Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) | Brouwerij Girardin

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin

Style: Belgian Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unfiltered version.

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Reviews: 565 | Ratings: 1,218
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375ml bottle into glass. No bottling date information found.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. Minimal head upon pouring disappears, with the rising bubbles feeding a few spots of a ring and a small island. No lacing.
Aroma is yeast driven expressions, lots of leather and tobacco. There is a sour citrus quality also present.
Taste is deep and complex, with the yeast expressing sourness and the funk. Hay, leather and barnyard funk. First there is some citrus sour, and then the funk takes over and extends into the aftertaste. Lots of funk expressions - iodine, woody and bandaid included.
Mouth feel is medium plus, and very dry from the yeast. Slight buzziness on the tongue but carbonation is low.
Enjoyable beer for style, very earthy and yeast expressive.
Medium mouth feel. The end is very dry. Carbonation is low.

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Photo of Buck89
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rusty brown with a slight haze and a thin white head. Tart citrus and lemon aroma along with hay and barnyard funk. Very sour on the palate which highlighted the fruity notes, but the funk and leather were there as well. Complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich copper gold, lacy head & mild carbonation. Aroma has bright lactic notes - sour lemon, overripe apple, cider vinegar, champagne yeast. Taste begins with tart citrus, oak tanin, sandalwood, dry Belgian yeast - it is a little earthier than some gueuzes, it has lots of root tones on the backend and finishes with a sour cork note. Starts out well but just a tad too rustic for me overall.

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Photo of emincems
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It pours hazy deep golden color with huge off-white head. Foam persistence is great. Low lacing. It smells moderately sour funky, horse blanket, light fruits and slightly burnt wood. Taste is strongly sour and highly acidic. It's beautiful combination of sour grape-like tartness and intense woodiness. Slightly puckering, sour and very dry finish is incredible. Funkiness still continues in aftertaste. Very high, acidic carbonation with low-medium body. One of the most amazings beers, A masterpiece!

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Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from last night’s share. Pours out a hazy orange tone with a small soapy head. Sourness leads the aroma, dry woody elements, and some apple. Taste brings in more sourness, light and fizzy feel, as is right for the style. Finishes with a pucker.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours dark amber with a two finger head that lasts all but a few seconds. The aroma is very citrusy, nutty and with a very light funk. The taste is insanely complex. Lemon, unripe apples, pears, sunflower seeds, flowers, and it finishes very bitter. No residual sweetness at all. This is a very dry and awesomely aromatic gueuze.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a decently clear, amber gold, with a thin ring of foam, that holds on decently well
S: intense pepper, vinegar and spice, followed by a mixed white fruit bouquet and sharp cheese (less present), definitely some earthiness, definite funk, of course, smell of food items that have turned, in the most wonderful way
T: sharp funk and lemon immediately, with a boozy note, and an earthy following that is fairly distinctive, sour, but not overbearingly so, about in the middle in terms of acidity relative to the style, for beer people whose primary objection to the style is the over sourness, this might be a good entry point. After a while, the malt body starts to peer out from under the overt sourness of the beer in a way that I've either never seen before, or never noticed before. The body is biscuity and clean, and overall a welcome addition to the experience. There are hints of red apple here, not green, in a move that bucks the typical apple promotion in beers of this kind
M: a fullness I don't typically associate with a gueuze, which allows the malt to be present in a way it typically is not in these beers
O: Excellent, not the best gueuze I've ever had, but unlike some, it definitely has it's place, there is definitely a time when I would prefer this over other examples of the style. Well done!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man, tough to come down too hard on this one, as the nose offers some really nice notes, Bretty phenols, something almost white wine like, light notes of plum and apple, really quite nice. The beer, though, is kept from greatness by a too-heavy body. It lacks lift, making the palate full and wet, and muting the interesting notes from the bacteria/yeast struggling to get through. If the carbonation could be a little more bouyant, I think it'd really get those flavors popping and make this a really great geuze. As it is, it's perfectly fine but not quite upper tier.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Gueuze, one of the best I've had so far. Quite balance and not that funky nor sour. It's tart nonetheless with a floral presence all along. Went well with an aged Comté cheese

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable gueuze. Not the cheapest, but very tasty and almost always available in my part of the world.

A - Slightly cloudy, golden orange, with a thin white head but good for a gueuze. Good carbonation. 4.25

S - Lactic but with an ever so faint fruitiness of apricots. 4.5

T - Not excessively sour. 4.5

MF - 4.5

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2015.

A smell of blue cheese, rustic farmlife fills the room upon opening.

The taste is much the same with the endearing addition of carefully selected stone fruits.

It's both slightly sour and slightly bitter, all clad in a lovely shade of dry.

After consuming this one, the funk really will be within you. Wonderful.

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Photo of aleigator
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a fluffy big head, which receeds to a thick, stable lacing, coating the beer easily the entire time. There is even a thick head on the rest of the beer remaining in the bottle.

Smells of a prominent funkiness, old mushrooms and lots of ripe blue cheese, with a pleasant mix of minerals and lime zest to balance the barnyard qualities. Lime and apple rind grow even more apparent, once the beer reaches room temperature making the fruitiness an ingedient just as prominent as the funk.

Has a very soft, yet vivid mouthfeel with an awesome flavor development, starting crisp and light with a creamy, funky ending. Very well pronounced as for its sourness while leaving enough room on the palate for the fruit and effervescence to cut through, creating a pleasant complexity.

Tastes of stony minerals, a soft aqueous note, old bread crust, wet straw and a prominent funkiness. The funk consists of dried grass, creamy blue cheese and wet mushrooms, together with a note of flowers to sooth the funk profile. Has a bright, lemony and slightly effervescent mid palate, which results in a mushroomy dustiness and more creamy cheese.

