Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) | Brouwerij Girardin

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)

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

Reviewed from notes 1/31/02011

A: very sour, slight hint of apples or pears

Ap: yellow-orange with a 1 finger white head that dissipated very quickly, leaving a thin white frothy layer, no lacing

B/T: very mild carbonation, smooth, dry, crisp

Af: sour, but sweet at the same time, pears

O: a slow sipper primarily due to the sourness, but very well-balanced.


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Photo of beerwolf77
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I managed to crack 3 of these over the weekend including a bottle from 05. So I decided I needed to drink one more to give this a proper review.

2010 Vintage.

A: Golden orange/yellow, tiny bit of white head forms and fades quick. Some soapy lace. Pretty much right where every guezue comes in.

S: Wonderful bouquet of tart lemons, wet straw, grass, dusty attic wood, damp basement, horse blanket, old library books. This is the new standard from which all guezues will be judge by my nose.

T: The tart lemon bite is the first thing I get. Yet it's not an overpowering sour. The lactic sour drys your mouth and makes you teeth gritty but doesn't overwhelm you. There are so many different things I pick out. Sour grapes, wet straw, dusty attic wood, band aid, fresh grass clippings, green apples, mildew. The flavor is amazing.

M: Light yet satisfying body. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

D: Well this is as drinkable as it gets for my money. Wonderful in every category. If I had ready access to this beer I would swear off all other beers and drink this exclusively.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...
375 ml cork and caged bottle, pretty sure from 2010, into a Lindeman's Lambic glass...

A - Pours an almost completely clear golden orange color. Even with a pretty rough pour, no real head forms. A nice eggshell white collar and top form with some nice yeasty spots noticeable.

S - Nice dry, musty, funky, barnyard smell. Some lemon zest and orange zest as well. Apple and pear seem to come out as well. Some nice slightloy vinous notes as well.

T - Sour apples, pears and peaches. Really nicely balanced between the sweetness and the sourness. Funky, musty dryness to the profile really brings this one together. Nice acidic sourness.

M - Very nicely carbonated. Crisp, dry and very smooth. Not overly sour or funky, but balanced quite nicely.

D - Really great example of what a gueuze should be. Seems like it would be a great introduction to the style fr anyone just getting into sour ales. Will seek this one out again to see what some age does to it.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 rate. I'm not even entering my initial rate from 2007. In fact this particular rating is crap also, it's always from memory. It's a fine, fine beer, suffice to say.

375ml bottles, 2009 batch I believe. Pours mostly clear hay gold with a snowy head. (Raising my rating for this thanks to a couple bottles at our lambic tasting over the weekend. No notes on this, but each bottle was exceedingly better than my virgin bottle). Nice lemon, funk, sour, and dry flavors. Very expressive and balanced. Good stuff, one of the best standard geuzes from what we enjoyed.

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

my first gueuze...

A-cloudy honey colored with a thick off white colored head.

S-smells a bit funky and a bit malty. possibly some lemon or lime in there. smells almost stale but good at the same time. very sweet. the smell has a good strength.

T-wow, the second this beer hits the tongue the tartness is really detected. it hits with a great mouth puckering sourness. the leading taste is very citrusy, mainly lemon and lime. the after-taste is a very unique and appreciated mix lemon and some sort of spice...possibly thyme or's unique and i love it. I can already tell i'm gonna wish this came in a bigger bottle.

M-soft, medium to heavy carbonation with a tart finish thats only slightly dry

D- Simply put: there need to be more 5% beers that taste like this. the tastes seem to slowly become less and less special as the beer goes on but they still taste wonderful. i think i'll always be able to buy this beer and enjoy it at any time. i really hope i get this beer again, as well as explore more in to the style.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a big white head that diminishes quickly. Very loud bubbling as well. Scent EXTREMELY funky and sour. I definitely get a farmhouse/horse blanket aroma from this particular beer. I also pick up cheese aromas and lemon. Very interesting and delightful smelling beer. Taste is SUPER SOUR! I love it! Initially I get funky yeast flavors followed by lemon and cheese notes. The mouth-puckering sourness doesn't stop the amazing flavors from coming through this beer. Some grassy notes as well. Mouthfeel is very dry and very crisp. Full-bodied and puckering. Drinkability is high for me on this one. I've realized that I'm really becoming a huge fan of lambics, wild ales, and gueuzes. This is an outstanding beer!

