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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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

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862 Ratings
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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%


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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Jonada

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 06:33:44 | More by Jonada
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 23:12:21 | More by Stevedore
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:45:53 | More by artoolemomo
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 375ml bottle. Thanks ManforallSaisons!

Golden and very hazy with a huge white head. Lemony, citrusy and grassy aromas. A firm sourness but not overpowering. Lots of lemon and other citrus. Also somewhat vinous with aspects of a dry white wine. A moderate consistency and carbonation with the majority of the bubbles having left after the initial pour.

An interesting and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 11:09:38 | More by GJ40
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No clear date on the bottle, but cork reads REF G x 2013.

A: Cloudy yellow-orange. 1/2 finger of clean, white head. Dissolved to thin coating at 2 minutes. Moderate lacing.

S: Lactic tartness. Cheese. Lighter citric acid, lemon. Must. Horse blanket. Trace of indistinct hop. Nice, but overall a tad light in the nose.

T: Opens with an interplay between a moderate-to-light sour and surprising bitterness. The two seem to spar with each other throughout the swallow, ending with a very dry finish. A noble-type hop bitterness seems to win in the aftertaste. No alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation with a slightly fuller than average body for the style. A touch of creaminess, even.

O: Interesting and tasty brew. Relatively hop-forward - a pale ale among gueuzes! A bit tame with regards to the sourness, but I definitely enjoyed it. Pretty accessible for those unfamiliar with the style, I'd say.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:47:58 | More by fourstringer
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flagmantho

Washington

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
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass

Cork noted as REF A x 2010

Thanks Seth

A) Hazy, golden yellow. Cloudy since my pour was close to the end of the bottle. Specks of sediment suspended throughout. Thin, bubbly head doesn't last. Ring retention.

S) Damp, funky aroma. Musty notions of cheese and basement. Perhaps even a tad moldy. Had a slight acidic, sour twang but this gives way to the funk. Earthy, woody, swampy and dusty.

T) Tangy and pretty sour, especially upfront. Ripe with tart fruit tones, hints of grapes and snappy apples. Dry, funky finish. Very, very dry.

M) Medium-light feel. Appropriately active carbonation keeps it moving. Funky residuals.

D) Nice and nippy without being overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 00:52:31 | More by Ryan011235
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MagicJeff

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 ml corked bottle into my 2013 Zwanze day glass, because hey why not.

Appearance: Murky dark straw. Off white, fluffy head.

Smell: Sour apples and horse blankets and hay.

Taste: Tart up front yields to some vinous qualities. I'm thinking green apple, slight pear and white grape. Funky finish also lends more apple vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Kind of drinks like a slightly white wine (maybe chardonnay?)

Overall: This is a classic example of the Gueuze. I was lucky enough to try some Cantillon beers on tap at Russian River last weekend, and this is making me want more Belgian Lambics and Gueuzes! Job well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 23:55:33 | More by MagicJeff
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into a FW teku glass. GX2013 on the cork

Pours a cloudy golden color with an inch or so white head. Smell is huge on vinegary gueuze goodness. Taste starts out quite sour and then you get the amazing white grape vinegar flavor. Average sourness level for the style, great flavor profile. High tartness, lingering dryness on the finish. Superb drinkability. Mild body, mild carbonation.

Overall this an upper echelon gueuze. Average sourness but the flavor is top notch. Very much recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:26:57 | More by Axnjxn
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer pours with an orange colored body; opaque; not very bubbly; small half finger sized white colored head; light lacing (doesn't stick very well); head remains for quite a while

S - Smell of vinegar; sour grapes; leather; vinegar and a touch of malted barley; slight fruit nose comes up as the beer warms a bit

T - Sour grapes; fruity taste at the beginning of the drink; immediately turns sour; leathery taste on the middle of the tongue; touch of sour lemon flavor

M - Dry taste, doesn't linger for very long; slight bitter aftertaste; very tart

D - Awesome drink; none of the flavors are overpowering; smooth; I highly recommend to everyone who wants to get into Gueuze style beers

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 03:56:18 | More by ferrari29
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Jas45678

Michigan

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
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 19:26:08 | More by tectactoe
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joe1510

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml
$7.99
Sam's, Marcey

2009 Cork

Girardin Black Label fills this here tumbler with a peach liquid that shows surprisingly good clarity. A rush of large carbonation bubbles swirl to the surface from all over the glass to the dense, powdery white head. The head shows off remarkable tenacity with clumpy, thick drink lines after each sip. This is what a gueuze should look like.

