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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.

Added by marburg on 09-28-2002

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

375ml bottle poured into tulip

This beer showcases a nice, medium straw yellow, nice white head formation and thin lacing. Excellent and intriguing smell, lots of citric fruits, oranges, lemon and lime. Distinct pepper and bready yeast as well. Taste is very tart, focusing on lemon and lime sourness with grapes and pear. There is a slight biscuity quality mixed in with the yeast. Slight candy sweetness that is mainly muted by the sour. Crisp and light feel to it. Overall a nice gueuze and I will be definitely drinking more of these whenever I can get it.

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

A bottle poured into my duvel tulip and paired with some killer oysters. Yum!

A- opens with a nice pop. A hard pour yields a good two fingers of bright white head that holds for a little then settles to a thick foamy ring and a light fuzz on top. Hazy yellow orange in color that glows wonderfully in the light.

S- now that's funky stuff, just how I like it. Tons of wet musty barnyard and oaky goodness. Lemon zest and cut grass with some light moldy cheese.

T- tart and sour with tons of funk. Wet rotten wood and lemons with a earthy touches. The oak keeps coming back and really runs the show.

M- on the lighter side of medium with a bright small bubbled carb that's just right for the style. Great pucker that really gets the juices flowing and makes you fiend for more. Lightly tannic.

O- this is a great gueuze and clearly a stand out for the style. Up against the excellent briney oysters this was a pairing made in heaven.

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Photo of Blanco
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber/orange color with a slight hint of carbonation, showing almost no head whatsoever. fruity, funky and dry aroma. the taste is sour and mouthwatering, with a zingy mouthfeel. very crisp and refreshing. overall, solid gueuze, we did this on a gueuze tasting night and this one came out on top.

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

Had this beer after the Girardin Kriek. Pours cloudy yellow brown with a nice big quickly fading head. Aroma is sour with a funky wet horse blanket, hay, yeast, with strong tart citrus undertones. Flavor is snappy cheek puckering sour. Lemon, wet hay, horse hair, and white vinegar. They all take turns and really shine together. Palate is dry and tart. A complex and super tasty brew.

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

Poured into a Founder's Brewing Co. snifter.

A: Pours an orangish-yellow, very translucent. 2 finger head, with a white foam, good retention.

S: Citrusy, with lemons and lots of barnyard funk.

T: A good balance between citrus and sourness. Orange and lemon play off the tartness and funk of this beer. Vinegar. It's not mouthpuckeringly sour, but it is noticeable.

M/D: Very well balanced, a great looking smelling and tasting beer. I was expecting a little more sourness on the tongue. Great, smooth Gueuze.

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

361st review on BA
bottle to strange
12.7 oz, 2011 bottle

App- Orange with a one finger quick receding head, however the remnants continue to slide down the glass and retain a little puddle of head throughout the drink.

Smell- Sour acids leaning towards the fresh fruit of orange and tangerine. A little vinegar to go whoa and some tart apple.

Taste- Taste somewhat follows the nose with tart and acidity. The flavors pop off this fresh bottle with some citrus lemon. More boozy to me with a taste of that big glass jar of lemon juice our mom kept in the fridge as kids.

Mouth- Light bodied with a a high carbonation. Felt it dance across the palate.

Drink- The tart acidity and sweet strike a good balance. Gueuze's are really starting to grow on me after having a few of the top in style. I will be sure to come back to this one.

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

3rd Edit: I am pleading to all people who drink this beer as an introduction to gueuze, lambic, or sour beer in general: Please revisit it in the future. This beer is so perfect that it can't even be appreciated until the rest of the sour spectrum has been conquered. It is so flavorful yet delicate...walking a tightrope that is hard to appreciate without the experience. I have drank multiple bottles ranging from 1 to 3 to 5 years old and I love them all equally for their own reasons. A couple batches have been subpar (by subpar, I mean less than a 5.0 since that is my rating), but more often then not I reaffirm my love for this heavenly elixir every time I pop a new cork. Pair it with a few slices of Dubliner cheese and prepare to enter a state of euphoria.

2nd Edit: Had a 2005 vintage tonight and thought it was one of the best bottles I have had. Definitely a 5.0

1st Edit: After much contemplation I have come to the conclusion that giving this beer any less than a perfect 5 rating is not doing it justice. Each time I have drank this beer I have bumped my score up, and I think I was fooling myself by not giving it a 5 in the first place. It was only my third gueuze I had ever tried, so I'm not sure I "got it" right away. But I definitely get it now.

On any given night and from vintage to vintage, Cantillon Classic Gueuze and Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze join Girardin as beers that I might call the single best in the world. But among the three, the one I find myself yearning for most is this. The beautiful black label. The flawless beer.

