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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: 976
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 215
Gots: 128 | FT: 9
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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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Photo of FreshHawk
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Glowing hazy golden orange with a large, billowy, foamy, sticky white head. Good retention settling into a thick, sticky layer of lace.
S - Tart and funky barnyard aromas come out pretty strong on the first smell, but not overpowering. Some musty fruit smell with apples and citrus, both lemon and some orange. A touch of yeast and hay aroma also present. A touch of sweetness, but tart/sour/funk dominates that.
T - Good amount of sour green apple, lemon, and orange citrus. Hints of grape. A funky, barnyard, hay taste comes out a bit more mid sip. A woodiness also starts to peak out a bit as well. Musty fruit flavors come on strong mid sip and last to the finish. A bit of sweetness comes out toward the end. This has a sour and tartness, but it isn't puckering or as strong as others in the style or other similar styles.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a lot of carbonation. Zesty, tingly feel with a strong drying finish.

D - Has a good balance of sour, tar, funk, and sweetness that makes it easy to drink. Great flavors that make me want to keep drinking it.

Notes: Very good gueuze. Not quite as sour/tart as others, but it still showcases those flavors. Overall a very good beer that could be a good introduction into sours for someone.

Photo of Cresant
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A green bottle with a cork and a cage. 12.7 oz. The cork was stamped: "..05.." and REF c X 2010. I'm guessing this is May of 2010!? The beer was carefully poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass and the body was a deep orange color with an ever so slight haze. The white frothy head relaxed to a film and left spotty lacing along the glass.

The aroma seemed typical of a gueuze, which always reminds me of Pixie Stix candy from childhood. Very tart and sweet at the same time. Fruity. Not much funkiness here. I suspect this is due to lack of aging after bottling (?).

The taste reflected the smell. Tart and puckering. There is a richness which is difficult to describe. There is enough malts to give it just the right amount of sweetness and density. This heft is nicely balanced with the sourness, but it is never cloying. Well constructed. Mineral traces, even a bit salty. Wonderful woody dryness.

The carbonation was zippy and tight. The body was medium but never heavy. So easy to drink.

Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden orange in color into a snifter glass with a three finger high thick white head that gradually faded down leaving a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of sourness in the nose that also has some funkiness from the yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the aroma, but the sourness is a lot more pronounced. There are notes of sour apples and some hints of citrus fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate. The initial taste is rather tart while there is dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is very drinkable for the style and the complexity of the sour flavors will bring me back to having another one of these in the future.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unsure of the vintage on this one, but I picked it up only a couple of months ago, so I'm assuming it's pretty fresh.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange. A thin white head rests on top with decent staying power. Light lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good for a gueuze.

Musty oak, hay and toast/bready malts on the nose. Almost seems like there is a touch of Belgian spice in here as well. Damp barnyard smell.

Malty with tart/sourness up front, but finishes very cleanly and smooth. Not much lingering flavor. Nice oakiness and a touch of vanilla. Some citrus, grapefruit and orange slice. Not as complex as some in this style, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy with light tingly carbonation. Some chewiness. Nice sourness. Juicy.

This gueuze is quite drinkable and has a decent amount of sour, but not overwhelming. Oak comes through nicely. A refreshing gueuze, but lacking a little bit in the complexity department. However, with a couple years of age this could turn into an excellent beer. Looks like I'll be picking up a few more for the cellar. Worth checking out if you like the style.

Photo of pwoody11
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes: Purchased at State Line Liquors.

Pours a cloudy light orange color without much head. Above average carbonation, but not a gusher like many of the other reviews I have skimmed on here.

Nose is one of the funkiest I've smelled. Very musty and barnyard-like. Pick up a little fruitiness. Peach mostly.

Talk about pucker factor! Tart, sour and sweet are understatements. Again peach is around. Dry finish.

This one certainly lived up to the hype. Good stuff.

Photo of Luk13
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to probstk. Massive gusher, half my living room floor is coated with gueuze. Apple and peach aromas, beautiful gueuze aromas. Taste is a beautiful balance of moderate sourness and natural sweetness, lots of apples and tropical fruits. Very good gueuze, I prefer this one over the Cantillon's.

