Fond Gueuze Bierpallieters
Brouwerij Girardin

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Belgian Gueuze
4.21 | pDev: 10.93%
Brouwerij Girardin
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of mothman
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 197/1400
White head. Nice pop to the bottle. Burnt copper orange.

Sherry notes, more malty than other gueuze. Wet oak. Lots of funk and basement must. Lemon citrus. Complex and layered. Almost nutty.

Nice lively feel without beeing over carbonated.

This was a treat. Very impressed with this one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an unexpected surprise. Huge thank you to stakem for the rare treat.

Copper body with a white head. The aroma is incredible. A perfect scent. Well water, citrus, mineral funk. Absolutely delicious. One of the best gueuzes I've had. Wow.

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Photo of stakem
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from quite awhile back. The brew pours a hazy golden color with a firm white froth resting atop. This brew is grassy with eartheh funk and mildly footy to stinky cheesy quality before getting herbal in bitterness with almost a mild green pepper aspect. This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. It appears as though this sleepy lambic has woken up and the carbonation levels are pretty spot on. There is a lot of familiarity here to standard black label girardin, perhaps thats why I enjoyed it so much.

12/27/15 update:
Different bottle #184 of 1400. Wonderfully carbonated, initial pour fills half the geuze tumbler with froth. Aroma and taste includes limes predominantly upfront, lots of citrus, earthen oak, slight minerals and minor herbal component. The funk had a slight blue cheese aspect that is very enjoyable. Perfect amount of sourness for my palate with a medium body and lively carbonation. This is the finest lambic ive ever tasted.

7/3/16 update:
Pulled another bottle to share with friends and this one was a dud. The cork was a little tougher to pull because there was no carbonation to help in pushing it out. While it was completely still, it did not taste off or bad by any regard. Maybe just a little more malty and with a hint of apple cider that I did not detect in the other flawless bottlings. In fact, the folks sharing in this experience thought it was tasty. But for me, knowing how unreal the good/carbonated bottles are...this was a disappointment.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a flat hazy orange. Nothing going on.

Smell - Cheesy. Like a bleu cheese. Some funky. Lemony tang. More complex,, though.

Taste - Sharp sourness. Some malt. A little wheat. Some hay and acetic acid. A little funky and cheesy.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Not a lot going on. Nice sourness.

Overall - All together this is really good, though flat.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to t0rin0 for this bottle. Served in a tulip.

A - Seems my bottle is still sleeping. Pours still, albeit a nice attractive transparent apricot color.

S - Nice bright notes of peach, lemon, hint of white wine vinegar, slightly dirty and earthy funk, touch of vanilla and oak. More like 3F in terms of flavor balance, but with a bit more acidity than Armand's beers.

T - Taste is quite a bit more sour, with lots of acetic character and light lemony pucker. Vinous tart grapeskins, with a bit of pale malt sweetness and grain in the periphery.

M - Still, with a smooth medium body that yields to a super dry and moisture-obliterating acidity. Gets a tad stomach-churning after a while.

D - Really good, but clearly a bit young right now. Hopefully the yeast wakes up in other bottles, as some carbonation would help cut the acidity and clear out a bit of the lingering malt sweetness. It took Loerik nearly a decade to reach prime-time and this is only half-way there - get this while you still can. We had no troubles killing the bottle, but there are a number of gueuzes that I'd prefer to drink at this stage.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sleeper gueuze, and well, mine is still asleep. dammit.

pour was a golden yellow, no head at all. pretty flat.

pungent lemon sourness, bright oak, mineral.

similar to nose. i noticed the flavor popped and was vibrant. the lemon to mineral complexity was great. what killed this from being higher than a 4.0 was the carbonation.

flatliners, like the movie.

good but missing that spritz. i noticed my bottle had little to no yeast at the bottom, could this be a driving factor? i will revisit this in a few years and hope for some bubble.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge white head. Amazing funk aroma that just immediately says Girardin. Lots of earth, must, grass, and sweat. Lemon peel and apple give a nice tartness as well. Some yeast and light bread flavor to go with all the funk and tartness. Lemon peel and green apple sourness as well as heavy grass, earth, and must with just a touch of tannic oak. Nice high carbonation and dry mouthfeel. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of Sc0pey
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the 20th Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation. It pours hazy golden yellow, with moderate carbonation and a small foamy white head. The nose is tart lemon, red apple, farmyard, egg, roast beef crisps (unusual I know), honey, orange blossom and honeysuckle. The taste is sharp lemon, granny smith apple, metal, orange and white grape, with a refreshingly dry finish. It has moderate to high acidity and is medium bodied. It is very tart, yet a lot of juicy fruit still comes through. The balance is spot on. It is perhaps tasting a bit young, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this tastes after a bit of time in the cellar.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear peach amber with a scant head, wisps of it grazing the top as it's moved around. Nose is bright citric acids, then tropical fruits and stone fruits, darker than you normally see in a lambic. Mouth is super soft, low carbonation, incredibly refined tropical fruits, lime, peach. Little funk or must in the mouth, just full on citric mango pineapple. Not intense but refined and unique. This has a sweet quality with the plethora of citrus and tropical fruits, washed away with a short finish of lime acidity and then nothing. Feel is very, very soft.

I drank this next to a 3 Fonteinen Oude Gueuze (09). This has none of the champagne like effervescence or dry, mineral quality. But on a direct comparison the 3 Fonteinen, which is a consistent favorite of mine, feels almost a bit disjointed. Where the feel of the Fond Gueuze is a bit of a detractor, this has so much going on and such a lovely flavor profile, I can't think of another beer like this, let alone another lambic.

EDIT, 4/12. Opened another bottle of this with big carbonation, pours with a large white head. Oh yeah. Still not a particularly funky beer, but this bottle has picked up quite a bit more sourness on the palate. Still expresses a wonderful tropical fruit quality, still soft, but more complex at this point. If the carbonation picks up on all bottles this will be a legendary beer, in my opinion. It's incredibly juicy and expressive, now gaining some musty qualities. Amazing beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Raf.

Appearance: Burnished copper with a low level of carbonation. Bright and clear body, little head formation, only a thin collar.

Smell: Herbal, minty aroma aroma, quite sour and cidery. Eucalyptus, forest floor, damp hay. Makes me think of what Blauw may have been like when it was young.

Taste/mouthfeel: Bright acidic sourness with flavors lime, mint, herbs. Tannic wood and mushrooms. Mild carbonation, this clearly needs more time in the bottle, but it's still delicious. This will be phenomenal with some age on it.

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