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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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905 Ratings
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 202
Gots: 115 | 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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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cork seems to have a marking "< 02 08" ...or is that "K 02 08"?

i certainly appreciate this much more now, after having tasted many more sour and funky beers. notes are about the same. can pick out some hay-like tones now, esp. in the nose. feel also ends with smooth finish after the initial acidic texture, and i don't perceive it as watery anymore.

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OLD REVIEW 2-7-08

golden straw, honey-like color. slight haze from yeast. decent head fades to a few wisps and a ring around the glass. leaves a nice lacing.

a slight yeasty funk pops out even during the pour. crabapple, with champagne notes. some faint woodiness.

be prepared for some tartness. some apple and champagne again, but with a lean towards cider vinegar with the acidity. touch of bitterness follwed by earthy and woody notes and hint of malt.

feel is acidic, almost astringent, a bit watery. carbonation is pretty gentle, but keeps it lively.

interesting and good start for delving into gueuze, i think

A: 4
S: 4
T: 4
M: 3.5
D: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 18:41:34 | More by tai4ji2x
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden-orange color, looks similar to the other gueuzes I've had. It smells citrusy and maybe some slight musty aromas. Tastes like pears and apples, and more citrus with a big sourness that is great. This is a very good beer but it lacks the funk I found in the cuvee rene which probably makes it a lot more approachable for those who are new to gueuze.

Update 11/2012 2011 batch ref x2012 on the cork

fantastic gueuze, smells great, mildy sour, fantastic flavors, world class.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 08:40:54 | More by ArrogantB
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, corked and caged. Opened very carefully, and poured slowly into a tulip. Small white head over an apple-juice colored body. Lots of sediment. Lots of lacing.

Smell is rich warm sour fruit (the dominant fruit is not-quite-ripe plums), a little cracker malt, and lots and lots and lots of funk. Sour funk. Sweaty funk. Horse-blanket and wet leather. Mmmm.

Taste is acidic and horsey, fruity and pungent all at once. Sour plum is definitely there, Granny Smith apple is a back note. Reminiscent of a good champagne. Long dry-sour finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and round, full and soft with ample carbonation.

Good drinkability, although this is too sour for me to want more than one. This would be great with a rich cheesy dish -- I'm thinking French onion soup with lots of goopy melted cheese on top!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 03:11:23 | More by ColoradoBobs
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notably tarter than 3 Fonteinen or Oud Beersel, Girardin has a sharp acidity that inspires the appetite. After an exuberant uncorking the beer pours out virtually uncarbonated in hazed honey gold. A sharp and irascible ale that's not overly sour but has a honed acidic punch. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 02:06:08 | More by RedDiamond
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tart fruit, Belgian yeast and light malts

T: The taste is very sour with flavors of tart citrus and berries up front. There are flavors of Belgian yeast and a thin malt character in the background. The after-taste is likewise sour.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a taste that takes some getting used to but you tell it's very well-made.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 23:14:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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haz77

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Bottled 06/06. Uncorked with a powerful pop and rising foam in bottleneck necessitated a quick initial pour. Clear amber body with a couple of inches of frothy head. This drops to a thin covering, but is easily refreshed to a fingers-worth of height. A small amount of slowly rising carbonation is present. Very pleasing.

S - Solvent, funky sour citrus, farmyard, cherry, leather/tobacco in the background.

T - Sourness of the lemons bite in instantly, before the cherries move forward and bring some (not much compared to the sourness) sweetness to the middle. Citrus reappears towards the end before sour funk and a little leafyness. Dry finish/aftertaste with woody sourness lingering for a long time. Wonderful.

M - Medium, very smooth body, yet retains a refreshing edge due to the cleaning, medium carbonation as well as the tart flavour. Exceptionally well crafted.

