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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: 967
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 213
Gots: 125 | FT: 8
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Brouwerij Girardin

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 csmiley
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PatronWizard for the chance to try this bottle.

A - Decanted a medium gold color with a very light haze. The white head only rises to about half inch in height, maybe a little less. It sticks around for a few minutes before receding to a thick white cap that just doesn't want to go away. Thick webs of lace stick to the glass.

S - Starts out fruity and tart. Green apple and lemon stand out the most and white grape seems to make an appearance too. A heavy dose of funk absolutely dominates the middle. It's somewhat musty with some hay and grass notes in there as well. The very end has a touch of honey sweetness that is pretty hard to pick out.

T - Apple (green and red) really pops in the flavor. Some white grape also comes in pretty quick. The tart fruitiness really takes over the palate for the first few sips. After the initial blast the beer really starts to smooth out. It's really funky and sour in the middle. Wet grass, wood, and dry alcohol flavors come and go. A little more apple of the green variety finishes it all off.

M - Lighter bodied with a medium carbonation that comes across as surprisingly active in the mouth. Finish is tart and dry, lingering for a while.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. Tons of "in your face" flavor make this one more of a sipper that you'd want to take your time on. This is a very nice example of the style that I wouldn't hesitate to try again. The only real flaw that is worth mentioning is the head or lack thereof. If that is the biggest problem a beer has then said beer is pretty well off in my opinion.

Photo of techdiver
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep gold-light copper with minimal head, but displays great carbonation.

Sour green apple nose with a little barnyard in there. Most inviting.

Taste is invigorating. Tart, and refreshing. Sour green apple with vinegar undertones and a funky finish.

The carbonation is makes this such a light and delectable brew.

Great drinkabilty, and a great pairing to a variety of foods.

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

A: Hazy peach-champagne colored body. Light, bubbly head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Tart. Sour. Champagne like character marked by lemon, peach, white grape, and pear tones.

T: Sour up front with a nice tart kick in the end. Like the nose, this is champagne like in its profile but has the addition of some light fruits like peach, pear and white grapes. The acidic lemon flavor comes and goes throughout.

M: Generously carbonated, light body. Crisp finish.

D: This was my first foray into the world of Gueuzes and I continue to enjoy it as I've developed my palate and appreciation for the style.. i found this beer to be easy to consume despite the overall tart and sour nature of the beer. A good place to start for those looking to explore the style.

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

375ml, purchased at Liquor World, $8.90. Big pop, here comes the eruption, better pour quick!!

Transluscent hazy rich golden with a white ring that hangs around.

Smells very acidic, lactic and oak in there.

Heavily lactic up front and acetic in the finish. Almost stings the tip of the tongue, rolls down smoothly with an ever so slight fruitiness and then dries out the bottom of the throat, whereafter the oak comes back.

Very nice example of a gueuze, would definitely have again.

Photo of oakbluff
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle- pours an orange golden with very good clarity and moderate head. Very delicate lacing. Nose- lemon, must, oak, hay. Taste- juicy sourness, dry green apple, lemon zest and dry oak finish. Medium carbonation, and actually has a smooth texture. Drinkable as all hell.

Photo of bulletrain76
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Gold-orange color with small carbonation and a creamy off-white head. Honey, lemon, wet wood, a floral aroma. Sour and acidic, with a little musty woodiness. Starts with a little sweetness, and then dry and tart. Has enough malt body to balance the tartness, and that is really the kicker for me. Light body and champagne-like carbonation. The balance and complexity are amazing. I didn't really like gueuze before this, but the balance and drinkability of this beer has completely turned me around.

Photo of rhinos00
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally had the opportunity to try this one. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden, orange. Very little white head formed and dissipated almost instantaneously.

S- A lot of oak and farmhouse funk up front. Not very complex, but just pure and very pervasive. Really sets the tone for this one.

T- Wow, what a solid beer. Definite oak on the front of the palate. As the beer moves a long, the oak gives way to a sourness that grows and grows all the way to the finish. What I really enjoyed was that the sourness wasn't overdone. What a great taste.

M- Lots of carbonation. Perfect consistency. Really enjoyed the lip smacking sourness that coated the lips.

