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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.

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Reviews: 553 | Ratings: 1,165
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 MikeWard
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass.

body is a murky apricot color. head is initially impressive, but quickly fades to a faint ring. no lacing.

aroma is a funky fruity smell, a touch of vinegar.

enjoying the taste on this one. tart fruitiness is the most forward, with a little bit of sour funk thrown in for good measure.

mouth is closer to thin than medium. the fruitiness and tartness really hang around in the mouth. dry and fruity finish.

overall, enjoyed my first gueuze. will not be my last.

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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 DavidSomers
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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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks perfect; fluffy carb that fizzes out leaving a light ring. Golden orange, great clarity. Smell is the weakest link ... Muted, hay / funk, Apple, but mostly a laquery aroma. Taste is juicy apple, funk, some dried flowers. Crushable.

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Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle 2015 vintage, reviewed live 8/9/15

Appearance: Hazy gold, medium light carb, small inkling of foam with solid lasting power style considered.

Aroma: Barn loft, and fruity brett funk, clover honey, mild acidity.

Flavor: More grainy funk and mild assorted citrus acidity.

Mouthefeel: Medium light dry and refreshing.

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Photo of danieelol
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed by this. It's a 2015 bottle so still quite young.

Pours a nice orange with good, persistent head and lacing.

Nose has a lot to it. It's almost like a collective of the standout qualities of many other gueuzes. I get the raw kind of oaky 3F funk but combined with a sort of unwashed feet, truffle and soft rind cheese quality. Later on I get Tilquin rockmelon and the firestick/firework quality of an Oude Beersel. Just a whole lot to this beer, particularly in light of its youth.

Taste is a well-rounded oaky sourness but also has a fair amount of both sweetness and bitterness. When I first tasted it I was surprised at how sweet it was, even outdoing the Marriage Parfait gueuzes which I usually find a little sweet due to the higher ABV. But over time the sweetness seems more tempered and is more balanced amongst the bitterness and sourness. Palate does finish sour with a little bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is that oak, that sourness, that cheese and minerals, and more oak and cheese.

Really good gueuze, I think it would be my pick of the readily available gueuzes I've tried thus far as it's banging and substantially complex even without a lot of age on it.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A stiff pour equals an inch and a half of off white head that stays for awhile leaving a small wall of lace as it slowly fades. Body is a bold orange amber that hosts the head really well. Nose is full of yeasty tart funk that really penetrates the senses with candy like sweet fun. With first sip my eye twitches a sideways kink due to the super sour funk that really attacks the entire mouth. The sour feel is long, powdery and dry with some lemon and vinegar zest. I can't get over how consistently dominating the sour is while being balanced and accessible. Mouthfeel is blanket like tart while inviting the next sip wonderfully. Tannins almost develop as you drink. This is a special and superbly drinkable Lambic.

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Photo of robear
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Hazy gold. It's all been said here before, but this gueuze looks like a clear mid-summer sky just before sunset. Beautiful bright white head.

Smell: The best part of walking into a working barn- hay, dusty overalls, and livestock not worried about the winter.

Taste: Like drinking lemonade in the barn.

Feel: Sticks just a bit, but this is a beer you and your mouth must contemplate. Carbonation keeps everything lively.

Overall: The definition of the style. Available, relatively affordable, cellar-ready, and a joy to drink.

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Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork says 2014

Hazy golden orange under a thin, creamy covering. Classic funky Gueuze aromas...sour lemon/lime, wood, musty grapes, and straw. Funky, juicy lemon flavor, a little grapefruit pulp, damp wood, tart green apple, dried apricots. Super dry, moderately acidic, and easy to drink.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange color, slightly hazy, white medium-small head atop. Aroma is woody lemon, creamy floral, dried apricots, lightly and evenly yeasty, sweet, doughy, and candylike. Just a little bit of tartness hovering over the sweet base. Taste is sharply tart at first, but as your taste buds adjust it becomes dank, fruity, and floral. Oakiness with some cedar as well.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork dated 2015

Beautifully funky nose filled with horseblanket, hay, flowers, bright lemons and oak.

Sweet-tart lemon presence followed by an earthy, herbal funk. Some bready malts last through into the aftertaste. Finishes with an oaky dryness. It has a bright, balanced acidity that keeps it easy-drinking. This is a recently bottled geuze that packs plenty of flavor but is not overtly complex. There are no significant off flavors.

The mouthfeel is near perfect for the style. The beer itself is light but the active, creamy carbonation creates a full mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a really enjoyable geuze that I would like to always have on hand. It is well balanced and not aggressively sour. Would love to see what some more time in the bottle would do. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first Gueuze =)
It has a copper color and big whitey foam, a lot of bubbles too.
Head is yeasty and sour with a lot of acetic notes and some fruits and vegetables reminding condiments.
Taste is similar but way maltier, what makes the degustation almost like eating a food really condimented.
Bitterness is at great level, body is delicate and carbonation high, making a great feel.
Oh.. that's a complex beer, difficult to detail. Really nice though.

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Gave this a 4.5-star review on Untappd last night and will stick to that here, as well.

I considered this gueuze to be appropriately sour/tart, non-acidic, flavorful and of high quality. I was very impressed with this one. There's lots of balance to this. Both the aroma and color were appealing. Not quite a Cantillon or 3F, but that doesn't take anything away from this, either.

I would love to try this again and definitely will be looking for more bottles, moving forward.

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,165 ratings.
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