Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
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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 ferrari29
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of Jas45678
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Photo of tectactoe
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of joe1510
4.44/5  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

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of EdKing
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.47/5  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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.04/5  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.

Photo of Maxwell
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of wyatt13
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of GuzzLah
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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 superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; REF 8x2011 printed on the cork. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart apple, grape, lemon, pepper, grass, hay, leather, oak, clove, white wine vinegar, earth, funk, and earthy spiciness. Fantastic aromas with huge complexity and nice balance of fruity and spicy notes; a bit more spicy/earthy than most. Taste of big tart apple, grape, cherry, lemon, grass, hay, pepper, clove, oak, leather, white wine vinegar, earth, funk, and yeast spiciness. Fair amount of earthy and fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, grass, hay, pepper, clove, oak, leather, earth, funk, light vinegar, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity, spicy, and wild yeast notes; near perfect balance of all flavors; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Acidity is also extremely well balanced and not overwhelming at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly syrupy, acidic, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Gueuze! Huge complexity and balance of all flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. An highly outstanding offering.

Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml corked and caged bottle into snifter. 2013 on the cork.

Explodes with a nice pop and a puff of smoke. Moderate pour gives a pillowy head that expands and retracts quickly leaving fine white bubbles on the surface. Slightly hazy body that is on the darker side for the style.

Lots of citrus and oak on the nose. Dry and funky with a bit of malt, very inviting.

Lemon and other citrus fruits are the initial tastes. Followed by more of the oak and some green apple. Not quite as complex as some of the more sought after geuze but still very enjoyable.

Very light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Great value and readily available geuze. Can't find Drie Fonteinen or Cantillon anymore? Meet Girardin 1882. At least while you still can...

Photo of Rutager
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a hazy, orangy gold with a finger of white head.

Smell. Nice sweet funk and lemons with a little bit of light grains and old wood.

Taste. Woody funk, whole lemon including some bitter seeds, quite sour, very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, lively and fine carbonation.

Overall. A very nice, classic style queuze. I could drink this all day but sadly only have this 375. Will buy again the next time I see it.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 1.26.13

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a 3/4 inch cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Funky, horseblanket, astringent citrus, very nice!

T - Nice earthy, funky with a touch of citrus.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body. Great mouthfeel.

O - Very nice geueze. Perfect funk vs. citrus.

Photo of popery
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From notes, 6/22/11. A wonderful gueuze. I’m currently drinking a fresh bottle, and it’s comparable to any of the vaunted examples of the style. Pours a yellowish orange with small white head that dissipates quickly. Hazy. The aroma is subtle and complex. There are notes of green apples, lemons, barnyard funk, hay, sourdough, sour cherries and grass. The taste still has some light malt sweetness, but it finishes light, dry and medium sour. The aftertaste is sour and funky. It’s a very easy beer to drink, but you’ll want to savor it. Delicious.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pop and smoke pouring out.

Huge white head and a hazy orange body. Lots of sticky lace and the head doesn't disappear.

Aromas of tart apple, lemon, vinegar, and hay.

Tastes tart and vinegary. An assertive opening that opens into more hay funk and a dry finish.

Lively carbonation and light bodied. When the carbonation subsides it is smooth drinking.

Super enjoyable gueuze. Nicely balanced between sour and funk.

Photo of yamar68
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Brenson for hooking this up! 2011 vintage:

Pours kind of a cinnamon gold, stuffed with needlepoint beading and capped with an impressive dose of paper white carbonation that leaves behind milky but short-lived sheets of lacing around the glass.

Sour apples, pear skins, some old oak layered with a pungent white grape character. More funky than sour. Pretty mellow in this regard but damn smooth for a gueuze.

Lots of that dry fruit skin with that white grape tart punch. What a great daytime beer - drinks like a dry cider. The acidity comes mid palate but fades quickly leaving you with this great tame fruit flavor.

Very tasty indeed. A bit pricey even for a gueuze but it's worth a try.

Photo of Jeffo
1.96/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Lined up nine different gueuze the other night. Besides the abomination that was the Girardin white, I enjoyed this one the least.

From a 37,5cl corked and caged bottle into a mini snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thin looking, white head with good retention. Hazy gamboge orange with higher levels of carbonation. Head fades to a good foam cap and remains for the ride.

SMELL: Lots of mould and fungus on this one. Barnyard notes with hay and some skunky wet cardboard. Quite off putting. No real fruit esters or acidity; very musty and mouldy.

TASTE: Skunky wet cardboard, barnyard funk flavors, with lots of mouldy fungus in this one. Light vinegar after the swallow with sewage and more fungus. A light lemon sourness tries to punch through the sewer and mouldy basement, but fails. This is pretty disgusting.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. Goes down a little watery and finishes dry on the palate. Slightly puckering finish.

OVERALL: This one was pretty rough going. Far too much sewage and mouldy, musty, dank dewllings on this one. Not my style of gueuze what-so-ever. Choked down three ounces and dumped the rest.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and the color of honey. A fizzy white head rises high before dropping as fast as it rose. A faint ring remains and no lace graces the glass.
Smell is malty and sweet, with yeast and an indeterminate fruitiness (tart cherries and maybe apples or pears?) and a light musty note with a woody and sour backbone. Balance is pretty good.
Taste is sour, tart and woody with a strong astringency. Malt is restrained but still noticeable.
Medium bodied with a light effervescence. Drying throughout.
A nice change from the lambics I normally choose though more of a niche offering to my palate. I prefer a faro or a framboise to be honest.

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