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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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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Girardin

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 -52.5%
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 HopHead84
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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 JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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 dgilks
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of HardyGeneraL
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Aethien
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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 mdillon86
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of AleWatcher
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Squelch
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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 BMoldy
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 08/31/11. From notes:

A: Medium gold amber color with a very lively white head that fades quickly leaving a thin layer on top of the liquid. Fantastic clarity. Some good lacing, even on my shitty, unwashed hotel glass.

S: Very funky yeast smell. Definitely some fruits in there, but not sure which. Berries? Some citrus? Boy, I really need to eat more fruit. Some woody… tannins? Bit of a pale malt smell as well. Smells like a gueuze to me.

T: Soft and sweet, with a very dry, almost bitter, finish to it. White grape-like fruitiness. Ripe green apple also comes to mind; especially the skin, but that’s not a bad thing! Sort of a mineral-like flavor too, almost like hard water. Sweetness isn’t cloying or artificial, unlike a mass-produced gueuze.

M: Full, smooth body. Fine, spritzy carbonation that lasts and lasts. Has a fantastic dryness to it, though probably a little too dry

O: So THIS is what a real gueuze (albeit filtered) tastes like! A very “mature” step-up for me in my gueuze education, that’s for sure. Not crazy sour like the Cantillon Bio. Definitely something I see myself breaking out on special occasions. Would definitely work well as a before or after dinner drink… or even during dinner drink, who am I kidding. Can't wait to try the black label to see the difference.

Photo of Filosoof
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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 GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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 rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the local liquor shop.
Look: the beer pours a light golden-amber with a white head.
Smell: Soft vinegar, soft tartness, fresh grass and some sweet fruits
Taste: Sour lemon, spicy hops, moderate tartness with some sweet fruits. Floral finish with some bitterness
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied
Overall: The filtration didn’t improve the beer, the refermentation process in the bottle (making the beer more acidic) clearly is missing here. Still a very decent geuze.

Photo of callmemickey
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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 DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 CanuckRover
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 mothman
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Gueuzedude
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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 thepeter
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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 JAXSON
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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 drabmuh
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.