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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: 981
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 215
Gots: 133 | 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 drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stunted goblet. Beer is yellow and mostly clear, there are a few floaties in there but it looks fine. Forms a thin head and there is no lacing. Head falls away, carbonation is mild and not very steady.

Aroma is lemony and funky. Lots of citric sour in there. The funk comes up a little later, smells like a sour bomb.

I gave a sip of this beer to a friend who has never had a guezue and she described it as piss flavored candy. Its a great beer though. Bright, sour, finishes tart, slightly dry but doesn't dry the mouth out. A slight funk on the backend, medium to low bodied. An overall really good gueuze and a good beer.

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

Pours a hazy honey yellow color with white head that fades to a nice lace on top of the brew. OK lacing too. Smell is largely tart lemon peel, some wood, crisp green apple, maybe a hint of funk. Taste follows suit, though adding in some vingegar notes. Sour apple and lemon zest dominate. Some yeastiness too. Lots of flavor, dry on the finish, but definitely causes the salivary glands to do some work. Very drinkable, a real treat for sure.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is tart/sour apples, vinegar, lemon peel and some funk. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like tart green apples, lemon, funk, and a bit of yeast and peaches. Nice lingering tart finish, too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has good carbonation and finishes dry. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. Overall I think this is a very good gueuze, I'll definitely pick this up again the next time I find a bottle.

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to open this one to finish off Super Bowl weekend. Poured from a 375 ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Pours a murky pale gold color with a thin white covering on top. There wasn't much head to it but what was there left good lacing.

Aroma is sour and tart as expected. It has a mild sweetness and citrus smell to it to go along with the tartness. The taste is sour and tart as well. It has a sweet tartness to it that isn't unlike the sweet tart candy. Sour apple with an acidic kick is what I'm getting most out of the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with above average carbonation. Overall, I don't have much experience with sours yet, but from what I have had of the style this is a very good one. It has almost a candy like sweet tartness to it that makes it very tasty and drinkable.

Photo of jrallen34
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from 375 ml bottle into a tall chalice.

The beer pours a murky gold with a light white head that doesn't rises very much. What does come has good retention and lacing.

The aroma is medium in strength light, light horse blanket skunk mostly. Its nice, gives you the funk you're looking for but not overpowering in doing so.

The taste is exactly as you would expect after the aroma. If gives you what you're looking for but doesn't knock you on your ass. The taste is horse blanket but it is so smooth I can't believe I can just crush this.

The feel is very nice, lasting flavor leaves a dry feeling.

This is very drinkable.

Overall, this is great. Easily the best and most drinkable gueze out there.

Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into Lost Abbey Rastal Teku.

A - Pours a hazy golden/orangish with a white frothy head. There's a good amount of retention and a nice cap left behind after the initial pour. Some lacing is evident along the sides of the glass as the head disipiates.

S - Smells, well, funky. Sour/tart funk, barnyard notes, and citrus/floral hints. Without getting overly fancy, it's a funk bomb of Gueuze goodness.

T - A nice amount of floral and sour/tart notes. Lots of funk, which is what I was really expecting. There a nice touch of floral that I wasn't expecting and gives this beer some finesse as opposed to just a huge sour bomb.

M - Light, crisp, and clean. Good carbonation that leads to a semi-dry finish.

D - One of the best this style has to offer, IMO. This is only my first experience with this beer but I'm sure this will become a staple in my cellar since I can now purchase locally.

I drank this after drinking DDG earlier, and I must say, they're pretty darn close. $$$-wise, this is a bargain compared to DDG.

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

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a firm 1.5 finger head, good retention.

S: Notes of Brett/wet sock and citrus, nothing too crazy.

T: Serious lemon-lime juice attacks immediately. Big acidity. Complex, with horse blanket Brett funk flavours finishing out the back end. Like an imaginary blend of Boon and Cantillon Gueuze.

M: Vibrant acidity, smooth, definitely palate cleansing with a nice long aftertaste.

D: This is a delicious complex beverage that needs to be experienced. Once of the best lambics I've ever had.

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

G – Flute. I couldn’t imagine using another glass, not even my beloved Duvel tulip.

A – Surprisingly brassy hue of gold, slightly cloudy, bubbly, no real head or lacing. Champagne-like appearance, excepting the hue.

S – Sour apple, lemon rind, and funky hay / leather.

T – It starts with bitter lemon zest, segues into tart flavors of sour apple and an impression of charred wood, and finishes with a mouth-puckering astringent finish that makes your salivary glands go wild. It tastes very good, if somewhat exotic.

M – The sharp carbonation expands the palate of flavors into harmonized gustatory-olfactory sensations.