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle poured into a chalice. Appearance is champagne-like: a cloudy gold color, ultra-fizzy with a solid inch or so of head.

Smell is a funky mix of lemon, rotten barnyard, and bleu cheese.

Taste is extremely sour: pure unsweetened lemon.. very acidic. Finishes with some other funky flavors, but lemon dominates.

Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated and fizzy.

Drinkability is excellent, without really alcohol presence. You just have to enjoy the sourness..

This is probably the most sour beer I've tried. Excellent gueuze.

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Photo of dubinsky
2.95/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From bottle into my C&B Bruges snifter.

A - Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a rather small, foamy, sticky white head that recedes really quickly. Rather large bubbles resulted from the pour. Decent retention formed a thick, sticky layer of lace.

S - Funky, earthy and tart barnyard aromas at the initial smell. I'm also picking up some apples and lemon and some orange. A touch of yeast and hay aroma also present.

T - Wow, thats sour! I mean really sour. Im mostly tasting sour green apple and lemon. Some sour barnyard funk present, as well as some hay, giving it a slight woodiness. This is a bit puckering to me.

M - Light body with little carbonation. Fairly drying finish.

D - This is a bit too sour for me. I enjoy sours, but this one is a bit too one-sided. Not very balanced in my opinion. The low ABV makes it drinkable, but i think i will finish this one and not need to buy another for a while.

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

Picked up a bottle at TND, poured into a lambic glass. Took a lot of care to keep the yeast nice and settled.

In the glass, it is a hazy dirty straw color, full of effervescence as bubbles stream upward for the entire time it takes me to drink the whole glass. The head is coarse and thin, as a geuze generally is.

The aroma is complex. Woody notes, barnyard funk, sourness, and fruity esters of pears/apples and peaches. The taste is similar, full of great balance. The sour is phenomenal, and it is really made pleasant by the light overripe esters of peaches and pears. The fruits blend with funky barnyard flavors that meld nicely with the balanced lactic and acetic sour notes. The fruits are again evident in the finish.

The finish is bone dry, as it should be. Accompanied by a lively spritzy body, the feel is phenomenal. The sourness is intense and shocks the palate a bit. Extremely easy to drink...refreshing and satisfying. This is a really good beer that I will definitely be revisiting.

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Photo of larryi86
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

37.5 cL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A crisp straw color with a small white head

S- Wow. Sour lemons and other tart fruits balanced with some spices and barnyard funk.

T- Sour but not too sour, and funky but not too funky. Very well balanced. Getting sour lemons, granny smith apples, with a funky finish. Very close to the smell.

M- Crisp, dry, smooth.

D- Very easy to drink, I wish it was cheaper so I could buy more. This really stands out as the best Gueuze I have had. What I really love about this beer is the perfect balance between sour and funk in my opinion.

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

appearance: champagne fizzy look, had to pour slow.... pale ale color

smell: smelled liked tart, citrus fruity, and maybe a little midew musty aroma.

taste: huge sour beer. Lots of citrus, lemon flavor

mouthfeel: high carbonation and light bodied

drinkability: a fantastic sour ale. Will drink again...

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

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. My local store just got this in, so it is rather fresh.

(A)- Pours a hazy/cloudy golden orange hue that produced a minimal off-white head that dispersed to a low layer of froth on the surface after a bit.

(S)- Dry, but with a lovely earthy funk to it; hay, straw, clay, some yeasty-like cheese. Plenty of barnyard elements up front with some bits of acidic lemon and lime citrus in the far background.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Some more of the fruits come through with a relatively mild acidic sourness for the style.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Not overly sour or funky, but a happy medium between the two. Smooth as can be.

