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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

947 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 93
Gots: 152 | 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 Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A harsh style to share, though the mouthfeel impact was muted. Smelled like vinegar and cider, and barnyard as well, so not pleasing to novices. Acidic, sour, with yeast mildly playing on the taste buds. Didn't work that well for me, even with food.

Sammy, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev 0%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright yellow with a towering white head and a good amount of lacing. Nose is incredibly funky, near the most funk and earth that I've ever encountered. No need for sourness when there's this much barnyard going on. The taste is a bit overwhelming, even though I love this stuff. Just super raw and pungent. Nice dry mouthfeel with good carbonation. Drinkability is a bit toward the low end given the sheer magnitude of the flavor and the fact that it's fairly one dimensional.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev 0%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

acurtis, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are lots of sour aromas in the nose along with notes of yeast and barnyard funkiness.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sourness and is somewhat vinous with notes of apples, grapes, lemons, oak, vinegar and yeast. The taste becomes more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light-bodied and very smooth on the palate. A little bit of viscosity is evident because of the minimal amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style because the sourness is not very overpowering.

metter98, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy pale amber color with just a film of foam on top; no lacing

Smell: Very tart on the nose, with a range of green apple, muscadine, pear and lemon elements

Taste: Sour, oaky and funky, at the outset, with the fruit flavors developing, in the middle - green apple, lemon, pear and muscadine; the fruit flavors mingle with the wood and the funk, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and rather delicate on the tongue, given the lack of carbonation but, overall, a rather puckery experience

Overall: A very nice Geuze, for those who like the style

brentk56, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time I ever try a gueuze. Pourred a light beige/brown brew with a nice head. I can already smell the sourness coming out of my glass. Taste is very sour with a light sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is very subtle with a medium body. Very different from what I had experienced before but still very enjoyable.

Phyl21ca, Dec 27, 2003
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very robust but balanced Gueuze with new intrigue and variety with each sip. The descriptor words for this beer are endless.

The pour delivers the hue of burnt/bruised peaches, deep golden highlights and a rather rusty appearance. Very low carbonation gives a better impression of unblended Lambics than a Gueuze. Obviously no notes on head formation, retention or lacing are needed; but the beer seems to want to leave legs on the sides of the glass.

Bruised fruits/muddled fruit combined with leathery, tobacco, lemons, and cider begin to scratch the surface of aromas. The lactic tartness offers a very pithy, limey acidity while the Brett character gives musty/dusty, horsey scents of sandlewood or old oak barrels.

Flavors forego the more earth and pungent characteristics but put well on display the more fruity and acidic flavors. Lemons, bruised peaches, apples, appricots all leave a mark; but the acidity and light malt/grain character give the sharper woodier flavors that balance the fruit flavors well. Cidery taste and acidity gives a lightness and crispness to flavor in the finish but the beer still holds onto a lot of ester and malt character.

Moderate, maybe light early on because of the lack of carbonation but the beer has a somewhat oily feel that makes the body feel bigger. No creaminess or effervesence leads to a duller feel that relies only on the acidity and woodsy tanic quality for balance. Lightly astringent in the finish.

This particular example has 20+ years of aging and may have lost its carbonation and the cork could have imparted much more flavor than the brewer intends. It'll be nice to compare a new one to see.

BEERchitect, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Texasfan549, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy and cloudy bright golden yellow with a ton of carbonation riddled throughout it. Very nice three finger high head of white foam appeared over the top and stayed around for a good few minutes before settling down to a one finger high pillow that lasted throughout the entire session. Very nice thick side glass lace throughout the entire session and there was a good little bit of sedimentation present on the bottom of the glass. Very nice look and I was morethen excited to dive into this one.

The aroma was strong, pungent and very sour. Ahh the lovely aroma of Brett in full force here. Pungent aromas of grapes just all over this one. A nice fruity vibe as it warms, with hints of peaches, and apples, light fruit in general were all lying deep underneath, however the real story was the gorgeous amounts of sour notes that were all over this one. Really quite beautiful. The flavor followed along perfectly. With a light airy body, this was an ideal beer for the evening.

mikesgroove, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

kjkinsey, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

GRG1313, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The usual cloudy, sparkling, yellow-gold liquid with a bit of white foam on top that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: You can tell this one is going to be great just from the nose. Tart lemon and lactic acid, along with a nice musty and earthy quality.

T: This one starts off with a tongue buckling sourness to it. Wonderful lemon and green apple flavors, in terms of the fruit. There is a slight bit of oak and a dry funkiness.

M: Very effervescent and medium in body with that wonderful dryness.

D: There's only so much of this stuff you can drink before it burns a hole in your stomach, but even then, I'd probably keep drinking it. One of the better Gueuzes I've had, and at the price, you can't beat it.

womencantsail, Jan 14, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rare cask serving at Map Room, 10 oz. pour into a Sam Smith glass. Bright orange with a light haze, a surprising puffy head that rises above the rim for a few minutes. Miniscule traces of carbonation rise to the surface. Mildly pungent and sharp, wet wood, with a vegetal note like wildflower and lemon peel compost. Tastes much the same, a moderately citric lemon sourness: 6/10 scale, very soft and supple feel with little carbonation. The woody element seems to dominate, with some bitter tannin in the aftertaste. A few of these would be really great, but I had to limit myself to one. The novelty of the cask serving made me daydream of what it must be like to drink in the rare Lambic cafes found in Belgium. Also, thanks to quinnsi who shared a bottle recently at Sheffields!

emerge077, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gueuze packs quite the kick. As usual with Hanssens, acidity and funk are sharp and intense on the nose; it's leathery, dusty, a bit mineral. There's a touch of oak on the palate, but it's overwhelmed by sharp lactic acidity. It's faintly metallic, very funky and musty, with a berry-like fruitiness. Lemon-like acidity lingers in the finish. A very solid gueuze.

largadeer, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with almost no head. It left some sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled sour with some funkiness. There was a touch of fruitiness, too.

T - It tasted of sour fruits like dark cherries and plum. It was funky with some subtle sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a subtle puckering bite. A light to medium bodied gueuze.

O - This is a very tasty gueuze. What it lacked in appearance, it delivered big time in aroma and flavor.

zeff80, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
5/5  rDev +17.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -29.4%

SocalKicks, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional brew to say the least, big earthy and herbal flavours jump out on to the palate first ... then quickly to the tartness. A nuttiness from middle to end keeps you thinking.

Fruity and tart with a complex dryness, throughly enjoyed this brew with a cheese and bread snack in Brugge.

Jason, Oct 21, 2001
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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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