Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Reviews: 472
Hads: 1,113
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 106
Gots: 197 | FT: 16
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

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 Phatz
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! A huge debt of gratitude to yinzer. I shared this divine treat of funky sourness with the club and only 2 other guys liked it as much as I. Clearly Gueuze is lost on many folks. mmm. That glorious wall of sourness, beneath which lies a web of intriguing flavors waiting to reveal themselves and then the bold pucker forcing finish create a terrific experience in each and every sip.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with copper on the edges, a small fizzy white head and nice lacing.

Smell: The gorgeous Gueuze funk. Acidic and sour and yet a bit of sweetness confuses things. The is an earthy musty old oak attribute and sour Muscat wine, a bit if lemon and more Lambic acidity.

Taste: The flavor is magnificent. Like hitting a brick wall at 60 miles and hour the sourness is in you face. The tartness and the acidity fade to more layers of barnyard and sour fruit flavors. The beer is totally consumed by and old wooden oakynes that taints everything. the sour apples and sour grapes have a hint of fruit sweetness but you can only recognize it. The sour never lets loose its grip on the cheeks. The aftertaste reveals most of the flavors as the sourness fades and the oak-laden fruits seep out of the cheeks. Salivating all the while.

Mouthfeel: It is difficult to assess a mouthfeel during the forced pucker of a beer this intense. Acidic, dry, consuming (full), delicious.

Drinkability: This is a slow drinking sipping beer. It lasts so long after the swallow and keeps getting better that IO did not want to rush into another sip. I must have pased on six beers at our tasting while I was taking all the time needed to properly enjoy this beer.
To Lou and John. The only two who understand why this is great beer! =)

Thanks again Yinzer. I have found the two others who will share the love of this style with me.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,883 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cage-corked bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours deep orange amber with a large off-white head that settles to an almost one-finger, lasting creamy cover, leaving lacing.

The smell is an explosions of barnyard musty funk - Now that's a gueuze! Tart with sour vinegary vinuous notes. Some citric-ish fruitiness and earthy notes. Very complex nose once the wonderfully pungent barnyard/ horseblanket settles.

The taste is funky, sour and sweettart. Near-puckering lemon leads the way with sweetness underneath that comes together to form a sweettart finish.

Champagne-like effervescence makes the beer glide along the palate, lending a lightness to a medium body.

A powerhouse gueuze for sure! Near the end of it, I took a slice of creamy Chimay cheese from my fridge and ate it with it. It made a great pairing! (817 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle split into tulips.

A: Golden yellow. Tiny bit of white head. Fast fading leaving a tiny lace ring.

S: Full on funk and sour power. Loads of lactic sour and lemon goodness. Moldy gym socks, band aids, wet wood. Pretty much spot on gueuze.

T: Good god is this one sour. Just how I like it. Full on 10 mega ton lactic sour blast. Hints of funk poke through the sour. Damp moldy wood, old hay, dusty attic. Spot on again.

M: Light lively body. Dry as a bone.

O: Another fantastic representation of the style. Full on sour power in this one. (552 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz corked & caged bottle, poured into Petrus chalice.

Pours with a decent sized fizzy white head over a clear golden-to-amber colored body with plenty of carbonation on the sides of the glass. Just a slight chill haze.

Aromas are just awesome - exactly what you should expect for the style. Mostly barnyard, but a nice balance of tart acidity. This thing just smells like a barn after a rain storm. Wet hay, horseblanket, you name it. Some sneakers, too. White grapes and green apple make up the tartness.

Flavors follow more on the tart/acidic side, with lots of white grape skins, lemon juice, and some earth to balance in the middle. Tart, but not puckering mouthfeel. Could use a bit more carbonation, given that gueuzes should be on the high side.

Incredibly refreshing overall, and just a superb example of the style. (834 characters)

Photo of mnphish
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 fl oz. bottle into a snifter.
a fairly murky light amber-gold body with a small head that lasts a while.
Smells very tart like sour apples, lemon, vinegar, and funk.
Tastes extremely sour and I absolutely love it. Lemon, sour apple, white grape, and earthy funk. No metallic taste.
Mouthfeel is medium and is carbonated perfectly with lots of fizz. It's got that bubbly champagne mouthfeel.
I would really like to drink this beer again. (455 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: funky sour fruits, soured grapes, wine like, sour salt water, lemon

T: extremely sour up front, lemon, bitter orange, salty, floral

M: light and refreshing

O: excellent sour, flavor is prominent, true to the style (368 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A medium dark orange color to this brew. Murky body. Pours with a bubbly head which lives a short, highly active life. Not much carbonation active while drinking though.

