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Mead The Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
87
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 40
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002)
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Photo of blakesell
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer of the night on my visit to Gravity Head '08 in New Albany, IN. Was not necessary by any means considering my scrawled notes, but it was appreciated nonetheless. Poured from the 375ml bottle into a 10oz glass. Bottle is a vintage 06.

Appearance- Pours with no head at all with a creamy orange hue. Somewhat wheaty with the cloudy swirl. Hazed orange just the way a good geuze should be.

Smell- Wow. Smells just the way it should. Big sour with brettanomyces and Lacto Bacillus deep in the brew. Wow, I love the smell of this Geuze. Sour cherries linger on the finish.

Taste- Holy mother! I love the taste here. Big brettanomyces, cream, yeast, I can't wait to go to Belgium myself one day to enjoy this sour properly. The hops are presented wonderfully. This is exactly the type of Belgian sourness to end the night with. (Please don't break drunk me's heart and tell him that the brew has been retired).

Mouthfeel- Sour. Full mouthfeel, well carbonated, and a drink to be savored. Prosit!

Drinkability- Oh my god! I love this stuff! I could drink it by the gallon. (Yes, my notes talk drunk too. I'm surprised that they didn't start hugging people and tell them that they loved them but it was a VERY good geuze).

blakesell, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Wiid
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Wiid, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of HopStoopid120
4.5/5  rDev +16%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ngandhi
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A little bit of age. The nose has calmed down significantly. The carbonation is still violent (the cork explodes the second you loosen the cage). Honey has given way to bright lemon with some gueuze funk -- very Gruner Veltliner -- a wonderful match with fish. Controlled and, indeed, dynamic.

Original rating: 3.95
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Musty and earthy on the nose with definite mead influence, herbal, spiced, and honeyed. Also applely and huge on champagne qualities. Though many compare the effervescence of traditional lambics to the bubbly, rarely do they actually match up because of most lambics incredibly tough acidity. And, while there is Krug, most champagne is much more palateable.

But Mead the Gueuze drinks in every way like a bready, yeasty champagne like Rodez or Sugot special club.

This is a wonderful achievement for brewing -- a food wine, er, beer that begs for baguette and sharp cheddar.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, May 27, 2004
Photo of chaduvel
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They have numerous bottles of this at University Wine and Spirits in Cambridge. Anyway, started to loosen the cage and Kablamo!! nearly took my eye out and I thought the cork was going to blow a hole in the ceiling. Bottle bubbled over like champagne, I looked around for the cork...never found the cage. Pours a pale turning cloudy yellow/green with loads of carbonation and a frothy airy champagne head. Smells of sour honey and of old running shoes and some grassy horse blanket smells too. These are all mellow and inoffensive though. Has a very dry champagne like flavor, but the sweet honey/apple and sour/sweat flavor tell me it's different...and better. A dry malt flavor on the finish. I'd take this over champagne any day! Very unique and tasty, and worth a try even if just for the explosion of the cork.

chaduvel, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear golden-orange color. The head is small and white, and recedes within seconds. The aroma is of mix of sweet honey, and sour gueuze. The sweetness slightly overpowers the sourness. The taste is very balanced. Sweet and sour, but unlike the aroma the sourness slightly overpowers the sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit lightler than medium bodied with active carbonation. Overall, this is a very enjoyable brew. It is the best of two worlds: mead and gueuze.

KarlHungus, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Todd
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml thick green bottle, corked and caged. No bottle date. Mind the cork. This is highly carbonated and the cork will rocket out on its own, once uncagged.

Appearance: A very clear, bright yellow. Carbonation is highly active with mixed sized bubbles that creates a sticky, delicate, foamy pure white Brussels Lace head. Bottled-conditioned, so there will be dregs in the bottle.

Smell: Very much lambic-like in aromal; apple, must, light pepper, horse, grass. Soft floral nectar aromas too.

Taste: Hits the palate with a tonic water feel and flavour, then light honey flavours emerge and coat the tongue. Goes sharp, tart, dry with an apple skin bite, which then fades into a fruity apple-like character. Notes of pepper. Dry in the finish with tonic flavours lingering for quite some time. Yeast flavours pull through as the beer warms, and the apple skin / must flavours become more pronounced.

Notes: With a blend of 70% Hanssens traditional Gueuze and 30% classic lurgashall mead, this is probably the most drinkable Gueuze on the planet -- apparently this was crafted off of an idea by B. United's Dane Bass. Mead the Gueuze is an extremely refreshing, complex and unique beer. What's amazing is that there's not even a hint that this is a 9% abv beer. If you can still find this remarkable beer blend ... I highly recommend that you give it a try.

Todd, May 23, 2002
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle very generously shared by myself, with PWoods and RoyMunson.

