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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 202
Gots: 115 | FT: 6
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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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DaveJanssen

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL in Girardin glass in Brussels. Reviewed 7/10/2009

Ar: Sour cherry, strawberry, leather and light sweatiness, fruity, lightly oxidized, nice acidic fruit, berries

Ap: Lightly hazy straw, medium very smooth white head, good retention, ligh lace

F: very complex, initial tart fruit, very acidic, leather, hay, sour, acetic acid, lightly winey, crisp malt, very dry, nice cutting acidity, smooth without too much sweaty, sour raspberry, lightly lemony

M: acidic, dry, light body, high carbonation, smooth dry cutting acidity, peppery carbonation

O: Unique and complex, refreshing, smooth, very good

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 03:19:36 | More by DaveJanssen
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muttyd

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw colored golden yellow with a thick bubbly white head. Funky/barnyard/blanket aroma instantly fill the room.

This is one sour beer. Lip puckering lemony sourness. Flavor is of grapes, pepper, and citrus. Bubbly on the tongue with a medium body. Very clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 14:28:45 | More by muttyd
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My original review of this beer, preserved below for posterity was laughably bad, so I had to re-review this.

I'm having to work this weekend, and since i don't get OT, I'm going to need a beer to get through the pain.

Clear amber with a dense white head with excellent retention and some patchy lacework, this beer is pretty darned gorgeous.
The nose is outstanding, everything I'd want from a gueuze. Sour lemons, wet leather, wet earth, and a prominent woody character, I get some mild oak and some vanilla. The lemon character is most dominant, but behind it there's some great funk with musty attic and some grassy hay. No appreciable vinegar character, there's just a touch of solvent character that (normally unwelcome for me) that adds a pleasing dynamic to the beer. Excellent stuff
I see where Hanssens gets their magic from, this is an excellent gueuze. Opens sour with a lot of lemony character but there's a certain juicy character that I haven't noticed in the Hanssens OG. The fresh citrus juice character is fantastic, and there's a pleasant funk as well, though not as complex as the nose. Green apple, wet hay, dry cider are all present. Tannic character is low, but present and noticeable on the finish. The finish is fantastic, with sour lemons present up front before a long, dry, mildly oaky character with a little vanilla takes over. I was supposed to savor this, but this has lasted all of 15 minutes, a superlative beer!

**Original review dated 3rd May 2008
Split this last night with a couple of friends. Poured into a champagne flute. This is me first gueuze review!

A: Amber with a white head. Steady, long lasting carbonation. 4.5/5

S: Sour - vinegar with a sweet backbone. There's some spice to the backbone too - pepper and a hint of coriander? Smells delicious 4.5/5

T: Very sour wup front with some sweetness coming through in the dry, sour finish. Pepper dances on the tongue 4/5

M: Puckering sour with great carbonation 4/5

D: I'd most definitely drink this again!4.5/5

**Edit 09 March 2012**
Cork labeled REF FX2012, picked up from CCWS last night.

Nose is still clearly Girardin but arguably younger, with a predominantly citric profile, insanely juicy with lemons and grapefruit. Still a touch sweet, though, with an almost cotton candy-like. Mellow funk. Utterly remarkable. Palate is so juicy, so fresh, so vibrant, with such a wonderful lemonade and grapefruit juice character, along with as of yet mild funk. A fantastic gueuze. I can't quite fault it, apart from saying it lacks the complexity of the CX 2010 bottling. 4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/5

**Edit 17 May 2013**

The CX2010 bottling.Drinking this immediately after a Beatification, and a week after a Doesjel, I'm reminded how special this beer is. It is everything a gueuze should be. Soft, delicate, citrusy and bright, with a delicate funk, earthy, mushroomy, less tannic than a 3Font, cleaner and more balanced in sourness with a better blend of citric and lactic acids, softer with a wheaty, dextrinous fullness that tempers the sourness and lends a sweetness. Soft tannins. Juicy. Yum. 4.5/4.75/4.75

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 22:51:06 | More by DefenCorps
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

37.5cL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out a clear peachy gold with with a quickly dissipating head that sticks close and tight on the sides of the glass.

