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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 91
Gots: 149 | FT: 15
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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 WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Review #2000

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent that is completely soured; very nice. It's so tart it makes my toes curl. The taste is awesome! This is the most sour beer I've ever tried. The recipe is basic:pale malt and lambic yeast. There is no hop character at all. It has a woody component to it that really comes through in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a kick ass beer. It makes my face pucker after even the tiniest sip. Highly recommended!

02-15-2008 01:01:06 | More by WesWes
Photo of RidiculedDisplay


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance: Pours with a barely-there froth that rims my glass. Lacing is consistently spotty in pattern and lasts a good while, upwards of five to ten minutes. Body is a pale banana peach gold which is, actually, quite good to look at, and unique in shade. Definitely cloudy, but that's too be expected.

Smell: Whoa. Has all the markings of a super amped lambic. Bretty funk, hay, rosemary, alcohol, butter (not diacetyl, but butter), vinousity, pepper, peaches, papaya or some other sort of tropical fruits I'm having trouble identifying - rhubarb? Complex.

Taste: While the sourness here does not reach the balance of a traditional blended lambic, it is suprisingly subdued, which I consider a good thing. Still, it's definitely there, and a little astringent, too. A champagne-like vinousity and corky woodsiness really assert themselves here where I didn't find them in the nose. Peach, apricot, a little melon? Again, some rhubarb I pick up in there.

Mouthfeel: Undercarbonated. Still, not nearly as astringent as it could be.

Drinkability: A sipper.

02-03-2008 10:39:08 | More by RidiculedDisplay
Photo of rye726


4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

Nice clear brown/orange color with a full tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Very earthy ang musky nose. Sweet caramel and tart fruits with some citrus.

Again a very tart but earthy flavor. Nuts, pepper, and light fruits.

Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation with a light body.

Great beer for a hot summer day. So simple and delicate yet complex and perfectly balanced. Great example of the style.

01-23-2008 16:58:09 | More by rye726
Photo of DogFood11


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

Green 750ML bottle aged for close to 2 years. Pours a bright shiney gold with a loose white head. Pour this one pretty aggressive to get the most out of the appearance. Carbonation clings to the side of the glass.

Very much like a cider at the start of each pull. Towards the meat of this brew it gets a bit earthy and at the end its smashed by a tart, tangy finish. The sour tartness lingers giving it a very dry feel.

Notes: An amazing style. This one lives up to its billing. Even more amazing is the modest price, all things considered a winner.

01-08-2008 01:31:19 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a hazy orange with a head that fades to a thin cap. Smells pretty typical for a well-made gueuze, sour, acetic, metallic, and funky. Taste is similar, with a quick sourness in the mouth, followed by a slightly herbal flavor, some non-hop bitterness and some ripe cheese at the end. Horseblanket undercurrents. Mouthfeel is crisp,slightly slick, and full. Not as tannic as some. Extremely refreshing and interesting as usualfor the style.

01-02-2008 00:21:04 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of sfoley333


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle for New Years into a gueuze glass. Poured a golden orange color with off white champagne head. Smell is sour vingear aroma followed by a strong barnyward and dirty sock funk. Taste is quite sour with citrus lemon coming through mixed with a tart green apple flavor, a slight bile taste, with slate minerals following. Mouthfeel is dry and very puckering sharp, almost like licking a battery with you tongue. While not the most drinkable gueuze because of the high acidic flavor it is one of the best sipping gueuze. I have been drinking for years and at 8.99 a bottle in my opinion a better value than an other gueuze on the market.

01-01-2008 20:18:07 | More by sfoley333
Photo of DIM


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

note: This is my first gueze. The descriptions I read first did little to prepare me for this. Wow.

a: This is a slightly cloudy yellow color. A carefull pour produces a thin wispy white head.

s: The smell almost defies description but I'll try. Apple cider vinegar that has been left in the sun is the first thought that comes to mind. More fascinating than pleasant, I could not keep my nose out of it. Alluringly rank is a phrase that seems to fit as well as any.

t: Tastes as is if someone dusted the sugar off of my Sour Patch Kids. An extraordinarily strong sour apple taste with some vinegary funk is the best I can come up with.

m: Tart. Very tart. Very dry also. My lips might be permanantly puckered.

d: My first gueuze but certainly not my last. It will be awhile before I try another one however.

