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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Reviews: 475
Hads: 1,146
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 113
Gots: 207 | FT: 15
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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 Goldorak
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Le Zageman in Brussels, the bottle was served to me in those wicker baskets with a Gueuze-type glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with just a little bit a head.

Smell: Peppery horseblanket, with slight peachy fruit.

Taste: Good carbonation and acidity, but lacks a little of the punch I've had in other examples of the style, the finish seemed a bit more watery. It was however quite refreshing and easy to drink (as far as Gueuzes go, I suppose).

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Photo of PatYoda
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice copper with some head that fades slowly. Nose smells strongly of chemicals and plastic. I didn't expect that. Definitely some vinegar in there too. There is a definitely funky urine smell as well. Very interesting. Taste starts with some residual sugar sweetness. Interesting. I haven't had a gueuze quite this sweet yet. Perhaps because the yeast used didn't consume most of the sugar present, this gueuze is also much less tart than the others I've had. It's taste is a little muddled as well. Can't seem to find focus between the tart and a mild malty flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and effervescent, does its job. I finished most of a 750 by myself so drinkability isn't too bad.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle served in my small Allagash tulip. Poured a hazy, tawny orange with a one inch bubbly bright white head that gradually recedes into a thin cap. Nose reveals citrus, must, cork and wet, coarse wool. Bold, tart, sour and citrusy upfront with a residual clinging character of the barnyard that peaks out at the back. Moutthfeel is light-bodied and very astringent - the acidity slightly masks the carbonation presence. I have very little experience with sours, but was craving something different and I really enjoyed this. Looking forward to trying some others.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Into a flute. Half finger of head. Strawberry colored body with lots of bubbles. Looks pretty.
Smells like fresh fruits, mostly apples.
Wow taste. Starts a little sweet, then quickly moves to a dry sour and bitter taste. Quick ending.
Crisp and fizzy texture.
My first of this style so I am not sure what they are supposed to be like. However, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was anxious to try this style after reading and hearing about it.
...wasn't so sure I would like it after reading some of the reviews and being warned about the smell.
The smell is not what I'm used to ...but not unpleasant... kind of smells like a farm that is downwind of a cider mill ( or , the other way around ) on a warm autumn afternoon...oh yeah , and there are some horses around somewhere.
It poured out golden orange into a tulip glass, really good looking stuff....nice foamy head, that was gone pretty quickly.
Talk about tart..wow..and astringent. Very cidery, sour apple and some other sour fruits that I can't really identify..taste that was just OK at first...but gets better as you sip.
As it warms a little...the horses nudge into your nose a bit...but you like horses , so you continue...the taste gets better...more sour, very dry...not even a hint of sugar....and at the finish...very clean sour apple.
The carbonation is medium high....mouthfeel is really good and dry. Easy to drink...was left at the end of the bottle wanting a bit more.
This one was an adventure.
Ya gotta getta Geuze ! Seriously.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 750 mL green glass, corked bottle at RedBones.

This lambic poured a nice golden color with thin white foam and good carbonation. The aroma was tart: sour green apples, come citrus. The taste was very tart, almost sour: apples and musty grapes dominated. The mouthfeel was very tart (almost too tart for my tastes, though it did grow on me). There was good carbonation, and a decent lingering flavor. The drinkability was OK. I am still not a big fan of Gueze lambics, but I am getting to like them a little more each time. I think this one would drink better in warmer weather.

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Photo of Cresant
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 375 mL corked green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date but I have had this cellared for over one year. The body was semi-cloudy but cleared rapidly upon sitting. It was the color of a new penny, bright and copper. The tall, spritzy head receded to a constant ring.

Smell was earthy. Cherries. Lightly of balsamic vinegar. I kept thinking of lemonade drink mix powder. Interesting.

