Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label)Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label)

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85
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 20
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 02-24-2003

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Photo of Jeffo
1.79/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lined up nine different gueuze for a comparison the other night. This one finished dead last. Just horrible. Got this bottle at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam, for what it's worth.

From a 33cl bottle into a mini sinfter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thinner, loose white head with good retention. Clear gamboge orange with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a good cap that sticks around. Looks fine.

SMELL: Totally different than all the other gueuze. Fruity and plenty of ginger on the nose, with some orange peel and floral notes. Some very light funky aromas, but this is more ginger and fruit. Doesn't resemble a gueuze at all.

TASTE: Same story here. Ginger comes out first, with some caramel sweetness and floral bitterness at swallow. Quite mild and not gueuze-like at all. Some light funk shows up, but the sour ginger flavor is just unpleasant. Pretty lousy.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. Watery on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a little stickier than the others.

OVERALL: Very different than the others in the style. The added sweetness really didn't do this any good, as the resulting ginger is quite off-putting. Not something I ever want to lay eyes on again. Easily the worst of the lineup. Was glad to introduce this to drain.

Photo of scottfrie
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

375ml bottle into Cantillon gueuze tumbler. Cork says REF BX 2013. Who knows.

A: Pours a clear citrus amber with a finger of fuzzy off-white head that faded into a thick soft looking film. Streaks of lace were left down the glass.
S: Fruits and funk, but not that typical earthy barnyard funk. This smells very different than the black label; this funk is more fecal and fruity, like fermented fruit mixed with rotten fruit. I love me some funk, but to be honest this doesn’t smell great. Smells like vomit frankly.
T: More fermented fruits, hints of stomach acid, sweet candied sugar or caramel, musty oxidization, dry oak, earth and earthy spice, pepper faded hops and apple juice. Sour candy finish is pretty tame, and the sweet fruity aftertaste is reminiscent of prunes, plumes, figs, and honey.
M: Airy, fluffy carbonation, medium body, slick and frothy mouthfeel.
O: Definitely not my favorite, and a disappointment compared to black label. Drinkable, but not pleasant.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage. First time I've seen this in the states. 375ml corked and caged bottle into 3F stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy 2 finger white head with low retention. Beer is a clear copper. Lacing is sparse and stringy with little cling. Average.

Nose is anise, green raisin, brown sugar and a mellow, light cheesiness. Sweet and more fruity than your average gueuze. Decent.

Opens raisin, tart and sweet soy sauce. Notes of grass, oak, foam, wheat and a citrus and lemon tartness. End is dank tart funk juxtaposed against a bright citrus tart and dry finish. Clean aftertaste. This one's a bit too sweet for my taste.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Prickly and crisp in the mouth and goes down drown and lightly puckering. Accented finish with a clean aftertaste. Pretty drinkable.

After having waited for this for a while, I'm a bit disappointed in the result. This beer is too sweet and the funky, oaky, woody tartness is almost completely missing. I'd revisit an older vintage just to make sure there's nothing here but otherwise, the black label is strictly better.

Photo of Squelch
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pours a darker glowing orange color, mostly clear with just a touch of haze, little white head to it.

S-the nose is sweet, apple cidar with a carmelized malt sweetness, light notes of acetone with some plums and cherries in the back.

T-tons of malt in this, caramel and sugar, dark fruits of plums and cherries, this is quite sweet with more cider notes in it and a hint of sourness towards the back.

M-very syrupy medium body that thins out towards the back and lacks a strong carbonation presence I would have liked to see.

D-very sweet with some issues, one dimensional and a little cidar like. had next to some tasty gueuze and was the least complex of the group and just was too sweet.

Photo of callmemickey
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Young bottle opened at Delirium Cafe in March 2011.

A: Orange-straw body. Skim of off-white foam. Spotty lacing.

S: Funky barnyard aromas, lemon, oak, a bit of cheese. Comes across more like an unblended lambic than a gueuze.

T: A weird blend of funky, musty lambic and cloyingly sweet lemon-lime soda. Not a good mix.

M: Cloying sweetness overwhelms the moderate body. Carbonation was spot on, but couldn’t keep the sweetness moving fast enough.

