Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,002 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 102
Gots: 169 | FT: 15
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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of oline73
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at res ale house.

A- no head upon arrival on top of a on top of a slightly hazy golden yellow orange brew.

S- lots of preserves lemons and funky funky wood. A bit floral with a touch honey like sweetness. Kinda smell like rotten lemon juice but in a good way if you can dig.

T- extremely tart and sour right out of the gate, so much so that your taken aback by it. After the open you get some very funky wet wood and some spoiled vegetation. Lots of lemons juice and just the faintest hint of a honey sweetness from the malts.

M- just about medium in body and completely still. Huge massive ass ripping pucker and almost a sting at the back of the mouth.

O- well its super interesting and wild as all get out but so damn funky and rotty that you lose some of the subtle complexity of the bottled version.

Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the farmer's cabinet via a gravity fed firkin. I enjoy gueuze and jump at the opportunity when it presents itself. I approach this chance with great anticipation since this is my first time having one via cask delivery.

Served in a short glass, approximately 6 oz. This brew appears a perfectly clear color of copper orange. It has an appearance that is strikingly similar to apple juice. There is no head atop this brew, it looks still. Even a couple of swirls do nothing to perk up some carbonation on this one.

The smell is intense with sour quality, some funk and cheese pales in comparison to notes of vinegar. At times it comes across with a bit of an earthy touch but all in all apple cider vinegar is the major player in this brew's nose. Seemingly no indication of alcohol or hops which is fitting to the style.

The taste is an immediate throwback to the aroma. A serious kick in the pants of immense sourness seemingly strips all of the moisture out of my tongue. This brew tastes straight up of acidic apple cider vinegar. With each sip I take, I try to gather more flavors but come up short other than some minor earthy qualities and then back to the vinegar.

I thought this one would go down easier, I stepped myself up and was ready for this after having a berliner weisse to start off the day, then a lambic. I thought I was ready to tackle this one but it left me humbled and reaching for water to quench my thirst. I had this brew from a bottle before and this cask experience was a completely new beast. Color me impressed but at the same time quite confused. It could have benefited a bit from even a slight amount of carbonation but that was completely absent. Regardless, not bad and worth a try.

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean and clear, near headless golden oranage, one of the darker tints ive seen from the style. Scent is musty baryard, damp wood and muddy earth forward, sour notes and a suprisingly bold fresh grain/malt presence. Taste is earthy, without being overly funky, muddy earth and damp wood present in quantity, lightly sour and puckering at serving temperature (cask remember) and stronger as it approached full room temp - really becomes a puckering being later on. The grain profile is heavier then many in the style. Limited cask carbonation here, beer comes across as medium and the sourness lingers on the palate. A nice find in cask, maybe not my prefered method to serve the style, but a good beer.

Photo of EricCioe
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy orange with very little carbonation evident, no head, no lace. It's like a pretty girl without ears or eyelashes. On the nose, there is a gigantically sour, nasty, 'cheeto-fart' (the lady interjects) tart that is overwhelming. I mean it's not bad, but it certainly flattens me when I stick my nose in the glass. If it's horseblanket, it's like tripping face first into it. In the mouth the flavors mellow a bit, but only in comparison to the nose. There is nothing mellow about the tart attack on the tip of the tongue. One sip has me reeling for some time. As it works further back there are other things going on, an earthiness, some spicy pepper perhaps, but hanging out on the tongue is the longest, sourest finish I've ever experienced in my short time with this and similar styles. The body is medium but I wish there were more carbonation in my particular bottle.

Overall, this beer flattened me on the nose and backed off just enough to be a bit better than good in the mouth. Really a remarkable sourness lingering here. Earlier tonight I had a Kuhnhenn 4D and I can't imagine two brews more different. I guess that illustrates how versatile these few ingredients can be.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask offering at Fountainhead.

I am shocked to see the waiter place a full pint glass of gold-ish brew, replete with white foamy cap, on the table in front of me. "Waiter, I didn't order this IPA," I nearly protested. Thankfully, I caught a whiff of intensely potent sourness before I blew the whistle on the ridiculous pour. They couldn't've been pouring straight-up pints of Gueuze all night, could they?

A - The brew appears to be a hazy apricot hue, but in this bar it is so dark I can hardly tell. It definitely has a nice pillowy head of froth, both considering style and the fact that it is on cask.

S - The nose is way tart. I can smell it from an arm's length away. I am reminded of WarHeads candy, bitter sour apple, strong lactic notes, oak and green grass. As it airs out, some strong lime notes arise, like the most sour lime juice ever. There is also a fresh green weed & thistle aroma.

