Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin
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4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
This had a cloudy amber orangish body with TONS of head. The aroma was very tart and had the classic gueuze smell. The flavor was even more sour than the aroma and made the glands in my neck tingle. Probably one of the best gueuzes in terms of the sourness. It reminded me slightly of La Terroir in sourness level. Light bodied with very good drinkability.
07-12-2007 15:55:10 | More by drseamus
4.72/5 rDev +9.8%
Wow this baby is good. I have nearly wiped the shelves clean at the beer store, both for consumption and for trade.
A: This baby is a cloudy peachish orange in color with a steay flow of bubbles almost like Champagne.
S: Lemon with a funk
T: Pucker up baby this one has kick. The most wonderful sourness of the best citrus your mind could imagine. Finishes dry, I will stop here because I can not describe this brew.
M: Perfectly carbonated yet dry, like a $100 bottle of Champagne.
D: Off the charts here, bartender give me another. This baby goes down so smooth I am yearning for more. I feel like royalty as I drink this baby. I'm not worthy.
Overall: Love it, Love, it, Love it. Did I mention that I am in love. This could be a session brew for me. In these hot summer months of Florida I have fallen for the Gueuze. I have found others, but none surpass the black label. Still searching out better, but for now I have my hands on the holy grail.
06-16-2007 18:57:12 | More by tpd975
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours out a cloudy orange/yellow straw with black sediment in the bottom of the snifter.
Smell is school glue in the spring. Very fruity and overwhelming aroma-wise.
Oh wow, the taste is here man! Jeeze. Sour grape/apple with a metallic aftertaste. A sweet mellow sugary flavor is in the middle of all this sour. Can't pick it out but it is very nice indeed.
Mouthfeel is very clean and refreshing. The sour flavor leaves as quickly as it appears and makes you have to have another drink.
If I could find this easily, I would session this one. Good stuff.
06-13-2007 02:26:45 | More by peabody
3.7/5 rDev -14%
Thanks to goochpunch for the warning about opening this baby. I didn't have an explosion but the bottle would have foamed over the neck had I not had a glass handy. Very effervescent, big frothy head and a golden, cloudy color that seems to be lit from within. The fruit in the nose is pronounced, with that trademark gueuze sourness foremost. The taste puckers your mouth. Sharp & acidic up front, a hint of fruit that darts past the tastebuds faster than you can identify it, then a sour that hits hard and stays late. Wow. Gueuze squared. I really like it but the sourness is so overpowering its hard to get past. The mouthfeel is sour. No wait, that's taste. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a softness to it that is really nice. The drinkability? Sorry, the sourness just puts the brakes on more than one of these. I love gueze, and this is a great one. I just have to leave it at one. Hurts so good.
06-04-2007 23:42:29 | More by roblowther
4.53/5 rDev +5.3%
Cork says 2006.
Half of my little corked and caged bottle exploded all over my kitchen. Fantastic.
Pours out looking like hazy, unpasteurized apple cider you get in the jugs. Head remains a thin sheet over the body. This is definitely one of the funkier geuzes I've had in terms of aromas. The citric acidity is most prevalent, while Spanish moss, straw, and faint sharp cheese serve as more underlying themes. The acidity comes up front in the flavor as well, shooting up to the nostrils and reminding me of sour Pop Rocks. I'm pretty surprised by the amount of mellow vanilla from the wood despite the funk. Finishes rather astringent, with a tangerine flavor that lingers on. I would prefer this to be a little more active on the tongue. The body is just fine: not too light bodied. This one strikes me as very traditional, and I love it.
05-25-2007 04:34:16 | More by goochpunch
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
This beer pours a peach color with some dark brown highlights. Its just a touch murky with a smattering of white film for a head.
Smells big and funky, but not overpowering with a touch of rose and cantaloupe.
The flavor starts with a big sour and funky bite but fades to a dry woody sourness, lemon rind and under-ripe strawberries. Finishes with a pleasant ambiguous fruiter sourness that sits on my tongue feeling quite dry.
Feels light but a little dense with a tolerably dry finish.
Very nice. The smell is what does it for me the most. Extremely sipable for the style.
05-15-2007 00:45:44 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
A: Semi vibrant tangerine copper with some haze and sediment to it. Various streams of bubbles pick odd spots in the glass to spawn from. Head is minimal but present, a whipped butter color.
S: Acetic acid, lemon juice, oak and grapefruit.
T: Begins absolutely mouth puckery tart. First sip of this beer is a real experience not sure Ive ever had anything this sour in my life. Very dry with only an elusive green apple sweetness to it. Its almost salty. There is a low lying bitterness which seems to work incredibly well with the carbonation in some way or another, almost like they are intertwined. Finishes mineralistic, with ever present vitamin C and bit of peach yogurt.
