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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 202
Gots: 115 | FT: 6
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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 MSchae1017


3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was tasted in a tulip glass from the 375mL bottle.

This beer pours a rusty orange with a white head that holds nicely without a lot of lace. The smell is quite sour to the nose with the presence of some yeast. There is also a bit of some white wine aromas perhaps somewhat similar to a pinot gris. The taste also hits you immediately with the sourness but also is very similar to the aroma with the yeasty and wine like characteristics. The mouthfeel is dry and well carbonated with a nice thickness to it. Overall it is drinkable in the aspect that it is quite new and exciting to me, this being my first gueuze but at the same time the agressive sourness of the flavor would hold me back from grabbing another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 01:02:20 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of downes51


4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this stuff, I can (and have) drink it all day. It's got that authentic farmyard smell, the mouth-puckering astringency, the lovely orange hue, the sheer complexity of the taste and after-taste the makes it a top-class gueuze. I really must try drinking real cider again, now I'm used to the Gueuze experience I am probably ready for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 15:34:01 | More by downes51
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For my 200th beer review i thought i'd take something special out of the cellar...

375ml bottle bought from www.belgianshop.com

Poured a dark hazy coppery orange colour... Head started foaming out of the top of the bottle and poured pretty big and foamy but disappeared very quickly... some light lacing...

Aroma - Very strong lambic brett yeastiness, sharp spicy fruits (light grapefruits, lemons, sour apples), musty barnyard / wet hay aromas, light vinegary notes, freshly cut wood, very light pale malts, some basil notes... outstanding...

Taste – Sharp sour lemons and strong sour grapefruits, salty, light vinegar hints, very yeasty, faint sweet after notes, grapes, light vanilla, floral, grassy, some woody notes, champagne like hints... again outstanding...

Feel - Very dry... light body... pretty drinkable considering the tartness... thirst quenchingly good...

Overall - An outstanding gueuze - one of the best i've tried... i must get me some more...

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 11:22:20 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Prufrock


4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

37.5 cL bottle poured into a pilsner.

hazy deep orange with half an inch of white head that falls quickly and disappears. some bubbles stick to the side of the glass; others rise in a few isolated columns.

tart, barny aroma. sour and intense with some fresh cut apples and grapefruit rinds.

initial apple sweetness immediately gives way to a finish like a mouthful of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. intense flavor. fairly light mouthfeel with just a touch of carbonation. quite drinkable given the intensity. an incredibly good gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 03:03:44 | More by Prufrock
Photo of UnionMade


4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear copper, a careful pour keeping the yeast in the bottom of the bottle. A big plume of carbonation leaping from the bottom of the glass. Big, white head, keeping throughout the glass. Speckled lace. Big sour aroma. Lots of brett, a moldy, cheesy scent. Sawdust wood, like walking into a carpenter's workspace. Kinda like Stilton or Brie, sharp and moldy. Immediately bone dry. Vigorous, active carbonation easily supports a light body full of funky sourness. Crisp pale malt, moving directly into grapey, sour cherry fruitiness. Wet hay, dog hair and asphalt. Slight medicinal astringency, overshadowed by funky, tart lambicness. Rat tail, urinal, woody vanilla, and barn-stall funk. Very complex and wierd. Bone dry, completely acidic. I almost feel like I need another drink to counter this one. What a good beer. Add this to your cellar, stat!
For the abv, this is immensely drinkable. Session beer for the conniosseur. Very complex, light, and incredibly dry. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 03:12:46 | More by UnionMade
Photo of Sephiroth


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample courtesy of Mike Sprinkle. Body is hazy straw in color, with huge initial head thanks to my pour. Smells dry, dusty, and sour.

No sweetness in the taste, it tastes like licking the ground of a dirty ass barn with a Brett colony on it. Mouthfeel is smooth, and not nearly as carbonated as the appearance might lead you to believe. I wish this bottle was a 750, and I wish I had my own.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 03:35:05 | More by Sephiroth
Photo of acrawf6


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy orangish amber with a creamy light tan head that floats on top for quite a while.

Smell. is light and fruity- grapes and sour grape skin. a light musty smell, but not that strong. Small grape bubblegum smell.

taste. Very nice tartness, with just a touch of sweetness, but not much. i get a lot grape in the taste as well. very nice comlexity with the taste and aftertaste. Very nice

Mouthfeel is good. light body and nice carbonation.

