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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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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37cl bottle. Hazy orange pour with a tall white head. Smells like sodium bicarbonate, sulphur, barnyard funk and apple cider. The taste is more balanced than the white label, with notes of apple cider, vinegar, salt, sodium bicarbonate and barnyard funk. High carbonation with a dry and bitter finish. This stuff’s actually good!

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

Poured into a stemmed MoB teku glass (375ml bottle, 2014 cork).
Thanks to Spinrsx for the bottle!

A: Hazy, light straw color with 2-3 fingers of bubbly white head with decent persistence and leaving islands of lacing as it falls.

S: The nose is strong and tasty while not being as intense as some other gueuze (maybe it needs a bit more time to warm). The sour and acidity hit you first, but behind that comes in some fruit, green apples and lemon rind, with a nice punch of white pepper; vinous and whispers of the JB Horns in the background, ready to open up (read: funk).

T: On the palat, it is dominated by dry sourness and acidity. The beer has a backbone of bitterness and spicy pepper (hops) and some funk.

M: The beer has a medium-light body and the perfect amount of carbonation keeping it round in flavor but light and lively on the tongue.

O: I don't have a wide gueuze background, but this really nice!

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Photo of sjccmd
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours lovely orange with a large white head that surprisingly takes a while to fizzle away. Just slightly hazy, pretty brilliant.

The cork says 2014, so this is a pretty fresh gueuze.

Aroma is apparent immediately after popping the cork. Fresh cut grass, "spring meadow," damp forest floor. Lovely. Herbal funk and musty basement. Lemon and orange with surprisingly some bready malt.

Flavor is tart and earthy. Lactic acid with perhaps just a hint of acetic. Not enough to be offensive. Tea and oak and some bitterness in the finish. Very mineral. Lemony and pleasant but balanced towards earthy.

Surprisingly smooth and silky. A tad low on carbonation. Clearly young, but still complex.

Balanced and pleasant, but tons going on, particularly in the aroma. Luckily I have a few more bottles to sit on.

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Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured a gorgeous cloudy golden colored body with a fluffy, quarter finger white head that receded to ring of white leaving little lacing. Effervescent bubbles can be seen in the glass. Quite nice looking and very true to style. Scents of sour, acidic funk, with notes of green apple, raspberry, layered with earthy, yeasty funk, hay, honey, a touch of oak, and mild grapefruit and lemon aromas. Overall impression is of a nicely acidic and sour, funky geuze that is still balanced with fruit and honey aromas that provide depth. A very nice example of the style's aroma. Taste begins moderately sour, with flavors of sour apple, earthy, funky yeast flavors, hay and a bit of oak balanced with a subtle, honey-like sweetness. Sourness is moderate-high on the middle, with notes of earthy, funky wild yeast, grapefruit, hints of oak and lemon. Finish is moderate-high in sourness with notes of grapefruit, oak, lemon and earthy, funky yeast. Aftertaste is grapefruit, lemon, wheat malt and sour, earthy funk. Overall impression is of a moderately sour and acidic flavor profile with balancing fruit, oak and honey flavors contributing depth. A very nice example of a geuze flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light bodied and effervescent with a semi-drying, puckering, acidic feel. Very nice and quite true to style. Overall this is a nice example of a geuze. It is sour and acidic in aroma and flavor, yet balances these qualities with other notes as well. This is aided by the mouthfeel which is light and spritzy, but not watery. A very nice geuze and well worth trying.

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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 BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured at Tipples Rare and Barrel Aged Beer Tasting on July 13, 2014. Pours light yellowish gold with a small rim of white head on top. Aroma of candi sugar and mint leaves, dry, dusty, light citrus. Flavor is funky like my gym socks. Whoah. Some lemon notes, dry oakiness, and some vanilla as well here. More chewy body than other gueuzes in the class that I've had, and low plus carbonation. Nice brew overall, and a bit of a change-up from the LP Gueuze earlier in the night. Recommended.

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Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle, cork says Diam DX 2014. Best before 2014?

Pours a pretty clear light gold body with spidery lacing stretching out. Very tart aroma but surprisingly refreshing. Flavor is dry and tart, bit of sweet vinegar, rustic and some herbs around the edges. Quite nice.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Appears to be a fresh bottle.

Pours a dull and gritty light bronze with a fluffy, active off white head which settles to a Gueuze typical small froth atop the liquid.

The nose is a pleasantly balanced Gueuze nose. It's all their but restrained, lemon, oak, earth, hay, barnyard, some pineapple, and even a hint of field flowers.

