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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

877 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 877
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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davey101

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot H. 375ml corked and caged bottle. Served slightly chilled into a tulip glass. Grabbed this bottle straight from the box the day it arrived. Interesting note....the bottles were shipped on their sides interlocking with each other. There was zero wrap or protection around them. Scary!

A - A nice copper apple juice colored body. Small white head which settled into some edging. I was able to get a crystal clear pour and swirled the last ounce or so into a snifter.

S - Very funky and brett forward. Sour apples and lemon peel, hay, grass, yeast, and a strong funky burn. Towards the end there is a slightly off-putting fecal/chemical aroma.

T - Super tart and acidic. Ripe sour green apples and lemon juice. Funky hay and barnyard flavors. This is rather intense and harsh, which I personally enjoy. You can feel your taste buds being obliterated, but that taste and tartness keeps me coming back for more. Really great balance between fruit and funk. The mouth feel is crisp and lively, but the finish is really intense and biting.

O - This is a very acidic and intense gueze. Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen both bring the funk, but they do so in a much classier and elegant way. Perhaps its due to its freshness, but this is extremely tart and acidic at this point. Load of sour apple and lemons. I'm sure with some more age it smooths out a bit into something that can compete with the big guys. A fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 03:52:02 | More by davey101
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stealth

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-02-2012 07:12:58 | More by stealth
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Hazy gold. The head is creamy looking, not substantial in size. I guess I would describe this as elegant.
smell: Tangy, funky fruit. Hanssens describes it as wet wool, preserved lemon, vanilla, and earth. Sounds pretty accurate to me.
taste: I'm gonna cheat and plagiarize from Hanssens, "The palate is sharply tangy and dry, opening up to a marvelously complex display of citrus and damp earth in the center." That nails it.
overall: First Gueze. Very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 21:11:06 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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scottwurst

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-08-2013 21:59:22 | More by scottwurst
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-18-2012 18:57:38 | More by DSlim71
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afksports

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

What an excellent way to start a Friday night. (Read: I coated my mouth and sinuses with tart puckery foot funk. And I liked it.)

Clear at the top trending to straw golden haze by the bottom of the bottle, this 2011 brew maintained good head and great lace through the snifter. It smells like funk, flowers, and feet, but with a sweet acidic lemon essence that's totally welcome. The taste is balanced for the style, and it immediately smacks around your mouth. When you get used to it, then you notice the sweetness, and finally your saliva glands go nuts and just coat your mouth with little molecules trying to grab every bit of pucker.

At least that's what happened with me. I thought it was pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:53:13 | More by afksports
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 01:28:10 | More by Traquairlover
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Diomede

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

03-16-2012 17:44:32 | More by Diomede
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew. When poured, it had a bit of a champagne like color, but the aroma was of the barnyard variety: apples and horses. Luckily, I like both. It's amazing how the beer doesn't taste like it smells, it's better. I found it dry, with some sweetness in the aftertaste. I also enjoyed the mouthfeel, I thought it had good, sharp but small carbonation. Not a bad brew, but I can see where it could be off-putting to some. pat

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 18:12:32 | More by PatandDavid
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Allagash chalice. Nice golden color with good spritzy bubbles. Not much head here. Very clear color.

Smells like tart apples. The aroma is mostly tart, with just a hint of mustiness in the background.

This is one of the best tasting gueuzes out there. Starts with a tartness with a crisp dry finish. It's admittedly not too complex, but that's okay.

The carbonation really helps on this one, and it's very drinkable for the style. Excellent stuff. Always a go-to for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 02:42:23 | More by andrewinski1
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MiScusi

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to OHLRangers who threw this in as an extra.