An awesome beer, producing a mind blowing depth of funk, gently balanced by the fruity crispness. Does not have too many more layers to it other than that, but thos truly convince by their pungent ripeness. Maintains it light and refreshing mouthfeel though, ending clean and soft.

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Photo of BrotherDylan
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 06/2016

The beer is best described as the whole being better than the sum of its parts. The darker color, the fruitier nose, the candy like yet very dry finish.

The flavor is just bursting with fruit flavors. Its a sour gusher, which is exactly the candy you wish you had but you settled for eating the raspberry flavored gushers only instead.

Had it not been for the peppery finish, I would have thought this was a fruited lambic. By every sense of the imagination, this beer is as good as a lambic gets.

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Photo of Momento_Maury
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Darker than most gueuze I've seen, at light copper. Moderate head with some lacing, dissipates pretty quickly.

Aroma - Peach ester, some lemon and vinegar, but mostly brett horse-blanket character.

Flavor - Strong on the brett funk. More lemon.

Mouthfeel - Fairly sour but about average for gueuze; lively, dry, and lightly astringent.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle at some hosers house
Clear amber liquid, hay, has the wet horse blanket thing going for it, wet wood, a hint of vinegar, lemon, faint apple, sour but not over the top, didn’t really get to know it before my small sample was gone, wish I had more….

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Photo of floyd_pugman
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Cantillon ball glass. Nose produces typical gueuze notes of vinegar and rancid cheese, although not particularly pungent. Palate yields nice flavors of funk, rancid cheese, vinegar, grapefruit, and cedar, but they sit against a malty, slightly sweet backbone that for me reduces its appeal. It's not bad, but not in the category of 3F, Cantillon, or Tilquin.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass on Saturday afternoon. Comes out a slightly hazy amber color, a thin head wisps up and quickly falls into nothingness, some spotty lacing at the most.

Nice aroma here, big funk coming through with some light sweetness underneath. Flavor is pretty sweet at first, lemon-like flavor and sourness. Nice funky yeast in the middle, not too overpowering. Finish has some woody notes and a lingering tartness.

Feel is pretty light and smooth, beer is a bit clingy in the mouth. Overall a well done gueuze, definitely on the lighter/sweet side compared to some of the other big hitters like Haansens.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky and hazy straw golden yellow with a subtle light orange glow and a finger of off-white active foam and highly active carbonation.

Lemon zest, orange, apple peels, cider-like, vinous, slight wet hay mustiness, and earthy.

Green apple skins, orange and lemon peel, citric and lactic acidity, bretty must, and some light earthy notes.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, musty funk, tart, crisp, very refreshing.

Overall, a high class example of the gueuze style. Wonderfully complex with high carbonation and tartness to wipe the palate clean for another sip. Very drinkable.

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Photo of drmeto
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy golden-orange with a small to medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
lemon,peach,wheaty,funky barnyard,green apple,woody
-lemon,oranges,green apple,wheaty,astringent
-medium sourness for the style
-finishes dry and (surprisingly) clean
-medium carbonation
-light body
Really good Geuze.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12o bottle into a tulip glass. Acquired as an extra in a trade with islandboi8204, thank you!

Pours a clear amber body, slightly hazy once dregs are introduced, little head and no lacing.

Aromas are citrus and funk, acidic, lactic, hay, barnyard. On the tongue is barnyard hay, funk, yeast, musty basement, citrus, finish is lightly bitter with a dry aftertaste. Medium light carb and easy drinking medium body.

Very enjoyable, easy drinking, refreshing gueuze. Delicious, balanced, complex.

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Photo of bnes09
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, translucent ale with thin head. Big aroma of funky brett, earth and musty wheat. Flavor is bright and citric with lemon tones. Brett adds a dense funk layer. Minimal hop character but not needed. Medium acidity. Earthy finish. Light body. Dry finish. Good stuff

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head to head with Cantillon Bio Lambic Gueuze and RR Beatification. Black label is really well balanced and smooth. Flavors are perhaps a bit muted relative to the balsamic vinegary flavor in Beat and perhaps a bit too much barnyard in Cantillon. Black label more than holds its own and given the availability of Black Label, it's the winner

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Photo of riverotterrob
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: very hazy straw orange.

S: yeasty and funky, with a hint of vinegar.

T: this is pretty complex, starts with tart fruits and lemon peel, there's a moment of sweetness before a unique bitter drinks comes to cleanse the pallette and balance the sweetness. A mild acidity lingers after in the mouth and stomach.

F: light, well and finely carbonated with a dry finish

O: a unique and interesting beer, but not worth the price in my opinion. Don't think I'll hey this one again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Cider-rust with film. 3.75
Mad cheesy nose - way rustic. 4
Wheat cracker, Parmesean, yellow pear, wax, chakly cheese rind, lemon peel, and some spice. 4.25
Almost medium, tart, clean. 4

Mad funky! Any acetic is buried - the most barnyard so far. Not harsh, but lots of cheese. The picture of Bretty geueze. 4.75

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle served into a tulip.

Light wispy head and light-lacing that settles as a film over the body. Body is crystal clear and copper in color, resembling apple cider. 4.5

Tart, funky, acidic, funk and a pleasant floral bouquet. Straightforward and pleasant. 4

Floral, chalky, tart, with a touch of lemon and citrus, and a crisp apple type of bite. The finish offers a noticeable brett presence. 4

The flavors speak to the feel but to reiterate, it's tart and a tad funky and acidic, with a rush of carbonation mid-palate that tingles on the tongue. On the back end there's a bit of an abrasiveness, but otherwise it's drinks cleanly and easy. 4

This is good, but seems to lack some of the diverse flavors I've found in great gueuzes. I found it one-noted, I guess. But that's a good one note.

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,218 ratings