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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Ratings: 935
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 205
Gots: 116 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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 tatterdash
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with a huge fuzzy white head that retains and laces very well, off to a good start. Aroma was a musty green apple and almost foresty earthiness. Taste was sour lime, grapes, more green apple, sour but more balance and favour variety than any other Gueuze I have tried. Juicy yet dry and astrigent, makes one's mouth water. This a wonderfully drinkable Gueuze, and a great finish to a night of drinking.

tatterdash, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Boppar
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well after a solid third of this bottle ended up on my friend's rug, we got down to business.

It poured a gorgeous orange honey color into a champagne flute, with surprisingly little head after the geyser we'd seen while opening.

Smells of vinegar, apple cider, apples, and horses.

Tastes of vinegar and horses (but in a good way). I was thrilled when about halfway through the glass, I finally started to pick up on some of the apples I'd detected in the bouquet. Even after finding the apples, they were not quite as pronounced as I would've liked. But the primary thing going on on this beer is the sourness, which just dominates the palate and beats it into submission.

The mouthfeel is very thin and quite still. More carbonation, or a little thickness would've gone a long way.

In terms of drinkability, let's just say that I'm sort of glad some of it ended up on the rug.

A solid gueuze, but one to be enjoyed one flute at a time.

Boppar, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of kajerm
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green bottle (can lambics get lightstruck?), very dignified-looking label.

Holy shit, my beer is exploding. Do not open this beer around pets or small children. Half the bottle is distributed between the rug and my friend's sleeve.

Pours super-cloudy golden peach with a few little chunks of sediment. Thin head of fine bubbles that fades over time.

The nose is acetic acid, apple cider, and just a bit of barnyardy Brett; simple farmhouse style, but all in excellent balance. Very nice.

The taste is less cidery, but also less Bretty. The sourness is strong but not overwhelming. The cider note gets stronger on the finish. Tastes good, smells better.

Mouthfeel is largely determined by the sourness. It's about as thin as it should be, but I'd like the carbonation to be a bit stronger, especially considering the beer was bubbly enough to drench my rug.

Drinkable for what it is, but not drinkable.

kajerm, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a caged-cork 37.5 cl bottle into a wine goblet, a careful pour still puts a few flakes of yeast into the glass, in no way detrimental but a reminder to store and decant this one carefully. Attractive dusky honey color with heavy Champaign-like carbonation. One-finger rock solid head of fine ivory bubbles and scattered lacing. Damn good looking beer. Nose of sour raspberry and scuppernong hints at the character of this beer. Taste is quite sour for sure, kind of a wild grapes flavor with no discernable hops presence. There’s a bit of syrupy sweetness to balance things a bit, but sour is the name of the game. Definitely good flavor intensity, like it or no. On a positive note, a religiously Corona drinker said that it tasted very good, and so I steered him toward a couple of local stores where he could pick one up along with some lambics. Mouth is heavily carbonated and smooth. Drinkability may be good in style, but I can’t imagine drinking more than one small bottle of the stuff. 5% ABV makes this one sessionable in theory, but with this level of flavor intensity, forget it. It’s also fairly pricey at 7.99 for a small bottle. 2 of these equals one 750ml bottle, so yeah, it’s a lot of buck for the bang.

Overall: This one’s a good example of style vs. personal taste. If I were judging purely on style, this beer would rate a whole lot higher. But then if I were judging on personal taste, it would rate much lower. I’m just not a fan of sour Flemish ales/guezes/lambics. That said, I’ve still tried them, and this is one of the best. Hopefully that will provide some guidance to my fellow beer advocates.

jettjon, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a million to yinzer for hooking me up with this beer. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.

This beer may have actually been the majority favorite from the evening

Appearance: Poured a brilliant orange color. Luminescent, almost shiny with a bit of haze through the gold. Fluffy white head.

Smell: Lemon grass, wood, barnyard-ish Brett funk, vinegar and yeast with a touch of sweetness.

Taste: Spectacular. I have said before how challenging these flavors are to describe. This beer was intensely sour and yet not off the wall funky. It had some barnyard attributes but the flavor seemed to flow smooth and easy across the yeasty, sour, citric musty woody flavors of a Gueuze. Divine.

Mouthfeel: Tight carbonation, medium body and very dry.

