Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) | Brouwerij Girardin

Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label)
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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 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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Photo of Chico1985
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle. Pours hazy light orange, nice white head. Retains well and leaves some lacing - take that Cantillon Vigneronne!

Mostly funky leather (barnyardish) with fruits in the back. A little faint but good.

Light and sour fruits aplenty - green apples, peaches, lemons. Also getting more grassy/hay notes, bready notes. A little bit of sweetness actually. There is also of course a good amount of sour funk but doesn't overpower, doesn't feel abrasive at all. Carbonation well-done.

Definitely a great gueuze. Complex, easy to drink. Lots of flavors coming out, a good balance with nothing really taking over anything else. I will definitely hunt down a couple more of these.

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

Cloudy amber with a large foam hat. Head takes its time to settle into a bubbly glaze. I'm fairly new to this style but I've noticed a quick to fizzle out head on most- both the color and foam were superior to this gueuze.

Aroma is granny smith apple acid sour with a sweet allspice-like spice. Funky. Taste is crisp with green apple sour and musty funk. There's a metallic cornbread sweet hiccup in back that I like and counterpoints the sour. Reminds me of unsweetened cinnamon applesauce...sorta.

I can understand why this is better than most gueuzes and I'll rate it as such but this style is not for me.

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

Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed peachy orange color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head. Much of the head fell quickly, but the remaining quarter inch was a bit more stubborn and leaves a quarter inch of lacing.

4.0 S: Decent amount of barnyard funk, cidery, and sour lemon. Hay, some apple fruitiness, slight acidity. Not powerful enough for my preferences, but amazingly no tannin astringency at all.

4.5 T: Taste is much better and lives up to expectations. Surprisingly sour considering the nose is rather tame. Plenty of lactic acid, acetic acid to a lower degree, barnyard funk, musty basement. Lemony sourness, apple cider, and hay. Some astringency in here, but very little and much lower than anything else I've had of the style. Dry throughout.

4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good active carbonation. Smooth for a sour due to the lack of astringency. Could be a bit creamier though.

5.0 D: Definitely a solid gueuze. This is definitely there to help you get a sour fix. Well balanced flavor profile, great taste, and everything else is pleasant. By the end of the bottle I wanted more.

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

Poured a moderately cloudy amber/tan like apple cider. Lemony aroma. First sip is a jaw-clenching tartness of lemon juice and green apple. Once the initial shock wears off, tart white wine and fresh oak notes emerge. Tartness moderates well throughout, with a bit of barnyard funkyness at the end. Toward the very end some overripe, almost spoiled, orchard fruit notes march past.

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Photo of Beejay
2.27/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy murky tannish brown. Absolutely no head, and barely a sound when I popped the cork. Slightly worried about that.

S: Very tart smell, hints of vinegar and strawberries.

T: Muted sourness, followed by more intense sourness and a bit of funk. Sour and slightly musty.

M: Completely Flat. Thinnish mouthfeel, and watery.

D: I think this bottle is not as the brewer intended to be seeing as how there is no carbonation, and previous reviews ( and the style) would suggest there should be much more.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a slighlty hazy amber orange color with a light wispy head. Sour tart aroma with slight acetone notes. Some funky barnyard notes as well with lemon zest. Tart, slightly mouthpuckering...oh yeah, this is tasty. Tart grape flavors. Light mouthfeel. Some lingering barnyard funkiness at the end. Overall a very, very tasty beer.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork explodes to reveal a bubbly beautiful light orange hazy color with an amazing head and sticky lacing.

Smells dirty, funky and sour. No sweets or oakiness.

Delicious, not as funky as I had anticipated. Nice sour pang, light fruity unripe green apple & citrus and a clean dry aftertaste.

Fizzes on the tongue nicely, dry, a tad more mellow than most.

Light yet powerful. Great.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review out of a 355 mL bottle.
A: A nice, cloudy amber. Constant quick bubbles up the middle of the glass. Pours a nice one-finger silky white head that sticks.
S: Apple cider, underripe apple cores, musty/moldy cheese, (very) slightly meaty, mango pulp. Inviting for a gueze.
T: A nice sour green apple cider backbone, some more mango or orange juice that sticks on your teeth, a dry ginger ale buzzes on the back of the tongue. Very nice.
M: Moderately light, with a thick frothy carbonation.
D: Awesome.

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

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of creamy head and enough haze to catch light.

Smell -- Horse stable, cider vinegar, fresh cut green apple, and lemon zest. Overall, tart/sweet with some wildness.

Tate -- Very sour, indeed with lots of acetic acid and sour cherry-like tartness. Also present are wet hay, stable funk, green apple, under-ripened green grape, salted lemon, dry grain, and a fair amount of woody flavor and tannin. A bit medicinal in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with ample carbonation; hard and prickly at first, then full and fluffy. Quite dry.

Drinkability -- This one is quite sour and very dry; a pleasant experience, but one glass is enough. While it certainly didn't fall short of my expectations I'm not sure if I'm willing to say it's the best gueuze I've had just yet. Absolutely worth trying and clearly a shining example of the style that cannot be missed.