D – This is very nice, though it is more of a rare treat than it is a regular option.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Somewhat hazy orange/brown color. Dull and coppery. Half inch or less of white head forms, falling quickly to a thick collar. Collar persists throughout with moderate lacing.

S - Most noticable is an aroma of lemon juice and sour apples, with a slant towards the lemon juice. "Funk" and earth are present as well, but not as promenient as some gueuzes I've had. Leather and hay spring to mind also.

T - Sour apple (or at least the best way I can describe it) appears first but moves on quickly to a powerful acidic sourness; this really is like drinking lemon juice. Not even fresh squeezed stuff, but the from concentrate stuff. Chemical-like with an almost medicinal overtone. Somewhere during the peak of the sourness mid to late palate, the "funk" appears, albeit faintly in comparison to the "uber lemon juice" experience. The standard leather/hay/manure flavors come into play, with the emphasis on fresh earth. As the sourness tapers off slightly near the finish, a sharp bitterness takes its place. The combination is scathing. Hints of wood linger in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. At first, the carbonation seemed to intensify the sourness, but as the beer has warmed it seems a bit too flat. Minor complaints, as the mouthfeel seemed to suit what was going on in the flavor department.

D - Well, for a gueuze I suppose this is more drinkable than the few others I've sampled. I think I'll actually finish this bottle, but I still don't think I'd consider this a "pleasant" experience. Gueuzes aren't my thing, but I do like to try one ever so often. Maybe the style is *slightly* growing on me, or maybe 1882 is a milder, more drinkable brew in an already challenging style.

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

A - Pours a dark, clear gold with a perpetually refreshed white head that lasts throughout

S - The funk is there, but deceptively so...almost as an aftersmell. Green apples, very clean alcohol (not expected at 5%) and dare I say urine!

T - Great! Sour green apples, lemon zest, and a bit of an acidic twist. Rather dry.

M - Thin and light, very well carbonated.

D - this is the best 10 gueze I think I've ever had. Being relatively easily available, I look forward to returning to it regularly

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair brought over this gem a while back... reviewed from paper notes... Thanks Sam!!

Big white head drops fast... hazy pale golden brew...

Very funky... more than my nose is used to. barnyard... funked hay ... so that is what "horse blanket" means. Beyond all the funk a tart sorta lemony sour aroma.

way more sour than the nose... sucks the saliva from my head .. tannic woodiness and balanced funk.. lemon ... green apple skin...

lite body and big carbonation...

Thanks Sam.... Glad I found this notebook.


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

Heavy green 375 mL bottle poured into an oversized tulip. After a slight twist of the cork, the beer practically opens itself. I like the picture on the label warning pregnant women not to drink.

A- Pours a hazy pale-gold to gold with a white, large-bubbled head. The head recedes quickly and the remaining bubbles arrange themselves around the outside of the glass, giving a coral-like collar. When consumed, those bubbles toss splatters of lacing on the walls of the glass. No signs of carbonation, but who knows with all that haze.

S- The tulip permeates the immediate area with the smell of a funky farmhouse. Getting closer to the beer reveals much more lactic acidity. As the beer warms, hay and wood become more prevalent. A sour patch-kid's cologne.

T- There is more than just a beginning, middle, and end to this story. Before you have time to react, the glands in your mouth swell and wriggle. After a second, the carbonation gives off an oak-like perfume followed by a crisp and clean hay or farmhouse funkiness. A small amount of sweetness is left behind. As the beer warms, my mouth's reactions rearrange themselves in various orders. A complex gueuze that doesn't over-do it on the acidity (not that you can really over do it, in my opinion).

M- Dry and light with a refreshing, spritzy carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable gueuze. Most are this low in alcohol, but some have such high acidity that they can't be handled in large quantities. I wouldn't mind trying a large quantity of this.

Photo of soupyman10
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has a nice pour, a clear copper color with a two finger head that dissolves down to a fine film that leaves a touch of lacing. Surprisingly clear for an unfiltered brew. Nose is drying funky sourness up front, then some champagne, lots of fruitiness (apricots?). Cracker-y breadiness (if that makes sense) shows up just a bit. Huge flavor to this one. Flavor is likewise - obviously stronger on the funky sourness, and a little milder on the fruits. A touch of cheese and white wine. Tasty brew, if you're feeling like a sour one. Body is busy with strong carbonation that highlights the tartness well. Overall, a very nice brew, although I'm not sure if I could drink more than one.

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

A - Pours with a small, white head that settles quickly and leaves little lace. The body is gold colored, with good clarity.