S: Wonderfully tart, lemony, pepper, unripe white grapes, or whatever aromas match up with the tannins and woodiness I'm picking up in here.

T/MF: Tart feel that puckers the tip of the tongue and quickly works its way to the back of the throat, grapey with a strong barrel aged character, peppery, lemony, with touches of apricot. On the back end (near the end of each sip and in the long, gripping aftertaste) the beer takes on a slightly sharp and cheesy character that really melds together wonderfully with the tart fruity and woody flavors in the beginning and middle. Each sip brings something new to the table, volume turned up on a particular flavor here that moves back on the next to allow another flavor to take some of the spotlight.

D: This beer is something special and I'm glad that I had a chance to try this after wanting to try it for so long. The depth, texture and general awesomeness of this beer makes it nearly impossible to put down.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 02:32:01 | More by bluemoonswoon
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Traquairlover

Virginia

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

37.5 cl bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Dark golden amber, good clarity, small but firm off white head.

S = White pepper, claro cigar smoke, horse sweat, nice and funky. Making my mouth water just smelling it.

T = Quite sour like fresh lemon juice, some earthy flavors of fresh turned dirt,

M = Medium-light to light body, frothy, acidic, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is a very good gueuze, not sure I can really call it highly drinkable it has such funkiness, but on the other hand, it has a nice dryness that whets the tastebuds and makes me want more.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 00:38:42 | More by Traquairlover
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this out of a bottle, poured into a wine glass (usually would opt for some better glassware, but you take what's available).

Appearance: Yellow and bubbly head, looks a lot like champagne, but a bit thicker, on the pour. Little lacing and little head, nothing too intense or impressive, but nice enough.

Smell: Gueuzy. Thick, heavy funk with some green apple peel, oak, citrus, and a distinctly sour note. Just smells sour and funky, really gets the palate puckering in anticipation.

Taste: Whew, sour is there. Big green apple and lemon-like sourness, with a vinegar draw as well. The oaky, funky, acidic nature really comes after the swallow and breath in, it just opens up to heavy gueuze qualities that are just delicious and refreshing. One of the more interesting notes here was of how dry it became, even after only a few ounces. Between mouth-wateringly sour and mouth-depleting dryness, my mouth was getting its money's worth.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and pretty sour to boot. Carbonation is light, but efficiently. Really complex finish is oaky and vinegar dryness, and the funk lingers on the palate. Just interesting all around, that's for sure.

Drinkability: I guess this is almost a wash. Definitely a mood beer, that's for sure. Oaky, funky, dry, and sour all at once, and can definitely hit the spot on the right night. Would certainly have again in the future, and a perfect example of what a gueuze should be.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 03:21:08 | More by nomomentwasted
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nickd717

California

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

Bottle from K&L in Redwood City.

A - Pours a slightly hazy brilliant golden color with a large white head and good lacing.

S - Aroma is what you'd want from a great gueuze: citrus/lemon tartness and funk, maybe a touch of sweet malt as well.

T - Flavor is funky tartness and lemon with some sweet pale malt poking through. Maybe even some blue cheese. Extremely well-balanced and good.

M - Palate is sharp and acidic with soft carbonation and medium body.

D - Very drinkable, not at all overly sour. This may be the best gueuze I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 17:45:05 | More by nickd717
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Slightly hazed golden copper with a medium white head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Band-aid, lemon zest, Brie rind---quite aromatic. What is that in the background? Sweet ring bologna? Why yes! Interesting.

T-Whoa! Super crisp and tart lemon zest zing with a bristle of vinegar.

M-Medium-light bodied super crisp with lively carbonation. Long lasting sourness.

D-Absolutely! Super nice, strong and tart without getting "crazy". A beautiful brew that is well deserved of it's high ranking.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 12:20:32 | More by Deuane
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youngblood

Indiana

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

Pours golden with some cloudiness. Light head dissipates and leaves some nice lace.

Smells awesome. Lots of lemon and lime sourness with a hint of belgian funkiness in the background.

As soon as it hits your tongue, you begin to pucker. Strong lime sourness with some funk at the back end. The breath after the first swallow was full of flowers and lemongrass.

