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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 211
Gots: 120 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unfiltered version.

(Beer added by: marburg on 09-28-2002)
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Photo of srandycarter
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Almost clear honey, not much head, leaves fast to ring. Light sudsy lacing.

S - Barny, some tartness in the air. Small dole of malt.

T - Wow. Sweet tart city. Tart up front, some sweet malt in center, some funky barn flavors at finish. Bitter grapefruit. Fun beer.

M - Lots of carb, good coating, light bodied, hard to consider balance on this one.

D - Good stuff, but one is enough.

srandycarter, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The top Gueuze on BA is on the shelves in my local town? Crazy son, just plain crazy.

The appearance is a solid dark nectar lurking in a wine glass. There is a half finger white head that disappears fast, leaves no lacing. A weird thing about this one is that the edges of the brew are the exact same color as the middle. I mean this thing does not have any color variation, just a solid gold color.

The smell is sweet sour funk. Instant mouthwatering.

The taste is just great, I can understand why everyone who tries it would like it. The I get a raspberry-lemon-strawberry fruitiness that just sours perfectly. This is not overly done, perfect blend of three beautiful lambics. Slight lactose or wine dryness towards the end that leaves the lips smacking. Tart.

The mouthfeel is great as is the drinkability. The mouthfeel just gets you salivating, wanting more to taste. Good drinkability, a little too sweet and tart to drink two.
I want more, just hope that my place can get some.

J

Jmoore50, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from Bucwild in a recent trade. My second time with the beer and I've enjoyed it each time.

Appearance- Pours a nice hazy golden (I always put in a touch of the yeast, which clouds up the appearance I imagine) with about a finger and a half of fizzy white head that dies back to a ring pretty quickly. Leaves a touch of lacing as I drink, with pretty continuous carbonation beading up as well.

Smell- Hmm, lots of funk in this one for a gueuze. Heavy doses of barnyard and horseblanket (I think I'm finally getting a feel for that smell in lambics!), more so than other gueuze I've been drinking recently. Very tart smelling, of the variety of green apples. Smells refreshing.

Taste- Very nice. As per the smell, big notes of funk and tartness right off the bat. Very noticeable funk that hits you in a big, nice way and lots of green apple. I found this to be a fairly aggressive gueuze, but in a good, thirst-quenching way.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty spot on, though the carbonation was a touch on the heavy side. Very very drinkable however, and I could have had much more.

Overall, very nice relatively affordable and easy to find gueuze. Give it a shot if you see it.

boatshoes, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at the Sahara Mart on 3rd Street in Bloomington, IN. Got the bottle in late August 2009.

Pours a pale yellow gold with a nice white head. The immediate aroma is an earthy funkiness, barnyard, and quite a bit of acidic tartness. The taste follows in the same direction, with a bit of citrus, and a moutherpuckering sour flavor. A little bit of pale malt eventually comes through toward the end, but this one is sour through and through. Falling only behind Duck Duck Gooze and La Folie in terms of sour drinkability for me.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $6.

A: hazy orange/amber stark white head, not much retention and fair lacing.

S: barnyard funk, sour lemons and citrus, funky gym socks, horse blanket. Excellent smellin beer!

T: sour sour sour! Lemons, some smooth pilsener malt, quite medicinal as well. Excellent tasting beer, has tons of sour notes all over, but isn't completely dominated by those flavors. Interesting and delicious.

M: thin, crisp, refreshing, extremely tart and puckering though. Excellent dry finish that makes it feel as if there was never beer there.

D: easy drinking sour beer, fairly good pucker power and a really nice, light flavor. This is so light that almost evaporates in your mouth. Excellent. Highly recommended.

pokesbeerdude, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of thepeter
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review of a gueze or lambic. I was very happy with this beer and even though I am fairly new to liking the sour beers, I think that this is one of the best I've tried.

A - Clear orange slight haze, fizzy head that lasted less than a minute and left almost no lacing.

S - Hits you the moment the cork bursts out of the bottle. Sour funky dryness that I can feel in the back of my throat. Citrus peels and the smell of an apple orchard with young sour apples and the dry grass of autumn.

T - Sharp quick and sour right as it hits my mouth. This one has quite a zip right at the beginning. In the middle, I get some citrus peels and immature apples where the peels add a good amount of dryness. then a slightly bitter finish on the back of the tongue. Very clean aftertaste, a bit of bitter grapefruit is left in the mouth but not for long.