Pours a very translucent urine gold in color. Absolutely no head to be found on the pour. Smell is very sweet, fruit like mead. There are some very nice sour, funky notes as well.
Much more sour in the flavor than the nose would lead on. Very sour with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very nice. This was a very pleasant surprise. Plenty of funkyness and sourness. Will have to go back and pick up a few more bottles, this still has some legs left.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of krberg
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WARNING: Do not point the corked business end of this bottle at anyone. Before I had even totally loosened the cage, the cork left orbit.

EDIT:should have read the reviews first! Hysterical!

My bottle says 7.9%

Cloudy golden with very vigorous carbonation. I've never seen bubbles this large in any beverage. Huge white head that fades quickly.

If you like the smell of a lambic, you find this to be a bit sweeter. My eyes didn't begin to water immediately.

As it warmed the nose became more mead-like.

Nice and tart, but not too acidic in the finish. I do find various mead flavors that fade in and out, but if I didn't know this was a blend, I wouldn't have picked up on them (or imagined them). I can pick up on the wheat in this beer which is a lambic first for me.

As it has warmed I find honey in the back of my throat. Interesting.

Feels like a lambic. Very carbonated and a sharp acid tongue bite. Perfect.

Because this isn't too acidic I could a few bottles of this. While I love lambics it can sometimes be hard to finish a single bottle.

Without a doubt the smoothest gueuze I have ever had. Will it convince your lambic hating friends to love the style? No, but they might say that this one isn't as shitty as the others you've made them try. If you are somewhat intimidated by gueuzes try this one first, I think you'll be pleasantly suprised.

krberg, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle
Pours a very nice golden copper with a huge white head. Retention is pretty lacking, but what remains of the head is a nice white cap of lacing and foam.
Smell is slight vinegar and farm blanket funk far overshadowed by bushels and bushels of peaches, apples, pears, and grapes. Fruity as all getout with just a hint of honey in the backbone.
Taste is uber fruity with green apples, peaches, grapes, and pears dominating. A slight tartness follows innitial sweetness, and all is balanced out by a surprisingly bitter hop flavor (something i'm not used to in a geuze).
Mouthfeel is moderate, with the flavors coating the tongue and not leaving much of an aftertaste.
Overall, a spectacular rendition of a geuze and a superb idea, blended fantastically, and just a very cool beer to try.

LuckySevens82, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of woosterbill
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12.7 ounce bottle. According to the bottle, this is made with 30% mead and 70% gueuze. I read some reviews of this beer before I opened it, so I was prepared for the exploding cork. This beer pours out yellow-orange with a ginormous white head. The aroma is vinegar, honey, lemon, and ass. The flavor is suprisingly tart at first, though it becomes slightly sweet with the honey flavor in the finish. The mead keeps this beer from being a regular kick-your-ass gueuze. It's not quite as funky as Hanssens regular gueze, though the uninitiated might find this extremely funky. No hint of alcohol. Damn good drinkability. This is really a unique and good beer.

beveragecaptain, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of BeerZack
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-honey color with foamy off-white head; lots of carbonation bubbles rushing to surface.

Sweet and Sour sauce- the fragrance. Sour B.O. covered up by honeysuckle flower perfumes. (In a good way?) Dried apricot and candied fruits, bit of fingernail polish.

Honey and apricot flavors with a tinge of sweetness that never gets out of balance with the sour base. Bit of lemon zest and horseblanket, some herbal spice. Almost like a Ricola cough drop.

Mouthwatering sourness, somewhat light or moderate feel with a slight carbonic sting that helps keep this beer super refreshing. Highly drinkable gueze, some resemblance to a white wine.

BeerZack, May 24, 2008
Photo of santoslhalper
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a hazy orange with a giant off-white head that fizzles away to damn near nothing.

Smell: When fresh out of the bottle, the smell burnt my nose, but now (about 5 minutes later) it's realitvely calm, with tart and sweet notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor is crazy. It's sweet and fizzy, but still fruity, with giant honey notes. The mead adds such odd and simple complexity. The fruitiness kind of contrasts with the sticky sweetness of the honey, but it creates a wonderfully interesting flavor. The mouthfeel is fizzy and clingy.

Drinkability and Overall: What we have here is a very unique and interesting beer. Unlike anything else I've ever had, and I personally really enjoyed it. It may not be for everyone, but it's definitly worth a shot.

santoslhalper, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of zerk
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the most interesting beer I've had in quite some time. Luckily I had read earlier reviews, so I expected the cork to come flying off... and took evasive measures. Clear and yellow-gold with a very active and persistant head. (My wife had a glass that she left sitting for 2 hours and there was still 1/4 inch head.) So much carbonation that you'd think this was champagne... rough mouthfeel and thin to medium body. Aroma was of sour apples, must, and grass. Flavor was much of the same... tart... not much sweetness, but there is some flavor of honey as well. It has a very dry character which must be imparted by the honey. This isn't one I'd have very often, but it makes for a great change of pace, and would be a beer to serve in place of champagne.

zerk, Nov 09, 2002
Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a bright orangish-yellow in color with tons of carbonation and a nice, full head.

