Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2013 19:14:17 | More by tectactoe
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3.34/5 rDev -21%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 02:06:37 | More by chinchill
Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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