Taste was tart. I imagine drinking Kool-aid out of a old clay jar. Only a tad funky. Lingering pleasant sourness. Easy to drink. No trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was effervescent immediately but faded toward the end. Medium to light bodied.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a cork-driven bottle at Staminee de Garre 3/19/2010

A- Pours with a nice thick, rocky white head with some nice lacing... atop a cloudy bright yellow body, with some nice little bubble trains working their way up the sides of the glass.

S- A very funky nose- some must, lactic and acetic notes; earth, fermented lemon rinds, and just a little bit of wheat aroma to remind you that it's a beer. One of the most pungent and acrid aromas I've had in a Gueuze.

T- On the palate it is intense with acidity- a little puckering- moreso than I've had with other Gueuzes. The anticipated funk of lactic/acetic acid, must and bacterial esters all come through. Impressions of fermented lemon rind. A little oakiness in there as well. Finishes very dry.

M- Light to medium body- it actually has a little viscocity to it. Well-carbonated. The carbonation is a bit on the coarse side, but not bloating.

D- Worth tasting. But the intense acidity makes it difficult to consider a second bottle in a sitting.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright, clear gold. Head is bright-white and small. Solid carbonation pulls after a rather lackluster pour. Pours flat and heavy for the style. Thin vestiges of lacing are the only thing left on the top of the beer.

Smell: Lemon, both zest and fruit. Touch of citric bitterness. Big nose of oak with a slightly floral component. Hints of barnyard, hay, and earth. Yeasty. Complex, but lacks some of the deeper sour notes I would have expected. The lemon/citrus is incredible however. A nice balance coupled with oak makes this unique. Apples, sour apples!

Taste: Wood and earth jump out. Faintly spicy, but pulls to lemon in the long run. Moderate citric bite lends itself well to the the flavor compliment. A touch of musty basement, as in a touch of minerals and moist air. Big apple characteristic as well. Liquefied granny smith apples with some funk thrown in to tamp down on the fruit.

Mouthfeel: This seems to a trend with my Hanssens experiences. Incredibly dry, tart, and woefully undercarbonated. Silky smooth mouthfeel is a setback and really stops the beer from shining.

Overall: Despite the unique flavor and aroma, the mouthfeel really detracts from the beer. A lot of liveliness is lost in the long run, and really makes drinking the beer less enjoyable. Still, it's a solid take on the style and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of dherling
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a reddish brown into my glass with a decent white head. Nose gives off sour cherry, raisins, and sherry. Taste is mucht the same, but the sourness is way shrper. On the palate, I get sour cherry, strawberry, curry, prune, date, and believe it or not, a flavor that reminds me of buffalo chickrn. Has a sharp mouthfeel, but a clean finish. Not my favorite in the style, but still anout of a dirty sock to make fans happy..

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Photo of Bung
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml. Orange/golden pour, descent amount of carbonation throughout. Whispy layer of pretty much white.

A pungeant scent, large equal parts barn funk, cider vinegar and lemon zest.

Taste, not nearly as interesting though. Pretty much straight tart cider and red wine vinegar. Some lemonhead candy, very limited hay and funkiness in the finish.

Fairly lively carbonation keeps it going down ok, but it is quite puckering. Not nearly as dry as you would expect, which I think hurts with the pucking carrying on a bit much.

It's just fine, just not even sniffin close to the Cantillon Gueuze.

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Photo of Wanne
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, with a white, medium head. Nice tart Aroma, with some barnyard touch to it. The initial sourness fades out in a mild aftertaste, that offers a combination of fruit and cereal details. Nice gueuze.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Pours a clear ruddy gold with a nice bubbly white head. Strong smell; leathery, cheesy, musty, and tart. Taste is sour and musty, with an unexpectedly sweet fruitiness--notes of citrus and cherry. Like in the oude kriek, this sweetness tastes artificial and is a bit off-putting. Ends up dry, at least. Medium body with high carbonation.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow with a flimsy fishnet of a head. Not lookin' good.