S - Subtle funk with wheat and strong, lactic sourness. The wild character is slightly peppery and has floral, perfume-like notes.

T - A sweet, bready malt note up front that is quickly washed away by mouth-coating, lactic sourness. Musty funk with pineapple and peach notes in the middle. Finishes with some peppery notes as well as musty wild yeast and refreshing sourness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable with a good level of acidity and nice complexity. I particularly enjoy the peach character of the flavor, it is a somewhat unusual flavor to find in a lambic and quite pleasant.

Photo of Crittervision
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Started with a fantome saison, now savoring this one. I think following the fantome with this was a nice progression.

Note: it looks like the beer was stored upside-down for some period of time as there is sediment on the cork and there is sediment around the neck of the bottle. I'm not sure that's making it drink much different, however.

Appearance is lightly cloudy, certainly not as dense as other unfiltered beers. Ambery orange in color. A one-finger frothy head upon pouring right onto the bottom of the glass. It slowly dissipates. The many tiny bubbles line the glass almost as much as they line the surface of the beer. After quite a while they rejoin the beer but that seems appropriate.

Smell is juicy funk with a noticeable dust-burning-on-a-lightbulb "quality."

Taste is dirty funk [notes of the burnt dust here as well], definite grapefruit rind [versus citrus juice], super rindy at that, cranberries too. The funk has a certain tree-bark taste that is detracting for me.

Mouthfeel is great. Tiny bubbles, moderate to above-average carbonation, slightly puckering, but really only on the first or first two sips.

Drinkability is not bad for sure, but one is definitely plenty for a sitting in my opinion. I'd much prefer drinking a lambic that isn't one of the best I've had over drinking just an okay beer of most other styles. So I can't [/shouldn't] complain too much...

Photo of xcrunner78
2.39/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Upon buying this, I didn't know that this was a sour beer. As for sour beers...I still don't like them. Pours a very clear gold with relatively no haze. All the sediment settled in the bottom. Very tart, sort of dry, with a hint of cheese. On the palate, dry, tart and a little bit of currant. I wish that I had some food that you eat with wines to go along with this. This was not a good brewday beer. Not a good beer for me, but for people that enjoy lambic sours.

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

This is an excellent, complex gueuze with a nicely assertive funky lambic wild yeast character. I pretty much think of this as a paradigmatic example of the style.

Hazy dark gold, it has a huge off-white head steadily shrinking to rich foamy ring, some foamy wisps and some nice, foamy lace.

Aroma is strong funky yeast "lambic" character, wet hay, hint of cheese, sweet, musty white wine (Riesling), faint fermented light fruit.

Taste is tart, citric, with dry apricot, light tangy funky yeast character, light fruity sweetness and faint sweet white wine underneath, and a bit more hard to pin down. It has aftertaste of funky yeasty dough and dry apricot.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.43/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Green cork and caged 37.5 cl bottle, poured very carefully into my huge 'Judas' stemmed tulip glass.

Only a very small amount of sediment left the bottle, so the beer wasn't too cloudy or misty, a dirty old gold is the best colour discription I can come up with. An off-white head sat uneasily on top, looking like it wanted to be somewhere else. Masses of bubbles travelled upwards to join the unhappy foaming head.

Rotten cooking apples and pickling vinegar with a sour-puss smell. A cows farmyard that hasn't been hosed down for three weeks, even though the cows have used it twice daily to deliver calves.

Vingarous to a fault, this is one sour beer. Uncooked cooking apples mixed with cow dung came to mind. I've tried to embrace this style and have even enjoyed a couple over the years, but I really struggled with this one. I can truely see why this type of beer isn't drank in Belgium very often and the style is slowly dying.

I had to have olives, various cheeses and crackers to help me finish off this bottle. God knows what my arse will smell like tomorrow, my intestines were complaining after the second sip.

This reminded me of an old rough scrumpy style cider that a farmhand with a few loose marbles might try and drink to help his teeth rot and scramble his brain even more.

I have tried to score for the style, not my personnal view, otherwise it would have got a few minus numbers!

Photo of Patrick999
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at Whole Foods Coral Gables.

Poured into an Ommegang goblet. Creamy-looking, persistent foam for a gueuze. Body the color of sparkling cider. Excellent presentation.

In the nose, a little sweaty armpit, but more leather and wet hay. Apples and stone fruit round out the fruitier aspect of the aroma.

This shows on the palate as hard cider with moderate to high sourness, though not as sour as some Cantillon lambics. Indeed, the sour presents itself briefly, giving way to a leafy bitterness mid-palate, only to return for a long finish in the form of unripened apples and peaches, and on some swigs, a little sour cheesiness. Very little residual sweetness.