Below is my original review text


Pours a nice copper/orange with a large fluffy head that leaves a wall of lacing.

The aroma is basically a blueprint of how a nice gueuze should smell. Mildly tart lemon and orange on top of a blanket of cobweb and funk that is inviting rather than intimidating. There is no mistaking what is in front of you here.

The taste is surprisingly light on the tartness and funk and heavy on the juicy citrus flavor. Wow, this is not what I thought I would be drinking when I popped the cork and I have to say it is actually a pleasant surprise. As a matter of fact, it is more than pleasant...it is divine. Absolutely rich and well balanced and complex as hell. Oak, lemon, orange peel, band aid, horseblanket, cheese, pepper, grass, grapes, it goes on and on.

This has one of the fullest feeling bodies of any sour I can remember. Carbonation is at high levels but it is soft which is a huge plus.

1882 Black Label is quite simply a spectacular, world class beer. Buy it, drink it, go to bed happy.

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

11.2oz bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip.

Girardin Gueuze pops out with a straw yellow look with some slight faded bronze in color. A stealth pour yeilded a small white cap, eventually nothing, no lace. Im liking the nose on this, smelling like a typical gueuze but more well rounded. Not so much dank basement, more of a mix between musk, hay and some fruit. Taste blew me away, first sips were marvelous. A nice hit of sour apple, with some barnyard notes, lime, and some earthy hops in the fresh bottle. Quite sour on the tounge and swishing it around makes for best results. The sour stays a bit than fades, the feel is light bodied and the carb is spritzy. I like this Gueuze, a winner in my eyes.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks awalk1227!

A: Hazy golden straw color. Passive and calm head, surprised at that. I was able to get a one finger of white foam out of this one. I noticed some funky brown build up in the bottle, right under the cork area, floaties in the glass too.

S: Initial lactic note melds into sour or tart fruit. Bretty funk as well.

T: Tart lemon juice up front, I love that initial shock. Nice and acidic. The flavor rolls into other sour fruits and some nice musty/funkiness. Dry finish, ready for more.

M: The appearance of this beer led me to beleive the carbonation would be a little low, but it turned out fine. Everything was on the mark.

D: A well balanced sour @ only 5%. Refreshing, easy to drink.

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

375ml bottle (2011 I believe) poured into a balloon snifter

A: Pours a bright golden yellow, somewhat hazy, about a 1 inch bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

S: Sour apples, a little funk, lemon, a little vinegar.

T: The first thing that strikes me is the balance. There's a bit of sweetness (mainly candy sugar) and the sourness is quite manageable. The apples and lemon cut through to the forefront with the funky and light malt backbone holding everything together. There's some apple cider vinegar in there a bit in the background and towards the end. The oak comes through in the background with the funk and helps smooth everything out. The finish is a little bitter and puckering. While this is quite tasty, it is just a bit too vinegary for me and I was expecting a bit more complexity.

M: Fairly effervescent, though the carbonation does seem to fade fairly quickly. Very crisp and dry with a little puckering (no where near other sours I've had). The body is light, but it coats the mouth well and is surprisingly smooth. I wasn't expecting this to be this smooth and refreshing.

D: I can't imagine a traditional sour being any easier to drink. Normally "refreshing" isn't a term I'd use to describe a sour, but this actually was surprisingly refreshing. Overall this is a really good beer, but I don't think it's good enough to purchase at the current price point.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy yellow with floaties though out
S-almost like a cherry Champaign. Very crisp smelling which is a first for me...
T-nice and fruity. Very crisp and smooth. Not much of an aftertaste really. The taste kind of just ends.
M-crisp smooth and light body.
D-very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from sour tasting notes

A. Pours orange with a small white head.

S. Apple, oak, slight tartness, lemon, bright citrus fruits.

T. Continues in the same vein as the aroma with some nice tartness.

M. Thin with a low level of carbonation.

D. Delicious - "I'd put this on par with supplication" (a reminder to myself about how good it was - not a note on similarity, which I managed to forget since the sour tasting) I do recall this doing surprisingly well at the tasting

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

Poured into a St. Louis Gueuze tulip.

Pours a hazy orange with a big spritzy white head that drops fairly quickly. No lasting lace.

Aromas of lactic sourness, barnyard funk, lemon zest. This smells like my cheeks are going to cave in when I take a sip. Let's see.

Flavors of a bracing sourness, but not as harsh as I was expecting. Lactic sourness, citrus zest. Straight forward belgian gueuze lambic.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, with a mouthcoating, but restrained sourness.

Very drinkable. Would prefer this in the summertime. Good thirst quencher. Love me some sours.

