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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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905 Ratings
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 202
Gots: 115 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin

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 armock

New York

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

Thanks to scottfrie for being an awesome BA and hooking me up with this bottle.

A - Poured a copper color with a thin white head that leaves some spotty lacing

S - Has an awesome funky and tart nose

T - Much like the smell starts off pretty tart then the funky flavors come out

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - I love this stuff it has a very good tartness to it but its not over bearing like a lot of American wilds so the heart burn doesn't kick in after every sip if you like sours this is a must try classic example

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 07:23:35 | More by armock


4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First sour purchased and I'm in love! Perhaps my new FAVORITE style!

A - Looks like a dark apple cider: cloudy orange with very little head

S - Smells tart. Like you left some half-eaten citrus fruits sitting on the counter all day.

T - Words can hardly describe. Like biting into a lemon with the refreshing body and carbonation of beer poured down your throat at the same time!

M - Substantial carbonation, but it's light (i.e. many small bubbles that don't foam up as you swish it around in your mouth). Juicy + wonderful.

O - Truly delicious stuff. If you love grapefruits, prefer your lemonade with as little sugar and water as possible, or were an avid Warhead eater as a child, this is the alcoholic beverage for you.

Dry, brown ales will always hold a special place in my heart, but damn, this might be my new go-to dink. Goes great with food - particularly salads or stir-fries - and works well as a refreshing beverage on its own. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 17:44:19 | More by TRICKYD1CK
Photo of jmarsh123


3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange with an almost non-existent head.

Smells of funk some sour light fruits (pears, apricot) and a little bit of white wine.

Starts out with a very sour tart lemon flavor. I get a few hints of sour cherry throughout the flavor as well. Slightly funky, but leaves a good tart aftertaste.

Fairly light mouthfeel with high almost champagne carbonation levels.

I don't have much experience in gueuzes and after the smell was a bit worried, but the tartness more than balanced out the funk and it ended up being a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 23:41:50 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of kscaldef


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear and copper, nearly flat

S: Winey, with cherry and apricot. A bit of funk, but not excessive

T: A lot of white wine flavors here, apricot pits and flint, strongly herbal finish with a bit of lemon peel.

M: Basically flat, but clean and crisp. Somewhat bitter, astrigent finish. Good linger.

O: I'd definitely recommend this as a beer with food. By itself, the finish is a bit too much. However, together with food, it's delightful and palate cleansing. I'd grab this again if I had a chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:57:33 | More by kscaldef


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a Flute glass.Enjoyed on mar´11.Pours light golden copper in color.Foggy.Fading,medium bubble, 0,5cm frothy head.Foam is yellowish white in color.Wet earth & wet grass aromas on nose,rounded by granny smith apple & citric hues.Dry tartar mouthfeel not crispy but vivant.Citrics attack on the aftertaste while leaving such an smooth sour taste.Carbonic is well balanced.Not founded as refreshing as expected but ligth body makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 01:26:01 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of Goldfish19

New York

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

Bottle purchased from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY.

Vintage: 2009

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a small, almost non-existent head. Most will say to pour slowly and leave the sediment behind, but screw it, I poured out the whole thing, goodies and all!

The smell is classic Gueuze: Funk, horse blanket, sour fruit.

A sensational mouth puckering sour goodness sums things up in the taste department.

The body is medium and consists of light carbonation, ending then with a dry, clean finish. I can drink this liquid gold all night long, but unfortunately, it's all gone.

Overall: A true classic!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 03:23:14 | More by Goldfish19
Photo of Hachiman


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

pour golden orange with a one-inch whitish head that declined to Icm and persisted for quiet a while. Some lacing.

Smells of dog hair, lemon, and honey. Quite strong!

Tastes rather sour with an slight astringency at the roof of the mouth. Aftertaste is a bit earthy. Tasty.

Highly carbonated, which impacts the front of the tongue, followed by the sourness and astringency. Feels substantial for a lambic.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 00:06:30 | More by Hachiman
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork: Dx 2011 (dunno what this means)

A: pours a toasted honey ale with a single finger of bone white foam which falls to a sheet of the same. There is spotty lacing over the excellently clarified beer.

S: Huh, excellent mix of lemon, tart, feces (barn style), hay, mammal hair, and more sourness. Well balanced nose; which I don't think I've ever said about a beer.... Really digging this nose, not too farmy and funky, not too sour and abrasive.