Overall, i need to be more experienced in gueuzes, but i really enjoyed this one. very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 23:29:56 | More by acrawf6
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clumps of bubbles rise up from the center of this hazy, luminous orange brew. The initial head is quite sizeable, on account of its lively carbonation, but things soon calm down. The aroma is light and airy, showing tart fruits along with that signature Gueuze funkiness. It's not as heavily musty as some other examples, really, instead going for a sharper, fresher profile. Big-time sourness instantly grips the palate and begins to pucker the tongue and pretty much the whole mouth. The eyelids spasm and shut instinctively. Flavors of tart fruit, cider, and yeasty funkiness are also in the mix. The intense sour acidity of Gueuze Girardin seems to either subside in time or one becomes aclimated to it. By mid-glass, the drinking experience has hit another level. I really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 02:50:07 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of geexploitation


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Releases a mighty pop when the cork is removed. Pours with a thick, gassy head and a body that is murky and orange-amber. The nose is powerful with a musty funk. It's almost like dry mildew. There's also a citrusy, sour element. Upon tasting, the first thing to hit is that citrusy sourness. That's quickly followed up by an acrid barnyard bitterness. The finish is dry, long, and incredibly bitter.

This is a huge beer. Not exactly my cup of tea, but definitely something that I can appreciate for its flavors and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 02:33:28 | More by geexploitation
Photo of mzwolinski


4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the little treasures I brought back with me from my trip to Brussels last summer. Opening it up brings back alot of fond memories -- that distinctive gueuze aroma is something you never forget.

Pours mostly flat, cloudy orange in color. Sharp aroma -- acidic and fruity. The flavor starts with a massively acidic bite, develops some almost floral and lemony citric flavors midpalate, and mellows to a nice mellow finish -- almost understated by comparison.

Dryer than dry, this still somehow manages to be thirst-quenching. An amazing beer - a great reminder of good times in Belgian if you've been, and a terrific enticement and hint of what's to come if you haven't!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 04:56:02 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of alexgash


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, coppery orange body with a champagne-like effervescent head of spittly off-white that lasts all night. Nose is spritzy club soda sweetness that gets lost quickly in a tart, tangy, sour funk of lemon juice, acid, horse blankets, brett, armpits, but mostly sour citrus. I’m awake now! Taste is wow. Very tart; puckeringly sour. Lemon juice and grapefruit acid. But wait—there’s more to this after the bracing sourness. Floral and light fruit notes, along with wisps of wheat malt slip in. Light barnyard funkiness, but mostly sour grapefruit acidity into the dry finish. Did I mention this was sour and dry and refreshing? A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 23:04:05 | More by alexgash
Photo of Gusler


4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after removing the wire basket and cork from the green 375ml green bottle sets in my glass a beclouded amber color with a voluminous creamy light tan head that lingers long, leaving a thick covering of lace to surround the glass. Nose has a distinct somewhat sweet wet moldy straw aroma, underpinned by a staunch tartness, musty, but still appealing to me; start is first a bit sweet, followed by a massive sourness, with the body light to moderate in feel. Finish has a tongue biting acidity, with the sourness clinging to the palate like Jack Benny to a dime. What a magnificent brew, one I’ve wanted to sample for many years, trust me it was certainly worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 22:23:50 | More by Gusler
Photo of DogFood11


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lambic's and Gueuze's have taken time for my palate to enjoy. My first lambic I can remember thinking it was too sour. The more I've read and the more I've tasted helped me understand the complexity and time consuming process that goes into this brew. Now I love these things and usually like to start out a good session with a couple Gueuze's or lambics. Gueuze Girardin 1882 pours a cloudy almost hefe type body, Lots of champagne like carbonation supports a massive frothy white head, DNA everwhere, super sticky. You can smell the sour fruitiness billow up during the pour.

