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 CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: champagne fizzy look, had to pour slow.... pale ale color

smell: smelled liked tart, citrus fruity, and maybe a little midew musty aroma.

taste: huge sour beer. Lots of citrus, lemon flavor

mouthfeel: high carbonation and light bodied

drinkability: a fantastic sour ale. Will drink again...

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Photo of everetends
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle thanks to the great IBUnit63. Wanted to do this one up for the New Year. Served up in a snifter.

A: Pours an incredibly clean and clear honey yellow slash/orange. When light hits this baby it glows a crazy, vibrant amber orange. The color is friggin electric. Pours a thin head that is bright white but it disappears quickly. No real lacing to talk about at all. This beer's color is the amazing part of the look. Just great.

S: Smell is all over the place. At first this smells like a good champagne. Then you get a lot of earthy notes and some leather. Vinegar comes through as well. Then, BAM,fruit. Orange and lemon with a shit ton of granny smith apples that are tart as hell.

T: Taste is much like the flavor. The vinegar comes out a bit quicker in the taste and is puckering. Then you get all the crazy sour apple goodness. Tons of sour fruit with a bunch of that apple, and tart lemon, lime and orange flavors. Then there is a bunch of champagne flavor coming out. The earthiness is not as present as it is in the nose but there is a touch of leather and dirt flavors that come out with all the funky goodness. This is damned good.

M: Medium bodied brew that is pretty crisp and carbonated. Then there is a lot of sourness playing out and puckering in the feel. ABV doesn't play here at all. Aftertaste is mostly of that sour apple goodness. Uh huh, this feels wonderful.

D: This brew is damned impressiv and really satisfies. It is a bit confusing as some of the flavor remind you of lambics then champagne. I will have to seek a somewhat local retailer of this goodness and make this happen on a fairly regular basis. Great balance of sweet flavors and sour, funky goodness. Just damned good.

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Photo of Inglewood
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some lemon-like aromas. Taste is much the same with some sour apple peel flavors. There is an acidic finish with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good gueuze with some great aromas and flavors.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Absurdly effervecent beer, the tight head never let down the whole time I sipped this beer. Some clinging spotty lacing. Nice hazy amber gold color. Pungent aroma of lemon, brett (the wet hay varity), pinapple, and oak. Lots of citrus up front and through the mid palate. Oaky with some good sourness, but not lip-puckering. Rather a dry experiance. I pick up a tad of tobacco, more oak, plenty of tart apple. Underlying wheat flavor is pie crust like. The mouthfeel is zingy and lively. This geuze dances over the tongue. Oh yeah I could have plenty of these.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From small bottle with cork date of 2017. Had this side by side with Lindemans Cuvee Rene and this was not as good but did smell much better.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a goblet. I couldn't find any date on the bottle.

Appearance - Mostly clear, light amber body, which is surprising. It's darker and clearer than I expected. Nice white head and sticky lacing all around.

Smell - Tart flavors first, but it's not a bright tartness. It's like a white pepper aroma followed by a danker funk and some light fruitiness. It never quite achieves a full level of barnyard funk in the smell, but it's nice. I crave that moldy cheese smell from these beers.

Taste - Tart, but not puckering, and that white pepper flavor hits immediately after. It fills the mouth and eases into some nice funk, but still the tartness is there. It's full flavored in the middle, with everything melding nicely. It eventually finishes with a peppery, tart, and dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light, but the flavors coat the mouth very well. The flavors blend so nicely and last for so long that I don't find myself missing the funkiness that is somewhat missing from this gueuze.

Overall - I'm pegging this one down in the overall because it's very tart-centric. I craved some horse blanket and was somewhat let down. I do think that it accentuates the flavors it has so well, though, that it's still an excellent beer. I found myself increasing the ratings as I drank the beer and wrote this review.