Has a very light body, almost delicate. Goes down smooth, but leaves the mouth dry due to the sourness. Overall, a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 13:52:23 | More by youngblood
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Ezekiel81923

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 375mL bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown. A cheaper Geuze, and also my first sour beer. Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

Apeparance: A nice golden amber color, hazy, with a two finger white foamy head that recedes quickly. Fair lacing. Looks fun.

Smell: Sour lemons, sour citrus, sour barnyard funk. Very sour (maybe slightly sweet?) aroma that just makes your mouth water, and maybe even pucker a little bit already.

Taste: I got this on a recommendation that it was the most "beery" geuze and a good place to start if you're just getting into sour beers. I would agree with that. Has a very pilsner feel to it and has a lot of lemon and citrus flavors. Oh yea, and its got a lot of sour and funk going on.

Mouthfeel: Light body, dry finish. Very mouth puckering that makes your mouth water. I'd say the only thing that lingers after each sip would be the puckering sourness of it.

Drinkability: High drinkability. Despite its strong sourness and intense mouth puckering ability, it just makes you want more. A great starter Geuze, and a great geuze in general.

Glad I tried it. And it's one of the more inexpensive sours I can get my hands on. Bonus!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 16:54:33 | More by Ezekiel81923
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srandycarter

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Almost clear honey, not much head, leaves fast to ring. Light sudsy lacing.

S - Barny, some tartness in the air. Small dole of malt.

T - Wow. Sweet tart city. Tart up front, some sweet malt in center, some funky barn flavors at finish. Bitter grapefruit. Fun beer.

M - Lots of carb, good coating, light bodied, hard to consider balance on this one.

D - Good stuff, but one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 03:54:14 | More by srandycarter
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Jmoore50

Nevada

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

The top Gueuze on BA is on the shelves in my local town? Crazy son, just plain crazy.

The appearance is a solid dark nectar lurking in a wine glass. There is a half finger white head that disappears fast, leaves no lacing. A weird thing about this one is that the edges of the brew are the exact same color as the middle. I mean this thing does not have any color variation, just a solid gold color.

The smell is sweet sour funk. Instant mouthwatering.

The taste is just great, I can understand why everyone who tries it would like it. The I get a raspberry-lemon-strawberry fruitiness that just sours perfectly. This is not overly done, perfect blend of three beautiful lambics. Slight lactose or wine dryness towards the end that leaves the lips smacking. Tart.

The mouthfeel is great as is the drinkability. The mouthfeel just gets you salivating, wanting more to taste. Good drinkability, a little too sweet and tart to drink two.
I want more, just hope that my place can get some.

J

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 01:00:54 | More by Jmoore50
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 18:19:16 | More by boatshoes
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at the Sahara Mart on 3rd Street in Bloomington, IN. Got the bottle in late August 2009.

Pours a pale yellow gold with a nice white head. The immediate aroma is an earthy funkiness, barnyard, and quite a bit of acidic tartness. The taste follows in the same direction, with a bit of citrus, and a moutherpuckering sour flavor. A little bit of pale malt eventually comes through toward the end, but this one is sour through and through. Falling only behind Duck Duck Gooze and La Folie in terms of sour drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 20:42:39 | More by Thorpe429
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $6.

A: hazy orange/amber stark white head, not much retention and fair lacing.

S: barnyard funk, sour lemons and citrus, funky gym socks, horse blanket. Excellent smellin beer!

T: sour sour sour! Lemons, some smooth pilsener malt, quite medicinal as well. Excellent tasting beer, has tons of sour notes all over, but isn't completely dominated by those flavors. Interesting and delicious.

M: thin, crisp, refreshing, extremely tart and puckering though. Excellent dry finish that makes it feel as if there was never beer there.

D: easy drinking sour beer, fairly good pucker power and a really nice, light flavor. This is so light that almost evaporates in your mouth. Excellent. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 08:56:41 | More by pokesbeerdude
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review of a gueze or lambic. I was very happy with this beer and even though I am fairly new to liking the sour beers, I think that this is one of the best I've tried.

A - Clear orange slight haze, fizzy head that lasted less than a minute and left almost no lacing.

