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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

993 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 993
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 101
Gots: 164 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-21-2001)
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Photo of brianmandell
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle recently stocked by the local bottle shop. Pours a hazy golden-amber. No lacing.

Aroma is earthy funk and grass with bright lemon character and vinegar.

Taste is candied lemon up front (like a lemonhead) with some lemon rind and other fruits including apple and grape. There is a funky base of earth, grass and oak but not as much as the smell would suggest. There is also a slightly metallic aftertaste. Very sour - the Hanssens seems to contain a higher amount of acetic acid than Cantillon or 3F Gueuze. It has a very vinegary taste and sensation I can feel in the back of my throat. I felt the same way about the Hanssens Oude Kriek; however, the gueuze is more drinkable than the kriek. There is a cloying sweetness, which in combination with the vinegar and the moderate, prickly carbonation made for a beer that is less drinkable than I was hoping. I love gueuze and this is not a bad beer for your gueuze fix. However, both 3F and Cantillon are much better.

brianmandell, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks, Kevin. This is one that I've eyed up numerous times, but for some reason never walked out of the store with it. Golden, yellow body, very nice for a gueuze with a solidifying chill haze that cascades throughout. The foamy white head looks as though it might hang around for a while before it quickly scatters and reduces to almost nothing, leaving no lacing behind.

Wow, the aroma has exceedingly generous amounts of farmhouse funk. Sweat socks, wet wood, muddled and musty barnyard floors, wet hay... it's all there, side by side with a super acidic and tart green apple skin and lemon rind fruitiness that kicks the tartness up just a notch. When a beer smells this sour, you can only imaging how it's going to taste.

Wonderful balance of funk and tartness with each and every sip; lots of tart, unripe apples and lemon juice, very puckering and tickling the senses in nearly every way possible. The sourness has a mild lactic quality; not much vinegar, but certainly a little acidic. A few sips into this one and I'm kicking myself for not having purchased this sooner.

The funk, while not *quite* as huge as in the aroma, is still very much present on the palate. Musty and wet oak board, funky bales of hay, and a multitude of other barnyard-like flavors will have their way with the palate before the bottle is gone. A nice, biting acidic finishes things off and leaves your palate with the unabashed dryness that's expected from gueuze. Crisp and thin body with a sharp, heavily carbonated mouth feel.

Color me impressed... While I do not believe this is a world-beater level gueuze (which, in all fairness, is one of the hardest leaderboards to climb), it's still pretty damn good, and it's even more appealing due to its (relatively) reasonable price-point and superb availability. Sometime to tide over your gueuze yearning after you drink your last Cantillon... don't pass this one up like I did.

tectactoe, Sep 22, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

timnkate, Wednesday at 11:06 PM
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

heysuz, Wednesday at 01:43 PM
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ChrisinRI, Tuesday at 02:00 AM
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, pepper, musty funk, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, pepper, musty funk, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, pepper, musty funk, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding gueuze style! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Sunday at 06:24 AM
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Trashcat, Saturday at 06:11 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

a77cj7, Saturday at 06:44 AM
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Matty123, Nov 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

SurlyUtopia, Nov 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Xandrose, Nov 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

scxcrunner, Nov 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Chingringo, Nov 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

EuphonicHops, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

HUGE thanks for Francois for bringing this to a party at JLindros's place. Poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Reviewed from notes. 1991 Vintage. Seriously...1991?!

A - Pours a clear dark golden honey hue with no real head. Incredibly still of course!

S - Aromas of funky barnyard, musty old basement/attic, old lemons and citrus peel. There is some nice subtle tartness but for the most part this just smells old and funky.

T - Taste is the same as the nose pretty much. The stillness works I suppose, with loads of older lemons, light citric tartness, mustiness, funky barnyard, dirty soil. A lot going on here.

M - Mouthfeel is super lightly carbonated, clean.

O - Overall this is just some delicious dirtiness. The cork on this one was half rotten yet it did not really suffer from that corked taste or aroma. Delicious.

Serving Type: Bottle

rudzud, Nov 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

RochefortChris, Nov 17, 2014
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4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

lonewolfcry, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

olradetbalder, Nov 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

SpasmWaiter, Nov 13, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

robear, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

GuitarIPA, Nov 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

ThrashMaster, Nov 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

trxxpaxxs, Nov 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Gotti311, Nov 05, 2014
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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
95 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.