T: Lemon. Strait up lemons. Okay, okay, maybe hints of calcific rinds, some nice earth tones. You know, when I review a Geuze, I'm always uncertain how to really articulate all the nuances of the beer. It's fucked (my brain). By the way, this is good.

M: Light body, hi carb; spot on for the style. Dry finish.

O: Good stuff. I'm really happy about this one. I really dig the balance on the nose, additionally the flavor profile is really satisfying. Man, I wish this genre were more accessible and less expensive..

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 14:17:07 | More by harrymel
Photo of JLeege


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

2011 vintage – into a tulip glass

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color. With two fingers of bubbly white head, fades to a collar.

Smell- Lots of lemon and leather. Subtle grape, somewhat musty, a little hay, with a very appealing funk.

Taste- The sour smacks you right in the face. Major lemon (slightly acidic), with some grape skin and perhaps apple mixed in. As the taste lingers fairly strong leathery notes arrive with some damp hay. The sour hits hard early but the lasting linger is a bit more sweet than tart and somewhat musty and barnyard, maybe even some cheese rind. Pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel- Light body, crisp refreshing, somewhat dry.

Overall- The sour comes out swinging then falls off fairly quick; this is great, but I can only imagine what few years would do to this by rounding itself out and probably drying out more. Going to have to grab a handful for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 01:59:27 | More by JLeege
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Scottfrie for this beer! Poured into snifter.

A- Pours quite hazy. Darker orange in color with very little head. What head is there is white and bubbly.

S- A lot going on in the nose here. Get a burst of lemon aroma up front. Some fruit notes through the middle. Maybe a bit of sour grapes at the end.

T- Nice mild sour, tart flavor throughout the beer. Citrusy, lemon, grape flavors mashed all over the place. A little funky, but the tartness doesn't take away from the other flavors. The sour isn't overwhelming which is nice.

M- Maybe a medium body. Carbonation is crisp and to the point. A little dry at the end.

O- Very nice gueuze drink here. Its a good sour to have as it isn't overly sour. Easier to drink I think. Thanks for sharing Scott, glad I got to try this!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 01:58:42 | More by HosP
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3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bell's tulip.

A- Honey colored, with some white lacing and 1 finger head.

S- Funk, vinegar, green apple, lemon.

T- Acidic vinegar flavor upfront. Sweet sour green apples, grass, and lemon in the middle. Astringent lemon peel finish.

M- Thin body. Low carbonation, sour/vinegar leaves a bitter coating in your mouth.

O- Believe this is the first geuze I have had and right now it's not really my thing. Probably scored lower due to personal taste rather than the actual quality of the beer. I am a big fan of sours and lambik's, but this just didn't do much for me. Although, I will revisit the style again I am sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:55:44 | More by kawilliams81
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle with REF FX 2011 printed on cork, poured into Hair of the dog tulip, reviewed on 7/24/11.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with white head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Lots of barnyard funk, citrus notes, pale malt and wheat.

T: Really tart with some balancing sweetness, funky notes, lemon, grass and crisp pale malts.

M: Tart, light bodied with moderate carbonation and very dry finish.

O: Solid gueuze, not the best that I have had but very delicious and refreshing none the less.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 01:30:05 | More by Azurescens
Photo of SummitVA


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

A - Soft pop as I pull the cork. Golden pour with brilliant clarity. Rocky head fall off quick though steady carbonation keeps pushing a nice rim of foam around the glass.

S - Leather, barnyard funk, lemon, lemon zest, along with some green apple.

T - Lemon and solid sour punch open to a brilliant spiciness mid-palate. Green apple funk and leather round things out--the leather lingering in the finish especially. Much more sour than I was expecting, and acetic character becomes a bit more pronounced as the glass warms, which is light overall and not unpleasant.

M - Extremely dry, obviously, but the assertive sour that opens falls off abruptly for me, leaving the finish seem a bit watery. It's a strange sensation--likely some trick of the palate this evening.

O - A wonderful gueuze. Not as soft or as complex a 3F, but I'm enjoying the aggressive sourness immensely. At the price, it will be hard to purchase as frequently as other gueuzes, but if you have not had this you must seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 00:33:54 | More by SummitVA
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Cambrinus in Bruges.

