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 Azurescens
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle with REF FX 2011 printed on cork, poured into Hair of the dog tulip, reviewed on 7/24/11.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with white head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Lots of barnyard funk, citrus notes, pale malt and wheat.

T: Really tart with some balancing sweetness, funky notes, lemon, grass and crisp pale malts.

M: Tart, light bodied with moderate carbonation and very dry finish.

O: Solid gueuze, not the best that I have had but very delicious and refreshing none the less.

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

A - Soft pop as I pull the cork. Golden pour with brilliant clarity. Rocky head fall off quick though steady carbonation keeps pushing a nice rim of foam around the glass.

S - Leather, barnyard funk, lemon, lemon zest, along with some green apple.

T - Lemon and solid sour punch open to a brilliant spiciness mid-palate. Green apple funk and leather round things out--the leather lingering in the finish especially. Much more sour than I was expecting, and acetic character becomes a bit more pronounced as the glass warms, which is light overall and not unpleasant.

M - Extremely dry, obviously, but the assertive sour that opens falls off abruptly for me, leaving the finish seem a bit watery. It's a strange sensation--likely some trick of the palate this evening.

O - A wonderful gueuze. Not as soft or as complex a 3F, but I'm enjoying the aggressive sourness immensely. At the price, it will be hard to purchase as frequently as other gueuzes, but if you have not had this you must seek it out.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Cambrinus in Bruges.

Pours a deep amber gold, with sparkling and streaming effervescence. Head is frothy and bubbly, eggshell-white and sticky with thick lacing. The deep colour is delightful. Looks to be a great gueuze.

Nose is deep, tart and funky, but with very pleasant fruit overtones. Light stonefruit, crushed leaves. Almost a sour-tinged resiny character, with a touch of leather and earth. Very complex, very rugged, but rather confusingly almost more refined than anything else I've had.

Taste is supple, but funky. Oak and coconut come through late. Otherwise, stonefruit, white wine, cleansing soda and bitter astringency on the back like pithy lime. Lovely complexity, and touched with a sweet sorbet character that cushions everything. It's just lovely—it may be my favourite gueuze palate.

Very, very good. All so supple and melded, and tasting more balanced and mellow than many others. Gorgeous.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into snifter.

A: Nice golden color. Fairly hazy but not cloudy. A half finger head that quickly fades. Beautiful lacing.

S: Wet hay. Funky. Slight marijuana smell. Very yeasty. Lots of lemon. Sour apples. Slight sour grape aroma.

T: Very sour apples. Like sucking on a lemon. Very tart. Makes you pucker.

M: Medium bodied. Puckering. Makes your mouth water, but still a slightly dry finish.

O: Much better than the first in this style that I had. Not as funky as a taste. Much mellower. Allows you to really taste the fruity sourness.

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

375 ml. cork (2011) and caged, sent by dvelcich, poured into a shaker pint since I don't have a gueuze glass. Thanks Dan!

Fairly clear, orange-red hued with a medium off white head. Decent head retention; some lacing is noted. Initial aroma is all acid and barnyard funk, but lemon and pepper notes follow soon. While at room temperature, the aroma gets borderline spicy. Quite complex.

Spicy, funky, refreshingly tart with a bite at the end that's acidic (well it's a lambic, isn't it?), slightly bitter, and tannic with oak I assume. Well carbonated and very dry. As noted, refreshing but not overwhelmingly sour.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Taste 4, Mouthfeel 5, Overall 4

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Photo of uselessgdtaste
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 2007 review...

Amazing balance. It retains the lambic sourness but in such a good way that it is now one of the benchmarks I have to go off of. I wish I could find this a lot more often. When I find it again though, I have dibs on a case. Spectacular sour balance, even with the sourness being completely over the top. Among my favourite beers ever.

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

REF C x 2010 - cork

A - a loud pop gives way to a clear golden gueuze with a huge champagne head that recedes to a sheet that lingers forever.

S - lemon, green apples, and lots of wet horsblanket funk with a little bit of bandaid.

T - Bright and sour, acetic and acidic. A good amount of leather and horseblanket once it reaches room temperature. Leather, green apples, white grapes, lemons, and hay.

M/D - creamy texture and dry. I could drink it everyday.

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Photo of davey101
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

F - 2011 vintage. 375ml corked and caged bottle poured into a palm tulip at fridge temperature. Allowed to warm up for a half hour.

A - Cloudy golden color. Nice fluffy head that dies down to one finger.

