Mead The Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
2002 vintage, consumed July, 2014.
Labeled as 70% gueuze, 30% mead.
So I decided to break this one out for a tasting. I didn't at all know what to expect, especially since the cork was in pretty bad shape, nasty and lined with sugary (meady?) residue, with the liquid level indicating perhaps a bit of leakage over the years. Unfortunately this one was stored on its side. I am a firm believer in NOT storing corked beer on its side, and this bottle was a premium example of why. Wine, yes; beer no! Anyway.
I definitely wasn't expecting a gusher, but I opened the cork carefully just in case, also on the other end making sure it wasn't going to break off from wear. It did neither, rather, it popped out with hardly a sound. Could've been a bad sign, but I went ahead and poured. Careful pouring yielded a liquid that was surprisingly only slightly hazy, coppery color, and seemingly flat...just a few random bubbles on top.
Once again expecting the worst, aka an oxidized mess, the nose instead revealed that the beer/mead hybrid had actually held up pretty well. Notes of funk and honey, must, and some indistinct fruity esters. The flavor profile had really mellowed out, very mildly sour, very mildly funky, rock candy sweetness, cork, white wine. I'd imagine that with some carbonation, this would have been much tastier, but it still had some shine left to it on the palate. Any oxidation flavors were pretty low key and not even worth mentioning. Body was medium, slightly filmy mouthfeel, carbonation was low to nil. Higher ABV was pretty much undetectable. Overall, I liked this one a lot, all things considered. It was a pleasant surprise.
07-08-2014 05:27:21 | More by Rifugium
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
375ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to whoever brought this to Knifestyle's birthday tasting - always thrilled to try a new bit of Hanssens craziness.
A: Cloudy dark amber body, no head. Ugly.
S: Sharp, sour, oaky, tannic, spicy, lemony acidity. Really intense, really sour, really great.
T: Terrific, sweet + sour Lambic. Apple, apricot, grapefruit, spicy, hay, minerality. Dry, grapefruity tartness. Nice.
M: A little light, lively, frothy, enjoyable. I wasn't expecting this given the flat appearance.
O: Excellent beer. No, it wasn't as well-balanced and integrated as something like 3F, but it was delightfully brash - just like I expect from this blender.
07-25-2012 22:54:37 | More by woosterbill
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
330mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to aviencko for opening this
Pours a fairly tepid clear golden color. The (partially rusted?) cork barely popped - very little carbonation here.
Funky and musty in the nose with some softly biting sourness. Hints of sweetness with honey as well, from the mead.
A pleasant sour character up front with straw and funk. Somewhat musty and oaky followed by some apple and citrus. The fruit leads into the slightly sweet honey character from the mead, which is a pretty interesting combo. Soft warmth towards the finish with lingering dryness and sour flavor.
Lighter medium body, almost completely flat, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This is an interesting combo of two styles, although I wasnt into the flat texture.
03-10-2012 20:26:40 | More by xnicknj
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
An odd beer and an oddball find, sitting on a low shelf at Cable Beverages in Bardonia NY. Cork pops loud and hard, good sign!
No gushing thankfully. Beer pours clear and golden, almost honey-colored. Fluffy white head with excellent retention, nice lacing up and down the sides of the glass.
Funky and sweet aroma, a bit musty, some honey, obviously, green apple, white grapes, lemon, barnyard, hay.
A lot of the aroma is in the flavor too, perhaps a bit more muted than I anticipated. Has a bit of tart puckering but more funky barn taste, definite honey but not over-the-top or overly sweet, well balancing but sourness from lemon and green apple notes.
Crisp carbonation, light body, clean finish. This was a fun one to try if not an upper echelon gueuze in the end. Nice twist on the style with the addition of mead.
03-09-2012 16:39:05 | More by tobelerone
4/5 rDev +3.1%
A strange old lambic shared by Masterski. Thanks, Alex.
Pale blond with nice clarity. As usual with Hanssens lambic, it had no carbonation at all.
A ton of funk on the nose, grassy and hay-like barnyard must, faint sweetness, rotten lemon. Moderately acidic, plastic, little acetone. Strange but enjoyable.
Well, this tastes exactly like Hanssens lambic with mead in it. It's not terribly sweet, but there's a distinct honey character beneath the intense hay/rotten lemon funk. It has a moderate sourness, but it's not too sharp. Heavy tannins in the finish, floral, honey. Light acetone. Strange but good.
01-23-2012 20:36:20 | More by largadeer
3.53/5 rDev -9%
Old bottle of Mead the Gueuze that I finally got around to opening up.
A: Slightly hazy golden-orange body. Not a single bubble -- the way only Hanssens can do!
S: Light lambic must with a bit of oak. A dose of vinegar and a lemon-honey sweetness that was the obvious influence of the mead.
T: Musty, funky oak, lemon acidity, white vinegar, cough-drop like sweetness. Generally, this tasted a little "stale" -- perhaps too much age on this.
M: Dead flat. But I didn't mind the stillness. Semi-dry finish. High, but not blistering acidity.
O: A unique brew, even for a Hanssens' creation,
11-28-2011 01:07:33 | More by callmemickey
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Bottle courtesy of Scott (Heliosphann). Strange goo around the cork - guessing it's dried mead? Comes out with minimal pop in any case. Served in a champagne flute.
A - Still - looks like mead. Initial pours are transparent, but later ones get a touch hazier. Nice attractive golden color.
S - Intensely funky, although it also has some skunk and tire fire mixed in. Big notes of tart green apples, white wine vinegar, and plenty of green barnyard funk. Not much honey/mead sweetness to be found here - just reminds me of certain Hanssens Gueuze bottles I've had.
T - The taste has more of the advertised mead sweetness, but this is still largely a gueuze in flavor profile. Plenty of tart apple skins, funk, and grassy, floral notes too. There's a bit more malted grain character than standard gueuze too.
M - Medium body, no carbonation, extremely dry, and tannic in the finish.
D - Our groups was pretty much split on this one - I thought it was quite good and largely tasted like regular Hanssens Gueuze but with a bit more sweetness (and alcohol) and less of the stomach-melting acidity. Others hated it. Would have it again, but probably wouldn't actively trade for it.
06-28-2011 21:45:47 | More by MasterSki
3/5 rDev -22.7%
Thanks to MasterSki for sharing this.
A - The cork didn't pop it all, it kind of just fell off, no sound or anything. Pours dead, look a golden amber color that is trasparent.
S - Smells like some confusingly skunked gueze with some chemicals and maybe a bit of rubber. Not sure how this happened, but the addition of mead makes it smell sickly sweet.
T - The taste is better, it does taste like gueze with some honey added on the end, although it took me a few sips to start to taste the honey. I don't care for it a ton.
M - Medium bodied and flat.
O - It's unique, so it gets points for that, but it's not something I'll drink a lot of or go back for.
06-25-2011 04:10:14 | More by AgentZero
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
Good lookin out drew for popping this open and almost shooting your eye out with the cork.
A: poured a brownish orange with pale yellowq highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: upfront I detected maple syrup and honey, with corky character, bretty funk, acidic notes but had citrus oak as well. Really nice blend of mead and gueuze.
T: the sour gueuze character came out more on the taste with honey mead notes, oaky, bretty funky accents and nice citrusy flavors on the end.
M: the brew was light to medium in body with a lots of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy,oaky, funky, and mild sour finish.
D: really glad I had the opportunity to try this brew and was excatly how I imagined it. Tasted great and was drinking good.
02-14-2011 00:45:36 | More by Gobzilla
Mead The Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
87 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.