M - Leaves the mouth clean and dry. Very fizzy and light bodied. A bit gassier than I generally like but this makes it a fantastic palette cleanser that works out well as an aperitifs or between courses. Gave me a nice but mild mouth sweat.

D - Refreshing and easy to drink. Low alcohol (5%) gives you the option of drinking a couple and feeling fine.

thepeter, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Large off white head with weak retention and mild lacing. Hazy dull orange gold colored beer.

S- Huge funky earthy aroma, hay/barn, mild tartness and dry bitter spice. Also some crushed black pepper and a hint of fruit.

T- Big puckering sour flavor up front, dried spices, and hay. Large citrus fruit and bitter finish. This is a very nicely flavored beer.

Overall this is a very good gueuze, I really enjoyed this beer.

br3wmeister, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of brendan13
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to Smithflipper for sharing this.
A - Slightly hazy dark golden colour with a centimetre of head that falls away almost immediately.
S - Green apple & lemon sourness with quite the musty, barnyard funk character.
T - Much like the smell; sour apple and lemon notes with the musty, barnyard quality also coming through.
M - Light bodied, slight tartness. Fairly high carbonation.
D - This review probably doesn't do this beer justice but there isn't much to a well made Gueuze.
A sessionable Gueuze for those that appreciate the style.

brendan13, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle into my Lindemans flute.

Amber liquid with crystalline clarity and a thin but persistent layer of magnolia foam, fed by a steady flow of tiny bubbles.

Fruit (e.g. juicy sour apples), oak, and barn comprise the aroma. Faintly cider like. Well balanced, though difficult to pull out individual notes.

Classic flavor profile with a sharp acidity on the palate followed by penicillin (good blue cheese), earthy "horse blanket," grapefruit, wild yeast, lemon juice. Sourness is prominent, and comes across as an increased bitterness (more than one would expect from this style). Complexity increases as the beverage warms (don't serve this too cold!). Crisp, slightly dry finish.

Somewhat tannic mouthfeel, with a mild puckering brine-like quality from the acidity. Lovely effervesence and slight creaminess despite the ethereal lightness of this pale ale.

Nice drinkability for what many would consider an unusual ale. Great for Summer.

augustgarage, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Corked and caged 375ml green bottle served cooled in a chalice.

This beer pours a cloudy amber orange color with huge bubbly head. It settles very slowly leaving some spotty lacing on the glass. Small pieces of yeast sediment confirm it's "unfiltered" status.

The smell is nose-tingling and awakens every hair in my nostrils. Without even tasting it, I can tell this is going to have some sour funky flavor. The smell is similar to sour green grapes if they were really pungent.

Flavor is sour, as expected, but there's a lot more than that going on. This is far from one-dimensional. Earthy undertones provide the backdrop for big sour flavors unlike anything I've ever experienced in a beer. It's extremely tart - almost like biting into a crabapple. And it doesn't end there... big bitterness but not of the hoppy variety. The tannins really get you in the back of the mouth with this beer finishing dry and sticky.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and high in carbonation. Lots of chalenging flavors all competeing for dominance yet somehow in harmony.

If I hadn't had beers like La Folie or Consecration, this would be really hard to handle. Luckily, my sour cherry has been popped, so to speak, so I can enjoy this. However, I'm glad it comes in this little bottle because I couldn't handle much more than this one serving.

GilGarp, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasantly astringent and fruity-tart, Belgian with strong dryness and a crisp refreshing finish.

The beer opens with a a strong golden color and an eggshell colored head that straddles the fence of champagne fizziness and beer froathiness. The head quickly falls to a trace but allows some timid lacing.

Tart and sour aromas of lemon acidity, bright fruitiness, and deep oak and musty yeast quality. The sourness tickles the nose and makes the mouth water immediately.

Like flavors as aromas attack the entire mouth; much more intense than the nose suggests. Sharp lemon-lime flavors combine with a plethera of under-rippened fruits of berries, apples, grapes crabapples, kiwi, and pears. The souring steers away from lactic vinegars and toward a woodsy-musty grandma's attic reminescent of barrel aged beers. Spicy phenols add a note of white pepper, cumin, and curraco orange peel. There's a lot going in in the taste, but somehow seems effortless.

