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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml champagne bottle; the cork has Ref E x 2011 stamped on it (not sure what this means). Purchased ages ago from a Belgian webshop - I've been holding onto this for quite a while.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A bright golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with excellent retention; this eventually settles as a thick surface layer. Aroma of tart, dry fruit notes - hints of apple, lemon and acidic grapefruit accompanied by wood, hay and some barnyard funk. Lovely aroma development.

Tastes sour and very dry - superb. Notes of tart apples, lemon/grapefruit acidity, funk, hay and earthy yeast. A hint of cheese and an oxidised, vinegary twang. A dry, puckering finish rounds it off. Mouthfeel is bone dry, acidic and highly astringent - truly palate-stripping. Tingly carbonation adds texture. Aftertaste of tart fruit and yeast notes.

Fantastic - this has matured nicely since I got my mitts on it. Sour, dry and fruity; delicious. Good balance, the acidity isn't overpowering and the taste is clean and bright. A must-try lambic - grab one and age it for a while.

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Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of spdyfire83
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

264th Review
37.5cl bottle to gueuze glass
Vintage: "Ref A x 2013"

A: Clear medium gold. Half (bubbly off-white) fingernail head on soft pour.

S: Smells of barnyard, funk, hay, and cobbwebbs. Touch of lemon and oak. Decent.

T: Taste follows smell, but is very soft, dull, and boring. Touch of funk, lemon, and must, but needs some age to "grow up".

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Okay, but not great. Needs some age.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a hazy, dark orange color. There is a small white head which fades to a thin cap.

S: A fairly tart aroma, lemony and crisp. There is a growing amount of funk, wool and hay, I can smell as the beer warms. Also some apple and pear fruitiness.

T: A very potent lactic sourness is surrounded by citric sweetness. Not as tart as the aroma. Barnyard funk complements the sour flavors and contributes horse blanket and wet wool. A mild amount of caramel malt helps balance the wild yeast flavors, providing a bit of balance to the sour. Some vinegar notes round out the flavor.

M: Mouth puckering and moderate-thin. Very mild carbonation.

O: A good entry gueuze. This exhibits all the standards things you'd find, but isn't to sour or funky.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of zac16125
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into a tulip
No bottled on date but the cork says "REF BX 2013"

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with less than half a fingers width of sea foam white head, which dissipates down fairly quickly to only an outer ring.   Leaves effectively no lacing, but bonus points for the picture of a pregnant lady with a x through it on the label, which made me chuckle.

S: Both tart and sweet white grapes, sour apple, decent amount of wet hay and barnyard like funk, slightly smokey, tart citrus.  

T: Wonderful sour apple and sour cherry tartness right off the bat.  Lemon line citrus and citrus peel.  Not as puckeringly sour as I remembered from the last time I drank it, but it's definitely tart, both upfront and in the finish.  Some Belgium yeast banana flavors on the aftertaste.  Only the slightest funk character noted.  Mild Champagne like flavors as well.  Overall, very tasty.  

M/D: Slightly under carbonated. Medium bodied with a fairly significant,wine like, drying finish.  Drinkability is great.  

O: Overall, very good.  As I said above, not as puckeringly sour as I remember, and that level of sour was what I was hoping for, but very good nonetheless.  Glad I was able to get ahold of a bottle from one of the reportedly only 7 cases to hit the entire state of SC (not sure if it's true but that's the rumor I heard).  Definitely worth seeking out.  

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of minnesotaryan
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe, there was some cork ooze in the opening of the bottle, wiped that up and poured it into my glass. It pours a nice hazy gold, with a decent white head and some nice lacing. Looks excellent.

Smell: A little hard to pin point, but there is some funk, some lemon, some vinnegar.

Taste is tart, vinnegar, funky, getting possible hints of cork as well as oak. There is some nice citrus (lemon and grapefruit) over all, enough to keep it interesting, but not so complex that you spend all night trying to pick apart all the nuances in your glass.

This is an easy to drink, nicely carbonated beer with a very dry finish.

Overall this is very enjoyable, perhaps not as good as some, but definitely a high quality gueuze none the less.

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4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml, 2011. This gueuze pours a medium bodied, hazy sunset orange in color with a soapy and bright white one finger head. The nose is mellow and citrusy. It smells more like a Fantome saison than most gueuze out there. It's strange for a gueuze to lack acidity like this does but it has a great nose nonetheless. Uh oh, this is über sessionable. The flavors are light and citrusy. There is a lot of freshly squeezed orange, plenty of rhind, and light acidic tartness. It drinks perfectly. The funk levels in this one are minimal. This drinks perfectly for the style. It is light and very smooth. The drinkability on this one is through the roof! I could drink this by the liter. This instantly jumps into my top few gueuze status. Great beer!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml (12.7 oz.) bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a two and half pillowy white head. Apple, pear, citrus,and vinegar with oak accents on the nose. An opening salvo of tartness fills the mouth. Luscious citrus and other fruit tones, sourdough-like yeasty esters and funk dominate the midpalate, finishes tart and dry. Perfect level of carbonation, smooth and clean mouthfeel. This gueze reaches a level most others fall well short of. Among the very best.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle received in trade from Phyl21a

Appearance – Clear golden yellow colour with a large size fizzy/rocky white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, vinegar, grapefruit, herbal notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste tart citrus (lemons/grapefruit), green grapes, and some vinegar. There is also some wheat/yeast flavour, floral notes and a bit of funk. It end with a tart citrus aftertaste.

Overall – I haven't had much experience with this style of beer, but it seemed to be more complex tasting than some of the others Gueuze's I've had. It wasn't simply just a blast of citric/vinegar.. it had subtle nuances to it. Very good stuff, thanks again Phyl21ca!

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3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling, another good find of Jeff's. We had a 2010 sitting as well but decided to save it for another day. 4 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 9th, 2012.

A - Clear, light golden coloring, with no head, retention, or lacing. Very much like Champagne.

S - A bit of funk here. Light manure, earthy notes, and wet hay. More herbal and citrus/acidic tones.

T - Fairly sour, a bit puckering, big lemon-lime note with a touch of oak barrel.

M - Light body, high carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - Sort of a dark horse that I really knew nothing of beforehand. I like the lightness of the funk with the cleanliness of the drink. Makes for something easily drinkable for just one person.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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

375 ml bottle, no bottled on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep, clear golden color with a couple fingers of fluffy, bubbly white head, good retention, leaves tons of delicate lacing.

S- Light, crispy pear and apple, some acidic vinegar tartness, yeasty funk, also getting some oak and grape.

T- Burst of citric, lemon and apple tartness up front, which fades into a center of fruit, hay funk and cheesiness before a very dry, oak wood finish.

M- Light-bodied, has a smooth feel, extremely dry finish.

O- A pretty damn good gueuze, very tasty and incredibly drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
4.29 out of 5 based on 1,190 ratings.
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