Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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Reviews by woosterbill:
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
375ml bottle at Delaney's into a nonic half-pint.
A: Slightly hazy orange-amber body with only a wisp of superfine carbonation. Kinda flat, but I'm not too surprised.
S: Huge, in-your-face acidity, with tons of lemon, white wine vinegar, sour apple, and lactic acid. Plenty of funk underneath: light mustiness, some barnyard, and a hint of meatiness. Very bright and complex overall. Awesome.
T: Puckeringly sour up front, with lemon and apple dominating. A lovely candied sweetness shows up on the finish, making it taste like a Sweettart candy. Not as funky as the smell, but very clean and refreshing. Wonderful.
M: Fairly light bodied with a surprisingly generous amount of fine carbonation (considering how flat it looked in the pour).
D: Delicious, intense, and oh-so-lip-smacking.
Notes: This is right up there with the best Gueuzes I've had. I badly need to have a blind tasting with this, Girardin, and Cantillon. I'm pretty sure Girardin is my favorite, but it would be a tight competition regardless. I can't wait to have this again, and to try Hanssens' other lambics.
EDIT: At a recent Lambic tasting JAHMUR opened up a bottle of this from 1955. I couldn't not review it.
A: The cork comes out of the unlabeled, white-paint-daubed bottle in one piece, but is about a dozen different striated colors from decades of moldy funkification. Gnarly. It pours a clear, still orange body. Dark, but attractive. 4.0
S: Incredibly sour and funky, with pure lemony acidity atop some of the most profound filthiness I've ever experienced in a beer. So earthy it's almost smoky, with plenty of mushroom, oak, and cobwebs. Crazy, and awesome. 5.0
T: Sour up front, with lemon and grapefruit citrusy notes as well as solid lactic acidity. Woody, slightly sherry-ish oxidation is minimal but present. Palate-ripping acidity on the dry, astringent finish. Wow. 4.5
M: Slick medium body, no carbonation at all. The acidity is palpable. 4.0
O: For a beer so old that it could probably sign up for AARP, this was absolutely incredible. I've had older beers, but never an ancient one that still tasted so damn good. The bottle was so thick it that I think it weighed more empty than a modern one does full. Enjoying this beer was basically drinking a piece of Belgian history, and it was unforgettable. Thanks Dan!
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2010 19:53:04 | More by woosterbill
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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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