Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 102
Gots: 169 | FT: 15
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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 Xul
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle pop of the cork. Lovely summer peach/apricot/amber color with musty aged hop aroma, hints of vinegar and a lightly funky (goaty) smell. Head fades quickly.

Upfront light honey, biscuit malt followed by a building lemon and cherry sourness with a delicate, funky brettanomyces flavor. Slight flavor of vinegar and unripened berries. Thankfully the sourness stops building before a mouth puckering level is reached and cues the entrance of a small sensation of hops bitterness.

Definite side of the tongue prolonged stimulation as I began to salivate after the first sip. Low to medium carbonation and light bodied. Oily mouth feel leaving a slick tongue coating.

Absolutely delicious with great harmony between malt, sourness and hops. Low bitterness and no woody character. Noticeably sweet, great drinkabiliity, and well crafted. Truly a refreshing beer.

Photo of hwwty4
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a corked and caged 375ml into my Hennepin globe glass. This bee pours a peachy tangerine with a 2 inch head the quickly fades into just a lily pad on top of the beer. Subtle lacing is found around the glass. The nose is, well, gueuzey. Bright lemon tartness, slight must, a bit of salt, and just a hint of ammonia. The flavor starts off the bat with freshly zested lemon. Grapefruit tartness hits the back of the jaw mellowing into musty barnyard. The mouthfeel is moderately dry leaving just a hint of residual sweetness. This is a great gueuze. Not much more to say then that.

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

Picked this up on a recent trip to dirty Jersey. Been impressed with the Hanssens line thus far, let's see what's what. Into da snifta.

A small howl when the cork was extracted, Oude Gueuze looks like art in a glass with a deep orange hue with bright shiny gold patches, honeyish heaven. Small bubbles form on the side of the glass not up top, different I say.

This is one of the bolder scents from the style that I've had recently, it's not hard to pick up that barnyard musk and that oak from the barrels. Dripping lemon juice. The smell is authentic Belgian gueuze no doubt about it.

WOW, this is up there flavor wise. OG is tart going into a fruity taste with a melange of tropic fruits but none distinguishable. A bunch of wood from the barrel and a lot of tart, semi funky taste from the open air fermentation. A whole lot of lemon here. It's really difficult to describe what I'm drinking here, it's just unique ass beer.

A light bodied puckering, hella dry beer that finishes dry as the desert. My tounge began to lose all moisture a few ounces in. This is pretty well soured, Not eye popping sour, but close enough. Some swishing in the mouth really opens up some more flavor and acidic vibes. Very well carbed although you would not tell that from looking at this very still beer.

Im glad I opted for the small bottle cause a whole bottle of this would of literally killed me, or seriously F'ed up my inside linings. I can drink some types of sours all day, but I seem to take it easy with Gueuze's, this particular one started eating away at my insides with just a few ounces. That means it's doing it's job. This beer rocks, it's just not meant for a large amount for a man of my stature. Im popping some tums before bed tonight.

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

Review is from notes taken on 5/5/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a perfect golden color and starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger white head that fades to a full and thin cap on the surface; body is perfectly clear and shows strong carbonation bubbling up; a couple of small washes and spots of lacing are left here and there on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Interesting and powerful -- sour and tart fruit (apple, perhaps pear -- overall it's very acidic); a bit of barnyard funkiness to it.

Taste: Boom, pow, sour and tart! Wonderfully tart and acidic fruit (again, I would say apple, perhaps some pear-like aspect to it) dominate the palate here; there is a mild yeasty aspect hiding underneath all that tartness and there is also a bit of mild barnyard -- really matches the nose quite well and this is a great beer.

Mouthfeel: Sour/tartness really makes the mouth pucker hard and when it fades the mouth is left watering for more; a very thin film is left on the roof of the mouth; body is actually a little bit oily and the carbonation is lively, yet soft at the same time -- very enjoyable aspect of the beer and keeps the session active.

Drinkability: Refreshing and rather light body, the tart aspect is great and the moderate ABV would allow for a couple of these to get sipped on over the course of an evening. A great summer beer, but I would take it anytime.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice beer, and a great value! Pours a nice hazy golden color with some white head. Smell is refreshing, nice tart and sour notes--lemons, apples, a hint of funk, bit of mustiness. Very nice. Taste delivers more of the same, puckeringly tart with some really nice lemon notes. Apple and oak sneak in there too. Very nice. MF is light with some good carbonation, astringent finish. Great drinkability, tremendous beer for the price. An $11.99 750 mL gueuze of this quality is pretty tough to find.

Photo of SourBatchKid
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shared with the ogl of mcdgl over raw oysters and tuna ceviche. Thanks for the good eats.

A- At first pour there's a finger of head with slight lacing. Spiced apple cider that has never been homogenized, tarnished liquid gold. mmm.

