Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label) - Brouwerij Girardin
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
Giradin's operation is everything one could hope for in a lambic brewery - a small family farm that grows and mills their own wheat, ages their own hops, and grows barley, which up until not too long ago was malted and went into their own brews. The lambic is made in a traditional turbid mash and housed in a koelschip before being poured into oak and chestnut barrels that are sometimes up to 100 years old. The lambic is aged and blended at 12, 18, and 24 months old and allowed to referment in the bottle. The result is a highly traditional lambic with a somewhat pronounced bitterness. Then, for the White Label, at least some of that tradition is cast out for this is a filtered Geuze.
Pours into a basic bar tumble a crystal clear gold that leans toward yellow with a white, airy head. Retention is decent but it eventually settles to a pretty lacing. Aroma is quite bready with plenty of green apple, touches of gym socks, and a lemony finish. Quite crisp and refreshing with moderate tartness and sourness that doesn't nearly reach that of the Black Label. Flavor follows the aroma closely with small amounts of barnyard, apple cider vinegar, and a bit of grapefruit at the end. Quite pleasant and drinkable, though I prefer the intensity of the Black Label.
11-17-2009 15:33:17 | More by DaPeculierDane
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
A: Brassy color, clear liquid. A 3 cm white head settles quickly and leaves minimal lacings.
S: A bigger smell than I had anticipated. Lots of somewhat puckering notes of vinegar, grass, hay and tart apples. Some yeast and funky notes of mold. This is better than expected.
T: A nice mix of semi-sweet and sour flavors. Tart apples, lemon, grass and hay. Light maltiness, wheat crackers. Some vinegar, but not as much as in the smell. A gentle funkiness and notes of barrel in the middle. A dry finish with a decent sourness and grassy bitterness to it with notes of wet hay.
M: Sparkling mouthfeel with a rather light body.
D: Not a bad gueuze. Clean and refreshing, easy to drink. Not as demanding or assertive as some gueuzes, not as sweet as others.
07-20-2009 18:26:43 | More by ricke
United Kingdom (England)
4.4/5 rDev +15.8%
Well, after having this, i thought it really couldn't get much better in terms of gueuze lambic. That was until i had the Black Label unfiltered version. This is still world class lambic. All the lambic stinkyness is there, and the acidity, but it falls short in terms of complexity in comparison to the black label. Still bloody good, and i'd take this ale any day of the week. Juicy, earthy, grassy, simply wonderful!!!!
03-04-2003 00:43:34 | More by rastaman
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
A fine geuze, long lasting head, easy mouthfeel. Went well with dinner. Light colour. Barnyard aroma. Apple juice, grassiness, eno salt carbonation. Some sour bitterness in finish, but overall balanced with the fruit sugar in a drying aftertaste. Thanks Madsberg, the last of a fine trade.
01-22-2006 04:09:51 | More by Sammy
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a nice gold. Thin fizzy head. Slight haze.
Lemon is the stand out aroma. Faint barnyard funk.
Again lemon in the taste, nice zest flavours. Funk and barnyard flavours are pretty subdued in this example. Cider like tartness, doesn't really come close to sour.
Nice lively carbonation.
This is a very approachable gueuze that I wouldn't be afraid to give to a lambic virgin.
10-24-2010 09:52:36 | More by CanuckRover
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
Had a bottle at the Troll Cellar in Ghent. This is very different from the Black label and well worth dirnking side by side. But the black is a more typical ripping gueze. This is totally different and a big change of pace with low tartness and more bready, cheesey flavors instead of sour fruit. Definitely worth a try.
04-10-2009 00:27:55 | More by tempest
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
It is only because I like sour beers, that this beer is still getting a B.
L: almost amber; nice top for a geuze.
S: although, is this a geuze? I miss the things that make geuzes attractive. Almost no bretts or oak. Prunes and white raisins.
T: boring sour, finish too hoppy and tart; roadblock stuff.
M: very weak.
O: pity one; weakest geuze I know.
09-09-2011 16:44:00 | More by Filosoof
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
Pours clear amber with a short white head. Clearly this "white label" filtered version is a much clearer and brighter appearing beer.
Nose is all gueuze - funk, grass, green spices, lot of complexies. Mouthfeel is big, bright, tart and full - great balance. Tart but not overly so.
Flavor profile is complex and inviting. Lots of funk, mushroom, green spice, grass, hints of white pepper and celery with an underlying "sweet tone" that doesn't quite approach fruit for me, although as the beer warms there are hints of unripe apricots. All around nice flavor profile that balances all aspects of this beer. I may actually prefer the more "consumer friendly" version of this beer over the black label, unfiltered version.
Finish is bright green spice, sour lemon/lemonade and undertones of funky honey. Nice beer over all and a great flavor profile for food.
08-24-2011 05:07:56 | More by GRG1313
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
Cork dated 2011, served side by side with Black Label 1882.
Right off the bat, the color is a deeper copper-tinged crystalline amber orange than the paler Black Label. There are also larger bubbles rising persistently from the base of the glass. Head retention is not as good, after 5 minutes the head has completely vanished with no lacing. There was some residue in the bottom of the bottle, oddly enough for a filtered product.
Smells oaky with some citrus and cidery notes, not as funky as its unfiltered counterpart. A dash of malt sweetness and slight oxidation creeping in.
