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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

965 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 96
Gots: 161 | 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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Photo of dubinsky
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lotnr: E Caged and corked 375ml bottle into a tulip.

A – Pours a clean and clear golden straw yellow with a bubbly white head. Very reminiscent of Martinelli's sparkling cider. Once the head dies there his a noticeable lack of carbonation that I normally see in beers.

S – Very mellow funky sour lemon/lime aroma. This is not as aggressively sour smelling as other Gueuze's that I have had. Definite sour apple, peach, vinegar and mellow oak notes are present.

T - Very tart and sour off the bat. Strong vinegar like acidity is very noticeable with little hop or malt presence. A bit of an oak wood component is present as well. I can really taste the barrel on this one.

M – Way less carbonation than I expected, but not less than I prefer for the style.

O – This is a perfect example of the style I think. Although this is beer is rather young, purchased last week, its still a very tasty and refreshing beer. I think I will pick up a few more and age them and open one up every year till they are all gone. At $10 a pop I can afford to do that.

dubinsky, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of davey101
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

davey101, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz corked & caged bottle, poured into Petrus chalice.

Pours with a decent sized fizzy white head over a clear golden-to-amber colored body with plenty of carbonation on the sides of the glass. Just a slight chill haze.

Aromas are just awesome - exactly what you should expect for the style. Mostly barnyard, but a nice balance of tart acidity. This thing just smells like a barn after a rain storm. Wet hay, horseblanket, you name it. Some sneakers, too. White grapes and green apple make up the tartness.

Flavors follow more on the tart/acidic side, with lots of white grape skins, lemon juice, and some earth to balance in the middle. Tart, but not puckering mouthfeel. Could use a bit more carbonation, given that gueuzes should be on the high side.

Incredibly refreshing overall, and just a superb example of the style.

BeerImmediately, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of joefuzz
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle poured into tulip

Pours golden orange with a super small white head that doesn't stick around long. Has kind of a sulfer smell up front with a small amount of earthy funk coming through. Taste is sour but not overwhelming silght fruit and funk coming in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty spot on for the style. Overall a good beer for the price but no cantillon.

joefuzz, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of CoalPorter
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a harpoon tulip

A - 2 fingers of eggshell head, reduces to 1 then stands like meringue. color is tawny orange yellow, slightly cloudy from a hint of bottle sediment. large bubbles rise occasionally, no lacing to speak of

S - champagne and sour apple/ green grapes abound, musty background of of pear and passion-fruit

T - lemon pucker initially warming into raspberry and current, next is dry and medicinal quinine and woody wintergreen stems in the back of the throat, aftertaste of green grape skin and lingering dryness like mace or pepper

M - medium to full mouthfeel, coats with pleasant astringency

O - Delicious and refreshing, perfect for a summer day on the back porch. I could drink several of these and still not get tired of the sour attack and the complexity behind it.

CoalPorter, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Squelch
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy straw colored. No head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: funky, lemony.

Taste: WOW. Extreme sourness. no balance. Way overpowering. Still addicting.

Mouthfeel: Puckering. Extremely so.

Overall: Never has something this puckering and sour before. it's like biting into a lemon.

Squelch, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Kshock
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Light frothy head resides upon a Straw yellow beer with a little chill haze. Looks fantastic sitting in my DFH tulip.

S- Lots of funk and barnyard aroma up front, then acidic sour aroma backs it up at the end. The smells marry very well together to make a truly awesome aroma. You can almost smell the tradition ;)

T- Lots of grapefruit and acid up front. Drys out quickly and delivers a great finish on a very powerful flavor.

M- Light to medium body with a solid carb tickle on the palate.

O- One of the best Gueuzes out there, PERIOD.

Kshock, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the Blues and Brews fest in Akron. Apparently the distributor only sent over 6 bottles for a 6 hour long fest... damn them, becuase this ran out fast, and was damn tasty.

Really funky up front. Lots of dank oakiness and some sweeter wine and vinegar notes.

Very sour, maybe not quite puckering though. Complex and full of all the best typical gueuze flavors.

Crisp and very refreshing for the hot weather.

Overall this was an awesome beer, and I hope to score some soon. I know it is usually cheap but it's not seen around Ohio all that often.

