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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

962 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 95
Gots: 159 | 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 drewba
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - translucent, super vibrant golden straw color that could illuminate a room. Finger eggshell (always wanted to work that color into a review!) head with a nice bubbly ring and a thin white film of bubbles remains on the surface.

S - Stinky! Super-funk-armpit-stinky cheese smell. That said, I love it. I could literally smell this beer from several feet away. My roommate says this smells like him, after not bathing for a day. On top of the gross adjectives, it's also bright, super acidic lemon and citrus with very pungent vinegar.

T - Flavors cascade over the tongue in waves. Big flavors, but nothing overpowers: citrus lemon, granny smith apple, musky farmhouse, light spicyness, and a high dose of vinegar.

M - Very juicy, but highly astringent in the finish.

D - High, for something this vinegary and funky. Dryness is keeping it from being 5/5. This also stays on your palate for awhile.

drewba, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Neffbeer
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle:

Opened the bottle and there was a subtle whoosh not the pop I was expecting. It pours a beautiful straw color with a small white head. Retention is decent for the head being so small. There is a tiny bit of lacing. Wafts of yeast, funk (barnyard), and tart fruit hit the nose. Great. The taste is very tart and dry with some apple and citrus sourness that lingers on and on. It just beckons you to take another sip, extremely inviting. The mouthfeel is a little thin due to the lack of carbonation, but it still holds up well. Overall I think this is an excellent example of the style, refreshing and satisfying.

Neffbeer, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Oude Gueuze pours a slightly fizzy golden straw color with 2 fingers of pure white head. Retention is pretty decent and the lacing is fine.

Smell: Musty, sweaty, earthy, incredibly intense sour smell. This is the first of the style I have tried but it seems spot on.

Taste: Frankly, though the smell is on par with the style, I found it to be a little off-putting. I can't say the same about the taste. I found it mildly tart at the beginning, not nearly so intense as the scent. Kind of like very green sour apples. The middle reminded me of a sharp kind of cheese.The finish was certainly sour and musty, but not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel: Very light and very dry, and almost without carbonation. Even without a lot of carbonation, it still seems very lively in the mouth, which seems like an odd contradiction.

Drinkability: Not going to lie, there is no way I could come close to drinking this all night. Smells/flavors are just too intense. However, I found it tasty in a mouth puckering way. I would love to try more of this style. I don't think there any way I will ever be a sour lover, but it's a decent start.

zhanson88, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.375ml, no dates.

Airing out the pour yielded a dense, two-finger head atop an apple juice colored body. Good layer retains and laces pretty well.

The aroma is complexly earthy and fruity: fresh herbs, wood, grass, must, sour apple and strawberry.

A lot of apple and oak on the palate. Demonstrates great depth, acidity and dryness. Rindy, tart, and citrusy flavors. Sour green apple and a bit of bright berry. Finish is lightly herbal, bitter and bone-dry, with a lingering sourness. Fine, champagne-like carbonation fades fast but was nice at first.

Piquant, refreshing and flavorful, this is a very interesting beer.

dasenebler, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild blonde-amber color with a thin head into my glass.

Aroma is strong with apple, cherry and horse leather. Not for the faint of heart.

Taste is full of strong funk consisting of apple and cherry. Very acidic. Tart.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering tartness. It also dries the throat. It might be hard for a beginner to tolerate.

Wow. An excellent example of the style. It took my taste buds ona ride they surely won't forget. Worth a try.

Brad007, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork and Caged 375mL poured into a Chalice. Bottle marked as Lot J.

Picked up this bottle from Liquor Mart in Boulder. To anyone who is traveling through Boulder ... Liquor Mart stands up to the hype, seriously.

L: Pours a deep golden, almost orange, with only a hint of head.

S: Tart sour cherries in layers. Smells old and funky, resolves into a sweet sweetness in the back.

T: Hit of sweet cherries up front, into super-tartness. Resolves into a subdued sour cherry.

F: Thick and old and delightful.

D: Wonderful.