Drinkability: This is one I might need to seek out a case of. Stow away in the cellar and break one out when I need that sour itch filled. Very nice. Very drinkable.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, heavenly gueuze, return sweetly to my lips. A shallow pour, elicits furtive and bright carbonation, gassing the most piquant and lively tones of musky grape skins, cob-webbed attic planks, long grassy warm days and a sweeping sharp bite of acidic splendor. Faint washed-rind cheese lactic blend with lightly soured apple juice and a passionfruit. Nice. In the glass, a lightly hazed orange-tinted gold, with a soft, soapy head of white. On the tongue, it’s alive with bold, bowling acidity, bright, clear and clean. Quiet tones of wheat sugars whisper through the veil of bold soured candies. Musty pig barns and scattered straw elicit a note of farms and apples. Out among the earthy glow is a vibrant bowl of fresh wet cranberries, puckering the corners of my mouth. So, fresh and delicate. A wisp of flowery perfume fills the humors, percolating the dying hop dryness. Beautiful all around.

CharlesDarwin, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 cl bottle pours (into my chimnay goblet) a chill hazed effervescent peach with 1 finger of white head that drops to about 1/3". A healthy film with lacing & bubbles chasing it all the way down the glass, but no real lacing to really speak of.

S: Sourness, raspberries & a little bit of horse blanket/barn smell

T: Sourness, dryness with berry sweetness up front. Tartness, lemons & leather follow. Finishes sour, super (woody) dry & tart. I am not a huge fan of this style, but this a nice change of pace & fairly representative, style-wise

MF: Light bodied, with near perfect/lively carbonation.

Drank really easy, just enough tartness to draw you in. I'd be happy with 1 of these & then time to move on. Especially at $8 a bottle. When ever I was in Belgium I tried not to drink the same beer twice in one sitting, too many others to enjoy!

russpowell, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Hampton73
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork flew out of the bottle, but there was no beer spewage, as some others have reported.

This beer pours with a nice creamy off white head. The aroma is great for the style. Nice funky tart smell.

The hand pulls the glass form the mouth as the first drops hit the tongue. The acidity and tartness, while expected by the brain, still surprise the tongue. But once the tongue gets used to the tartness, it processes the flavors that were predicted by the first smell. Very complex, funky flavor. And very good.

Mouthfeel is nice and light, with a lot of carbonation.

Overrall, a great Gueuze.

Hampton73, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden, yellow clear beer with a small, bubbly head. When opening the bottle, beer came gushing out of the bottle.

Smell of straw and oxidized, with grapefruit and horseblanket and barnyard funkiness.

Taste is mouth puckering, acidic, my tongue is numbed out at first, but slowly gets used to the sourness. There is this barnyard funkiness again, which reminds me of straw, grapefruit, oxidation, lemon, Turkish tea and some malt.
Aftertaste is dry and lingering sour and activates my saliva glands from start to finish.

This isn't really my favorite beerstyle, but I reviewed the beer the way I think it meets the Gueuze specifications.

Absumaster, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of JimsArcade
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dirty, cloudy yellow with a pretty impressive head.

S: As expected for a gueuze, it's strong, pungent and almost terrifying, everything a gueuze should be. Watching the expressions on my friends' faces after they smell it tells the tale. It's so pungent that it causes apprehension before the first sip.

T: Thankfully, again as expected, it tastes little like it smells. A powerfuly tart and dry grapefruit flavor bursts through. There are some white pepper notes as well.

M: Silky. It's a treat to swirl around the mouth. Complex layers of varying flavors become apparent as the different areas of the tongue deal with this unique liquid.

D: Each sip gets better than the next. If I wasn't making a point to try different brews this evening, I would've ordered another.

It's only my second gueuze, but it's easily the more complex of the two. I would like to try other interpretations before trying this again, though.

JimsArcade, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of klewis
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Crosling my first gueuze.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a spongy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: All kinds of funk: chemicals, wet dog, socks. Strangely, however, it's not bad.

T: Puckering tartness with a citric, woody flavor. After a few sips, my palate is become adjusted to the sourness. Slightly phenolic.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Lots of lingering tartness and flavor with a course and dry finish.