12-26-2007 21:42:02 | More by DIM
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%

This is one of the first few Gueuezes I have encountered and am just getting into the style.

A-straw coloured with a big frothy head.

S_i have to say it smells like fecal matter. As I keep drinking the smell tapers off a bit and you get vegetation

T-I am getting a puckering sourness. A good deal of minerals come through as well and the finish is puckeringly dry. The funk on here is impressive. A certain vinuous quality is also pervasive throughout. Very intense to say the least but I am enjoying this one

M_effervescent yet medium bodied

D_durian if that makes any sense. The smell reminds me of a certain type of fecal matter but the taste is great. As they say smells like chit, tastes like heaven.

12-13-2007 15:05:41 | More by sleazo
Photo of IPAcraig


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

This is my celebratory beer for the BC victory over Clemson. This game sent BC to its first ever ACC Championship Game.

This beer has a hugely tart aroma. It also is extremely earthy and a bit "footy". A very complex and strong aroma.

Extremely sour taste. So much so that I think it covered up some of the potential subtleties of this beer. I love the potency of the taste, tart and citric.

Very lightly carbonated. nice mouthfeel, but small head.

I love extremely sour beers, and this is one of the most intense guezes I have had. Thumbs up.

11-18-2007 05:06:01 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of wheelinshirt


4.83/5  rDev +13.6%

Another fantastic find from Abe's in Bethlehem. Saw a busted up cardboard box on the floor with 5 or 6 dusty 750mL bottles--just had to pick it up and see. It was a couple old, and i mean old, bottles of hanssens Oude Geuze for $12 a piece! The cages were rusty and the labels were all beat up but i couldn't find a year or anything on the bottle itself. The cork had SB12 written on it, don't know if that means anything.

The beer pours out a hazy gold/apricot/amberish color, a bit cidery in fact. Very interesting. The head doesnt last long and leaves no lacing, but a ring around the edge of the flute remains the entire time.

The smell is amazing--very tart and funky. So complex, there really is nothing like a good sour beer. The taste is very sour, tart, some granny smith apple and what tastes to me like sour milk. Kind of hard to drink becuase it is so sour, but if you are a fan of sour beer, you will like this a lot. Definately something to try.

Second Impression: I bought a three more bottles for a ridiculous $9.99 when they became available at Abe's again some months ago. Decided to pop one open to drink at Vegan/Vegetarian thanksgiving at Moravian College. Poured a slightly hazed orange/gold color, quite a bit of bubbles, nice white head with suprisingly good retention and lacing. What more can you ask for?

Smell is sour, fruity. There is a lot going on here and I am not really equipped to describe it. Very nice and inviting, not overly aggresive.

Taste is similar, the sourness has a real rounded edge balanced by some tart lemon, citrus, and even grape.

Mouthfeel is light, refreshing. Plenty of CO2 but isn't overdone with no gusher risk. Puckering with a bit of a drawn out finish.

Drinkability is very high for a sour. I could probably drink a whole 750 but I think it would be a sin to hoard such a wonderful beer experience (beer-sperience?). If you see any old style bottles with rusty cages and torn up labels, pick them up because this is an awesome beer. I hope to be able to keep my paws off of the last two bottles for some time to see how this one ages even longer.

11-11-2007 18:14:37 | More by wheelinshirt
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Large green Belgian style bottle, caged and corked. Pours semi cloudy, medium apricot amber, minor and short lived, medium tan head. Morphs down to a thin film and leaves next to no lacing. Tart, green apple nose. Sourness is the story here. Horse blanket, barnyard funk in all its artisinal glory. Funk quite prominent and showing its puckering muscles. Surely not a crowd pleaser, but sour beer lovers will be all over this one.