Tastes less complex with slight oxidation, though still quite oaky and cidery sour. Finish is very dry with a lingering moderate tartness on the back of the palate and some moderate tannic bitterness. Refreshing. Overall it's not bad, but its one-dimensional nature is a slight letdown. Not missing much, Black Label is certainly a cut above.
Thanks Eric for the opportunity to try this!
06-18-2012 23:34:19 | More by emerge077
4.53/5 rDev +19.2%
Bottle: Poured a clear orangey/yellow color lambic with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of sourness, oak, some funkyness and green apples. Taste has some sweetness to balance the sourness and the oak characteristic. Mix between green apples, light acidity and the funkyness is pretty close to perfection. The fact that this version is supposed to be inferior to the unfiltered version make me crave (the black label) even more.
07-06-2006 17:31:34 | More by Phyl21ca
United Kingdom (England)
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
Appearance: Hazy. brown. No head. no bubbles. Looks very unappetizing
Smell: smells of vinegar. Some cider notes in here.
Taste: sour dominates. Winey, Slight malt in there.
Mouthfeel: Dry, sour, puckering.
Overall: Not my style but on the better end of it.
11-04-2011 18:50:20 | More by Squelch
4.47/5 rDev +17.6%
Straw yellow, extremely clear, nice pure white cover of sticky foam. and frankly.... hypocrite appearance since the beer is terrific! Aroma reminds me of blue cheese. Its horsey and barnyardy like any gueuze that respects itself. A good dose of hay and old books alike mustiness claims its seriousness. The addition of fruity undertones (which I couldnt name besides the cidery apples), old socks and leather makes it a contender against the big boys. Admirable clean dryness. Just enough acidity. Incredibly soft malt base, rediculously soft carbonation. As lovely as a flower that smells the wet horse can be. Give me some of that black label, will you? Thanks Martin.
08-01-2004 21:05:33 | More by Rastacouere
3.94/5 rDev +3.7%
Bottle shared by Pino, 750ml into a tulip. 2012 vintage.
Hazy reddish brown, voluminous white head. Great lace and light retention. Nose of old cheese, woody, earthy, malty vinegar and white wine. Taste of tart apple juice, lemons, dark bread, malty and although still cheesy, is less so than the nose. Denser and maltier than I had anticipated, tartness is medium. Cheesier than I would've liked, but still interesting to try.
05-02-2013 20:52:54 | More by liamt07
3.46/5 rDev -8.9%
Bottle 375ml. Clear golden pour with decent white head. Aroma is (too) light barnyard and leather, hay but mostly green apples. Light tartness and wood, sweet apples and leaf. Nice carbonation. Lacks authenticity.but still enjoyable. A shadow of the Black label.
06-15-2013 16:41:05 | More by Luk13
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
From the bottle at Brasserie Cambrinus during our trip to Belgium last week. Reviewed from notes.
Served in a Girardin tumbler.
Pours a very clear golden color with a thin white head that fizzled out pretty quickly.
The nose brought a very mild amount of funk and faint acidity. Light lemon peel as well. The taste was about the same. Nice and refreshing, but not terribly complex.
Light body with crisp carbonation and mild acidity. Decent enough, but nowhere near what the black label is.
09-15-2011 13:52:00 | More by Thorpe429
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
biegaman brought this back from his trip to belgium and was kind enough to share this rare treat. thanks a bunch jan!
37.5cl bottle, corked and caged.
pours coppery orange colour with a nice fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves some chunky lace behind.
aroma is great. nice earthy funk. leather. tobacco leaves. sour cherries. bit of cracker and bready malt. grain. bit of vanilla. hint of bakers chocolate.
taste is nice. sour cherry. nice earthy funk. bit of grain. hint of grapefruit. low bitterness level. i expected more based on the aroma, but the taste just fell a little flat.
mouthfeel is good. cling feeling that coast your mouth and tongue. medium-high carbonation level. very dry finish. fairly light bodied.
drinkability is good. the aroma is great, and the simple taste just didn't quite live up to it.
08-26-2007 23:23:34 | More by grub
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
12.7oz bottle poured into my Duvel Green tulip. IMO, the best bottles of the 1882 Black Label are the best gueuzes on the planet bar none, so I'm curious to see what the filtered version is like.
Clear light amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention, this is a great looking gueuze. The nose is interesting. Definitely not as sharp as the Black label, but not as sweet as some of the other sweetened gueuzes (from Timmermans, Chapeau or Lindemans). A grassy funk and a mild tartness are present, but there's also some sweetness, some juicy, fruity character. Rather cheesy, there's some mild mustiness, as well as a mild rancidity. Decent.
The palate opens quite sharp, quite unlike anything I was expecting given the nose. Super sharp, very sweet lime-like, almost artificially so with some grass. In this regard, it's unique - I've had grapefruit or lemon forward gueuzes, but this sweet lime flavor is the first that I remember. A little sour cider is present as well. Again, there's quite a strong cheesiness, but the fact that this is filtered takes away from the complexity, making this aspect stand rather alone without really lingering. Light in body, this finish crisp, along with a little aspirin, a little floral character, particularly, some rose. Solid stuff.
02-20-2011 00:14:58 | More by DefenCorps
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.