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Oude Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 1,009
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 101
Gots: 173 | FT: 16
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

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 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.

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
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
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
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.