T - The flavor is intensely tart; like, make a thizz face tart. The brew offers notes of lime juice and zest, citric acid, tannic oak, crabapples, underripe kumquat, and perhaps some sour berry aromas. As I get deeper in the pint, green grass and hay funk are noted. This is probably about as sour as a brew can be whilst remaining pleasurable.

M - The feel is pretty nice, but due to the intensity of the sourness, a less satiny / more pert feel may have given more of a respite from the bracing nature of this brew.

O - I have to admit it has become difficult to guzzle the second half of this pint, due to the oft-mentioned sourness (and the fact that I just had a few glasses of LP Kriek); it is a very delicious brew, however.

Photo of plfahey
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow-orange with a slight cast of haze and a thin whiteish head.

Aroma-Vinegar, lemon peel, wet wool, horse blanket, fresh-cut hay, and apricots waft up from the glass. Hint of smoky phenolics and just a touch of peach.

Flavor-Lemony tartness up front with green apple skins and some vinegar sharpness. Grapefruit, bitter pith, apricot, passionfruit, and some barnyard funk in the finish-sour earthy/musty flavors play out into the aftertaste. Dry and tartness lingers on the palate. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body, with moderately low carbonation. A bit sharp on the tongue, but not harsh.

The appearance and mouthfeel are just okay, but this beer really excels in terms of aroma and flavor. Smells fantastic, tastes fantastic, what more can you ask for?

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a faded orange, but still kinda bright. No head whatsoever.

Sour and tart aroma. Like a bad chardonnay, vinegar. I expected this, though. Fruit hangs on well, so it's not a complete disaster.

I kinda wish this had more carbonation. As it is it's kind of flat, which allows the sourness to run all over. The fruit--pear, green peach and sour cherry--does a good job to hang on. Still, it doesn't match the sourness. I don't mind sour, as long as there is something on which the sour can find purchase.

Almost a drain pour, but I did finish it. The flavors weren't bad, just not ample enough for me.

Photo of tbeckett
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from ABS Drinks. From notes.

A - Poured with no head, no visible carbonation. Golden colour with some haze.

S - Typical of a Gueuze. Vinegar, lemon candy, hay, and funk. Nice.

T - Sour on the tongue. Lemon candy, vinegar, a little cider, tartness, and a nice fruity note. Grapes. Very complex and tasty.

M - Prickly. Sour/dry finish with some mild carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - What I consider a great Gueuze. Really refreshing and a nice fruity taste. The sourness is there to punch as well.

Photo of JizackFH
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a clear yellow honey color. It has a small short-lived fizzy head. It looks very appetizing.

S - It smells acidic and quite funky. There are notes of Brett, green apple, apricot, lemon, and vinegar. It smells very dry.

T - There are a lot of tart fruit notes up front such as apple, apricot, lemon, white grapes, peach, and pear. It is acidic, and there is quite a bit of funk going on.

M - It has a medium body with high fizzy carbonation. There is a mouth puckering sourness, and it is pretty dry. It slightly tingles your mouth with each swallow, and each drink is refreshing and leaves you wanting more.

O - This has great drinkability. It is crisp, smooth, and it tastes awesome. Overall, I thought this was an awesome beer. It is my first gueuze, but I am looking forward to having many more. I recommend giving this a shot. I would buy it again.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with solid amounts of funk and tart lemons. Also present are hints of wet hay.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by moderately tart citrus. Midway through the sip the tartness subsides a bit and funk comes in, evening things out. The funk carries through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I’m not sure that I prefer styles such as this out of a cask as much as I would out of the bottle, but I’ll sure keep trying to see whether I can pin that opinion down or not. A solid beer that’s worth a shot.

Photo of Lunch
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter. Nice light golden color with minimal off-white head. Looks like a Gueuze. Smells very funky and a musky, but in a very good way. Very tart and sour in the nose. Taste is not very sour or tart and that is a bit disappointing, but the flavor is great. Funky with bits of horseblanket (no, I do not use this term legitimately). Classic Gueuze in flavor and I am certainly enjoying it. Mouthfeel is a little thick with lower carbonation. Recommended.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, golden-orange color with a very small white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is...DEAR GOD...that's some funk right there. I could smell it the second i popped the cork. When nose i held up to glass, I get a TON of lemon and zesty aromas with some heavy oak and faint hoppiness. This is a great smelling beer. Taste is just as great. At first I get tart lemon flavors that are quickly followed by hops and oak. Some lovely oak and peach flavors in this beer. Nice funky aftertaste. Damn tasty beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and dry. Not the most dry gueuze I've head, but nicely dry and crisp. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is an awesome beer. I need to definitely go pick some more of this up to age. On a side note, this beer reminds me of a much less hoppy Le Terrior from New Belgium.

Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.