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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 215
Gots: 128 | 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 Pegasus
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.42/5  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
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
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
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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 +4.9%
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
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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
4.12/5  rDev -4%
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 -7.9%
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.

Photo of kmo1030
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of grub
4.32/5  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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a glowing sunburst orange hue, topped by a bit of head that appears cloud-like and exhibits solid lace and retention.

S: Has a definite sourness in the nose that's immediately noticeable, as in right as the cork was popped, along with the underlying yeasty smell that is characteristic of Belgians. Some notes of grapefruit citrus in the bouquet as well.

T: Nothing but tart on the palate, almost unbearably so, with the grapefruit sourness dominating, and an overall sour apple taste. Still, at the same time it has the drying and bubbly quality of a champagne. I'm blown away, but just not in the usual manner.

M: Again, bubbly and dry, in the vein of champagne.

D: This one has me totally rethinking my outlook on beer. Being my first Gueuze, I really don't know what to say. I wouldn't call this incredibly "drinkable," as it's definitely a challenging beer to consume. At the same time, it's unlike anything I've had, so I can't really knock it either. The best I can do is note its characteristics and give my take. So there you have it.

Photo of BeerTruth
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my man tpd975 for this. He suggested it, so I had to take his word!

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a sunset orange hue with a fluffy one finger head that dies down to a nice layer that lasts. Stickiness is pretty good, nothing spectacular. Smell is big in acidity with a whole bunch of granny smith apples and sour cherries. Some yeasty goodness and fresh mowed grass tickle the nose as well. Taste is sour grapefruit up front with a bitter hop bite that has a grainy earth flavor. Bready yeast flavors emerge midway through and leave a similar aftertaste as well. Mouthfeel is very light bodied with a boat load of carbonation. My first beer of this style, but I find it quite drinkable. So light and fluffy and easy to put down. Definitely glad I had the opportunity to try this one. You the man Greg!

Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy deep golden light orange with a thin bubbly white head.

S - Very tart with wet barnyard funk and faint hints of apples and lemon grass.

T - Starts tart with a puckering funkiness that stings the tastebuds. This tart bite decreases as it warms. Not sure if it is the warming or just getting use to it. Barnyard, lemon and wet straw round it out. It takes the taste buds for a ride.

M - On the light side of medium with champagne like carbonation and a dry tartness the bites on the tongue. Very nice.

D - A great geuze that starts very tart and mellows as you drink it.

Photo of sfoley333
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 37,5 cl bottle in to a cantillon gueuze glass. It poured a really bubble head that disapated to a small thin lacy head within one min. . Murky golden orange color with lively carbonation. Smell light barnyard funk with a mild blue cheese aroma. Nice balance of dry vs tartness in the taste. Green apples acidity matched with a light lemon vingear backing. Mouth feel is dry but with a pretty light body. Its a very lovely gueuze because of its very balanced structure which helps this gueuze to be one of the more drinkable gueuze.

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

375ml corked & caged bottle received via I Want That BIF 3 from ClockworkOrange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, forming a 1/2" eggshell head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head fades gradually but slowly, with plenty of coating, slow-falling lace. Aroma is tart, with undercurrents of smokiness and light funk. Taste is also dominantly tart, but with fruity undertones, and somehow is not as acidic as some of the more intense gueuzes get (read: Cantillon). Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy for the style, and quite drinkable. Has that thirst-quenchingness going on as well. Nice well-rounded brew.

Photo of OStrungT
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light yellowish orange color with a nice sised white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a great lacing.

This beer smells lemony citrus like. It has a slightly sour aroma. I can also smell some earthy yeast, and Belgian funk. It also has a slightly grainy aroma.

The taste is exactly like the aroma. Sour, but only mildly so. Citrus fruit. It has an earthy yeast flavor. Also, I taste some grain.

This beer is refreshing. It leaves a sour aftertaste. It is perfectly carbonated.

This beer might make a good session beer. The sourness might become cloying after a time.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I like the sour flavor and aroma quite a bit.

Photo of younger35
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beauty from tpd975 along with a bevy of other awesome beers. Comes in a 12.7oz caged and corked bottle with 1106 stamped on the cork. Nice looking bottle. Drank from my Rogue Überfest Pilsner glass while watching the Dallas vs Chicago Sunday Night Football Game.

Appearance- Pours a dark murky yellow orange with a huge fluffy white head. Lots of tiny bubbles permeate throughout the glass. The head has tremendous staying power leaving a nice cap and collar the entire duration of the beer. Zippo on the lacing.
Smell- Dingy and dirty yeastiness makes this beer smell like a wet basement (Beautiful!). Lots of sour apples and cherries with small hints of Hef like bananas. Very bold and charismatic.
Taste- Very puckering up front with a lemon like sourness. Tart green apple is very sour in the mouth and is very astringent. Small amount of yeast flavor add a bit of peppery spiciness but not as much as I expected from the nose. Definitely a Gueuze but one with an extreme sourness.
Mouthfeel- Very astringent with aggressive, seltzer like carbonation.
Drinkability- Personally I could only drink one of these little guys but I can see why this beer is loved. I'm not really one for sour beers but this does so in a very approachable way. Sour enough for the die hard yet not so extreme that a noob ass like myself can't enjoy. Very glad I tried and thanks again to tpd975!!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Wilbur's in Ft Collins

Pours from 37.5 CL caged and corked bottle(10709 on the cork) a cloudy yellow orange with very small bubbles, a nice thick head of foam, and very nice sticky lacing.

The smell is very strong in the sour fruit department..lemon and green apple.

The taste is just...yummy! Big sour notes invade my palate but the invasion is more than welcome. I'm getting notes of lemon, green apple, and some spicy pepper. It kind of reminds me of La Folie without the malt. Very darn tasty and wow. 5%abv?? Could I session on it? Give me some time to think on that.

Further sips in provide the answer for me. Yep. I find this one *very* drinkable...no wonder it made it to the top 100 in the best of BA. The finish is very sour with a some bitterness, the mouthfeel, well, it feels just right and the carbo is light. Did I mention that this one is very drinkable? ;^)

Bottom line: This is my first experience with a Gueuze and if I get a chance, I'll try some more of the style. It's right up my alley. You have to try this if you see it locally!!!

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.