M: Medium body with a hard water mouthfeel and pickly carbonation.
D: Probably one of the most balanced guezes on the market. Incredibly sour but the other flavors are so harmonious that it doesnt hinder the drinkability.
05-13-2007 20:17:25 | More by Westsidethreat
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a hazy peach color with lots of bubbling and a full two fingered white head with good retention but not much lace.
Very complex and unique aromas. Grassy, barnyard, hay, sour raspberries and horseblanket notes.
Tastes of sour berries, with some sugary, fruity sweetness. Tart, lemony zest. Some woody, oak and hay, earthy funkiness going on here as well. A very "busy" taste profile.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with effervescent (almost explosive) carbonation.
Overall a tart, fruity, refreshing, yet complex beer. Excellent during the hot summer months.
05-10-2007 23:37:44 | More by BillyB
4/5 rDev -7%
A - Golden body with some oranginess to it. Nice full off-white head at first that settles down to a consistent foam covering. Good lacing.
S - Vague vinegar, an apparition of apple, hint of mint and just a little gin.
T - Sour, yes, but not overwhelmingly so. It's a concentrated sourness that feels like it's sticking mainly to the middle of the mouth before sliding down the throat. The vinegar flavor and slight sweetness brings to mind a combination of a white wine mix with an apple cider. Later the sweet & sour mix covers the entire tongue.
M - It hits just about every part of the mouth in the end. Tart, but not tongue-curlingly tart. Fuzzy carbonation tingles the nose a bit.
D - The style makes for an acquired taste. It's not really for me, but I can sip this one as well as any of the other top-notch tongue twisting styles.
04-15-2007 01:42:18 | More by JayTheFinn
4.78/5 rDev +11.2%
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with a huge fuzzy white head that retains and laces very well, off to a good start. Aroma was a musty green apple and almost foresty earthiness. Taste was sour lime, grapes, more green apple, sour but more balance and favour variety than any other Gueuze I have tried. Juicy yet dry and astrigent, makes one's mouth water. This a wonderfully drinkable Gueuze, and a great finish to a night of drinking.
04-06-2007 19:09:20 | More by tatterdash
3.45/5 rDev -19.8%
Well after a solid third of this bottle ended up on my friend's rug, we got down to business.
It poured a gorgeous orange honey color into a champagne flute, with surprisingly little head after the geyser we'd seen while opening.
Smells of vinegar, apple cider, apples, and horses.
Tastes of vinegar and horses (but in a good way). I was thrilled when about halfway through the glass, I finally started to pick up on some of the apples I'd detected in the bouquet. Even after finding the apples, they were not quite as pronounced as I would've liked. But the primary thing going on on this beer is the sourness, which just dominates the palate and beats it into submission.
The mouthfeel is very thin and quite still. More carbonation, or a little thickness would've gone a long way.
In terms of drinkability, let's just say that I'm sort of glad some of it ended up on the rug.
A solid gueuze, but one to be enjoyed one flute at a time.
03-31-2007 01:59:41 | More by Boppar
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
Green bottle (can lambics get lightstruck?), very dignified-looking label.
Holy shit, my beer is exploding. Do not open this beer around pets or small children. Half the bottle is distributed between the rug and my friend's sleeve.
Pours super-cloudy golden peach with a few little chunks of sediment. Thin head of fine bubbles that fades over time.
The nose is acetic acid, apple cider, and just a bit of barnyardy Brett; simple farmhouse style, but all in excellent balance. Very nice.
The taste is less cidery, but also less Bretty. The sourness is strong but not overwhelming. The cider note gets stronger on the finish. Tastes good, smells better.
Mouthfeel is largely determined by the sourness. It's about as thin as it should be, but I'd like the carbonation to be a bit stronger, especially considering the beer was bubbly enough to drench my rug.
Drinkable for what it is, but not drinkable.
03-31-2007 01:39:34 | More by kajerm
3.8/5 rDev -11.6%
From a caged-cork 37.5 cl bottle into a wine goblet, a careful pour still puts a few flakes of yeast into the glass, in no way detrimental but a reminder to store and decant this one carefully. Attractive dusky honey color with heavy Champaign-like carbonation. One-finger rock solid head of fine ivory bubbles and scattered lacing. Damn good looking beer. Nose of sour raspberry and scuppernong hints at the character of this beer. Taste is quite sour for sure, kind of a wild grapes flavor with no discernable hops presence. Theres a bit of syrupy sweetness to balance things a bit, but sour is the name of the game. Definitely good flavor intensity, like it or no. On a positive note, a religiously Corona drinker said that it tasted very good, and so I steered him toward a couple of local stores where he could pick one up along with some lambics. Mouth is heavily carbonated and smooth. Drinkability may be good in style, but I cant imagine drinking more than one small bottle of the stuff. 5% ABV makes this one sessionable in theory, but with this level of flavor intensity, forget it. Its also fairly pricey at 7.99 for a small bottle. 2 of these equals one 750ml bottle, so yeah, its a lot of buck for the bang.