S - Sour apples, lemon, and musky brett. Funky and dry.

T - Really dominant sour apples, lemons and malt. Finish is tart and sour. Crisp and bubbly mouth feel. Not as dry as I would have liked. Still well balanced and pretty tasty.

O - Not the best gueze I've had. This is a fresh bottle so I may grab another bottle to sit on for a year or so.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought from the local liquor shop.
Look: pours a golden yellow color with a very small, not long lasting white head.
Smell: Vinous, funky, earthy and citrus/apples.
Taste: Sour, spicy, fruity, earthy and leather flavors. Nice dry aftertaste full of sour apples.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body.
Overall: A great and widely available geuze beer.

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Photo of birchstick
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to yeahnatenelson for the killer extra!

A - pours a copperish piss yellow with a small head that doesn't retain very well

S - apples, pears, and a lot of cheesy mushroom funk

T - follows the nose rather closely. Opens up with the sour citrus and tart green apple flavors. This is pushed aside by weaker barnyard floral notes with some funky mushroom notes. Finishes with a tart green apple and sour lemon citrus. Really solid!

M - Decent body that isnt carbonated much and leaves a really dry finish

D - really solid gueze here. Lots of citrusy, mouth puckering sourness, but not over the top with it. Good balance between the funk and the sour. I am going to have to seek some more of these out and lay them down.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. A simple good small pop off the cork. REF D X 2011 on the cork for the record.

Not much of a head recorded even when pouring. What is a simple white the falls normally and disappears. Body is an interesting color mix of orange, yellow, even some brown and cloudy opaque. Depending on which way you look at it in the light it changes. It's almost peach. A very thin collar sticks around. Really dig this color.

Smell is a dense granny smith green apple, mixed with tartness and a hint of bret. Classic gueze it seems but more subdued.

A sense of wetness seems to be dominant, with an extremely big tartness that's hard to get use to. Has some aridness but also a lemon juice wetness that takes away from the dryness.

Overall it's fine, but is probably not one of my favorites for this style. Doesn't seem as big a fruit profile, and missing some of the real arid dry character I like. Drinkable for what it is I'll give it that for sure, it would be neat to do a side by side comparison with some others, but I just am not feeling this one as much, and that's being totally honest with myself. Not feeling it.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle 5,0% Abv.

I have not had much exposure to sour/wild beers (I have only had one other gueuze), however those that I've had – I’ve loved. Hence I'm expecting big things from this beer, let’s hope it delivers.

The bottle opens with quite a large pop; it would seem the wild yeasts have been quite active.

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful, slightly clouded dark golden orange with a large white (actually one shade darker) head that lasts pretty fairly well and leaves some decent lace. Wonderful looking gueuze.

Smell: Oh WOW, the first sniff tells me this is going to be one superb beer. Huge aroma of tart green apples, apricots, white grapes and lemon juice, followed by the dizzyingly complex funk aroma that I love so much. It would be impossible for me to describe the smell in its completeness, but this is some of what I detected: Very woody; wet hay; old, slightly moldy leather bound books; musty cellars; a hint of cheese (maybe I'm mad???); a dry cider note and barnyard. Warming yields: Black mushrooms; a slightly salty sweat smell; some spices; moss and damp forest under growth.
Now that I list the smells, it sounds truly revolting - but boy does it smell good when you put it all together.

Taste: First sip.... and it’s not actually as sour as I expected, though I hear that the Cantillon '07 Kriek that I had was something else sourness wise. Back to the point! Tart green apples, lemon juice, sour apricots, pretty woody (old barrels), musty cellars, leather, barnyard, sweat and mushrooms. The flavour is soooo strange, the immediate taste makes you think the beer might be fairly sweet, but this idea is immediately trampled by the huge tartness. The finish is surprisingly bitter and supremely dry. What a Beer!!!

Mouthfeel: Fuller body than I expected (just higher than medium) with perfect carbonation. The finish is lingering and arid.

Overall: Gueuze: Favorite beer style? YES, well assuming all the beers are this good. I thoroughly enjoyed this. It is most certainly a beer I will have again.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden amber, active head with good retention and lacing. Scent dominated by the funkyness and sourness from the brett - earthy damp wood and mud, fresh dried grain malt profile. Taste follows scent, put together nicely, a mild blend compared to some others in the style, the brett never over powers the palate and it doesnt become puckering, quite refreshing. Lighter side of medium bodied, bone dry. A nice gueuze that doesnt push any of the strong notes over the top.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cottage strikes again! Two great beers on tap. Hope the wife believes I had to run to a different grocery store.
$9 for a tulip glass.
What the hell!