Crystal clear gold, small thin egg shell white head. Recedes really fast and a foamy ring lingers the rest of the way. The barn and old leather type aromas come through easily at first. As for the taste, it's hard to say much other than "sour." It's obviously got that earthy component that is found in the aroma, it just comes through a bit different in the taste. Not as intensely sour as I thought it would be. The most recent gueze I've had was Beatification a few days ago, and that seemed to be more intense. Still very good, Hanssens has lived up to everything I had heard about them.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 02:03:10 | More by MiScusi
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jarrgal

North Dakota

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-10-2013 03:10:05 | More by jarrgal
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elkinbrown

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-13-2014 22:08:17 | More by elkinbrown
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-08-2014 05:29:12 | More by fdig23
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy orangish color with a white head. The aroma is yeasty, hay-like and tart, with medicinal qualities. The flavor is sweet and medicinal; sour and tart from middle to end. The finish is sweet and yeasty. It is light-medium in body and tart. It was a very enjoyable beer, I would definitely have another.

Sampled 12/13/03

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 17:41:21 | More by BeerBuilder
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

12-11-2013 01:15:24 | More by lunarbrew
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml corked bottle. $9.99 from Tasty.

Appearance: Clear yellow orange. A hard pour forms from very short lived head. Spotty lacing with each sip, but it doesn't stick.

Smell: Sharply sour and funky. A hint of vinegar. The funk in this one goes beyond must and barnyard to dirty socks and even some enteric smells. The above are so sharp that they drown out any fruity aromas.

Taste: Sour lemon and vinegar. The funky flavors are less extreme and intense than the smell suggested. Its not the most sour, but its no joke. It might be removing some enamel from my teeth. Finishes sharp and dry, then strangely clean.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation a little on the low side for a gueuze. Enamel stripping sourness without the dry tingly finish I expect.

Overall: I wonder if I just got this one at a weird time in its life. No bottling data, so I don't know. Sort of sharp, and not integrated like some of the better ones. Gets your sour fix though.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:13:58 | More by rapidsequence
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been craving gueuze the last few days. At last I went into the closet today and got the 750 ML bottle of Hanssens Oude Gueuze that I've been saving. This beer has a slightly hazy apricot color. The head is initially large, but subsides after a few minutes. I spent at least that long sniffing the beer before I even took a sip. I love the funky, musty, acidic vinegar aroma. Am I the only man who gets a perverse pleasure from watching his friends smell this beer? The flavor is as good as the aroma. Sweet at first, but only for an instant before the sour kicks in. Flavors of grapes, straw, citrus, funk, and honey. Funky, but not the funkiest of gueuzes. Certainly among the most sour. For anyone who ever finds himself in a beer drinking rut where all beers seem boring, I would recommend drinking a gueuze. Hanssens is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 02:08:02 | More by beveragecaptain
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375mL bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Bright glowing orange/yellow. Initially a big foamy head that quickly recedes into a ring and cap combo.

S: Grainy, grainy, grainy, lemon zest, white pepper. Man oh man I forget how much I like sours, it's been far too long. Slightly woody/oaky and a slight slice of white cheddar cheese combination.

T/MF: Crispy, woody, zesty lemon. Very bright, light and lovely. Moves to a solid nutty sweetness, tartness keeps your mind from getting lazy. Mouthfeel is crisp, bubbly and lingering.

D: Not overly sour, a nice tartness mixed with a good complexity. An absolute pleasure to drink. I wish it were a hot summer day because this beer is brilliant. A great beer if you want to work your way into the sourer beers. Marvelous.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 04:18:58 | More by bluemoonswoon
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nanobrew

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-14-2011 20:34:31 | More by nanobrew
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dsauter

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-08-2013 20:40:08 | More by dsauter
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DaveHS

California

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to the bottle, this is from Lotn. F. I have no idea what that means.

A-Pours hazy light amber/rust color with no head. Thin ring of tiny bubbles.

S-Lots of funk. Lemon tartness. Seriously funky and tart. That's the long and short of it.

T/M-Puckering lemony tartness right off the bat. Flavors of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, barnyard funk, wet hay and your grandma's musty attic. Gets progressively less tart mid-palate, as delicate grainy flavors emerge. Light lemony acidity lingers into the finish. Light mouthfeel with a bit of prickly carbonation.

O-This is what I think of when I crave a gueuze. A great example of the style that is available pretty much all the time.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 00:12:46 | More by DaveHS
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-28-2011 21:20:40 | More by ajs4bd
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-22-2011 15:47:39 | More by wdarcy77
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-01-2013 12:39:31 | More by aorloski
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