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

shared this with some friends over the weekend. lots of funk in the aroma, almost horseshit like but i wouldn't have it any other way. there was some tart fruit aromas as well. the taste was sour and tart like green apples. i'm not very familiar with gueuzes but this met my expectations.

Photo of semibaked
2.23/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Tulip.

A - Looks like apple juice with ample carbonation and a half inch of white head.

S - Very Sour and lots of yeast funkiness.

T - EXTREMELY FN SOUR, make me pucker right away, the sourness is overwhelming and really don't get much else.

M - Light bodied, super carbonated and a bit slick.

D - This is all just one note, SOUR. Just overwhelming and not pleasant to drink for me. Maybe I am not a gueuze fan.

Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed Belgian glass.

A - Pours a hazy peachy orange color with a big 2 fingers of pillowy white foam with excellent staying power. After patiently waiting for several minutes the foam finally acquiesces and leaves behind thick spiderwebs of lacing on the glass. There is also a perpetual cap of foam about a 1/4" high that never dies thru the entire glass.

S - Funk is the word here. Lots of bretty, bardyardy aromas that sit very prominently up front. Very fruity, especially lemony with some sour green apples, tartness, straw, foot cheese-like aromas, lightly sweet. There is no doubt this is going to be very sour...can't wait for the first sip.

T - Very nice sourness that fills the entire mouth. Tons of bretty horseblankety, funkiness in here. Lemony flavors again sit in the forefront of the flavors and blend with the funk really nicely. The bretty bitterness combined with the citrus is very nice. Still getting the sour apples too. Also getting some bready malt that didn't make it into the aroma. Excellent.

M - Characteristically on the thin side. Carbonation is full giving some light tingles on the tongue and somewhat foamy overall, maybe a bit low overall for the style. Defintely sour but not really puckering in the feel.

D - It seems that every time I try one of the classic Belgian examples of this style, I am impressed. At least in my area, these are not at all rare - very easy to get. I find myself wondering why I ever spend time and effort to get some of the rarer American versions of the style that seem to cost an arm and a leg in trade - granted they are good, but with fine examples of the style like this readily available, it doesn't make sense. This is truly an amazing gueuze, one that I will certainly have again and again.

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

375ml bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Hazy golden body. Good sized head that dissipates and leaves little lacing.

S: Tartness mixed with sweetness, like a grapefruit sprinkled with sugar.

T: Puckeringly tart, which is to be expected. Just a touch of barnyard funk. Finishes dryer than the Sahara.

M: Light and bubbly like champagne.

D: Light enough to be refreshing, complex enough to be interesting. Perhaps the perfect summer beer for the beer geek.

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

Looks good, two fingers of head, clear straw colored body. just a solid looking beer that looks like you'd expect....but whats awesome is even from a foot away looking at it the aroma reaches out and grabs you and pulls you in, just forces you closer. Not as funky as expected but it's there, along with some lemon and sourdough. The flavors seem kinda thin, while it is a really dry beer, i would hope for more of a fullness, but all the flavors are attractive and inticing, mosty a huge amount of lemons leading the way, but some funky wet straw, a light vinegarette, and green apple. the mouthfeel is very good, its overall quite a dry beer, but not at all bitting and bitter until the end, it doesnt start off right away, you have to wait for it. only knock is i would like just a bit more carbination.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark but clearish gold with huge head from intense carbonation and dies very slow. A powerfully tart and funky aroma greets my nose with hints of tart cherry or grape as well as applle or pear - sourness is strong as well. Real smooth and creamy medium body surprised me as there is a nice mild sweet fruit taste along with sour, tart fruit tastes such as grape, apple. Passes slick but there is a a slight woodiness to this beer one expects from this style and the finish is very crisp and pleasant thanks to the carbonation. A very, very good sipper.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml into Duvel tulip at 50 degrees.

Pours with a sharply effervescent 1f of white head, over a foggy but bright golden body, with carbonation present up the sides.

Smell is pretty cool - leading with plenty of funk. Some old apple, grass, and dare I say ... a touch of horseshit.

Flavor zaps you out of the dull funky aroma with a puckeringly tart bite - green apple skins, and then plenty of balancing fruity sweetness with some woody/oaky notes, and finishing with a lightly dull funk ... gym-sneaker-ish. Really quite interesting the way it plays out.

Great drinkability for the style - nothing offensive or "off" about this one that makes you hesitate to grab another mouthful.

