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Mead The Gueuze - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
87
very good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 42
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Retired my ass! I just bought a few at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati....or should I have announced that? Regardless, this is a very good brew. Usually going for the sour Belgians especially when balanced with a malt sweetness or a honey addition, I found a lot of character in this brew. Obviously much more Gueuze character than Mead character. The beer is very tart and sour. Quite astringent in the taste and feel. Very vineous and tanin-ey. The sweetness of the Mead / honey offered little in sweetness, but did offer a lot of fullness, roundnes, and Alcohol. My complaint of Gueuze beers is that they are often too light on the alcoho; not a problem mere. Nearly 8%, but without the overwhelming thickness or richness often accompanied by big beers. Very true to Belgian Artisan Ales. Not for timid beer drinkers, or typical BA's for that matter.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Beerlando: Poured a golden color beer/mead with a small bubbly head with no retention or lacing. Aroma consists of sweet notes courtesy of the mead with some sour notes from the lambic with some weird funky notes. Taste is also a weird and unique mix between some sweet mead notes mix in with some sour notes form the lambic with some funky barnyard notes. Full oily texture body with some limited carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting as a one-off but not something I would drink regularly.

Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks so much for fulfilling a long time want of mine, Mark! An extremely generous extra.

A: As soon as the cage was fully loosened, the cork exploded from the bottle, shooting all the way across the room and the beer began gushing out of the bottle. Once contained in a glass, the beer is a fairly clear golden-orange color with a big white head.

S: Smells amazingly funky. Very, very musty with a lot of wet hay and oak, and perhaps a bit of cork. A definite barnyard quality to it as well. The mead/honey is there and is quite floral. There is, strangely, some vanilla too. Lactic, but not as much as their regular gueuze.

T: The flavor is quite funky also. Lots of grass, hay, wet oak, and must. The honey is there too, but more in a floral sense as it's not really sweet. Lemony tartness provides the typical gueuze character, but nowhere near the bracing sourness of Hanssens Oude Gueuze.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being quite high, even for a gueuze.

D: I wasn't sure what to expect as I'd heard so many poor reviews, but I liked this quite a bit. It would have been cool to try when it was young and fresh, though.

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

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*BANG*
The cork is indeed deadly...

Immediately the liquid inside agitates, foam creeping up towards the neck of the bottle. A gentle pour yields three fingers of foam, sudsy like a sink full of dishes. The head rapidly dissipates with an audible snap crackle pop. Color is like fossilized amber.

Smells like a mix of wild clover honey, mineral water, and a vague touch of wild yeast. A dirty, woodsy funk becomes apparent at room temperature.

Spritzy and light in the mouth, well blended with the mead as not to be too cloyingly sweet. Initial impression of a honey lemon italian soda, but with a funky Belgian kick. As it warms, there is a distinct wild odor, tempered by oak. Very light and thirst quenching, yet complex enough to hold your attention. Acidity is at the medium level, not too harsh, but with some lemony pucker. This is a very interesting and creative offering from Hanssens.

2008: Another bottle seemed to have alot of musty wet cork flavor. This detracted from the smell & taste a little bit.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Todd was right about the cork, nearly took my hand with it as it popped. The sediment stayed compact on the bottom with the ½ inch of beer that I left in the bottle. Mildly hazed yellowish golden colour, big chunky head at first pouring and keeps a decent lace most of the way down.

Lemony tart, musty yeast, faint horse blanket, underlying alcohol, dried fruit and medicinal aromas are quite fragrant.

Expressively crisp and light bodied, has the mouth feel of a robust champagne. Rounded tartness, musty yeast with a barn yard blend. Lemony with other dried fruit flavours, very dry palate though there is a kiss of honey flavour within. Deceiving alcohol starts to catch up about mid bottle as the warmth hits the body. Touch of spice and more honey flavour in the finish.

One of the more interesting beers in the market, surprisingly great and impressive with its simple complexities. Went well with a smooth aged Hunter’s Cheddar.