Each big whiff I take makes my mouth water uncontrollably. Bright, acidic lemon is the first thing that leaps from the glass with wet stone and decaying wood close behind. This gueuze is full of bright citrus and insanely tempting damp forest characteristics. Dew riddled cobwebs, chalk, and some tart peach come across with each successive nose quaff.

The flavor seems to veer from the nose, still good but doesn't pack the same punch. Lemon acidity hits upfront but green apple characteristics hit next instead of the peach in the nose. The funkiness takes on more of a musty quality than the damp forest floor that I noted in the smell. There is a touch of rotting wood on the swallow that fits flawlessly. A highly tart, bordering sour, wave rushes across the middle of my tongue with each drink and a mild sweetness brings up the rear that reminds me faintly of Sweet Tarts with just enough sweet to keep the sour from running wild.

The sourness starts catching up to me as I navigate my way through the bottle. It's to the point where each drink tickles my tongue and cheeks from both the tartness and lively carbonation. The finish is woody dry and embraces that delicious tart quality. A light body and semi-prickly carbonation keep this gueuze moving.

I can't drink this beer fast enough. The thirst quenching of the tart and dryness is incredibly tempting and tough to pass on. If the Black Label was cheaper I would quaff this beauty often into the dog days of summer.

This has been one of my favorite gueuze for a while now. It's at or near the top of the list. The nose is stellar enough to keep my nose in the glass all night and be perfectly satisfied.

Reviewed: 7/4/09

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:32:36 | More by joe1510
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draheim

Washington

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375mL (REF GX 2013 on cork) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy honey straw color w/ a 1-finger white head that settles to a thin film and collar.

Aroma is 100% tart, funky, vinous goodness. Sour crab apples, cider, and dry oak.

Taste is sour, lactic, acidic, almost vinegary. Lemons and spice. Grainy, husky pale malt. Lacks the subtle counterpoint of sweetness I've detected in a few other gueuzes. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry, a little prickly.

Overall a good gueuze but maybe not my favorite. There's a metallic twang that works against this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 04:46:09 | More by draheim
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EdKing

United Kingdom (England)

4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle on New Year’s Eve 2012, Bottle drunk after a couple of top Champagnes and I have to say this beat them both. Pours cloudy golden orange amber, white head. Nose is green appley, cooking apples, strong sour yeasty, toasted French bread, farmyard, grain husk, burnt caramel, urine . Taste is very green appley, Bramley apples, sour yeast , very light and citrous acidic, vinegary, grassy, toasted white bread. Outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 15:05:21 | More by EdKing
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer is clear golden with a good-sized snow white head. Lots of bubbles zipping up through the beer. Good retention.

As gueuzes go, smell is only lightly funky, but is very nice. A bright lemon scent mixed in with some funky barnyard. Some other fruit scents (apple). I think this is fairly young which may explain the low funk level, but despite that it is quite a nice nose.

Taste is similar to the nose. Very nice, but not super tart or funky. Again, likely because it is fairly young. Nice funky flavours, tart lemon, yeast and oak. At least at this age, a very balanced gueuze. Quite dry on the finish. Yum.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated but in a very gently way- small champagne like bubbles. A bit puckery.

Overall, very good, but I am sure it gets better with some age. Look forward to trying it again in some time. Anyway, still a really nice gueuze at this stage!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:48:49 | More by jrenihan
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, 2013
HF wine glass

A: Cloudy yellow orange color. Half finger of bright white head. Nice little pop on cork. Good carbonation still (young Lambic). Leaving some lacing.

