Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.45/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL
Lot number E, but no bottled on date.
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass
Hannssens' oude gueuze is a strongly sour, excellent gueuze that emphasizes waves of acid-inspired flavors over milder oak-like complexity that other guezeries impart in their versions. This is a highly satisfactory gueuze and one that should be highly sought-after. My only disappointment, really, was that it was acrid enough to leave a lingering burn on the back of my throat, not the greatest of mouthfeels.
Bottle pops open as I remove the cork. I put my nose to the bottle's opening and inhale, bringing in the slightly sweetened lemon juice-meets diluted vinegar aroma. I put down the bottle, then regrip it and pour, careful to avoid sediment on the first half of the bottle.
Poured a 1cm head of off-white bubbles, mainly appearing small and large in size, creating a slightly swiss-cheese like effect. Head descends within two minutes to thin cap atop the beer with a few small holes. Lacing is sparse, a few small streaks and lines. Body is a light caramel orange-brown color, with hints of orange-yellow around the edges as highlights. Body is transparent, with some modest carbonation visibly floating to the top.
I swirl the beer, put the glass to my nose, and inhale. This is a strong-smelling gueuze, I immediately suggest to myself, with definite lemon-vinegar, acetone, tangy human sweat odor, more than a bit of damp cellar, and slight sweetened horsedung compost (as if something like that could exist). Not really sweet at all, strongly pungent, some might even say harsh (but not me), definitely acrid. Really, one of the most expressive aromatic profiles I've had out of a gueuze.
Swirling in the sediment reduces the aroma considerably, putting an emphasis on toasted malt and muted lemon citrus. Probably would avoid this going forward.
Swirling again, I take my first sip, and the sour, slightly salty flavors flow over my tongue. More specific analysis has my senses telling me that lemon-like tartness, slight vinegar, and slight malt sweetness are noticeable on the front of the tongue. Stronger sourness emerges mid-palate, very much influenced by lactic and acetic acid. Also emergent at mid-palate are acetone-like qualities, a bit of apple cider flavor, acrid (or concentrated) human sweat (or barnyard, whatever your taste buds pick it up to be), a bit of pineapple, continued lemon citrus and vinegar. Aftertaste is of malt sweetness melded to lingering lemon tartness, mildly puckering. Hanssens seems to be going for a focus on the sourness of the gueuze style, which I certainly don't mind at all. There are enough layers of shifting sourness here to please my palate, despite the relative lack of too many other flavors in Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon, Girardin gueuzes.
Adding the sediment in does not seem to change the intensity of sourness or spectrum of flavors appreciably; the beer may become slightly more sour.
Beer is medium-bodied, with moderately high carbonation that foams this up quickly on the palate. Resultant mouthfeel very quickly becomes smooth and somewhat creamy. Close is dry with a slight stickiness around the edges of the lips and a lingering acid burn in the throat that can actually be a bit unpleasant.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2012 21:50:10 | More by falloutsnow
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4.11/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
Appearance: Pours a dense gold with a one-inch eggshell head that sticks around for a few minutes. Lacing minimal. Heavy carbonation.
Aroma: Now this is funky. The beer has a powerful aroma of lemons and funk. You can definitely understand why people say this style has a "barnyard" smell.
Taste: How much tart can you take? This is a sour beer for people who love sour beers. It tastes like lemons, citrus and overpowering sourness. It's a sipper for me - one to savor and enjoy. It also has some nice vinous quality to it.
Mouthfeel: This beer has a nice, light body. Almost summery in depth.
Overall: Someone unfamiliar with lambics will find this too abrasive - like if someone poured paint thinner into a very tart shandy. But lambic fans will love it - it hits all the notes, brings a bomb of sour flavor, and comes in that cool bottle.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 10:54:32 | More by illpass78
Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.