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 6/13/10 notes. Poured from a 37.5 CL bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a golden color that is a little murky with light carbonation evident and 2 fingers of white head that has great retention.

s - Smells very very funky. Also some sour fruit, tart, and faint citrus.

t - Taste again is super funky, cheese, sour fruit and malts, tart, and citrus.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - A pretty good gueuze. This beer is very funky and tarty, and if you like that, you'll probably like this beer a lot. Would have again.

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

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Allagash tall snifter/chalice glass. Pours a pale golden color with that fills as a apricot looking golden with a huge frothy and creamy off-white head. Head has excelent retention, but as it dissipates, it remains as a thin fizzy surface and slightly thicker rim. A very nice display of lacing, sticky and patchy...remains after each sip.

Aroma is wonderful. A great smelling gueuze. Tons of spunk! Very tart and funky...citrus and floral, yeast, and oak.

Wow, this is definitely a solid, top candidate gueuze. Loads of funkiness and tart...just like it should be. Very smooth, somewhat late fruit notes...medium body...atleast for a gueuze. The oak and wood aspect is perfect! Well rounded, nice carbonation, and a great drinker. Well done!

Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl. oz. caged and corked bottle served in my Allagash chalice at 53 degrees. No idea how to read the dating, but there was a 2010 on the cork. Poured a semi-translucent tawny, orange-gold with a rocky, two inch bright white head that slowly receded, leaving cloud-like strands of lacing as it dissipated into a thin, fairly consistent cap. Wonderful nose - a hint of cork upfront, followed by some green apple skins, a suggestion of grapefruit and a faint, grassy/earthy quality. The smell alone has started my salivary glands. Taste follows nose; however, the grapefruit and acidity really comes out and masks the green apple suggested by the nose. Some cork and wood expresses itself at the finish. Moutfeel is light, with a carbonation level that falls just short of sparkling. Acidity lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the cheeks and finishes semi-dry. A delicious and refreshing beer on a warm humid day. Not as sour as some Gueuze's that I've tried; however, delicious and extremely easy-drinking. Glad I finally got the opportunity to try this.

Photo of mobyviacheslov
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Orange, hazy, with a fluffy white head that fades rapidly.
S - Tangerines and grass.
T - Dry backbone with a citrus flair. The dryness of the brett and the lactic sourness are not so much balanced as they are both in battle to be the most powerful flavor. Their utter boldness seems to create a balance. Very complex, strong, but delicious flavors.
M - A little gummy, but a fairly light body.
D - Very complex and bold flavors, but still easy drinking and light alcohol content (5%). Could easily put down a few of these on a warm day.
50-55deg, fluted glass

Photo of champ103
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looked for a bottled on date, and could not find one. Though an odd bottling code on the cork that I can not decipher.

A: Pours a very attractive and bright hazy copper/orange color. A white head of over two fingers forms with excellent retention. Some light lace is left behind.
S: An incredibly complex aroma. Tart and sour fruits up front that are mouth watering. Apples, pears, and cherries all intermingle. Funky yeast, dry oak, and vanilla. Just amazing.
T: At first this is just mouth puckering sourness. Though as this warms up lots of complex flavors come out that are great. Tart fruits that follow the nose. Ripe green apples are most prevalent. Sweet vanilla and oak. Oh ya, that awesome funk and yeast as well.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly crisp, dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. I can finish the bottle in no time, but I want to savor everything as long as I can.

Holly crap this is good stuff. This is a must for all the sour heads out there. Though this is incredibly complex as well. Just amazing. A world class beer. Get it if you see it.

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle tried 22 Feb 2010.

Served this in a 512 One snifter. Large thick foamy off white head. Well carbonated. Clear golden hone color. Fairly sour puckery, tart cherries in aroma. Lemon and tart cherries dominate the taste. Dry, puckery slightly bitter finish and aftertaste. Juicy, becomes less tart as you drink it. Light body. Ethanol is pretty light.

Probably the most drinkable sample of the style I have had.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a hazy golden orange left a thin white head and very little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: acidic vinegar oaky funk aromas with tangy lemons and noticable brett in the nose.

T: nice sour acidic punch right away with vinegar, brett, oak, horse blanket funk and citrus flavors in the mixture.

M: medium body with good bubbly carbonation and a nice citric dry finish.