Smell: The expected barnyard Brettanomyces character is front and center. Pine, lemon zest, and apricots add some complexity.

Taste: Delicious umami, but the acetic sourness is the most obvious flavor, to the point where it almost throws things off balance. Some of the apricot from the smell is present, as is a fresh, wheaty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-light, with high carbonation. In spite of the sourness, the finish isn't puckering.

Overall: Quite enjoyable, although the appearance was a tad off-putting. Flavorful and fun, but with slightly too much sourness--other flavors could have come out, creating a rounder taste.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a thin white head. The sour funk aroma meets me long before the glass approaches my lips. Citrus orange sourness hiding behind some stale, rotting fruits. Smells like a dead cat stuck behind a leaky water heater. Lovely.

Taste is sweet-and-sour, fresh fruit juice on top of fruit juice that's been sitting in a hot room for a week. Traditional musty, moldy flavors but not as much as some other gueuzeses (gueuzi?), less barnyard and horse blanket and more back-of-the-fridge, forgotten fruit that now has more hair than you do.

Mouthfeel is medium, I hesitate to call it "clean" although there are no identifiable defects or anything un-gueuze-like. A bit of an acidic bite, sort of aspirin-y, a little chardonnay. Not as extreme as others (there are better examples of the style) but quite drinkable.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7/5/15 DE bar

So I'll start by saying this is my first of this style so I really don't have much to compare it too.

Pours orange yellow with a flat look to it. Not much head at all.

The smell is a bit dank and sour. Smells like older wood.

The taste is pretty decent. Sour and a bit bitter.

The feel is flat. Again not sure if it's cause of the style but I feel it would be a lot better with more carbonation.

Overall, I like it but don't love it. Maybe as I try more of this style I'll appreciate it more.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Scored at Bier Station when they pulled out some "cellared" bottles as part of a tapping party. I don't see Hanssens around here often, so I snatched it up in spite of the cost. Enjoyed out of a green 375 mL bottle with no dating that I can find on the bottle. However, the label is notched at what looks to be November 2012, so this one has about a year on it. Poured into a narrow Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a brassy, almost crystal-clear golden color, with a steady but sparse stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. As the bubbles reach the top, the work to create an everpresent foam about three-quarters finger thick. The color is a creamy off-white and made up of small, effervescent bubbles. Pretty standard looking gueuze to me.

Smell - A pretty funky, musty smell, like horse blanket, but mixed with a more generic fruity smell. Maybe some faint melon and starfruit, as well as some faint citrus and a backbone from the woody oak. Hints at a sour taste, but it's not as aggressive as I might have thought.

Taste - Unfortunately, the great funk and barnyard smell I got from the nose isn't as present in the taste. While it's definitely a sour beer, the sweetness provides a cloying counterpoint that really dulls the edge of the tartness. Not sure I'm a fan--when I drink a gueuze, I want that rush of adrenaline from the taste buds puckering in on themselves. I'm a little surprised this is rated so highly.

Mouthfeel - A little bit of cloying feel to it, but with a light body and light-to-moderate carbonation. Mostly dry finish, but with a sweet undertone that I'm not wild about.

Overall, an okay gueuze. I can think of at least two off the top of my head that are better, easier to get and cheaper. And they come in the same single-serve bottle, so no need to buy in 750 mL bulk. Give me more of that Experimental Cassis over this one any day.

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Photo of Auraan
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a sam adams glass. only a light co2 expel when cork removed.

A: pours gold/straw/orange, hazy; 2 finger head dissipates quickly.

S: vinegar, apple, funky, musty, cellar-like.

T: acidic, vinegar-like sour note in the beginning; gradually moves into candy-apple flavor. musty, barnyardy; somewhat lemony acidity. finishes with a puckering sour character; and sourness definitely dominates the balance--not much malt or sweetness detected.

M: not much carbonation in this one; maybe an older bottle. sourness gives this one a puckering feel.