Light and airy in texture, the beer feels the mouth and quickly hits the sides of the toung in expected sour and astringent fashion. Not offensive and overly aggressive the extreme tartness offers more refreshment and crispness than bite or sharpness. The beer thins maybe a bit too much and looses the delicate malt mouthfeel, pushing the beer into white wine textures.

Ultimately this is as good as many other good Gueuze, but the restrained tartness and bright fruitiness gives it a not against them. Very refreshing without offense also helps the mouthfeel although a bit more malt balance is perfered.

Thanks jyounger30!

BEERchitect, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of redneckchugger
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured in my tulip, poured cloudy and pale, nice sized head,
Amazing nose on this one, acidic, and funky. it smells like you took rotten lemons and rolled them in moldy hay, which is better than it sounds.
The taste is even better i think. Up front very acidic,again like rotten lemons, but the funk in the back is way more complex than the nose suggest. Its barnyard as so many have said, but its more than that, its musky, its moldy, its got a touch of sweetness, this is the most challenging beer i have ever had, but its also one of the most enjoyable. I only wish i had bought more than one bottle.

redneckchugger, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had mixed feelings about trying and reviewing this beer, but ultimately decided to go ahead and do both.

The beer pours an attractive bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this bad boy is amazing; disgusting to the point of being impressive. There is a profound aroma of camel sweat, vinegar, limburger cheese, sulphur and lemon/lime. This beer smells incredible. As a result, I was literally afraid to take a sip, but what do you know, this beer isn't bad. Yes, there is plenty of lemon and sour grass, but also some quinine and lemonaide as well. Also, there is an intriguing mouthwatering aspect to this beer's flavor profile, which I assume is from acid. Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing, something I was not expecting to find in a sour beer like this. Shockingly, I can drink and appreciate this beer, and it's starting to give me some insight into what makes a sour beer attrative. Hmmm. The amount of sour wears me out in the end, but still, given enough time, I could probably polish off the bottle (but instead gave the half open bottle to the bartender to dole out to true sour lovers).

Very interesting. May have to return to this beer again some time.

John_M, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of davexisxrabid
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this bad boy into my Chimay goblet. Decent one inch thick head topping off an amber body. Slighly cloudy with lots of visible carbonation. Good head retention and good lacing during the drinking period.

Aroma - sour like sweet and sour sauce and vinegar; you either appreciate the funk or you don't.

Tart taste but not too sour with a sweet aftertaste. Imagine a really complex lemonhead (tart shell, sweet interior). That's kind of the way the flavors wash over your palate when you drink this.

Medium bodided, well carbonated and easy on the taste buds. Slightly lingering mouthfeel, that vinegary zing stays for a little bit between each drink.

Low abv and the fact that it is not too tart making it a good drinkable beer, striking a good balance between the tart sourness of the funk and the malty beer backbone.

davexisxrabid, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Sampled on 07/19

My local store just started having this on a regular basis and I am a fan. The translucent golden orange filled the glass with an excellent show of soapy white head. The Brett is prevalent in this beer. Some horse blanket, funk and B.O. are also obvious. The taste is different than the smell. Some tart sour lemon, fresh cut grass, and faint hops dominate this beer. The dry white wine texture hits the front of the tongue. But it does have a nice clean bubbly finish even if it is a little chaulky at first. When I want a good "go to" sour, this is it. I have a feeling I'll be buying quite a bit.

brokenleadedcask, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of cpone
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

37.5 CL bottle to Duvel tulip.

A: Amber/copper body - two finger head, recedes quickly. Leaves nice lacing. Lots of little bubbles.

S: Very funk and sour smell - makes me think barnyard. Get some unripe fruit in there. Super complex.

T: An initial sweetness quickly gives way to the sourness suggested by the smell. Definitely get fruit, unripe plum and blackberry.

M: Great carbonation, light body. Feels like a slightly dry champagne. Dry finish that keeps you salivating.

D: Excellent. Very refreshing. And at 5.0% you can drink this all day...provided you have good credit.

Drinking this beer conjures up childhood memories of playing under the plum tree in my backyard. Great Stuff.

cpone, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a bottle with a buddy for his birthday.

A- Pours into a glass a hazy drak golden straw color. 1 finger off white head that leaves good lacing all over the sides of the glass.

S- Big lemon zesty nose to this. Smells sour with some dirty earthy funk to it. Some barnyard smells I think. Good funky lactic acid in this. Great smelling sour.

