Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label) | Brouwerij Girardin

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Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label)Girardin Gueuze 1882 (White Label)

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Brouwerij Girardin

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Filtered version.

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 88
Photo of egajdzis
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork Marking: 0705... Explosive bottle poured a dark golden color with a small white head and left spotty lacing on the glass. Light barnyard, lots of oak, dusty malt aroma. Intensive sourness is balanced nicely by the sweetness. A quality gueuze, need to find more of this! Thanks Mads.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey/yellow color lambic with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention. Aroma of sourness, oak, some funkyness and green apples. Taste has some sweetness to balance the sourness and the oak characteristic. Mix between green apples, light acidity and the funkyness is pretty close to perfection. The fact that this version is supposed to be inferior to the unfiltered version make me crave (the black label) even more.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Straw yellow, extremely clear, nice pure white cover of sticky foam. and frankly.... hypocrite appearance since the beer is terrific! Aroma reminds me of blue cheese. It’s horsey and barnyardy like any gueuze that respects itself. A good dose of hay and old books alike mustiness claims its seriousness. The addition of fruity undertones (which I couldn’t name besides the cidery apples), old socks and leather makes it a contender against the big boys. Admirable clean dryness. Just enough acidity. Incredibly soft malt base, rediculously soft carbonation. As lovely as a flower that smells the wet horse can be. Give me some of that black label, will you? Thanks Martin.

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Photo of rastaman
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, after having this, i thought it really couldn't get much better in terms of gueuze lambic. That was until i had the Black Label unfiltered version. This is still world class lambic. All the lambic stinkyness is there, and the acidity, but it falls short in terms of complexity in comparison to the black label. Still bloody good, and i'd take this ale any day of the week. Juicy, earthy, grassy, simply wonderful!!!!

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Photo of BMoldy
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 08/31/11. From notes:

A: Medium gold amber color with a very lively white head that fades quickly leaving a thin layer on top of the liquid. Fantastic clarity. Some good lacing, even on my shitty, unwashed hotel glass.

S: Very funky yeast smell. Definitely some fruits in there, but not sure which. Berries? Some citrus? Boy, I really need to eat more fruit. Some woody… tannins? Bit of a pale malt smell as well. Smells like a gueuze to me.

T: Soft and sweet, with a very dry, almost bitter, finish to it. White grape-like fruitiness. Ripe green apple also comes to mind; especially the skin, but that’s not a bad thing! Sort of a mineral-like flavor too, almost like hard water. Sweetness isn’t cloying or artificial, unlike a mass-produced gueuze.

M: Full, smooth body. Fine, spritzy carbonation that lasts and lasts. Has a fantastic dryness to it, though probably a little too dry

O: So THIS is what a real gueuze (albeit filtered) tastes like! A very “mature” step-up for me in my gueuze education, that’s for sure. Not crazy sour like the Cantillon Bio. Definitely something I see myself breaking out on special occasions. Would definitely work well as a before or after dinner drink… or even during dinner drink, who am I kidding. Can't wait to try the black label to see the difference.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, served in a delirium tremens tulip

Pours with a yellowy, golden body, clear with a fizzy white head, pretty good retention

Smell, nose is instantly full of tart acidic, some barnyard funk, old blankests and a bit of must, some citrus on the nose too

Taste, crisp and dry, grapefruit bitter citrus. Fairly dry on the finish, some crisp carbonation

I didnt try the black, when i went back to bierkoning i forgot to get a bottle which i regret because i'm sure its even better than this filtered white label which is fantastic

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber with a short white head. Clearly this "white label" filtered version is a much clearer and brighter appearing beer.

Nose is all gueuze - funk, grass, green spices, lot of complexies. Mouthfeel is big, bright, tart and full - great balance. Tart but not overly so.

Flavor profile is complex and inviting. Lots of funk, mushroom, green spice, grass, hints of white pepper and celery with an underlying "sweet tone" that doesn't quite approach fruit for me, although as the beer warms there are hints of unripe apricots. All around nice flavor profile that balances all aspects of this beer. I may actually prefer the more "consumer friendly" version of this beer over the black label, unfiltered version.