O: An odd ball. Not likely to revisit for a while, especially given the superior Girardin Black.

Photo of HopHead84
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/23/2012

Thanks for sharing! Snifter. Tasted after a really nice bottle of Black Label.

Dark orange and transparent with a big creamy white head that rises above the liquid about two inches. Scattered lacing. The aroma is of lemon, barnyard, and a light mustiness. It's really toned down from the Black Label. There's a little oak. The flavor possesses a simple lactic sourness with a mellow tartness. Lightly oaky and citric with a little leather and barnyard, but the filtering seems to have stripped this beer of positive attributes and turned it into Gueuze light. The beer is lower medium body with high carbonation. An okay beer in its own right, but pales in comparison to the Black Label.

Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Luk13
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of muttyd
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, amber body with little to head.

S - Horse blanket, citrus, grass/hay barnyard, and some vinegar.

T - Dusty horse blanket, sour green apples, citrus, grainy malts, and slight oak.

M - Body was disappointing, but what I expected for a filtered gueuze.

D - Tried this one in a line up of other sours, and I wasn't too upset when my glass was finished and we moved on to the next. Still a very good beer.

Photo of Filosoof
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JAXSON
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Kevin. Poured quite a dark, clear amber. No yeast in the bottom as this is filtered unlike the Black. Nose was sweet and sour, some toffee that I initially characterized as butterscotch. Sweet notes were held in check well by all the funky, sour elements. Sour in the mouth but with a sweet quality that most of the other sours we sampled did not have. Sweetness came of as toffee mostly. More malt than a traditional lambic. Medium low carbonation, thin body. Cider-like at times.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Aethien
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like apple juice with a large foamy off white head. Not much retention although it leaves nice lacing around the glass.

Smells like sour apple juice with some citrus. Not a whole lot going on here but it's a pleasant smell.

Tastes much the same, sour dominates and there's green apple and lemon flavour behind it. Again, not very complex but it's refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very dry and sour with plenty of carbonation that makes it very light and easily drinkable.

Overall this beer can be best described as simple and good but not great.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thepeter
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow much darker than I remember, nice fluffy head that condenses into a dense film, lasts the entire beer and leave a nice lacing.

aroma's of wood and fermented sourish apples, a lot like a top quality oak aged dry cider. Add into the mix some grass and there you go.

Taste - wood, grass, a bit sour apple and a bitter and somewhat artificially sweet aftertaste, not as sour as I like as I like gettin' the mouth sweat's after a gueze. Still pretty damn good.

This beer was really smooth, incredibly for the style, and would be easy to get quite a few down in a night as it is not overly acidic.

Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again big thanks to biegaman for providing this bottle fresh from Belgium.

Pours a clear orange, brown highlights, thin white head, tons of lacing, settles to a nice layer. Smell is sour and funky, socks/horseblanket, wheat, some fruits, bit of grass, nice. Taste is sour, sugary touch, fruits, grass, some lemon, bread, nice sweet funky finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth. I really dig these Girardins, not as good as the Black Label but still pretty tasty. Thanks again Jan!

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, B-2010 Cork Date; Sampled June 2010
The beer is suprisingly dark in its amber color (at least for a Gueuze) and is topped by a frothy, initially two finger thick, lightly amber tinged, pale tan colored head. The beer shows quite a chill haze in its rosy-amber depths when held up to the light; the bottle went in to the fridge quite clear, so I know it is a chill haze. The aroma smells of lactic acid and a touch of urea from afar, and a close inspection of the nose yields more of the same plus a nuttiness that seems to be from oxidation. The oxidation also seems to accentuate a faint plum-like note as well as some oxidized apple cider aromatics; it is interesting as this oxidation character is not typical of a Gueuze. A touch of solvent character, perhaps some cheesy hops, an interesting almost cured ham like note that moves toward prosciutto the more I smell this beer. Typical aromas of musty clay, old leather, woody mushrooms and ripe cheese are noticeable underneath the ever-present ham. The aroma is really quite interesting, though not necessarily in a good way, it is quite a departure from what I expect in a "traditional" Gueuze; both the oxidation and the prosciutto were defintiely unexpected.

