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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: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unfiltered version.

Added by marburg on 09-28-2002

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Photo of warnerry
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at TND, poured into a lambic glass. Took a lot of care to keep the yeast nice and settled.

In the glass, it is a hazy dirty straw color, full of effervescence as bubbles stream upward for the entire time it takes me to drink the whole glass. The head is coarse and thin, as a geuze generally is.

The aroma is complex. Woody notes, barnyard funk, sourness, and fruity esters of pears/apples and peaches. The taste is similar, full of great balance. The sour is phenomenal, and it is really made pleasant by the light overripe esters of peaches and pears. The fruits blend with funky barnyard flavors that meld nicely with the balanced lactic and acetic sour notes. The fruits are again evident in the finish.

The finish is bone dry, as it should be. Accompanied by a lively spritzy body, the feel is phenomenal. The sourness is intense and shocks the palate a bit. Extremely easy to drink...refreshing and satisfying. This is a really good beer that I will definitely be revisiting.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Louis Gueuze tulip.

Pours a hazy orange with a big spritzy white head that drops fairly quickly. No lasting lace.

Aromas of lactic sourness, barnyard funk, lemon zest. This smells like my cheeks are going to cave in when I take a sip. Let's see.

Flavors of a bracing sourness, but not as harsh as I was expecting. Lactic sourness, citrus zest. Straight forward belgian gueuze lambic.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, with a mouthcoating, but restrained sourness.

Very drinkable. Would prefer this in the summertime. Good thirst quencher. Love me some sours.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into flutes.

Thanks to beerwolf77 for just giving me this beer. You shall be repayed.

A- Pours a hazy light straw with minimal head and pretty much no lacing. Reminds me of an unblended lambic.

S- Classic gueuze. Good amounts of funk, gym socks, some hay and a few sour notes as well. My mouth is beginning to water.

T- Since this is still young, it doesn't pack the sour punch that some with age on it. Regardless, it is still quite tasty. Heavy on the funk and barnyard. A little bit of must some cut hay.

M- There are hints of sourness but nothing major. Pretty dry and decent carbonation.

O- All the components are there for a great gueuze and with a few years on it, this baby will really shine. I wonder who I know has a few bottles from around 2005? The generosity of beerwolf77 never ends.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from sour tasting notes

A. Pours orange with a small white head.

S. Apple, oak, slight tartness, lemon, bright citrus fruits.

T. Continues in the same vein as the aroma with some nice tartness.

M. Thin with a low level of carbonation.

D. Delicious - "I'd put this on par with supplication" (a reminder to myself about how good it was - not a note on similarity, which I managed to forget since the sour tasting) I do recall this doing surprisingly well at the tasting

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks awalk1227!

A: Hazy golden straw color. Passive and calm head, surprised at that. I was able to get a one finger of white foam out of this one. I noticed some funky brown build up in the bottle, right under the cork area, floaties in the glass too.

S: Initial lactic note melds into sour or tart fruit. Bretty funk as well.

T: Tart lemon juice up front, I love that initial shock. Nice and acidic. The flavor rolls into other sour fruits and some nice musty/funkiness. Dry finish, ready for more.

M: The appearance of this beer led me to beleive the carbonation would be a little low, but it turned out fine. Everything was on the mark.

D: A well balanced sour @ only 5%. Refreshing, easy to drink.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to Ommegang flute

A:Golden orangey in color slightly yellow at the bottom cloudy and semi opaque (clearer as it warms). There was basically no head but it is tan and leaves a very thin lacing on the top

S: There definitely has some funk in there but it is not super pungent (perhaps I should have aged it for longer).It has that trademark gueuze smell but not much else or much power.

T: The taste is better then the nose is has a straight up sour/tart flavor up front but it isn't really funky at all it is almost clean, dry, and very light/refreshing. Lots of fruit and citrusy flavors like lemon and green apple. The sour flavor is not puckering but it is there and pretty tasty in my opinion

M: This is definitely the best part about this beer. The sour flavor is not overwhelming it is crisp and clean up front. It is watery and thin clearly light at only 5% abv but that makes it extremly drinkable and when the taste is still there the lightness is a positive thing for me.

O: Despite being very light this is still quite a very tasty and sour gueuze. I would like to taste one that has been aged for awhile to see if it developes more but with the low alcohol content I would not expect a whole lot. That being said this beer is definitely worth a try and could be a great starter sour.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, 2014 cork. Poured into a Cantillon degustation glass today, 2/6/2014.

Review #425.

App- Hazy light copper body, on the darker side for a geueze. One finger white head, good filmy retention, bits of lacing.

Smell- Lemon, grape skins, sharp cheese, oak, a bit of barnyard funk, a dash of black pepper. Good complexity, good strength.

Flavour- smells better than it tastes. More oak and barnyard funk above the lemon and grape skins. Not tannic at all. Backend is remniscent of orange peel.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, well carbonated, refreshing and crisp. Finishes nice and dry. Drinkable as given for the style.

Overall- Very nice shelf geueze, good complexity and a bit of funk. Would like more funk, but this is not too far from Tilquin in my opinion.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a couple bottles at Den Trollkelder in Gent. What a beer. I had this next to the Marriage Parfait and and filtered (white label) 1882, and while it was fairly similar to the Boon, there was little resemblance to the white label. This had more oak barrel character - tasting like I was drinking from a wooden mug - along with lemon/lime fruit, bit sour tartness, and underlying farmhouse funk. Heck of a beer, give it a try.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,194 ratings
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