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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

486 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 486
Hads: 1,189
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 115
Gots: 220 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-21-2001

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Photo of Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a fizzy off-white head that eventually reduces, leaving just a bit floating on top

S- lemon juice mixes with dried hay and barnyard funk aromas, fruity notes of peach and pear, musty and earthy yeast

T- big shot of puckering sourness up front, eventually gives notes of lemon peel, pear and peach. Funky yeast adds a musty tone with notes of dried hay and woodsy flavors, fruity lingers

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a slick and foamy mouthfeel with a bone dry, picking finish

O- big puckering notes on the aroma and taste, very good overall

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Photo of brianmandell
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle recently stocked by the local bottle shop. Pours a hazy golden-amber. No lacing.

Aroma is earthy funk and grass with bright lemon character and vinegar.

Taste is candied lemon up front (like a lemonhead) with some lemon rind and other fruits including apple and grape. There is a funky base of earth, grass and oak but not as much as the smell would suggest. There is also a slightly metallic aftertaste. Very sour - the Hanssens seems to contain a higher amount of acetic acid than Cantillon or 3F Gueuze. It has a very vinegary taste and sensation I can feel in the back of my throat. I felt the same way about the Hanssens Oude Kriek; however, the gueuze is more drinkable than the kriek. There is a cloying sweetness, which in combination with the vinegar and the moderate, prickly carbonation made for a beer that is less drinkable than I was hoping. I love gueuze and this is not a bad beer for your gueuze fix. However, both 3F and Cantillon are much better.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to perthbelgianbeer for this one !

Drank from my Cantillon Geuze glass

A - Pours a cloudy Orange straw colour. Pure white head reduces to a thin film that retains well.

S - Very tart, lemon peel, grass and wet wood.

T - Very oaky flavour, preserved lemons come to mind. The tartness is quite intense and the finish long.

M - Medium body with fullish carbonation

O - A great Geuze and well worth a try

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Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright opaque orange hay body. Fine pure white head settles into a thick halo. Ok retention and low lace.

S - Complex nose, tart and savory. Tart peach, tart lemon rind, bread crust, red grapes, dried grass, apple cider, thai basil, honey.

T - Bold and oaky. Firm assertive oak, preserved lemons, bready malt backdrop, bright herbal cilantro and lemon thyme, earthy dry wheat stalks.

M - Dry, medium body with a nice bright carbonation.

O - A fantastic gueuze; well blended and well balanced. A great example of the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light amber with an excellent head.

Aroma: smells just awful but with encouragement I took a sip.

Flavor: way better than the aroma, it is markedly tart -- sour enough to alter the mouthfeel. Complex and hard to describe
Fine soft carbonation

O: an awful smelling ale with a fascinating flavor.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure of the vintage. Hazy, golden-orange pour, with a thin layer of white bubbles for a head, minimal lacing. In the nose, citrus and horseblankety Brett funk. In the taste, sour fruits, grassy funk, horseblanket, toasted grain, Champagne, with a crisp, dry finish. Gueuzey! Light-medium body, prickly carbonation. An enjoyable drink.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml cork and caged green bottle poured into a tulip.
6% ABV, Bottled in M, 2013

A - Just a little cloudy to the golden yellow brew, the thin off-white head is hindered by the strong acidity in this gueuze but manages to leave nice lace clinging on to the glass for dear life.

S - Lactic acid yeast funk and sourness permeates from the beer; musty old basement that hasn't been cleaned in years distributes a downright awesomely nasty funk straight to the nostrils. Just a tiny drop of lemon oil citrus finishes out.

T - Musty wild funk is overpowering, arresting the tongue with powerful acidic sourness reminiscent of both an old wood paneled basement and run down barn. While these might sound bad, damn are they awesome attributes of a gueuze.

M - Possibly the most sour beer I've ever had, this one will make your butthole pucker and your eyes twitch. Light bodied and highly carbonated with a dry finish of beautiful acidic tartness; if you love sour, this one is DEFINITELY for you.