The flavor is nicely tart with a clean lactic acidity. There is some cider like fruitiness here that accentuates a slight sweetness that I am almost sure is not here from residual sugars. The beer finishes with a oak-derived spiciness, some tannic structure that barely sticks to the teeth as well as some musky, goat like character. A soft mustiness couples with lightly funky notes reminiscent of slight mold, some phenolic soaked cotton balls, touches of sweat dried blankets and perhaps even just a hint of acetic acid spiciness. The carbonation provides quite a prickly texture as well as a peppery carbonic bite. This couples nicely with the lactic & tannic body that enhances what would other wise beer a very light beer; this is still a light and refreshing beer though, as a good Gueuze should be. The lactic sourness brings forth notes of sour-grapefruit, which I always find as a nice addition to a Lambic. There is a certain tea like note here that seems to come from both the aroma and flavor, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

This is not a hard or aggressive Lambic, but neither is the Black Label, the acidity is quite refreshing (though may be a bit challenging for the Lambic initiate), and the funkiness is fairly restrained compared to some. This makes for a "clean" Gueueze that still seems to be chock full of traditional Lambic flavors. An interesting beer, some of the character was quite unexpected (the dark color, the ham in the aroma and the oxidation overall); I would guess this is directly attributable to the filtration and non-bottle conditioning, but am not 100% sure. This is certainly a far cry from the excellence achieved by the Black Label Gueuze, though it is certainly still enjoyable. I am quite happy to finally be drinking this bottle, it is something I have wanted to try for quite some time, but have lacked the necessary motivation to actually try and track down. I will likely never get one of these again, especially if any other decent Gueuze is available.

Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of ricke
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange colour, fairly dense ring of white head, some lace. Smell is of cheese, quite funky, a bit of blasmaic and wine, quite acidic witha bit of lemon to it as well. Taste is funky with a sour/balsamic flavour, tart apple skins, lemon with a dry acidity, malt flavours with a dry acidity. Medium carbonation, medium bodied. A fairly nice gueuze, the nose is a bit off putting initially but overall it's quite drinkable.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thankfully, Girardin still brews its own lambics, which are some of the most traditional and highly revered in the hall of lambic fame. The label on the Bottle of their Gueuze offerings will actually state "Girardin Gueuze 1882". It should be noted that there are 2 versions of this Gueuze. The first has a White background label, which means it is filtered (flemish - gefiltered), and this is the commercial version. The second is the Black background label, which means unfiltered (flemish - ongefiltered), this is the real traditional version and the one that should be sought out.

The filtered ‘White-Label’ lacks the refinement and traditional pedigree of its ‘Black-Label’ brother. On paper though, the White-Label is only the filtered version of the Black-Label Girardin Gueuze.

However, in practice, it may not be that simple. Those in the know will tell you two things when discussing this beer. Why is the Filtered version slightly lighter in color than its unfiltered counterpart? And why do Girardin, a traditional lambic brewery, make a Pils? This Pils is very rare, and why is it almost never seen on sale on draft anywhere?? I agree, for all of my travels in Belgium over 8 years, I have only ever seen the Girardin Ulricher Extra Pils on sale in just one outlet (the Oud Pruim in Beersel). The Gueuze skeptics will tell you that the Pils is only made to be blended with the filtered Gueuze, a common practice amongst the more commercial producers of industrial Gueuzes. Who knows for sure, but the pointers are there.

The White-Label, is sharper in taste than the Black-Label. The sharp, pointy grapefruit tastes are stronger, the lemony citrus flavors are diminished and much harder to find. Sour but not in any offensive manner – which is always a bad sign.

A “watered down” version of the Black-Label, in whatever sense, but that said, this Gueuze is quite an accomplished offering and still makes the Gueuze from Timmermans and Belle-Vue look like a sickly sweet baby-food Apple-Juice.

White-Label is a unique Gueuze in the lambic world, a commercial Gueuze from a traditional producer. If you ever get chance to try the White-Label I would do so. But even better, if you can drink it alongside the Black-Label offering - this is *highly* recommended. For you will surely learn a hell of a lot more about traditional Gueuze by doing this, than reading all the Gueuze Beer Reviews on this Site. After all, experience is everything when drinking lambics.

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
85 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.