Bang-for-buck, Hanssen's artissinal smokes Cantillon any day of the week. Sorry.

codewarrior, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of WeimtimeBier
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a bottle at our favorite bar, into small tulip glasses.

A- Pale cloudy yellow, with a golden tan tint. small head.
S- green apple vinager, mature, musk.
T- Tart like smell, sour apple, vinager, amazing taste
m-medium body, let the taste set in. moderate carbonation
d- moderately drinkable, very complex, i wish i was more experienced with this style, but i know this one is quality.

WeimtimeBier, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gueuze packs quite the kick. As usual with Hanssens, acidity and funk are sharp and intense on the nose; it's leathery, dusty, a bit mineral. There's a touch of oak on the palate, but it's overwhelmed by sharp lactic acidity. It's faintly metallic, very funky and musty, with a berry-like fruitiness. Lemon-like acidity lingers in the finish. A very solid gueuze.

largadeer, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Allagash chalice. Nice golden color with good spritzy bubbles. Not much head here. Very clear color.

Smells like tart apples. The aroma is mostly tart, with just a hint of mustiness in the background.

This is one of the best tasting gueuzes out there. Starts with a tartness with a crisp dry finish. It's admittedly not too complex, but that's okay.

The carbonation really helps on this one, and it's very drinkable for the style. Excellent stuff. Always a go-to for me.

andrewinski1, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother Andy for sharing this one with me. Poured into a chalice. The body is a light slightly hazy golden color with just a thin layer of bubbly white head and lots of visible carbonation. No real retention and just a thin ring of lace. The smell is tart apples, barnyard, yeast and slight vinegar. The taste is tart and slightly sweet apples with a bit of must and vinegar to the tart finish. The mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation and the drinkability is great on this light easy drinking beer.

Bendurgin, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, corked and caged, Malt House

cell phone notes

appearance: archaic label, served in some sort of belgian goblet, hazy orange body, quickly dissipating bubbly white head

smell: citrus, apple cider vinegar, funky yeast, tart lemon, earthy

taste: Very acidic - citrus, apple cider...sour lemon, hay, earthy, mushroom, peach

mouthfeel: tart, tongue-mangling sourness, dry finish

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of kruse
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gueuze is an acquired taste; I feel sorry for those who have not acquired it.

This is an excellent, world-class beer.

Poured from a magnum, it had a golden-yellow color with a quickly-dissipating head of lovely while bubbles.

Aroma was tart with a background "funk."

Taste was quite tart with a bit of leather and barnyard in the background. VERY refreshing.

True, this isn't a beer for wimps or neophytes, but it is one of the great ones.

kruse, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours an orange hue with moderate haze and one finger of sudsy white head; retention is less than stellar. That said, very beautiful beer.

Smell -- Pale malt, dry popcorn, bright citric tartness, musty newspapers from the crawlspace, mild lacto funk. Sour, acidic, but not overwhelming - well balanced.

Taste -- Pretty well balanced. Malts are pale and dry with a touch of popcorn and a faint underlying fruity sweetness akin to macerated stone fruit. Tartness is very bright and citric. Lacto sourness begins to develop mid-palate but still plays second fiddle to the acetic brightness. Nice complexity, still quite balanced.

Mouthfeel -- A hair fuller than medium-bodied, slick and viscous, but with enough foamy carbonation to keep things lively.

Drinkability -- Quite enjoyable. Great depth, very engaging, but still very balanced and approachable. Not to imply this an entry-level gueuze (such a thing exists?), but this would be a pretty sensible place to start for someone interested in the style. Must-try.

yeahnatenelson, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of timtim
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

slightly hazy burnt gold and relatively still with a small white head that fades pretty quickly. not too pretty, but standard for the style. now it gets good. nose is lemon, preserved lemon, earth, mushroom, cellar, cobweb, wet rock, pepper and spice and more. taste is champagne/cider like almost and it is all is rounded out nicely by the wood, which lends itself to the flavor instead of overwhelming and tasting like you just drank off a fresh slab of wood. this may be my favorite geuze to date (i'm enjoying it much more than cantillon classic). the light carbonation really gives the beer time to sit on the palate, and then zips it away. yum. world-class.

