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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
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bronzed yellow with no head. 4
Barnyard stonk, cider vinegar, and some mushrooms. 4
Thread of toast, yellow apple, a whack of acetic, not as much funk as you’d expect, and some spice to end. 4.25
Citrus finish and soily linger.
Almost medium, fizzy, round. 4

Funky but not alienating - delicate next to Girardin. Fuller, sweeter, and rounder than expected. Acetic over funk by a nose. Deep. 4.25

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Photo of aleigator
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hanssens Oude Gueuze '15 vintage

Pours a glowing, golden color with a bubbly, immediately vanishing white head, which leaves back tiny bubbles at the edge of the glass, wrapped up by fluffy lacing.

On the nose, the beer offers well pronounced apple peel, accompanied by a distinct funkiness and old leather. Tomato bush blends into earthy, dusty malts, accompanied by even more dried garden herbs, leading to a very organcic, leafy impression, coated up by moldy funk. Tree bark becomes visible amongst this aroma profile, lending the beer additional earthiness, creating a very versatile, intriguing nose.

Has a lower carbonation with an almost biting lemon sourness, while finishing more on soft mineralic stone qualities with a very pleasant mouthfeel after the initial punch.

Begins with an aqueous note, joined by intense, but fruity, lemon, balanced by stale, dusty earth defined malts. Lemon stampedes over the tongue in an uncomprimising fashion, clashing at the back end of the palate and dissipates, while leaving back a trail of juicy lime pulp, very earthy, old rock sugar and forest earth. The taste remains focused on the multifaceted lemon, which also lends a nice dryness to the finish, softened by a mineralic aqueous note and a vinegar sourness.

Overall a very tart, fruit focussed Gueuze, while its sourness seems to evolve completely from the fruits, as it isn't overpowering any of the other flavors, but adds to their complexity, and therefore remains its natural appearance.

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Photo of jooler
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of funky feet and peach. Taste is funky and sour on the tip of the tongue. There is a hint of sour cherries. This is my first gueuze and I'm glad I chose this for my first

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Photo of tillmac62
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a touch of amber. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

Nice sour nose with a bit of vinegar. Tart apples, barnyard funk and a grassy mustiness.

Light body with a lively carbonation from the middle on.

The outstanding flavor profile is very intense (sour), not very complex and quite lacking in balance. This style calls for sour and this beer delivers. It begins with a sour apple flavor that is a bit tart. The middle brings a shift towards vinegar that becomes quite noticeable in the back of the throat. The finish is sharp and dry with a lingering vinegar sourness coupled with a bit of musty funk.

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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 JackiO
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful, hazy, gold with a dense lasting head. Very mild aroma of apple, citrus, and funk. Smoothly tart with a strong oak finish. This is one of the best gueuzes I've had.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as a bottle at Coastal in Branford, 750mL. Poured into a snifter since I don't have any cool chalice glasses around. Nice murky golden color with a pillowy head. Lacing abound. Really rich aroma that smacks you in the face with it's funk. The flavor is superb, lots of layers here and it is all in the traditional gueuze style. Starts sweet and gets knocked out by a super tart note. Some funky hay swirls around with some yeast esters. Finishes sour. Light body and easy to drink, but a ton of flavor.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bottle into a 3F cup at Monk's Cafe, Philly

Smell: Very earthy, has very funky smell to it, expected from a wild yeast. Somehow it smell like umami, meaty taste to me. Very farm like. Weird, but interesting smell.
Taste: Really sour at first, tartness, some apple taste. No bitterness whatsoever. Very dry.
Feel: High carbonation. Light-body. Refreshing.

A great Gueuze, but I have not had 3F or Cantillon, and I would want to try that out.

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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 dar482
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark golden orange.

The aroma hits of hay, lemons, stale funk, crabapple, white grape must, lime.

The beer upfront offer an intense musty and funk, green apple tart quality, lemon juice, white wine, a sweet honey character, a very smooth and light carb mouthfeel.

The strong tart quality has me leaning with this winning against Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze in a side by side.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Possibly the best gueuze I've had to date . . . Ok, so I've only had two including this but the fact remains. Pours a gorgeous golden peach color and the way the head formed I knew this was going to have a superb feel to it and it does. Still learning my way around this style so I'm not the best judge. But for my notes . . . I like this very much.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: It pours hazy golden straw with touches of orange under a 1” fizzy white foam cap that quickly dissipates while providing sheets of lace.
S: Funky barnyard earthiness blends with acidic tartness including hints of apple, grapes and citrus – perhaps grapefruit.
T: It is very dry on the palate with sour, citrusy, lemony tastes and traces of vanilla and oak.
F: The body is light and the carbonation is champagne like.
O: A true classic.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, amber, beer with almoust no head. Just a thin white layer. Nice bubbles rising to the top.

Nose: Funk, tart notes. Apple, red berries, hay, grapefruit, stable, lemon peel, peach and apricot. Some sweetness in the nose.
Taste: Wow! This is amazing! Sour, tart, green apples, rasperries, yeast, grass, floral, oak and spice.
Body: Medium body with light carbonation. Very dry and bitter. Beatiful! I can feel my tounge wrickle. Very sour and refreshing. Pretty short aftertaste.

