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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 1,020
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rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 102
Gots: 176 | FT: 16
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-21-2001

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ML bottle into a Bitburger branded stemmed pilsner glass.

A: Pours a slightly murky, golden/amber hue with very little head and tiny amounts of lace.

S: Citrus funkiness with sharp peppery woodiness. Amazing flavors that get more complex with each sip.

T: Bighty citrus up front, dry and woody, fermented green apples with that funk coming through strong at the end (musty leather, old books, barnyard). This stuff tastes amazing! Not for the faint of heart, but a true gem for those who enjoy sour/wild style ales.

M: Dry and light bodied, low carbonation that is perfect for the style.

D: Very easy to drink, but at 9.99 a bottle it gets a little expensive.

Photo of xhernanx13
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Neffbeer
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle:

Opened the bottle and there was a subtle whoosh not the pop I was expecting. It pours a beautiful straw color with a small white head. Retention is decent for the head being so small. There is a tiny bit of lacing. Wafts of yeast, funk (barnyard), and tart fruit hit the nose. Great. The taste is very tart and dry with some apple and citrus sourness that lingers on and on. It just beckons you to take another sip, extremely inviting. The mouthfeel is a little thin due to the lack of carbonation, but it still holds up well. Overall I think this is an excellent example of the style, refreshing and satisfying.

Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at novare res to start their Belgian beer-fest.

No real head peach orange hazy color.

Nose nice light barnyard funk, sour fruit, tart cherry, some sweet malt, great sour fruit.

Taste semi sweet creamy and toasty malts surrounded by great tart fruit, light lactic acid, tart cherry, light funk, juicy, fruity, mouth watering, finishes with a light barnyard dry funk, light tart fruit and light flemmy.

Mouth is med bodied, light but decent carb.

Overall great, great fruit and sour flavors, nice wild funk, dry finish, keeps you coming back for more.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz green bottle, corked and caged, purchased for $6.99 from Royal Oak a few months ago. The cork comes out with a faint pop, and the beer pours clear dark yellow / light orange with a very thin layer of bubbles. The aroma is all lambic / gueuze tartness, barnyard aromatics and what seems to me to be a hint of electrical fire. It tastes puckeringly sour, as you roll it around your tongue you can really find your sour sensors. Awesome taste, pushes the limit a little in terms of pucker.

The beer is lightly carbonated, not sure how long it was aged in barrels or in the bottle. Very dry finish, only 6% ABV as it should be, extremely drinkable to me. But I like lambics/gueuzes/wild ales, if you don't like them sour don't get this.

Photo of Mitchster
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear medium golden elixer forms a rocky white head which quickly thins to 1/4", but stays around until the end, leaving brussels lace with every swallow (if you can drink it slow enough!). Moderate-strong carbonation erupts the cork with a pop, and fizzes upon touching the tongue. Aroma is WOW...equal parts dusty basement, sour candy, green apples, wood, a sweaty locker room, and burning rubber. Smells amazing. Light to medium-bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel. Starts out very sour with a hint of vomitus, puckering the salivary glands, eventually fading into a lightly earthy, sour caramel finish. Initially very astringent, like oversteeped tea, but becomes quite wet by the finish. Absolutely thirst-quenching. Licking the gums adds to the sour finish. Pouring in the yeast for the second glass reminds one of a lava lamp..thick yeast actually remains seperate from the earlier pouring.

Liefmanns Goudenband being my favorite beer ever, this lambic pales in comparison (I prefer lambics a tad sweeter), but it is a great beer nonetheless. Its hard to be unbiased when judging this beer, because, like other lambics, it is unique compared to 90% of what I normally drink (American and European microbrews), but I could easily see myself putting several of these down in a night. Wonderful stuff.