D - Every base covered here. Looks/smells/tastes great and very easy to sip. The real deal.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 18:48:53 | More by haz77
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a mostly clear apple juice colored dark yellow. As I rolled the glass from side to side the one inch white fluffy head stayed perfectly intact. Nothing stuck to the side of the glass and the shape of it never changed. Strange.

s: Pungent aromas of apple cider vinegar (more apple cider than vinegar) leap out of the bottle as soon a I unleash the cork. Adjectives such as acidic, peppery, funky, floral, and musty come to mind. Frankly I lack the vocabulary to describe a gueuze. Off-putting and enticing at the same time.

t: My gueuze experience is quite limited, (this is my third) but this is the best one yet. I think I taste a bit of wheat here; yep definitely, semi-rotten, wet wheat. Dry, floral, apple cider flavors, very sharp. This is acidic, but only mildly vinegary. Granny Smith apple concentrate maybe? This lacks the sour sugariness of the other gueuzes I've tried.

m: This is quite viscous with a medium level of aggression from the carbonation. The dry finish lingers for quite a long time, as does the heartburn.

d: Gueuzes are expensive, but I'll certainly revisit this one. This will probably be the one I buy several of for aging purposes. I'm loving my foray into the world of sour beers so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 13:32:39 | More by DIM
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer on my honeymoon in Belgium 13 months ago. I have been craving a sour beer for a while now, and finally decided to open this one. I am having an aged sharp cheddar along with the brew.

This beer explodes with champagne like carbonation. A massive head that is popping with the effervescence of bursting bubbles. After a minute, the four inch head settles down completely. Sitting atop a medium gold body.

A nice amount of funk and sour notes waft from the duvel tulip. A medium amount of tartness is evident; not nearly as funky as Cantillon products.

Wow. Immensely sour and hugely puckering taste. I was not expecting this much funk after the aroma. It has a good bit of acidity. More lemony and sour than barnyard funk.

This beer had more carbonation than any other geuze or lambic I have had. I liked the change.

Drinkable? I certainly want more, but the flavor of this beer is intense. I love it, but 375 ml is enough in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 20:53:01 | More by IPAcraig
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 37,5 CL/12.7 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a crystal clear, deep golden yellow with streaming threads of carbonation. The bright white, two-finger head of frothy mousse faded to a lasting ring.

The aroma was super musty and ultra funky. Very barnyardy. A touch of malty sweetness came through as well.

The taste was similar to the aroma, yet not as intense initially. Sour, tart and acidic. Somewhat cider-like. Crisp and appetite whetting. As the beer warmed, the flavor intensified significantly. A tart smack of wheat appeared in the center, along with a touch of hay. The sourness crescendoed in the ultra dry, tannic and oaky finish, and carried far into the long-lasting, semi-fruity (sour apple) aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was light and crisp with an intense effervescence similar to that of champagne. As the beer settled on my palate, the liquid turned creamy and smooth.

Drinkability was quite good for such an intensely sour beer. It was well balanced, light and quite refreshing. I simply cannot think of a beer that would make for a better aperitif. This is truly a world-class gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 02:30:22 | More by Damian
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I popped the cork and it took off like a rocket. I was ready for it, but still nothing I could do. I sucked some of the spillage up off the counter, and it stung the hell out of my chapped lips. OUCH!
When I finally managed to get it in the glass, it produces mostly a huge white head. It eventually turned in to a yellow-orange beer with a lot of bubbles. I suppose the aroma is pretty much the same for all gueuze. Cob webs, dusty, oak barrel, 'horse blanket'. Not really sure what else to say about it. Over the top tart. Very much like orange juice concentrate. Not a bad flavor, be very aggressive. Medium body. Highly effervescent. Dry, but not as dry as expected. I wish I would have shared this with somebody. I like it, but its a bit much for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 21:48:54 | More by tjthresh
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rye726

Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy cedar brown and hazy a creamy light tan head with nice lacing.

The nose has oaky vanilla, manure, musky funk and some tart citrus. Quite lovely, just a bit light.

Absolutely delicious. A sour yet complex funk with a salad of tart tropical fruits. Some nice earthy oak and sweet bready malts balance together perfectly.

The body is full yet crisp and delicate. An outstanding beer that I strive to be able to replicate some day.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 02:57:45 | More by rye726
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prototypic

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a hazy, soft golden color that features a nice orange tint. Very nice looking. I was expecting a little more haze and perhaps some sediment since it's unfiltered. But, it's solid nonetheless. Head is foamy white and about a finger and a half deep. Retention is top notch. I'm not sure the head would leave if I paid it. A light coat of lace remains.