D: love my sour beers and this is no exception. Great offering from the girardin brewery.

Photo of mwa423
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy gold with tons of head that died down to a nice lacing.

S - Overwhelming amounts of funk with some slight sour cherry notes

T - Excellent taste, sour flavors but not overwhelming that remind me of unripe apples. Aftertaste of what tastes like fresh cut celery. Very complex and well balanced!

M/D - Mouthfeel is good, light and tart without slapping the tongue. This is a very drinkable Gueuze that is a credit to its style.

Photo of degerbah
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden with about an inch of head. There is lots of sediment visible around the base of the glass. The aroma is faintly citrusy with a huge amount of funk. The taste is incredibly sour while refreshing at the same time. The taste is almost the equivalent of taking a shot of tequila and then chasing it with a half and half mixture of lime juice and mountain dew. It's actually a very pleasant taste.

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

My first gueuze, and I am damn excited. After getting sucked into the world of sours, I am happy to know there are some good ones for sale at the local bottle shop.

375mL green corked bottle with '05' printed on the cork. Poured into a tulip.

Girardin Gueuze pours a bright amber color with a tall fizzy white head that settles into a nice ring of foam with some soapy sheets of lace clinging to my tulip.

The smell is amazing. The funk hit my nose before I even poured the thing. Nice acidic citrus notes with a hint of vinegar. Granny smith apple and a touch of the oak. I honestly kept my nose buried in this one for awhile.

The flavor starts almost salty, and finishes off with a very acidic sourness. The granny smith apple is back, but it's more like the skin of the apple than anything. Puckering tartness lingers. Even my lips are sour. Nice dryness is present from the oak.

The mouthfeel is nice and light. Good carbonation. Extremely dry and puckering finish keeps me coming back for more. What an amazingly drinkable and easily accessible sour. I will be revisiting this one more than a few times over the hot summer months.

Photo of robertjbell
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gushes out of the bottle upon the cork being popped, pours into a amber-orangey coloration, with delicate, effervescent champagne bubbles.

Nose: Incredibly complex, with woody accents complimenting the sharp smell of peaches and pears, and all rounded out by an overarching funk character and must

Taste: The taste itself is one of an amazing, classic oude gueze, the old lambics bringing a refined, earthier, woodies subtext, with the younger ones bringing intense, incredibly tart, sour, and sweet tones. The subtlety of the fruits implicit in the sourness, and the funky, hay, horse blanket notes all combine into a complex and interesting gueuze

Mouthfeel: Nothing too intricate, the puckering tartness dominates the feel of the beer, yet the finish is quite dry. The carbonation is bubbly without being abrasive.

Drinkability: Well, a great gueuze brings you back in with each sip, though a sessionable beer this is not, despite the low ABV. A beer to be slowly sipped and enjoyed

Photo of Arbitrator
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at K&L Wines in Redwood City.

A: Pours an orange-amber body, fairly cloudy even though I left the yeast slug in the bottle. I guess I caught some sediment anyway. Head is a quarter-inch of off-white foam that vanishes quickly into a very thin collar, with no lace.

S: Sour apples and a white grape aroma that reminds me heavily of champagne, with a smattering of vinegar. Some cherry, pear, lemon, leather, and pepper. Barnyard funk as well.

T: A wide variety of flavors follows through from the nose. The initial taste is mostly tart fruitiness, with sour apples, lemons, and white grapes plying their trade. The mid-taste progresses into sour and funky territory, with vinegar, leather, and a slight earthy / hay bent. The finish remains mostly acetic with a slight peppery kick to it. Has a sticky, mouth-puckering aftertaste. Great stuff, though I remember enjoying Cantillon Classic Gueuze a little more (and definitely the Lou Pepe Gueuze, but that's not a fair comparison).

M: Light-bodied, with low carbonation. The first bottle I had had more bubbles, and I know how good it can be when the mouthfeel is lively. It's also incredibly dry, to the point where I'm coughing out of discomfort halfway through the bottle and double-fisting water. I'm washing down the beer. Jeez.

D: This was quite fantastic. I'm getting into lambic more, and $9 for this bottle was a worthwhile purchase. But I think I'd stick with Cantillon Classic in the future -- I'll have to get it again soon and remind myself what the difference is.

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.