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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 213
Gots: 131 | FT: 9
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Brouwerij Girardin

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 09-28-2002

Unfiltered version.
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Photo of Rors
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first ever tasting of a lambic/gueze beer. I have tried the somewhat similar sour red beer Rodenbach Grand Cru, but this was in another league!

I tasted this beer in a large red wine glass.

A - Burnished orange, almost marmalade, with a thick cream head and significant lacing.

S - Baked sour apples, varnished wood, lime cordial, sulphur, minerality like a fine white wine, strong cream cheese and vague hints of pepper and asparagus.

T - Deep sour apples with a hint of oakyness, vinous fruits. A deep dry uncompromsingly sour finish - akin to sucking a lemon!

M/D - This is fantastic drink and is to be savoured and enjoyed! I could have a few - but over about 3 hours!

Photo of gdfan47
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

woah this one is special

pours a staw colored yellow with a lingering and noticeable head

smell is that wonderful sour/vinegary( I dont care if thats a word or not) that I love not really much fruit on the nose, a slight tart apple.. but this is wonderful and refreshing to me

this would be a great beer to drink on a hot day, the low abv makes it a great session beer( a little pricey compared to other beers, but cheap for a gueze

i will def order this and drink this again
if you like Petrus aged Pale, you should also really dig this beer

Photo of abfraser
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice opaque, reddish orange body. Big frothy head with lots of carbonation on pouring but it settles

S: Musty tart green apples. Makes me salivate when I inhale deeply.

T/M: Mouth puckering tart, with loads of lemon and green apple. Musty and a bit funky. Mouth is very dry, acidic and refreshing. Not as sour as some the American sours I've had recently such as Beatification or Isabelle Proximus but pretty darn tart.

D: very drinkable given the light, dry body and tartness. Only roadblock is the expense ($10 for 37.5cl)

Serving type: bottle

Photo of aerozeppl
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Beerzebub for this via trade.

A: Nice cloudy almost honey like color. Minimal white head that kept a nice this mist over the beer. Little bit of lacing.

S: So nice and musty.Tart with some apples. A little bit funky. Acidic.

T: Sour in the face. Damn this is sour. Like a lemon in your face and tons of other citrus. Not very complex but damn this is good. This is sour city and I am the mayor.

M: Light body. Well carbonated. Prickly from the sour.

D: Why is this not available around here. Stellar. Almost like a Russian River. A really great sour beer. The price is high but worth tracking down at least once.

Photo of shbobdb
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It is a good Gueuze, if a little tame. That said, I think it walks a nice line. It has a nice acidic punch and a nice dose of funkiness. It doesn't sacrifice on either. Plus the 'funkiness', while pronounced, is less drastic than other lambics. I get a lot of cherry, pineapple, and rotten orange from this one, with a touch of red wine vinegar. It emphasizes the fruit end of what Brett can produce as opposed to the barnyard end. The acidity also doesn't hold back, but it is also nicely present. So you get what you want without getting too much of it, if you will.

It is a very good gueuze, very balanced, very nice. But frankly, I wish it were a bit more. I like gueuzes because I like the raw horse-saddle flavor, I want to be in the stables when I drink a gueuze. I'm more chillin' in the fruit basket with this one. If I wanted to introduce someone to gueuze, this would be a fantastic call. Everything that should be there is, just milder. Depending on what they liked, we could emphasize those things with other lambics.

It is certainly very good, and the balance leads to a sublime drinkability, but I love the Cantillon. If I am springing for a world-class lambic, that is the direction I'd recommend.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright haze of honey - wispy and mild - minimal carbonation. 2nd pour is a little better on that front.

Excellent sourness and brett horse-blanket feel. Bright yeast and significant malt with huge electricity. A powerful scent of a Gueze.

Mild at first - almost creamy. Texture of sour up front is accompanied by a bright, piney horse-blanket texture that electrifies the palate. Very well-constructed.

Mouthfeel is tight as is nature of style with a citrus sting in the back. Frontcourt is a little more soothing. Almost a leather huskiness to it.

I have never plowed through a Gueze like I have through this one. Incredible effort. Must find more!

Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked & caged, green glass, 37,5CL bottle. Poured to a 25CL 'La Chouffe' tulip glass.

A: Lovely and warm, a glowing apricot orange. Lots of tiny carbonation, rising rapidly throughout. Good head, a tightly-bubbled creamy fingers-worth that never quite fades. Lace clings in wide, lop-sided bands.

S: Mmm...very tart. Nose-tickling lemon and musty pith with a touch of candied sweetness.

T: A tangy sour lemon/tart cherry/green apple mix with oaky wood creeping up in the finish. A yeast roll's bread & buttery-ness sneaks in between pucker-inducing sips. As balanced a gueuze as one could ask for.

M: Plenty of carbonation, creating a subdued tingliness. Nothing heavy about this: it's crisp and it's light bodied. Some lingering yeast prevents this from being entirely clean, but does lend an un-blended 'naturalness' to it.

