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 suspect
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip.

A: Hazy golden yellow color with a touch of orange. Delicate pour leads to a fizzy two finger head that slowly moves its way down leaving a ring around the sides and a nice thin coating on the top. Lacing is spotty yet existent.

S: Lovely mix of tartness, earthy tones, slight champagne smell mixed with some tart citrus (lemon zest?) and the ever present funk that goes hand in hand with lambics. It's a really nice smelling beer and one of the better smelling lambics I've smelled.

T: Perfect mix of sweet and tart, grape skin, lemongrass, hay, funk. Goddamn this is a great tasting beer.

M: Not overly tart like many lambics can be. It is a perfect feel, not watery at all. Perfect carbonation lifts the deliciousness off your tongue and slams it back down again leaving the palate to wonder what hit it but leaving enough for it to contemplate the wonderful flavor it just experienced.

O: An absolute delight to drink. One I'm so glad I got to have and one I would gladly buy in quantity.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of drtth
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed golden color with a 1/2" finely bubbled white head that recedes fairly soon and leaves no lacing behind. Sipping creates a few scattered patches of lacing.

The aromas include the woody, earthy barnyard from the Brett with some bits of lemon and cherry.

The flavors include some tart lemon and cherry along with some sweetness and that woody, earthy barnyard funk.

The mouthfeel is on the light site with a nice crispness from the moderate but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness fades, to be followed by the others leaving behind a bit of woody character and a very dry finish.

Overall, an excellent example of the style and one I'll be happy to have again. This one is now on my shopping list to grab when I can find it. Especially since it can be cellared for long periods of time.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fluid oz. corked and caged bottle with nothing but Belgium language all over it... minus the back for the import blah blah... and so on.

A- Smooth green bottle pours a golden offering of hazy and uncarbonated goodness. An almost thick honey look and barely a thin white froth ring going wit the heavy spider web lacing.

S- I sense a very humid and musky barnyard nose and this is followed by a sour hay and horseblanket scent.

T-M- Very balanced sour flavor of light pear and apple upfront molded with a even malt backbone of sweet plum and slightly rotton white wine finish. Mouthfeel is dry and sharp with light but known carbonation not showing on the head of the brew but on the tongue.

Overall an excellent showing of my favorate style and i've got a few to save.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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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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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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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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Photo of aasher
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%

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,201 ratings