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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Reviews: 475
Hads: 1,146
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 113
Gots: 207 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-21-2001

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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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Photo of KFBR392
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A medium dark orange color to this brew. Murky body. Pours with a bubbly head which lives a short, highly active life. Not much carbonation active while drinking though.

Smell: All sorts of complexity here. The tartness really jumps out at the drinker right away. But underneath that is some bitter fruits and some nutty tones. Crisp apples and some honey notes are very pleasant. So much going on here, tough to get locked on to one thing, but that certainly is not a bad thing.

Taste: The front is a ton of sweet fruits with some mild malt base. The tart body comes through so wonderfully. Mouth watering tartness refuses to yield until late in the finish which backs off to again the sweet fruits. The palate continues to buzz with so many wonderful flavor long after drinking. Simply wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Dry and tart, like it should be.

Overall: Just a wonderful brew. This is a style I really look forward to digging more into and really growing to love. The complexity found with this brew is absolutely elite. The tartness of this beer is perfectly done, this beer did not take very long to drink.

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Photo of spointon
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 750ml corked and caged green bottle into a stemmed wineglass.

A= This ale poured a bright orange-ish yellow/straw color with a very minimal head of white fizz that disappeared almost immediately. Clarity was on the hazy side, but not overly cloudy.

S= I smelled a lot going on in this one. The acetic sourness was very evident in the nose with some vinegar while it was complemented by oak, citrus, brett, a musty cork like character often found in Biere de Garde.

T= Similar to the nose but with even more sourness than expected. Starts off with a kiss of fruit and citric acid, followed by much deeper tart/sour flavors of vinegar, and barnyard/brett funk. Finish is almost beyond bone dry.

MF= Light bodied, effervescent, and puckeringly dry.

D= This hits all of the right notes for an outstanding Geueze, but for some reason I found it lacking. I think the acetic/vinegar sourness was just a bit out of balance with the rest of the flavors. Still an outstanding beer, but this vintage was not as great as others I have had...

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Photo of utopiajane
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A delightful pop from the cork and this poured out sunshine golden straw color. Light and a bit cloudy. A voluptuous head of white foam that settled to a thin cap and collar and champagne effervescence. It’s heaven to look at. The nose is strong and delicious with yeast, brett funk, barnyard and hay, musty wood a bit of vinegar and sweet hint of white grape and citrus. Taste is mouth watering, juicy and sour. Lemon, plenty of earthy funk, sour with some pear and green apple. Malt is light grain. It’s simplicity on the palate and each sip has you asking for more. Nice dry finish and a little oak and vanilla in the aftertaste. This was a wild and refreshing gueuze.

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Photo of spoony
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (dated November 2012) into a gueuze glass. Review from notes dated June 2, 2013.

A-A normal pour results in a thin white head that drops to a patchy cap of foam. The carbonation is active and visible in the clear liquid. The brew is copper/light orange in color.

S-I smell tart white grapes, sour apples, tart lime, and a lactic sourness. The funkiness is mild for the style and complimentary of the sour fruit notes.

T-The taste tracks the smell. I get an acidic vinous note of grapes, apples, lime, and slightly sweet cider to begin with. The finish then dries out and the lactic sourness tugs a little at your glands. Funkiness is tame, but integrates well with the fruits.

M-The feel is a bit softer and mellower than some of gueuze I have had recently (mainly Cantillon). The body is also a bit fuller and more robust for the style.

O-This is a great gueuze. The flavors are sweeter and less funky than some beers of this style and the feel is softer and more robust, all of which combine to make this beer a bit less harsh-feeling than some other gueuze, which helps the drinkability. That being said, this beer still has complexity and tartness that make this style so enjoyable.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In my experience, the more difficult a brewery’s name is to pronounce, the better their sours are; this one doesn’t seem too tough phonetically, though. Glad to have it in my glass on this bright summer’s day.

A: Pours a gorgeous gold with a fizzy, stark white head that falls fast to the tune of very little retention and lace. Still, an eye-catching body that shimmers in the light.

S: An array of ripe fruit at first: kiwi, mango, and cantaloupe manifest a palate drenched in the juicy, natural sweetness of fleshy fruit. Slight vinegar tone to it – smells acidic – but the wild yeast provides mainly a funky, barnyard crispness that’s balanced just about perfectly with the fruit. Fantastic.

T: This is one hell of a sour beer, but not sour in the way you typically think of. Imagine eating a lime like an apple: it has a very distinct rind flavor to it – strikingly bitter – but the main taste, the pulp of the palate, is a sweet-and-sour citric juiciness. As such, the fruit profile of blackberry, kiwi, and lemon-lime that evolves is not only refreshing, but overripe and interesting. Pronounced malt flavors or hay and fruity cereal fill any gaps with a taste you wouldn’t believe wasn’t a mouthful of grain – there’s nothing but authentic flavor here. Finishes with a lingering olive oil tone.

