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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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Reviews: 539
Hads: 1,092
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 226
Gots: 144 | FT: 12
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Brouwerij Girardin

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 Georgiabeer
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic version of a real lambic.

Pours like a cloudy ice tea, very murky, and with very little to no head. Not a pretty beer.

Lovely sour fruity nose, like some sort of brilliant chutney. Subtle sweet and spicy notes.

Taste is really fantastic. Starts with a fruity sourness and then immediately segues into a bitter grapefruit rind flavo followed by complex bitter/sour interplays with some noticeable tannins and minerality.

The mouthfeel is beautiful. Crisp, tart, refreshing, and tannic.

Very drinkable. One of the best out there. The complex flavors and refreshing notes make you come back for more. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear, deep gold with a gigantic, fluffy, white head. Clumpy lace clung to the glass as the foam receded. Nice funky aroma, with notes of lemony citrus, hay, and spice, with an underlying musty quality. Acidic tartness is dominant throughout, with a balancing sweetness and lemon/grapefruit citrus flavour. It's quite fruity too - grapes, kind of like white wine. There's some earthy funk here too, but it's not as prominant as in the aroma. Drying tartness lingers forever in the finish and there's a bit of a medicinal/herbal flavour that hits after it's been swallowed. Medium bodied with generous, spritzy carbonation. Very dry. This is great - I really enjoyed this beer. The character was superb and really made an impression.

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Photo of rayjay
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Scored at Plumjack in S.F. 12.7 fl oz. No date on bottle, cork reads 0806, or possibly 9080?

Poured slowly into a wit beer glass. Active head, looks very carbonated, some fine yeast sediment. Very appeling looking.

Smells like gueuze! Notes of champagne, green apple cider, and lemon tarts.

Sour, as expected, but not devastating, really quite enjoyable. Salt, wood, and lemon zest. Relatively dry. Musty, which brings back memories from microbiology class. Aftertaste fades fast.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice bubbly carbonation. Grains come through in the flavor and play with the bubbles on your tongue. Very enjoyable.

Nothing out of the ordinary, just a solid, well-rounded example of the style. Worth seeking out for lambic fans. Cheers!

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Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange, small tan head forms, goes fast but settles to a ring, some lacing. Smell is sweet, citrus, lots of funk, grains, little bit of alcohol, sour. Taste is sweet and sour, grains, lots of citrus, very tart drying finish, taste linger, like eating a lemon. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Gets better as it warms, the grains really come out. Very enjoyable tartness, great gueuze.

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

Corked and caged 37.5 cl green glass bottle.

Appearance: Bright orange/gold colored body, huge white head, great retention, not much lacing. Hazy and very visibly carbonated.

Smell: Funky and grainy, sour and strong.

Taste: Brilliantly sour and a little fruity. Graininess is huge, taste is unrelenting and also a little fruity. Enjoyable and rich, this is definitely a sipper. Leave it to the belgians to come up with a style this odd.

Drinkability: I like the style, and want to explore it further. This beer is big in flavor and very satisfying.

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

The beer was served in a flute glass.

Appearance: The beer is a hazy coppery coloration. The beer has tight bubbling carbonation. The beer has a very thin consistant head.

Smell: The beer has a very funky horsey barn yard musty sort of smell. The beer has a good lemon, peach and apricot fruityness. The beer smells very sour and acidic in a good way.

Taste: The beer is every bit as funky as the smell. This beer is sour and acidic. The beer delivers on funky yeastyness. The beer has a bit of citus peaking out. This beer is not for a meek beer drinker.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a light body. The beer is well carbonated. This beer is very dry. This beer is oddly refreshing. This was a dam fine beer drink and I will have this one soon.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I popped the cork, no special scent noticeable.
While pouring, no head developed. The colour is orange misty. There is some rustic carbonation present.
The sent is tart, some bitterness, the typical barnyard element, citrus, oak wood and honey.
The taste is bitter-sour. Undertones of wood and yeast, some carbonation. Pepper and spices.
Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy. Changes to creamy and milk like in the aftertaste.
The aftertaste is bread, still some lemon sourness, grains and yeast.

