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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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966 Ratings
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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 213
Gots: 124 | FT: 8
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 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.

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.

Photo of JDV
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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of ojclark
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.

Photo of jwc215
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.

Photo of WeisGuy
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.

Photo of ikats
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.

Photo of nkurz129
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sprang for a bottle of the 2004 batch on a whim. A bit of a gusher on opening, filled the room with a lemony, yeasty aroma. Once in a glass, the head calmed down and there was a very pleasant level of effervescence with every sip. Which is the point here, sipping is the way to drink this one. The taste is slightly salty and straw-like up front, with lemon undertones and the finish is dominated by a surprisingly strong wood character. Really interesting, and a refreshing drink as light in body as it is. Call me crazy, but I think this would be great with pizza, good pizza.

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

375 ml bottle released in 2004 according to Bottleworks, and cellared by Bottleworks in the meantime. Served in a Riedel Vinum Extreme flute, at 57 F/ 14 C.

Rich translucent golden orange color, whitish head that mostly goes away, classic looking lace.

Great smell, Fresh and lively, with the perfect dash of musty funk. Fresh apples, musty leaves, wood, and damp earth add up to a distinct apple orchard smell, along with Meyer lemon, grapefruit, tart unripe strawberry, cider vinegar, damp earth, and a touch of oxidization.

Tastes refreshingly tart, fruity and lively. A bare touch of sweetness quickly fades for a long dry finish, with deep wood and earth notes emerging. Complex, wonderfully balanced, and very very tasty.

Finely textured smooth carbonation, with prickly acidity. Very drinkable.

Great beer.

Photo of Lothore
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a peach color with little to no head, very clear.

S- Smell is very sour, i get strong apple cider tones, definitely lots of funk, I don't know if I am prepared for the taste.

T- Taste is much better than I was expecting. Intensely sour, completmeted with subtle sweet fruit tones, not as much apple as I expected from the nose.

M- Medium viscosity and very crisp, the carbonation is hard to judge because of the crisp bite of the sourness.

D- This is a sipper for sure because it is so intensely sour. While saying that, I think while this would take a long time to drink a lot of, I could sip on it all night.

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

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one. This is my first Gueze so we will se how this goes.

A - Poured into my Allagash chalice. Beer is a hazy light orange color, with a nice big head. Ample carbo fizziness.

S - Smells sour with plenty of fruits. I pick up lemony, orange citrus. There is a farm smell of (hay?) in the background.

T - Sour lemon flavor upfront. Bit of malt in there too. Definate citrus flavors of orange, lime etc. Slight funkiness lurking around the edges.

M - Medium high carbo gives this beer an almost champagne quality. Finishes dry. Light bodied.

D - Sourness is strong. Just not something I would drink more than one of.

Overall, definately an interesting beer. Kinda like a berliner weisse mixed with some belgian funk. Glad I tried this beer, but I don't know that I will seek it out. I don't know if this is my kind of beer. I will have to try others in the style and see. Thanks again to mikesgroove for this one.

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

Appearance: Pale, bright copper in color, with a very small white head, really little more than a scattering of foam on the surface, slight streams of carbonation, and classic Belgian lacing.

Aroma: Strong balsamic vinegar notes and wet horseblanket, some ripe banana and hints of pepper.

Taste: Opens with a strong note of old cheese infused with vinegar, as the taste progresses, there is a distinct rustic or barnyard note. The finish is dominated by the afore-mentioned sharp cheese and vinegar, as well as a mild, lingering hop presence, and a note of green olive with pimento.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Quite intriguing, in all, more than the sum of its idiosyncrasies.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this rare example.

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

Poured from a 375ml bottle into an Arcadia tulip at Map Room 1/27/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a light golden color with a tiny white head. Poured carefully and still got a little bit of suspended yeast in the glass.

S: Huge tart fruit aroma. Cherry, green apple, berry, lemon, etc. There's also an incredible woody/oaky aroma.

T: Tart, sour, and tangy fruit of the aforementioned varieties. Oak and an excellent, creeping toasted malt flavor towards the finish.

M: Tart, sour, and a little thin at first, but gradually becomes more and more creamy as it warms.

D: Refreshing and palate cleansing. Excellent.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden amberish color that has a decent whitish head that rises and falls fairly quickly. Nose is bringing the funk. Minor antiseptic tones are mixed with a more dominatingly sweet character. Flavor is great. Nice sour tang. Wonderful level of funk. Well done. Very smooth feel. This is so easy to drink. Does it come in gallons??

Photo of Overlord
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Geuze. Gee golly whillickers, me likey!

Pours a nice hazy orange. Thin white head. Nothing unusual about the appearance. Long lasting streams of small bubbles.