Smell: All sorts of complexity here. The tartness really jumps out at the drinker right away. But underneath that is some bitter fruits and some nutty tones. Crisp apples and some honey notes are very pleasant. So much going on here, tough to get locked on to one thing, but that certainly is not a bad thing.

Taste: The front is a ton of sweet fruits with some mild malt base. The tart body comes through so wonderfully. Mouth watering tartness refuses to yield until late in the finish which backs off to again the sweet fruits. The palate continues to buzz with so many wonderful flavor long after drinking. Simply wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Dry and tart, like it should be.

Overall: Just a wonderful brew. This is a style I really look forward to digging more into and really growing to love. The complexity found with this brew is absolutely elite. The tartness of this beer is perfectly done, this beer did not take very long to drink. (1,125 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A - Very slightly hazy apricot colored liquid with a frothy white head leaving very light lacing.

S - Spiced cider, sour apples, wet horse blanket, burnt cinnamon stick, hay, musky smells of an old attic. This is funky in all the right ways.

T - Sour, tart flavors assault the guns and tongue immediately. These are followed by spicey hot flavors of pepper mixed with cardamon and allspice but those again quickly give way to sour crabapples in a long finish. Excellent sour, funky beer.

M - Heavy body, great mouthcoating, stings on the tongue a little, but not in a bad way, more like it is tickling your tongue.

D - This is a great drinking beer. Probably not something you want to pound a lot of, but definitely on the high end if you are in the mood for a geueze. (806 characters)

Photo of BeerHonky
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a small corked and caged bottle into a slender cylinder glass. Beautiful golden orange-ish straw color with some noticeable bubbly carbonation. Only a small amount of fizzy head appears around the edges. Smells like extra funky apple cider champagne. All sorts of weird and wild barnyard aromas too such as straw, mud, dirty floor. Crispy and fresh mouthfeel, again, champagne-like. This tastes like delicious sour, tart apples and green grapes. Kind of like a nice semi-dry/sweet bubbly white wine but with some light, dry malt and grain presence at the end. This is my new champagne! Very drinkable as well. I would recommend this be enjoyed with some artisan cheese and a nice fresh, crispy baguette. (715 characters)

Photo of SourBatchKid
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared with the ogl of mcdgl over raw oysters and tuna ceviche. Thanks for the good eats.

A- At first pour there's a finger of head with slight lacing. Spiced apple cider that has never been homogenized, tarnished liquid gold. mmm.

S- Smells of citrus and green apple finished with green grapes. Drank out of a tulip glass, I can smell a sweet flower, maybe a white honey suckle flower.

T- I must have died and gone to heaven because this gueuze is like an angel floating around in my mouth. Sour lemon grass that makes me salivate, bits of honey that create a sweetness on the back of my tongue. The a stringent sourness keeps me wanting more.

M- Smooth but slightly fuzzy, aerated into extremely small bubbles. So small that all the bubble attach to each other creating a smooth velvety head. Its like drinking silk.

D- I am not sure I can put it into words, but I am going to try. I wish I had a kidney size swimming pool of this brew to swim in but alas I would most likely drink it all out of the pool and end up in the ER with alcohol poisoning. It would be worth it. I love this Beer. (1,096 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lot notch on this bottle is halfway between D and E, whatever that means.

Is there a better way to celebrate Zwanze Day 2011 than going home and drinking more sours? I think not!

A: pours golden and slightly cloudy with orange hues. Thin white head sits on the surface, leaving beady lace behind.

S: sour fruit, yeast, some spices too. Smells really dry, if that makes sense. Wreaks of awesome.

T: an explosion of sour fruit right as the liquid meets your tongue. Wild yeast adds its own funk in a perfectly balanced manner. Crisp and clean; finishes dry as expected.

M: unexpectedly creamy and medium-bodied, which is pretty heavy for the style, and it's exactly what I've been wanting from a sour. Fizzy, active carbonation stings the tongue pleasantly.