On the palate the first thing I notice is it has a good amount of pucker but is also aggressively drying and chalky. The chalkiest Oude Gueuze I've had. Plenty of lemon peel, lime zest, peach pit, and toned down fruity white wine comprise the fruity aspects. Funk is toned down a bit compared to the nose but comes in as old house musk, horse mane, and earth.

Mouthfeel is light, higher medium carbonation, and super dry. Again the chalkiness of this adds an even more rustic tone to the already typical rustic nature of the style.

The thing l love about lambics is their variability, and this is further proof of the highly distinguishable differences among the standards like boon, 3F, Cantillon, Tilquin, Hansenns, etc. This to me lies just behind 3F, Mariage Parfait, and Cantillon Classic as far as best "standard" gueuzes go. Rustic, fruity, dry, quaffable...

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 4.25: Beautiful beer out of the bottle. Just a gorgeous, almost glowing apricot gold. Excellent lacing and perfect one inch head. Little bubbles coming up hit the surface and pop! Very unusual.

Smell 4.25: Just a fantastic bouquet. Lime rind, honey, earthenware, dank cellars, wood rosins, slight charring...I could go on and on but I won't. This is just wonderful.

Taste 4.0: Front is sour in a tangy way. Middle is dry with a delicious and thirst-quenching hit of musty cellaring that spreads out all over the palate along with a slight sourness. There is also a cloying sweetness at this level -and it is at the edges of the palate-- that is just delightful. Finish is dry, deep, slightly sour and contains a very interesting taste of wood rosins, combined with a unique taste of one of those wonderful "learned" tastes to appreciate from Belgium: brettanomyces. Aftertaste is almost non-existant; just a hint of the sourness remains.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Smooth and silky bottle-conditioning. Excellent complement to the beer.

Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. Fans of bretts will really love this one. It is funky, weird, sour but ultimately delicious and satisfying. I was joking with my wife that if I had brewed this and was trying for an ale or something and then it tasted like a gueuze, I might pour it all out and start over. However, once you have become acquainted with this style and the "brett taste" in general, I think you will become a life-long fan and take it as a blessing if "The Brett fairy" ever visits a fermenter of your home-brew. I would recommend this beer to any and all.

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Photo of simont1
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma is barnyard, very earthy, some hay, lots of grapefruit and overripe apples, very complex. Taste is of grapefruit rind, some lemony, a lot of hay, some tonic inputs, vanilla, leather, yoghurty sourness which is very balanced out with the long after taste.

Oof the breweries that produce their own Gueuze, this is to me the best normal offering of a gueuze. The blending is made for balance, not to have huge funk, or to be overpowering in some departments.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle poured into a Cycle Brewing snifter

A: Golden with a light haze
S: Lemon, earthy Brett, floral, tart, oak, very light sweetness, wheat, vinous
T: Grapefruit pith, earthy Brett, funky, floral, tart, oak tannin, white wine, lemon, white pepper, tropical fruit
M: Light carbonation and light mouthfeel
O: This is a great gueuze and I would love to do this blind next to Tilquin. Also will age a bottle

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Photo of Jonada
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into a wine glass. No freshness date on the bottle, but the cork reads Ref B x 2013.

Appearance: Pours a copper orange color with less than a finger of a white soapy head that settles into a lasting ring. Body is lightly hazy with some visible sediment. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell: Lemon, barnyard funk, musty, green apple, lightly herbal, oak. Aroma complex but not incredibly strong. Nice balance between bright lemony citrus and funk.

Taste: Starts with a low acidic carbonation upfront followed by notes of lemon, green apple, barnyard funk with a light herbal bitterness that lingers after the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied and crisp with low to medium levels of fine but aggressive carbonation. Finishes very dry.

Overall: A good gueuze though not one of my favorites. It's worth a try, but there are better gueuze options out there.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of artoolemomo
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which seems to have okay retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a murky pale to medium amber that appears as a glowing but hazy pale amber when held up to the light.

Nose- Starts off with a strong tartness and acetic acid. Followed by straw, then slight fruit esters of cherry and strawberry. Some lemon. Nice funkiness that recalls both stinky cheeses and the barnyard. Swirling doesn't add anything to the picture.

Taste- Starts off with definite tartness, vinegar, and acetic acid. However, seems a little rounder than the Belgian gueuzes that are higher up in the rankings. Good range of fruit esters that range from cherry and strawberry to orange and lemon. Light notes of funkiness, straw, and ripe cheese on the finish. This beer could probably use some age and definitely lacks the complexity of the Big 3 of Belgian gueuzes: Cantillion, Tilquin, and Drie Fonteinen. Even strikes me as a little thin (but mostly in comparison). This is pretty manageable for a sour beer. Slight woody bitterness. Good presence with excellent balance and integration. Could use a little more complexity but nonetheless, this is a really good beer. Definitely not great like the other three. Much more delicate than the other three. Some vinous notes and a little bit of white grape. I could see white wine drinkers being a fan of this. Slight honey.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with nice carbonation that has a little bit of zing. Nice dry finish keeps this beer neat and simple.

