Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) | Brouwerij Girardin

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)
BA SCORE
95.1%
Liked This Beer
4.29 w/ 1,192 ratings
Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unfiltered version.

Added by marburg on 09-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#615
Reviews:
560
Ratings:
1,192
Liked:
1,133
Avg:
4.29/5
pDev:
9.32%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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230
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Ratings: 1,192 |  Reviews: 560
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 ml. bottle. Extremely cloudy yellow-orange, with retaining thin head around the rim, and noticeable lace. Aroma of cider and bleach. Initial taste of rounded softened apple juice sourness. Cannot be drunk quickly, only sipped. Sour vinegar and acid leads to tongue freezing, mouth puckering, and jaw fatigue that was tolerable and long lasting. Aftertaste was a medicinal drying,unresolved for hours by water. Medium in texture on the mouth. Thanks Clarkevv. This is not my preferred style, and I am striving to rate it within its style.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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 GRG1313
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be the perfect sour to try if you're not familiar with sour beer or lambiks. In summary, it is very "consumer friendly" and can be consumed easily by itself or is sufficiently versatile to go with most savory foods.

Pour a medium cloudy orange honey color with light white head.

Big nose of fresh squeezed lemon juice, lemon grass and sweet wheat grass.

Mouth gets what the nose promises. Fresh bright pleasant mouthfeel with high acid and bright flavors of lemon and lemongrass and a pleasant finish of fresh cut grass and mild wheatgrass. '

Sour flavors are bright and have highnotes with a pleasant bitter/sour character. Some sours can make you pucker and can be hard to get down; more chore than fun. This one is all quite delicious. A very friendly and inviting sour beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

now that's a gueuze! damn this is yummy. it pours a pale straw color, hazy but I wouldn't call it cloudy, as the yeast sediment is very fine, rather than coagulated floaties. just a half inch of white lace on top. the nose is real sour, lemon rind and champagne assault the nostrils, very acidic, very unique. the flavor isn't nearly as pucker as the nose, until the finish that is, when the sour just expands and takes over the mouth. it starts more malty, wheaty, farmy, oaky, chardonnay and orchard fruit. the sour slowly eases in, amping up to a very intense degree by the time the beer is swallowed. the sour and the acid leave the tastebuds in a blissful state of ruin. don't follow this beer with anything you want to taste nuances in, trust me. light fizzy body, heavily acidic, piquant, lovely. gueuze is something ive been getting into recently, and I think this is up there with some of the heavy hitters in the field. this is a fairly priced treat.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear yellowish gold color without much head on top at all. It looks pretty flat actually more like a white wine. The smell of the beer was funky, very strong on the nose of wild fermentation. The taste was tart and dry much like most Gueuze Lambic's. The mouthfeel was smooth, not highly caronated at all and quite dry. Overall it's getting a little easier for me to drink these brews but they're still not my cup of tea really. I can't say I'd order it again but I'm happy to have at least tried it.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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 BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasantly astringent and fruity-tart, Belgian with strong dryness and a crisp refreshing finish.

The beer opens with a a strong golden color and an eggshell colored head that straddles the fence of champagne fizziness and beer froathiness. The head quickly falls to a trace but allows some timid lacing.

Tart and sour aromas of lemon acidity, bright fruitiness, and deep oak and musty yeast quality. The sourness tickles the nose and makes the mouth water immediately.

Like flavors as aromas attack the entire mouth; much more intense than the nose suggests. Sharp lemon-lime flavors combine with a plethera of under-rippened fruits of berries, apples, grapes crabapples, kiwi, and pears. The souring steers away from lactic vinegars and toward a woodsy-musty grandma's attic reminescent of barrel aged beers. Spicy phenols add a note of white pepper, cumin, and curraco orange peel. There's a lot going in in the taste, but somehow seems effortless.