D- As far as sours go, doesn't get much more drinkable than this. Can't really think of a criticism as far as drinkability goes.

Overall, this one really shocked me. I love sours and this one definitely ranks at the top. It reminded me a lot of RR Beatification, even a bit better. I'm definitely going to look for a few more bottles.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, cloudy, hazy gold in color with a nice pillowy white head on top of the beer. Man this is funky. Among the strongest funk smells I have ever gotten from a beer. Lots of barnyard, some musty notes and a little bit of sourness. Taste is an abundance of tart sourness. A little bit of a acidic quality to boot. Very complex and sour. The taste is incredible. As it warms up it really gets better. Incredibly full and creamy on the mouthfeel. I've been looking for this beer for sometime and it is well worth the wait. If I keep up at this pace, my entire cellar is going to be nothing but sours.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured this one into a champagne flute and it looks so similar it's scary. Color is a little bit darker, almost a golden straw color. Head is as perfect as you could imagine. It's a thin white ring that never loses any of it's mass, and glows on top of the glass

Smell - Very sour and almost vinegar like. The fruit smell is like sniffing a sour apple jolly rancher. Everything smells soft and very well blended.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Sour and then some. Hits you with a tart bitterness that wants to make the tongue curl. The bitterness that sticks and coats every inch of the mouth is just what I expected and wanted. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a very carbonated bite to it. The aftertaste leaves the mouth bone dry.

Drinkability - A showstopper of a gueuze! Very light and refreshing while maintaining a puckering sourness with a sweet touch. Easy to sip on and enjoy during the spring or a summer afternoon.

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

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a slight foamy white head. There is nice lacing around the edges which slides down the glass leaving slight traces behind.

S: Sour apples and pears. I can sense som slight white grape and maybe a little sour citrus. This reminds me of champagne mixed in with a little vinegar smell.

T: This is pretty complex so I'll give it a try. I can taste definte sour apples and some vinegarness. I can also pick up some white grape and lots of funk. It has a decent amount of yeast and a slight spice to the end of it.

M: Very light and high carbonation. Its a bit slick in the mouth and definitely leaves me puckering.

D: This is a pretty interesting beer. As a person who is just getting into sours I find it quite tolerable and very enjoyable. It's definitely something different, but can be appreciated by a sour lover or a person looking to expand their horizons.

Photo of pwoods
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Small bottle purchased somewhere outside Chicago, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a pale golden color with good clarity. Decent head that holds for a bit and leaves decent lacing.

S: Smells like a skunk got ran over after smoking some dank ass weed. Pungent cider vinegar. Seriously, skunk and some dank ass herb.

T/M: Funky and sour as fuck. I've gotten into sours big time and this is almost too much for me. Wet dog and horse blanket, probably some sweaty horse cock. Gherkin pickle juice, sauerkraut, musty, grassy, cheesy, nutty. Body is medium light to decent carbonation. Very very dry and puckering.

D: Split with FtownThrowDown and Roymunson and my sample was plenty.

Photo of tempest
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a couple bottles at Den Trollkelder in Gent. What a beer. I had this next to the Marriage Parfait and and filtered (white label) 1882, and while it was fairly similar to the Boon, there was little resemblance to the white label. This had more oak barrel character - tasting like I was drinking from a wooden mug - along with lemon/lime fruit, bit sour tartness, and underlying farmhouse funk. Heck of a beer, give it a try.

Photo of photomike
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy but glowing gold with a hard white head. Head doesn't last TOO long, and lacing is present, but somewhat minimal.

The smell hits you from a mile away. Really beautiful scent to this one. Sticking my nose way into my New Belgium globe is really overwhelming. The most complex scent I've experienced. A mix of sour fruits with some sweeter ones. Sour apples and lemon with a more mild pear or grape scent. This is combined with a huge floral, earthy, funkiness. Alcohol seems to be present, despite the low abv. This is only a positive...a big whiff yields an almost menthol-like feeling--no mint here though.

Taste is actually less complex, maybe due to the massive sourness. Very citrusy and sour. Lemon + lime with just the right amount of sweetness. Every so slight vinegar flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but the acidity of this gueuze does a number on your teeth. This makes it a bit much to drink a lot of, but it is pretty highly drinkable for the style.

Maybe my favorite gueuze.