Pours a deep amber gold, with sparkling and streaming effervescence. Head is frothy and bubbly, eggshell-white and sticky with thick lacing. The deep colour is delightful. Looks to be a great gueuze.

Nose is deep, tart and funky, but with very pleasant fruit overtones. Light stonefruit, crushed leaves. Almost a sour-tinged resiny character, with a touch of leather and earth. Very complex, very rugged, but rather confusingly almost more refined than anything else I've had.

Taste is supple, but funky. Oak and coconut come through late. Otherwise, stonefruit, white wine, cleansing soda and bitter astringency on the back like pithy lime. Lovely complexity, and touched with a sweet sorbet character that cushions everything. It's just lovely—it may be my favourite gueuze palate.

Very, very good. All so supple and melded, and tasting more balanced and mellow than many others. Gorgeous.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 20:16:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into snifter.

A: Nice golden color. Fairly hazy but not cloudy. A half finger head that quickly fades. Beautiful lacing.

S: Wet hay. Funky. Slight marijuana smell. Very yeasty. Lots of lemon. Sour apples. Slight sour grape aroma.

T: Very sour apples. Like sucking on a lemon. Very tart. Makes you pucker.

M: Medium bodied. Puckering. Makes your mouth water, but still a slightly dry finish.

O: Much better than the first in this style that I had. Not as funky as a taste. Much mellower. Allows you to really taste the fruity sourness.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:10:11 | More by doughanson78
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375 ml. cork (2011) and caged, sent by dvelcich, poured into a shaker pint since I don't have a gueuze glass. Thanks Dan!

Fairly clear, orange-red hued with a medium off white head. Decent head retention; some lacing is noted. Initial aroma is all acid and barnyard funk, but lemon and pepper notes follow soon. While at room temperature, the aroma gets borderline spicy. Quite complex.

Spicy, funky, refreshingly tart with a bite at the end that's acidic (well it's a lambic, isn't it?), slightly bitter, and tannic with oak I assume. Well carbonated and very dry. As noted, refreshing but not overwhelmingly sour.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Taste 4, Mouthfeel 5, Overall 4

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 06:17:14 | More by tewaris
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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 2007 review...

Amazing balance. It retains the lambic sourness but in such a good way that it is now one of the benchmarks I have to go off of. I wish I could find this a lot more often. When I find it again though, I have dibs on a case. Spectacular sour balance, even with the sourness being completely over the top. Among my favourite beers ever.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 17:51:29 | More by uselessgdtaste
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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

REF C x 2010 - cork

A - a loud pop gives way to a clear golden gueuze with a huge champagne head that recedes to a sheet that lingers forever.

S - lemon, green apples, and lots of wet horsblanket funk with a little bit of bandaid.

T - Bright and sour, acetic and acidic. A good amount of leather and horseblanket once it reaches room temperature. Leather, green apples, white grapes, lemons, and hay.

M/D - creamy texture and dry. I could drink it everyday.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 23:44:14 | More by xpimptastikx
Photo of davey101


3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

F - 2011 vintage. 375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a palm tulip at fridge temperature. Allowed to warm up for a half hour.

A - Cloudy golden color. Nice fluffy head that dies down to one finger.

S - Sour apples, lemon, and musky brett. Funky and dry.

T - Really dominant sour apples, lemons and malt. Finish is tart and sour. Crisp and bubbly mouth feel. Not as dry as I would have liked. Still well balanced and pretty tasty.

O - Not the best gueze I've had. This is a fresh bottle so I may grab another bottle to sit on for a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 02:43:53 | More by davey101
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought from the local liquor shop.
Look: pours a golden yellow color with a very small, not long lasting white head.
Smell: Vinous, funky, earthy and citrus/apples.
Taste: Sour, spicy, fruity, earthy and leather flavors. Nice dry aftertaste full of sour apples.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body.
Overall: A great and widely available geuze beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 10:37:55 | More by rvdoorn
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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to yeahnatenelson for the killer extra!

A - pours a copperish piss yellow with a small head that doesn't retain very well

S - apples, pears, and a lot of cheesy mushroom funk

T - follows the nose rather closely. Opens up with the sour citrus and tart green apple flavors. This is pushed aside by weaker barnyard floral notes with some funky mushroom notes. Finishes with a tart green apple and sour lemon citrus. Really solid!