Edit-I would be willing to bet that this beer has higher than average levels of sulfites, as I'm starting to get a little headache in my temples..that's my sulfite spider-sense kicking in.
Yes indeedy, one bottle of this caused me to wake up with a headache this morning. I had to change the drinkability score from 4.5 down to 3.5

Photo of dbossman
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Apricot hue and hazy with a fairly thick head that eventually fades to a thin steady head and great lacing

S: Obviously tart with lots of apples, cider, vinegar, cherries, lactic acid, grainy and delicious smelling

T: So tart and dry with fruity nuances; some apples and grassy grains; but mostly just a super tart beer--not too much funk--though a little of that cheesy funk in the finish

F: Fairly light bodied and dry but it's just what this beer should be

O: Such a delicious sour beer; so seemingly simple and yet there is a beautiful complexity underneath

Photo of MiScusi
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to OHLRangers who threw this in as an extra.

Crystal clear gold, small thin egg shell white head. Recedes really fast and a foamy ring lingers the rest of the way. The barn and old leather type aromas come through easily at first. As for the taste, it's hard to say much other than "sour." It's obviously got that earthy component that is found in the aroma, it just comes through a bit different in the taste. Not as intensely sour as I thought it would be. The most recent gueze I've had was Beatification a few days ago, and that seemed to be more intense. Still very good, Hanssens has lived up to everything I had heard about them.

Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rare cask serving at Map Room, 10 oz. pour into a Sam Smith glass. Bright orange with a light haze, a surprising puffy head that rises above the rim for a few minutes. Miniscule traces of carbonation rise to the surface. Mildly pungent and sharp, wet wood, with a vegetal note like wildflower and lemon peel compost. Tastes much the same, a moderately citric lemon sourness: 6/10 scale, very soft and supple feel with little carbonation. The woody element seems to dominate, with some bitter tannin in the aftertaste. A few of these would be really great, but I had to limit myself to one. The novelty of the cask serving made me daydream of what it must be like to drink in the rare Lambic cafes found in Belgium. Also, thanks to quinnsi who shared a bottle recently at Sheffields!

Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 ounces poured from the cask at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a snifter glass.

Very loose soapy white bubbles that disappear almost instantly. It is from a cask after all. Body gives a crystal clear amber orange color. Real nice looking amber here. The drink gives no lacing and barely maintains a white collar while drinking.

Nose is a giant smell of red wine vinegar. Some mild tartness but lots of acid, a hint of sour orange.

Taste then brings a very tart and acidic cherry, finishing with hot white pepper. Aftertaste is a little dry sting with brett funky yeast sense, there's even a little bit of baked brown bread behind this on the first sip with a chewy texture. However the acidity takes over driving the bread taste out with a typical great viscous and very high acidic body. Big on sour this one is.

Overall with cask like and feel and total lambic goodness, this is one gueze that feels like drinking some really good red wine vinegar. This one is real powerful.

Photo of haz77
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a small head which quickly disappears to form a ring.

S - Funky sourness, light solvent, cherries, some lemon. Inviting.

T - A lovely sourness almost immediately which rises to a crescendo at the end and on into the aftertaste. Some lemon and solvents come through in the middle. Also some cider-like notes.

M - Hugely refreshing and thirt-quenching. Light body and carbonation.

D - This was gone very quickly. Difficult to put the glass down. Excellent beer.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks quite lovely in a nice tulip glass. A bit of frothy white head rings the glass. The beer is a bright golden, straw color with a bit of a light brown haze. Carbonation looks great, as the head remains a slight fizzy coating atop the beer.

S: Certainly funky. Some sulfur that is cut wonderfully with tart, citrusy aromas. Some grapefruit and peach mix with orange peel and lemon zest. Grassy and barnyard-y with a surprising aroma of alcohol. Almost getting a darker fruit character, but this one remains pretty light and crisp.

T: Not overly tart, actually has a sweetness that rides along with the tartness throughout. Second sip is quite tart...may have to take that first statement back. Packed with citrus and some funk. Impressively balanced sourness.

M: Perfectly dry and crisp with flavors that linger for what seems like minutes after each sip. Carbonation is a bit prickly, which only accentuates the tart.

O: Very impressed with this one. For 10 bucks, this is a wonderful Gueuze to have every so often and I'll be sure to grab some more.

Photo of JizackFH
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a clear yellow honey color. It has a small short-lived fizzy head. It looks very appetizing.