S: First and foremost, you smell that barnyard funk. Lemon. Crisp white grape. Acidic notes.

T: Tip of the tongue, you get that prickle of tart acidic sourness. It's not as mouth puckering as I was expecting. Getting some of that tart lemon that you pulled off the nose. Sort if falls flat in the middle to back end of the palate. Finish us as expecting, nearly bone dry. Still some sweetness. This could stand for more cellaring.

M: Lighter side of medium.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 14:46:14 | More by inlimbo77
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notchucknorris

California

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Gave this a try at Toronados the other day.

A: Slightly hazy golden in color with a bone white head.

S: A big blast of cheesy funk right away. As that fades, some notes of oak, lemon, vinegar, tart red cherry and light spice begin to emerge.

T: Starts a touch sweet, almost like a lemon hard candy. Then hits with a good punch of sourness, funk and vinegar. Finish brings some vanilla, lemon curd and green apple. The flavors are really well balanced and, despite the smell, this is far less funky than a lot of gueuzes out there. Really tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 14:27:12 | More by notchucknorris
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 2013 bottle in DC

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow-amber with a thin, loose white head that dissipates down into a white halo without lacing. There appears to be ample carbonation without much visible sediment. The nose is mildly sour, non-skunky, with a very slight fruitiness reminiscent of tart cherries. The taste is just as mild mannered and drinkable as the nose packing in an initial malty, grainy sweetness, some back-end funk, and finishes with a semi-dry, tart, bitterness. This is certainly one of the most drinkable gueuzes I've had, and I'm liking how approachable and balanced this is compared to some of the funk-bomb gueuzes I'm used to drinking. Its mouthfeel is initially sweet, well carbonated, slightly funky and bitter in the finish. As the beer warms it packs in a bit more bitterness in the finish, which contributes to the beer's crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. I'm impressed with this $10/375mL shelf-gueuze over Hanssens and Tilquin alternatives and due to its superior drinkability. However, I'm not sure I'll try too hard to acquire more bottles (i.e. trade for more). If it were available in my area I'd gladly indulge.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 00:41:54 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark and hazy copper color with golden yellow highlights. The beer pours with a quarter-of-a-finger’s-width, creamy white head of tiny compact bubbles, and is replenished by a steady stream of bubbles coming from throughout the glass. The beer’s body is a cloudy haze of proteins and such, and the other side of the glass can only just barely be seen. On the nose, the beer smells properly barn-yardy, with touches of cherry fruit leather and salt. The funk is nice and dominant in the nose, and provides a nice spiced feeling to the nose, perhaps briefly suggesting peppers. Beneath the salty funk lies a nice citric smell, somewhere between lemons and grapefruits with a touch of pineapple thrown in. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet up front, and then quickly dries into bitter and savory flavors with a medium strength acidity washing through the mouth. In flavor, the beer begins as salty fruity, almost like a pineapple. The fruit flavors grow in the mouth and introduce barnyard, cherry fruit leather, and some nice herbal grassy flavors in the finish and aftertaste. The finish moves towards a funky lemon flavor and has a nice long length. The lemon lasts into the aftertaste, blending with the grassy herbal flavors to leave a pleasant taste in the mouth. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body and crisp with a nice snappy and rough carbonation that scrubs the tongue free of any of the more cloying funk flavors. The mouth is left clean except for a nice pool of acid neutralizing saliva. Overall, this is a great gueuze with proper depth and complexity. If anything, I would call it a bit subdued in flavor though. It has all of the right components, but is too muted. The grassy bitters are also a little too strong and hold back some of the other flavors in the beer. This beer is a nice solid gueuze overall, though, and definitely worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 17:24:16 | More by Maxwell
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Cork says Ref By 2013.

A- Pours an orangeish amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before slipping down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass a small sliver of surface foam on the side.