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Photo of Hendrick24
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden orange in color into a snifter glass with a three finger high thick white head that gradually faded down leaving a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of sourness in the nose that also has some funkiness from the yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the aroma, but the sourness is a lot more pronounced. There are notes of sour apples and some hints of citrus fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate. The initial taste is rather tart while there is dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is very drinkable for the style and the complexity of the sour flavors will bring me back to having another one of these in the future.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has a nice pour, a clear copper color with a two finger head that dissolves down to a fine film that leaves a touch of lacing. Surprisingly clear for an unfiltered brew. Nose is drying funky sourness up front, then some champagne, lots of fruitiness (apricots?). Cracker-y breadiness (if that makes sense) shows up just a bit. Huge flavor to this one. Flavor is likewise - obviously stronger on the funky sourness, and a little milder on the fruits. A touch of cheese and white wine. Tasty brew, if you're feeling like a sour one. Body is busy with strong carbonation that highlights the tartness well. Overall, a very nice brew, although I'm not sure if I could drink more than one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a waterspout of bubbles racing up to a champagne head that leaves the party all too soon and leaves no lacing

Smell: Barnyard funk, sour cherries and tart lemons

Taste: Starts with a woody sweet and sour lemon character that builds in its sour virtues; after the swallow, the puckering begins as the pith and fund overwhelm the tongue; underneath it all there is this residual sweet fruit that remains to make everything interesting

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy with an overwhelming dryness on the finish

Drinkability: I am a once in a while lambic drinker but this one has a lot going for it; glad I tried it

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A yellow-orange colored body settles to look something like what I will call "peach" in color. With a small, tightly bubbled, off-white head. Spotty lacing left behind, but I poured this one into a snifter.

The odor reminds me sharply of that funky-cheese type of odor with some vinegar mixed in. Very nice overall I would say.

This one got noticeably more sour as it warmed up, so I would definitely drink this one at cellar temperature (if not warmer if you want to adventurous). The sourness is biting and vinegar like and it is offset by that cheese flavor in there. Just a little bit of woodiness comes through here also.

The mouthfeel is biting and puckering but good.

Good drinkability, but definitely a sipper because the sourness starts to get a little intense. Great beer overall though.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this out of a bottle, poured into a wine glass (usually would opt for some better glassware, but you take what's available).

Appearance: Yellow and bubbly head, looks a lot like champagne, but a bit thicker, on the pour. Little lacing and little head, nothing too intense or impressive, but nice enough.

Smell: Gueuzy. Thick, heavy funk with some green apple peel, oak, citrus, and a distinctly sour note. Just smells sour and funky, really gets the palate puckering in anticipation.

Taste: Whew, sour is there. Big green apple and lemon-like sourness, with a vinegar draw as well. The oaky, funky, acidic nature really comes after the swallow and breath in, it just opens up to heavy gueuze qualities that are just delicious and refreshing. One of the more interesting notes here was of how dry it became, even after only a few ounces. Between mouth-wateringly sour and mouth-depleting dryness, my mouth was getting its money's worth.

Mouthfeel: Very dry and pretty sour to boot. Carbonation is light, but efficiently. Really complex finish is oaky and vinegar dryness, and the funk lingers on the palate. Just interesting all around, that's for sure.

Drinkability: I guess this is almost a wash. Definitely a mood beer, that's for sure. Oaky, funky, dry, and sour all at once, and can definitely hit the spot on the right night. Would certainly have again in the future, and a perfect example of what a gueuze should be.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Totally hazed deep yellow with a short lived white head. A really nice wispy layer is left.

S- Wow this stuff smells interesting. Lots of sour apple, grapefruit, under ripe pear and horse blanket funk. There is also lots of damp basement funk with wet cardboard and elmers glue.

T- This is brutally sour, especially at first. It knocks you're breath out as you're pallet adjusts. Its loaded with under ripe fruits, the white part of an orange rind, grapefruit, pear and lemon. Plenty of funky flavors as it warms. A glue like flavor comes right before pure white grapefruit.

M- Quite puckering. Very dry. I love how the sourness lingers on the lips.

D- Low alcohol but this is a sipper.