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

If you like sour beer, and have never tried a Gueuze (pronounced gooze), do not hesitate any longer! Gueuze is a type of Belgian Lambic beer that is made by blending young and old lambics into a new beer, which is then bottled for a second fermentation. Additionally, because of the aged hops, and the wild yeast that are used in the original lambics, the resulting Gueuze is completely unique, and bears little resemblance to most other styles of beer. The taste is often described as sour and barnyard-like.

Girardin Gueuze is made at the Brouwerij Girardin, a farm brewery in the Senne Valley of Belgium. Girardin began in 1845, and is now the largest of the authentic lambic brewers and gueuze blenders left in the valley. At the brewery, they grow their own wheat, and still have a mill that uses stones to grind their grain. They brew Lambic in the winter, and Pils in the summer. Girardin Gueuze is thought by many to be the best traditonal Gueuze there is. I would agree.

Girardin Gueuze pours a hazy, glowing peach color with a light, Champagne style head that fades quickly. The smell is sharp and super-funky, yet clean. It reminds me of wet straw, and cider, it is very rural. This is by far one of the most interesting flavors that I have ever experienced. Tart and sour hit you right up front, but the elegance and balance keep the gueuze really smooth and drinkable. It tastes like green apples, green grapes, earth, the unfiltered yeast, citric fruits, and those peppery edible flowers. It is incredibly refined. The mouthfeel is a little thick and creamy, which is nicely complimented by the Champagne-like bubbles. The finish is still sour, dry, and a little bitter. It leaves you wanting so much more! I want to get on a plane, move to the Senne Valley, and make Girardin Gueuze for the rest of my life. Then, I really could drink this beer all day, everyday. It would never bore me.

You may not think so, but this is an awesome beer for food pairing. Particular dishes can really bring out a whole other side to the Gueuze, and vise-versa. Try it with caprese for instance. The creaminess and milky flavor of the fresh mozzarella will play well with the acidity and sour tang of the beer. Also, the tomatoes and basil share similar flavors with the beer. Mussels and fries, grilled vegetables, and richly sauced cuts of meat will be nice pairings too. As for cheese, try Girardin Gueuze with Delice de Bourgogne. This is a triple-cream cow's milk cheese from the Burgundy region of France. The creaminess will go well with the sour acidity of the beer, much like how an acidic wine can cut through the fat of a creamy cheese.

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

12.7 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 5% ABV, "Store laying down and serve between 50-58°. Beer under pressure, handle and open carefully."

Here we go, another night of glory presented by the ever-generous Beerwolf77. Frickin' guy...

A - Very lightly hazy golden yellow topped by a low white head. With all the acidity I smell I'm not surprised there's no retention. Light lace is left speckled on the glass.

S - Light at first, a swirl unleashes a whirlwind of funk upon the olfactory senses. Sweaty gym socks and lactic sourness like crazy. The sad thing is, that's a turn-on in this situation.

T - Tart, light citrus behind a big funk and sourness. Great barnyard notes and wild yeast. Delicious.

M - Weak carbonation is a bit unfortunate but it's still got a great wild, sour finish. Tart and lactic with some dryness pulling through.

D - It's a nicely drinkable sour beer with a good flavor but the carbonation is a little low for this style I feel. Otherwise a very nice Gueuze.

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

375 ml green corked and caged bottle. 2011 vintage.

It pours a clear honey color, darker than most Gueuzes I have seen. The head is foamy and white and actually sticks around for a bit.

The smell is initially skunky. This is extremely odd because I have never smelled a skunky gueuze and it is an extremely fresh bottle. Once that dissipates it smells like young gueuze which it probably is with 2011 on the cork. It has fruity aromas in place of the funk and only a mild lemon acidity. The grain can also be picked up.

The flavor is also very mild, but delicious. It has a very nice sourness to it but also a bit of malt balance. The flavor has some herbal notes but is primarily lemony and acidic with a hint of sugar.

It is an interesting one. I have an older vintage in the cellar which i will give a long age and then try this one again.

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Photo of samie85
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear, pear juice color with two fingers of white meringue-like head and fine, champagne-like carbonation.

S-Smells of lemon and lime citrus with a some musty funk and soil on the finish.

T-Citrusy bitterness at first with some light funk and finishes bitter.

M-Very light bodied and highly carbonated with a prickly feel.

D-Very pleasing and highly drinkable compared to my other experience with Gueuze. I was not expecting the level of bitterness though, but it's not a negative characteristic.

