Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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3.35/5 rDev -21.2%
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.
01-09-2005 19:12:23 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
04-29-2012 06:13:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
09-24-2010 11:45:51 | More by Thorpe429
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
08-29-2010 18:34:25 | More by metter98
4.08/5 rDev -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
12-01-2012 19:33:43 | More by brentk56
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
12-27-2003 02:32:04 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
08-24-2010 01:37:22 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
08-06-2011 01:08:31 | More by mikesgroove
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-14-2010 18:28:11 | More by womencantsail
4.36/5 rDev +2.6%
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!
03-23-2009 18:05:57 | More by emerge077
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
04-23-2011 23:31:45 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
11-04-2010 23:40:47 | More by largadeer
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
A - Mimimal head that settles down pretty quick. A bit darker than I would have expected.
S - Strong earthy, musty smell. Some acidity, not much else.
T - Much darker, richer flavor than I normally associate with Gueuze. Earthy, musty notes and hints of dark fruitiness. Distinct, puckering sourness, balanced by surprising early sweetness. Reminds me of a flemish red to some degree, but much more sour.
M - Dry with strong sourness.
D - Matched well with the Belgian style mussels that I had it with, but not a beer I would drink in large quantities by itself.
03-26-2007 04:31:00 | More by nickfl
Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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