Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750mL 2009 bottle served into a tulip glass
Pours a murky goldenrod color, like a stoneground mustard almost. Maybe half a finger of white head at most.
Unlike my favorite shelf gueuze (Cantillon Classic Gueuze), the nose on Hanssens Oude Gueuze is much less funky. The sheer tartness is the dominant aroma: waves of lemon juice and white vinegar. You can pick up on wheat malt, and some of the oak (but not too much). And there is a bit of funk -- more on the ends of a musty/mildewy basement type aroma; cobwebs and water-stained paper.
The taste follows the nose. This is an incredibly sour beer. Lemon juice and vinegar and fermented citrus and etc. Trace elements of Brett funk are present in the form of sweat and decaying plant life. Astringent oak tannins attack your cheeks, priming them for the burn of the beer's acidity.
It's tasty. Not all that complex, as the Brettanomyces doesn't hold up to the sourness here. But tasty. I'd never turn down a bottle of this gueuze, but I prefer a funkier beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2012 21:37:53 | More by Reaper16
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