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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
94
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1,055 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 106
Gots: 186 | FT: 17
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-21-2001

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Ratings: 1,055 | Reviews: 465
Reviews by gueuzegeek:
Photo of gueuzegeek
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, so this is a really good solid gueuze. It poured a nice light coppery color and was cloudy, but not completely dense looking. It had a nice head but not all that big upon the pouring. There was the very clearly gueuze smell which was present. The funky yeasty barnyardiness was there. The flavor was nice and tart as it should be. It had very small champagne like bubbles. They were rather gentle feeling. This was quite tasty with a nice mild yeastiness to it. If you like this one and can still find Oude Bersel's Oude Ville Gueuze (I hope I remembered that right), go out and try that one too before it is gone!!!

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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.

Photo of tectactoe
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Popsinc
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of ricke
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Todd
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Photo of Jason
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of fdrich29
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of badbeer
2.48/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with BryanK.

12.7 oz caged and corked green bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a tulip. Bottled June 2012 (almost 1 year of age)

Pours a nice golden color with a light cloudiness, a spotty white head that lasts maybe 1/2 the glass, no lacing.

That nice classic gueze smell, some horsey Brett, a bit of lactic funk, rotted wood, musty basement, some slight cheese funk as it warms and just a hint of citrus comes through. Doesn't smell quite as sour as it is, but still not really sour as most.

Really coats the mouth with sour lemon citrus and lactic funk. Complexities of horsey Brett, rotted wood. Changes as it warms bringing forth maybe some old cheese?

Kind of a lighter carbonation for the style, coats the mouth, sour for sure.

A solid gueze, maybe not as good as 3fon or cantillion but pretty close. Buy this if you can.

Photo of ehammond1
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Best Damn Sour Fest
Bootlegger
San Diego, CA

Clear golden orange and amber with a light, pillowy near-white head which leaves spots and thin lines of lacing down the glass. Very pretty.

The aroma is both particularly musty with lots of funk and very fruity. There's a lot of lemon and apple character to this gueuze, along with an intense sour note, though this gueuze is sweeter than most others I've had.

The flavor is even better than the aroma. The sourness is strong and consistent from sip to swallow with lots of vibrant juicy lemon and apple character. This beer finishes incredibly dry and light, perhaps more so than any other gueuze I've had.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with high carbonation.

A really tasty gueuze I'd be happy to drink again any day.

Photo of boatshoes
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 375ml of this from Capone's for my second tasting of this beer. Enjoyed it the first time but only had about four ounces and figured I needed to give it another shot.

Appearance- To be honest, this is about the only place I found this beer slightly lacking, though perhaps it is because I had Duck Duck Gooze and Gueuze Girardin 1882 Unfiltered prior. When I poured this one, I feared it was going to be completely flat. However, after getting the bottle completely vertical to finish the pour, I managed to get a very thin (maybe quarter-finger) fizzy head that died out very quickly. Body itself however was a nice golden with some very mild carbonation actually beading up.

Smell- Lots of funk and acrid leather/barnyard off the nose. Tart smelling, but more along the lines of tart green grapes and unripe pear than what I would describe as green apple tartness. Quite nice and a little less aggressive than I was expecting.

Taste- Similar to the Girardin, I found this gueuze to forefront the funk. Lots of tart funkiness and barnyard first before I notice the fruitiness, which I found to be along the lines of the nose-white grapes and lemon zest primarily. More mouthpuckering than I thought it was going to be, but overall very good.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Carbonation was a touch low but better than I thought it was going to be. Fairly spot on for the style. Drinkability was pretty solid as well.

Overall, pretty good, though not quite at the level as the other gueuze I've had recently. Definitely recommend it though.

Photo of ADR
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden appearance, slightly hazy but uniform and bright. Middling head, flat and pale, spreads out in an open chalice. Minimal lacing, some small marks and dots. Very tart aroma, quite astringent without the cheesiness of some. Light body and plenty of active fizziness. Good puckering flavor qualities, slicing acidity and sourness. Moderate sense of Brett for me, I kind of missed a bit more yeastiness in this bottle. Still, no sweet pretender to the style, nice and in-your-face overall.

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light amber with an excellent head.

Aroma: smells just awful but with encouragement I took a sip.

Flavor: way better than the aroma, it is markedly tart -- sour enough to alter the mouthfeel. Complex and hard to describe
Fine soft carbonation

O: an awful smelling ale with a fascinating flavor.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with solid amounts of funk and tart lemons. Also present are hints of wet hay.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by moderately tart citrus. Midway through the sip the tartness subsides a bit and funk comes in, evening things out. The funk carries through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I’m not sure that I prefer styles such as this out of a cask as much as I would out of the bottle, but I’ll sure keep trying to see whether I can pin that opinion down or not. A solid beer that’s worth a shot.