O - Hanssens Oude Gueuze is one of the most varying beers I've encountered, ranging from absolutely stellar to pretty good with this particular bottle landing right in the middle. A great Gueuze with fantastic drinkability for a sour beer, this funky golden ale quenches both thirst and thirst for sour power!

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Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an amber golden color with no head whatsoever.
Very funky aroma with notes of cheese, horse blanket, sweat and lemon tartness.
Great flavor with intense puckery notes of lime, earthy hops, peaches, strong pepper and oak. Astringent and acid aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation with tiny bubbles.
This is a bold sour beer, one of the spiciest and sour I had. A must for sour heads.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cork didn't really pop much when I opened it and the resulting beer doesn't look to have much carbonation. Still, excited to try this. I believe this is a 2010.

S: A nice hit of funk right away. Horse blanket, wet hay, oak, cedar and a great tartness.

T: There isn't much carbonation, but it doesn't really seem to be a problem. Loads of funk and lemon acidity right away. Nice lingering tartness and funk throughout. Never really gets too sour, but this is a pleasant gueuze.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.17/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: golden, clear,
S: musty earth brett funk, grapes, cherries, ocean
T: tart cherries, lemon juice, this sourness seem to taste salty as well
M: dry, and the sharp sourness that cuts through the palate. it does not taste like vinegar, though.
O: it's a very sour beer. i am not a big fan but it works

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Scored at Bier Station when they pulled out some "cellared" bottles as part of a tapping party. I don't see Hanssens around here often, so I snatched it up in spite of the cost. Enjoyed out of a green 375 mL bottle with no dating that I can find on the bottle. However, the label is notched at what looks to be November 2012, so this one has about a year on it. Poured into a narrow Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a brassy, almost crystal-clear golden color, with a steady but sparse stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. As the bubbles reach the top, the work to create an everpresent foam about three-quarters finger thick. The color is a creamy off-white and made up of small, effervescent bubbles. Pretty standard looking gueuze to me.

Smell - A pretty funky, musty smell, like horse blanket, but mixed with a more generic fruity smell. Maybe some faint melon and starfruit, as well as some faint citrus and a backbone from the woody oak. Hints at a sour taste, but it's not as aggressive as I might have thought.

Taste - Unfortunately, the great funk and barnyard smell I got from the nose isn't as present in the taste. While it's definitely a sour beer, the sweetness provides a cloying counterpoint that really dulls the edge of the tartness. Not sure I'm a fan--when I drink a gueuze, I want that rush of adrenaline from the taste buds puckering in on themselves. I'm a little surprised this is rated so highly.

Mouthfeel - A little bit of cloying feel to it, but with a light body and light-to-moderate carbonation. Mostly dry finish, but with a sweet undertone that I'm not wild about.

Overall, an okay gueuze. I can think of at least two off the top of my head that are better, easier to get and cheaper. And they come in the same single-serve bottle, so no need to buy in 750 mL bulk. Give me more of that Experimental Cassis over this one any day.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a low, lazy effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam. Not bad, although I would have expected a little more carbonation perhaps.

Smell: extremely sour and slightly fruity. There's a light floral element here too which lends a nice, subtle complexity. But that sourness -- bam!

Taste: very sour throughout, but with a dynamic flavor profile underneath. Starts off a little funky, perhaps a little bready, and then develops an almost melon-like fruitiness. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: relatively light body with a low level of carbonation. Not really creamy, but then it's not supposed to be. High attenuation is appropriate for the style.

Overall: super tasty, tart and refreshing. One of the sourest beers I've ever had, and it works to great effect here. Kudos!

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Photo of nickthegun12
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance, is golden yellow fizzy
smell, is strong horsey smell, smells like 420!!
taste is sour and unstable on the front, a bit sour and surprisingly clean on the back
feel is very dry
overall this beer, is the STAPLE of what a gueuze should taste like

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Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml into a snifter.

A: Pours a glowing grapefruit color with a nice white head.