(D)- A standard for the style for sure. My bottle is extremely fresh, so I can only see this getting better over time. A smooth example without being a palate melting sour bomb. Ridiculously drinkable.

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

Appearance - Pours into a generic tulip with a copper color. About a half finger of small bubbled head is achieved with a moderate pour, that dissipates quickly, leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Heavy barnyard funk, slight skunk smell (dissipates as the beer opens up/warms up), acidic overtone, and some citrus. My mouth is salivating just smelling this.

Taste - An immediate puckering of the mouth. The sourness/tartness hits heavy up front which eventually backs down giving way to tart granny smith apple flavor. The barnyard funk becomes a bit more prevalent at the end and even more so as the beer warms up (bready, wet hay, dust, leather, etc.). [edit] I am beginning to taste a bit more citrus such as lemon as I further pick the flavor apart.

Mouthfeel -Lighter bodied, prickly carbonation, finishes dry.

Drinkability - One and done, but very enjoyable to have with some gouda cheese. Will definitely pick up another one or two to cellar.

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Photo of jthor018
2.61/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Looked like gueuze. Head stayed for a few seconds. Looked good.
S- Smelled like it would have been more sour than it was. Weird metallic flavor.
T- Disappointed by how sour it was. Tasted watered down.
M- Felt decent. Few bubbles.
D- I sampled this at the wine shop today and was disappointed. Doesn't compare to Drie Fonteinen, Hannsens, or Cantillon. If I had paid to drink this I would have regretted it.

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Photo of Brabander
2.7/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Last sunday we had a beer tasting session at my house with three other BA's and a bunch of friends. This was the first bottle we opened.

To be quit honest, this was not my cup of thee or should i say gueuze. I am not very fond on gueuze.

Poured in a tasting glass this beer looks likes piss (sorry!)

There is a strange smell that goes with this beer. I can't define it. Pretty sour taste, or better said much too sour. I am cured for a while!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Totally hazed deep yellow with a short lived white head. A really nice wispy layer is left.

S- Wow this stuff smells interesting. Lots of sour apple, grapefruit, under ripe pear and horse blanket funk. There is also lots of damp basement funk with wet cardboard and elmers glue.

T- This is brutally sour, especially at first. It knocks you're breath out as you're pallet adjusts. Its loaded with under ripe fruits, the white part of an orange rind, grapefruit, pear and lemon. Plenty of funky flavors as it warms. A glue like flavor comes right before pure white grapefruit.

M- Quite puckering. Very dry. I love how the sourness lingers on the lips.

D- Low alcohol but this is a sipper.

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

A golden hazy pour with a bit of head. Tart and funky smell that has both sour and funk characteristics. Tastes like a nice balance between the two. Definitely sour, but complex and funky. Well carbonated. A smooth sippable beer that I would definitely drink again

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Photo of deapokid
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thin white head with lively carbonation and a beautiful unfermented gold body. It looks both refined and rustic at the same time.

Scent of lemon rind and a light, but present, basement musk. There's also a slight apricot fruitiness in the background. This is the archetypal gueuze aroma.

Flavor has the perfect tart bite, packing bitter lemon, bacterial dryness and big sour pucker. There's also a winey characteristic, probably brought on by the carbonation and grapefruit notes. Profoundly delicious.

After close inspection, the texture and viscosity is a bit milky. Despite the heavy dose of funk and slight creaminess, it manages to effortlessly glide across the tongue.

At 5%, it's already easy to take down, making this a wonderful session beer if you have the cash and a taste for the delightfully sour.

A personal favorite!

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

Aroma explodes from the bottle along with the cork. Musty, earthy, and dank. Grapefruit rind, horse blanket, and orange zest.

Pours a cloudy apricot colored body with brown yeast sludge coating the inside of the bottle. Wispy off white head holds a few yeast particles and looks like cobwebs on the top of my glass.