edit: older vintages have much better head, retention and lace and become very grapefruity funky. grapefruit hits the back of the palate and tastes more like real grapefruit than any taste i've ever tasted in beer. awesome. bumping my appearance score to 5 because the last bottle i poured just had the best head/lace of any geuze i've poured. and bumping taste because i now see how epic this one is with some age on it, and because it truly is exceptional.

timtim, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dull copper/orange color. A small, bubbly, white head forms with poor retention. Not much lace is left behind.
S: A big funky, acidic, sourness up front that is great. I get some dry fruitiness as well. Like apple cider. Funky yeast, and wood. Very nice.
T: At first an overpowering acidic sourness, with some apple cider flavors. Later on the sourness is not that much of a shock to the senses as it was initially. Really nothing else. No funky yeast or wood that I love for the style.
M/D: A light to medium body. A bit under carbonated and thin for my tastes. This needs to be more crisp and dry for me. Not hard to drink, the big sourness makes this a slow sipper though.

A style that I love, but this is a bit of a let down for me. There is a huge acidic sourness, and not much else. I really do love the sour, but a great Gueuze has so much more depth that helps balanced out the sourness. This does not have that depth. Still, something that I think is worth a try. It just does not stack up with the big boys IMO.

champ103, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright yellow with a towering white head and a good amount of lacing. Nose is incredibly funky, near the most funk and earth that I've ever encountered. No need for sourness when there's this much barnyard going on. The taste is a bit overwhelming, even though I love this stuff. Just super raw and pungent. Nice dry mouthfeel with good carbonation. Drinkability is a bit toward the low end given the sheer magnitude of the flavor and the fact that it's fairly one dimensional.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of dzni
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium golden with a quickly dissipating head
S - Citrus-orange, lemon, maybe some herb
T - A bitter lemon dominates and is intensely sour. Unfortunately, I don't get much more complexity.
M - Medium-bodied, nice carbonation
D - Very sour, but also refreshing. This is a nice lambic, but it also doesn't strike me as terribly unique.

dzni, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a bubbly white head. Head fades quickly to nothing but from what I hear tell that's typical of the style.

Smells funky, tart and like my kitchen sink - organic lemon dish soap and steel. I've read a lot of reviews about people who love the aroma - you can come sniff my sink anytime you like. Pepper, woody cellar must and burnt corn sugar.

It's tart but not too much of a puckerfrest. Steely artisan mineral water and granny smith apple. Low carbonation.

I'm not too familiar with the style so based on popular opinion I'm going to believe it's good.

donkeyrunner, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent golden color with a quarter finger of head.

The aroma is a beautiful melange of lemon zest, attic must, dirt, pear, sunflower seed, shoe sole, and peach. Classic gueuze deliciousness.

And the flavor does not disappoint. A musty lemon profile dominates with subdued notes of earth and apple skin. Huge pear notes as well as a tongue bracing sourness that really hits the spot. Leans towards the fruit/acidic realm more so than the funk/earthiness.

The body is medium and the carbonation is low after it sits in the glass for a little bit.

Overall, this is a world class beer and even more proof (in my opinion) that gueuze is the pinnacle of beer. I would put this right up there in the conversation with any other classic.

alcstradamus, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. Some floaties. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. OK lacing.

S: A very vinegary aroma, with traces of citrus, some other kind of fruit and malt. Has a very funky character.

T: A super sour flavor. Lots of vinegar, sour apples, lemon, and malt. This sort of flavor will not appeal to everyone, but it is complex and unusual.

M: A fairly low amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this isn't something I'd would drink on a regular basis, it is an interesting and flavorful experience. Drinkable.

avalon07, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of brdc
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Large corked bottle, poured into a tulip. Kept two years in my cellar with controlled temperature, but I do not know bottling date.

Hazy golden in color, with a thin off white head that does not hold very well.
Aroma is oaky, musty, with a lot of vinegar, earth, barnyard.
Medium bodied, but despite the small amount of carbonation, it feels quite lively on the palate, perhaps due to its nicely acidic and tart flavor which makes it (for me) very easy to drink and refreshing. Dry for the most part, lots of citric notes, predominantly orange, along with musty, earthy notes.
Very very good. Need more of this for aging and just plain enjoying.

brdc, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle at Delaney's into a nonic half-pint.

