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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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

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959 Ratings
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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 212
Gots: 122 | FT: 8
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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Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 ml. bottle. Extremely cloudy yellow-orange, with retaining thin head around the rim, and noticeable lace. Aroma of cider and bleach. Initial taste of rounded softened apple juice sourness. Cannot be drunk quickly, only sipped. Sour vinegar and acid leads to tongue freezing, mouth puckering, and jaw fatigue that was tolerable and long lasting. Aftertaste was a medicinal drying,unresolved for hours by water. Medium in texture on the mouth. Thanks Clarkevv. This is not my preferred style, and I am striving to rate it within its style.

Sammy, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

t0rin0, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some lemon-like aromas. Taste is much the same with some sour apple peel flavors. There is an acidic finish with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze with some great aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, May 15, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

djrn2, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

zestar, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

acurtis, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

nmann08, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Texasfan549, May 15, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden orange in color into a snifter glass with a three finger high thick white head that gradually faded down leaving a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of sourness in the nose that also has some funkiness from the yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the aroma, but the sourness is a lot more pronounced. There are notes of sour apples and some hints of citrus fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate. The initial taste is rather tart while there is dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is very drinkable for the style and the complexity of the sour flavors will bring me back to having another one of these in the future.

metter98, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be the perfect sour to try if you're not familiar with sour beer or lambiks. In summary, it is very "consumer friendly" and can be consumed easily by itself or is sufficiently versatile to go with most savory foods.

Pour a medium cloudy orange honey color with light white head.

Big nose of fresh squeezed lemon juice, lemon grass and sweet wheat grass.

Mouth gets what the nose promises. Fresh bright pleasant mouthfeel with high acid and bright flavors of lemon and lemongrass and a pleasant finish of fresh cut grass and mild wheatgrass. '

Sour flavors are bright and have highnotes with a pleasant bitter/sour character. Some sours can make you pucker and can be hard to get down; more chore than fun. This one is all quite delicious. A very friendly and inviting sour beer.

GRG1313, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, May 15, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a waterspout of bubbles racing up to a champagne head that leaves the party all too soon and leaves no lacing

Smell: Barnyard funk, sour cherries and tart lemons

Taste: Starts with a woody sweet and sour lemon character that builds in its sour virtues; after the swallow, the puckering begins as the pith and fund overwhelm the tongue; underneath it all there is this residual sweet fruit that remains to make everything interesting

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy with an overwhelming dryness on the finish

Drinkability: I am a once in a while lambic drinker but this one has a lot going for it; glad I tried it

brentk56, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
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!

BEERchitect, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of purfock: Poured a orangey color lambic with a huge foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of green apple and tart is really great. Taste is a complex mix between some green apple, some sour and tart notes with some light funky barnyard notes. Full body with great carbonation. I appreciated that the level of acidity is manageable and doesn't totally overrun the complexities.

Phyl21ca, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiny pumpkin with Champagnesque carbonation. An extremely loud POP! on cork removal was followed by a brief foam gusher that I was able to corral into the glass without spilling a drop. The dirty ivory colored crown is loose and airy, with a mealy, unsticky texture that is leaving the glass untouched. Appropriate for the style, methinks.

The nose is filled with all sorts of wild, wooly and wonderful things. Keeping in mind that my gueuze experience can fit on the head of a pin... this is the most interesting and complex version that I've smelled yet. Multiple layers are appreciated, including wood, sour fruit, musty attic and funky barnyard.

I'm starting to realize that the world's best gueuzes (some would say this is *the* best) are a mouth party of epic proportions. Not only in terms of a cachophony of flavors zinging this way and that, but in terms of contrasting sensory input such as puckery tartness, acidity and biting bitterness.

1882 is incredibly sour and dry (arid actually), yet has a closing bitterness that tightens the screws even further. Flavors include wood, green apples in cider vinegar, bitter grapefruit and lemon zest, hay and a modest amount of horse blanket. This is a dizzyingly complex beer that was worth every penny of the $7.49 purchase price. Note: the cork says 06.

The mouthfeel isn't a sensory standout. On the other hand, given the style and the flavor profile, I'm not sure how it could be improved. The liquid expands a little on contact and the carbonation is energetic without being buzzy. A good match all the way around.

Since Girardin Gueuze 1882 is only the fifth gueuze that I've ever reviewed, I have no idea if it's the best version in the world or not. Consider the impressions of other reviewers on that point, not mine. Nevertheless, this is a fantastic experience that I wholeheartedly recommend for anyone who loves craft beer... whatever your style preferences.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was defiantly an interesting brew for me. I am never sure what I am going to get when I open something like this, but there is only one way to find out. Popped the cork and it let out a nice pop and audible hiss, so this one was defiantly still alive. Poured into a tulip it was a light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish. This was a wonderfully unique brew that had a very good flavor and a light fruity feel that really made it shine. I could see why it is rated so high, as it is quite different then anything I had tried in the past. This was very much a great brew and something I would look forward to sipping on again. Highly recommend this one.

mikesgroove, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been holding on to this one for awhile waiting for the urge to strike. Tonight was apparently the night.

A: A vigorous pour reveals a hazy orange beer with a fluffy white head.

S: The smell is absolutely great. Green apples, acidic and acetic, a lot of funk, and some vinous character.

T: A lot of tartness, as one would expect. The fruit components are sour, green apples and white grapes. Some funk, but not quite as much as I would have expected.

M: The beer has a medium body, lively carbonation and a crisp, dry, finish.

D: I love wild beers, and this one certainly lived up to my expectations. It's unfortunate we have to pay so much for these great beers here in the US, because I would love to drink them more often.

womencantsail, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear yellowish gold color without much head on top at all. It looks pretty flat actually more like a white wine. The smell of the beer was funky, very strong on the nose of wild fermentation. The taste was tart and dry much like most Gueuze Lambic's. The mouthfeel was smooth, not highly caronated at all and quite dry. Overall it's getting a little easier for me to drink these brews but they're still not my cup of tea really. I can't say I'd order it again but I'm happy to have at least tried it.

Knapp85, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

SocalKicks, May 27, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy amber with a dense white head. Great head retention and plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell: Nice footy funk, stinky cheese and barnyard. Not overly funky; it's just right. Citrus undertones and a hint of white vinegar.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pleasant sourness and acidity, nothing too extreme here; it's very well balanced and refreshing. Flavors of green apple and musty oak blend with lemon rind bitterness and a touch of oak. Wild honey-like sweetness appears for a brief moment in the middle before being swept away by dry, puckering sourness in the finish.

Notes: Really enjoyed this, one of my favorite gueuzes to date.

largadeer, May 05, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz. green bottle, served at the Map Room.

Deep orange-yellow body, champagne carbonation. Rich foam, leading into an olfactory translation of supreme funk. Oak, "barnyard" to the Nth degree. Fruity.

Taste brings a serious mouth-caving tartness, followed by rich, woody funk and citric lemon. Very similar to some vintage Fantomes i've had in it's fruitiness, but amped up in the sourness.

Mouthfeel is bold, with a dry finish and moderate acidity. It makes you slow down and appreciate the privilege of drinking this in the US. Have one or two, even more if you're a glutton for punishment.

emerge077, Dec 09, 2006
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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
96 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.