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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

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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was unaware of the legend of the self-popping cork, fool that I am, or maybe I just forgot, but I made the mistake of pausing after inserting the screw, to get a glass of water, when, BAM!!! ---the thing shot out, opener and all, and in this case, all is my keychain, attached to the opener!
Then, out wafts that certain citric, funky, musty, dank olfactory aura, even from afar. Let's creep in for a closer inspection...That's it, alright, lemony, sour, deep and singular, call it horse-blanket or barnyard, or sour persimmons, buster, it is what it is!
Appearance: light, clear, golden color, very short, near-non-existent, pure white head, that lingers as tiny bubbles around the edges. Great effervescence, though, with bubble, constantly shooting forth.
Taste: pucker, wince, grimace...swalow, sip, repeat...very dry, after that initial souring, lightly drifts off the palate, without actually losing the flavor, it remains as an echo of this sharp, yet somehow sudenly soft, character. Now, I know what's going on, all of a sudden, and it is very intriquing: after the shock of the lambic on the palate, curling the tastebuds, the mead starts to peek through, as if calling the tongue back with the promise of sweetness and light, honey tones take over lemon, and a great blend gets going, with apple notes, too, pear and melon.
Now, I like it, now it's a thing I enjoy consuming. A very nice creation, perfect mellow desert choice, if your sweet tooth is not so predictable and sugar-bent as others.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an immediate sour aroma. A very lively carbonation creates a dense white head. Faint honey aroma. Has a very dry taste to it though it does have a hint of sweetness. Very light in the flavor department. Not too sour, though there is a nice sharp acidity. I could perceive no real honey taste, which, from my experience with some fermented honeys, is no real surprise. The beer was brilliantly clear and golden in color. Definitely worth trying if you like the lambic style of beer, but in the end a bit lackluster.

Photo of mothman
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a white head. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Really sweet and funky. It has a lot of honey, oak, spice, and funk. Some vanilla and toffee. Oak shows a bit through the sweetness.

Taste: Oak shows much more here. It has honey, vanilla, lemon zest, light funk. Light medicinal notes show with some acidic flavors. A bit malty.

Mouthfeel: Dry, sweet, and cloying. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. I don't like the feel to much.

Overall, it is alright, but it is hard to drink a lot of. It is an interesting concept, but it is just hard to drink more than a few ounces of this. I like it a little, but not something I will seek out again.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden and almost still, but there is a slight head generated at first. This fades to nothing almost at once. There is a tiny bit of sloppy lacing. Pronounced honey aroma at first followed by a dose of sourness and a wallop of funk. The honey and funk combo works fairly well. Clean, pure wildflower honey tastes followed by a fairly heavy barnyard funk. Some sourness, but the funk and honey are prevalent. Very smooth and quite different. I like it.

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...

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Bighuge
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This cork came off with some fucking power. What an explosion! Damn. I hope I didn't wake the baby sleeping right above the ceiling.

Slightly hazed golden appearance with a steady and vigorous stream of carbonation rising from the bottome of the glass. This one throws out a huge bubbly and fizzy white head. Retention is solid. The aroma's got some of that funky barnyard stuff going on but also some sweet candy like overatures. The mouthfeel is quite lively and just a little gaseous. Body is about light medium. This beer is tart and a little acrid. It has a sharp husky edge to it. The acidity is quite high. And the tartness is held in check. This one isn't so mouth puckering. It is quite dry though. Decent enough lambic.

Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer decamps the 375ml green corked and wired bottle a luminous gold with a massive bubbly white head with the resultant lace a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is devastatingly tart, sour apples and a little musk at the end, start is lightly sweet with a pleasing grain profile, the top is thin. Finish id ferine in its acidity, vinous with a desert dry aftertaste, a yummy brew tis true, the mead gives it a bit of uniqueness, very nice.

Photo of xnicknj
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Mead The Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.