Drinkability- This is incredibly easygoing for a sour. I don't know if I've become acclimated to sours but this just doesn't have the Lactobacillus bit that I'm used to.

Overall- Really, good beer and pretty much deserving of its ranking. It does retail about the same as those three other gueuzes I keep mentioning so I would probably grab one of those over this beer. Tilquin is pretty much always available. Definitely worth a try- even for someone who has difficulty with sours.

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Photo of GJ40
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 375ml bottle. Thanks ManforallSaisons!

Golden and very hazy with a huge white head. Lemony, citrusy and grassy aromas. A firm sourness but not overpowering. Lots of lemon and other citrus. Also somewhat vinous with aspects of a dry white wine. A moderate consistency and carbonation with the majority of the bubbles having left after the initial pour.

An interesting and refreshing beer.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No clear date on the bottle, but cork reads REF G x 2013.

A: Cloudy yellow-orange. 1/2 finger of clean, white head. Dissolved to thin coating at 2 minutes. Moderate lacing.

S: Lactic tartness. Cheese. Lighter citric acid, lemon. Must. Horse blanket. Trace of indistinct hop. Nice, but overall a tad light in the nose.

T: Opens with an interplay between a moderate-to-light sour and surprising bitterness. The two seem to spar with each other throughout the swallow, ending with a very dry finish. A noble-type hop bitterness seems to win in the aftertaste. No alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation with a slightly fuller than average body for the style. A touch of creaminess, even.

O: Interesting and tasty brew. Relatively hop-forward - a pale ale among gueuzes! A bit tame with regards to the sourness, but I definitely enjoyed it. Pretty accessible for those unfamiliar with the style, I'd say.


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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma is really fresh and lemony with some light hay funk. Taste starts sour and lemony, quite dry and bitter on the finish with stonefruit pits flavor. Overall it's a really good gueuze with a really decent price as well.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: sour, grassy, earthy and a little bit floral. I has elements of both autumn decay and springtime renewal. I like it.

Taste: starts off a little sweet, then the sour kicks in. The sourness is less pronounced than in the aroma, and I think it works beautifully. Earthiness and a bit of a farmhouse quality take over, but without losing the whimsical sweetness. A complex yet easily drinkable brew. Great!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation producing a big, if a bit short-lived, effervescence. Nice.

Overall: tasty and infinitely drinkable. Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass

Cork noted as REF A x 2010

Thanks Seth

A) Hazy, golden yellow. Cloudy since my pour was close to the end of the bottle. Specks of sediment suspended throughout. Thin, bubbly head doesn't last. Ring retention.

S) Damp, funky aroma. Musty notions of cheese and basement. Perhaps even a tad moldy. Had a slight acidic, sour twang but this gives way to the funk. Earthy, woody, swampy and dusty.

T) Tangy and pretty sour, especially upfront. Ripe with tart fruit tones, hints of grapes and snappy apples. Dry, funky finish. Very, very dry.

M) Medium-light feel. Appropriately active carbonation keeps it moving. Funky residuals.

D) Nice and nippy without being overbearing.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 ml corked bottle into my 2013 Zwanze day glass, because hey why not.

Appearance: Murky dark straw. Off white, fluffy head.

Smell: Sour apples and horse blankets and hay.

Taste: Tart up front yields to some vinous qualities. I'm thinking green apple, slight pear and white grape. Funky finish also lends more apple vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Kind of drinks like a slightly white wine (maybe chardonnay?)

Overall: This is a classic example of the Gueuze. I was lucky enough to try some Cantillon beers on tap at Russian River last weekend, and this is making me want more Belgian Lambics and Gueuzes! Job well done.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into a FW teku glass. GX2013 on the cork

Pours a cloudy golden color with an inch or so white head. Smell is huge on vinegary gueuze goodness. Taste starts out quite sour and then you get the amazing white grape vinegar flavor. Average sourness level for the style, great flavor profile. High tartness, lingering dryness on the finish. Superb drinkability. Mild body, mild carbonation.