S - Hits you the moment the cork bursts out of the bottle. Sour funky dryness that I can feel in the back of my throat. Citrus peels and the smell of an apple orchard with young sour apples and the dry grass of autumn.

T - Sharp quick and sour right as it hits my mouth. This one has quite a zip right at the beginning. In the middle, I get some citrus peels and immature apples where the peels add a good amount of dryness. then a slightly bitter finish on the back of the tongue. Very clean aftertaste, a bit of bitter grapefruit is left in the mouth but not for long.

M - Leaves the mouth clean and dry. Very fizzy and light bodied. A bit gassier than I generally like but this makes it a fantastic palette cleanser that works out well as an aperitifs or between courses. Gave me a nice but mild mouth sweat.

D - Refreshing and easy to drink. Low alcohol (5%) gives you the option of drinking a couple and feeling fine.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 21:53:20 | More by thepeter
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br3wmeister

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Large off white head with weak retention and mild lacing. Hazy dull orange gold colored beer.

S- Huge funky earthy aroma, hay/barn, mild tartness and dry bitter spice. Also some crushed black pepper and a hint of fruit.

T- Big puckering sour flavor up front, dried spices, and hay. Large citrus fruit and bitter finish. This is a very nicely flavored beer.

Overall this is a very good gueuze, I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 01:58:17 | More by br3wmeister
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brendan13

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to Smithflipper for sharing this.
A - Slightly hazy dark golden colour with a centimetre of head that falls away almost immediately.
S - Green apple & lemon sourness with quite the musty, barnyard funk character.
T - Much like the smell; sour apple and lemon notes with the musty, barnyard quality also coming through.
M - Light bodied, slight tartness. Fairly high carbonation.
D - This review probably doesn't do this beer justice but there isn't much to a well made Gueuze.
A sessionable Gueuze for those that appreciate the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 12:02:59 | More by brendan13
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augustgarage

California

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle into my Lindemans flute.

Amber liquid with crystalline clarity and a thin but persistent layer of magnolia foam, fed by a steady flow of tiny bubbles.

Fruit (e.g. juicy sour apples), oak, and barn comprise the aroma. Faintly cider like. Well balanced, though difficult to pull out individual notes.

Classic flavor profile with a sharp acidity on the palate followed by penicillin (good blue cheese), earthy "horse blanket," grapefruit, wild yeast, lemon juice. Sourness is prominent, and comes across as an increased bitterness (more than one would expect from this style). Complexity increases as the beverage warms (don't serve this too cold!). Crisp, slightly dry finish.

Somewhat tannic mouthfeel, with a mild puckering brine-like quality from the acidity. Lovely effervesence and slight creaminess despite the ethereal lightness of this pale ale.

Nice drinkability for what many would consider an unusual ale. Great for Summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 20:21:07 | More by augustgarage
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Corked and caged 375ml green bottle served cooled in a chalice.

This beer pours a cloudy amber orange color with huge bubbly head. It settles very slowly leaving some spotty lacing on the glass. Small pieces of yeast sediment confirm it's "unfiltered" status.

The smell is nose-tingling and awakens every hair in my nostrils. Without even tasting it, I can tell this is going to have some sour funky flavor. The smell is similar to sour green grapes if they were really pungent.

Flavor is sour, as expected, but there's a lot more than that going on. This is far from one-dimensional. Earthy undertones provide the backdrop for big sour flavors unlike anything I've ever experienced in a beer. It's extremely tart - almost like biting into a crabapple. And it doesn't end there... big bitterness but not of the hoppy variety. The tannins really get you in the back of the mouth with this beer finishing dry and sticky.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and high in carbonation. Lots of chalenging flavors all competeing for dominance yet somehow in harmony.

If I hadn't had beers like La Folie or Consecration, this would be really hard to handle. Luckily, my sour cherry has been popped, so to speak, so I can enjoy this. However, I'm glad it comes in this little bottle because I couldn't handle much more than this one serving.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 21:57:58 | More by GilGarp
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasantly astringent and fruity-tart, Belgian with strong dryness and a crisp refreshing finish.

The beer opens with a a strong golden color and an eggshell colored head that straddles the fence of champagne fizziness and beer froathiness. The head quickly falls to a trace but allows some timid lacing.