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Photo of csmiley
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PatronWizard for the chance to try this bottle.

A - Decanted a medium gold color with a very light haze. The white head only rises to about half inch in height, maybe a little less. It sticks around for a few minutes before receding to a thick white cap that just doesn't want to go away. Thick webs of lace stick to the glass.

S - Starts out fruity and tart. Green apple and lemon stand out the most and white grape seems to make an appearance too. A heavy dose of funk absolutely dominates the middle. It's somewhat musty with some hay and grass notes in there as well. The very end has a touch of honey sweetness that is pretty hard to pick out.

T - Apple (green and red) really pops in the flavor. Some white grape also comes in pretty quick. The tart fruitiness really takes over the palate for the first few sips. After the initial blast the beer really starts to smooth out. It's really funky and sour in the middle. Wet grass, wood, and dry alcohol flavors come and go. A little more apple of the green variety finishes it all off.

M - Lighter bodied with a medium carbonation that comes across as surprisingly active in the mouth. Finish is tart and dry, lingering for a while.

D - Drinkability is pretty good. Tons of "in your face" flavor make this one more of a sipper that you'd want to take your time on. This is a very nice example of the style that I wouldn't hesitate to try again. The only real flaw that is worth mentioning is the head or lack thereof. If that is the biggest problem a beer has then said beer is pretty well off in my opinion.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can smell the funk on this before the cork is even out!...whooof! There it is, twisted citrus, a bed of straw, mysterious mustiness, ...gotta give it up to gueuze, there ain't nothin' like it! sparkling minerals, brilliant lemons, funky orange...appearance: amber/peach color, no head ...
Taste: oooh, oooh, sourness itself, serious puckeration, but still refreshing and swift down the throat. Medium body, long, long slick, dry finish, leaves a serious coating in the mouth. This has got to be one of the better tasting gueuzes I've ever had, though it still gives my senses a tumble, I remain powerless before it's elusive character.
Halfway in, the sour attack on the tongue is not as harsh, and it slips ever easier down, feeling even thicker on the palate. I pass the night with a few of these, no problem. Pretty snappy gueuze they got goin' on...

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Photo of Goldorak
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at De Dulle Griet in Gent, served in a Gueuze glass.

Appearance: A very nice peachy yellow, with a small, but tough, micro-bubly head.

Smell: Usual musty hay, with hints of tobacco and cocoa...chocolate milk even?? That's what I smelled, I swear!

Taste: Sharp acidity and bitterness, but with great effervescence. Totally strange the way it refreshes and dries you out at the same time. A very good Gueuze.

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Photo of KCBeerNerd
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShrLSU
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a slight foamy white head. There is nice lacing around the edges which slides down the glass leaving slight traces behind.

S: Sour apples and pears. I can sense som slight white grape and maybe a little sour citrus. This reminds me of champagne mixed in with a little vinegar smell.

T: This is pretty complex so I'll give it a try. I can taste definte sour apples and some vinegarness. I can also pick up some white grape and lots of funk. It has a decent amount of yeast and a slight spice to the end of it.

M: Very light and high carbonation. Its a bit slick in the mouth and definitely leaves me puckering.

D: This is a pretty interesting beer. As a person who is just getting into sours I find it quite tolerable and very enjoyable. It's definitely something different, but can be appreciated by a sour lover or a person looking to expand their horizons.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 375mL bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown. A cheaper Geuze, and also my first sour beer. Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

Apeparance: A nice golden amber color, hazy, with a two finger white foamy head that recedes quickly. Fair lacing. Looks fun.

Smell: Sour lemons, sour citrus, sour barnyard funk. Very sour (maybe slightly sweet?) aroma that just makes your mouth water, and maybe even pucker a little bit already.

Taste: I got this on a recommendation that it was the most "beery" geuze and a good place to start if you're just getting into sour beers. I would agree with that. Has a very pilsner feel to it and has a lot of lemon and citrus flavors. Oh yea, and its got a lot of sour and funk going on.