D: give me more. More, I say! A fantastic brew start to finish, and my favorite sour to date. <3 Hanssens! (871 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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 :) (537 characters)

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is almost a perfect beer. It's so clean and bright. It is not particularly carbonated, but right away comes that wonderful barnyard smell. The acid is great! It's like drinking a funky lemon, but with a bitter kick at the end.

I could drink this every day. (262 characters)

Photo of HabiMendes
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer. The exuberance of the appearance starts at the bottle, but of course we are interested in the beer itself - it is a semi-shiny amber, with a well-defined white neck and strong visible carbonation.

The aroma makes clear the presence of the fruity aroma of many nuances that blend together. The taste is of strong presence, highly carbonated and sour. Exactly what I would expect from it.

What a good experience! (435 characters)

Photo of sitarist
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: Oct-2012.

Pours straw yellow in color. It is hazy, light can pass through, but I cant see through it. Short, frothy, pure white head falls to a dusting. Not much lacing to speak of, just a slight ring.

Holy Funkbombs Batman! All kins of fruity, funky, tart, earthy scents delicately tickle my nose. Apple, grape, lemon, barn, humid forest.... so much more going on than I can explain. Complex, and well balanced it begs to be tasted.

A little something for all my taste-buds. Sweet, and sour battle it out... Apple, kiwi, lemon, vinegar, salt, faint hints of spice & herbs. The fruity, funky, tart flavors linger on; sour wins the battle in the end.

Light to medium in body, dry, lightly carbonated, and slightly acidic.

It is a well crafted beer. The flavor fails to match the well balanced complexity of its' aroma, but still very good. A great bargain, this one is worth every penny. (901 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green 750ML bottle aged for close to 2 years. Pours a bright shiney gold with a loose white head. Pour this one pretty aggressive to get the most out of the appearance. Carbonation clings to the side of the glass.

Very much like a cider at the start of each pull. Towards the meat of this brew it gets a bit earthy and at the end its smashed by a tart, tangy finish. The sour tartness lingers giving it a very dry feel.

Notes: An amazing style. This one lives up to its billing. Even more amazing is the modest price, all things considered a winner. (552 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first brew of the New Year's Eve festivities at my place... Popped this while sauteing baby bellas for roast beef hoagies...

Pours a bit darker than most gueuzes I've had so far with a small fading head... The barnyard funk rolls off of this one immediately and its loaded with seriously dank aromas.... Old wet leather, funky barn hay, tart apples... Maybe some vinous notes as well... This is pleasantly funky.. Superb...

Tart acidic apples along with an earthy funkiness that is amazing... Mouth puckering and delicious.. Lots of lemony citrus aspects as well as the overall funk..

I'm not really sure I can elaborate any better than the couple hundred folks who've gone before me.. I've had some awesome beers lately and this damn near the top.. Funky as hell and delicious, its probably the best gueuze I've had yet... (829 characters)

Photo of Realale
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy peachy gold. Huge thick white head settles to a full thick tight complete cap leaving some lacing. Simply gorgeous.

The nose is an absolute stunner. Sour citrus leads the way - orange and lime rind over lemon juice. Hint of cherry. Great barnyard that adds complexity, rather than dominating. Touch of bready malt as well. Terrific balance. Just mouth-watering.

Surprisingly full on the palate, but still nicely balanced. The initial impression is the citrus and malt in a lovely combination. The sourness does not kick in until the midpalate when this beer really comes together and belts it out through the very long, dry, sour finish. Nice leesy touch adds even more complexity. An easy "5" from the mid-palate on, but only a "4" before that.

Really could use a bit more carbonation to lighten the initial palate and provide some more balance and even more length. Very drinkable. My personal choice is still Cantillon, but this comes close. Thanks to Hanssens for continuing to produce this gem! (1,022 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! What a beer, sampled at the Goose Island Clybourn April 2010 tasting. Cidery, vinegary nose, with peppery notes. Flavor is precursed by a sweetness on the tongue, followed by the tart, sour apple flavor explosion. A unique brew by a great brewer. Silky smooth, with a subtle mouthfeel, very drinkable, with a lingering complexity. This is one for the ages, hopefully they keep on making it. (395 characters)

Photo of rayjay
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one about 2 years so lets pop it open. I like to drink gueuze and lambic styles in a pilsner glass.