Smell – The sour lemons lead things off here and they are terrific. The aroma is very deep and exciting. The requisite farm smells are earthy, not superficial. Well done.

Taste – There are some strong bitter notes I missed at the nose that packed quite a wallop at the taste. The raw lemon peel came out next and then . . . ‘lo and behold, a nice kick from the mead. The light malty honey was an excellent compliment. They say the mix is 70/30 and that seems to be just about right.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost medium-bodied but not quite. The light sourness will pucker your cheeks, but not excessively so. Together the gueuze and mead flavors give your mouth quite the welcome ride.

Drinkability – Finally a gueuze that I can drink more than one of. This was a brilliant idea whoever came up with it and flawlessly executed.

RoyalT, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of mattmaples
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is it beer or is it mead? It is a candy or a breath mint? Who knows and who cares. It is one of the most unique ideas to come in a bottle for some tiime. Being a big fan of both Hannsons and Lurgashall I had really high expectations and the prodcut delivered. It has it all, the musty, tangy flavor of a Gueze and the honey character and biger body of a sweet mead.

I would say if you are more of a mead drinker and not of Gueuze you may want to sit this one out as the Guezue flavors take some getting used to but it is a quality product and fun idea to boot.

mattmaples, Jul 06, 2002
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to Francois for cracking this from his cellar.

It pours a crazy fizzy head over a crystal clear golden straw color.

Nose of honey, light fruits, yeast, with a slight lambic like sour and funky fruit.

Taste brings some musty funk, a nice gueze like fruit juice with light tart and sour flavors and dry light yeast funk. SOme light honey flavors, and a dry barnyard flavor. It has a hint of a Brett like flavor, and a really nice effervescence.

The mouth is lighter bodied, delicate, and good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good actually, dry finish, some light funk that doesn't go overboard, and nice tart flavors that make the mouth water.

jlindros, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of ryantupy
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Careful the cork shoots off like a bullet.

A - Pours a light copper hue. The carbonation helps develop a small head that quickly dissolves into a then sheet with a small lace.

S - Very bitter right off of the bat, then you notice hints of sour fruit, oak, vinegar, and mild sweet malts.

T - Sour and bitter on the first few sips. Tastes of oak, sour fruit, tartness, and oily acidic citrus.

M - Tart and dry very earthy beer.

D - A very unique beer to say the least. But defiantly worth trying if you can find it.

ryantupy, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at the late Pitfield's Beer Shop (in London) close to its closure two years ago. At 9%abv., no freshness info. is stated anywhere on the label or bottle. Served cool in a large bulb wine glass.

A: pours a bright tawny colour, surprisingly clear, without much sign of a beer head apart from a rim of bubbles; faint traces of carbonation is spotted in the nectar. More elegant than a normal geuze~~
S: the Mead's (or thick honey's) nectar-ish sourness mixes pretty well with the Geuze's vinegary tarty edge, while adding a sweet thickness to the body; the barn-yard dampness and sharp woodiness of a gueze is somehow compromised here, and the overall impression of this Mead-Geuze even smacks slightly of a sweet strong cider!!
T: on the palate, mead flows underneath the geuze, as the cider-ish sour+musty and (marinated) starfruits' savoury-sweet flavour dances freely, albeit not even close to the genuine tartness of a real geuze... an unusually-intense, chewy, tannic-bitter, and complex undertone of dried grapefruit-peels, old vinegar, white rum, and dried hawthorn fruits gradually creeps up and steal the stage, then slowly yielding to a dryish and slightly vomit-stinky(!!) finish of Hanssens geuze as well as of a vintage cider... The alc. touch reveals itself in the most subtle way, ju...st enough to remind people of its hidden strength in the lo...ng end; but for some drinkers I suppose it's already too late!!
M&D: the mouthfeel is fantastic - it's soft, with microscopic fizziness to sparkle the palate skilfully; at 9%, it tastes just like a 5%-something. Although it is not quite complex as compared to a standard Hanssens geuze, but as a flavoured geuze it's absolutely drinkable and utterly enjoyable; what a shame that it's discontinued...

wl0307, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml green bottle, corked & caged; served in a snifter.

Highlights of gold that enhance a faint copper; light chill haze. Carbonation-filled, delicate foam that gives way to a whispy thin sheet. Faint, thin lacing with a bit of strength around the snifter.

Intensely sour fruit; hints of acidity, possibly a faint aroma of vinegar. Underlying touch of semi-sweet honey and a bit of light cognac.