T- Wow this is wonderful. Tons of sour funkiness to this. Big sour lemon and grapefruity/orange taste upfront. Some oaky notes to this along with some barnyard funk...this was surved just below room temp and it was fantastic to say the least....so good.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect for this beer. Leaves sour lemon and citrus flavors on the tounge. Kind of a slight creamy mouthfeel to this.

D- This is a very easy drinkable beer. Perhaps the best gueze I have ever had. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone. I just got to go to the shop and pick more up before they run out of it.

alleykatking, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiny pumpkin with Champagnesque carbonation. An extremely loud POP! on cork removal was followed by a brief foam gusher that I was able to corral into the glass without spilling a drop. The dirty ivory colored crown is loose and airy, with a mealy, unsticky texture that is leaving the glass untouched. Appropriate for the style, methinks.

The nose is filled with all sorts of wild, wooly and wonderful things. Keeping in mind that my gueuze experience can fit on the head of a pin... this is the most interesting and complex version that I've smelled yet. Multiple layers are appreciated, including wood, sour fruit, musty attic and funky barnyard.

I'm starting to realize that the world's best gueuzes (some would say this is *the* best) are a mouth party of epic proportions. Not only in terms of a cachophony of flavors zinging this way and that, but in terms of contrasting sensory input such as puckery tartness, acidity and biting bitterness.

1882 is incredibly sour and dry (arid actually), yet has a closing bitterness that tightens the screws even further. Flavors include wood, green apples in cider vinegar, bitter grapefruit and lemon zest, hay and a modest amount of horse blanket. This is a dizzyingly complex beer that was worth every penny of the $7.49 purchase price. Note: the cork says 06.

The mouthfeel isn't a sensory standout. On the other hand, given the style and the flavor profile, I'm not sure how it could be improved. The liquid expands a little on contact and the carbonation is energetic without being buzzy. A good match all the way around.

Since Girardin Gueuze 1882 is only the fifth gueuze that I've ever reviewed, I have no idea if it's the best version in the world or not. Consider the impressions of other reviewers on that point, not mine. Nevertheless, this is a fantastic experience that I wholeheartedly recommend for anyone who loves craft beer... whatever your style preferences.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange with small amber hues. The liquid is actually quite clear. A surprisingly big head develops. The head is ivory-colored, shows good retention and leaves big lacings as it dissipates and finally settles into a nice lid of foam.

S: A nice smell with a good mixture of tart fruity aromas (mostly lemon) and ripe fermenting apples, with big additional notes of horse blanket and a general funkiness. Some puckering vinegar, white bread, spices and grassy notes as well.

T: A great taste with a strong acidity. The sourness really grabs hold of you as it makes the cheeks feel like they're making out with a nine volt battery. Musty apples and a note of white bread in the mouth, coupled with yeast and earth. Here's not a lot of sweetness to balance the massive acidity. However, delightful, at least semi-sweet, flavors of lemon develops and get accentuated as well as turning really sour towards the finish. The funkiness is restrained, but some notes of horse blanket and barnyard is noticeable, and the funk actually gets more pronounced as the beer warms up. The finish is incredibly long with a forever lasting sourness that is right on the edge of becoming too assertive. Notes of lemon pits and minerals are the only things that manages to break through the fantastic acidity.

M: Medium body, effervescent character. The beer gets a slightly sharp edge due to the lively carbonation. The finish is not overly dry, but after a while the mouth gets really dry from this one.

D: A high quality gueuze. Complex and sophisticated, yet with plenty of that unique spontaneous edginess. It's delightfully sour (it could even give some of the beers from Cantillon a go regarding levels of acidity) but it never goes out of hand. I would also like to especially emphasize how great the finish in this one is, really magnificent.

ricke, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of azorie
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a world class Gueuze and it goes great with some brie, and/or some Roquefort blue!

A: Poured into a triple glass, all I have besides the mug.
Its a golden color with a one inch whitish head. Some head Retention, but bottle was a refrigerator temp. So it did not last long. Some cloudiness and hazy as expected.

S: I let it warm up a good 15 minutes. Great smell it is really nice.
Lemons and tart sour orange like, with of course that good old funky lactic acid smell hits you. I get wheat and some hops, of course its all very subtle.