Feel is outstanding, some of the creaminess I noted in the head carries over with nice soft carbonation.

I think this is one of the better examples of gueuze I've had; this is very, very good. The complexity, feel, and quenching nature of this beer add up to outstanding drinkability. And while it is certainly sour, it isn't so sour that it makes my stomach churn.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.35/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Either I got a bad bottle of this., or I am really swimming against the tide. I've enjoyed other lambics I've had, but this was terrible (maybe it's just the gueze style I don't like). This poured a champagne color with little head and some carbonation. Unfortunately, both the nose and taste were a rancid mixture of very sour apples and vinegar. Early on, I kept thinking maybe the sour would be followed by a sweet sensation, a la Flemish Sours, but instead, it just kept getting more sour and acidic. Ended up cleaning the drain.

Photo of gyllstromk
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy, slightly reddish gold, with a nice bubbly head. Nose is lemony citrus with a nice balanced funk, and the tartness almost puckers the mouth before even tasting it. Flavor is lemon curd or marmalade with strong acidity creating a sublime tart finish. The heavy carbonation contributes a welcome champagne character. At 5% I could drink this all night. Most certainly not a drink for everyone; but if lambic is your thing, you will truly love this. It is one of my favorite beers.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml, corked and caged, no bottling date. Bottle has some weird sediment stuck to the inside top.

Pours a crystal clear effervescent white grape juice color with a couple fingers of bubble head that slowly die down and leave some light lacing down the glass.

Smells quite tart, lemons, hint of mineral-ness, light barnyard funk behind it, quite restrained.

This is an incredibly drinkable geuze. Initial blast of sourness that quickly makes way for a wider range of flavor notes: light oak, white wine like dryness, lemons, musty attics (if you could taste them...), light funk behind that. It has a bone dry finish, sparkly carb that gurgles like a fountain in your mouth - ridiculously quenching. Drinks like a slightly sour, slightly funk white wine, balanced all around.

Drinkability off the charts for a sour, would gladly visit this one again!

Photo of bobsy
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ritzkiss and I both coveted this beer and a few others when we last down in Buffalo, so we agreed we'd each buy a few different ones and split. This beauty is the first, so thanks for cracking it open, Eric!

Pours a sparkling gold with a large effervescent white head, that drops to a small cap, but has excellent retention due to an evident carbonation. Some lace is left behind. The aroma is a touch metallic at first, but then cuts through to a white wine dryiness, barnyard funkiness, and lemon tartness.

Home run in the flavour. A touch of blood drops off almost immediately revealing a lightly puckering lemon sourness, mixing in with a super-dry white, and with that horseblanket discretely lurking at the back. The body manages to be quenching and bone dry at the same time.

This is a excellent gueuze, and extremely drinkable for the style. The sourness is prominent, but never so powerful that it hinders the drinkability. I found myself liking it more as time went by, and its with some sadness that I finished my glass. Oh well, kriek de ranke up next...

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

I've been holding on to this one for awhile waiting for the urge to strike. Tonight was apparently the night.

A: A vigorous pour reveals a hazy orange beer with a fluffy white head.

S: The smell is absolutely great. Green apples, acidic and acetic, a lot of funk, and some vinous character.

T: A lot of tartness, as one would expect. The fruit components are sour, green apples and white grapes. Some funk, but not quite as much as I would have expected.

M: The beer has a medium body, lively carbonation and a crisp, dry, finish.

D: I love wild beers, and this one certainly lived up to my expectations. It's unfortunate we have to pay so much for these great beers here in the US, because I would love to drink them more often.

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

Pours a nice, surprisingly clear orange color, very nice looking, with a massive head, 2 inches, fluffy, cloudy and white. Really a great looking beer. The smell is sweet-tarts and garbage, apple and grape skins, sour tart, old moldy bread. A little bit of spice, some lemon peel, really nice. Though I doubt if I could distinguish it from some others in smell alone. The taste is much richer and more delicious than just sweet tarts, the sour candy like sweetness comes in first, but there's a big powerful bottom af bready, dry malt. There's a note of flowers, some lemon, spice, pepper, nice and yeasty too. I think the taste of the malt is the most distinctive factor, but I also taste strawberries (old ones), tart apple skins, and the dry sting of carbonation is very pleasant. The body is very light, as you would expect, and quite good. The drinkability is much better than you would expect from a wild ale. It keeps me going back forf mlore because its not all tart, dry, sour taste, low on the vinegary acidic tastes, there's something to be said for a malt presence and a nice fruitiness.

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.