Great old oxidized aroma is my favorite part. A bit of rubber mixed with old dusty wood too. Great foam and a fine mild haze.

Exceptional drinkability. Refreshing and delicious and extremely complex. Bold tartness, puckering yet not extreme. Aged to perfection. Creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a light touch of tannins and dryness. Salty, makes you need another sip!

Glad to have this anytime, among the best in it's style. Cheers! (543 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large corked bottle, poured into a tulip. Kept two years in my cellar with controlled temperature, but I do not know bottling date.

Hazy golden in color, with a thin off white head that does not hold very well.
Aroma is oaky, musty, with a lot of vinegar, earth, barnyard.
Medium bodied, but despite the small amount of carbonation, it feels quite lively on the palate, perhaps due to its nicely acidic and tart flavor which makes it (for me) very easy to drink and refreshing. Dry for the most part, lots of citric notes, predominantly orange, along with musty, earthy notes.
Very very good. Need more of this for aging and just plain enjoying. (648 characters)

Photo of Kshock
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Light frothy head resides upon a Straw yellow beer with a little chill haze. Looks fantastic sitting in my DFH tulip.

S- Lots of funk and barnyard aroma up front, then acidic sour aroma backs it up at the end. The smells marry very well together to make a truly awesome aroma. You can almost smell the tradition ;)

T- Lots of grapefruit and acid up front. Drys out quickly and delivers a great finish on a very powerful flavor.

M- Light to medium body with a solid carb tickle on the palate.

O- One of the best Gueuzes out there, PERIOD. (544 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a "corked and caged" 12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Deep, cloudy apricot in color, with a huge frothy head of eggshell-white foam. A beautiful looking beer.
Aroma-Sharp, spicy Brett yeast, cidery note.
Taste-An almost puckering tartness, briny, sharp Brett notes, but bubbly and light on the tongue. Very effervescent and refreshing with and almost delicate character despite being very flavorful on the palate. Quite complex for its lightness. Almost like a very tart, slightly soured Saison.
My first Gueuze and quite the unique and flavorful experience. Excellent! (583 characters)

Photo of echdk3
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12,7oz bottle into a flute glass

A_Thin and fine bright white head. Semi-opaque creamy orange color, leaves some wide spread and then spider web lacing

S_Totally funky, comparable to dirty sweaty socks from a gym bag. What a very enjoyable and fun experience it is to totally embrace the funk-tastic smell of this beer

T_Ultra citrus taste, totally tart. The saliva glands really kick in very hard as the beer rolls across the pallet. The aftertaste is mild-strength sweat taste

M_Fairly light weight body, highly carbonated similar to champaign. The circus of reactions my pallet had to this was quite an experience

D_I need to pair this with food, preferably cheese and/or bread (I reviewed this with Oude en Jonge Goude cheeses). If you do enjoy the flavor, then the drinkability is quite high; the beer does not hit you with any hard alcohol taste or impact, so it can be enjoyed over and over again (922 characters)

Photo of nas5755
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1st 750ml from a case purchased of the 2010 vintage. I am expecting a lot of bottle variation as most of these bottles are different shades of green. This bottle was one of the darker shades. Upon opening, I noticed that the lips were chipped at some-point in this bottles life.

A- A clear golden gueuze with a nice head that quickly fell to the wayside, there is some retention, but that soon faded. A light spritz of carbonation is shooting up the glass to the brim.

S- Sticky barnyard funk, with pond mud and muck blended into some sour green apple, lemon and apricot. Very layered and dirty, the funk reminds me of frog hunting up in NH as a child, minus the sour element. A glorious nose.

T- Again this is an amazing beer. The taste starts out on the edges of the palate and begins to flow inwardly as it drys out very sharply on the finish. As the flavors seep into the finish, a strong murky barnyard mud becomes present before shifting quite quickly into the green apple, apricot and lemon flavors emerge with the sour qualities that take over the finish.

M- A medium bodied gueuze with medium to medium high carbonation. Sour, but not bracingly so and dry.

O - This is a fantastic beer, one of my all-time favorites. It should be rated higher but I can understand why it is not. The bottle variation that I have experienced has led to a few in my opinion exceptional funky, muddy and dirty beers(in the sense of funk,mud and barnyard) whose flavors are so strong that some people my find them unpleasant.

Simply put, this is a MUST TRY! (1,554 characters)

Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
93 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.