T: sour baby, lemons, sour orange, some wheat malt, and of course lactic acid, not much hop detected. As it warms more you get some wood like after tastes, maybe oak barrel? very complex , maybe green apples, not sure, anyway you better love sours, this one is not for everyone, ahh blue cheese and this is heaven.

M: Full to medium bodied, very dry, very tart carbonation, nice creamy texture.

D: excellent. This is an outstanding gueuze. it's the best that I have had in a long time at least since 2007, I bought all they had, so I got a few bottles to go. nice price also was 7 bucks a pop.

Glad I bought 3 pounds of cheese this stuff made my weekend.

azorie, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. corked and caged green bottle into a tumbler

Pours a slightly hazed deep golden color with a one inch off-white head. Retention is pretty decent, it holds up as a cap and leaves some pretty nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is really nice, it's got a big lactic sourness which seems like lemon zest along with some earthy and dusty funk. A bit of a woody character as well.

Taste is a wonderful combination of flavors: up front there is a perceived sweetness but right when the swallow begins it immediately gets sour and funky. Like lemon and grapefruit rind. Some earthy, cheesy, dusty funk as well with some wood character in the finish alongside some lingering sourness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, very dry, really nice level of carbonation perfect for the style allows it to bring out the flavors exactly how they should be. Really nice creamy texture.

This is an outstanding gueuze. Easily the best that I have had and one of the best sours overall. I was very pleased to come across this one, as I have never seen it anywhere else. I only find myself wishing I had bought the other bottle they had. Oh well, some other lucky person will enjoy the hell out of it hopefully.

roadhouse, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of DrewOSU
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared by Newtonty, thanks man!

A: Dark yellow to a light amber appearance. Minimal grayish, white head on initial pour.

S: Big lemon and acidic notes on the nose. Musty wood and earthy qualities in the background.

M/T: As soon as the gueuze hits my tongue, I can feel the very sour lemon. The sourness is not overwhelming in the least however. Almost refreshing. It almost dries out my whole tongue before I even swallow. As expected, finishes very dry and lemony. Aftertaste is clean and refreshing, even with leaving a sour undertone on the pallet.

D: Very light with a clean but sour aftertaste. Easy and drinkable, a good change of pace from a heavy RIS.

DrewOSU, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Newtonty was a nice chap and decided to bring this to the watch the Cincinnati Reds game today.

Pours a cloudy brown with golden highlights. The off-white head only sticks around for a few minutes, leaving a fine white halo around the edges of my snifter.

The nose has a moderately loud flair to it. Sweaty gym socks and fresh grapefruit are playing around in the basement together (mustiness, citrus and funk).

Middle of the road sourness dominates the flavor of this beer. The dryness factor is medium to high, leaving an almost chalky residue in my mouth. After the initial sour wave passes, I get a complex mix of citrus like lemon zest and almost a cherry presence.

Light to medium body with high carbonation on the mouthfeel. Nice example for its' style.

beachbum1975, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market. Poured into a tulip. Pours vibrant, transparent, and effervescent. The creamy white head forms about an inch and a half high with good retention. Noticeable lacing is left on the glass after the head dissipates. Great looking beer!

The aroma has soft citrus notes of lemon, orange, and ripe golden apples with tart and sour character. Barnyard and goaty notes are evident with some mustiness and cheese.

The flavor is packed with a lot of lemon, some orange, and ripe apple with some sweetness. It's in your face sour right off the bat. It's bracingly tart as well. Musty barnyard notes are evident. The dry finish has some acidity and leaves a lingering tartness with light fruit notes.

Light bodied with a high level of carbonation and a very dry mouthfeel. This is a fantastic beer.

HopHead84, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be the perfect sour to try if you're not familiar with sour beer or lambiks. In summary, it is very "consumer friendly" and can be consumed easily by itself or is sufficiently versatile to go with most savory foods.

Pour a medium cloudy orange honey color with light white head.

Big nose of fresh squeezed lemon juice, lemon grass and sweet wheat grass.

Mouth gets what the nose promises. Fresh bright pleasant mouthfeel with high acid and bright flavors of lemon and lemongrass and a pleasant finish of fresh cut grass and mild wheatgrass. '

Sour flavors are bright and have highnotes with a pleasant bitter/sour character. Some sours can make you pucker and can be hard to get down; more chore than fun. This one is all quite delicious. A very friendly and inviting sour beer.

GRG1313, Jun 21, 2009
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.