A simple traditional Geuze, but quality throughout.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick, foggy, cherry wood body. Decent off-white head snaps, crackles, and pops and retains itself well.

Smell: Fruity, sour, and funky. Lemonade, apple cider, white vinegar, white wine vinegar, lactic acid, musty cellar, and subtle woody notes.

Taste: Massively, face-contortingly, puckeringly sour. Loads of juicy citric acid-like tartness, almost like sucking on a lemon. Lactic, vaguely fruity, and not nearly as farmy as the aroma. Wow. Finish is gently sweet.

Mouthfeel: Nicely effervescent and crisp, but way too parching in the finish and gets to be a little rough on the way down towards the bottom of the glass.

Drinkability: I'd say this is a little too extreme to be really refreshing, but it definitely holds your attention.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B0905 on the cork. I've been sitting on this bottle for awhile and finally decided to pop it open. The Girardin Gueuze pours from the 37,5cl green bottle into my tulip glass a lovely deep golden orange with a fiercly bubbly two fingers of white head. Lots of active carbonation streams up the glass. Aromas begin with vibrant light citrus and berry tones married with a pale grain maltiness. A musty wood sourness with a hint of vinegar. Sharp, bright and tart with underlying barnyard notes. Really quite wonderful.

First sip brings a initially mouth puckering sourness that works into some citric/berry tones atop a well placed malt. Musty, old barnyard thoughts spring to mind as some vinegar flavor moves in. Flows down nice, dry and tart with fairly strong acidity. A funky, tasty gueuze that's lively and unrestrained.

Mouthfeel is light and extremely arid with a mezmerizing flow of tight bubbled carbonation. Dances across the palate and brings a sense of creaminess. A wonderful gueuze to be had here, not to be missed if you're a fan of the style. A true work of the brewer's art that this sour beer lover would sit down to anytime...this one can be held up to the best of 'em.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was tasted in a tulip glass from the 375mL bottle.

This beer pours a rusty orange with a white head that holds nicely without a lot of lace. The smell is quite sour to the nose with the presence of some yeast. There is also a bit of some white wine aromas perhaps somewhat similar to a pinot gris. The taste also hits you immediately with the sourness but also is very similar to the aroma with the yeasty and wine like characteristics. The mouthfeel is dry and well carbonated with a nice thickness to it. Overall it is drinkable in the aspect that it is quite new and exciting to me, this being my first gueuze but at the same time the agressive sourness of the flavor would hold me back from grabbing another bottle.

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Photo of downes51
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this stuff, I can (and have) drink it all day. It's got that authentic farmyard smell, the mouth-puckering astringency, the lovely orange hue, the sheer complexity of the taste and after-taste the makes it a top-class gueuze. I really must try drinking real cider again, now I'm used to the Gueuze experience I am probably ready for it.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For my 200th beer review i thought i'd take something special out of the cellar...

375ml bottle bought from www.belgianshop.com

Poured a dark hazy coppery orange colour... Head started foaming out of the top of the bottle and poured pretty big and foamy but disappeared very quickly... some light lacing...

Aroma - Very strong lambic brett yeastiness, sharp spicy fruits (light grapefruits, lemons, sour apples), musty barnyard / wet hay aromas, light vinegary notes, freshly cut wood, very light pale malts, some basil notes... outstanding...

Taste – Sharp sour lemons and strong sour grapefruits, salty, light vinegar hints, very yeasty, faint sweet after notes, grapes, light vanilla, floral, grassy, some woody notes, champagne like hints... again outstanding...

Feel - Very dry... light body... pretty drinkable considering the tartness... thirst quenchingly good...

Overall - An outstanding gueuze - one of the best i've tried... i must get me some more...