D: Gueuzes are NOT everyday drinkers for most of us. But if I had to have one every day, this might be it: just tart enough, vaguely sweet and with a good finish of grain. This one I'll highly recommend and plan to have again.

Photo of PatronWizard
2.43/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first and probably last of this style. Cute little bottle with a cork for $9.29 at Lone Hill Liqour.

Looks good enough. Golden orange. Sturdy head. Slow moving bubbles gives it a thick appearance.

Smells like lemon pledge, bleu cheese, and sweat socks. After they've been sweat in. I'm concerned. I do not like this smell at all.

Tastes like a chewable vitamin-c tablet. Strong obnoxious flavor. Acidic sting. This is flat out nasty. Chalky, dry.

I try to give every beer a fair chance by drinking a whole bottle but I am seriously challenged here. At 5% it wouldn't even give me a head change so there is little reason to suffer through this.

I guess it's an aquired taste (that I haven't aquired). I let it warm a bit and slowly sipped on it. The flavor becomes a little better but I can't forgive the smell. I can see how one would be drawn to this extremely tart flavor. I actually am going to finish the bottle, but damn, man, it smells like friggin feet!

Overall: only if it's your thing

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

Just came back from Southbay Drugs and picked this one for my 300th review.

Pours an amber color with some red highlights. About an inch of foam forms and trickles down to a ring. A quick little stir livens the beer and brings a decent amount of head back and releases more aromas.

Oh the aroma is mouthwatering! Sour green apples, pear, fruit roll-ups, funk, yeast, oak, honey, flowers...I just can't seem to be able to describe everything that I smell, too many things come to mind. Cheese, apricots, salt water, and some orange. Stinky feet.

Taste is very similar, starts off with sour apples, lemons in the middle and finish. Fruity and tart...there is a nectarine and apricot flavor, a little subtle, but works really well.

Thin on the palate but very refreshing, I could easily drink more than one or two of these.

Really glad I had this one for my #300; I've had this before but had not been able to sit down and review it.

Photo of brdc
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small corked bottle, poured into a snifter.

Beautiful glowing orange, hazy, with a good white head that lasts forever, with a lot of lacing down the glass.
The aroma just flies out the glass, hitting you as you pour; it is musty, leathery, quite funky as it is to be expected. Guarana seeds, oak and a fruitiness round up the amazing nose.
This is a superb combination of a beer that is light enough to be had in a hot day; low enough alcohol to be a session beer, and enough flavor packed to even be a sipper. Funk all the way, sour, with asweet oakiness somewhere in the middle; bone dry finish. Lots of fruits somewhere in the middle.

Photo of Foxman
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a cloudy, floatie, lemony iced tea gold. A finger of loose wuite head slinks and sinks to almost nothing. With markedly minimal head, the lacing follows suit as expected.

In the aroma, a light, grainy note is soon distant second to a damp earth headiness joined by a poignant acetic sourness. Esters float melon, peach, banana, and an overall distinctly crisp air.

Upon tasting, the grain portrays a brief sweetness before sourness seems to spring from a blend of sources lactic, acetic, and vinous. Esters abound still with melon, banana, and very ripe grapes. Underneath lies an intriguing, earthy baked bitterness with a flutter of dew-laden hay. An edgy, assertive crispness drives a lingering dusty-dry finish. It's a splendid, stylish splash of great flavor.

Between light and medium bodied, it flows coyly and the puckering dryness is a notable memory.

It's like biting into a lemon sliced on top of a horse-blanket, and despite that imagery, it's a grand delivery on an audacious promise. Once my cheeks re-inflated, I realized just how refreshing and spirited this beer really is. If you like the style, it goes down smooth, easy, and happily. So not only do I like the style, I love the way this once represents the best of what it strives to be.

Photo of SaucyA
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Into a big snifter... this brew pours a beautiful hazy golden orange with ample bubbles. The head dissapates rather quickly into a foamy crown. No lacing.

S - Fantastic. Sour yeast, sour fruits, unripe fruit. The fruit aisle of a super-market... complete with the slightly rotten, overripe affects. Metallic, mineral undertones. Not as funky as I may have been led to believe.

T - Rather tart throughout, but not overly so like some other offerings. Bathes the tongue in sour apple/lemon, all together, but none in particular. Very acidic and dry. Oak BARELY comes through... much different than JP or Rodenbach oakiness.

M - Slightly thicker body, sparkly carbonation but not a ton of it. Expected it to be lighter from the looks but definitely has character to it. For 5% abv, it's no slouch in the mouthfeel department.

D - Tartness the only limiter here. I could put down a few of these and not really notice anything except the mouth-puckering sourness.

Notes: It's exactly what I had anticipated and hoped, and for the price, it's a really solid gueuze. One I'd definitely pick up if I wanted to introduce someone to the style.

Photo of joepais
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Photo of koopa
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Photo of JBogan
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of gregc
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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...

Photo of Antilochus
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of DrunkenMaster
4.12/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of ArrogantB
4.42/5  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.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Photo of RedDiamond
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of haz77
4.46/5  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.

Photo of DIM
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.