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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

968 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 98
Gots: 160 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-21-2001)
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Photo of brianmandell
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle recently stocked by the local bottle shop. Pours a hazy golden-amber. No lacing.

Aroma is earthy funk and grass with bright lemon character and vinegar.

Taste is candied lemon up front (like a lemonhead) with some lemon rind and other fruits including apple and grape. There is a funky base of earth, grass and oak but not as much as the smell would suggest. There is also a slightly metallic aftertaste. Very sour - the Hanssens seems to contain a higher amount of acetic acid than Cantillon or 3F Gueuze. It has a very vinegary taste and sensation I can feel in the back of my throat. I felt the same way about the Hanssens Oude Kriek; however, the gueuze is more drinkable than the kriek. There is a cloying sweetness, which in combination with the vinegar and the moderate, prickly carbonation made for a beer that is less drinkable than I was hoping. I love gueuze and this is not a bad beer for your gueuze fix. However, both 3F and Cantillon are much better.

brianmandell, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

tectactoe, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of drmcleod10
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

drmcleod10, Tuesday at 07:22 PM
Photo of Ian_G
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

Ian_G, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of BeerThursdays
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

BeerThursdays, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of robbiepmelton
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

robbiepmelton, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of tclipse
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%

tclipse, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of waltc21
1/5  rDev -76.5%

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!

waltc21, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

kscaldef, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Auraan
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

Auraan, Oct 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

mozif, Oct 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

CSO, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Sparty55
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Sparty55, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of yankeej13
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

yankeej13, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

poorbuthappy, Oct 06, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

Jasonchair, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of CowsandBeer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

CowsandBeer, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Farnswurth, Sep 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jeremiahoden, Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

StephRai, Sep 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

ajevne, Sep 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

HuntDaddy540, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of DCLAguy11
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DCLAguy11, Sep 20, 2014
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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
93 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.