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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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BA SCORE
85
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 21
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Filtered version.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 02-24-2003)
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Reviews by trevorwideman:
Photo of trevorwideman
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Sampled as part of a tasting with fisherman34 and oakbluff. A very welcome addition to the evening's beer travels.

Poured into a snifter. Tons of carbonation, massive head, sexy lacing. Orange and lightly hazey. Complex aromas of funky cheese, lemon, and leather. very cool.

Taste is super puckering with more of that cheesiness. Woody. Super balance in this once, there's a nice maltiness keeping it in check a bit. Carbonation is zippy and it's extremely dry. This is a superb beer, and probably the best example of the style I've had yet. Exquisite.

trevorwideman, Dec 31, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of ricke
3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

ricke, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of rastaman
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

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!!!!

rastaman, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of mattfancett
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Sammy, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of CanuckRover
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

CanuckRover, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

tempest, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Filosoof
3.6/5  rDev -5%

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.

Filosoof, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

GRG1313, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of ManforallSaisons
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ManforallSaisons, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

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!

emerge077, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +5.5%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of Squelch
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Squelch, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of errantnight
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

errantnight, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Rastacouere
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%

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. It’s 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 couldn’t 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.

Rastacouere, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of Caudalie
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Caudalie, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of cosmonick
3/5  rDev -20.8%

cosmonick, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of liamt07
3.94/5  rDev +4%

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.

liamt07, May 02, 2013
Photo of Luk13
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

Luk13, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

Thorpe429, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of grub
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

grub, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of Danny1217
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Danny1217, May 12, 2013
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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.