Incredibly sour yet sooo enjoyable and drinkable although I couldn't see drinking more than 2 of these in a sitting as it chips away at your remaining taste buds with every pull. This is frickin' puckering typ sour, think lambic times 10. For a 5% brew the alcohol is warming, maybe it doesn't have to fight with the big malted,hopped brews so much and shines through the cutting fruitiness easier. Now if I could only get a solid Gueuze made locally I'd be all over it. For now I'm more than happy to pay a bit extra for the best I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 17:41:10 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Jredner


4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose has lots of grassy/musty notes and is very concentrated, there is also a bit overripe sour oranges. Hazy orange in color with a beautiful creamy white head. Flavor is quite sour in the fore then musty with hints of the cork it was capped and then lots of sweet citrus fruits plus apple and pear. The finish is again musty and funky, but dry and slightly acidic. It walks through such an amazingly distinct range of flavors that even if you don’t like what you taste it is hard not to be impressed. That amount of distinct flavor ranges in a beer is rare. I started drinking it too cold and the flavors become more intense and varied as it warms. Worthy of the praise.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 15:56:56 | More by Jredner
Photo of stof0048


3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice golden color with lots of bubbles. Thick head subsides into maybe 1/8".

S: Light citrus/fruit smell, hint of hay smell...

T: Light citrus, strong wheat/hay, hint of a spice I can't put my finger on. Bit of a sour kick.

M: Heavy carbonation on the tongue, light feel on the palate.

D: Don't know that I'd be able to drink more than a glass seeing as how the sourness is pretty strong and kinda upsets my stomach. Otherwise not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 02:35:54 | More by stof0048
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the tulip slightly hazy light amber, almost copper with a very low and white head that disappeared in an instant.

The aroma was fruity, from a mile away. The aroma when brought to the nose was very fruity with a cherry impression and acidic sour aromatic that quickly would have let one know in a blind taste taste that this was going to be a lambic.

The flavor was light and fruity with a mild acidic tartness that while bordering on sour was nice and well balanced. The fruit flavor contained the familar grapeskin/seed character of many lambics, but in a more restrained and refined fashion.

The finish was dry with a lasting tart character into the aftertaste and a fruity flavor carried along for the ride. The body was medium and the carbonation was fairly low. This one missed the mark only on appearance. Otherwise a nice beer to have.

37.5 cl green, corked and bailed bottle. Purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 21:20:52 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of ChampionJaguar


4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

now that I'm done changing my shirt....

This was UPSed to me and 2 days later the unchilled bottle exploded when opened and I just got a facial from one of the best beers ever and I'm not sure I even mind. Not the makers fault..just a warning to others that may decide to mail order this as well. I guess some people pay alot more for a similiar experience...nuff said. I drank $5 worth of the 375 ml bottle, I took the other $5 all over my willing body.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had in 15+ years of drinking lambic. The almost greenish/gold color is the only thing remotely off-putting about this beer. I wouldn't care if it was bright purple...it's one of the best, if not the best lambic I've had. Poured into a goblet and the whole room smells like band-aid, baby skin, sandlewood, girl-parts, faint clove-honey and not a single trace of hop. The mouthfeel is wine like and low carbonation almost like the unblended Cantillon. You don't need to be paying attention to get bowled over by a rush of floral sour but a attentive drinker will thrill to the most complex aftertaste I know that develops on your tongue for well over a minute. Pears strained through suede, green grapes, sweet rice, tallegio cheese are the main tastes I can verbalize. This is a lambic poseur-disposer as the high funk and tart factors will repel the uninitiated. I ate dates wrapped in bacon with this and it balances with the salty sweetness so well I almost wept. Those that find most fruit lambics cloying and crave the most complex - this is it. This is an elite beer for an experienced lambic drinker and once you've had this...only the top flight geuze will scratch your lambic itches. Track it down...share it only with those in the know and don't feel too freaky if you also don't mind it spraying all over your face. One of the top 5 beers I know and essential if you like geuze.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 02:52:45 | More by ChampionJaguar
Photo of SheepNutz


4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

37.5cL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a medium orange color with one finger of head. A little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is funk funk funk. Lots of that classic barnyard funk. A little bit of white grape aroma as well. The taste is more and more funky. The flavors are fantastic, tart, yet a little sweet. No offensive flavors whatsoever. Lots of great horse flavors! Yummy. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is great for a Gueuze. Thanks a lot to Kev for this beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 01:56:56 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of kmpitz2


4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant golden color with a very modest coating of head. Very clear. The nose is sour and tart. Nice Brett character. Smells like a gueuze should. Very crisp and inticing. Flavor is so good. Intense funky sour hits first, but fades just as quick as the punch. The finish is very mellow wheaty. Very little sticky spit hangs on with the finish. Divine. The feel is moderate with a very fine carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding. The sourness is not offensive, as I found the Cuvee Rene. It doesn't cling to my mouth or hang on. Very crisp and refreshing. Not offensive. I truely enjoy this brew. Sour beers are quickly becoming like crack to me, so this is a true treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 01:51:50 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of clvand0