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Photo of Prufrock
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

37.5 cL bottle poured into a pilsner.

hazy deep orange with half an inch of white head that falls quickly and disappears. some bubbles stick to the side of the glass; others rise in a few isolated columns.

tart, barny aroma. sour and intense with some fresh cut apples and grapefruit rinds.

initial apple sweetness immediately gives way to a finish like a mouthful of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. intense flavor. fairly light mouthfeel with just a touch of carbonation. quite drinkable given the intensity. an incredibly good gueuze.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear copper, a careful pour keeping the yeast in the bottom of the bottle. A big plume of carbonation leaping from the bottom of the glass. Big, white head, keeping throughout the glass. Speckled lace. Big sour aroma. Lots of brett, a moldy, cheesy scent. Sawdust wood, like walking into a carpenter's workspace. Kinda like Stilton or Brie, sharp and moldy. Immediately bone dry. Vigorous, active carbonation easily supports a light body full of funky sourness. Crisp pale malt, moving directly into grapey, sour cherry fruitiness. Wet hay, dog hair and asphalt. Slight medicinal astringency, overshadowed by funky, tart lambicness. Rat tail, urinal, woody vanilla, and barn-stall funk. Very complex and wierd. Bone dry, completely acidic. I almost feel like I need another drink to counter this one. What a good beer. Add this to your cellar, stat!
For the abv, this is immensely drinkable. Session beer for the conniosseur. Very complex, light, and incredibly dry. Great stuff.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample courtesy of Mike Sprinkle. Body is hazy straw in color, with huge initial head thanks to my pour. Smells dry, dusty, and sour.

No sweetness in the taste, it tastes like licking the ground of a dirty ass barn with a Brett colony on it. Mouthfeel is smooth, and not nearly as carbonated as the appearance might lead you to believe. I wish this bottle was a 750, and I wish I had my own.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy orangish amber with a creamy light tan head that floats on top for quite a while.

Smell. is light and fruity- grapes and sour grape skin. a light musty smell, but not that strong. Small grape bubblegum smell.

taste. Very nice tartness, with just a touch of sweetness, but not much. i get a lot grape in the taste as well. very nice comlexity with the taste and aftertaste. Very nice

Mouthfeel is good. light body and nice carbonation.

Overall, i need to be more experienced in gueuzes, but i really enjoyed this one. very nice.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clumps of bubbles rise up from the center of this hazy, luminous orange brew. The initial head is quite sizeable, on account of its lively carbonation, but things soon calm down. The aroma is light and airy, showing tart fruits along with that signature Gueuze funkiness. It's not as heavily musty as some other examples, really, instead going for a sharper, fresher profile. Big-time sourness instantly grips the palate and begins to pucker the tongue and pretty much the whole mouth. The eyelids spasm and shut instinctively. Flavors of tart fruit, cider, and yeasty funkiness are also in the mix. The intense sour acidity of Gueuze Girardin seems to either subside in time or one becomes aclimated to it. By mid-glass, the drinking experience has hit another level. I really like this beer.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Releases a mighty pop when the cork is removed. Pours with a thick, gassy head and a body that is murky and orange-amber. The nose is powerful with a musty funk. It's almost like dry mildew. There's also a citrusy, sour element. Upon tasting, the first thing to hit is that citrusy sourness. That's quickly followed up by an acrid barnyard bitterness. The finish is dry, long, and incredibly bitter.

This is a huge beer. Not exactly my cup of tea, but definitely something that I can appreciate for its flavors and complexity.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the little treasures I brought back with me from my trip to Brussels last summer. Opening it up brings back alot of fond memories -- that distinctive gueuze aroma is something you never forget.

Pours mostly flat, cloudy orange in color. Sharp aroma -- acidic and fruity. The flavor starts with a massively acidic bite, develops some almost floral and lemony citric flavors midpalate, and mellows to a nice mellow finish -- almost understated by comparison.

Dryer than dry, this still somehow manages to be thirst-quenching. An amazing beer - a great reminder of good times in Belgian if you've been, and a terrific enticement and hint of what's to come if you haven't!