S - It smells acidic and quite funky. There are notes of Brett, green apple, apricot, lemon, and vinegar. It smells very dry.

T - There are a lot of tart fruit notes up front such as apple, apricot, lemon, white grapes, peach, and pear. It is acidic, and there is quite a bit of funk going on.

M - It has a medium body with high fizzy carbonation. There is a mouth puckering sourness, and it is pretty dry. It slightly tingles your mouth with each swallow, and each drink is refreshing and leaves you wanting more.

O - This has great drinkability. It is crisp, smooth, and it tastes awesome. Overall, I thought this was an awesome beer. It is my first gueuze, but I am looking forward to having many more. I recommend giving this a shot. I would buy it again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time I ever try a gueuze. Pourred a light beige/brown brew with a nice head. I can already smell the sourness coming out of my glass. Taste is very sour with a light sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is very subtle with a medium body. Very different from what I had experienced before but still very enjoyable.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged, split with Bobsy from the bottle to cut the cold as we waited for a very late bus outside the Buffalo bus terminal. Thanks for the ghetto style geuze Rob! Having to re-review due to the site crash yesterday... hard to replicate genius (which my first review was) but I'll try.

Appearance is greenish but I'm assuming that's because the bottle is green... otherwise all I get is hazy.

As the cork is popped a rush of ripe sourness wafts out of the opening, mingled with a hint of mustiness and a faint oakiness. As the rim of the bottle touches my lips I am reminded of a time long ago when I drank beer from bottles, cans, beer bongs, or anything I could... and then the massive sourness of the geuze hits and I realize this is no BMC. Ripe fruity sourness rollicks around in my mouth giving an initial puckering. Underneath this assault there is a vast world of complexities, musty and leathery funk, lemons, a hint of graininess, a touch of pear. Wonderfully bright carbonation moves the beer along at a trot.

This geuze is more sour than many of the other Belgian versions I've had. It looks to bowl you over with the sourness and then impress you with the subtle complexities underneat - beautifully done. Hanssens as I understand it is only a blender rather than a creator but who cares - this beer is delicious! Next time I'll be serving it in the proper glassware but... it probably won't be as fun!

Photo of moulefrite
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden/orange with a good initial head that vanishes fairly quickly to a wine-like appearance.Aromas are nice and citrusy and very cheesy, with a dose of old wood. If you like funky chese you'll like this no doubt. The taste is refreshing and much like drinking pure grapefruit juice-nice and sour with ample bitter-it grows on you as you sip it, nice one to have while preparing dinner. A tasty sour for any tart!

Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The usual cloudy, sparkling, yellow-gold liquid with a bit of white foam on top that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: You can tell this one is going to be great just from the nose. Tart lemon and lactic acid, along with a nice musty and earthy quality.

T: This one starts off with a tongue buckling sourness to it. Wonderful lemon and green apple flavors, in terms of the fruit. There is a slight bit of oak and a dry funkiness.

M: Very effervescent and medium in body with that wonderful dryness.

D: There's only so much of this stuff you can drink before it burns a hole in your stomach, but even then, I'd probably keep drinking it. One of the better Gueuzes I've had, and at the price, you can't beat it.

Photo of silenius
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle.

Slight cork pop and hiss as it is opened. Pours a hazed orange amber with a nice frothy head that disappears quickly and leaves a thin lace.

Smell is a nice floral sourness that does not come across as being harsh. I get some strawberry and ripe plum in the nose as well.

Tastes wickedly delicious! Hits with a zing that develops into a sour and earthy berry pucker ending in a woody note. Not tooth enamel dissolving.

Mouthfeel is puckering and dry with some light carbonation tingle.

Highly drinkable for a gueuze.

Photo of YankChef
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle poured into a mason jar... did I stutter?

Appearance: Dark burnt orange, very hazy definitely not clear at all. Fluffy big and pillowy head

Aroma: WOW.... This is damned intense, lots of aromas that remind me of really stinky cheese. Brie rind and lots of tart fruit characteristics it really smells like cheese!