Overall: This ones a good example of style vs. personal taste. If I were judging purely on style, this beer would rate a whole lot higher. But then if I were judging on personal taste, it would rate much lower. Im just not a fan of sour Flemish ales/guezes/lambics. That said, Ive still tried them, and this is one of the best. Hopefully that will provide some guidance to my fellow beer advocates.
03-29-2007 01:02:39 | More by jettjon
4.6/5 rDev +7%
Thanks a million to yinzer for hooking me up with this beer. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.
This beer may have actually been the majority favorite from the evening
Appearance: Poured a brilliant orange color. Luminescent, almost shiny with a bit of haze through the gold. Fluffy white head.
Smell: Lemon grass, wood, barnyard-ish Brett funk, vinegar and yeast with a touch of sweetness.
Taste: Spectacular. I have said before how challenging these flavors are to describe. This beer was intensely sour and yet not off the wall funky. It had some barnyard attributes but the flavor seemed to flow smooth and easy across the yeasty, sour, citric musty woody flavors of a Gueuze. Divine.
Mouthfeel: Tight carbonation, medium body and very dry.
Drinkability: This is one I might need to seek out a case of. Stow away in the cellar and break one out when I need that sour itch filled. Very nice. Very drinkable.
Hope this is helpful.
03-24-2007 03:40:55 | More by Phatz
4/5 rDev -7%
Ah, heavenly gueuze, return sweetly to my lips. A shallow pour, elicits furtive and bright carbonation, gassing the most piquant and lively tones of musky grape skins, cob-webbed attic planks, long grassy warm days and a sweeping sharp bite of acidic splendor. Faint washed-rind cheese lactic blend with lightly soured apple juice and a passionfruit. Nice. In the glass, a lightly hazed orange-tinted gold, with a soft, soapy head of white. On the tongue, its alive with bold, bowling acidity, bright, clear and clean. Quiet tones of wheat sugars whisper through the veil of bold soured candies. Musty pig barns and scattered straw elicit a note of farms and apples. Out among the earthy glow is a vibrant bowl of fresh wet cranberries, puckering the corners of my mouth. So, fresh and delicate. A wisp of flowery perfume fills the humors, percolating the dying hop dryness. Beautiful all around.
03-08-2007 04:30:55 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
375 cl bottle pours (into my chimnay goblet) a chill hazed effervescent peach with 1 finger of white head that drops to about 1/3". A healthy film with lacing & bubbles chasing it all the way down the glass, but no real lacing to really speak of.
S: Sourness, raspberries & a little bit of horse blanket/barn smell
T: Sourness, dryness with berry sweetness up front. Tartness, lemons & leather follow. Finishes sour, super (woody) dry & tart. I am not a huge fan of this style, but this a nice change of pace & fairly representative, style-wise
MF: Light bodied, with near perfect/lively carbonation.
Drank really easy, just enough tartness to draw you in. I'd be happy with 1 of these & then time to move on. Especially at $8 a bottle. When ever I was in Belgium I tried not to drink the same beer twice in one sitting, too many others to enjoy!
02-25-2007 01:35:11 | More by russpowell
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
The cork flew out of the bottle, but there was no beer spewage, as some others have reported.
This beer pours with a nice creamy off white head. The aroma is great for the style. Nice funky tart smell.
The hand pulls the glass form the mouth as the first drops hit the tongue. The acidity and tartness, while expected by the brain, still surprise the tongue. But once the tongue gets used to the tartness, it processes the flavors that were predicted by the first smell. Very complex, funky flavor. And very good.
Mouthfeel is nice and light, with a lot of carbonation.
Overrall, a great Gueuze.
02-17-2007 22:57:03 | More by Hampton73
3.9/5 rDev -9.3%
A golden, yellow clear beer with a small, bubbly head. When opening the bottle, beer came gushing out of the bottle.
Smell of straw and oxidized, with grapefruit and horseblanket and barnyard funkiness.
Taste is mouth puckering, acidic, my tongue is numbed out at first, but slowly gets used to the sourness. There is this barnyard funkiness again, which reminds me of straw, grapefruit, oxidation, lemon, Turkish tea and some malt.
Aftertaste is dry and lingering sour and activates my saliva glands from start to finish.
This isn't really my favorite beerstyle, but I reviewed the beer the way I think it meets the Gueuze specifications.
02-09-2007 17:44:09 | More by Absumaster
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
A: Pours a dirty, cloudy yellow with a pretty impressive head.