Photo of vrazionale
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very cloudy golden brown. Pours a thick head that remains constant across the top throughout drinking.

S - Wow! Lemon, yeast, musk, leather, pepper, orange, thyme. The old "horse blanket" muskiness is attractive and exciting.

T - Just as on the nose, there is a wide range of tastes here - the farminess of the spontaneously-fermenting yeasts really shines through. The beauty of this style of beer is that every sip is different from the last. Tart and refreshing.

M - Fizzy, with a lip-smacking pop from the tartness. This brew definitely has a palate-cleansing effect - a big reason why each sip is different and exciting.

D - This is my favorite spring/summer beer. It's refreshing without getting boring. Most definitely a session beer - I could drink this all night long. I love to pair this beer with food - the flavors mesh very well with all different types of food. Try it with seafood, cheese, or a hearty burger.

Photo of ffejherb
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into tulip glass on 4/15/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing!

A - Poured a hazy golden/orange-tinted body with moderate carbonation and a thin white veil for a head that receded into a patchy film and left spotty lace.

S - Complex nose with aromatic sour and citric notes with a cellar-esque mildew character suggesting slight band-aid, cheese rind, vinegar and magic markers.

T - Flavor kicks off with an initial blast of sour citrus fruit reminiscent of Sour Patch Kids candy. The tart sourness definitely undermines any sweet character here. Some sour apple enters the mix, along with subtle vinegar notes.

M - Medium body with a light syrupy texture and lively carbonation. Very effervescent mouthfeel overall. Crisp and tart on the palate with a sour zing in the finish.

D - Excellent Gueuze that, while not one of my favorite styles, I can appreciate for its complexities and bold flavors.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"This is like carbonated vinegar."

Photo of damienblack
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color and consistency of apple juice. Nice big white head, foofy with great retention. Leaves waves of sticky lacing that cling to, and slide slowly down the sides of the glass. Plenty of carbonation shooting to the surface, and you can hear it real loudly, definitely sounds like a living beer. Cloudy, like honey still in the comb, lots of sediment suspended. Smell is a huge sour funky blast - earthy and almost rotten, but in a good way. Smells like sour peaches or cherries. Some grape in there too, like a fine white wine, but funkier. Kind of vinegary. A great smell, I just wish it smelled more! (Not in a "big" way, you can smell it from a foot or more away, but just that the flavors were more amplified.)

Mouth-puckeringly sour, in a totally awesome way. Like a sour-apple Jolly Rancher, but if it had all natural sweetness instead of processed sugar. I really want to give this a 5 for taste, but it just isn't quite up to that pantheon of greatness. It's like imagine a tart cider, and then amplify the tartness by a factor of three or four. It's not tart in a bitter way, more like a pleasantly sweet way. Lots of apple in the flavor, a little citrusy. It does have a bit of bite to it though. Vinegaric in spirit if not direct flavor. Mouthful is nice, but I would like a bit more there. Doesn't quite linger long enough, could use a bit more depth of different flavors. But what it does have, it does great. I love sour, can't get enough, and this is super-drinkable for me. I could even use a bit more sour, but this just hits the spot compared to the "wild" beers I've tried so far.

EDIT: Definitely gets more sour in an abrasive, vinegary way as it gets warmer.

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

A hazed light orange colored liquid. Half an inch of off white head faded to a thin coat quickly. Tiny bubbles rising rapidly. Thin watery rings of lace.

A fantastic amount of variety in the aroma. Sour apples and white grapes dominate up front. Cherry, pineapple and passion fruit are also strong. Wet hay funkiness, a bit of a balsamic vinegar note.

Great fruit sourness. Apple and pear flavors blend nicely. Cherry and a wet grass flavor balance a background nicely. Very light pineapple note.

Nice thickness on the tongue, and a burst of carbonation. Taste clings, but beer runs away quick.

A great choice. This one should best be enjoyed by itself. A great funky tartness. If sour beers are not your thing, stay away; otherwise, hunt this one down.

