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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label) - Brouwerij Girardin

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%


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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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 15:33:17 | More by DaPeculierDane
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ricke

Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 18:26:43 | More by ricke
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 00:27:55 | More by tempest
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 01:26:50 | More by trevorwideman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 00:48:02 | More by Viggo
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 23:23:34 | More by grub
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 mL bottle with a friend at Warm Water Café in Brussels.

Appearance: Very lightly hazy, with a fluffy off-white head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Sour and acidic, with lemony and grassy notes and a light funkiness.

Taste: Sour, lemony and fruity, with a grassy and funky finish that has a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate-carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: Crisp and sour, but nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 04:54:56 | More by EPICAC
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 17:31:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 04:09:51 | More by Sammy
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork Marking: 0705... Explosive bottle poured a dark golden color with a small white head and left spotty lacing on the glass. Light barnyard, lots of oak, dusty malt aroma. Intensive sourness is balanced nicely by the sweetness. A quality gueuze, need to find more of this! Thanks Mads.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 12:07:13 | More by egajdzis
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, served in a delirium tremens tulip

Pours with a yellowy, golden body, clear with a fizzy white head, pretty good retention

Smell, nose is instantly full of tart acidic, some barnyard funk, old blankests and a bit of must, some citrus on the nose too

Taste, crisp and dry, grapefruit bitter citrus. Fairly dry on the finish, some crisp carbonation

I didnt try the black, when i went back to bierkoning i forgot to get a bottle which i regret because i'm sure its even better than this filtered white label which is fantastic

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 18:13:56 | More by cypressbob
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 21:05:33 | More by Rastacouere
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 00:43:34 | More by rastaman
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 23:27:25 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
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