Mouthfeel: Light body, dry finish. Very mouth puckering that makes your mouth water. I'd say the only thing that lingers after each sip would be the puckering sourness of it.

Drinkability: High drinkability. Despite its strong sourness and intense mouth puckering ability, it just makes you want more. A great starter Geuze, and a great geuze in general.

Glad I tried it. And it's one of the more inexpensive sours I can get my hands on. Bonus!

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review out of a 355 mL bottle.
A: A nice, cloudy amber. Constant quick bubbles up the middle of the glass. Pours a nice one-finger silky white head that sticks.
S: Apple cider, underripe apple cores, musty/moldy cheese, (very) slightly meaty, mango pulp. Inviting for a gueze.
T: A nice sour green apple cider backbone, some more mango or orange juice that sticks on your teeth, a dry ginger ale buzzes on the back of the tongue. Very nice.
M: Moderately light, with a thick frothy carbonation.
D: Awesome.

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Photo of gatornation
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

corked caged 375ml bottle

A- pours slightly hazed golden peach colr with a lovely white head that dissipates to a staying fresh collar thru out

S- tart fruit wet hay musty funk and lemongrass

T- tart lemon/apple at first with a slight musty barnyard funk as it warms it mellows with more apple and malt flavors

M-very tart at first well carbonated fruity and delicious

O- well done gueuze it up their as a top in the style right behind 3F,Cantillion, would buy this any time i see it

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks for this bottle Deuane!

375ml bottle C&C bottle.

poured into SP tulip.

review 885.

Appearance: tawny or copper colored body with a thick cap of white head that drops down to a thin ring. Lots of yeast floaties.

Smell: mild acetic sour with a touch of brine. moderate funk that is of wet rotten hay and horsey. smells bright and zesty. lemon and lemon zest. vinous white grapes. Really nice aroma from this beer.

Taste: mild sourness and moderate funk just like the nose suggests. Meyer lemons, green apple skins, and vinous white grapes. A general fruitiness and earthy from the brett. Lots of deep oak notes. Funk is full of complexity; sweaty gym socks, wet hay, barnyard and horsey. A nice mineral flavor on the after taste of this beer. The beer actually finishes fairly clean with a hint of lingering tart lemons and light brine.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation level. This beer comes off slightly watery and minimal dryness, but enough that you know it has that nice dry quality of most gueuze. I would say that it less than semidry finish.

Overall: This is a nice and mild gueuze with plenty of complexity. I would put this into the same caliber as a 3F gueuze which is my favorite standard gueuze. I would say that I like this slightly more than cantillion classic because the funk profile of Girardin Gueuze is much better suited to my tastes; it is much more well rounded and balanced than Cantillion classic gueuze.

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Photo of rayjay
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Scored at Plumjack in S.F. 12.7 fl oz. No date on bottle, cork reads 0806, or possibly 9080?

Poured slowly into a wit beer glass. Active head, looks very carbonated, some fine yeast sediment. Very appeling looking.

Smells like gueuze! Notes of champagne, green apple cider, and lemon tarts.

Sour, as expected, but not devastating, really quite enjoyable. Salt, wood, and lemon zest. Relatively dry. Musty, which brings back memories from microbiology class. Aftertaste fades fast.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice bubbly carbonation. Grains come through in the flavor and play with the bubbles on your tongue. Very enjoyable.

Nothing out of the ordinary, just a solid, well-rounded example of the style. Worth seeking out for lambic fans. Cheers!

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Photo of cypressbob
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, drank at a bar in Amsterdam... they didnt have this on their menu though :)

Pours with a yellowy, golden body, clear with a fizzy white head, pretty good retention, slight lacing down the glass

Smell, fresh crisp grapefruit, some fruity lemon also, lots of barnyard funk, some lasting malt on the nose

Taste, dry grapefruit, smokey dry malt, some lasting lemon on the finish, some barnyard funk on the finish

A fantastic gueuze, the filtered is a more refined version with a bit less flavour but this is the nuts here, brilliant

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,189 ratings.
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