D: Different and challenging, this one is definitely not for the novice beer drinker. Very good and worth seeking out. I'll be curious to try this one again after I have a few more in the style.

klewis, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer made me remember how much I enjoy this style. Around $4,99 or so at Michael's Beer and Wine in Marietta, Ga. Cork popped out with a loud pronounced pop. Poured up a beautiful cloudy orange with a big, rocky white head and some fairly large pieces of debris. Huge CO2 streaming upward. Smell is slightly sweet and definately sour. Reminds me of a damp, dank basement, which is probably the conditions in which this was made. Some green sour apple like smell is present, as well, but mostly just a damp basement of an old building. Taste is very sour and tart. Right on target for the style. Slight bitterness on the finish, *if* you're looking for it. Mouthfeel is wonderful for the style. Just enough CO2 "sting" to make this a pleasant experience.
All its attributes seem to be right on for the style; I really enjoyed this one.

SilentSabre, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I popped the cork the beer exploded out, and believe it or not it etched my stone floor. Apparently vingar or acids will etch certain stones, and now I've got a reminder of the night I tried this beer.

Appearance was OK, straw colored with very light head. The aroma and flavor was sour and acidy, tasty if you know what to expect and like that kind of thing (I do). Tart mouthfeel and lasting musty and funky flavor. Good, but not worth etching my floor.

TurdFurgison, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The ale is a dark yellow/straw color with an explosive head on the first few pours. The head, while big, does not retain as well as I'd expect.

S: The nose is a brettanomyces-lover's dream, with a sharp sour aroma. That sourness is augmented by a horse-blanket funkiness that is another by-product of the spontaneous fermentation.

T: The sourness continues into the taste. The sharp brett flavor is very distinctive and tart, leaving the mouth dry for another sip. The sour flavor has a funky, earthy element that hints at some citrus (lemon primarily) and spices. Those hints are small though and the sourness is the big flavor.

M: The funk dries out the mouth, making one take another sip. As the ale warms a bit, the flavors become a little fuller and less abrasive.

D: The 5% abv is great, making several beers reasonable. And that pucker sourness, it is well balanced between nonexistent and crazy.

akorsak, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz. green bottle, served at the Map Room.

Deep orange-yellow body, champagne carbonation. Rich foam, leading into an olfactory translation of supreme funk. Oak, "barnyard" to the Nth degree. Fruity.

Taste brings a serious mouth-caving tartness, followed by rich, woody funk and citric lemon. Very similar to some vintage Fantomes i've had in it's fruitiness, but amped up in the sourness.

Mouthfeel is bold, with a dry finish and moderate acidity. It makes you slow down and appreciate the privilege of drinking this in the US. Have one or two, even more if you're a glutton for punishment.

emerge077, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of cypressbob
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, drank at a bar in Amsterdam... they didnt have this on their menu though :)

Pours with a yellowy, golden body, clear with a fizzy white head, pretty good retention, slight lacing down the glass

Smell, fresh crisp grapefruit, some fruity lemon also, lots of barnyard funk, some lasting malt on the nose

Taste, dry grapefruit, smokey dry malt, some lasting lemon on the finish, some barnyard funk on the finish

A fantastic gueuze, the filtered is a more refined version with a bit less flavour but this is the nuts here, brilliant

cypressbob, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of AndoBrew
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

*I liked it will buy again*

app: straw musty hay color. explosive head that ran away quick but left some a little bubble pillow on the top.

smell: nice fruits and pepper, kinda sweet with a titch of sourness, not much sour power. suprised to find a lot of medium dark sweet smells, YUMMY.

taste: oh blessings, sides of the tounge hit, then left alone the sour slips away to leave behinde some soft fruits and clean crisp apple booze mixed flavor. YUM.

some pepper notes in the back of mouth, This is very very good.

like the spice like the fruits like the sour, very well balanced and very well put together.

mf: I wish it was a bit more spitzy but i think I am being picky.

drinkable?: very. It makes you suck it down like.. nevermind.

Do they sell this in bigger bottles??