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

Poured into Lost Abbey Stemware

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a clear bright golden orange. Very nice appearance.

Aroma: Lemons, grassy notes, funk, horseblanket, oak notes, and a light amount of sourness.

Taste: Tart flavors up front. Not too fruity but I get sour lemons for sure. Some horseblanket and funk notes show. Oak with light spice. Green grapes near the end. Very light medicinal/brett flavors.

Mouthfeel: Mouth-puckering and tart. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean with some sour flavors.

Overall, a very good gueze. Lots of great flavors and I wish this one was around MN. Very drinkable for how sour it is.

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

A - A straw yellow brew with a huge white head that dissipated and left some fat lacing throughout the consumption of the beer.

S - Tart, lots of apples, maybe a slight touch of pear, sour lemon. Very, very tart.

T - Holy sourness batman. Not the most sour I've had, but it's a sour one. Nice apple taste in this makes it really good. Pretty solid balance on this one.

M - Heavier side of light, effervescent, a little sticky.

D - Unlike a lot of really tart/sour beers, this actually gets more drinkable as you go, as the sourness kind of fades as it sits out. Very good beer.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Slightly chilled bottled poured into a glass at the Lion's Pride. Recommended by the bartender there.

Appearance: Straw yellow in color. Not much head and very bubbly. Much like a nice champagne.

Aroma: Tart green apples, sour lemon, and some oak all create a nice tart aroma.

Taste: The tart apples and lemon are here and nicely balanced. Really nice blend and balance here. There also some oak here that balances out the sourness. Balanced and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and effervescent texture. the body feels light but it may just be an illusion from how crisp this really is. Slight dry and puckering finish.

Drinkability: Considering the ABV and the crisp mouthfeel, I could drink a lot of this. The flavor definitely makes it something to sip and savor though.

Overall, probably the best gueze I have ever had. Balanced, flavorful, and perfectly blended while still managing to be crisp and refreshing. Delicious and complex. Highly recommended.

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

330ml bottle into oversized wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy orangish-amber with a decent sized tan head that quickly faded into a bubbly film leaving some spots of syrupy lace down the glass.
S: Light funky cheese notes with sour hints of light fruit and green apple. Very musty and old-wood like.
T: Sour and biting acid notes of golden fruits, green apples, unripe peaches and nectarines with a cheesy funk that isn't quite barnyard, but more musty. Some tart raspberry notes and lemon zest come through along with loads of grapefruit pith. Very light and fruity flavors. Actually the sourness is quite manageable and tapers a touch in the finish. For all its sour character, this beer is actually rather sweet. Finish is very dry and leaves the back of my throat begging for water.
M: Acid bites at your throat on the way down. Medium body that is super dry. Doesn't make my mouth water too much.
D: Holly cow this one was fun. Super refreshing and a welcome wake up for my taste buds. I could easily drink this beer again and again.

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Photo of youradhere
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark honey color, no head. Astringent smell of oak, sweet tarts, and the dying remnants of malt sweetness. After a few sips to acclimatize my palate to the bracing sour pucker I detect a flavor profile that while not the best, does the trick. Oaky tannins, souir grape, lactic, citric acid with a slight tannic pucker at the very back of the tongue after the liquid passes through. This is quite dry, yet leaves the mouth watering for another sip. The tannic back bite reminds me of when you eat the strongly bitter pith of a citrus fruit, minus the bittersweet reward of the sweet fruit. I wish there was more opening up in this glass, but almost sadly not. "Almost" because this is a satisfying drink while still remaining on the periphery of what I am seeking out in it.

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

A - Glowing hazy golden orange with a large, billowy, foamy, sticky white head. Good retention settling into a thick, sticky layer of lace.
S - Tart and funky barnyard aromas come out pretty strong on the first smell, but not overpowering. Some musty fruit smell with apples and citrus, both lemon and some orange. A touch of yeast and hay aroma also present. A touch of sweetness, but tart/sour/funk dominates that.
T - Good amount of sour green apple, lemon, and orange citrus. Hints of grape. A funky, barnyard, hay taste comes out a bit more mid sip. A woodiness also starts to peak out a bit as well. Musty fruit flavors come on strong mid sip and last to the finish. A bit of sweetness comes out toward the end. This has a sour and tartness, but it isn't puckering or as strong as others in the style or other similar styles.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a lot of carbonation. Zesty, tingly feel with a strong drying finish.

D - Has a good balance of sour, tar, funk, and sweetness that makes it easy to drink. Great flavors that make me want to keep drinking it.

Notes: Very good gueuze. Not quite as sour/tart as others, but it still showcases those flavors. Overall a very good beer that could be a good introduction into sours for someone.

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Photo of Cresant
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A green bottle with a cork and a cage. 12.7 oz. The cork was stamped: "..05.." and REF c X 2010. I'm guessing this is May of 2010!? The beer was carefully poured into a Tripel Karmeliet glass and the body was a deep orange color with an ever so slight haze. The white frothy head relaxed to a film and left spotty lacing along the glass.

