Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)
Brouwerij Girardin

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)
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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #11
ABV:
5%
Score:
95
Ranked #747
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 9.26%
Reviews:
574
Ratings:
1,242
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Brouwerij Girardin
 
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
95
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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)
Notes: Unfiltered version.
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When I popped the cork, there was a nice bit of smoke clinging around the neck of the bottle. It pours a nice apple color. Somewhat clear. 1 1/2 finger slightly off white head. The head retention is poor. The head dissipates to a nice ring around the edge of the glass, that rides up a bit on the edge. No lacing otherwise. There's some carbonation rising in the glass as I watch it.
The nose is a really wild, and complex funky aroma. There's a bit of apple here, more of an apple cider aroma. There's a farm aroma here - no not cow pies - like a straw/hay aroma. Some floral aromas here as well.
Taste - Very wild. Up front it seems more into the funky floral that I was getting on the nose. I also get some lemon flavor up front. The apple cider seems to be a back flavor that lingers.
The body reminds me of champagne - really bubbly, and crisp. Somewhat "dry". Crisp feeling.
I do not have much experience with this style, but I think this is a good representation for this style. I'm enjoying it.

Jan 03, 2021
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stcules from Italy

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange, lightly veiled. Foam, white, good.
Smell. Gueuze. Good. Gueuze. Good.
Citric, lemon.
Taste, very, very satisfying.
Tasting notes? No. Great Gueuze.

Dec 05, 2020
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officerbill from New York

4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2020 on the cork so I'm assuming it is this year's batch, poured into an Allagash chalice

L: Uncorked with a solid pop and poured a beautiful clear orange/amber with a tall foamy white head that slowly dissolved into a thick film
S: Sort of a mild cheesy smell with hay, citrus, barnyard, a little fruit, and a dash of cider vinegar
T: Some ripe cheese with horse blanket and stable, some lemon, some apple, another fruit I couldn't identify (apricot?mango?), yeasty musty funkiness, finished with a dash of black pepper
F: dry and full, with a leathery/oaky feeling over the tongue and sliding down the throat
O: An excellent example of a gueuze. Medium body, relatively low tartness, satisfying without being filling. I'll cellar my second bottle and see how it is next year.

Oct 31, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Somehow never reviewed this, cork has 80905, I assume from 2005
I slightly twisted the cork and it popped out loudly and hit the ceiling, but didn't foam over, light fizzy pink head with low retention, avoiding pouring the funk at first yields an almost crystal clear amber orange color with some light sediment

Nose brings a nice cheesy funk, plenty of bacteria souring and Brett funk, little musty wet blanket and barnyard funk, touch grassy hay, and a little fruit notes, not as complex as some of the greats

Taste brings a bit of oxidation papery notes, but plenty of wet blanket and barnyard funk, as well as the cheesy funk and souring bacteria, a little fruitiness and nice souring acidity, a touch yeasty note, oxidation gets little much, mild flemmy finish, big funk on the finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod, big acidity and a little flemmy, med foamy carb

Overall a nice beer and sour funky, not a little watery and a little oxidized, not quite as complex as the big hitters, but still tasty

Aug 31, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp into a Cantillon Gueuze glass. Lots of head on a typical Belgian pour (aggressive). Tons of bubbles continue to rise to the top, even when the head has disappeared. A nice transparent orange color to the beer. Nose is funk, sour cherries, horse blanket, citrus (lemon!), and some lactose/vanilla. Taste follows the nose nicely. Not too mouth-puckering. More of a subtle sourness, with a bitterness on the back end. Definitely nice notes of lemon, floral, grass, leather bitterness, funk, peaches, grapes, and some wheat. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and dry. Very good gueuze!

Dec 31, 2019
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FLima from Brazil

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid orange golden color with a thin head that is short lived.
Nice aroma for a Gueuze with notes of apricot, nice funkiness, white pepper and grapefruit with lemon.
Flavor with notes of grapefruit, lemon, earthy, floral and spicy hops, some wood, pleasant funkiness, mango-apricot and chardonnay wine. Dry aftertaste with an elegant sourness finish.
Light body with perfect carbonation of tiny active bubbles that becomes slightly effervescent after laying down on my tongue.
Excellent beer with good complexity. One of the most refreshing and balanced Gueuze I had, no excessive acidity and with lots of citrusy and even some tropical fruits. If I could buy where I live at the same price, I did in a large beer store near Antwerp, this would be part of my regular go-to beers.

Oct 10, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It was hot here in Texas and this Geuze was very refreshing and tasty.

Look: golden slightly orange with a thick white head

Aroma: lemon, apple, some yeast/funk

Flavor: The flavor is lemon, apple, maybe apricot, som brett funk, perhaps some oak tannins, and a very slight earthy bitterness at the end.

Body/Overall: light to medium body

Sep 02, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 8/3/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dark orange appearance.

A slow pour yielded a small, noisy white head which quickly dissipated; almost no lace.

Apple cider, tart mango, mild funk & faint black pepper notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tart mango & funk flavors up front; mild black pepper bite on the finish.

I found the black pepper aspect a bit distracting, but overall a fine gueuze. I'd have another.

Aug 04, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Jan 11, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Dec 02, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Nov 18, 2018
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emincems from Turkey

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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!

Jul 02, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Mar 05, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Jan 07, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Jul 20, 2017
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breadwinner from California

4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Mar 10, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Jan 17, 2017
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Jan 13, 2017
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Silke_Neryn from Sweden

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Dec 14, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Oct 15, 2016
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BrotherDylan from California

4.58/5  rDev +6%
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.

Sep 06, 2016
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Momento_Maury from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Aug 07, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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….

Jul 24, 2016
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floyd_pugman from California

3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Jun 05, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Apr 18, 2016
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 1242 ratings