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Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, coppery orange body with a champagne-like effervescent head of spittly off-white that lasts all night. Nose is spritzy club soda sweetness that gets lost quickly in a tart, tangy, sour funk of lemon juice, acid, horse blankets, brett, armpits, but mostly sour citrus. I’m awake now! Taste is wow. Very tart; puckeringly sour. Lemon juice and grapefruit acid. But wait—there’s more to this after the bracing sourness. Floral and light fruit notes, along with wisps of wheat malt slip in. Light barnyard funkiness, but mostly sour grapefruit acidity into the dry finish. Did I mention this was sour and dry and refreshing? A very nice beer.

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

The beer after removing the wire basket and cork from the green 375ml green bottle sets in my glass a beclouded amber color with a voluminous creamy light tan head that lingers long, leaving a thick covering of lace to surround the glass. Nose has a distinct somewhat sweet wet moldy straw aroma, underpinned by a staunch tartness, musty, but still appealing to me; start is first a bit sweet, followed by a massive sourness, with the body light to moderate in feel. Finish has a tongue biting acidity, with the sourness clinging to the palate like Jack Benny to a dime. What a magnificent brew, one I’ve wanted to sample for many years, trust me it was certainly worth the wait.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lambic's and Gueuze's have taken time for my palate to enjoy. My first lambic I can remember thinking it was too sour. The more I've read and the more I've tasted helped me understand the complexity and time consuming process that goes into this brew. Now I love these things and usually like to start out a good session with a couple Gueuze's or lambics. Gueuze Girardin 1882 pours a cloudy almost hefe type body, Lots of champagne like carbonation supports a massive frothy white head, DNA everwhere, super sticky. You can smell the sour fruitiness billow up during the pour.

Incredibly sour yet sooo enjoyable and drinkable although I couldn't see drinking more than 2 of these in a sitting as it chips away at your remaining taste buds with every pull. This is frickin' puckering typ sour, think lambic times 10. For a 5% brew the alcohol is warming, maybe it doesn't have to fight with the big malted,hopped brews so much and shines through the cutting fruitiness easier. Now if I could only get a solid Gueuze made locally I'd be all over it. For now I'm more than happy to pay a bit extra for the best I've had to date.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose has lots of grassy/musty notes and is very concentrated, there is also a bit overripe sour oranges. Hazy orange in color with a beautiful creamy white head. Flavor is quite sour in the fore then musty with hints of the cork it was capped and then lots of sweet citrus fruits plus apple and pear. The finish is again musty and funky, but dry and slightly acidic. It walks through such an amazingly distinct range of flavors that even if you don’t like what you taste it is hard not to be impressed. That amount of distinct flavor ranges in a beer is rare. I started drinking it too cold and the flavors become more intense and varied as it warms. Worthy of the praise.

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Photo of stof0048
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice golden color with lots of bubbles. Thick head subsides into maybe 1/8".

S: Light citrus/fruit smell, hint of hay smell...

T: Light citrus, strong wheat/hay, hint of a spice I can't put my finger on. Bit of a sour kick.

M: Heavy carbonation on the tongue, light feel on the palate.

D: Don't know that I'd be able to drink more than a glass seeing as how the sourness is pretty strong and kinda upsets my stomach. Otherwise not a bad beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the tulip slightly hazy light amber, almost copper with a very low and white head that disappeared in an instant.

The aroma was fruity, from a mile away. The aroma when brought to the nose was very fruity with a cherry impression and acidic sour aromatic that quickly would have let one know in a blind taste taste that this was going to be a lambic.

The flavor was light and fruity with a mild acidic tartness that while bordering on sour was nice and well balanced. The fruit flavor contained the familar grapeskin/seed character of many lambics, but in a more restrained and refined fashion.

The finish was dry with a lasting tart character into the aftertaste and a fruity flavor carried along for the ride. The body was medium and the carbonation was fairly low. This one missed the mark only on appearance. Otherwise a nice beer to have.

37.5 cl green, corked and bailed bottle. Purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.