Finish is bright green spice, sour lemon/lemonade and undertones of funky honey. Nice beer over all and a great flavor profile for food.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled as part of a tasting with fisherman34 and oakbluff. A very welcome addition to the evening's beer travels.

Poured into a snifter. Tons of carbonation, massive head, sexy lacing. Orange and lightly hazey. Complex aromas of funky cheese, lemon, and leather. very cool.

Taste is super puckering with more of that cheesiness. Woody. Super balance in this once, there's a nice maltiness keeping it in check a bit. Carbonation is zippy and it's extremely dry. This is a superb beer, and probably the best example of the style I've had yet. Exquisite.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750 mL bottle with a friend at Warm Water Café in Brussels.

Appearance: Very lightly hazy, with a fluffy off-white head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Sour and acidic, with lemony and grassy notes and a light funkiness.

Taste: Sour, lemony and fruity, with a grassy and funky finish that has a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, moderate-carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: Crisp and sour, but nice.

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Photo of aleigator
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Girardin gueuze white, '14 vintage

Yields a sun-yellow clean color, with a decent, froth head, collapsing to sheets of lacing.

Smells of dried lemon peel, a fair amount of leather and a moldy funkiness. The fruit perishes underneath the profound, green potatoe skin soaked funk, including a note of old sox with a whiff of wet mushrooms, tied together by dusty, earthy malts. Exhibits an exuberant barrel woodyness, directly blending into the profound malt foundation.

Has a higher, bubbly carbonation, providing a soft, mineralic mouthfeel, leading directly to a distinct, funk coated oakiness.

Tastes of wet mushrooms, extremely dusty leather and acidic white citrus peel. Its funkiness is omnipresent, defining the beers taste, together with an intense oak infusion, soaking up wet earth, as well as a white grape skin sweetness. Finishes with a soft minerality, sporting tart citrus peel and a musty oak earthiness, together with a sharp white pepper bite.

A highly moldy and funky Gueuze, uncompromising and unusual in taste, convincing though, once getting ones palate adjusted. Its fruitiness, basically as all other flavors, has an old, dusty characteristic to it, enhancing the beers oaky appearance throughout.

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Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is hazed bright golden orange. Has a white head.

Aroma: Very similar to the black label. Acidic, funky, lemon zest, vinegar, and oak all show.

Taste: A little bit sweet compared to the black label. Sweet, but sour with some funk to it. Lemon zest, acidic flavors, oak, cobweb funk, hay.

Mouthfeel: Fairly clean. It is tart and sour. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, it is a pretty good gueuze. Nice drinkability on this one. Similar to the black label, but it had distinguishable differences. I am glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at the Troll Cellar in Ghent. This is very different from the Black label and well worth dirnking side by side. But the black is a more typical ripping gueze. This is totally different and a big change of pace with low tartness and more bready, cheesey flavors instead of sour fruit. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Giradin's operation is everything one could hope for in a lambic brewery - a small family farm that grows and mills their own wheat, ages their own hops, and grows barley, which up until not too long ago was malted and went into their own brews. The lambic is made in a traditional turbid mash and housed in a koelschip before being poured into oak and chestnut barrels that are sometimes up to 100 years old. The lambic is aged and blended at 12, 18, and 24 months old and allowed to referment in the bottle. The result is a highly traditional lambic with a somewhat pronounced bitterness. Then, for the White Label, at least some of that tradition is cast out for this is a filtered Geuze.

Pours into a basic bar tumble a crystal clear gold that leans toward yellow with a white, airy head. Retention is decent but it eventually settles to a pretty lacing. Aroma is quite bready with plenty of green apple, touches of gym socks, and a lemony finish. Quite crisp and refreshing with moderate tartness and sourness that doesn't nearly reach that of the Black Label. Flavor follows the aroma closely with small amounts of barnyard, apple cider vinegar, and a bit of grapefruit at the end. Quite pleasant and drinkable, though I prefer the intensity of the Black Label.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