S: Very citrusy with a drying oak character coming in. Some bretty wet hay and a bit of a sulfuric note.

T: Taste is pretty acidic, with a bit more of an acetic character than most geuzes. Mild apple vinegar, a bit of minerality, oak tannins, unmalted wheat on the breath, some lactic acid, a bit of vanilla.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A nice flavorful geuze. I'm surprised that it's took me so long to finally review it.

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Photo of JdoubleA
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served into a samichlaus snifter.

Appearance - Hazy straw.

Smell - Tart lemony citrus. Slight bretty pineapple with a bit of funk.

Taste - Puckering granny smith tartness and flavor with an earthy mild over-ripe pineapple finish. Wow.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and well carbonated.

Overall - I really dig this and would love to have more to share.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass

A) Dense and cloudy; golden hued with apple juice highlights. Thin head with wispy retention. Some bubbles around the inside. Specks of lace.

S) Pretty nice aroma. Sharp funk and mustiness. Decent cheesy presence. Funk tones of cobwebs, basement, water-logged swamp wood and abandoned barn. Mostly funk notes; not really much for fruit. A bit grassy and earthy.

T) Kicks upfront with a good amount of tartness and sourness. It's equally rounded out by an almost toasty funkiness that bleeds into a sharp, musty funk stampede. Wood and earth.

M) Medium-light feel. It's a good feel. Moderate carbonation matches the tartness of the beer. Finishes tart and funky. It's a very good feel.

D) Exceptional balance and boasting great flavor. In contention for my favorite. Recommended.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks, Kevin. This is one that I've eyed up numerous times, but for some reason never walked out of the store with it. Golden, yellow body, very nice for a gueuze with a solidifying chill haze that cascades throughout. The foamy white head looks as though it might hang around for a while before it quickly scatters and reduces to almost nothing, leaving no lacing behind.

Wow, the aroma has exceedingly generous amounts of farmhouse funk. Sweat socks, wet wood, muddled and musty barnyard floors, wet hay... it's all there, side by side with a super acidic and tart green apple skin and lemon rind fruitiness that kicks the tartness up just a notch. When a beer smells this sour, you can only imaging how it's going to taste.

Wonderful balance of funk and tartness with each and every sip; lots of tart, unripe apples and lemon juice, very puckering and tickling the senses in nearly every way possible. The sourness has a mild lactic quality; not much vinegar, but certainly a little acidic. A few sips into this one and I'm kicking myself for not having purchased this sooner.

The funk, while not *quite* as huge as in the aroma, is still very much present on the palate. Musty and wet oak board, funky bales of hay, and a multitude of other barnyard-like flavors will have their way with the palate before the bottle is gone. A nice, biting acidic finishes things off and leaves your palate with the unabashed dryness that's expected from gueuze. Crisp and thin body with a sharp, heavily carbonated mouth feel.

Color me impressed... While I do not believe this is a world-beater level gueuze (which, in all fairness, is one of the hardest leaderboards to climb), it's still pretty damn good, and it's even more appealing due to its (relatively) reasonable price-point and superb availability. Sometime to tide over your gueuze yearning after you drink your last Cantillon... don't pass this one up like I did.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick white head that actually sticks around! Clear apple juice color.

Aroma is soft funk of mustiness and hay. Citric lemon and apple.

Plenty of lemony flavor and tartness throughout. Lingering funky flavor.

Softer carbonation and a fuller body for a gueuze.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, given to me by Brian as a nice extra. Poured into a Cantillon sherry glass today, 9/10/2013. This bottle is dated November 2012. Review #205.

Opens with a resounding pop.

Looks great! Clear golden straw coloured body with a nicely effervescent head that dissipates into a thick, bubbly collar that is continually being replenished from the escaping gas bubbles from within the glass. Leaves streaks of lacing all over the glass. Very nice!

The nose is a bit fainter than I'm used to for a geuze. Nevertheless, there is definitely a strong, earthy funk in the nose accompanied by a good chunk of acidity and a nice lemon zest.

