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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) | Brouwerij Girardin

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unfiltered version.

Added by marburg on 09-28-2002

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Reviews: 547 | Ratings: 1,136
Photo of MikeWard
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass.

body is a murky apricot color. head is initially impressive, but quickly fades to a faint ring. no lacing.

aroma is a funky fruity smell, a touch of vinegar.

enjoying the taste on this one. tart fruitiness is the most forward, with a little bit of sour funk thrown in for good measure.

mouth is closer to thin than medium. the fruitiness and tartness really hang around in the mouth. dry and fruity finish.

overall, enjoyed my first gueuze. will not be my last.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass on Saturday afternoon. Comes out a slightly hazy amber color, a thin head wisps up and quickly falls into nothingness, some spotty lacing at the most.

Nice aroma here, big funk coming through with some light sweetness underneath. Flavor is pretty sweet at first, lemon-like flavor and sourness. Nice funky yeast in the middle, not too overpowering. Finish has some woody notes and a lingering tartness.

Feel is pretty light and smooth, beer is a bit clingy in the mouth. Overall a well done gueuze, definitely on the lighter/sweet side compared to some of the other big hitters like Haansens.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky and hazy straw golden yellow with a subtle light orange glow and a finger of off-white active foam and highly active carbonation.

Lemon zest, orange, apple peels, cider-like, vinous, slight wet hay mustiness, and earthy.

Green apple skins, orange and lemon peel, citric and lactic acidity, bretty must, and some light earthy notes.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, musty funk, tart, crisp, very refreshing.

Overall, a high class example of the gueuze style. Wonderfully complex with high carbonation and tartness to wipe the palate clean for another sip. Very drinkable.

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Photo of drmeto
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy golden-orange with a small to medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
lemon,peach,wheaty,funky barnyard,green apple,woody
-lemon,oranges,green apple,wheaty,astringent
-medium sourness for the style
-finishes dry and (surprisingly) clean
-medium carbonation
-light body
Really good Geuze.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12o bottle into a tulip glass. Acquired as an extra in a trade with islandboi8204, thank you!

Pours a clear amber body, slightly hazy once dregs are introduced, little head and no lacing.

Aromas are citrus and funk, acidic, lactic, hay, barnyard. On the tongue is barnyard hay, funk, yeast, musty basement, citrus, finish is lightly bitter with a dry aftertaste. Medium light carb and easy drinking medium body.

Very enjoyable, easy drinking, refreshing gueuze. Delicious, balanced, complex.

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Photo of bnes09
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, translucent ale with thin head. Big aroma of funky brett, earth and musty wheat. Flavor is bright and citric with lemon tones. Brett adds a dense funk layer. Minimal hop character but not needed. Medium acidity. Earthy finish. Light body. Dry finish. Good stuff

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head to head with Cantillon Bio Lambic Gueuze and RR Beatification. Black label is really well balanced and smooth. Flavors are perhaps a bit muted relative to the balsamic vinegary flavor in Beat and perhaps a bit too much barnyard in Cantillon. Black label more than holds its own and given the availability of Black Label, it's the winner

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Photo of riverotterrob
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: very hazy straw orange.

S: yeasty and funky, with a hint of vinegar.

T: this is pretty complex, starts with tart fruits and lemon peel, there's a moment of sweetness before a unique bitter drinks comes to cleanse the pallette and balance the sweetness. A mild acidity lingers after in the mouth and stomach.

F: light, well and finely carbonated with a dry finish

O: a unique and interesting beer, but not worth the price in my opinion. Don't think I'll hey this one again.

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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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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.