M: I realize that I’ve come to expect a certain texture from Belgian lambics, a silky carbonation that’s more of a froth than a fizz; it’s a truly wonderful part of the experience, and I may well have been taking it for granted. This is a perfect example of that: as soon as I took a sip, I thought “yeah, pretty normal.” But in the wide wide world of beer, it’s nothing but – that light lambic creaminess is a testament to the efforts of the Belgian brewer. Here, it’s done beautifully, carrying a soft, round character all the way down.

O: Sour beers are all supposed to taste the same, right? I mean, shouldn’t that intense lactic acidity just push everything to the same end? As it stands, this is the Belgian style in which I’ve seen the most variation: with tastes from heavy to crisp, bitter to sweet, and fruity to herbal, there seems to be an array of possibilities here. All I can hope is that they all turn out as good as this.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice gueuze, but certainly not the best one out there, and I think this is probably a little overrated here on BA. it pours a faded orange color, well cloudy, and not holding onto much of its bubbly white head. the nose is sour and vinegar forward, with some straw-like malt and a spunky yeast character. the acidic sour element is the strongest part of the flavor, as it should be in a good gueuze, but I also pick up some light fruit here, tart berries or something, which gives the beer a little sweetness and a little weight beyond its middle of the road malt bill. the finish is very acidic, now more vinegar than conventional sour, which clashes with the sweetness. not as effervescently carbonated as I like for the style, but satisfying enough. also a little thicker than some, but that doesn't bother me with all the complexity here. overall this is a very well made version of the style, but it lacks some of the memorable features of the best ones, it also drags slightly in feel, which is supposed to be so bright here. probably not worth the money they charge for this, but a must have obviously for any gueuze-heads.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

350 ML bottle poured into a snifter. 11/2012 bottling date.

Pours a dark golden color with a moderate/heavy white, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. a massive amount of bubbles shoot up from the bottom towards the top. smell is extremely strong and sour. vinegar and sour apples. taste is quite intense. extremely sour flavor with a very apparent green apple taste that lingers on the back of tongue. LOVE the taste of this one. possibly too intense for novices of the style but for me, it's incredible. high carbonation with a medium body, very drinkable.

Overall one of the best sours I've ever had. I slightly prefer drie fonteinen but this one is right up there.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head that fades quickly without lacing. The nose is a tad skunky at first, but mellows out and becomes a slightly sweet, funky, tartly gueuzey. The taste is quite potent with great grain, yeast, bacteria, and a touch of sweetness. Is definitely a gueuze that packs it in flavor and exceeds expectations. The mouthfeel is sweet and sour upfront with a lingering dryness that's slowly washed away by my quickly responding saliva (I wouldn't want tooth decay with all this acidity). This is a great beer with excellent price and availability.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy straw colored yellow. A fizzy pour that lasted a bit but not through the tasting. No lacing really to speak of.

Sour as it should be. Takes awhile to pick out the undertones but once you get really in there you start to pick out the other notes. Some white wine vinegar and tart green apples. A light lemon or apricot. A noticeable funk with a minor horsey note. Some minor buytric as well.

The taste has a nice tartness but they yeast comes out more vs the nose. A light lactic note with more buytric undertones. The fruity notes come out with tart apple and light mango apricot note. Some lighter rose peddles and minor meiangue-esk character. A bit yeasty in to the finish.

The body is bone dry allowing the sourness to come out. Some yeast into the finish cuts the finish. Some off yeast notes linger into the finish. Would have liked a bit more carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer. Love the big sour notes.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cork and cage bottle not sure on vintage

A - pours a rosey apple cider color. Pour produces a good 2.5 inches of loose white foam, dissipates pretty quickly. Little to no lacing.

S - sour, apple cider vinegar, with some funkiness, white wine champagne notes.

T - pretty good punch of sour. Sour apple and dark berry up front, rich citrus, oily lemon, then just a little funkiness on the edge at the end.

M - effervescent carbonation, crisp, with just a little bit a syrupy-ness after a while, but not off putting.

O - I like it. A little more apple cider than I really like, but certainly enjoyable. Tasty sour.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with BryanK.

12.7 oz caged and corked green bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a tulip. Bottled June 2012 (almost 1 year of age)

Pours a nice golden color with a light cloudiness, a spotty white head that lasts maybe 1/2 the glass, no lacing.

That nice classic gueze smell, some horsey Brett, a bit of lactic funk, rotted wood, musty basement, some slight cheese funk as it warms and just a hint of citrus comes through. Doesn't smell quite as sour as it is, but still not really sour as most.

Really coats the mouth with sour lemon citrus and lactic funk. Complexities of horsey Brett, rotted wood. Changes as it warms bringing forth maybe some old cheese?

Kind of a lighter carbonation for the style, coats the mouth, sour for sure.

A solid gueze, maybe not as good as 3fon or cantillion but pretty close. Buy this if you can.

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Photo of mnphish
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 fl oz. bottle into a snifter.
a fairly murky light amber-gold body with a small head that lasts a while.
Smells very tart like sour apples, lemon, vinegar, and funk.
Tastes extremely sour and I absolutely love it. Lemon, sour apple, white grape, and earthy funk. No metallic taste.
Mouthfeel is medium and is carbonated perfectly with lots of fizz. It's got that bubbly champagne mouthfeel.
I would really like to drink this beer again.

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.