Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Ratings: 1,031
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 218
Gots: 128 | FT: 9
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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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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

Poured into a New Belgium globe, there was some cork ooze in the opening of the bottle, wiped that up and poured it into my glass. It pours a nice hazy gold, with a decent white head and some nice lacing. Looks excellent.

Smell: A little hard to pin point, but there is some funk, some lemon, some vinnegar.

Taste is tart, vinnegar, funky, getting possible hints of cork as well as oak. There is some nice citrus (lemon and grapefruit) over all, enough to keep it interesting, but not so complex that you spend all night trying to pick apart all the nuances in your glass.

This is an easy to drink, nicely carbonated beer with a very dry finish.

Overall this is very enjoyable, perhaps not as good as some, but definitely a high quality gueuze none the less.

Photo of aasher
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml, 2011. This gueuze pours a medium bodied, hazy sunset orange in color with a soapy and bright white one finger head. The nose is mellow and citrusy. It smells more like a Fantome saison than most gueuze out there. It's strange for a gueuze to lack acidity like this does but it has a great nose nonetheless. Uh oh, this is über sessionable. The flavors are light and citrusy. There is a lot of freshly squeezed orange, plenty of rhind, and light acidic tartness. It drinks perfectly. The funk levels in this one are minimal. This drinks perfectly for the style. It is light and very smooth. The drinkability on this one is through the roof! I could drink this by the liter. This instantly jumps into my top few gueuze status. Great beer!

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

375ml (12.7 oz.) bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a two and half pillowy white head. Apple, pear, citrus,and vinegar with oak accents on the nose. An opening salvo of tartness fills the mouth. Luscious citrus and other fruit tones, sourdough-like yeasty esters and funk dominate the midpalate, finishes tart and dry. Perfect level of carbonation, smooth and clean mouthfeel. This gueze reaches a level most others fall well short of. Among the very best.

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle received in trade from Phyl21a

Appearance – Clear golden yellow colour with a large size fizzy/rocky white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, vinegar, grapefruit, herbal notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste tart citrus (lemons/grapefruit), green grapes, and some vinegar. There is also some wheat/yeast flavour, floral notes and a bit of funk. It end with a tart citrus aftertaste.

Overall – I haven't had much experience with this style of beer, but it seemed to be more complex tasting than some of the others Gueuze's I've had. It wasn't simply just a blast of citric/vinegar.. it had subtle nuances to it. Very good stuff, thanks again Phyl21ca!

Photo of Auracom
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling, another good find of Jeff's. We had a 2010 sitting as well but decided to save it for another day. 4 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 9th, 2012.

A - Clear, light golden coloring, with no head, retention, or lacing. Very much like Champagne.

S - A bit of funk here. Light manure, earthy notes, and wet hay. More herbal and citrus/acidic tones.

T - Fairly sour, a bit puckering, big lemon-lime note with a touch of oak barrel.

M - Light body, high carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - Sort of a dark horse that I really knew nothing of beforehand. I like the lightness of the funk with the cleanliness of the drink. Makes for something easily drinkable for just one person.

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

375 ml bottle, no bottled on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep, clear golden color with a couple fingers of fluffy, bubbly white head, good retention, leaves tons of delicate lacing.

S- Light, crispy pear and apple, some acidic vinegar tartness, yeasty funk, also getting some oak and grape.

T- Burst of citric, lemon and apple tartness up front, which fades into a center of fruit, hay funk and cheesiness before a very dry, oak wood finish.

M- Light-bodied, has a smooth feel, extremely dry finish.

O- A pretty damn good gueuze, very tasty and incredibly drinkable.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some lemon-like aromas. Taste is much the same with some sour apple peel flavors. There is an acidic finish with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze with some great aromas and flavors.

Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours pale yellow, minimal lacing, somewhat cloudy

S: holy funk! lots of oak, vinegar, grapes, and a decent amount of horseblanket funkiness

T: the front is incredibly tart with waves of fruit, lemon zest, oak, sourdough, and funk. The finish is even more sour than the start.

MF: high carbonation, medium body

O: this is an incredibly refreshing gueuze with tons of character and complexity. It does a great job balancing palate numbing tartness with a bit of funk.

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

a-golden and light in color. Nice fluffy head that disappears fairly quickly. Lively carbonation--there was quite a pop from the cork on this one.

s-good sour, and some funk to it. As it warms, there are some lemongrass notes and some more funkiness.

t-well balanced, good amount of tart (wish there was a little more ), and some good underlying flavors. There is some lemon, and other fresh tart flavors in the mix.

m-medium on the feel, right for the flavor.

o-quality beer, that I would buy more of. Good presentation of the style to a buddy of mine that shared this beer with me.

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a golden hue. There if a finger and a half of fluffy, off white head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: This is a nice light smelling gueuze. Funky and tart, getting some lemon along with the yeast funk.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Fairly light and funky with some tart lemon like notes mixed in. While the funk is apparent, it doesn't completely take over.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tons of fluffy, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I'm a fan of this beer. I would have been alright if the tart levels were a tad higher, but I still enjoyed it.

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

Review from notes. Part of a blind gueuze tasting.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head on top. Eventually reduces to a thin cap on top. No lacing.

S: Slight tart/funky aroma, light citrus fruits, some lemon and a little apricot. Nice balance of funky/farmhouse and tart.

T: Again, nice combination of funk and tart flavors. more citrus fruits with lemon and lemon rind. Slightly acidic.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A nice gueuze. Was pleasantly surprised when it was revealed that this was 1882. Would certainly get this again.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
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.

Photo of brystmar
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.

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.