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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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918 Ratings
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Ratings: 918
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 200
Gots: 114 | FT: 5
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)
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AndoBrew

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

*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??

10-30-2006 02:49:13 | More by AndoBrew
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

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...

10-19-2006 23:23:37 | More by bennetj17
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

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

10-06-2006 23:31:03 | More by brentk56
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geetlord

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

09-29-2006 00:40:45 | More by geetlord
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

09-26-2006 02:09:06 | More by Georgiabeer
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

08-26-2006 21:41:48 | More by DrJay
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rayjay

Hawaii

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

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!

08-22-2006 22:34:39 | More by rayjay
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

08-14-2006 02:11:20 | More by Viggo
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

08-04-2006 04:51:23 | More by TastyTaste
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3%

The beer was served in a flute glass.

Appearance: The beer is a hazy coppery coloration. The beer has tight bubbling carbonation. The beer has a very thin consistant head.

Smell: The beer has a very funky horsey barn yard musty sort of smell. The beer has a good lemon, peach and apricot fruityness. The beer smells very sour and acidic in a good way.

Taste: The beer is every bit as funky as the smell. This beer is sour and acidic. The beer delivers on funky yeastyness. The beer has a bit of citus peaking out. This beer is not for a meek beer drinker.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a light body. The beer is well carbonated. This beer is very dry. This beer is oddly refreshing. This was a dam fine beer drink and I will have this one soon.

07-31-2006 05:51:24 | More by nlmartin
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Bierschenker

Belgium

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

When I popped the cork, no special scent noticeable.
While pouring, no head developed. The colour is orange misty. There is some rustic carbonation present.
The sent is tart, some bitterness, the typical barnyard element, citrus, oak wood and honey.
The taste is bitter-sour. Undertones of wood and yeast, some carbonation. Pepper and spices.
Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy. Changes to creamy and milk like in the aftertaste.
The aftertaste is bread, still some lemon sourness, grains and yeast.

A simple traditional Geuze, but quality throughout.

07-18-2006 17:38:38 | More by Bierschenker
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%

Appearance: Thick, foggy, cherry wood body. Decent off-white head snaps, crackles, and pops and retains itself well.

Smell: Fruity, sour, and funky. Lemonade, apple cider, white vinegar, white wine vinegar, lactic acid, musty cellar, and subtle woody notes.

Taste: Massively, face-contortingly, puckeringly sour. Loads of juicy citric acid-like tartness, almost like sucking on a lemon. Lactic, vaguely fruity, and not nearly as farmy as the aroma. Wow. Finish is gently sweet.

Mouthfeel: Nicely effervescent and crisp, but way too parching in the finish and gets to be a little rough on the way down towards the bottom of the glass.

Drinkability: I'd say this is a little too extreme to be really refreshing, but it definitely holds your attention.

07-07-2006 22:31:00 | More by soulgrowl
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

B0905 on the cork. I've been sitting on this bottle for awhile and finally decided to pop it open. The Girardin Gueuze pours from the 37,5cl green bottle into my tulip glass a lovely deep golden orange with a fiercly bubbly two fingers of white head. Lots of active carbonation streams up the glass. Aromas begin with vibrant light citrus and berry tones married with a pale grain maltiness. A musty wood sourness with a hint of vinegar. Sharp, bright and tart with underlying barnyard notes. Really quite wonderful.

First sip brings a initially mouth puckering sourness that works into some citric/berry tones atop a well placed malt. Musty, old barnyard thoughts spring to mind as some vinegar flavor moves in. Flows down nice, dry and tart with fairly strong acidity. A funky, tasty gueuze that's lively and unrestrained.

Mouthfeel is light and extremely arid with a mezmerizing flow of tight bubbled carbonation. Dances across the palate and brings a sense of creaminess. A wonderful gueuze to be had here, not to be missed if you're a fan of the style. A true work of the brewer's art that this sour beer lover would sit down to anytime...this one can be held up to the best of 'em.

06-26-2006 02:25:55 | More by orbitalr0x
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MSchae1017

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

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

Cyprus

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

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

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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...

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

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +7%

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.

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

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

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

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

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

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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

California

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%

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!

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

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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

Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

01-29-2006 22:23:50 | More by Gusler
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
95 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.