Photo of frankiepop
2.65/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Too sour for me. Reminded me of a good quality champagne really with intense flavor, but I must reiterate this is very much like a Belgium Flander and that is way too sour for my taste buds>

Goes good with good music. Recommend saxophonist Mark Whitecage with this brew.

Photo of rastaman
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely!!!!!! True lambic, balsamic earthy nose, very smelly, but in a good way. Palate was complex, sour, earthy, balsamic, and kind of reminded me of a really good salad dressing. refreshing aswell. Slightly mouth puckering, but well balanced and for the most part dry, despite a hint of tart sweetness, god damn lovely. True hardcore lambic.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a stubby chalice)

A- This beer pours a very slight hazy orange with a thick head of big bubbles that are soon gone. There is no real sign of carbonation noticed.

S- The aroma of white wine vinegar has a soft stone fruit note to it and an overripe fruit and mayonnaise note to follow. There are some brie rind notes in the finish that grow as this beer opens up.

T- The tart red wine vinegar taste is bright with some tannins and stone fruit notes to follow. There is a phenolic plastic note in the finish with a full brie rind flavor with softer notes of grapefruit rind and a bitter note. The tartness coats the mouth after each sip.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tart but not to astringent quality that burns the back of the throat after each sip but doesn't make my jaw lock shut. There is an alcohol burn along with the tartness in the finish.

O- I think this is one beer that doesn't benefit from being on cask. The sour character is to sharp in the aftertaste an the alcohol burn on enhances that. There is no a lot of depth of flavors but the cheese rind brett notes are really pronounced.

Photo of lanamj
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Belgian Independence Day tulip.

A- Clear amber color with an active 1/2 in head the fades fast and has a strong lacing that sticks nicely.

S- Lemon, grass, slight hints of dirt, pear, green apple and vinegar. Lots of nice sour aromas with slight hints of earthy funk and oak to help balance it all out. Very nice.

T- Follows the nose but lacks some of the complexity. Like all Hanssens lambics, it's sour... real sour. Which I like, although the earthy funk is somewhat lacking. I do pick up the dry oak finish. I like it.

M- Smooth and puckering. It seems a little watery but it is very easy drinking for a lambic that is so sour.

O- I really enjoy this beer and it has always been one of my go-to gueuze that I can always find at a decent price.

Photo of Auraan
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured a cloudy orange with a half finger frothy white head that quickly receded. It looks like most other Geuzes I've sampled, pretty nice. Scents of lemon juice, abundant sour yeast funk, bright acidity, straw hay, oak, sour green apple, white grape, low levels of grapefruit and indeterminate citrus, and a low level of what seems to be alcohol. Overall impression of aroma is of a classic Geuze aroma profile, with many of the regular aromas on display. A bit funkier and sour-dominated compared to other examples, which hurts the balance with the oak and fruit a bit. Dry in aroma overall, since malt and honey aromas are absent and fruit tends towards a sour variety. Still nice and appealing. Flavor begins highly sour with a funky, wild yeast character, straw, a bit of tangy wheat, a light bitterness from the hops, and a bit of lemon juice. Middle continues to be sour and acidic with lemon juice, oak, and sour yeasty funk being the principle flavors. A mild hop bitterness is also present. Finish is still sour and acidic and dry, with a very strong presence of sour, barnyard yeast funk, straw, a moderate level of oak, a mild lemon juice character and light hop bitterness. Aftertaste is tangy yeast, lemon juice, very light honey and wild, funky yeast. Overall impression of taste is of a highly sour Geuze that is very heavy towards the funky, yeasty, lemon and oak flavors. Other fruits are absent, as is honey, which hurts the overall flavor profile. It is a decent Geuze, but lacks the balance and depth of better examples. Hop bitterness is also a bit more discernible than in other examples, though hop flavor is absent, keeping to style. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with light carbonation and a drying, acidic feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is fairly true to style for a Geuze, though the carbonation is far to low, perhaps due to an older bottle. Overall this is a decent Geuze that is fairly refreshing and nicely sour in aroma and flavor. Perhaps a bit too sour however, a sourness overwhelms the flavor. The aroma fairs better, but could still use a bit more balance. Mouthfeel is good overall though and this isn't a bad Geuze, there are just far better examples.

Photo of CoalPorter
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a harpoon tulip

A - 2 fingers of eggshell head, reduces to 1 then stands like meringue. color is tawny orange yellow, slightly cloudy from a hint of bottle sediment. large bubbles rise occasionally, no lacing to speak of

S - champagne and sour apple/ green grapes abound, musty background of of pear and passion-fruit

T - lemon pucker initially warming into raspberry and current, next is dry and medicinal quinine and woody wintergreen stems in the back of the throat, aftertaste of green grape skin and lingering dryness like mace or pepper

M - medium to full mouthfeel, coats with pleasant astringency

O - Delicious and refreshing, perfect for a summer day on the back porch. I could drink several of these and still not get tired of the sour attack and the complexity behind it.

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