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 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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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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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (Black Label) from Brouwerij Girardin
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,200 ratings