10-31-2007 00:30:39 | More by Billolick
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

hazy gold colored with no head.
the aroma is tartly fruity smells containing lemon, strawberry, peach, and green apple. it also has some earthy barnyard funkiness to it along with a faint almost cheesy smell.
the taste is sweet up front, puckeringly tangy middle to back. the seetness takes a little bit of the edge of the sourness, upping the drinkability a little. the fruits are there from the aroma (plus white grape in) a sweeter way than anticipated from the smell. there is an odd, but good earthy nutty quality that lends some complexity. musty hay-like barn flavors, though not as prominent as in the aroma. has a grass-like herbal quality. it's also got an odd flavor that can best be described as tasting like the earthy musty smell of old tomato vines. sour and bone dry.
the mouthfeel is a little more pleasing than other geuzes i've had. maybe a little fuller than average, with delicate active carbonation.
kick ass geuze. a little midler than cantillon for reference.

10-17-2007 22:57:26 | More by kmo1030
Photo of DrJay


4/5  rDev -5.9%

Crystal clear and deept gold with an off-white cap of medium-sized bubbles. Good head retention with little lacing. The aroma was on the tart side, earthy with notes of strawberry, socks, straw, kind of funky. The flavour was tart and sour throughout with a sweet background. Earthy funk and mild spice, along with mild fruitiness, filled out the middle. Tart raspberries lingered in the finish. Light bodied with a little residual sugar. Medium/high carbonation, spritzy and refreshing. The texture was a little creamy after the carbonation subsided. Dry sourness. Pretty good and I would imagine a little more accessible than some gueuzes. Nicely balanced.

09-29-2007 03:55:35 | More by DrJay
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured in to a wine glass a cool orange, with good heading and a spritzy carbonation. Smells of green apples, lemons, and a bit of funk permeate the nose. Taste is extremely dry, tasting of champaign and tart green apple. Body of this beer is light and highly carbonated. If you're in to sour beers, this Gueuze should be extremely easy to drink. What a beer, perfect for a warm summer day. One bottle is not enough.

09-03-2007 18:58:08 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%

golden amber brew. the head was quite fizzy but was a bit too acidic for its own good. some, but not a large number of, bubbles try to keep the fuzz alive, but aren't up to the task

the brew's aroma is hugely sour. a suggestion of fruit. musty, perhaps some cork also. it's actually a bit vinegary

hugely sour when i taste it, as well. the vinegar aspect is a bit visceral, as well as in the aroma. it's a little unpleasant, actually but i'll chalk it up to less than excellent keeping, which i have accused before of the establishment where i bought this.

08-21-2007 02:04:16 | More by bruachan
Photo of OutlawJoseyWales


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

poured from a 750 ml bottle into my dogfish head snifter.

orange/gold with a finger of white foam.

smells of lemon, horseblanket and band-aids.

taste is peppery, with notes of lemon, vinegar, acid, horseblankety funk and just plain old sour.

very nice geuze, taste is complex, but subtle compared to some others of the style. well crafted and a good representation of the geuze. definitely get this if your love belgian lambic beers.

08-14-2007 08:10:45 | More by OutlawJoseyWales
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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Oude Gueuze, been chilling this one for awhile and after a tough day at work I decided to crack it open.

A: The cork fly’s out of this baby like the cannonball man at the circus. It pours a lovely orangish red color with a nice tall bubbly head. There are several lines of bubbles rising to the top to keep this active. If it dies down at all just swirl the glass and enjoy the show, reminds me of one of them little glass tornado thingy’s.

S: Ahh yeah they have brought the funk. Tons of funky aromas here. Overly ripe peach, vinegar, and enough acid to drop the PH in my swimming pool.

T: Tear Jerker bubble gum baby. I like this one. With the first swig you are greeted by a hint of fruity sweetness... Then whoosh you are immediately overtaken by tons of sour and a touch of oak. Acidic bubbles dance in your mouth and down your throat. Fireworks continue to go off as it travels down to your belly. It finishes extra dry and extra sour. Simply Lovely.