The first whiff, however, let me know this was something different. A definitely non-standard beer lurked within the depths. The smell was sour and pungent with yeast, sour apple, and a dry champagne/white wine sparkle.

The taste is sour and tart. Motherpucker this has one sharp taste. Sour apple, funky wood, citrus/lemon/grapefruit, and I swear a champagne finish.

Had to keep myself from gulping down.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Beverage Warehouse. That place rules.

A: Hazy honey yellow with small bits of yeast. The head is 3 fingers, big and fluffy, but quickly fades to a thin film.

S: So many smells. Citric acid dominates, mostly lemon, but mild hints of apple, dry white wine, spices and funk.

T: First sip is just tart. Citric acid and lemon juice. At first, it's really quite intense. After a few sips you get used to it, revealing mild spices and a strong earthy funk. Finish is super dry and reminds me a bit of wine.

MF: Thin but very bubbly. The tartness is almost mouth puckering and first, and really triggers the old salivary glands. Dryness left me ready for another sip.

D: I have to admit, I couldn't finish the whole bottle. Each time I've had a sour beer it's been a little more drinkable, but I feel that the depth of flavor gets somewhat lost due to the tartness. Maybe I'm missing something. I just feel like it needs something to balance the flavor that's not there.

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

375 ml bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse for $7.50, split with my girlfriend tonight while watching a movie

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass with a yellow orange color, very golden when held up to the light, thin 3/4 white head that disappeared immediately, no retention or lacing, tons of little bubbles rushing to the top for the first twenty minutes or so

First gueuze I have ever tasted and I can already say I am a big fan, looking forward to opening my Cantillon pretty soon and hopes Lost Abbey follows through with their plans to brew one as well

Smell was complex with many different fruity aromas, got some lemon, orange, lime, cherry, vinegar, funkiness, tart, sour apple, puckering scents, also some sweet berries

Taste had a nice tart to it all the way through, not overly sour but still super lively, a little bit of vinegar in the first few sips while it was pretty cold still, then the lemon and lime juice feel kicked in, tart at the beginning that faded into a nice mellow and sweet finish that almost resembled a Sprite, goes down so easy, other fruit flavors came about as I went on and all that were mentioned in the smell were present, longer I kept this swishing around in my mouth the better it tasted, sourness exceeded some of the wild ales I have tasted and this was not a bad thing, great funk and tart overall

Body was medium sized with not too much carbonation although there were tons of small champagne-like bubbles, sour mouthfeel, long lasting taste unlike other lambics I have had in the past

Could drink numerous bottles of this if it was not for the price, smooth for how sour tarty of a beer it is, alcohol percentage is low too which also helps out its cause, not filling and goes well with a lot of different foods that I happened to be snacking on while drinking this

First beer in this style, first from this brewery, certainly got my attention, did not know much about this before drinking but was very content with the surprise in the end, wow this was something special, the fact that this is unfiltered is impressive also, will definitely buy again in the future, highly recommended to others

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

Clear yellow-orange color with a modest white head that sticks around surprisingly long for such an acidic style.

Aroma is sour/tart citruses like lemon, lime, and orange. Very funky and wild.

Pretty sharp vinegar taste with influence from the sweeter citrus notes. Finish is puckering and funky.

Bone dry and refreshing, with great carbonation. One of the easier to drink gueuzes I've had.

Photo of HardTarget
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: Lists 5% abv.

Aroma: Sharp funk, vinegar, horse, slight banana peel. Same lemon juice sour I’ve seen in other Lamics.

Appearance: Heavy particulates with a careful pour float and swirl in my dark peach glass. It holds a small white collar.

Flavor: Lemon juice, sour, puckering actually, but not overwhelming. Finishes with just a little horsey funk. It’s really one of the easier Lambics I’ve had, flavors are all there and full, but not crushing.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium light body seems a little thin, puckering sour.

Overall Impression: Tart, but drinkable. Enjoyed it, so see it being a great summer sipper.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange with a two finger white head of tiny bubbles that melted quickly to a faint ring of white on top.

Aroma is sour notes of apple, wood, lemons and a touch of Belgium 'funk'.

Taste follows aromas with very sour lemon initially that you get used to as you continue to sip allowing some of the subtleties of the wood and sour cherry to come through. Still, predominantly lemon sourness.

Aftertaste is clean and refreshing.
Great afternoon drink.

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

A- Thin white head on a partly cloudy golden body.
S- Really big sour notes with apple, wood, tart, citrus, some kind of straw, and of course some funk.
T- Follows the aroma with some big citrus flavors in it. Straw comes through with a puckering sourness. Lemon is in this too with a light bitterness on tongue.
M- Full body and slides down smooth after the rough start on front of tongue. Low carbonation.
D- A little to much lemon in this for me. Still a good gueuze but wouldn't say one of the best.

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
96 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.