Spider889, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mikesgroove, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of mattkooler
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating a Thirsty Thursday listening to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers while drinking an Oude Gueuze.

A- Noticed a lack of carbonated bubbles, this could be due to my choice in glassware (poured into a chalice, as this is all I had at the time). Nice head with good retention and lacing, a deep yellowish orange color. Certainly looks delicious.

S- A mellow but deep funky smell. When I dream of what a gueuze smells like, this is it. Instantly recognizable.

T- First taste is a sharp tartness, but for me mellows off quite nicely. Taste stays with you a while, mainly tartness, funk, a little vinegar and also sweetness. Difficult to describe as the flavors blend very well (very good thing).

M- Less carbonation than I would prefer. Otherwise, the mouthfeel is a little bit sticky; stays in your mouth a while.

O- Definitely good. Only thing that lacked for me was carbonation, but that could have been my glassware choice. Don't normally see this around the stores I frequent, so if I had a chance to purchase again, I DEFINITELY would.

mattkooler, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks quite lovely in a nice tulip glass. A bit of frothy white head rings the glass. The beer is a bright golden, straw color with a bit of a light brown haze. Carbonation looks great, as the head remains a slight fizzy coating atop the beer.

S: Certainly funky. Some sulfur that is cut wonderfully with tart, citrusy aromas. Some grapefruit and peach mix with orange peel and lemon zest. Grassy and barnyard-y with a surprising aroma of alcohol. Almost getting a darker fruit character, but this one remains pretty light and crisp.

T: Not overly tart, actually has a sweetness that rides along with the tartness throughout. Second sip is quite tart...may have to take that first statement back. Packed with citrus and some funk. Impressively balanced sourness.

M: Perfectly dry and crisp with flavors that linger for what seems like minutes after each sip. Carbonation is a bit prickly, which only accentuates the tart.

O: Very impressed with this one. For 10 bucks, this is a wonderful Gueuze to have every so often and I'll be sure to grab some more.

kiddynamite920, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of JebediahScooter
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Busy Bee for the Belgian Independence Day sour beer party.

Hazy orange rind color with a bit of opacity and a decent one finger snowy white head.

Smells nice...strong vinegar presence, overripe fruit, and definite hints of the pucker to come.

Quite tart, almost to the point where it'd be a bit much but not quite. This one toes the line, and other sours that I sampled after this first beer of the night seemed pretty mild in comparison. Green apple peel, citrus rind, a bit of funk and vinegar, and some grassy/earthy notes ane sublte pepper. Delicious and complex.

A bit more carbonation than I expected from the cask, which was a nice surprise. Pleasant dryness and somewhat thicker than many guezes.

Overall, this was my favorite of a number of excellent beers last night. I really wanted another glass, but I also wanted to try other things. I plan to crack a bottle of this in the cellar for comparison.

JebediahScooter, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Lot C. Poured into a Mikkeller oversized wineglass.

Appearance
This one doesn't look very carbonated. I adjusted my pour halfway through, in favor of a taller, rougher decant. I still only got a really short, pure white head. The head has good stay though, it only dissipated after I disturbed it by drinking. A few broken rings of lace are left. The color of the beer is fantastic though. Its an extremely bright, gueuzey orange with full haze. On the second glass I poured with reckless abandon. The result was a nice, tall head that threw amazing lace. It faded into a ring but the lacing was maintained. This deserves a score bump, just make sure you pour this one like an asshole.

Aroma
This wildly funky aroma has me puckering already. Lots of mold and cheesy funk is there along side a sturdy waft of damp wood. Swirling brings up a LOT of peppercorn and a little bit of lemon zest. There is a little bit of urinal cake—which more often than not is a totally disgusting aroma—that actually works well here. This is a very complex aroma with a lot of familiar smells, but some of them are hard to nail down exactly.

Taste
This one is very, very acidic. It carries lots of bitter and sour citrus zest throughout with a spike of sour lime zest towards the end. The finish also sees lots of lingering notes of peppercorn. A cheesy funk builds the middle of the flavor all the while mineral flavors are noted. Most of the acidity and sourness break to allow a very clean, refreshing, easy finish.

Mouthfeel
The extreme acidity of this beer hurts the teeth, but is oh-so good. Low carbonation allows the extremely dry body to strip the palate apart.