M - Decent body that isnt carbonated much and leaves a really dry finish

D - really solid gueze here. Lots of citrusy, mouth puckering sourness, but not over the top with it. Good balance between the funk and the sour. I am going to have to seek some more of these out and lay them down.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 03:25:50 | More by birchstick
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3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. A simple good small pop off the cork. REF D X 2011 on the cork for the record.

Not much of a head recorded even when pouring. What is a simple white the falls normally and disappears. Body is an interesting color mix of orange, yellow, even some brown and cloudy opaque. Depending on which way you look at it in the light it changes. It's almost peach. A very thin collar sticks around. Really dig this color.

Smell is a dense granny smith green apple, mixed with tartness and a hint of bret. Classic gueze it seems but more subdued.

A sense of wetness seems to be dominant, with an extremely big tartness that's hard to get use to. Has some aridness but also a lemon juice wetness that takes away from the dryness.

Overall it's fine, but is probably not one of my favorites for this style. Doesn't seem as big a fruit profile, and missing some of the real arid dry character I like. Drinkable for what it is I'll give it that for sure, it would be neat to do a side by side comparison with some others, but I just am not feeling this one as much, and that's being totally honest with myself. Not feeling it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 02:11:27 | More by smakawhat
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South Africa

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle 5,0% Abv.

I have not had much exposure to sour/wild beers (I have only had one other gueuze), however those that I've had – I’ve loved. Hence I'm expecting big things from this beer, let’s hope it delivers.

The bottle opens with quite a large pop; it would seem the wild yeasts have been quite active.

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful, slightly clouded dark golden orange with a large white (actually one shade darker) head that lasts pretty fairly well and leaves some decent lace. Wonderful looking gueuze.

Smell: Oh WOW, the first sniff tells me this is going to be one superb beer. Huge aroma of tart green apples, apricots, white grapes and lemon juice, followed by the dizzyingly complex funk aroma that I love so much. It would be impossible for me to describe the smell in its completeness, but this is some of what I detected: Very woody; wet hay; old, slightly moldy leather bound books; musty cellars; a hint of cheese (maybe I'm mad???); a dry cider note and barnyard. Warming yields: Black mushrooms; a slightly salty sweat smell; some spices; moss and damp forest under growth.
Now that I list the smells, it sounds truly revolting - but boy does it smell good when you put it all together.

Taste: First sip.... and it’s not actually as sour as I expected, though I hear that the Cantillon '07 Kriek that I had was something else sourness wise. Back to the point! Tart green apples, lemon juice, sour apricots, pretty woody (old barrels), musty cellars, leather, barnyard, sweat and mushrooms. The flavour is soooo strange, the immediate taste makes you think the beer might be fairly sweet, but this idea is immediately trampled by the huge tartness. The finish is surprisingly bitter and supremely dry. What a Beer!!!

Mouthfeel: Fuller body than I expected (just higher than medium) with perfect carbonation. The finish is lingering and arid.

Overall: Gueuze: Favorite beer style? YES, well assuming all the beers are this good. I thoroughly enjoyed this. It is most certainly a beer I will have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 21:42:19 | More by Thehuntmaster
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New Jersey

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

Pours a hazed golden amber, active head with good retention and lacing. Scent dominated by the funkyness and sourness from the brett - earthy damp wood and mud, fresh dried grain malt profile. Taste follows scent, put together nicely, a mild blend compared to some others in the style, the brett never over powers the palate and it doesnt become puckering, quite refreshing. Lighter side of medium bodied, bone dry. A nice gueuze that doesnt push any of the strong notes over the top.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 14:38:20 | More by rfgetz
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cottage strikes again! Two great beers on tap. Hope the wife believes I had to run to a different grocery store.
$9 for a tulip glass.
What the hell!

Slightly hazed dark golden color with a white fluffy head. All chunks of lacing, but great legs.

Smells dank and funky. Earthy and oaky with notes of saturated wood and hay-like funk. Tart lemon and acetic acid. Nice, not amazing, but still very nice. The flavor has a light sweetness before turning tart and then going to a great sourness. The sourness is nice and acidic, with notes of lemons, apricots, pears?, and the funk.

Very dry finish helps the sourness feel more intense. The body is medium-full, which is pretty hefty for a gueuze. Good carbonation helps it lighten up.

Overall-- very nice. A solid gueuze for the price and even more so considering the fact it's on shelves!

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 20:17:32 | More by AleWatcher
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.