M: Literally bursting with sourness. Like sour pop rocks in your mouth.

D: I enjoyed this whole big boy myself. Due to the acid and sourness I have to stop at one though.

This beer is a nice representation of a Gueuze. Tons of flavor, matched with a sourness found in only the best. It is very Champagne like in character and oh so enjoyable. I would love to toast with this on a special occasion or pop a few open with some friends paired with some goat cheese and crusty bread.

08-01-2007 23:24:53 | More by tpd975
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

750ml bottle. Pours out very clear with an light orange/copper glow. At first it looks like not much carbonation but by the end of the pour some light foam begins to exist. The aroma is strong with tart funkiness with a mixture of sour fruits.

The flavor is quite sour, with acidic and vinegar notes and a woody, drying finish. The mouthfeel is light, but not too thin. The carbonation held up fine.

This is a classic example of a nice Gueuze. It doesn't stray much from what you'd expect, it's got the perfect sourness and it keeps you drinking it to the last drop. Highly recommended...

07-14-2007 16:38:16 | More by bennetj17
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

A - Poured from a medieval looking corked and caged bottle into a wine glass, this slightly hazy copper brew has a firm one finger head that eventually recedes to a collar, and leaves lots of bubbly arcs of lace on the glass.

S - Before putting my nose to the glass, I could smell the sour acidity wafting off of the glass! Plump blue grapes (the kind my grandpa used to grow with the seeds), balsamic vinegar, and hydrochloric acid (I work in a lab...it really does smell like this). Grape leaves, fresh hay, and a hint of fingernail polish remover. Reminds me a bit of animal smells at the zoo....especially the gorilla cages. This is insanely complex! I also smell some vegetal decompasing aromas that remind me of the way that the jungle smells in the Yucatan. Outstanding.

T - Holy shit that's shockingly sour! Balsamic and regular vinegar flavors assault the sides of the tongue with scathing battery acid tart and sour flavors. After swallowing, the initial shock goes away and I can pick up more subtle nuances ...like sour grapes, grape leaves, feta cheese, and some spicy hot sauce notes. Again, this is insanely complex but I'm having some trouble thinking of what I taste because the flavors are so foreign to me. The only thing that I've had that even approaches this sort of acidic sour punch is Rodenbach Red, but this has that Flanders red beat in the sour department!

M - Scathing acidity bathes the tongue in a slickness that I fear might be my mouth bleeding! Carbonation is nearly nonexistent, which is probably a good thing since the one-two punch of abrasive carbonation and acidity might leave me without the ability to speak! I think that this would be an outstanding palate-cleanser to have with a big fancy dinner!

D - Ok, I would have this again for sure...but it's not a session brew by any means. I like this as a slow sipping beer...as long as I just take tiny sips I could drink this all night, but I couldn't drink it fast enough to call it a session. I'll be revisiting this one for sure!

07-13-2007 16:48:02 | More by pmcadamis
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured out of a 12.7oz corked bottle. Appearance is pretty average, nothing special (I find it's very uncommon that a beer's appearance stands out from the pack anyway) with a slight chill haze and plenty of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass. Color is darkish straw, and head rapidly retreats to a small ring. The smell is full of the wonderful puckering tartness that makes this style just so wonderfully wonderful, and is balanced with a nice mustardy spicey malt. The taste of this just what the smell would lend me to expect. Full of lip-cringing tartness that rides all the way along the roof of your mouth, tingling your senses and revealing levels of that dry white wine essence, with fruits and esthers and other unknown flavors. This beer remains very mysterious to me, although I have to admit, I really just want to drink more of it. Mouthfeel is dry, well carbonated and drinkable. What else can I say? I just want to stop writing this review and drink some more of this

05-01-2007 23:38:25 | More by FranklinPCombs
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3.38/5  rDev -20.5%

A white sticky head sits a top a yellow body that provides nice carbonation. The nose is full of barnyard smells with a faint hint of lemon and grass. Also very apparent in the nose and taste is notes of vinegar, which I've never noticed as bluntly in a Gueuze before. The taste is also full of tart sour notes. As you drink this beer your cheeks pucker and it has a very refreshing feel to it, a very nice beer that would lend itself to a hot summer day.