The flavor is lives up the the aroma and then some. Dry, sour, acidic, and bitter. A flavor assault that hits on all fronts. Apple cider acidity, grapefruit citrus, the bitterness of a fresh Orval, and that wonderfully musty character that only a world-class Gueuze can deliver. The finish is bitter and sour, but not that overdone, mouth-puckering sourness. Like all the other flavors, it has just the right level of restraint. A multitude of varied favors are balanced to perfection, producing a brew than can be savored and dissected all night long.

A crisp beer with zinging carbonation.

Freaking love this beer. A remarkably flavorful Gueuze, but without the heartburn that accompanies some of its more acidic brethren. More than deserving of its lofty BA ranking.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml, 2011 cork date.

Light, hazy amber-gold with a compact but sturdy head. Bit of lacing.

Aroma is tart and lactic, with fruity notes of strawberries and a general ascorbic acid.

Flavor is fantastic. Not quite puckering, but very sour and ripe. Deep and complex. Rough, rustic wheat is apparent, but tart fruit flavors dominate. Ascorbic and lactic acids again, along with the strawberry of the nose, plus a hefty grapefruit and citrus note. Some peach. Mouthfeel started out very lively, but fades kind of quickly. It's still quite smooth and oh, so drinkable.

A rare beer that is both refreshing and complex. Love the gueuze.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first gueuze! 2010 version...

Pours a brilliant glowing deep golden with a small head atop...

Funky barnyard aromas for sure here but there's also a zestiness here that seems citric in nature... Wet hay and lemon zest... As it warms, I get some tobacco notes as well... Very earthy raw..

Lots of different flavors here... Sour on the palate but not bracingly so... Lemony zestiness mingles with some green apples and not quite ripe blackberries.. Awesome... I've been missing out... Terrific sourness without the vinegary aspects... It just tastes like funk.. Wonderful earthiness with hints of tobacco and earthy oakiness...

This would go awesome with some sharp cheeses and old funky meats... I liked this one a lot...

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Absurdly effervecent beer, the tight head never let down the whole time I sipped this beer. Some clinging spotty lacing. Nice hazy amber gold color. Pungent aroma of lemon, brett (the wet hay varity), pinapple, and oak. Lots of citrus up front and through the mid palate. Oaky with some good sourness, but not lip-puckering. Rather a dry experiance. I pick up a tad of tobacco, more oak, plenty of tart apple. Underlying wheat flavor is pie crust like. The mouthfeel is zingy and lively. This geuze dances over the tongue. Oh yeah I could have plenty of these.

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

Poured into a lambic glass from the corked and caged bottle at tBruges Beertje.

A: Pure clear orange with a 1.5 fingers quickly dissipating offwhite head.

S: Peach and apricot. Malty character is like pie crust. Very nice and well balanced.

T: Sour and tangy and dry with unripe fruits. Finishes with loads of unripe light fruit and orange rinds. Lemon and grape skins in there.

A very good pretty well balanced gueuze.

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

Shared by Chico1985, a sour night, reviewed from notes.

A- Murky golden yellow with a decent white head that leaves a cloud and ring. Slight lace left behind.

S- Sort of laid back but has a yeast influence of funk and bread. General sourness of the style is there along with acetic and vinous hints. General light fruit and some barnyard.

T- Also laid back but balanced and complex. A ton of different fruit comes to mind not limited to appes, white grapes and cherry, even orange at one point. A bit of vinegar and white wine going on. Slight funk/barnyard. Floral notes in the finish.

MF- Light but nice and creamy with a solid amount of carbonation. Sourness is at a satisfying level.

DB- A well rounded lambic on the easy and drinkable side of things. Not too sour or funky but a lot of good fruit and yeast influence going on.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Peachy orange color. Nice pure white head, bubbles up to 2-3 fingers. Pretty crisp, but not transparent.

S- Smells of sweet fruit and funk. A slight soury tinge comes through as well.

T- The sourness really hits first, transitioning to some funky green apple flavors. I also get some lemon/orange notes. Very dry and crisp.

M- Almost perfect. Falls a little flat in the aftertaste, but is great on the tongue. Nice and bubbly, and the funk is well balanced.

D- Very Tasty, and drinkable. Great balance of sourness and flavor. An all around excellent gueuze.

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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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