S- This is gonna be a sour baby for sure. Notes of peach, granny smith apple and lemon with some sharp acididic undertones. Fumey,

T- Starts off tame on the palate with not much sourness but begins to transform slowly going from oaky to vinegar-like to funky all the while making the tongue salivate. Strange but admittedly complex. There's a very acidic aftertaste but it doesn't dry out the tongue like most gueuzes seem to do. The strangely medicinal aftertaste starts to catch up and make things even weirder.

M- A surprisingly slick mouthfeel to go with the tartness. Sharp, almost stinging from the acidity. Low carbonation with a lightish body.

O- I wanted to rate this one higher, but the lack of carbonation made me take points off the mouthfeel although I felt it was otherwise nicely balanced. And the flavor was also complex and well-balanced but the aftertaste kind of ruined it. I had to eat a slice of havarti cheese to tone down the intensity which I highly recommend because it was a nice pairing.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 00:19:42 | More by Immortale25
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wyatt13

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I opened this to celebrate turning in the rough draft of my senior thesis. 375 ml cork and cage bottle, poured into my Belgian glass. The cork says 2013.

A - The cork came out with a huge POP, followed by the unleashing of some ominous smoke, like I was entering sacred grounds. Surprisingly, there was no gushing. Pours a burnt straw orange, with a big fizzy head. The bubbles range from miniscule and energetic to bloated, moving with largesse. A solid wall of lacing develops as I quaff.

S - Really complex on the nose. At first whiff, my nostrils are bombarded with massive notes of sour apples and a vinegar-like acidity. There's definitely a hefty dose of barnyard funk and earthiness. If I really get in there and sniff away I can detect a little bit of lemony sweetness too.

T - Whew, this bad boy is sour! Puckering and intense, with an unrelenting tang. Finishes quite dry, with a heavy dose of the funkiness I was expecting. This manages to hit both extremes quite nicely -- the sour and the funk, with a bit of sweetness to transition between them.

M - Pretty thin mouthfeel, and the beer really dries out my mouth after I swallow. I can feel my mouth and lips tingling with a bit of dryness, similar to what happens when you eat too many chunks of pineapple. This is really strange, but oddly compelling.

O - Easily the best gueuze I've had yet, although my pool of experience is admittedly still quite shallow. Before this one, I didn't really see what all the hype around sours and gueuzes was all about. Now I really want to explore the landscape a lot more. A very enjoyable and horizon-broadening experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 00:33:38 | More by wyatt13
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Ommegang flute

A:Golden orangey in color slightly yellow at the bottom cloudy and semi opaque (clearer as it warms). There was basically no head but it is tan and leaves a very thin lacing on the top

S: There definitely has some funk in there but it is not super pungent (perhaps I should have aged it for longer).It has that trademark gueuze smell but not much else or much power.

T: The taste is better then the nose is has a straight up sour/tart flavor up front but it isn't really funky at all it is almost clean, dry, and very light/refreshing. Lots of fruit and citrusy flavors like lemon and green apple. The sour flavor is not puckering but it is there and pretty tasty in my opinion

M: This is definitely the best part about this beer. The sour flavor is not overwhelming it is crisp and clean up front. It is watery and thin clearly light at only 5% abv but that makes it extremly drinkable and when the taste is still there the lightness is a positive thing for me.

O: Despite being very light this is still quite a very tasty and sour gueuze. I would like to taste one that has been aged for awhile to see if it developes more but with the low alcohol content I would not expect a whole lot. That being said this beer is definitely worth a try and could be a great starter sour.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 02:37:38 | More by Pinknuggets
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GuzzLah

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a hazy yellow-orange with a short white head. Bubbly.

S - green apple, soft cider vinegar, bubblegum, leather, faint lacto

T - like the aroma with a nice peppery bitterness. Tasty, but not my fav.

M - light-medium body with high carbonation. Tart and dry.

O - nicely balanced Gueuze, but it's not quite as tasty as Drie Fonteinen.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 19:06:56 | More by GuzzLah
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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
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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.