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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
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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 champ103
3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of dzni
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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.


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!


Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of klikger
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very robust but balanced Gueuze with new intrigue and variety with each sip. The descriptor words for this beer are endless.

The pour delivers the hue of burnt/bruised peaches, deep golden highlights and a rather rusty appearance. Very low carbonation gives a better impression of unblended Lambics than a Gueuze. Obviously no notes on head formation, retention or lacing are needed; but the beer seems to want to leave legs on the sides of the glass.

Bruised fruits/muddled fruit combined with leathery, tobacco, lemons, and cider begin to scratch the surface of aromas. The lactic tartness offers a very pithy, limey acidity while the Brett character gives musty/dusty, horsey scents of sandlewood or old oak barrels.

Flavors forego the more earth and pungent characteristics but put well on display the more fruity and acidic flavors. Lemons, bruised peaches, apples, appricots all leave a mark; but the acidity and light malt/grain character give the sharper woodier flavors that balance the fruit flavors well. Cidery taste and acidity gives a lightness and crispness to flavor in the finish but the beer still holds onto a lot of ester and malt character.

Moderate, maybe light early on because of the lack of carbonation but the beer has a somewhat oily feel that makes the body feel bigger. No creaminess or effervesence leads to a duller feel that relies only on the acidity and woodsy tanic quality for balance. Lightly astringent in the finish.

This particular example has 20+ years of aging and may have lost its carbonation and the cork could have imparted much more flavor than the brewer intends. It'll be nice to compare a new one to see.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle, review #1700, something special, haven't had this in about 4 years, classic medieval label,

A: Pours a light orange with a light white head, good retention.

S: Fantastic notes of citrus and horse blanket. Heavily Bretty, lots of complexity.

T: Big lemon notes with the complex Brett tastes, wet wool. Tastes like a really musty funky cider, great green apple notes, absolutely delicious, wonderful lactic acid flavours.

M: Moderately high acidity but not over the top, brisk and crisp, very nice feel on the palate.

D: A delicious beer, easy drinking, I definitely wanted some runny soft cheese while I was drinking it. A shame this is $8.50 for a small bottle, but well worth it. If you're going to charge that much, I better get a 5 on taste, and this beer delivers. Hanssens is a classic, I'm glad to see them back on the shelves in the Southland, now only if we could get Cantillon back, we'd be in business.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a lighter tranparent amber color with a white fluffy head.

S-the nose offers a light earthy funk, notes of dry dusty library books, sweetness in the back with notes of tart cherry and a light acidity.

T-the taste has a similar profile with a light dusty funk, a little cellar musk, and old library books, this funk evolves into a light sweetness to balance, juicy cherries that have a hint of tartness and very low level of acidity.

M-smooth and creamy up front with a syrupy medium body, a little rougher in the back with a slightly dry finish and a strong well done carbonation.

D-solid beer and probably doesn't get the credit it deserves, it lacks the balance and complexity of some of the better gueuze but is still a tasty beer that is easily enjoyed.

Photo of sweemzander
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Lot #B.

(A)- Pours a lightly hazy golden orange color that produced a light layer of eggshell colored foam that went down to bubbles after a few minutes. A beautiful color to it.

(S)- Funkytown! A bold front of dry hay/straw barnyard funk with an ample aroma of lactic acid. Sour puckered tartness in front of a light honey/cider/white grape/fruit-like finish.

(T)- Just like the smell predicted. A large puckering sour tartness up front that pretty much stays with you till the finish. More dry hay/straw funk in the middle palate. Finishes in a lightly sweet yet sour white grape/peach/apricot-like fruits.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Has a big acidity to it that adds to the 'oomph' of the sourness. Almost crisp as well at the end. Yet despite all the acidic sourness, it is pretty smooth.

(D)- A fantastic gueuze. A great balance; not overly sour or funky, but is fittingly potent. Crisp, with a good acidity level. While this is great, this one bottle is plenty for one sitting by myself; it took me almost an hour to consume. Nontheless, a great example of the style.

Photo of GPHarris
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a thin off-white, creamy head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring throughout. the body was a bright amber color that looked similar to apple juice.
s - apples, pears, grapes with a little dirty gym sock thrown in.
t - mouth-puckering tart that tastes like sour apples with a little dirty funk.
m - medium thickness and a little drying.
d - very nice and complex sipper.

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

Opaque maple syrup color with yellow orange hues slightly opaque. Smell has white grape, peaches, green apple and lemon, all of the aforementioned are sour smelling but there's other lighter sweeter smelling fruits like strawberries and black raspberries that are also present. Taste has an intense sourness to it, lemon, white grape, and apple are dominant here, with a certain belgian funk present, along with oak, throughout that accentuates the fruit. Mouthfeel is oily, viscous, slightly smooth but still watery. 1 750ml will do for me this evening a bit too sour for me to have a few of, this is my first Gueuze ever I will be trying a few more.