D: not bad--lots of vinegar-like sourness in the gueze. would be interested in trying this in a kriek to seeif the balance is better; for me this one is a bit too far to the sour side to call great...although very good. enjoyed this with some trappist cheese.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. No date, but I suspect it was bottled fairly recently. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves close to no lacing on the glass. The aroma has a strong minerally note, a slight sulfur note, and some light lemon. The initial taste has some sweetness with lemon, mineral, brett, and some light apple. The finish is tart with some brett. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was drank with 3F Oude Geuze and Cantillon Classic Geuze. This was the worst of the three, but was still enjoyable. It isn't quite as complex and has a bit more sweetness.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep, clear honey (I managed to keep all the sediment out) with a small fizzy head. I probably should have been more aggressive in the pour but I was too busy worrying about the sediment. Still a very nice-looking beer.

S- Sharply acidic with vinegar and a funky cheese-like aroma. Some must and cereal grains are evident in the background.

T- Super tart upfront but not aggressively so. The sourness grows the longer the beer stays in your mouth until it feels like it's dissolving your teeth. Besides being sour the taste is quite funky with that cheese-like flavor persisting along with some barnyard. The finish dry, grainy, and slightly metallic.

M- Light and very fizzy, characteristics that complement the flavor of the beer very well.

D- The sourness definitely limits the drinkability but it's pretty good overall. The light body and dryness of flavor contribute to a decent drinkability.

I'm not particularly experienced with sours, as this is the first authentic gueuze I've had (the other being Lindeman's regular gueuze). It's very good, but I'm having trouble picking out certain flavors; this beer seems a bit lacking in complexity. Also, I don't really know how well it stacks up against other examples of the style. Still, I can tell how much I like this beer, and that is quite a bit. Recommended, especially for fans of the style.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light copper in colour with practically no carbonation. Mild aromas of very sour granny smith apples, mozzarella cheese, and a bit of barnyard. Sharp, but not overwhelming acidity. A bit more sour apple in the mouth, along with a note of pear, and wet hay. There was also a bit of a woody note that revealed itself as the beer warmed up. Very drinkable, but lacking a bit of complexity.

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Photo of n2185
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with no head, carbonation, or lacing. Typical for a cask.

S: Lots of sour and tart aromas, reminiscent of lemons and limes, There are some sweet candy sugar notes as well.

T: Very tart and sour at first followed by some barnyard funky flavors. There are also some acetic vinegar flavors with a lightly sweet candy finish.

M: Medium-light body with no carbonation, this beer is oily slick. Again, typical of a cask.

O: A pretty decent gueuze, though a bit on the acetic side for me. I think I would prefer it out of the bottle with carbonation, though.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged, bought this somewhere I don't quite recall, prob. had it in the fridge for a year or so. Poured into Lost Abbey stemware.

A- Bright orange in the glass, nice clarity, and a big snowy head. Settles with some faint but attractive lacing after the initial pour.

S- Serious stank coming off this. Tart, unripe fruit, sour twang in the nostrils.

T- The unripe fruit comes back in the way of a granny smith apple. There's not as much funk as in the nose. There is some saltiness to it- some cheesy (hops?) flavors as well. Bold flavors that really come together well- this beer is a shot in the arm (or tongue).

M- A bit of a burn on this one. Sharp flavors. I like it, but it wears on ya a bit. Still very enjoyable.

O- Great stuff. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of bruachan
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

golden amber brew. the head was quite fizzy but was a bit too acidic for its own good. some, but not a large number of, bubbles try to keep the fuzz alive, but aren't up to the task

the brew's aroma is hugely sour. a suggestion of fruit. musty, perhaps some cork also. it's actually a bit vinegary

hugely sour when i taste it, as well. the vinegar aspect is a bit visceral, as well as in the aroma. it's a little unpleasant, actually but i'll chalk it up to less than excellent keeping, which i have accused before of the establishment where i bought this.

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.