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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

875 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 90
Gots: 141 | 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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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL
Lot number E, but no bottled on date.
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Hannssens' oude gueuze is a strongly sour, excellent gueuze that emphasizes waves of acid-inspired flavors over milder oak-like complexity that other guezeries impart in their versions. This is a highly satisfactory gueuze and one that should be highly sought-after. My only disappointment, really, was that it was acrid enough to leave a lingering burn on the back of my throat, not the greatest of mouthfeels.

Bottle pops open as I remove the cork. I put my nose to the bottle's opening and inhale, bringing in the slightly sweetened lemon juice-meets diluted vinegar aroma. I put down the bottle, then regrip it and pour, careful to avoid sediment on the first half of the bottle.

Poured a 1cm head of off-white bubbles, mainly appearing small and large in size, creating a slightly swiss-cheese like effect. Head descends within two minutes to thin cap atop the beer with a few small holes. Lacing is sparse, a few small streaks and lines. Body is a light caramel orange-brown color, with hints of orange-yellow around the edges as highlights. Body is transparent, with some modest carbonation visibly floating to the top.

I swirl the beer, put the glass to my nose, and inhale. This is a strong-smelling gueuze, I immediately suggest to myself, with definite lemon-vinegar, acetone, tangy human sweat odor, more than a bit of damp cellar, and slight sweetened horsedung compost (as if something like that could exist). Not really sweet at all, strongly pungent, some might even say harsh (but not me), definitely acrid. Really, one of the most expressive aromatic profiles I've had out of a gueuze.
Swirling in the sediment reduces the aroma considerably, putting an emphasis on toasted malt and muted lemon citrus. Probably would avoid this going forward.

Swirling again, I take my first sip, and the sour, slightly salty flavors flow over my tongue. More specific analysis has my senses telling me that lemon-like tartness, slight vinegar, and slight malt sweetness are noticeable on the front of the tongue. Stronger sourness emerges mid-palate, very much influenced by lactic and acetic acid. Also emergent at mid-palate are acetone-like qualities, a bit of apple cider flavor, acrid (or concentrated) human sweat (or barnyard, whatever your taste buds pick it up to be), a bit of pineapple, continued lemon citrus and vinegar. Aftertaste is of malt sweetness melded to lingering lemon tartness, mildly puckering. Hanssens seems to be going for a focus on the sourness of the gueuze style, which I certainly don't mind at all. There are enough layers of shifting sourness here to please my palate, despite the relative lack of too many other flavors in Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon, Girardin gueuzes.
Adding the sediment in does not seem to change the intensity of sourness or spectrum of flavors appreciably; the beer may become slightly more sour.

Beer is medium-bodied, with moderately high carbonation that foams this up quickly on the palate. Resultant mouthfeel very quickly becomes smooth and somewhat creamy. Close is dry with a slight stickiness around the edges of the lips and a lingering acid burn in the throat that can actually be a bit unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:50:10 | More by falloutsnow
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-18-2012 21:31:13 | More by denimdemon
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sccala

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-16-2012 00:34:37 | More by sccala
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Dontcounttoday

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12%

05-15-2012 00:22:03 | More by Dontcounttoday
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-11-2012 17:26:56 | More by Lawnboy33
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy orange with a tiny ring of bubbles along the top of the beer. Really lacking in carbonation.

Aroma has moderate amounts of barnyard funk but not as much as some other examples of the style. Also a little bit of fruit.

Tons of sourness at first leading to a moderate earthiness with the barnyard notes somewhat muted. I am also picking up some fruit, mainly cherries, throughout but becoming more noticeable towards the finish.

I thought this was a decent gueuze but somewhat lacking in the funk/barnyard area. The sourness is quite puckering but I would have liked more funk. I would drink it again, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 18:57:44 | More by rangerred
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SalMineo

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-05-2012 22:27:14 | More by SalMineo
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PuFtonLyfe

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-02-2012 07:20:52 | More by PuFtonLyfe
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jaidenjb

Ohio

2/5  rDev -52.8%

05-01-2012 23:46:36 | More by jaidenjb
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying this one, served alongside the Raspberry and Kriek.

