balanced out with the long after taste.

Oof the breweries that produce their own Gueuze, this is to me the best normal offering of a gueuze. The blending is made for balance, not to have huge funk, or to be overpowering in some departments.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle poured into a Cycle Brewing snifter

A: Golden with a light haze
S: Lemon, earthy Brett, floral, tart, oak, very light sweetness, wheat, vinous
T: Grapefruit pith, earthy Brett, funky, floral, tart, oak tannin, white wine, lemon, white pepper, tropical fruit
M: Light carbonation and light mouthfeel
O: This is a great gueuze and I would love to do this blind next to Tilquin. Also will age a bottle

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Photo of Jonada
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into a wine glass. No freshness date on the bottle, but the cork reads Ref B x 2013.

Appearance: Pours a copper orange color with less than a finger of a white soapy head that settles into a lasting ring. Body is lightly hazy with some visible sediment. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell: Lemon, barnyard funk, musty, green apple, lightly herbal, oak. Aroma complex but not incredibly strong. Nice balance between bright lemony citrus and funk.

Taste: Starts with a low acidic carbonation upfront followed by notes of lemon, green apple, barnyard funk with a light herbal bitterness that lingers after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied and crisp with low to medium levels of fine but aggressive carbonation. Finishes very dry.

Overall: A good gueuze though not one of my favorites. It's worth a try, but there are better gueuze options out there.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, 2014 cork. Poured into a Cantillon degustation glass today, 2/6/2014.

Review #425.

App- Hazy light copper body, on the darker side for a geueze. One finger white head, good filmy retention, bits of lacing.

Smell- Lemon, grape skins, sharp cheese, oak, a bit of barnyard funk, a dash of black pepper. Good complexity, good strength.

Flavour- smells better than it tastes. More oak and barnyard funk above the lemon and grape skins. Not tannic at all. Backend is remniscent of orange peel.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, well carbonated, refreshing and crisp. Finishes nice and dry. Drinkable as given for the style.

Overall- Very nice shelf geueze, good complexity and a bit of funk. Would like more funk, but this is not too far from Tilquin in my opinion.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which seems to have okay retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a murky pale to medium amber that appears as a glowing but hazy pale amber when held up to the light.

Nose- Starts off with a strong tartness and acetic acid. Followed by straw, then slight fruit esters of cherry and strawberry. Some lemon. Nice funkiness that recalls both stinky cheeses and the barnyard. Swirling doesn't add anything to the picture.

Taste- Starts off with definite tartness, vinegar, and acetic acid. However, seems a little rounder than the Belgian gueuzes that are higher up in the rankings. Good range of fruit esters that range from cherry and strawberry to orange and lemon. Light notes of funkiness, straw, and ripe cheese on the finish. This beer could probably use some age and definitely lacks the complexity of the Big 3 of Belgian gueuzes: Cantillion, Tilquin, and Drie Fonteinen. Even strikes me as a little thin (but mostly in comparison). This is pretty manageable for a sour beer. Slight woody bitterness. Good presence with excellent balance and integration. Could use a little more complexity but nonetheless, this is a really good beer. Definitely not great like the other three. Much more delicate than the other three. Some vinous notes and a little bit of white grape. I could see white wine drinkers being a fan of this. Slight honey.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with nice carbonation that has a little bit of zing. Nice dry finish keeps this beer neat and simple.

Drinkability- This is incredibly easygoing for a sour. I don't know if I've become acclimated to sours but this just doesn't have the Lactobacillus bit that I'm used to.

Overall- Really, good beer and pretty much deserving of its ranking. It does retail about the same as those three other gueuzes I keep mentioning so I would probably grab one of those over this beer. Tilquin is pretty much always available. Definitely worth a try- even for someone who has difficulty with sours.

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.