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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 206
Gots: 116 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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 joepais
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dim for this one
Bottle poured into my tulip glass produced the required two fingers of white billowy head that lasted a while. The head then trailed of to a nice covering of lace. The body on this was a hazy orange

The aromas from the glass were nice and funky. Sour apples come to mind as I whiff it again the acidity on this is very present in the nose do I dare taste it?

WOW I'm glad I like sours this one is quite intense. I let my teens have a sip and they thought it was some sour head candy drink LOL. It reminds me of a crab apple or a transparent apple pie I am a sucker for a good sour apple pie. Some grapefruit citrus as well in here flavor wise. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry good carbonation very refreshing

Drinkability is a strange question for a sour I finished the bottle, but Do you want to do more than one sour at a sitting? I enjoyed the brew and would gladly drink it again. Truly a great brew and deserves to be tried by every sour fan

joepais, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of koopa
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pale golden color with nice frothy white head. not too much head retention but good lacing. Not much uniformity to the bubbles that stick to the side of the glass while tipping it.

S: Tart apples and lemons coupled with belgian yeast and an underlying funk

T: Much more sour than a lambic but smoother and drier than an oud bruin. Lots of tart citrus flavors with some underlying berry funkiness.

M: Clean finish but leaves your mouth dry and begging for more. Not as carbonated as I expected but a good amount of carbonation.

D: This is my first Gueze and I believe I spoiled myself with a very nice selection. Its exactly what I was expecting. An overly sour lambic style taste sans any fruit. Very nice!

koopa, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of JBogan
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking orange/gold with a full white head and medium lacing.

Smelled of sour apples and other tart fruits.

Tasted lemony and of sour apples, very crisp and clean. A bit of oak in there too it seems.

Prickly mouthfeel with a medium to light body. Rather smooth.

I'd rate this higher in drinkability if it were cheaper. It's a wonderful beer however, especially for this time year.

JBogan, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of gregc
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured a hazy orange color with a nice sized white foamy head. Head hung around for a few minutes.

Smell was intense...vinegar, grass, lemons, oak, yeast and sour apples.

Taste was mouth puckering, i loved it...tasted lemon tartness with some apple and the oak coming through...super dry...

mouthfeel was very nice, good carbonation, very crisp and refreshing...

I could drink these all day...

gregc, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Utobeer. Corked and caged 5.00% abv, 37.5cl.

Rich, bubbly orange under a thin fizzy offwhite cap that disappears quickly. A bit of haze from the suspended sediment. True to style. Strangely enough agitation of the glass causes an exciting fizz to form.

Aroma is very intense. Ultra acetic sourness. Light, grainy sweetness, very funky. Grass, straw. Belgian yeast. Difficult to describe! Sort of dairyish sourness - cheesy. Wood & leaves. Barnyardy.

Palate is amazing to experience. Medium feel, moderate carbonation, but the real star of the palate are the flavours. Sour astringency is very present, even before the swallow. Mouth-coating, like ultra-sour candy. You can feel it on your teeth. Very dry. Unripe apple (crabapple?). Citrus rind, or concentrated lemon juice. Perfect champagne mouthfeel, even with a few white wine notes (oak?). Finish has some nice bitterness, smoke, vinegar... wow. A bit of sour cherry. Superb balance that keeps this sour guezebomb one of the most refined beers I've ever had.

Very refreshing. Truly the champagne of beer. A new favourite. How I wish I could get this back in Canada.

Antilochus, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a head that starts out thick but quickly fades to just a thin layer that lasts for a few minutes. Oaky with grapefruit and funky aromas. The flavors are all perfectly balanced which I think makes this gueuze more complex than any others I've had.

DrunkenMaster, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
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.


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

tai4ji2x, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
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.

ArrogantB, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
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!

ColoradoBobs, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of RedDiamond
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.

RedDiamond, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of haz77
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.

haz77, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of DIM
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.

DIM, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of IPAcraig
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.

IPAcraig, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of Damian
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.

Damian, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of tjthresh
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.

tjthresh, May 23, 2008
Photo of rye726
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.

rye726, May 19, 2008
Photo of prototypic
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.

prototypic, May 06, 2008
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, May 05, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
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.

HopDerek, May 02, 2008
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
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.

khiasmus, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
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.

Scoobydank, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of dill
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.

dill, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of bennorthenor
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.

bennorthenor, Mar 26, 2008
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 936 ratings.