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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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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 214
Gots: 131 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 09-28-2002

Unfiltered version.
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4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 37.5cl bottle into an Orval chalice. Cork date is 2012.

A: Great golden hue, opaque body. Loose head, fades fast. High carbonation from the appearance

S: Amazing sour fruit aromas, just delicious smelling yeast.

T: Nicely sour, and fruity (citrus), as you'd expect from the aroma. Fairly sweet on the finish (because it's young?). Would like to taste an older bottle to see if it develops more complexity, but it is very, very good now.

M: Highly carbonated, fits the style.

O: Awesome beer, I will look for an older one.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces by about 50% but never completely goes away. Significant lacing is observed.

S: This beer has a strong pungent smell of funkiness (from the yeast) combined with tart fruits, light citrus, and mild earthiness. There are some very subtle vinous hints as well. Well balanced and a nice amount of complexity.

T: Very well balanced and complex flavors to this beer. There is a heavy dose of funkiness (from the yeast), along with some tartness, and even little hints of sweetness. There is definitely a tart fruit, candi sugar, and slightly acidic flavor.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish (though it could be a little more dry and I would not have complained).

O: Very enjoyable and refreshing in a funky sort of way. I really found this one to be easy to drink and definitely one to enjoy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml into my Russian River tulip. Orange, active body with good retention on its white head. Pungent nose with tart fruit, tons of funky yeast, mild earthiness, and faint hops. Aroma is very is strong and balances nicely.

Sour citrus fruits kick things off; mostly lemons & oranges here. Lots of funk, and quite acidic. Carbonation tickles my tongue. A surprising hoppy backbone shows up at the end, leaving a mild bitterness that lingers. Unique for sure, but the bitter aftertaste isn't really my thing.

A different take on the gueuze style that I'd happily give a small role in my regular rotation.

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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Girardin 1882 gueuze

Nearly clear and golden, it has a nice topper of lively suds that only grudgingly gives ground, and some leggy lacicles hang in there, framing a lasting white cap. Pretty.

Unripe apple and pear are light leaders of a host of aromas which include citrus, tart and sharp, vinous, even a touch of vinegar and funkified floral candy in there. One sniff contained brief hint of skunk. Overall, though, fantastic bouquet.

Like any gueuze worth its difficulty of obtenance, this baby has Full Flavor. Varying degrees and tastes of tart start things off, some candy comes in, odd, but nice here, just a touch really that contrasts without too much sweetart, some citrus and sour grape, hints of funk but nothing hormonal to it, just a bit of that odd delectability for which this flavor profile was designed. End of sip isn't what one would call drying, but it's not quite juicy.

Mouthfeel is nicely carb'ed to style, could use a bit of a drier finish, and cleaner cling to it. Those nitpicky items all that keep this from being world class even here.

Excellent gueuze, it has made me forgive its less than dry finish and less than desired funk with a brisk tartness and bold taste. I recommend it, enjoy!

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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

oh, its been a long time since i laid eyes on one of these babies...

A- Hazy orange/golden color. thin white lace sits on top of the beer leaving little bits of sticky lace on the glass.

S- Funky yeast, good acidic characteristics, grapefruit. Aroma is incredible.

T- Funky, sour, tart, dry, and fucking awesome! This is a beautiful blend of flavors.

M- Dry and very clean. Doesnt get better than this.

O- One of the best of my favorite style :)

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Bottle from Binny's in Des Plaines, IL
Cork reads 2011
Poured into a US pint glass

Girardin's gueuze is a very enjoyable gueuze that hits appropriate targets for sourness (lemons, vinegar, tart apples) and mixes it with small amounts of residual sweetness and just a bit of Brettanomyces funk. Delicious, one that I wish was more widely available.

Pours a tall, off-white head composed of fine and medium-sized bubbles. Lasts a few minutes, descending to a 0.3cm cap atop the beer and leaves some lacing along the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a hazy, light orange-brown color; in light the beer is orangish with yellow highlights. No carbonation is visible, but something is supporting the cap atop the beer.