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber body with only a wisp of superfine carbonation. Kinda flat, but I'm not too surprised.

S: Huge, in-your-face acidity, with tons of lemon, white wine vinegar, sour apple, and lactic acid. Plenty of funk underneath: light mustiness, some barnyard, and a hint of meatiness. Very bright and complex overall. Awesome.

T: Puckeringly sour up front, with lemon and apple dominating. A lovely candied sweetness shows up on the finish, making it taste like a Sweettart candy. Not as funky as the smell, but very clean and refreshing. Wonderful.

M: Fairly light bodied with a surprisingly generous amount of fine carbonation (considering how flat it looked in the pour).

D: Delicious, intense, and oh-so-lip-smacking.

Notes: This is right up there with the best Gueuzes I've had. I badly need to have a blind tasting with this, Girardin, and Cantillon. I'm pretty sure Girardin is my favorite, but it would be a tight competition regardless. I can't wait to have this again, and to try Hanssens' other lambics.

Cheers!

EDIT: At a recent Lambic tasting JAHMUR opened up a bottle of this from 1955. I couldn't not review it.

A: The cork comes out of the unlabeled, white-paint-daubed bottle in one piece, but is about a dozen different striated colors from decades of moldy funkification. Gnarly. It pours a clear, still orange body. Dark, but attractive. 4.0

S: Incredibly sour and funky, with pure lemony acidity atop some of the most profound filthiness I've ever experienced in a beer. So earthy it's almost smoky, with plenty of mushroom, oak, and cobwebs. Crazy, and awesome. 5.0

T: Sour up front, with lemon and grapefruit citrusy notes as well as solid lactic acidity. Woody, slightly sherry-ish oxidation is minimal but present. Palate-ripping acidity on the dry, astringent finish. Wow. 4.5

M: Slick medium body, no carbonation at all. The acidity is palpable. 4.0

O: For a beer so old that it could probably sign up for AARP, this was absolutely incredible. I've had older beers, but never an ancient one that still tasted so damn good. The bottle was so thick it that I think it weighed more empty than a modern one does full. Enjoying this beer was basically drinking a piece of Belgian history, and it was unforgettable. Thanks Dan!

Cheers!

woosterbill, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are lots of sour aromas in the nose along with notes of yeast and barnyard funkiness.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sourness and is somewhat vinous with notes of apples, grapes, lemons, oak, vinegar and yeast. The taste becomes more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light-bodied and very smooth on the palate. A little bit of viscosity is evident because of the minimal amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style because the sourness is not very overpowering.

metter98, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 750 ml into a tulip glass courtesy of levifunk and malebrent. Thanks again!

A - Amber & very cloudy. Not much head;no lacing.

S - Diapers. Not necessarily with dookie in them, but not necessarily without.

T - Vinegar and lots of funk up front, with notes of horse stable and bathroom. More of the same follows with increasing sourness. The back half consists of raspberries blended with dirty laundry, and it finishes with a pleasantly bitter, sour finish.

M - Light, crisp, and refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. Complex, funky flavors make each sip an adventure and the next irresistible.

Loved it. I hope to try this again sometime in the coming months.

klikger, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ML bottle into a Bitburger branded stemmed pilsner glass.

A: Pours a slightly murky, golden/amber hue with very little head and tiny amounts of lace.

S: Citrus funkiness with sharp peppery woodiness. Amazing flavors that get more complex with each sip.

T: Bighty citrus up front, dry and woody, fermented green apples with that funk coming through strong at the end (musty leather, old books, barnyard). This stuff tastes amazing! Not for the faint of heart, but a true gem for those who enjoy sour/wild style ales.

M: Dry and light bodied, low carbonation that is perfect for the style.

D: Very easy to drink, but at 9.99 a bottle it gets a little expensive.

DeanMoriarty, Aug 27, 2010
Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.