Overall
An extremely good gueuze, but the very high acidity makes this one an aggressive gueuze. I'm really glad I finally got to try this. And for $16.99 a bottle I think this is a fair deal, especially when compared to its Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen counterparts.

MbpBugeye, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle. "lot F"
Serving this a tulip glass.

Light apricot tinted orangey gold. VERY small whitish head. This looks like it is lacking in carbonation...

Smells oaky and peppery... Very big and prominent sourness in this beer, and that is how I like my gueuze!

Dry, white pepper, oak, and very sour and acidic. Very nice.

Body is light/medium with low, but acceptable, carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice and sour gueuze. Nice dry finish. Quite enjoyable.

AleWatcher, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of WankelEngine
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a golden amber color with next to no head and a lot of visible carbonation. There is a slight rim of foam around the edge of the glass which leaves no lacing.

S: Smells of barnyard funk with a zesty lemon scent. Light vinegar and some earthy tones round out the smell.

T: Retains much of the funk from the smell, but develops many more flavors. There is a notable vinegar flavor which complements the citrus and lemon. Behind all of this is some sweet caramel malt with a touch of honey to balance some of the zest. This is also very juicy, reminiscent of sour cherries. The finish is long and earthy and leaves your mouth watering.

M: Carbonation gives a good amount of effervescence. Light and tangy.

O: A good offering. Vinegar, funk and fruit dominate.

WankelEngine, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours golden orange, almost no head to speak of.
S: very funky. Sweaty feet, barnyard, very earthy and tart. Maybe a very light touch of honey.
T: very tart and sour, a tiny touch of grain, mixed into the funky wet hay, band-aid plastic, no sweetness to speak of at all.
M: the tartness makes this very crisp, decent carbonation.
O: very tart, this is helping me to like gueuzes more.

rootbeerman, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to TRBergman for suggesting this beer; I really liked it and can't wait to get started on tasting more Gueuze styled beers; keep up the good work at Binny's, your place is great

Beer served in a small Stone style taster glass (2oz)

A - Beer poured with a light orange opaque colored body; barely any head formed but had a moderate amount of well carbonated fizzle; no lacing and had a thin consistency

S - Extremely sour yeast and bitter notes; citrus scents with a hint of lemon and lime; grapefruit; crisp sour Brut nose

T - Very, very sour; tart lime sourness; astringent grapefruit taste; dry Brut champagne taste; sour white grapes; white vinegar; acidic

M - Sour astringent flavor and feel; makes the mouth pucker and my eyes shutter; has a refreshing crisp citrus aftertaste; kind of dry and has a lingering flavor profile

D - Did I mention this is sour? Awesome stuff; not bad for my first dabble into Gueuze style beers; if most of them are like these I can't wait to try another; just thinking of this makes my mouth feel like i ate a bunch of sour patch kids candies; those with a weak tolerance to very sour and active profiled beers, you are being warned!

ferrari29, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of muttyd
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one in the cellar for about year, figured tonight would be a good night to crack it.

Poured gently into a traditional Cantillon tumbler glass yielding a slightly hazy orange/amber body with about a half-inch head that settles into a few millimeters worth of white fuzz. Proud of my rather clear looking pour!

Aroma has a big funky/horseblanket brett presence, some vinegar and acidity (but muted by the funk), and slightly medicinal. Flavor first hits you with a citrusy/vinegary sourness. Sweet, honey-like grainy malts are the backbone to this beer. Brett is very strong in the towards the end giving an earthy, almost leathery finish. Moderate carbonation, but still effervescent and refreshing. Mouthwatering, as expected, throughout but especially in the finish.

What more can be said about these beers. Time-tested and (in my opinion) one of the best styles of beer on the planet. Good stuff.

muttyd, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at Max's

Clear amber, dense, frothy head good retention and lace. Nose is muted with fruity berries not unlike a New Belgium sour. Moderate funk, pronounced acidity, there
s a blend of wet hay and barnyard. The palate opens with a surprising vinegar bite, bright, fruity and acidity with wet hay wet dog and a moderate lactic, juicy character. A little too intense, with a bit more acetic char than i'd like, and more acetic character than most gueuzes should (and do) have. Decent. Medium light in body mildly carbonated with a vinegary, oaky finish, this was a rare treat, albeit not the experience I was hoping for.

