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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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85
very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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 GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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 JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I so enjoyed the black label of this I had to get the filtered version to see what the difference is, the short answer, this one is less sour and more sweet, the long answer, see below.

750 ml bottle shared with the other Matt and friends. Beer is clear and yellow. Forms a good head that breaks quickly and has moderate carbonation. Looks good.

The aroma is more lactic than the black. The black had hints of acetic in the aroma, more leathery, this is mostly lactic with a hint of sweetness.

The beer is super bright on the palate, tons of carbonation in the mouth. There is some tartness / sourness to it but its also sweet. In the juxtaposition between the two Girardin beers, that's what stood out the most to me. Its quite good, my wife loved it, a great novelty, but the black wins in my book. I would definitely drink this beer again in the future and I have more of it so I am looking forward to that. A very nice and interesting gueuze but be aware that this one is sweeter than you'll expect. Kind of like a baby faro, not nearly that sweet though.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  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 mothman
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is hazed bright golden orange. Has a white head.

Aroma: Very similar to the black label. Acidic, funky, lemon zest, vinegar, and oak all show.

Taste: A little bit sweet compared to the black label. Sweet, but sour with some funk to it. Lemon zest, acidic flavors, oak, cobweb funk, hay.

Mouthfeel: Fairly clean. It is tart and sour. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, it is a pretty good gueuze. Nice drinkability on this one. Similar to the black label, but it had distinguishable differences. I am glad I got to try this one.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

This filtered gueuze appears a clear, orange hue with a white, foamy head that has great staying power and leaves an ample amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of sour and funk, though more muted than in a 3F or Cantillon gueuze. The beer is fruity and has a very present sweet flavor to it. This is quite unexpected. The beer is very bright, with a balancing act of sour and sweet. The funky barn flavor is there, but it only has a co-starring role. There is a pleasant sour green apple flavor to this beer. The feel is decent, with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The finish doesn't make me pucker the way I was expecting (and hoping). This is a good offering, and certainly a bit of a departure from the norm.

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of HopHead84
3.43/5  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 liamt07
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Viggo
3.9/5  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 Evil_Pidde
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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 dgilks
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of scottfrie
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
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 Jeffo
1.78/5  rDev -52.9%
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.

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.