This filtered gueuze appears a clear, orange hue with a white, foamy head that has great staying power and leaves an ample amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of sour and funk, though more muted than in a 3F or Cantillon gueuze. The beer is fruity and has a very present sweet flavor to it. This is quite unexpected. The beer is very bright, with a balancing act of sour and sweet. The funky barn flavor is there, but it only has a co-starring role. There is a pleasant sour green apple flavor to this beer. The feel is decent, with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The finish doesn't make me pucker the way I was expecting (and hoping). This is a good offering, and certainly a bit of a departure from the norm.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thankfully, Girardin still brews its own lambics, which are some of the most traditional and highly revered in the hall of lambic fame. The label on the Bottle of their Gueuze offerings will actually state "Girardin Gueuze 1882". It should be noted that there are 2 versions of this Gueuze. The first has a White background label, which means it is filtered (flemish - gefiltered), and this is the commercial version. The second is the Black background label, which means unfiltered (flemish - ongefiltered), this is the real traditional version and the one that should be sought out.

The filtered ‘White-Label’ lacks the refinement and traditional pedigree of its ‘Black-Label’ brother. On paper though, the White-Label is only the filtered version of the Black-Label Girardin Gueuze.

However, in practice, it may not be that simple. Those in the know will tell you two things when discussing this beer. Why is the Filtered version slightly lighter in color than its unfiltered counterpart? And why do Girardin, a traditional lambic brewery, make a Pils? This Pils is very rare, and why is it almost never seen on sale on draft anywhere?? I agree, for all of my travels in Belgium over 8 years, I have only ever seen the Girardin Ulricher Extra Pils on sale in just one outlet (the Oud Pruim in Beersel). The Gueuze skeptics will tell you that the Pils is only made to be blended with the filtered Gueuze, a common practice amongst the more commercial producers of industrial Gueuzes. Who knows for sure, but the pointers are there.

The White-Label, is sharper in taste than the Black-Label. The sharp, pointy grapefruit tastes are stronger, the lemony citrus flavors are diminished and much harder to find. Sour but not in any offensive manner – which is always a bad sign.

A “watered down” version of the Black-Label, in whatever sense, but that said, this Gueuze is quite an accomplished offering and still makes the Gueuze from Timmermans and Belle-Vue look like a sickly sweet baby-food Apple-Juice.

White-Label is a unique Gueuze in the lambic world, a commercial Gueuze from a traditional producer. If you ever get chance to try the White-Label I would do so. But even better, if you can drink it alongside the Black-Label offering - this is *highly* recommended. For you will surely learn a hell of a lot more about traditional Gueuze by doing this, than reading all the Gueuze Beer Reviews on this Site. After all, experience is everything when drinking lambics.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the local liquor shop.
Look: the beer pours a light golden-amber with a white head.
Smell: Soft vinegar, soft tartness, fresh grass and some sweet fruits
Taste: Sour lemon, spicy hops, moderate tartness with some sweet fruits. Floral finish with some bitterness
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied
Overall: The filtration didn’t improve the beer, the refermentation process in the bottle (making the beer more acidic) clearly is missing here. Still a very decent geuze.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I so enjoyed the black label of this I had to get the filtered version to see what the difference is, the short answer, this one is less sour and more sweet, the long answer, see below.

750 ml bottle shared with the other Matt and friends. Beer is clear and yellow. Forms a good head that breaks quickly and has moderate carbonation. Looks good.

The aroma is more lactic than the black. The black had hints of acetic in the aroma, more leathery, this is mostly lactic with a hint of sweetness.

The beer is super bright on the palate, tons of carbonation in the mouth. There is some tartness / sourness to it but its also sweet. In the juxtaposition between the two Girardin beers, that's what stood out the most to me. Its quite good, my wife loved it, a great novelty, but the black wins in my book. I would definitely drink this beer again in the future and I have more of it so I am looking forward to that. A very nice and interesting gueuze but be aware that this one is sweeter than you'll expect. Kind of like a baby faro, not nearly that sweet though.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber. Smells slightly tart and earthy. Tastes tart and earthy, slightly malty. Interesting in a good way. Tastes like a very old recipe and process to get beer.

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Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange colour, fairly dense ring of white head, some lace. Smell is of cheese, quite funky, a bit of blasmaic and wine, quite acidic witha bit of lemon to it as well. Taste is funky with a sour/balsamic flavour, tart apple skins, lemon with a dry acidity, malt flavours with a dry acidity. Medium carbonation, medium bodied. A fairly nice gueuze, the nose is a bit off putting initially but overall it's quite drinkable.