DefenCorps, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a stubby chalice)

A- This beer pours a very slight hazy orange with a thick head of big bubbles that are soon gone. There is no real sign of carbonation noticed.

S- The aroma of white wine vinegar has a soft stone fruit note to it and an overripe fruit and mayonnaise note to follow. There are some brie rind notes in the finish that grow as this beer opens up.

T- The tart red wine vinegar taste is bright with some tannins and stone fruit notes to follow. There is a phenolic plastic note in the finish with a full brie rind flavor with softer notes of grapefruit rind and a bitter note. The tartness coats the mouth after each sip.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tart but not to astringent quality that burns the back of the throat after each sip but doesn't make my jaw lock shut. There is an alcohol burn along with the tartness in the finish.

O- I think this is one beer that doesn't benefit from being on cask. The sour character is to sharp in the aftertaste an the alcohol burn on enhances that. There is no a lot of depth of flavors but the cheese rind brett notes are really pronounced.

rhoadsrage, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 12.7 oz Bottle of this from Kahns Fine Wines and Spirits in Indianapolis, IN for $12.99. Was told this is the best Gueuze you could find in Indianapolis (Brennan says) and so I'm trusting his word! Poured from the Corked bottle into my Schlafly Tulip Glass and enjoyed with the woman who loves sours the most! Has Lotnr: E on the side of the scroll like label.

Aroma- Now I understand what the "horse blanket" aroma is like! Very sour/tart and has a rhubarb and honey finish to the scent. May have even a bit of oak in here but very mild.

Appearance- Pours a less than .5 finger head (the stays for almost half the drink!) with dark golden color body. May be hazy but can't tell because of the dark color. Lacing is huge and covers the entire glass.

Flavor- Starts very, VERY sour but then has the oak flavor here. Has a bit of a wheat flavor and extremely acidic. Barnyard character here? Yes indeed. Perfect!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Puckers the tongue and cheeks at the finish, and full of complexity!

Overall Impression- Gueuze! Wow! What a treat. I don't care how much this one costs, I'm looking for this one high and low. Such a great sour, it reminds of my first Gueuze with my cousin Mark but much, much better and now I can really appreciate this style. While it is tougher to drink because of the goaty/barnyard tastes, it is enjoyed sip by sip. Would love to push someone onto this style, but may be tough for some to understand how this could actually be a beer!

DCon, Jun 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Very funky. I referred to this as a "stinky gueuze". Vinegar, citrus, and some barn type notes.

Taste: Light and refreshing. Quite funky with some lemon and vinegar. The finish is sour and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mild carbonation, and a very dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one, especially out on the deck on a summer day. Refreshing and has a nice balance.

oline73, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of cooch69
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Poorter Tulip glass, and it comes with barely any head. Just really large and loose bubbles float atop a bright copper beer with some dark golden yellow hues on the bottom.

Nose really gets the glands drooling. Nice pungent sourness followed by many esters mainly those resembling cider. A faint mustiness as well.

Taste comes through with a nice assertive but balanced sourness. Strong but not really strong. An old hard wood must. Some 4 month old cotton socks and a lovely hint of apple cider and perry. This one is'nt as big with the funk as some others I've had but more of an all around well rounded Gueuze experience. Comes initially dry but than finishes semi sweet and really juicy. Almost like having a starburst explode in your mouth.

Truly a Gueuze for connoisseur's and probably one of my favorite sours.

cooch69, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of webmanspidey
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a large tulip. This is an extremely fizzy and cloudy golden orange liquid. Smell is full of blue cheese-like funkiness, with lots of lemon and sour citrus. Taste is bitingly sour and tart with strong astringent lemon flavors. Very tasty and drinkable, but maybe not the most intense gueuze I've tried. Still, very good.

webmanspidey, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Opens with a nice little pop and poured into a tulip glass. Clear, medium amber orange color with a white collared head. Lemon, grape, slight funk in the aroma. Starts with a white wine grape sweetness that then transitions to a lemon zest like note. Building sourness. Ends wtih a slightly funky finish. Light mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Overall, decent but not sure it is worth the price.

kbutler1, Jun 14, 2011
Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.