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 timtim
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i have noticed minor variations over the years/vintages. this review is for the batch that has 2012 on the cork. pours a light amber with a white head that pops and fizzes, but actually gets some decent life before shrinking to a collar. leaves a little lace as well. nose is divine. citrus, pith, and wood stand out most to me, but there is a heavy undercurrent of funk and something like a live mineral static thing going on as well. it just jumps in to my senses. awesome. taste is crisp, clean, defined, and sour. not crazy sour. medium body that is slick and almost prickly at the same time. clean, refreshing finish. just a beautiful beer that has it's own personality. more of a reserved character than some of it's counterparts, but somehow seems more classy. winner every time.

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Photo of ThirstyHerf
2.85/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From Blind BIF #6, Bottle #6, a cork & caged 500ml just like bottle #5, Cork comes out with ease and a nice little pop. Poured into my Half acre Tulip

A pours a hazy golden, dirty straw color with a hint of orange when held up to the light. a finger of bright white head sticks to the side of the glass as it tapers down in the middle. 4

S Again, the moment the bottle opened I knew I was in for something tart and sour the smells of lemons, grass, zest, tangerines, charred oak and musk. 4

T lemons, green apples, black pepper and malt vinegar are all over my palate with the initial sip. This seems very one dimensional. Something is wrong here. The charred oak character is transferring over and is an undesirable characteristic. Getting rotten tomatoes and musk. The flavor is starting to remind of something I once smelled in a garbage can... yet I cant stop drinking it.. 3

M low carbonation but a nice astringency and dryness to this one. The mouthfeel is a little thin but not to bad 3

O I am mixed about this sour. I dont know if it is an unblended lambic gone wrong, a Gueuze from a brewery with an off year or just an attempt at an american wild ale gone awry. I feel like ive had this before and was not impressed. I want to pour out the last third but cant stop drinking.. 3.5

The Reveal: Gueuze Girardin 1882 Black Label. This is about spot on from the last time I had this beer. Thanks Alewatcher! I am glad to have tried this beer blind and it is neat that my assessment is about the same. This seems like one Micah helped provide intel on.

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Photo of ASUBeer
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of sjverla
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose: Serious funk. Plenty of mildew and wet wood. Very basementy - or like a damp barn. Hints of fermented apples. A lingering vinegar burn in the nose.

Appearance: Hazy honey. Poured with a frothy white head that dissipated quickly, but laced modestly.

Taste: Tart straight off the bat, but very well balanced by distinct burnt-wood flavor. Super-earthy and fungal, it tastes almost like licking wet charcoal. Finish is long with a somewhat vinegary aftertaste. The feel is semi-dry and pleasant.

Overall: Supremely confusing. Very dynamic flavor that is largely foreign. Hints of un-popped popcorn kernels and mold. Very alive (or very dead) tasting.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Faina
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Stoffel
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of emdawg
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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 enelson
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of rpaul2012
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of crnipeter
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed, deep golden with orangeish hue topped by thick, incredibly persistent off white head that clings to the walls as slowly fades. The bottle has been resting for a while and cloudiness is a bit unexpected in this supposedly clear style.
Nose is mildly sour with gentle malt sweetness underneath. I pick up apples, rhabarb and horsey aroma, even faint urea. Sourness isn't the dominant aroma which is appreciated.

Flavor is more sour/acidic than the nose suggested, with some puckering quality and oaken notes accompanied by
low bitterness. I pick some grainy wheat as well but miss fruitiness unless the sourness and acidity can be in part attributed to the citrusy flavors.

Medium ligt and airy on the palate.

In short: A good Gueuze that's not overly sour/acidic, reminding me of Berliner Weisse.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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 hannydawg
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of nathanjohnson
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of mrpibb1206
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of starrdogg
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to the BA (don't have spreadsheet in front of me) who traded this one with me in-person a long time back! 2005 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained very minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour apples, vinegar, funk, earth, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, big funk, earth, tart, and very subtle fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really happy with how well this one held up with time. The funk was QUITE forward, but not in an invasive way. A really well done brew that I plan to buy many more of for my cellar. I suggest you do the same!

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Photo of Dan8181
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
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