Slightly hazed dark golden color with a white fluffy head. All chunks of lacing, but great legs.

Smells dank and funky. Earthy and oaky with notes of saturated wood and hay-like funk. Tart lemon and acetic acid. Nice, not amazing, but still very nice. The flavor has a light sweetness before turning tart and then going to a great sourness. The sourness is nice and acidic, with notes of lemons, apricots, pears?, and the funk.

Very dry finish helps the sourness feel more intense. The body is medium-full, which is pretty hefty for a gueuze. Good carbonation helps it lighten up.

Overall-- very nice. A solid gueuze for the price and even more so considering the fact it's on shelves!

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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)

Appearance: amber, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: bittersweet sour fruit.

Taste: slightly sour grape like fruit and a deep bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a nice gueuze. The initial flavor is a nice sour fruit and it erupts into a deep bitter finish.

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Photo of nhindian
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #6 from Khazadum, with the text: "Black as NIGHT! Not really, you'll see though..."

Glassware recommendations state flute/tulip/snifter. Hello Cantillon wine glass, you've been my best friend this BIF so far.

A - This one releases it's cork and cage without too much trouble and greets me with a pale orange, almost yellow beer. At first it looked like it was going to be another still beer, but thankfully it rustles up the slightest of carbonation to garner about half a finger's worth of white head. Retention isn't too hot given the lackluster head, besides reducing to a thin ring, while the lacing slowly breaks apart and falls back to the safety of the liquid. (3/5)

S - The aroma on this one, despite being another rather tart Belgian-styled wild, is much more focused on the fruits rather than the sourness. It does retain some of that sour quality, but a bigger part of it is more funky with a damp cellar type of mold to it and wet hay, but also a big amount of lemon and citrus. This is also a bit more earthy, with some grass and acidity to it. (4/5)

T - And... the taste is almost a complete 180 from the aroma. This beer is sour and really up there at that. This is an almost immediate mouth-puckering sour that sort of forsakes the more funky notes. Getting a lot more Lacto here than Brett and much of the earthiness falls away here in favor of the tartness and lemon rind and citrus acidity. Still has a good amount of funk mixed with vinegar, though. (4/5)

M - The mouthfeel for this beer is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. The most noticeable difference of this beer compared to the other lambics prior to this one is it is a little more full-bodied and heavy than its predecessors and it isn't still. Also, it seems to have the most sourness of the beers I've had in this BIF. It finishes pretty damn dry, which I like. (4/5)

D/O - Drinkability for this beer is moderate. I would've loved to see the earthy tones from the aroma carry over more fully into the taste, because as it stands now the flavors seem to pale in comparison to the sourness. They still aren't bad, but this 375ml bottle will definitely take a while to finish. (3.5/5)

I'm going to peg this as an gueuze due to the sourness, but unblended lambic is also playing through my head...

The reveal: Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label). Awesome! I definitely read about this one being a classic example of a gueuze, but haven't seen it anywhere around me. Really glad I got to try this one, thanks a ton Khaz!

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

Appearance: Hazy straw gold with champagne-ike bubbles

Smell: Cheesy barnyard funk, tart lemons

Taste: Funky barnyard aromas and cheese, lemon. Slightly bitter, it almost bites back.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, very dry

Overall: Not the best but one of the better gueuzes out there

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

Picked up recently at Healthy Spirits, pouring into a champagne flute. Cork has a note of "D X 2011" which perhaps indicates the bottling.

Pours a slightly hazy, medium yellow color with highlights of orange. Thin off-white head dissipated quickly. Visible carbonation. Tart grapefruit, sour, nose. Blue cheese, barnyard, and goaty. Biting into a yellow grapefruit sour acidic. Funky earthy farmhouse. Bitterness and hop flavor not present or at very low levels but lingering puckering sourness. Light in body but needing more effervescence.

Pleasant sourness and mostly a great example of the style. Lacking in effervescence and lack of head formation/retention are points for improvement. Flavor and aroma could use additional complexity but this is one still one to be savored.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a Very clear light amber with a small yellow head. Nose is tart, funky and sour with a bit of that barnyard scent, it's different than the other lambic houses, but very good.

Taste is tart and sharp, very crisp and clean and much less funky and horse blanket-y than the likes of anything 3F. Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a good bitter & sour bite that really rounds it out. I wasn't sure what to expect but this did not disappoint.