Mellow, semi-sweet honey and light cream up-front. Oak, cedar, lightly toasted cashews. The tartness is very mild for a Gueuze, but it does have a light citrus flavor: orange rind, lemon zest, and green apple. The finish is dry with a mutsy, citrus-flavored aftertaste.

Light bodied; crisp, dry, and refreshing yet very earthen and woody. Mellow and well rounded.

Not a traditional Gueuze as it's a blend with a mead; and the sour intensity is definitely toned down, but a unique and flavorful concoction nonetheless.

NEhophead, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of francisweizen
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, everyone was right. You twist off the cage...and...BAM! The cork seperate from the cage, goes right into your celing and ricochets around your kitchen, like a silver bullet chasing after a werewolf. You gather the metal, cork, and cage and throw them away...you pour the beer and get like all foam. 15 minutes later a lovely glass full of murky golden nectar is in front of you...with a head of white foam, that finally dies down to just a smidgen of covering.

Like others have mentioned this brew is 90% gueuze in aroma! Horseblanket, and traditional lambic funk shine through here with the honey part of the mead barely shining through in the aroma.

The taste, on the other hand, is something else all together. It's very neutral, not very acidic, and quite chocked full of honey. This reminds me very much of Braggot, by Magic Hat.

The mouthfeel is spritzy and refreshing...very champagne-like in its nature and the drinkability is excellent as well. Quite the interesting concoction, this is!

francisweizen, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of Jon
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed golden peach color with a huge, fizzy white head. This bottle is probably around four years old and it seems that the individual characteristics of this beer have melded together nicely. Nose eye-wateringly provocative, with notes of citrus, must, melon, honey and the typical cheese-funk of spontaneous fermenting lambic beer. Taste is a wonderful blend of both worlds -- mead and gueuze lambic. Oaky, acidic, tart, and sweet, this beer provides the palate a variety of flavor. The oak-aged gueuze creates notes of vanilla and citrus, while the mead imparts flavors of honey and melon. Mouthfeel is smooth and light with a slightly spritzy sensation lingering. A very easily drinkable beer for 9% abv. It's almost impossible to detect until the beer is, of course, well within the confines of one's stomach. Overall, this is a very interestingly blend of old fashioned Lurgashall Mead and Hanssens gueuze, one of Belgium's most traditional. Enjoyable stuff.

Jon, Nov 20, 2003
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Horsey, barnyard like aromas typical of a gueuze. Gold in color with a ton of head. The cork flew out of the bottle on this one. Traditional lambic tartness gives a bit of body to the sweet fruit flavors of the mead. It can best be described as somewhat bittersweet. Some fruity citrus notes were detected as well. Due to the complexity and intensity of the flavors, it is not the easiest drinking. Very interesting and another well crafted beer from Hanssens.

jreitman, Jul 12, 2003
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. green bottle, a red-topped cage wrapped around a plump little cork. A grimy-looking layer of sediment/crust darkens the cork, leaving a thin film atop the bottle lip. After warming on the counter for about an hour, I uncorked and poured to a snifter (just after the final out of tonight's NLCS Game 4, a 7-5 Phillies win).

7.9% ABV. "70% Malt Beverage and 30% Mead"

Big thanks to joe1510 for supplying this one.

A: Cork POPS off with the lightest touch; fortunately it stayed wedged in the cage or would have hit the ceiling. Pours clear and VERY fizzy; a sizzling ginger ale-like carbonation, noisy and 2-fingers at its peak. head drops quickly, completely disappearing within a minute. Lovely color: a rose-tinted golden honey color, perfectly clear and showcasing several streams of steady, evenly-paced carbonation.

S: Tantalizingly tart nose upfront tickles the nose: sour grapes, dried apricots. Papery mustiness. Ever-so-faint woody booze, a whiff of char. Then - a minty, vaguely sweet, honey, even some sugar spice and...melon? - the notable inclusion of mead in this otherwise traditional gueuze. Intriguing!

T: Citrus, like grapefruit rind and squeezed lemon - tangy and musty at once. A medicinal bittering, an earthen raspberry, tannic grape and apple skins. Dry yeastiness, like a dusting of chalky flour. A dash of pepper and spice.

M: Active, effervescing mouthfeel the first few sips, but the crispness recedes a little to a veil of yeast and lasting citric tang. Draws the cheeks and curls the tongue a bit, but does not produce the squinting >pucker<. Some soft yeast coats a little; a gentle warmth, too.

D: Fun to drink. Curious flavors, an evolving aroma and a very pretty look and pleasant feel. Really happy to have tried this one and hope to track it down again, 'retired' or not. If that doesn't happen, maybe a journey back to the Hanssens Brewery is in order (I'm sure there's a spare case or two hiding in their cobwebbed cellar).

Thanks to 'Global Beer Tour 2006' for introducing me to Hanssens' wonderful blends.

msubulldog25, Oct 14, 2008
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Mead The Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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