This is a awesome, beatiful beer! I'm in love :)

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Peach colored, nearly clear (yet fully transparent) brew, topped with virtually no head, but some nice bubbles that hang around.

Aroma is a huge hit of funk and tart notes: oak, yeast, lactic acid, peaches, citric acid...in some order. Not at all afraid to advertise the profile.

More sour up front that I'd guessed; vinegar, peach, oak, and barnyard funk; yeast; really quite a bit going on, and everything you'd want from a Gueuze.

Slightly thin and watery mouthfeel; very drinkable, very light, but a little slick for my preference.

A very good gueuze!

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Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An off-white froth settles into a bubbly quilting atop this pale orange brew.

Exceptionally tart, overripe fruits grab the olfactory sense and do not let go. I'm in mortal terror for my life at this point, but I will forge ahead.

An onslaught of face-puckering ripe and sour fruits greet the tongue and followed by notes of beer bread, grain, a big dose of salt and a unique barnyard essence with a subtle alcohol heat going right down to the end.

Medium-body and so dry you will need a glass of water at hand.

I feel like I should get a medal for this endeavor, but feel like I'm also getting addicted to the excitement of combat. So bring it on!

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Oude Gueuze from Artisanaal, something wonderful, fantastic.
It looked delectable. Head small, smell the sweet, red currant and raspberry.
As for the taste experience, it's really a pleasure: Geuze is well saturated, perceptible red currant, raspberry, gooseberry, a little sweet, sour, dry but delicious. To sum up: Hanssens Oude Gueuze is very, very good,
I know there are better, but it has no meaning, it is delicious. Recommend

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Photo of goochpunch
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pale ale body with thin white head that doesn't quit. Smell: big lambic funk, musty old house. Meaty. Flavor: cider, wheat, citrus, completely dry and bracingly acidic. Light crisp, easy going carbonation and mouthfeel. Amazing.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer. Stark white huge head, slightly murky golden. Small bubbled lace. Smell is sharp and funky. Taste is close to perfect. Sharp, fresh, clean, making you want another sip. Mouthfeel is medium to light, good carb, great balance. Overall, a beer I would have again and again.

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Photo of tjmodica
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a 750ml, 7-8 year old bottle that I left at my sisters house and found Thanksgiving. This was such a treat, just textbook execution of what a world class Belgium geuze should smell and taste like. I had the chance to try a fresh bottle last month and it was like 2 different beers still nice but not world class. I can not say enough about the older batch just stellar stuff.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy dark gold with a large foamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of vinegar, lemon peel, and lots of barnyard funk.

T - The beer starts sweet with flavor of green apples. The sweetness fades mid palate and turns into flavors of lemon peel, oak, and lots of barnyard funkiness.

M - Light bodied with heavy carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

O - A very nice Gueuze. Lots of bright crisp flavors. Perfect beer for the warmer months.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, pepper, musty funk, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, pepper, musty funk, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, pepper, musty funk, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding gueuze style! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rudzud
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

HUGE thanks for Francois for bringing this to a party at JLindros's place. Poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Reviewed from notes. 1991 Vintage. Seriously...1991?!

A - Pours a clear dark golden honey hue with no real head. Incredibly still of course!

S - Aromas of funky barnyard, musty old basement/attic, old lemons and citrus peel. There is some nice subtle tartness but for the most part this just smells old and funky.

T - Taste is the same as the nose pretty much. The stillness works I suppose, with loads of older lemons, light citric tartness, mustiness, funky barnyard, dirty soil. A lot going on here.

M - Mouthfeel is super lightly carbonated, clean.

O - Overall this is just some delicious dirtiness. The cork on this one was half rotten yet it did not really suffer from that corked taste or aroma. Delicious.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of waltc21
1/5  rDev -76.2%

Probably the worst beer(if you can call it "beer") I have ever had! Sour, no redeeming palate taste. I have had more beers than I could count and, even when they do not measure up, they are never a waste. This one was!

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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 CowsandBeer
4/5  rDev -5%

12.7 oz bottle poured into a Russian River "tion" glass. Lot number "J", whatever that means.

Ap: Pours a thick cap of off white head. Dark golden orange body with a little bit of haze. Nice sudsy lacing that quickly slides down the side.

Ar: Ripe aromas of diaper, fermenting fruit, dry oak, rubber and acidic apple cider. A nice floral acidity starts to peak out towards the end.

T: Much sweeter than anticipated, almost like green apple Jolly Ranchers. Squirt of lemon juice, savory salt, and an acidic spike in the middle not unlike Cuvee Renee. There's an odd "washed stone" taste towards the end.

Mf: Prickly acidity with a slick body and lower carbonation for the style. Not as refreshing as other gueuze.

Overall: A good gueuze with a darker body and lower carbonation than others. What sets this apart from others in the style is a unique bretty "savory" note that appears in the aroma and taste. Not bad, but unique. Also sweeter and not as refreshing. Still, I'll be buying this to try again, though it's not my number one choice.

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