Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 218
Gots: 128 | FT: 9
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Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: marburg on 09-28-2002

Unfiltered version.
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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.37/5  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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  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.

Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.29/5  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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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, puckering 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 delicious sour punishment.

Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a small, white head that settles quickly and leaves little lace. The body is gold colored, with good clarity.

S - Subtle funk with wheat and strong, lactic sourness. The wild character is slightly peppery and has floral, perfume-like notes.

T - A sweet, bready malt note up front that is quickly washed away by mouth-coating, lactic sourness. Musty funk with pineapple and peach notes in the middle. Finishes with some peppery notes as well as musty wild yeast and refreshing sourness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable with a good level of acidity and nice complexity. I particularly enjoy the peach character of the flavor, it is a somewhat unusual flavor to find in a lambic and quite pleasant.

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a golden hue. There if a finger and a half of fluffy, off white head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: This is a nice light smelling gueuze. Funky and tart, getting some lemon along with the yeast funk.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Fairly light and funky with some tart lemon like notes mixed in. While the funk is apparent, it doesn't completely take over.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tons of fluffy, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I'm a fan of this beer. I would have been alright if the tart levels were a tad higher, but I still enjoyed it.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tart fruit, Belgian yeast and light malts

T: The taste is very sour with flavors of tart citrus and berries up front. There are flavors of Belgian yeast and a thin malt character in the background. The after-taste is likewise sour.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a taste that takes some getting used to but you tell it's very well-made.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden amberish color that has a decent whitish head that rises and falls fairly quickly. Nose is bringing the funk. Minor antiseptic tones are mixed with a more dominatingly sweet character. Flavor is great. Nice sour tang. Wonderful level of funk. Well done. Very smooth feel. This is so easy to drink. Does it come in gallons??

Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 cl bottle pours (into my chimnay goblet) a chill hazed effervescent peach with 1 finger of white head that drops to about 1/3". A healthy film with lacing & bubbles chasing it all the way down the glass, but no real lacing to really speak of.

S: Sourness, raspberries & a little bit of horse blanket/barn smell

T: Sourness, dryness with berry sweetness up front. Tartness, lemons & leather follow. Finishes sour, super (woody) dry & tart. I am not a huge fan of this style, but this a nice change of pace & fairly representative, style-wise

MF: Light bodied, with near perfect/lively carbonation.

Drank really easy, just enough tartness to draw you in. I'd be happy with 1 of these & then time to move on. Especially at $8 a bottle. When ever I was in Belgium I tried not to drink the same beer twice in one sitting, too many others to enjoy!

Photo of Rifugium
3.11/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too much vinegar in this for my liking.

Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37.5cl green glass bottle with hood and wire top over a cork served into an Orval goblet in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high; I enjoy this style when it's done right.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream and thickness, and okay retention. Nontransparent dark copper colour.

Sm: Bacteria, souring hops, and some funk. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Heavy funk but limited sourness. Nicely balanced, not bothering to constrain its wonderful sourness, and well built for the style. I fancy its boldness and inspiration. It's pretty good.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the style nicely. It doesn't intrude on the flavours, which is a good characteristic for this style in particular.

Dr: The flavours may not be horribly complex, but they're spot on for what they're trying to do. Very nicely constructed with the style in mind. Any fan of the style should try this. Not the best gueuze I've had, but a pretty good one.

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

Picked this up a while ago at Armanetti's. The cork says Ref C X 2009. Not sure what that means, but I'm guessing this is fairly new. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Pours with a few fingers of eggshell foam that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin cap and thick ring. There are a few splotches of lace left behind. Body is a hazed golden peach color with fiery copper highlights and some visible bubbles. Better lace and retention would make this perfect.

S - The smell is a wonderful blend of white wine vinegar, grape skins, lemon peels, tart apples, a touch of earthy mustiness, and some peripheral funk that comes out as the brew warms. There's a light kiss of oaky vanilla as well.

T - Taste is very strongly oriented towards tart green apples and sour green grapes. Very lemony sour and acetic, but never verges into vinegar territory. As I consume more there is a fruity sweetness that develops and evokes starfruit and pineapple. A light hint of blue cheese pops up in the aftertaste.

M - This is one of the driest beers I've ever had - definitely in the top five. Carbonation is a little gritter than I like. Body is medium-light, smooth, and suits the 5% ABV. There's some residual candy sensation, but it's surprisingly mild compared to some other sour beers I've had.

D - The only thing preventing me from drinking more of this is the price (~$10 for a 375ml bottle), and the danger of sour stomach. This is a wonderful gueuze that is highly overlooked (or as overlooked as a Top 100 beer can be) due to its relatively wide availability. A lot of the rare beers that are drooled over aren't nearly as good as this stuff.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can smell the funk on this before the cork is even out!...whooof! There it is, twisted citrus, a bed of straw, mysterious mustiness, ...gotta give it up to gueuze, there ain't nothin' like it! sparkling minerals, brilliant lemons, funky orange...appearance: amber/peach color, no head ...
Taste: oooh, oooh, sourness itself, serious puckeration, but still refreshing and swift down the throat. Medium body, long, long slick, dry finish, leaves a serious coating in the mouth. This has got to be one of the better tasting gueuzes I've ever had, though it still gives my senses a tumble, I remain powerless before it's elusive character.
Halfway in, the sour attack on the tongue is not as harsh, and it slips ever easier down, feeling even thicker on the palate. I pass the night with a few of these, no problem. Pretty snappy gueuze they got goin' on...

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 6/13/10 notes. Poured from a 37.5 CL bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a golden color that is a little murky with light carbonation evident and 2 fingers of white head that has great retention.

s - Smells very very funky. Also some sour fruit, tart, and faint citrus.

t - Taste again is super funky, cheese, sour fruit and malts, tart, and citrus.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - A pretty good gueuze. This beer is very funky and tarty, and if you like that, you'll probably like this beer a lot. Would have again.

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 1,032 ratings.