Smell: It doesn't have a really strong scent, but it's a nice smell. There's some initial fruity aromas, but it's not citrus. It's more of a sweet apple and pear blend. It's smells a little sour and acidic. Perhaps vinegar-esque. There's an interesting oaked or wood chip aroma that's very subtle, but effective.

Taste: Whoa! This is a very pleasant and (a little) surprising. It is indeed fruity and sweet. Apple and pear flavors are very apparent and flavorful. It has a strong sour flavor, but it's extremely well done. It is a bit vinegary and acidic. But, it's not overwhelming or offensive by any means. It's very complex and flavorful. It has a nice caramel base. Again, it tastes oaked, but it's a nice complement to the other flavors. Slightly yeasty, but it doesn't linger into the aftertaste. Finishes bitter and sour.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This has a much thicker feel than I anticipated. It's extremely smooth and just a little chewy. Carbonation is very vibrant and damn near perfect. Drinkability is above average. But, it's far from a session beer. It has an excellent flavor, but it's just a little too sour for me to drink more than one. I think I'm enjoying this one most in small doses.

This is my first Gueuze and it's been an experience. This is a very good beer. I'll admit that this is not ever going to be one of my favorite styles. It's just a little sour for my taste. But, this is definitely a beer to check out.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 02:32:12 | More by prototypic
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largadeer

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy amber with a dense white head. Great head retention and plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell: Nice footy funk, stinky cheese and barnyard. Not overly funky; it's just right. Citrus undertones and a hint of white vinegar.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pleasant sourness and acidity, nothing too extreme here; it's very well balanced and refreshing. Flavors of green apple and musty oak blend with lemon rind bitterness and a touch of oak. Wild honey-like sweetness appears for a brief moment in the middle before being swept away by dry, puckering sourness in the finish.

Notes: Really enjoyed this, one of my favorite gueuzes to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 17:21:48 | More by largadeer
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber color with 1 inch of sparkling off-white/pinkish orange head. Good retention and a thin ring of spotty lacing. Smells of green apples, sour cherries, apple cider vinegar, barnyard funk, raisins, and lemon. Tastes of sour apples, funk and musty basement, light malt, with a dry lemon and sour cherry finish. Medium in body with lots of carbonation that fizzes on your mouth scattering the sourness all over and leaving the dry finish to hold on, leaving a lasting taste. Sour, tart, sweet, and funky, low in alcohol, and easy to drink for the sour fruit lover. A great example of a gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 23:26:09 | More by HopDerek
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork stamped B0905. I've had the bottle for almost a year, stored upright (they suggest laying down), with plenty of sediment & brown gunk around the cork.

A: Bronze with a white head.

S: Tart apples, candied fruit, citrus zest & the obligatory horse-like quality.

T: Cider-like tartness, fresh baking apples, lightly acetic, toffee, horsey-funk.

M: A solid moderate body with a somewhat puckering, tart acidity, and extremely dry finish. Highly carbonated.

D: I'm not a fan of the style (some I can't even drink), but this one is more approachable.

The sediment is extremely tart. I'd decant carefully.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 00:07:11 | More by Derek
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on Greg's recommendation at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Slightly Cloudy orange with ample tight head that dips to a small ring and lace, but reappears if you swirl at all. Doesn't leave a trace on the glass from its presence.
Nose of vinegar, sour cherry, a hint of raisin, and lemon. Tons of citrus and brettanomyces sour notes, and a bit of light malt in the back.
High carbonation carries the acidity and sourness over the tongue, and the citric and lactic notes finish the job at the back, leaving tons of dry astringency.
An excellent gueuze. Top notch. This would be a go-to sour beer for me if I could get it readily.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 01:23:01 | More by khiasmus
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JDV

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at tasting courtesy of Dewbrewer, I believe. Thank you!
Pours orangish colored with a wispy white head. Smell is lighty funky sour barnyard. Taste is balanced sweet and sourness. Begins very lightly sweet and then finishes tart and dry. Bubbly, fizzy active carbonation and a nice moutfeel that I haven't gotten in some guezes. This was really nice and easily one of my favorites of the style

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 19:33:40 | More by JDV
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Scoobydank