Tart and sour aromas of lemon acidity, bright fruitiness, and deep oak and musty yeast quality. The sourness tickles the nose and makes the mouth water immediately.

Like flavors as aromas attack the entire mouth; much more intense than the nose suggests. Sharp lemon-lime flavors combine with a plethera of under-rippened fruits of berries, apples, grapes crabapples, kiwi, and pears. The souring steers away from lactic vinegars and toward a woodsy-musty grandma's attic reminescent of barrel aged beers. Spicy phenols add a note of white pepper, cumin, and curraco orange peel. There's a lot going in in the taste, but somehow seems effortless.

Light and airy in texture, the beer feels the mouth and quickly hits the sides of the toung in expected sour and astringent fashion. Not offensive and overly aggressive the extreme tartness offers more refreshment and crispness than bite or sharpness. The beer thins maybe a bit too much and looses the delicate malt mouthfeel, pushing the beer into white wine textures.

Ultimately this is as good as many other good Gueuze, but the restrained tartness and bright fruitiness gives it a not against them. Very refreshing without offense also helps the mouthfeel although a bit more malt balance is perfered.

Thanks jyounger30!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 14:19:52 | More by BEERchitect
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redneckchugger

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured in my tulip, poured cloudy and pale, nice sized head,
Amazing nose on this one, acidic, and funky. it smells like you took rotten lemons and rolled them in moldy hay, which is better than it sounds.
The taste is even better i think. Up front very acidic,again like rotten lemons, but the funk in the back is way more complex than the nose suggest. Its barnyard as so many have said, but its more than that, its musky, its moldy, its got a touch of sweetness, this is the most challenging beer i have ever had, but its also one of the most enjoyable. I only wish i had bought more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 13:17:45 | More by redneckchugger
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John_M

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had mixed feelings about trying and reviewing this beer, but ultimately decided to go ahead and do both.

The beer pours an attractive bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this bad boy is amazing; disgusting to the point of being impressive. There is a profound aroma of camel sweat, vinegar, limburger cheese, sulphur and lemon/lime. This beer smells incredible. As a result, I was literally afraid to take a sip, but what do you know, this beer isn't bad. Yes, there is plenty of lemon and sour grass, but also some quinine and lemonaide as well. Also, there is an intriguing mouthwatering aspect to this beer's flavor profile, which I assume is from acid. Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing, something I was not expecting to find in a sour beer like this. Shockingly, I can drink and appreciate this beer, and it's starting to give me some insight into what makes a sour beer attrative. Hmmm. The amount of sour wears me out in the end, but still, given enough time, I could probably polish off the bottle (but instead gave the half open bottle to the bartender to dole out to true sour lovers).

Very interesting. May have to return to this beer again some time.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 13:59:29 | More by John_M
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davexisxrabid

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this bad boy into my Chimay goblet. Decent one inch thick head topping off an amber body. Slighly cloudy with lots of visible carbonation. Good head retention and good lacing during the drinking period.

Aroma - sour like sweet and sour sauce and vinegar; you either appreciate the funk or you don't.

Tart taste but not too sour with a sweet aftertaste. Imagine a really complex lemonhead (tart shell, sweet interior). That's kind of the way the flavors wash over your palate when you drink this.

Medium bodided, well carbonated and easy on the taste buds. Slightly lingering mouthfeel, that vinegary zing stays for a little bit between each drink.

Low abv and the fact that it is not too tart making it a good drinkable beer, striking a good balance between the tart sourness of the funk and the malty beer backbone.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 15:33:47 | More by davexisxrabid
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brokenleadedcask

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Sampled on 07/19

My local store just started having this on a regular basis and I am a fan. The translucent golden orange filled the glass with an excellent show of soapy white head. The Brett is prevalent in this beer. Some horse blanket, funk and B.O. are also obvious. The taste is different than the smell. Some tart sour lemon, fresh cut grass, and faint hops dominate this beer. The dry white wine texture hits the front of the tongue. But it does have a nice clean bubbly finish even if it is a little chaulky at first. When I want a good "go to" sour, this is it. I have a feeling I'll be buying quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 02:49:41 | More by brokenleadedcask
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.