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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) | Brouwerij Girardin

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Brouwerij Girardin

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unfiltered version.

Added by marburg on 09-28-2002

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Pours a hazy light golden color with medium sized head of eggshell colored bubbles that recedes quite rapidly to leave little to no lacing.

Aromas begin with barnyard funk, tart lemons and oak. As it warms I get some grainy, pilsner maltiness and some complementary acedic vinegar.

The tastes follow the nose with some oak, funk and sour lemon character that grows with each sip. As it warms there are some slightly tart fruity pithy flavors and some of the grainy malt base once again.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is quite dry and oaky for the most part.

Overall this was a super solid gueuze but not amazing or mind blowing. Not a style I seek out but I can appreciate when the flavor profile is stellar and really has that pop. Worth while to seek out for fans of ths style for sure.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blindly in Blind BIF #7 as 1 of 5 gueuzes. Poured into snifter.

A: Dark golden, bigger head with staying power, thicker lacing. Very dark for a gueuze.

S: mild aroma, hay, citrus/lemon

T: Moderate to high sour, a little astringent, surprisingly bitter on the backend with a strong oak profile.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbed.

O: Off in the color department, but interesting in its own right. Very good gueuze. The color on this one makes it jump out apart from the others in the tasting. Otherwise, it is competitive with all of them.

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

375ml bottle served in a tulip.

Corked bottle. REF C X 2013 stamped in the cork. Made big pop when opened.

A: Pours a golden bit cloudy yellow color forming a huge white fluffy and highly bubbled head. Good retention. The head never disappears completely, leaving tons of lacings and chunks of foam in the glass

S: Very fruity as expected. Strong notes of white grapes and green apples. Tart and vinegar. Light notes of grains. Lambic yeasts. A little bit metallic too

T: Very fruity and tart. Not extremely tart. In fact, the first sip is quite tart but from the second you can realise that this is a considerably smooth wild beer. Strong notes of white grapes and green apples. Lambic yeasts are also bit earthy. In overall, a dry beer with intense tartness. End is a bit bitter and metallic

M: Light body. Extreme carbonation. Tart and fruity aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. Extremely smooth and easy drinking Gueuze. In the same level of a Drie Fonteinen or a Cantillon. Mandatory to wild beer lovers

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

From a 375ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The beer poured a mostly clear, light golden amber color. The head was pretty short-lived...about one finger of off-white foam.

S-Funky, sour grapes, and tart green apples to start with. The tart and bright fruit notes transition to more earthy, funky, yeast notes as the bear warms up. Complex for sure.

T-Not quite as tart tasting as the smell would make you think, but you still get a little hit of sour grapes and apples, and some lemon. There is a light, cereal grain component, as well, with some pretty serious funk underlying the fruit. The finish is long and complex.

M-Almost creamy feeling at times. I didn't get much hard, prickly carbonation, but there were enough bobbles to carry the flavors.

O-I have limited gueuze experience, but this beer was a real pleasure. Complex, drinkable, and pleasing with a great mixture of fruit, yeast, funk, and body that left me wanting to drink more.

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

Poured from a 375ml bottle into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip.

A: Hazy golden yellow color with a touch of orange. Delicate pour leads to a fizzy two finger head that slowly moves its way down leaving a ring around the sides and a nice thin coating on the top. Lacing is spotty yet existent.

S: Lovely mix of tartness, earthy tones, slight champagne smell mixed with some tart citrus (lemon zest?) and the ever present funk that goes hand in hand with lambics. It's a really nice smelling beer and one of the better smelling lambics I've smelled.

T: Perfect mix of sweet and tart, grape skin, lemongrass, hay, funk. Goddamn this is a great tasting beer.

M: Not overly tart like many lambics can be. It is a perfect feel, not watery at all. Perfect carbonation lifts the deliciousness off your tongue and slams it back down again leaving the palate to wonder what hit it but leaving enough for it to contemplate the wonderful flavor it just experienced.

O: An absolute delight to drink. One I'm so glad I got to have and one I would gladly buy in quantity.