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sloejams for this one.
L:white head that disspaears immediately.Cloudy dusky amber. Bitter sweet orange. Tiny little bubbles continue climbing up the sides of the glass.
S:Tartness jump right out at you. Fermented citrus fruit follows. Orange citrus is the one that jumps out the most.
T: Immediate funky sour squeezes your throat. Insanely dry aplles follow. A zesty lemon sourness. On the back a water downed citrus.
M: Really light and fizzy. The dryness really puckers you up and sticks in your mouth.
D:Very approachable type of beer. It was good. Certainly not ovdf powering.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 04:56:37 | More by Scoobydank
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dill

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 375ml bottle into a flute glass

A - a really nice golden orange with a white head.
S - green apples with a little bit of funk.
T - green apples and cheery. a really nice tartness to it.
M - very dry as the style would suggest.
D - i really liked this gueuze. a great beer to start the day with. i wouldn't suggest more than one, but it's something i'd definitely keep gonig back to.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 19:45:52 | More by dill
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bennorthenor

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is not for everyone. It is a mix of 1000 green apples and a dark musty cellar. This is one of my favorite beers. The look of this beer is a beautiful color of amber. It smells musty and sour. Mmmmm. It pours nicely into my glass with very little head when poured gently and with respect for this amazing beer. The mouthfeel is refreshing and a pleasure to the pallet. I highly suggest trying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 21:21:12 | More by bennorthenor
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of purfock: Poured a orangey color lambic with a huge foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of green apple and tart is really great. Taste is a complex mix between some green apple, some sour and tart notes with some light funky barnyard notes. Full body with great carbonation. I appreciated that the level of acidity is manageable and doesn't totally overrun the complexities.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 20:36:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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ojclark

California

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderately sour/acidic aroma blends into pleasantly funky barnyardy notes. Some aroma of rhubarb and grapefruit and a slighly oaky note as well.

Golden-orange color. Fairly cloudy. Thick white head with pretty good retention. Very effervescent.

Fairly sour and acidic flavor with strong grapefruity notes. Subtle sweetness in the background. Mild woody oak flavor. Lambic funk notes of leather and barnyard are present, but subtle. Beer tends toward sourness/acidity and fruitiness, especially citrus. Has a fairly long, sour acidic finish. Some additional tartness from wheat.

Medium-light body. Abundant acidity and fruitiness heighten impression of body. Moderately high carbonation.

Excellent beer. Lacks the intense funkiness of a Cantillon, but this helps make it very refreshing, drinkable, and more accessible than some other examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 18:23:34 | More by ojclark
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a lasting thin head.

The smell is of funky and musty with orange peel and candy sugar.

The taste is funky, tart, sour, barnyardy with some sweetness and lemon/orange fruitiness.

Sweettart and mustiness hang on.

This is one forward, funky brew. A great example of a classic gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 15:44:34 | More by jwc215
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WeisGuy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Georgiabeer for throwing this bottle in as an extra.

a - pours a cloudy deep golden color, one-finger white head with retention around the edges, small amount of lacing

s - big aroma of sour granny smith apples and good old barnyard funk, a little bit of leather in there as well

t - very tart and sour up front, lots of granny smith apple that makes your cheeks pinch, mid-palate is dominated by a strong funkiness and engulfs the entire mouth, very nice acidity, finish is of fading funk with hints of leather, finish is quite dry, absolutely stellar gueuze

m - very intense tartness and sourness attacks the palate aggressively, moderate to high carbonation, light to medium bodied, quite dry on the finish

d - one 375ml bottle is enough due to the style more than anything, the dry finish and harsh tartness and sourness limits the drinkability, that said, I'd love to have this regularly

Awesome beer...one of the best - if not the best - sour ale I've tried. I wish I could get this at my local store, because it would be a weekly indulgence. Well worth seeking a bottle out.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 23:53:43 | More by WeisGuy
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ikats

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle. Light amber in color, clear. Slightly off-white head builds up nicely and then slowly disappears. Wonderful funky gueuze aroma. Earthy and barnyardy. Initial taste of tart apple juice is followed by earthy dryness. Wonderful mouthfeel for this style. And it is so pleasurable to sip this beer.

I like lambics and I am really enjoying this traditional gueuze. Makes me want to start planning a trip to Belgium right away.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 05:33:29 | More by ikats
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.