04-18-2007 19:47:30 | More by cproioi
Photo of Matthew


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a really pleasant burnt golden color with a nice sizable fluffy white head. In spite of my careful pour there is a good amount of sediment in my glass. No worries.
Pronounced aromas consisting of acidic citrus, hint of lemon rind with a good chalky must character all preceded by what is best described as hay.
Earthy grassy and grain like flavor is abruptly pushed to the foreground by the pleasant tartness that is wrapped with a acidic white grape and faint citrus tone. There is a good amount of a dry must and funky tones throughout each sip mainly in the finish but is not an element that is as prominent as in some other gueuzes I have tried.
Good body with some prickly carbonation.
I enjoyed this one very much, another beer to be revisited in the near future.

04-12-2007 14:57:45 | More by Matthew
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

A - Mimimal head that settles down pretty quick. A bit darker than I would have expected.

S - Strong earthy, musty smell. Some acidity, not much else.

T - Much darker, richer flavor than I normally associate with Gueuze. Earthy, musty notes and hints of dark fruitiness. Distinct, puckering sourness, balanced by surprising early sweetness. Reminds me of a flemish red to some degree, but much more sour.

M - Dry with strong sourness.

D - Matched well with the Belgian style mussels that I had it with, but not a beer I would drink in large quantities by itself.

03-26-2007 04:31:00 | More by nickfl
Photo of Phatz


4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

WOW! A huge debt of gratitude to yinzer. I shared this divine treat of funky sourness with the club and only 2 other guys liked it as much as I. Clearly Gueuze is lost on many folks. mmm. That glorious wall of sourness, beneath which lies a web of intriguing flavors waiting to reveal themselves and then the bold pucker forcing finish create a terrific experience in each and every sip.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with copper on the edges, a small fizzy white head and nice lacing.

Smell: The gorgeous Gueuze funk. Acidic and sour and yet a bit of sweetness confuses things. The is an earthy musty old oak attribute and sour Muscat wine, a bit if lemon and more Lambic acidity.

Taste: The flavor is magnificent. Like hitting a brick wall at 60 miles and hour the sourness is in you face. The tartness and the acidity fade to more layers of barnyard and sour fruit flavors. The beer is totally consumed by and old wooden oakynes that taints everything. the sour apples and sour grapes have a hint of fruit sweetness but you can only recognize it. The sour never lets loose its grip on the cheeks. The aftertaste reveals most of the flavors as the sourness fades and the oak-laden fruits seep out of the cheeks. Salivating all the while.

Mouthfeel: It is difficult to assess a mouthfeel during the forced pucker of a beer this intense. Acidic, dry, consuming (full), delicious.

Drinkability: This is a slow drinking sipping beer. It lasts so long after the swallow and keeps getting better that IO did not want to rush into another sip. I must have pased on six beers at our tasting while I was taking all the time needed to properly enjoy this beer.
To Lou and John. The only two who understand why this is great beer! =)

Thanks again Yinzer. I have found the two others who will share the love of this style with me.

Hope this is helpful.

03-02-2007 09:16:38 | More by Phatz
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a small corked and caged bottle into a slender cylinder glass. Beautiful golden orange-ish straw color with some noticeable bubbly carbonation. Only a small amount of fizzy head appears around the edges. Smells like extra funky apple cider champagne. All sorts of weird and wild barnyard aromas too such as straw, mud, dirty floor. Crispy and fresh mouthfeel, again, champagne-like. This tastes like delicious sour, tart apples and green grapes. Kind of like a nice semi-dry/sweet bubbly white wine but with some light, dry malt and grain presence at the end. This is my new champagne! Very drinkable as well. I would recommend this be enjoyed with some artisan cheese and a nice fresh, crispy baguette.

02-18-2007 16:48:21 | More by BeerHonky
Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.