AndoBrew, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange/tan color with plenty of haze, not much head, just a lightly fizzy ring. The aroma is intense. Bright oak-like vinegar and sour fruit tartness, very inviting. There are strong tart flavors in the taste also. It is lightly acidic, with more woody vinegar notes and aged funk. The finish is dry and puckering, yet so enjoyable. The body is thin, almost wine-like, but with tight/sharp bubbles. This Gueze is excellent. With its perfect lingering sourness, I definitely want more of this beer... Thanks to OldSock for the bottle...

bennetj17, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a waterspout of bubbles racing up to a champagne head that leaves the party all too soon and leaves no lacing

Smell: Barnyard funk, sour cherries and tart lemons

Taste: Starts with a woody sweet and sour lemon character that builds in its sour virtues; after the swallow, the puckering begins as the pith and fund overwhelm the tongue; underneath it all there is this residual sweet fruit that remains to make everything interesting

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy with an overwhelming dryness on the finish

Drinkability: I am a once in a while lambic drinker but this one has a lot going for it; glad I tried it

brentk56, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of geetlord
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second gueuze that I have tasted and I find it to be a major improvement over the previous one.
It poured clear and golden with a huge but very short lasting head.
The aroma contianed sour fruits like apples and sweet pears, It tasted sweet very sour, with apple and pear like fruityness. The mouthfeel was almost identical to champaign. The finish was smooth, but carried a faint metalic taste that lingered a little after the rest of the flavors had faded.

overall though not my favorite style, I foun this to be an fun and interesting beer to taste.

geetlord, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic version of a real lambic.

Pours like a cloudy ice tea, very murky, and with very little to no head. Not a pretty beer.

Lovely sour fruity nose, like some sort of brilliant chutney. Subtle sweet and spicy notes.

Taste is really fantastic. Starts with a fruity sourness and then immediately segues into a bitter grapefruit rind flavo followed by complex bitter/sour interplays with some noticeable tannins and minerality.

The mouthfeel is beautiful. Crisp, tart, refreshing, and tannic.

Very drinkable. One of the best out there. The complex flavors and refreshing notes make you come back for more. Absolutely delicious.

Georgiabeer, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear, deep gold with a gigantic, fluffy, white head. Clumpy lace clung to the glass as the foam receded. Nice funky aroma, with notes of lemony citrus, hay, and spice, with an underlying musty quality. Acidic tartness is dominant throughout, with a balancing sweetness and lemon/grapefruit citrus flavour. It's quite fruity too - grapes, kind of like white wine. There's some earthy funk here too, but it's not as prominant as in the aroma. Drying tartness lingers forever in the finish and there's a bit of a medicinal/herbal flavour that hits after it's been swallowed. Medium bodied with generous, spritzy carbonation. Very dry. This is great - I really enjoyed this beer. The character was superb and really made an impression.

DrJay, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of rayjay
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Scored at Plumjack in S.F. 12.7 fl oz. No date on bottle, cork reads 0806, or possibly 9080?

Poured slowly into a wit beer glass. Active head, looks very carbonated, some fine yeast sediment. Very appeling looking.

Smells like gueuze! Notes of champagne, green apple cider, and lemon tarts.

Sour, as expected, but not devastating, really quite enjoyable. Salt, wood, and lemon zest. Relatively dry. Musty, which brings back memories from microbiology class. Aftertaste fades fast.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice bubbly carbonation. Grains come through in the flavor and play with the bubbles on your tongue. Very enjoyable.

Nothing out of the ordinary, just a solid, well-rounded example of the style. Worth seeking out for lambic fans. Cheers!

rayjay, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange, small tan head forms, goes fast but settles to a ring, some lacing. Smell is sweet, citrus, lots of funk, grains, little bit of alcohol, sour. Taste is sweet and sour, grains, lots of citrus, very tart drying finish, taste linger, like eating a lemon. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Gets better as it warms, the grains really come out. Very enjoyable tartness, great gueuze.

Viggo, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 37.5 cl green glass bottle.

Appearance: Bright orange/gold colored body, huge white head, great retention, not much lacing. Hazy and very visibly carbonated.

Smell: Funky and grainy, sour and strong.

Taste: Brilliantly sour and a little fruity. Graininess is huge, taste is unrelenting and also a little fruity. Enjoyable and rich, this is definitely a sipper. Leave it to the belgians to come up with a style this odd.

Drinkability: I like the style, and want to explore it further. This beer is big in flavor and very satisfying.

TastyTaste, Aug 04, 2006
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 935 ratings.