S: As expected for a gueuze, it's strong, pungent and almost terrifying, everything a gueuze should be. Watching the expressions on my friends' faces after they smell it tells the tale. It's so pungent that it causes apprehension before the first sip.
T: Thankfully, again as expected, it tastes little like it smells. A powerfuly tart and dry grapefruit flavor bursts through. There are some white pepper notes as well.
M: Silky. It's a treat to swirl around the mouth. Complex layers of varying flavors become apparent as the different areas of the tongue deal with this unique liquid.
D: Each sip gets better than the next. If I wasn't making a point to try different brews this evening, I would've ordered another.
It's only my second gueuze, but it's easily the more complex of the two. I would like to try other interpretations before trying this again, though.
02-02-2007 22:45:44 | More by JimsArcade
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Thanks to Crosling my first gueuze.
A: Pours a hazy golden with a spongy head. Good sustain and lacing.
S: All kinds of funk: chemicals, wet dog, socks. Strangely, however, it's not bad.
T: Puckering tartness with a citric, woody flavor. After a few sips, my palate is become adjusted to the sourness. Slightly phenolic.
M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Lots of lingering tartness and flavor with a course and dry finish.
D: Different and challenging, this one is definitely not for the novice beer drinker. Very good and worth seeking out. I'll be curious to try this one again after I have a few more in the style.
01-31-2007 22:23:36 | More by klewis
4/5 rDev -7%
This beer made me remember how much I enjoy this style. Around $4,99 or so at Michael's Beer and Wine in Marietta, Ga. Cork popped out with a loud pronounced pop. Poured up a beautiful cloudy orange with a big, rocky white head and some fairly large pieces of debris. Huge CO2 streaming upward. Smell is slightly sweet and definately sour. Reminds me of a damp, dank basement, which is probably the conditions in which this was made. Some green sour apple like smell is present, as well, but mostly just a damp basement of an old building. Taste is very sour and tart. Right on target for the style. Slight bitterness on the finish, *if* you're looking for it. Mouthfeel is wonderful for the style. Just enough CO2 "sting" to make this a pleasant experience.
All its attributes seem to be right on for the style; I really enjoyed this one.
12-29-2006 05:47:10 | More by SilentSabre
4.47/5 rDev +4%
When I popped the cork the beer exploded out, and believe it or not it etched my stone floor. Apparently vingar or acids will etch certain stones, and now I've got a reminder of the night I tried this beer.
Appearance was OK, straw colored with very light head. The aroma and flavor was sour and acidy, tasty if you know what to expect and like that kind of thing (I do). Tart mouthfeel and lasting musty and funky flavor. Good, but not worth etching my floor.
12-27-2006 14:52:53 | More by TurdFurgison
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
A: The ale is a dark yellow/straw color with an explosive head on the first few pours. The head, while big, does not retain as well as I'd expect.
S: The nose is a brettanomyces-lover's dream, with a sharp sour aroma. That sourness is augmented by a horse-blanket funkiness that is another by-product of the spontaneous fermentation.
T: The sourness continues into the taste. The sharp brett flavor is very distinctive and tart, leaving the mouth dry for another sip. The sour flavor has a funky, earthy element that hints at some citrus (lemon primarily) and spices. Those hints are small though and the sourness is the big flavor.
M: The funk dries out the mouth, making one take another sip. As the ale warms a bit, the flavors become a little fuller and less abrasive.
D: The 5% abv is great, making several beers reasonable. And that pucker sourness, it is well balanced between nonexistent and crazy.
12-10-2006 00:10:37 | More by akorsak
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
12.7oz. green bottle, served at the Map Room.
Deep orange-yellow body, champagne carbonation. Rich foam, leading into an olfactory translation of supreme funk. Oak, "barnyard" to the Nth degree. Fruity.
Taste brings a serious mouth-caving tartness, followed by rich, woody funk and citric lemon. Very similar to some vintage Fantomes i've had in it's fruitiness, but amped up in the sourness.
Mouthfeel is bold, with a dry finish and moderate acidity. It makes you slow down and appreciate the privilege of drinking this in the US. Have one or two, even more if you're a glutton for punishment.
12-09-2006 03:37:16 | More by emerge077
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
Bottled, drank at a bar in Amsterdam... they didnt have this on their menu though :)
Pours with a yellowy, golden body, clear with a fizzy white head, pretty good retention, slight lacing down the glass
Smell, fresh crisp grapefruit, some fruity lemon also, lots of barnyard funk, some lasting malt on the nose
Taste, dry grapefruit, smokey dry malt, some lasting lemon on the finish, some barnyard funk on the finish
A fantastic gueuze, the filtered is a more refined version with a bit less flavour but this is the nuts here, brilliant
11-26-2006 01:07:01 | More by cypressbob
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.