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Photo of drewba
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy, yet bright yellow-orange color with a very minimal white head. The lacing holds up well and falls after awhile.

S - bright lemon and lime, fresh cut grass, flowers, a faint muskiness, soured fruit, dry white grapes. Pretty mellow aroma.

T - First off, a fantastic lactic sour is shoving loads of tart and sour citrus into my taste buds. Huge lemon-lime, orange peel, funky grass and hay that ends with a dry and near mouth puckering sourness.

M - thin to medium bodied, carbonation is crisp and pops, very nice.

O - When I can't find cantillon classic geuze, i go for black label and it never dissapoints. It's sour and tart without overwhelming, but is still a beast in its' own right.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute

Pours a beautiful clear amber color with a half inch of white head. Head stays the whole way and leaves nice lacing.

Smells like apples, oak, funk, lemons, and slight vinegar.

Taste is funk and apples up front, lemons peak through in the middle, and finishes very dry with oak. Its not particularly good but not offensive. Much better than the Boon, but not anywhere near the 3F or Cantillon.

Mouthfeel is light and very prickly, very nice.

Overall its good, but the taste is nothing special.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- 375ml bottle poured into my cantillon gueuze glass, thin bright white head fades to a wispy swirl and a ring around the glass. crystal clear light ochre coloring, tis a beautiful brew.

s- great nose here, lots of tart, sour notes rounded out with lots of funk, lemon, some oak, vinegar, a touch of funky cheese.

t- ample sourness, a bit of puckering here, lots of horse blanket here, some funky cheese in the finish, vinegar, lemon, this is a top notch gueuze.

m- medium, smooth, active in the mouth.

d- really nice, i've been waiting to try this bad boy forever, and finally decided to seize the day and crack this one open. wonderful, refreshing, stellar gueuze. this is amongst the best that i've had, i would gladly drink this again.

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Photo of Chaney
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to pop this one for a while. Sure, I can get it readily in the DC area, but that doesn't make it any less relevant.

Poured into a tulip. I was really anticipating the massive pop, but I didn't get it.

A: Copper, with about a one finger white head or so. Mildly cloudy and with a mean disposition.

S: I could smell the glorious Brett from several feet away. Nice! Fruity for sure, but with a bit of a burnt (put out flame) quality that was intriguing. This is a quality that I commonly associate with Cantillon

T: Not totally jaw locking, but with a glorious BBQd quality. Kerosene lantern and then some... but I personally love that! Pepper!

M: Sour, but not too. Acidic, but not too. Very low carbonation, but that was part of its charm.

O: I now understand the love for this brew. This is readily available in downtown DC... and, I plan on getting a few more bottles.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into flutes.

Thanks to beerwolf77 for just giving me this beer. You shall be repayed.

A- Pours a hazy light straw with minimal head and pretty much no lacing. Reminds me of an unblended lambic.

S- Classic gueuze. Good amounts of funk, gym socks, some hay and a few sour notes as well. My mouth is beginning to water.

T- Since this is still young, it doesn't pack the sour punch that some with age on it. Regardless, it is still quite tasty. Heavy on the funk and barnyard. A little bit of must some cut hay.

M- There are hints of sourness but nothing major. Pretty dry and decent carbonation.

O- All the components are there for a great gueuze and with a few years on it, this baby will really shine. I wonder who I know has a few bottles from around 2005? The generosity of beerwolf77 never ends.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Gueuze, enjoyed on 4/15/11. Thanks to Al at Connecticut Ave W&L for the recommendation. Had this one with my parents while they made some cocktails. What a knockout beer.

It's really hard to review this beer having never had a Gueuze at the time of drinking it. It was so shocking. At this point I can compare it to Hanssens Gueuze a little bit, but I had that on cask and it was an entirely different scenario. Suffice it to say the Hanssens takes what the Girardin offers to a whole new extreme.

The Girardin Gueuze was ultimately the more pleasant of the two. It begins dry and sweet, crisp with a great refreshment both from the light gravity and the awesome effervescence. The close and the aftertaste, however, are a total upheaval of everything you notice at the beginning. A yeasty, throat drying ripple grows from the back of your mouth and makes you feel like your throat is the culture for the brewer's next batch. I've never used "medicinal" in a positive way, but it's a useful way to describe such a unique, drying sensation. This particular beer was pretty costly at $12 for a ~300ml bottle. All the same, it was an awesome first for the style and an awesome beer overall. Would love to try this both a day after and a few years after bottling.

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,194 ratings
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