Flavour is very nice and geuze-ish. Lemon zest, perhaps some grape skin, hits the palate first followed by a nice vinegary and acidic flavour which cleans the palate right off. The back end of each sip brings that earthy funk and a peppery spiciness on top of the vinegar, which is altogether a wonderful flavour profile. It just feels a bit subdued compared to the more famous 3F Oude Geuze, however.. but the profile really does remind me of the OG.

Mouthfeel is very effervescent on a medium body. Its just like sipping a sour champagne. The aftertaste is a drying, acidic, lemon juicy flavour that is balanced out a little bit by a barnyard funk. But the lemon aspect remains dominant.. very acidic. Sourness quotient isn't out of this world, but this is certainly a sour and would not be mistaken for otherwise.

A very good shelf geuze that reminds me of a less intense Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Its not the most intensely flavourful geuze like 3F Oude Geuze, nor is it funky like Cantillon Classic. But it is readily available at a price point that is hard to argue with. I think I would prefer Tilquin's version at the same price point. However, if that isn't available, then this one is the one I would turn to.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow with a flimsy fishnet of a head. Not lookin' good.

Smell: The expected barnyard Brettanomyces character is front and center. Pine, lemon zest, and apricots add some complexity.

Taste: Delicious umami, but the acetic sourness is the most obvious flavor, to the point where it almost throws things off balance. Some of the apricot from the smell is present, as is a fresh, wheaty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-light, with high carbonation. In spite of the sourness, the finish isn't puckering.

Overall: Quite enjoyable, although the appearance was a tad off-putting. Flavorful and fun, but with slightly too much sourness--other flavors could have come out, creating a rounder taste.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden amber with a large white head that thins out fairly quickly. No lacing.

Very nice grassy aroma. Musty basement, citrus, wet hay, woody, and typical farmy aroma but not so aggressive. Tart with a subtle sweetness in the background

Sour upfront finishing with funk and some sweetness. The sourness is a bit one-dimensional and not quite as dry as I'd like. Still refreshing. The beer might be a bit too young.

Biting but not too highly carbonated. Some bitterness and sweetness sticks around in the finish.

A nice gueuze, but a bit one dimensional and not quite dry and carbonated enough.

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Photo of Jonada
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottled January 2013

Appearance: Pours a bright light golden orange color with 2 fingers of a slightly off white head. Body is lightly hazy with moderate carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: White grape, sour apple, herbal, wood, cheesy funk, hint of vinegar.

Taste: Sour lemon, white grape, strong lactic character, mild oak, bretty funk. The funky characteristics come out more as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Medium fine carbonation. Finishes relatively dry but with a very slight residual sweetness.

Overall: This is a really good, under appreciated gueuze. 3F and Cantillon get a lot of hype (deservedly so), but this one is right up there with them.

This was a fairly young bottle. I'd be really interested to see what it does with some age.

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Photo of MCImes
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my perfect Gueuze. The yeast profile in this is beer great. Its funky. Its like sheep and hay in a bottle. Its smells like the farmland of Belgium. It takes you there with your nose and tongue. its perfectly lactic and sour; great light fruit flavors; sour apple, white grapes...similar to a fine white wine or champagne. Its a perfect palette cleanser with something rich (beef tenderloin, hooks 15 year cheddar, and this are my deathbed meal) or just great to drink with anything. anytime. in excess...if I could...mmm. if not this, then Giradin 1882 or boon marriage parfait...mmm

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Photo of nquigley16
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange with a nice, but brief, white head.

Smells of smoked lemons, citrus peels, spicy peppery earthy notes, serious sourness, and a hint of vinegar.

Dry tannic sour taste. Lemons, peppercorns, peach, lots of wood character.

Nice mouthfeel with a good carbonation, leaves an extremely dry and puckering aftertaste.

A delicious and very complex geuze, not the best I've ever had but certainly one of the most interesting and complex.

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Photo of sitarist
4.59/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.