Light and airy in texture, the beer feels the mouth and quickly hits the sides of the toung in expected sour and astringent fashion. Not offensive and overly aggressive the extreme tartness offers more refreshment and crispness than bite or sharpness. The beer thins maybe a bit too much and looses the delicate malt mouthfeel, pushing the beer into white wine textures.

Ultimately this is as good as many other good Gueuze, but the restrained tartness and bright fruitiness gives it a not against them. Very refreshing without offense also helps the mouthfeel although a bit more malt balance is perfered.

Thanks jyounger30!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37.5cl green glass bottle with hood and wire top over a cork served into an Orval goblet in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are pretty high; I enjoy this style when it's done right.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream and thickness, and okay retention. Nontransparent dark copper colour.

Sm: Bacteria, souring hops, and some funk. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Heavy funk but limited sourness. Nicely balanced, not bothering to constrain its wonderful sourness, and well built for the style. I fancy its boldness and inspiration. It's pretty good.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the style nicely. It doesn't intrude on the flavours, which is a good characteristic for this style in particular.

Dr: The flavours may not be horribly complex, but they're spot on for what they're trying to do. Very nicely constructed with the style in mind. Any fan of the style should try this. Not the best gueuze I've had, but a pretty good one.

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Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz. green bottle, served at the Map Room.

Deep orange-yellow body, champagne carbonation. Rich foam, leading into an olfactory translation of supreme funk.
Oak and "barnyard" to the Nth degree. Fruity.

Taste brings a serious mouth-caving tartness, followed by rich cheese rind woody funk and citric lemon. Very similar to some vintage Fantomes i've had in it's fruitiness, but amped up in the sourness department.

Mouthfeel is bold, puckering with a dry finish and moderate acidity. It makes you slow down and appreciate the privilege of drinking this in the US. Have one or two, maybe more if you're a glutton for delicious sour punishment.

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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 oline73
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a golden hue. There if a finger and a half of fluffy, off white head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: This is a nice light smelling gueuze. Funky and tart, getting some lemon along with the yeast funk.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. Fairly light and funky with some tart lemon like notes mixed in. While the funk is apparent, it doesn't completely take over.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tons of fluffy, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I'm a fan of this beer. I would have been alright if the tart levels were a tad higher, but I still enjoyed it.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of purfock: Poured a orangey color lambic with a huge foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of green apple and tart is really great. Taste is a complex mix between some green apple, some sour and tart notes with some light funky barnyard notes. Full body with great carbonation. I appreciated that the level of acidity is manageable and doesn't totally overrun the complexities.

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Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy amber with a dense white head. Great head retention and plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell: Nice footy funk, stinky cheese and barnyard. Not overly funky; it's just right. Citrus undertones and a hint of white vinegar.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pleasant sourness and acidity, nothing too extreme here; it's very well balanced and refreshing. Flavors of green apple and musty oak blend with lemon rind bitterness and a touch of oak. Wild honey-like sweetness appears for a brief moment in the middle before being swept away by dry, puckering sourness in the finish.

Notes: Really enjoyed this, one of my favorite gueuzes to date.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; REF 8x2011 printed on the cork. Pours fairly cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart apple, grape, lemon, pepper, grass, hay, leather, oak, clove, white wine vinegar, earth, funk, and earthy spiciness. Fantastic aromas with huge complexity and nice balance of fruity and spicy notes; a bit more spicy/earthy than most. Taste of big tart apple, grape, cherry, lemon, grass, hay, pepper, clove, oak, leather, white wine vinegar, earth, funk, and yeast spiciness. Fair amount of earthy and fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart light fruits, grass, hay, pepper, clove, oak, leather, earth, funk, light vinegar, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity, spicy, and wild yeast notes; near perfect balance of all flavors; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Acidity is also extremely well balanced and not overwhelming at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly syrupy, acidic, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Gueuze! Huge complexity and balance of all flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. An highly outstanding offering.

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
Beer rating: 95.1% out of 100 with 1,192 ratings
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