S- Smells of citrus and green apple finished with green grapes. Drank out of a tulip glass, I can smell a sweet flower, maybe a white honey suckle flower.

T- I must have died and gone to heaven because this gueuze is like an angel floating around in my mouth. Sour lemon grass that makes me salivate, bits of honey that create a sweetness on the back of my tongue. The a stringent sourness keeps me wanting more.

M- Smooth but slightly fuzzy, aerated into extremely small bubbles. So small that all the bubble attach to each other creating a smooth velvety head. Its like drinking silk.

D- I am not sure I can put it into words, but I am going to try. I wish I had a kidney size swimming pool of this brew to swim in but alas I would most likely drink it all out of the pool and end up in the ER with alcohol poisoning. It would be worth it. I love this Beer.

Photo of hawks10
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into my Brooklyn tulip...

Pours a golden yellow color with a soft two finger bright white head. The head quickly dissipates but leaves a rather thick haze capping the beer, little to no lacing...

The nose is wonderfully tart. Sour acidic lemon and general citrus, some ripe green apple. Great Belgian barnyard/musty funk aroma...

Tasty! Intensely sour, puckering lemon acidity, tart fruits while still maintaining enough sweetness to balance perfectly. Funky, dry and oaky...delicious...

Great mouthfeel on this one, spritzy carbonation, thicker and more coating than expected. A quick swish in the mouth opens up this beer tremendously. Finishes tart and dry...

Great gueuze! One of the more lemony/sour ones I have tried, great mouthfeel and a mouthwatering flavor!

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

12.7oz green bottle, corked and caged, purchased for $6.99 from Royal Oak a few months ago. The cork comes out with a faint pop, and the beer pours clear dark yellow / light orange with a very thin layer of bubbles. The aroma is all lambic / gueuze tartness, barnyard aromatics and what seems to me to be a hint of electrical fire. It tastes puckeringly sour, as you roll it around your tongue you can really find your sour sensors. Awesome taste, pushes the limit a little in terms of pucker.

The beer is lightly carbonated, not sure how long it was aged in barrels or in the bottle. Very dry finish, only 6% ABV as it should be, extremely drinkable to me. But I like lambics/gueuzes/wild ales, if you don't like them sour don't get this.

Photo of jgasparine
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a cork-driven bottle at Staminee de Garre 3/19/2010

A- Pours with a nice thick, rocky white head with some nice lacing... atop a cloudy bright yellow body, with some nice little bubble trains working their way up the sides of the glass.

S- A very funky nose- some must, lactic and acetic notes; earth, fermented lemon rinds, and just a little bit of wheat aroma to remind you that it's a beer. One of the most pungent and acrid aromas I've had in a Gueuze.

T- On the palate it is intense with acidity- a little puckering- moreso than I've had with other Gueuzes. The anticipated funk of lactic/acetic acid, must and bacterial esters all come through. Impressions of fermented lemon rind. A little oakiness in there as well. Finishes very dry.

M- Light to medium body- it actually has a little viscocity to it. Well-carbonated. The carbonation is a bit on the coarse side, but not bloating.

D- Worth tasting. But the intense acidity makes it difficult to consider a second bottle in a sitting.

Photo of drabmuh
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is yellow and is completely hazy. There is a white head of medium and large bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is super strong, really strong. Really punches you in the face. Strong sulfur, strong funk, strong yeasty / lemon sour.

Beer is thin with great carbonation in the mouth. Drinkability is high. Lots of citric not so much acetic its really really great. I love this beer.

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ML bottle into a flute.

a - Pours a golden color with high carbonation evident. About half an inch of white head.

s - Lots of funk here. Also some tart, apples, pears, and little citrus.

t - Taste has a lot of tart, apples, pears, funk. Little bit like champagne or sparkling white wine with a kick.

m - Medium body with high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - A very enjoyable lambic if you like tart and funk. Feels like champagne almost with a kick. Would try again.

Photo of Thur123
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pour from a large green glass bottle, this feels how this beer would have poured one hundred years ago. The color is a solidly hazy honey brown color with moderate and slow carbonation, also less head than I recall from this beer. The smell is leathery with a tart and sour edge that reminds me of both white vinegar and apples. There is also a mellow banana flavor.

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The flavor is instantly tart and musky. The tartness shows up in apples and lemons, with a white wine flavor that's very present as well. The muskiness comes in a very effervescent way, reminded me of leather in the middle of the profile with something very similar to hay and basement. The mouth feel is enticing as it feels both heavy on flavor, but it's as if the beer evaporates on your tongue it slides down so easy. An interesting and enticing sipper for sure.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very thin, white head that is gone almost instantly reveals a golden/amber/orange beer with lots of active carbonation. Just the slightest haze.