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

corked caged 375ml bottle

A- pours slightly hazed golden peach colr with a lovely white head that dissipates to a staying fresh collar thru out

S- tart fruit wet hay musty funk and lemongrass

T- tart lemon/apple at first with a slight musty barnyard funk as it warms it mellows with more apple and malt flavors

M-very tart at first well carbonated fruity and delicious

O- well done gueuze it up their as a top in the style right behind 3F,Cantillion, would buy this any time i see it

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

12.7 fluid oz. corked and caged bottle with nothing but Belgium language all over it... minus the back for the import blah blah... and so on.

A- Smooth green bottle pours a golden offering of hazy and uncarbonated goodness. An almost thick honey look and barely a thin white froth ring going wit the heavy spider web lacing.

S- I sense a very humid and musky barnyard nose and this is followed by a sour hay and horseblanket scent.

T-M- Very balanced sour flavor of light pear and apple upfront molded with a even malt backbone of sweet plum and slightly rotton white wine finish. Mouthfeel is dry and sharp with light but known carbonation not showing on the head of the brew but on the tongue.

Overall an excellent showing of my favorate style and i've got a few to save.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml champagne bottle; the cork has Ref E x 2011 stamped on it (not sure what this means). Purchased ages ago from a Belgian webshop - I've been holding onto this for quite a while.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with excellent retention; this eventually settles as a thick surface layer. Aroma of tart, dry fruit notes - hints of apple, lemon and acidic grapefruit accompanied by wood, hay and some barnyard funk. Lovely aroma development.

Tastes sour and very dry - superb. Notes of tart apples, lemon/grapefruit acidity, funk, hay and earthy yeast. A hint of cheese and an oxidised, vinegary twang. A dry, puckering finish rounds it off. Mouthfeel is bone dry, acidic and highly astringent - truly palate-stripping. Tingly carbonation adds texture. Aftertaste of tart fruit and yeast notes.

Fantastic - this has matured nicely since I got my mitts on it. Sour, dry and fruity; delicious. Good balance, the acidity isn't overpowering and the taste is clean and bright. A must-try lambic - grab one and age it for a while.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

264th Review
37.5cl bottle to gueuze glass
Vintage: "Ref A x 2013"

A: Clear medium gold. Half (bubbly off-white) fingernail head on soft pour.

S: Smells of barnyard, funk, hay, and cobbwebbs. Touch of lemon and oak. Decent.

T: Taste follows smell, but is very soft, dull, and boring. Touch of funk, lemon, and must, but needs some age to "grow up".

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Okay, but not great. Needs some age.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a hazy, dark orange color. There is a small white head which fades to a thin cap.

S: A fairly tart aroma, lemony and crisp. There is a growing amount of funk, wool and hay, I can smell as the beer warms. Also some apple and pear fruitiness.

T: A very potent lactic sourness is surrounded by citric sweetness. Not as tart as the aroma. Barnyard funk complements the sour flavors and contributes horse blanket and wet wool. A mild amount of caramel malt helps balance the wild yeast flavors, providing a bit of balance to the sour. Some vinegar notes round out the flavor.

M: Mouth puckering and moderate-thin. Very mild carbonation.

O: A good entry gueuze. This exhibits all the standards things you'd find, but isn't to sour or funky.

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Photo of zac16125
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into a tulip
No bottled on date but the cork says "REF BX 2013"

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with less than half a fingers width of sea foam white head, which dissipates down fairly quickly to only an outer ring.   Leaves effectively no lacing, but bonus points for the picture of a pregnant lady with a x through it on the label, which made me chuckle.

S: Both tart and sweet white grapes, sour apple, decent amount of wet hay and barnyard like funk, slightly smokey, tart citrus.  

T: Wonderful sour apple and sour cherry tartness right off the bat.  Lemon line citrus and citrus peel.  Not as puckeringly sour as I remembered from the last time I drank it, but it's definitely tart, both upfront and in the finish.  Some Belgium yeast banana flavors on the aftertaste.  Only the slightest funk character noted.  Mild Champagne like flavors as well.  Overall, very tasty.  

M/D: Slightly under carbonated. Medium bodied with a fairly significant,wine like, drying finish.  Drinkability is great.  

O: Overall, very good.  As I said above, not as puckeringly sour as I remember, and that level of sour was what I was hoping for, but very good nonetheless.  Glad I was able to get ahold of a bottle from one of the reportedly only 7 cases to hit the entire state of SC (not sure if it's true but that's the rumor I heard).  Definitely worth seeking out.  

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.