Delicious aroma of graham cracker meets lemon tartness, slight apple cider vinegar, tart apples.

Taste opens with candy sweetness on the tip of the tongue, quickly transitioning to sour, strong, lemon and sour apple-like flavor. Back of tongue picks up slight barnyard funk. Aftertaste is gently acidic and tart, with some residual sweetness.

Medium to medium-light bodied with perfectly suited, moderately noticeable carbonation that generates a rather smooth and flowing mouthfeel. Finish is quite dry.

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

My first non-American "wild". Cork says, "2011". Pours a bright orange with a touch of pink. Thick fluffy white head that recedes to a solid ring. Smell is definite brett funk, woody, musty, moldy but in a "clean" way if that makes sense. I also get an aroma like that of the closet that holds the bin that holds my daughter's diapers, not in a bad way, but kind of in the way that you like to smell your own fart. Some bright citric fruits behind the funk, lemon, lime, sour apple. Taste is sour, but not overpoweringly so, a nice soft lactic sourness...which is starting to turn a bit more acetic as it warms up. Just a touch of bitterness to balance it out. The funk on the palate is somewhat subdued as compared to the nose but it is still good. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, exactly what I would expect. Overall this is a complex brew that evolves in the glass, nothing absolutely blows my mind but a great beer, worth seeking out and not too difficult to find.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kiddwhiz highly recommended this brew. Cork reads 2011. Poured to tulip. The beer pours a slightly hazy rich golden color with orange edges in the light. Nice big 2.5 finger slightly off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Looks very good.The aroma is a mix of a mild sour note with a pleasant malty sweetness underneath. Hints of fruit, apples, as well. The flavor presents itself with a more acidic note than anticipated based on the nose. Mildly bitter with some biscuity-malt character compliments the slight citrus sour flavor. Mouthfeel is lighter and crisp. Overall, this is a very good Gueze. I appreciate that the sour doesn't just dominate your face, instead it's presence really presents itself well. Enjoyed and recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance is a hazy medium orange with a fluffy one finger head. Lots of carbonation and great head retention.

Aroma of orange and lemon with really only a slight hint of funk. Some wet hay and barnyard but it is not overpowering. There is a bit of yeastiness as well.

The funk comes through a little more on the taste but once again it is restrained compared to other examples of this style. Lemony lime citrus is much more prominent and there is some pear as well. I think I can even taste a little bit of caramel. Quite a bit of tartness is present leading to an incredibly crisp, dry finish.

This is my new favorite gueuze. It is perfectly balanced with the citrus, funk, and sourness all in balance. While I tend to like extremely funky brews it is nice to experience a good balance. A top notch brew.

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3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Maybe a half finger of off white head that quickly disappears. It is orange. Really a soft copper color, but darker than a lot of gueuze.

S - Wonderful. No funk, so just lemon and some orange sour mixed with some sweetness.

T - Now I'm getting a lot of funk. So some lime rind, lemon juice mixed with butter, and orange.

M - Very dry. Strong carbonation and a lighter body.

O - Not my favorite gueuze but still very good. Just not enough sweetness in flavor and too much funk.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Cork labeled Ref A x 2010

This is one of those perfect examples of a beer considered world class that I overlook at the local store every time I walk in. Time to make up for lost time and dive in.

Pour is bright, slightly hazy golden amber with some yeast chunks collecting around the bottom. The white head is fizzy and short-lived with plenty of bubbles streaming to the top.

Aroma is wonderfully complex with all kinds of things going on. There is the slightly tart green apple and pear sweetness but with a musty, wet hay thing going on in addition to some acetic acid.

Taste has an initial mouth-puckering tartness with lemons and green apples but also with a hefty bretty funk thrown in. There is some dry oak in the finish and the tartness and acid linger on the palate for a long time.

The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and dry with lots of tingling tartness on the tongue.

Again, I feel a little ashamed that I walk by these all the time in the search for something new and exotic. In terms of gueuzes, this is excellent, and certainly one of the top few beers regularly on shelf here. Will not be passing by this as frequently....

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
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