1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

Not Rated.
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

959 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 959
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 212
Gots: 122 | FT: 7
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 959 | Reviews: 526 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

ojclark, Feb 27, 2008
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.

jwc215, Feb 19, 2008
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.

WeisGuy, Feb 17, 2008
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.

ikats, Feb 10, 2008
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.

nkurz129, Feb 09, 2008
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.

Beerzebub, Feb 07, 2008
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.

Lothore, Feb 07, 2008
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.

Monsone, Feb 05, 2008
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.

Pegasus, Feb 05, 2008
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.

GbVDave, Jan 28, 2008
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??

RblWthACoz, Jan 28, 2008
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.

Overlord, Jan 25, 2008
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.

rxdrewthejew, Jan 23, 2008
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

Floydster, Jan 20, 2008
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.

illidurit, Jan 14, 2008
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.

HardTarget, Jan 07, 2008
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.

IntriqKen, Dec 31, 2007
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.

BlindPig, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orangey amber colored with a bubbly head that dies to a ring pretty quickly.
it's got a lemon and lime with a little bit of funky baryard, faint *faint* marigold, and also a little damp soil. and hay. warmth brings out the funk.
the taste is very tart, but not excessively so. it's got some sweetness to round out and balance a little. you get the lemon from the scent, but not the lime, along with white grape. you also find strawberry. very nice, it's pretty refined as the style goes. there's a a little bit of a sweet wood character towards the finish.
the body is medium with moderate carbonation.
good drinkability, it maintains a good balance of sourness to drinkability. it avoids being severely puckering, leaving an empty glass quickly.

kmo1030, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged/Corked

Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.

This is my first Gueuze. Poured into a chalice a nice clean/clear golden orange color, awesome carbonation, basically no head or sticky lacing from this one. The nose
is tangy, malty, slightly sweet, lots of lemon, slight yeast, floral, and some spices. The taste is slightly sweet, then the tangy/bitter kick in big time, getting some yeast notes, and spicyness. The finish is dry, bitter, and tangy. Medium body. Drinkable, not bad at all, much better than I thought it would be. Might just seek out other Gueuze. Recommended, thanks again Bill for a chance to try something different.

Wasatch, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was defiantly an interesting brew for me. I am never sure what I am going to get when I open something like this, but there is only one way to find out. Popped the cork and it let out a nice pop and audible hiss, so this one was defiantly still alive. Poured into a tulip it was a light orange brown with a very nice three finger head of lace and a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice retention only gradually let the head fade away, what was left was a very nice set of concentric side glass rings of lace. Smell was very sour, lots of grapes and other fruits. A bit light on the nose before the sour wrath kicks in. Flavor was very full and robust. Nice yeast filled flavor wrecks your taste buds but calms down considerably on the finish. A huge rush of sour fruit than kicks into overdrive and puckers your lips through the finish. This was a wonderfully unique brew that had a very good flavor and a light fruity feel that really made it shine. I could see why it is rated so high, as it is quite different then anything I had tried in the past. This was very much a great brew and something I would look forward to sipping on again. Highly recommend this one.

mikesgroove, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from DrJay as part of the BC2. thanks jay!

375ml bottle, corked and caged. cork shows 11 06.

pours crystal clear deep yellow, not quite amber, with a small white head. the head drops somewhat slowly and leaves no lace.

aroma is great. strong sour blast. lemon + malt vinegar. barnyard funk.white bread and crackers.

taste is great. slightly sharp sour lemon at first, mellowing into light malt vinegar and a nice light sweetness. cracker. hints of lime and orange. bit of barnyard funk, but mostly leaning towards a more pure sourness. as it warms a bit more funk comes out - horse blanket and barnyard funk. after a while i start to pick out just a little vanilla hiding in the background.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation initially that quickly faded to a more medium level. fairly light body with a nice dry finish. the sourness has a very clingy mouthfeel that hangs around for a minute after its gone.

drinkability is good. the sourness is strong, but not overpowering. the backing malt and light citrus sweetness balances it fairly well.

grub, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- With a sharp pop of the cork, this beer flowed freely from the bottle. It has a crystal clear golden orange body with a spongy head that lasted a bit supported by strands of micro-bubbles.

S- The smell of tart vinegar was mellow with a finish of green raisins that were a bit sharp also.

T- This beer has a smooth tartness of aged white vinegar with some softer apple and citrus flavors. There was a dry spice note of cinnamon bark and wood in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with an astringent pucker that makes the jaws lock for a sip or two.

D- This beer has a nice depth but it is a bit overpowered by the tartness. That leads me to take another sip to try and unravel this beer. I would like to try some different ages on this beer to see how it matures.

rhoadsrage, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a good head from a beer that is flowing with carbonation very quickly. The most of the head goes away, but there's a thin layer that stays behind. The color is a nice orangey-brown-tan color that's cloudy. The smell is deep farmhouse sour flavors from horse blanket ;) to lemon and grapefruit. The taste is pretty mellow for a gueuze, a good blend. Not overpowering with sourness, but not mellow enough to let you forget you're drinking a gueuze. The mouthfeel is acidic, carbonated, and dry. It's like drinking champaign lemon juice.

Erdinger2003, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I believe that I picked this bottle up at Knightly Spirits in Orlando when I was there traveling on business. This is my 500th review, so I thought I would review something special. Gueuze is one of my favorite styles, and this is one of the best in my current stash. With that in mind, here we go for #500!

Appearance: The beer pours a somewhat hazy burnt orange color with tons of bubbles rising to maintain a 1/4" head that looks like it is going to be around forever.

Aroma: I initially get lots of light citrus and barnyard aromatics with acid noticeable as a burn in the nostrils. There are some apples and other fruit, but the citrus (Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruit) are the dominant aromas in the cold beer. As the beer warms, the aroma changes a whole lot. It is getting more bubblegum-like as it warms up.

Taste: The flavor is really light and well carbonated. It is a refreshing beer with plenty of citrus and a mild earthy barnyard aftertaste. It is as refreshing as a sparkling lemonade would be with a subtle wheat-like flavor that sets it apart from the lemonade. However, the residual sweetness still leans back to the lemonade side. The finish actually has a bit of deceptive warming on the back of the throat that I am not sure is alcohol or just the acidity playing tricks on my palate.

Opinion: Boy, you just don't come across a beer like this too often, and this is the reason why I like the Gueuze styles so much. There are so many flavors in here, I barely do it justice by comparing it to lemonade, but that is where my mind goes when drinking this beer. It is light and refreshing with lots of citrus and carbonation. It goes down really smooth, but I imagine that the acidity would get the best of you if you drank a whole lot of this beer.

SkeeterHawk, Nov 07, 2007
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
96 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.