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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,009 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,009
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 101
Gots: 173 | FT: 16
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml. Orange/golden pour, descent amount of carbonation throughout. Whispy layer of pretty much white.

A pungeant scent, large equal parts barn funk, cider vinegar and lemon zest.

Taste, not nearly as interesting though. Pretty much straight tart cider and red wine vinegar. Some lemonhead candy, very limited hay and funkiness in the finish.

Fairly lively carbonation keeps it going down ok, but it is quite puckering. Not nearly as dry as you would expect, which I think hurts with the pucking carrying on a bit much.

It's just fine, just not even sniffin close to the Cantillon Gueuze.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Nice pop to the cork as I open it. A careful pour yields a fleeting white head and no lacing. Hazy orange body with flecks of bubbles on top.

Smell - Bright, lemony tartness and a nice funk in the back. The funk never really overwhelms the tartness the way I like in a gueuze, but it's nice.

Taste - Immediately tart, but the funk is early in the sip as well. It feels as though the tartness is covering up some flavors itching to come through. Lemon and some hay-like flavors permeate the tartness. The funk is a little wanting, but it's still delicious. There is an intense acetic vinegar tartness at the end. I'm going to dock the mouthfeel and not the taste for that.

Mouthfeel - Lightly carbonated, maybe a bit under carbonated. Not as dry as I've come to expect from the style. Really leaves a wet finish. That vinegar tartness is puckering as hell and somewhat unpleasant.

Overall - It's a gueuze, so it's still good stuff. Not the best, but as it's one of the only lambics available to me, I'm going to drink it.

Photo of WarnerJC8
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Agold
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a bright golden color. No head at all. Can't see any carbonation in the glass. Aroma is extremely funky with some sour acetic tartness, lemon rind and cobwebs. The taste is nice and funky with a great balance of vinegar sour and acetic sour. Lemons and apples and funk dominate the taste which is fine with me. Very light. Slightly undercarbonated, but otherwise great. Overall this is a damn good example of the style. Love this beer.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of LazFTW
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I opened up my bottle of Hanssenn;s Oude Gueuze a few months ago to share with friends and never really got around to reviewing it. What I have been doing in the mean time is hunting down a local store where I can get another 750mL bottle. As far as Gueuzes go, this is my favorite. The flavors are just so complex and mouth puckering and the smell is really like no other type of beer. As far as price goes, it more expensive than something like a Lindemans Cuvee Renee but the quality is just so much much better and I'd much rather spend the extra $6-7 for this. So far this is my favorite Gueuze but I'm constantly on the hunt for more.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of SpillyBeers
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BMoldy
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Decent gold color with a small, fizzy white head that disappears immediately. No lacing to speak of.

S: Strong, clean funky aroma that has a faint hint of wet wood. Not particularly complex otherwise.

T: Good, bold tartness is most pronounced. A little on the sweet side, but not by much, and a dryness certainly makes itself felt in the finish.

M: Medium-light bodied, with a strong acidic touch. Lingering acidity and mild astringent character on the finish.

O: Overall a deliciously more-tart-than-normal kind of gueuze. What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in boldness and authenticity. Really glad I picked this up.

Photo of DoctorB2B
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Bottle indicates it is from Lotnr G.

Appearance: As poured the beer is an almost clear golden peach color with a ½” egg shell white head that soon recedes to 1/8” but then holds there for a good while as it is fed by lots of active, visible carbonation rising through the liquid. Sipping leaves partial rings and small widely scattered speckles of lacing. There is a thin layer of foam that leaves patches and speckles of foam clinging to the sides of the glass throughout the beer.

Smell: The aroma reminds of apple cider vinegar with definite traces of musty barnyard smells mingling with a touch of oakiness. As the beer warms further there is some horseblanket as well.

Taste: The flavors here are much as expected from the nose and include tart lemon, some sour green apple, and some musty earthiness tinged with woodiness from the oak. The barnyard and horseblanket dance around in the background and occasionally emerge to let you know they are there.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the medium side of light bodied and gently prickly from the carbonation. The medium long finish begins in tart lemon and acidic sourness but then slides smoothly into a persistent woody dryness with occasional bits of tartness popping out here and there at various places on the palate.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is definitely a sipping beer, not because of the ABV, but because more that a sip at once makes one feel that the flavors may be overwhelming. This is a one glass a night beer because of the intensity of flavors. My overall impression is that this is definitely a world class beer with lots of complexity in the flavor and aroma and that rivals any of the best gueuze I’ve tried to date. I’ll definitely be having more of it.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ficknish
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale orange. Hazy. Little to no head.

S - Funk. Musk. Apple cider vinegar. Slight fruit. Grapes and lemons.

T - Apple cider vinegar. Wild funk. Sweet honey. Wet hay. Lettuce.

M - Bubbly. Tart. Sour. Dry. Acidic. Leaves mouth quickly sticks to tongue longer.

O - A great lambic. Funky and vinegary. Love its subtle grape tartness and honey sweet backbone. Will probably drink again.

Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.