Taste: some subtle fruit stuff going on in here flavors of really underripe fruit, green apple and some tart berry flavors, blackberry seems to stand out. Strong vegetable characteristics, mushroom particularly comes to mind. Oh and when I say sour, PUCKERING sour this beer is really intense if you don't like funky crazy insane sourness in your beer put this bottle back on the rack so that the enlightened may consume it.

Overall: This beer is not for everyone, in fact I would venture to say that the few people that do like this are at least a little bit crazy. Its sour, overwhelming, intense and it makes you feel like you just bit into an old gym sock stuffed with sour apples. And I loved every second of it

Photo of nniicckkww
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice glass. Wet horse blanket and musty aroma with the pour. Nice 1 finger head and adequate carbonation. Hazy yellow gold.

Sour apple. Pretty sour. Makes you salivate. Followed by earthy funk and barnyard spiciness. Still sour. This is the one Hanssens beer I have sampled that had carbonation. Thank god. I really enjoy it, but it's on the end of almost being too sour for me. Mouth puckering. Complex. Nearing a vinegar aftertaste. I got a bit of heartburn after drinking it.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, poured into a tulip

Pours a bright orange, tremendously clear, with a stray bubble or two. A fizzy, off white cap rose quickly and settled to a thin collar around the edges of the glass.

The aroma is of sour apples, acedic cider vinegar, oak, with an underlying funk that is almost cheese-like. As it warms, some barnyard type funk becomes more apparent.

On the palate, the flavors follow the nose. Lemons and sour apples lay down tartness before some cider vinegar and funk take hold. The finish is funky and sour, but really clean and dry.

On the lighter side of medium bodied with a bit of prickly carbonation. Tart/sour up front, funky through the middle, with a nice oak dryness that lingers.

This is a fine gueuze that is easy to drink without a ton of funk or sourness to overwhelm. Solid on all fronts.

Photo of aforbes10
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at City Wide in South Bend. Pours a clear straw color with a bubbly dusting of a head. Looks quite effervescent. Smells massively sour, also has a horseiness and overripe citrus in the nose. Taste is a sinus clearing sourness at first. Nice clean malt backbone comes through fast afterwards. Sourness becomes a stable/hay flavor and is less intense after a couple of sips. Delicate but complex flavor with pineapple and grapefruit notes. very tasty. Medium bodied and clean feel, not as bubbly in the mouth as it looks. Top notch. very clean and tasty while also feeling earthy and old-world.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother Andy for sharing this one with me. Poured into a chalice. The body is a light slightly hazy golden color with just a thin layer of bubbly white head and lots of visible carbonation. No real retention and just a thin ring of lace. The smell is tart apples, barnyard, yeast and slight vinegar. The taste is tart and slightly sweet apples with a bit of must and vinegar to the tart finish. The mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation and the drinkability is great on this light easy drinking beer.

Photo of DIM
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

note: This is my first gueze. The descriptions I read first did little to prepare me for this. Wow.

a: This is a slightly cloudy yellow color. A carefull pour produces a thin wispy white head.

s: The smell almost defies description but I'll try. Apple cider vinegar that has been left in the sun is the first thought that comes to mind. More fascinating than pleasant, I could not keep my nose out of it. Alluringly rank is a phrase that seems to fit as well as any.

t: Tastes as is if someone dusted the sugar off of my Sour Patch Kids. An extraordinarily strong sour apple taste with some vinegary funk is the best I can come up with.

m: Tart. Very tart. Very dry also. My lips might be permanantly puckered.

d: My first gueuze but certainly not my last. It will be awhile before I try another one however.

Photo of EPICAC
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Hanssens tumbler at Oud Arsenaal in Antwerp.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden (slightly darker and clearer than the Oud Beersel). Topped by a fluffy, white head that fades, leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Sour and acidic with considerable funkiness. Swirling increases the funkiness.

Taste: An intense sourness is evident upfront and lasts throughout. There's some citric character in the center that brings along a very mild sweetness. There are light grassy and earthy elements in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, very dry.

Drinkability: Sour and funky, but delicious.

Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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