Photo of robbyc1
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! What a beer, sampled at the Goose Island Clybourn April 2010 tasting. Cidery, vinegary nose, with peppery notes. Flavor is precursed by a sweetness on the tongue, followed by the tart, sour apple flavor explosion. A unique brew by a great brewer. Silky smooth, with a subtle mouthfeel, very drinkable, with a lingering complexity. This is one for the ages, hopefully they keep on making it.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL green glass cork and cage finished bottle. "Lotnr B."

Appearance: Hazy orange with golden hues and creamy white head when agitated.

Nose: Smokey, woody orange and tangerine, peach and other stone fruits. Sour aromas all around. Dry dusty hay joins the party.

Palate: Super tart, but really really clean. Sour peach, sour apricot, flavors of wood (not texturally though), white grapefruit. Finish has some bright green olive notes.

Notes: Perhaps the best and most drinkable straight gueuze I've had to date.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a dark gold/amber color with pretty much no head at all. No lacing either. Great aroma, the brew smells like funk, vinegar, lemon zest and tart cherries and apples. The beer tastes like tart apples/cherries/pears, vinegar, and funk. There's also a bit of fruity sweetness noticable too, but the lingering finish is tart. For the most part the taste is similar to the aroma. The sour/tartness is very noticable, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and dry with low carbonation. Drinkability is good. I don't know if I could drink more than one bottle of this at a time, but also I don't have any problems finishing the bottle I just drank. I think this is a good overall brew. If I was in the mood for a gueuze, I wouldn't have any problem buying this one again.

Photo of Xul
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden with some light amber highlights, capped by a frothy two finger head. The head settles down to about a half finger rather quickly and leaves light lacing in its wake.

S: Opens up with a moderate lemony tartness, both lemon zest and a bit of a lemon juice aroma, followed by a good deal of oak and some resulting vanilla notes. Light to moderate barnyard notes along with green apple and some fleeting whiffs of berries and sweet grapes.

T: Tartness right up front with a moderate level of acidity, comprised of sour lemons and tart green apples. Oak comes in to smooth the flavor out with some light barnyard elements, before going into a sweet and sour finish with elements of vanilla, green apples and lemon zest.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Has a touch of creaminess, yet enough bubbles to still leave the tongue feeling a bbit prickly.

D: Not the most drinkable gueuze I've ever had, but very refreshing and finishes balanced enough to not leave your mouth feeling beat up after every sip.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

23 oz bottle poured into New Glarus flute.

A- Pours a straw gold with just the slightest haze to it. Very minimal head that leaves a thin ring around the glass. Pretty decent lacing though.

S- Big hints of oak, yeast and just the slightest bit of funk. Maybe just a little bit of lemon in there as well. As it warms, the brett becomes a little more apparent.

T- Like the nose, big amounts of oak, sour grapes and some good ole brett that really balances the brew out. Decently sour but not overly so. Again I pick up just the smallest hint of lemon.

M- The sourness makes your mouth pucker which I like. Very dry and crisp on the finish. Just a little carbonation that tickles the front of the tongue.

D- I love these styles of beer but only like to have a maximum of two glasses, mainly because if I drink them too late at night they give me a little heart burn. Regardless give this one a try if you like the style and you won't be disappointed.

Photo of jdklks
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good with a hazy golden straw/amber colored body, with very little head. The smell is fantastic, and from it I'm expecting a very well done beer. Lemon grass and funk mostly, with the perfect amount of belgian bready yeast and a sour finish.

This is a very good beer. The combination of sweetness and sourness all the way through is very well done, and is especially emphatic up front, with lemon rinds and a farmhouse character. Green grapes and a hint of cider in the middle. The alcohol is barely perceptible, and the belgian yeastiness is perfectly blended with the other flavors. A fairly straightforward gueze, but almost perfectly sour with some interesting subtleties.

The mouthfeel is good as well. A medium body, though it is certainly undercarbonated. The drinkability is great.

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

A: Orange-straw colored body. Very tiny head, quickly receded while leaving just the faintest traces of lacing behind on the glass.

S: Acidic lemon, musty earthy hops, light wheat, and a nice lactic sourness.

T: Bold sour lemons, nice earthy hops, musty wood, a bit orange, and a bold sourness. The flavor profile is more developed than the aroma leads on to.

M: Light-medium bodied. Gentle carbonation. Towards the stronger end of the sour spectrum of gueuzes. Tart and acidic.

D: A very nice gueuze. I think the sourness and the predominantly lemon flavor eventually slows this one down. A good example of the style for sure.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served alongside gueuze steamed mussels.

It has a hazy, dark gold with very little carbonation. A little bit of fizz sits on top.

The aroma is of concentrated lemon juice, a touch of vinegar, and some wood. It smells old and musty, in a very good way. The lemon notes are back in the taste, along with extreme sourness. Dirty lemons is a good descriptor. There is also a big, dark fruit pit flavor in the back.

The mouthfeel has low carbonation but is still lively on the palate. Drinkability suffers a little bit because of the extreme sourness, so this needs to be a special treat.

Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.