Photo of slayer3604
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best examples of a Gueuze ive ever had! Nice hay colored/hazy color with a head that goes from bulgy and rapturous to stringy, thin, and caked around the walls of the glass, with some nice sticky lacing.
Wonderful aroma of hay, grass, sweetpea, some funk and tangy citrus.
has a nice semi heavy body that wraps your palate, and becomes somewhat more tangy and acidic than previously thought.... a touch of lemon, herb, orange peel, and a lather of semi sweet ripe pear.
Nice medium body, finishes dry, with a very pleasant mouthfeel, and licking your gums gives you more tart acidity! yay!
Pricy but i can see why. I could drink this all day due to the smoothness. this beer deserves a fat pat on the back.

Photo of SpruceFish
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-hazy yellowish copper

S- sour, funky, vinegar

T- tasty real sour, funky, vinegary, maybe a little horse blanket

M- smooth real dry great carbonation

D- a little to vinegary but still very good

notes: really tasty gueuze i think it was a little to vinegary but this is still really good one

Photo of steadydose
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip, amber-golden color w/sediment, nice. Thick cap of rocky head, good looking, nice lace and carbonation.

S: Sour, tart, citrus, must, aged cheese.

T: Tart, citrus, a little funk, slight goatcheese taste? Finishes very clean.

M: Good carbonation level, acidic

D: Nice beer, one bottle is good for my, stomach starts to feel a little sour, which takes away from its drinkability for me.

Photo of schroederm
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a tulip:

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color covered by one finger of off white head. Clove and green apple aromas and quite a bit of sour. A vinegar taste is present, but it's subtle. Green apple there as well. Sour as hell. Nice maltiness, a little bitter. It's carbonation is too high in my opinion, but it has a really good body to it. Overall, a little too sour, but still drinkable.

Photo of callmescraps
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dammit, I just can't wait any longer. I need some gueuze!

Appearance - Dark, cloudy amber. A half inch oh white foamy head dissipates into a nice ring. It has a nice glow, and some tiny bubbles clinging to the sides.

Smell - Dear god. I smelled it as soon as the cork went with a meek little *pop*. Sour, tart apples. Plenty of wet hay. A good funky cheese aroma. Smells like the bottom of the apple barrel in late fall. Some citrus, maybe lime, hanging in there. Definitely lime.

Taste - Pucker up! It tastes like lime-ade (which I fucking love) up front, with a real smooth follow. Dear god, it's sour in a way that most beers aren't. It's honestly citrusy. It's got some funky yeast action going on as well, a tiny hint of spice on the follow. It's lacking a little something. It's so tasty, and then all of a sudden it gets kind of thin and recedes into nothing. Still, it's damn good.

Mouthfeel - It's very nice and crisp with great carbonation. I just wish it'd hang around a second longer.

Drinkability - Really quite good. Absolutely no hint of the booze. It is pretty well carbonated, and the tartness makes it hard to imagine having too many of these, but it's quite nice.

This is a pretty great beer. I love this style, especially since I love champagne and stinky cheese and these beers seem to combine those experiences. Plus this one had lime-ade to boot!

Photo of Biggness
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber with a 2 fingered white head and some lacing. The smell is sour, very sour. The taste has a nice malt base to it with a nice sour finish, nicely balanced, I think I could enjoy a little more sour though. The mouthfeel is nice with a good carbonation level. Nicely drinkable brew but for the pricetag its probably just a one time taster.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A yellow-orange colored body settles to look something like what I will call "peach" in color. With a small, tightly bubbled, off-white head. Spotty lacing left behind, but I poured this one into a snifter.

The odor reminds me sharply of that funky-cheese type of odor with some vinegar mixed in. Very nice overall I would say.

This one got noticeably more sour as it warmed up, so I would definitely drink this one at cellar temperature (if not warmer if you want to adventurous). The sourness is biting and vinegar like and it is offset by that cheese flavor in there. Just a little bit of woodiness comes through here also.

The mouthfeel is biting and puckering but good.

Good drinkability, but definitely a sipper because the sourness starts to get a little intense. Great beer overall though.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an unexpectedly good head that sits around for a few minutes. A light yellow color with apparently good carbonation.
I can tell this beer is going to be sour, some funky yeast and citrus are present.
Extremely tart. Green apple and pear lead the mix with a slight vinegar aftertaste that is actually pleasant.
Good carbonation and a full body.
This is a great beer that I will be having again in the near future.

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
96 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.