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Photo of 700Uave
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Shane (beachbum1975) for including this in the box. I've been looking for this for some time. 2010 on the cork - my first gueuze

bright white foam tops off a golden body. the first pour is almost completely see-through, displaying a lively and effervescent beer. minimal lacing.

sour and acidic nose with tart lemons dominating the fruit notes. mild "funk"

Very crisp. Sour, but at a relatively moderate level. tart as well with an mildly acidic and dry finish. Fruit notes come through - lemons, white grapes perhaps. mild "funk" as in the nose

mouthfeel is spot on. carbonation level adds to crisp-ness and keeps you wanting more

for me, the drinkability is off the charts. I highly reccomend this beer for both Gueuze fans and newcomers to the style. easily one of my new favorites

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 375ml bottle. Poured into pint glass.

A- brilliant golden with a huge ivory head that will not go down. Spotty lacing.

S- Heavy does of wet hay and funk. Potent.

T- Light, citric burst, lemony and delicious. A bit of funk, not too much though. Crisp and light, carbonation helps scrub the tongue and leaves me wanting to take another sip.

M- Great tart and sour flavors, not much funk but that's OK. Great carbonation, light and refreshing.

D- Moderately high. This is a very tasty gueuze. Very lemony.

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

375ml bottled poured into a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A: Pours a yellow to golden color with stunning clarity. It leaves a two finger head with moderate retention and a great deal of lacing. The effervescence is visible as tiny bubbles rush through the body off the beer to the surface.

S: The lactic sour notes step forward and expand into tart apples, pears and lemon rind. The brett is unmistakable, a musty blanket in a bale of hay followed by a whiff of toasty wheat. There is a hint of oak but it is quite subdued.

T: It is sublimely tart and funky without being overbearing in any way. The flavors of the apple and pear are distinctly pronounced as the beer comes off so dry it almost seems salty. Even after the finish the funky brett filled fruit flavors carry on and on. Exquisite.

M: Champagne like in its bubbly light mouthfeel.

D: I love Gueuzes and this fine beverage measures up to the style in magnificent fashion. Cheers.

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Photo of Dspohn
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375mL Bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with some pure white foam that settles into a nice ring. The smell is not particularly strong and is definitely focused more on the musty, chalky, minerally, funky, at times cheesy aspects as opposed to straight in your face acidity. Slight amounts of green apple and lemon poking through but not fruit forward. The taste brings more tartness into the profile while maintaining a really good funky mustiness. Definite mineral component reminiscent of wet stone. Light acedic acid, definitely not overpowering, more cider like. Has almost a yeasty taste that I associate with saisons. Mild underripe green fruitiness that's slightly bitter, almost a stem-like or peel quality instead of a fleshy burst of flavor. Mouthfeel is a little flat for me but this beer is insanely drinkable, I could drink liters of it. Very refreshing and complex enough to keep it interesting but not overpoweringly sour. This bottle went quite quickly.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. The head is big and foamy white. The color is a dull golden, very hazy and lots of carbonation rising to the top. Lacing is strong. The aroma is fruity, grassy, and old back of the closet dust. The taste is tart throughout. Hits the back of the tongue and makes you tweek a bit. Fresh yogurt comes to mind. Not as tart as some Cantillons I have had but strong. The body is light, but with heavy carbonation it made me feel fuller. A great example to enjoy a bottle at a time.

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Photo of jsanford
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. 375ml. bottle gently poured into a Rodenbach flute.

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a 1-inch white head that dissipates to a thin ring and slight haze. Visibly effervescent carbonation. Very pretty Gueuze.
S - Aromas of sour green apples, lemon zest, unripe pears, Brett, and dusty "funk". There's a slight whiff of oak present as well.
T - When I was a kid, my grandfather would pick apples for us from this gnarly old apple tree that must have been on the farm for ages. That's what this flavor reminds me of : tart apples, freshly picked from an ancient tree. Notes of lemon juice, oak, white grapes, hay, and Brett are present as well. Nicely balanced level of sourness, right where I like it to be.
M - Clean and crisp, with a medium-low body and sharp, snappy carbonation. Wonderfully vinous finish, really puckers and drys out the palate.
D - Excellent drinkablity, this is right in my comfort zone. An exceptional Gueuze, I'll continue to seek this out whenever I can.

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

BX2011 on the cork, I'm assuming this is a relatively young bottle.

Pours an almost clear golden, with a small persistent head. Bubbles continuously flowing up from the bottom of the tulip glass, nice looking beer. Smell is full of dusty funk, brett, and tartness. Taste is very bright and citrusy. Lemons and sour apples. A good amount of lactic sour, without a lot of acetic character. Excellent lambic. Mouthfeel is lively, slightly puckering, and finishes dry. Taking style into account on drinkability, this one goes down pretty easy. It's sour, but not ripping my mouth apart, so I could drink it easily. But a lambic of this quality should be enjoyed over a good amount of time. Overall, an excellent gueuze that is easy to get a hold of.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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