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Oude Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-21-2001

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Reviews: 492 | Ratings: 1,228
Reviews by Neffbeer:
Photo of Neffbeer
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle:

Opened the bottle and there was a subtle whoosh not the pop I was expecting. It pours a beautiful straw color with a small white head. Retention is decent for the head being so small. There is a tiny bit of lacing. Wafts of yeast, funk (barnyard), and tart fruit hit the nose. Great. The taste is very tart and dry with some apple and citrus sourness that lingers on and on. It just beckons you to take another sip, extremely inviting. The mouthfeel is a little thin due to the lack of carbonation, but it still holds up well. Overall I think this is an excellent example of the style, refreshing and satisfying.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of brianmandell
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 Bottle Purchased from C’est La Vin in Madison for only $4.00! Too bad it was the last one. No vintage that I can find.

Cork pops aggressively giving off the distinct stench of battery acid, rotten lemons, and perhaps a little vinegar.

Biting immediately and throughout each stage of the tasting process. Tastes exceptionally tart, rotten, like moldy grapes, wormy apples, and British cheese. As the beer warms it begins tasting a bit like moldy grains that have been sitting in the loft of an abandoned barn getting pissed on by raccoons and shat on by morning doves for a few decades. Boy is this brilliant!

Mouthfeel is over the top sourness and tartness. Drying in the extreme and oh so drinkable, especially after the initial battery acid aromas die away.

An experience in a bottle and much more about how it makes your mouth and nose feel then its particular taste or aroma. To drink a gueze like this is to remind oneself to fill their life with vitality and ardor.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep golden pour with basically no head whatsoever.

Smell: a grassy nose with lemon & lime highlights. a tart, sour nose.

Taste: the lemon-lime tartness is huge off the top. a very natural and flavour. the tartness makes a crazy turn and heads for a sour and almost face-puckering finish.

Mouthfeel: lively and smooth. a fresh beer with great acidity.

Drinkability: a world class gueze. my favorite is still Drie Fonteinen but this one is a classic nontheless.

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Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of ricke
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared less than a year at the brewery.

A: Slightly hazy orange with a minimal white head.

S: A rather "clean" funkiness (perhaps well defined is a better word considering the circumstances) of barnyard and mud with some pleasant notes of fruits and lemony acidity. The funkiness gets more pronounced after a while.

T: The taste is tart and refreshing with a decent amount of funk. Pleasant notes of sour fruits and berries. Hints of oak and grass. The finish is mildly bitter and nicely dry with a faint hint of minerals. Very good.

M: Moderate body, medium levels of carbonation.

D: Good. Very refreshing and fairly complex.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MadScientist
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter the beer was a slightly hazy gold color with no head.
A yeasty, funky aroma with lots of sweet fruit.
Sour apple and pear taste. A hint of vanilla. Still funky.
Great mouthfeel, alternatingly sweet and sour, not too sour.
A crisp, acidic beer.
Well done!

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Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of offtheheezi
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear copper with almost no head.

S - Smells earthy, with some musty funk, some hard apple cider and a bit of pepper. Wonderfully varied. Each sniff yields something a little different.

T - Massively tart and crisp up front, followed by a thick mustiness. The earthy component gives a nice deep to the flavor and balances the tartness well. Finished with lingering tartness.

M - Crisp mouthfeel finishes quite dry and clean.

O - Just a great beer overall. Great flavor profile.

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Photo of Todd
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 375ml green bottle (with punt) corked and wired.

Appearance: Bright orange/caramel/amber in colour, not too much unlike a real hard cider. Initially it pours a very large bubbled fizzy foam head. It quickly settles to some foam around the sides of the glass. Carbonation is steady -- large bubbles.

Smell: Cidery, champagne-like, sour, spicy, light pepper notes.

Taste: Fizzy, crisp mouthfeel. Very dry, sharp and tart. You can feel your saliva glands kick-in. Complex fruit flavours follow, but they are not sweet ... more like a Granny Smith apple in flavour with a similar sourness and bite. I can also pick-up apple peel characters, some salt and mineral. No sign of any malt sweetness (per style), but there's some grain notes in the back that blend in with other tannins. Finish is dry, a bit musty.

Notes: A most delicious gueuze, and a fine replacement for any champagne or something to enjoy on a special occasion. I just love beer and its infinite diversity!

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional brew to say the least, big earthy and herbal flavours jump out on to the palate first ... then quickly to the tartness. A nuttiness from middle to end keeps you thinking.

Fruity and tart with a complex dryness, throughly enjoyed this brew with a cheese and bread snack in Brugge.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature into a goblet, this gueuze pours a hazed tangerine body with no head, but a longlasting collar. Lacing is classical Belgian, and looks very attractive on the sides of the goblet.
Aroma begins with profound notes of oak wood, followed by a sharp, citrusy blast of freshly sliced lemon. Yeast is a prominent player in the nose, as well, with complex olfactory notes of dirty blanket, must, barnyard, and dried moss.
Mouthfeel has the explosive, effervescent carbonation that is so typical in a quality Belgian. Light medium body.
Taste begins like the aroma, with a strong note of oak. The dominant tangy and tart character quickly takes over. The middle is like chewing on a fresh slice of lemon, then the yeast takes over the show with a musty, earthy, and woodsy presence. Sour cherries emerge toward the finish, and the final note is dry, tart, and mildly chalky.
This is the real deal. Ideal for style. I wouldn't change a thing with this one. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large green Belgian style bottle, caged and corked. Pours semi cloudy, medium apricot amber, minor and short lived, medium tan head. Morphs down to a thin film and leaves next to no lacing. Tart, green apple nose. Sourness is the story here. Horse blanket, barnyard funk in all its artisinal glory. Funk quite prominent and showing its puckering muscles. Surely not a crowd pleaser, but sour beer lovers will be all over this one.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with BA's at Anam Cara.

Poured a hazy, cloudy orange with a white head that quickly vanished (probably to get away from the smell). Smelled strongly of nature and quite sour. Tasted sweet and fruity with a heavy sour component. Enjoyable feel and easy to drink. I would share this one again wtih good company.

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Photo of badbeer
2.48/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a cloudy yellow color, leaves a light lacing around the glass. Smell was sour and funky, definate barnyard smell. Taste was sour and reminded me of a horse in a barn eating rotten fruit. Average carbonation and light bodied. I couldn't drink all of mine, I just didn't care for it.

Additional info: I'm sure this is spot on for the style, but this was my first try at the style. I didn't seem to care for Oud Bruin's the first time I tried them, but I love them now. So even though this won't be given high scores from me, I definately think it's worth trying and I will be trying it again, hopefully enjoying then.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Prospero
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.