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sour and acidic with some fruity hints. The flavor is very sour, but very tasty. Very sour. Extremely tasty, but the sour isn't really my thing - but I can respect it. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good, if you can respect the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 01:51:45 | More by clvand0
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Surprisingly dark golden yellow pour, moderately hazy, almost orangey. Amazingly balanced aroma. Huge sweet malt kiss complements the character loaded brettanomyces that come out horsey, cheesy and sweaty. Funky and clean at the same time, but above all elegant and farmy. Apparently sweet which have me anticipating a dessert gueuze. Notes of vanilla, cask wood, sand, earth. Indeed very sweet for a gueuze, this is not really what I was anticipating, but I can appreciate greatness when I taste it and this is just as good as Cuvée René with incredible nostalgic character. Pie crust and bread. Not very acid at all, just a balancing tartness. Honeyed maltiness gets overwhelmed by wood juice, powdery glue-like flavors. I don’t really feels the taste was as good as the incredible aroma, but it does grow on me as it warms. It just has this terrific sandy dry-out effect that asks to be let on the table taking some air and breathing like fine wines. Gentle astringency, fitting low carbonation. Medium-full bodied and smooth on the tongue. One of the best in its kind and worthy of every bit of praise it gathers. Complex beyond imagination all while being insanely drinkable. Thanks again Per. <br> A further sampling confirms to me that the real girardin gueuze outclasses cuvée rené by a fair margin as my favorite gueuze. Highly drinkable yet very assertive. It just does everything as I want it and for now stands as the best I’ve had, though some of those rare drie fonteinen look like they could stand up to its level.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 01:16:16 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of sacfly


3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

37.5 cl bottle, no freshness date, rings of bacteria around the top of the bottle

Pours a clear, light yellow/tan. I was warned of bottle bombs, but this was not one. Light carbonation when poured. Bubbles were constant and ever refreshing. A thin head stayed throughout, but not retained at a high level.

Smell is cidery. Apple. First taste yields a prickly sensation in the mouth. Sour apple, maybe a hint of rhubarb? Dry finish. Light body.
Not as interesting as I had hoped. I enjoyed it, but it doesn’t stand out as special to me in this category. Worth a try to find out for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 02:06:30 | More by sacfly
Photo of connecticutpoet


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GClarkage for the trade. Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

This was a hazy, golden orange beer with a one finger head that dissipated quickly to a layer of foam, which lasted throughout the glass.

Aroma was like hard cider with a little other fruitiness thrown in. Quite wild and funky. A little floral, with some sweet & sour thrown in.

Taste... TART and SOUR. Slightly fruity, and I suppose if you reached you could find some sweetness in there. Very different from an American Wild Ale, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel... carbonated, dry, and mouth-puckering. VERY good for the flavor.

Drinkability... pretty damn good. Although I would not want two in a row, I could go for two in a session, broken up by perhaps a wheat beer or something light and not too hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 02:08:44 | More by connecticutpoet
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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork Marking: 0103: Poured a bubbly pinkish, yellow, orange color with a small cream tan head and a little lacing on the glass. Tart acidic, sour, horseblanket aroma. Tart citrus (lemon peel and apples), oaky, and woody, with a crisp, dry finish. My bottle did not explode.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 12:07:54 | More by egajdzis
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

gives off a reddish hue, more orange upon inspection. minimally hazy. can't resist the urge to sniff, it's bacteria and floral goodness nicely balanced. serious bubbling on the surface, foamy. not super carbed. hits my lips with the immediate tart and tingly quality of live beer.. affects all taste buds and pucker-sensitive spots in my mouth, despite the overall tameness of its barnyard qualities. hay-like dryness and lots of botanicals here. clean tart finish like a green raspberry. sublime and delicious. for the first time, i drink a gueuze without interference and/or any crippling taste elements. masterful control over a 'wild' beer here. best of the style so far in my book (maybe my 10th gueuze?)

side note: i am glad i had the opportunity to try this AFTER many standard-to-above average gueuzes, otherwise my appreciation would be limited. if you can get it, fine.. fridge it and get some others to try first. the results will be amazing.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 21:28:20 | More by goodbyeohio
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.