Overall this an upper echelon gueuze. Average sourness but the flavor is top notch. Very much recommended.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer pours with an orange colored body; opaque; not very bubbly; small half finger sized white colored head; light lacing (doesn't stick very well); head remains for quite a while

S - Smell of vinegar; sour grapes; leather; vinegar and a touch of malted barley; slight fruit nose comes up as the beer warms a bit

T - Sour grapes; fruity taste at the beginning of the drink; immediately turns sour; leathery taste on the middle of the tongue; touch of sour lemon flavor

M - Dry taste, doesn't linger for very long; slight bitter aftertaste; very tart

D - Awesome drink; none of the flavors are overpowering; smooth; I highly recommend to everyone who wants to get into Gueuze style beers

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Photo of Jas45678
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 bottle ref GX 2013 on cork
Pours a apple cider color with a minimal amount of haziness. Smell is green apples and lemons with a decent amount of funkiness. Taste is moderately tart with some of the apple and lemon, and is fairly dry. Medium amount of carbonation. Overall it very enjoyable and very good especially at price around $10

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Photo of tectactoe
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one has been surprisingly elusive, so as soon as I found it, I had to snatch up a bottle. The pour is a slightly hazy golden color with some orange-like hues that hug the sides of the glass and show just a bit more clarity. The head is beaming white and it fizzles and fades quick, almost like the fizz you'd get from a hard-pour of a Sprite, and it's nearly as loud as Alka-Seltzer; we're left with a thin, white collar a few moments later.

Holy funkin' hell, Batman! The nose is funk city; by far one of the funkiest things I've had the pleasure of sniffing in a while. We're talking typical Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen levels of funk here, and nearly every bit as complex. Sweaty feet, dirty old horse blanket, and musty, damp bales of hay. The funk is hand-in-hand with typical, sour gueuze aromas; ripping ripe apple skins, lemon juice, and sour white grapes. Oaky, funky, dry, and tart... gonna be a doozy.

The first sip is very tart and spiky on the palate; the first thing I'm pulling out is a copious amount of under-ripe apple skins and old lemon peels. No doubt, this thing is pretty damn acidic and tart, absolutely pile driving your taste buds with sourness and mild lactic acid. Around mid-palate and through the finish, the beer switches gears a bit as the sourness mellows out and the oak and funk have a chance to work their magic.

Very tannic, dry, oaky, and bursting with more healthy amounts of musty barnyard stalls and some sweaty, cheesy funk. There's a sharp, stone fruit acidity that battles its way back into the mix and cuts your palate in the finish along with a drying oakiness that literally sucks the moisture from your mouth like a black hole capturing light. Thin-ish bodied, heavy carbonation, and a drier than dry finish; drier than the Savanna in the summertime.

Very, very nice gueuze, here. What's more is that you can typically pick this stuff up off the shelf, too. At least, you should be able to. It seems like most places near me don't carry it anymore, but if you look around, you should be able to get it. And once you find it, I recommend buying as much of it as you can. It's some truly delicious stuff, and any lover of gueuze will certainly appreciate this blend.

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Photo of joe1510
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam's, Marcey

2009 Cork

Girardin Black Label fills this here tumbler with a peach liquid that shows surprisingly good clarity. A rush of large carbonation bubbles swirl to the surface from all over the glass to the dense, powdery white head. The head shows off remarkable tenacity with clumpy, thick drink lines after each sip. This is what a gueuze should look like.

Each big whiff I take makes my mouth water uncontrollably. Bright, acidic lemon is the first thing that leaps from the glass with wet stone and decaying wood close behind. This gueuze is full of bright citrus and insanely tempting damp forest characteristics. Dew riddled cobwebs, chalk, and some tart peach come across with each successive nose quaff.

The flavor seems to veer from the nose, still good but doesn't pack the same punch. Lemon acidity hits upfront but green apple characteristics hit next instead of the peach in the nose. The funkiness takes on more of a musty quality than the damp forest floor that I noted in the smell. There is a touch of rotting wood on the swallow that fits flawlessly. A highly tart, bordering sour, wave rushes across the middle of my tongue with each drink and a mild sweetness brings up the rear that reminds me faintly of Sweet Tarts with just enough sweet to keep the sour from running wild.

The sourness starts catching up to me as I navigate my way through the bottle. It's to the point where each drink tickles my tongue and cheeks from both the tartness and lively carbonation. The finish is woody dry and embraces that delicious tart quality. A light body and semi-prickly carbonation keep this gueuze moving.

I can't drink this beer fast enough. The thirst quenching of the tart and dryness is incredibly tempting and tough to pass on. If the Black Label was cheaper I would quaff this beauty often into the dog days of summer.

This has been one of my favorite gueuze for a while now. It's at or near the top of the list. The nose is stellar enough to keep my nose in the glass all night and be perfectly satisfied.

Reviewed: 7/4/09

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,166 ratings.
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