A - Pours murky golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a small ring around the outside of the glass, leaving light trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of the typical barnyard funk, light sourness, wet leather, lemon and some damp basement must. I prefer a little more fruitiness in my gueuze nose but this one was still pretty good.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of lactic sourness but it fades rather quickly leaving hints of musty earth, barnyard funk, leather and a bit of lemon twang. The flavors work really well together and it was very easy to drink. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile after consumption.

M - Slick feel like the others but the flavors are more mild, helping keep everything in check. Still a little light on the carbonation but it isn't as big of a deal as with the other two.

O - The best of the bunch for sure. Where the Kriek and Raspberry fail, this one excels. Tone down the overly aggressive sourness and this one could be great. As it stands now, a solid gueuze that is definitely worth the lower than average price tag.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 17:53:12 | More by orangesol
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Caterwaul

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-29-2012 20:03:13 | More by Caterwaul
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. There is a small amount of sediment that is floating around in the glass after the pour. Small chunks of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is extremely tart, sour, and funky with lots of wild, earthy, and woody aromas. Taste is much like the smell with some fruity flavors that I can't quite put my finger on. There is definitely a lemon-like presence I am picking up. There is a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is the best Hanssens beer I have had so far and also the first one to have noticeable carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 06:13:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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tln13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-20-2012 21:19:32 | More by tln13
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matt20102

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Flavour: Tart- very tart. Reminds me quite a bit of crab apples. With such a little head as was present, could be mistaken for a tart cider rather than a beer. There is no discernible flavor of hops and little of malt; the lambic nature shines through without subtlety. Certainly a one-bottle and done variety or, were one open to suggestions, a superior digestif.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 00:13:50 | More by matt20102
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chrispoint

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-11-2012 05:26:15 | More by chrispoint
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BraatenBrew

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-11-2012 02:38:57 | More by BraatenBrew
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HardyGeneraL

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-09-2012 13:59:18 | More by HardyGeneraL
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-08-2012 23:00:28 | More by brez8791
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lanamj

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Belgian Independence Day tulip.

A- Clear amber color with an active 1/2 in head the fades fast and has a strong lacing that sticks nicely.

S- Lemon, grass, slight hints of dirt, pear, green apple and vinegar. Lots of nice sour aromas with slight hints of earthy funk and oak to help balance it all out. Very nice.

T- Follows the nose but lacks some of the complexity. Like all Hanssens lambics, it's sour... real sour. Which I like, although the earthy funk is somewhat lacking. I do pick up the dry oak finish. I like it.

M- Smooth and puckering. It seems a little watery but it is very easy drinking for a lambic that is so sour.

O- I really enjoy this beer and it has always been one of my go-to gueuze that I can always find at a decent price.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 18:39:26 | More by lanamj
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-07-2012 18:06:44 | More by Archemedies
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

04-06-2012 16:36:15 | More by PeteRiz
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle into a flute glass

A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden color with about a half finger of head that quickly recedes to a few bubbles, then to none.

S: Strong lemon and barnyard funk with a mixture of equal amounts of acetic and lactic acid smells. The funk is more cheesy than it is musty.

T: Puckering sourness, balanced between acetic and lactic sourness again. I also get a good amount of oak and a bit of cheesy funk. This is quite sour, but not terribly complex.

M: On the thick side with little to no carbonation.

O: After reviewing 3F Oude Geuze a couple days ago, this seems to be on the opposite end of the spectrum. Very sour and not terribly complex. Certainly not bad, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:30:43 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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zacheney

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-02-2012 17:46:02 | More by zacheney
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KevdoggNasty


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-28-2012 05:41:55 | More by KevdoggNasty
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 19:02:03 | More by ColForbinBC
Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.