The aroma seemed typical of a gueuze, which always reminds me of Pixie Stix candy from childhood. Very tart and sweet at the same time. Fruity. Not much funkiness here. I suspect this is due to lack of aging after bottling (?).

The taste reflected the smell. Tart and puckering. There is a richness which is difficult to describe. There is enough malts to give it just the right amount of sweetness and density. This heft is nicely balanced with the sourness, but it is never cloying. Well constructed. Mineral traces, even a bit salty. Wonderful woody dryness.

The carbonation was zippy and tight. The body was medium but never heavy. So easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden orange in color into a snifter glass with a three finger high thick white head that gradually faded down leaving a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of sourness in the nose that also has some funkiness from the yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the aroma, but the sourness is a lot more pronounced. There are notes of sour apples and some hints of citrus fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate. The initial taste is rather tart while there is dryness in the finish.
D: This beer is very drinkable for the style and the complexity of the sour flavors will bring me back to having another one of these in the future.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unsure of the vintage on this one, but I picked it up only a couple of months ago, so I'm assuming it's pretty fresh.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange. A thin white head rests on top with decent staying power. Light lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good for a gueuze.

Musty oak, hay and toast/bready malts on the nose. Almost seems like there is a touch of Belgian spice in here as well. Damp barnyard smell.

Malty with tart/sourness up front, but finishes very cleanly and smooth. Not much lingering flavor. Nice oakiness and a touch of vanilla. Some citrus, grapefruit and orange slice. Not as complex as some in this style, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy with light tingly carbonation. Some chewiness. Nice sourness. Juicy.

This gueuze is quite drinkable and has a decent amount of sour, but not overwhelming. Oak comes through nicely. A refreshing gueuze, but lacking a little bit in the complexity department. However, with a couple years of age this could turn into an excellent beer. Looks like I'll be picking up a few more for the cellar. Worth checking out if you like the style.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes: Purchased at State Line Liquors.

Pours a cloudy light orange color without much head. Above average carbonation, but not a gusher like many of the other reviews I have skimmed on here.

Nose is one of the funkiest I've smelled. Very musty and barnyard-like. Pick up a little fruitiness. Peach mostly.

Talk about pucker factor! Tart, sour and sweet are understatements. Again peach is around. Dry finish.

This one certainly lived up to the hype. Good stuff.

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Photo of Luk13
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to probstk. Massive gusher, half my living room floor is coated with gueuze. Apple and peach aromas, beautiful gueuze aromas. Taste is a beautiful balance of moderate sourness and natural sweetness, lots of apples and tropical fruits. Very good gueuze, I prefer this one over the Cantillon's.

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

shared this with some friends over the weekend. lots of funk in the aroma, almost horseshit like but i wouldn't have it any other way. there was some tart fruit aromas as well. the taste was sour and tart like green apples. i'm not very familiar with gueuzes but this met my expectations.

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Photo of semibaked
2.23/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Tulip.

A - Looks like apple juice with ample carbonation and a half inch of white head.

S - Very Sour and lots of yeast funkiness.

T - EXTREMELY FN SOUR, make me pucker right away, the sourness is overwhelming and really don't get much else.

M - Light bodied, super carbonated and a bit slick.

D - This is all just one note, SOUR. Just overwhelming and not pleasant to drink for me. Maybe I am not a gueuze fan.

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Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed Belgian glass.

A - Pours a hazy peachy orange color with a big 2 fingers of pillowy white foam with excellent staying power. After patiently waiting for several minutes the foam finally acquiesces and leaves behind thick spiderwebs of lacing on the glass. There is also a perpetual cap of foam about a 1/4" high that never dies thru the entire glass.

S - Funk is the word here. Lots of bretty, bardyardy aromas that sit very prominently up front. Very fruity, especially lemony with some sour green apples, tartness, straw, foot cheese-like aromas, lightly sweet. There is no doubt this is going to be very sour...can't wait for the first sip.

T - Very nice sourness that fills the entire mouth. Tons of bretty horseblankety, funkiness in here. Lemony flavors again sit in the forefront of the flavors and blend with the funk really nicely. The bretty bitterness combined with the citrus is very nice. Still getting the sour apples too. Also getting some bready malt that didn't make it into the aroma. Excellent.

M - Characteristically on the thin side. Carbonation is full giving some light tingles on the tongue and somewhat foamy overall, maybe a bit low overall for the style. Defintely sour but not really puckering in the feel.

D - It seems that every time I try one of the classic Belgian examples of this style, I am impressed. At least in my area, these are not at all rare - very easy to get. I find myself wondering why I ever spend time and effort to get some of the rarer American versions of the style that seem to cost an arm and a leg in trade - granted they are good, but with fine examples of the style like this readily available, it doesn't make sense. This is truly an amazing gueuze, one that I will certainly have again and again.

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,192 ratings
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