S: I can smell it from two feet away. Cooked sweet vinegar. Tart apples. Funky cheese. No hops, no malt, this nose is entirely a best of yeast.

T: Sharp and acidic on the first taste. Still a vinegar-esque taste. Pairs pretty good with my brie on toast. This is funky, and I think many wouldn't like it. It's interesting, there isn't much citrus in the taste despite the acidity, though maybe some very astringent lemon juice. I haven't quite figured out all these tastes, but this is leading me down the dark side for sure.

M: Despite the low carbonation the acidity keeps the beer sharp and light.

Photo of CMW
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden yellow with a small white head that fades quickly. Carbonation appears heavy and creates a hazy look.

S - Aroma is of tart and sour apple, lemon, heavy acidity. Slightly medicinal

T - Very tart fruit taste upfront. Apples and lemon appear to be the main culprit. Finishes very dry and puckering.

M - High carbonation and crisp on the tongue like champagne.

D - I can't hide that I simply love this beer. I would be happy to drink one anytime.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 35 mL into Hanssens glass. Reviewed 7/14/009.

Ar: Heavy tartness, leather and earth, acetic, tart, cherry, horse

Ap: Very fine haze straw, off white med/fine head, good retention, lace dots

F: tart and lemony, stronger acetic, very tart fruit, rhubard, very dry with apple cider vinegar end, leathery and heavy, crisp apple character, starts fruitier, acid grows, ends with earthy heavy fruit and acid. Nice cherry (dark and tan together) but needs less acetic acid

M: med/high carbonation, very light and dry, clean but rough acidic end

O: I would like less acetic acid, but still good

Photo of eljefe21
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours into the glass like a golden apple cider. Constant stream of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass to feed the thin head that sits on top.

S: Sour apple cider smell. A bit of an oak background too. Strong, up front, in your face smells.

T: Tart harsh cider like flavor fills the mouth. The oak like background smell comes out in the taste too. Flavor is like a punch to the mouth.

M: Medium bodied brew with nice lifting carbonation. Sour flavor puckers the mouth while sticky body coats the tongue.

D: Definitely wouldn't want to drink much of this on it's own. Look forward to mixing in some food to offset the sourness. Glad I tried this and might keep a bottle around in the cellar to pull out for the right food moment.

Served: in a cervoise glass.

Review from notes taken on: 12/12/09.

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

A: The usual cloudy, sparkling, yellow-gold liquid with a bit of white foam on top that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: You can tell this one is going to be great just from the nose. Tart lemon and lactic acid, along with a nice musty and earthy quality.

T: This one starts off with a tongue buckling sourness to it. Wonderful lemon and green apple flavors, in terms of the fruit. There is a slight bit of oak and a dry funkiness.

M: Very effervescent and medium in body with that wonderful dryness.

D: There's only so much of this stuff you can drink before it burns a hole in your stomach, but even then, I'd probably keep drinking it. One of the better Gueuzes I've had, and at the price, you can't beat it.

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

(Bottle into a tulip glass) This is my first sample in this style and I loved it! Poured a deep amber/orange color with only a trace of white head. Lacing was minimal, but some hung on the glass until the end. The nose...well all I can describe it as is "earthy"... there is no discernible aroma but the smell was of a muddy creek after a rain, or of that nice wet hay smell on the farm -- very pleasant. When I tasted, I was shocked at first at how sour this was, as the aromas gave no hint of that. Very lively carbonation pops a strong lemon on the tongue and complimented my sharp cheddar burger beautifully!

Photo of gyllstromk
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice pale orange with a very small amount of haze for a gueuze. Nose is lemon, melon, sour and a very nice and deep bouquet of earthy, musky funk. Flavor is a fruit blast: pineapple, lemon, kiwi, with a tart, tangy, and peppery finish that leaves a beautiful exhale. Very vinous with a pinot grigio quality. At once both sharp and refreshing. An excellent example of the style and one of my new favorites.

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach and consumed on 12/26/2009 in a stemmed Lost Abbey snifter. The beer is dark orange gold with a puffy one finger white head.

The aroma is moderately acidic, with notes of tart lemon, sharp cheese, an upper moderate level of lactic sourness. The nose has evident goaty notes, as well as wet leather, barnyard, and cave familiars. Funky, with a nice citrus presence and a touch of feline urine.

The taste opens with a sharp lactic sourness and an upper moderate level of citric tartness in the form of lemon. The flavor maintains a slightly better equipoise than the aroma. A touch of wet leather is evident, as well as cheese, tannins, and sorcery. The flavor is piquant and delicious, with a slight emphasis on the lemon tartness and a little less on the lactic character. The finish is dry, with notes of wood and lingering lemon.

At under $14 for a 750ml, I don't know that this beer can be beat. Excellent stuff.

Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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