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Photo of ricke
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brassy color, clear liquid. A 3 cm white head settles quickly and leaves minimal lacings.

S: A bigger smell than I had anticipated. Lots of somewhat puckering notes of vinegar, grass, hay and tart apples. Some yeast and funky notes of mold. This is better than expected.

T: A nice mix of semi-sweet and sour flavors. Tart apples, lemon, grass and hay. Light maltiness, wheat crackers. Some vinegar, but not as much as in the smell. A gentle funkiness and notes of barrel in the middle. A dry finish with a decent sourness and grassy bitterness to it with notes of wet hay.

M: Sparkling mouthfeel with a rather light body.

D: Not a bad gueuze. Clean and refreshing, easy to drink. Not as demanding or assertive as some gueuzes, not as sweet as others.

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Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Pino, 750ml into a tulip. 2012 vintage.

Hazy reddish brown, voluminous white head. Great lace and light retention. Nose of old cheese, woody, earthy, malty vinegar and white wine. Taste of tart apple juice, lemons, dark bread, malty and although still cheesy, is less so than the nose. Denser and maltier than I had anticipated, tartness is medium. Cheesier than I would've liked, but still interesting to try.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, B-2010 Cork Date; Sampled June 2010
The beer is suprisingly dark in its amber color (at least for a Gueuze) and is topped by a frothy, initially two finger thick, lightly amber tinged, pale tan colored head. The beer shows quite a chill haze in its rosy-amber depths when held up to the light; the bottle went in to the fridge quite clear, so I know it is a chill haze. The aroma smells of lactic acid and a touch of urea from afar, and a close inspection of the nose yields more of the same plus a nuttiness that seems to be from oxidation. The oxidation also seems to accentuate a faint plum-like note as well as some oxidized apple cider aromatics; it is interesting as this oxidation character is not typical of a Gueuze. A touch of solvent character, perhaps some cheesy hops, an interesting almost cured ham like note that moves toward prosciutto the more I smell this beer. Typical aromas of musty clay, old leather, woody mushrooms and ripe cheese are noticeable underneath the ever-present ham. The aroma is really quite interesting, though not necessarily in a good way, it is quite a departure from what I expect in a "traditional" Gueuze; both the oxidation and the prosciutto were defintiely unexpected.

The flavor is nicely tart with a clean lactic acidity. There is some cider like fruitiness here that accentuates a slight sweetness that I am almost sure is not here from residual sugars. The beer finishes with a oak-derived spiciness, some tannic structure that barely sticks to the teeth as well as some musky, goat like character. A soft mustiness couples with lightly funky notes reminiscent of slight mold, some phenolic soaked cotton balls, touches of sweat dried blankets and perhaps even just a hint of acetic acid spiciness. The carbonation provides quite a prickly texture as well as a peppery carbonic bite. This couples nicely with the lactic & tannic body that enhances what would other wise beer a very light beer; this is still a light and refreshing beer though, as a good Gueuze should be. The lactic sourness brings forth notes of sour-grapefruit, which I always find as a nice addition to a Lambic. There is a certain tea like note here that seems to come from both the aroma and flavor, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

This is not a hard or aggressive Lambic, but neither is the Black Label, the acidity is quite refreshing (though may be a bit challenging for the Lambic initiate), and the funkiness is fairly restrained compared to some. This makes for a "clean" Gueueze that still seems to be chock full of traditional Lambic flavors. An interesting beer, some of the character was quite unexpected (the dark color, the ham in the aroma and the oxidation overall); I would guess this is directly attributable to the filtration and non-bottle conditioning, but am not 100% sure. This is certainly a far cry from the excellence achieved by the Black Label Gueuze, though it is certainly still enjoyable. I am quite happy to finally be drinking this bottle, it is something I have wanted to try for quite some time, but have lacked the necessary motivation to actually try and track down. I will likely never get one of these again, especially if any other decent Gueuze is available.

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again big thanks to biegaman for providing this bottle fresh from Belgium.

Pours a clear orange, brown highlights, thin white head, tons of lacing, settles to a nice layer. Smell is sour and funky, socks/horseblanket, wheat, some fruits, bit of grass, nice. Taste is sour, sugary touch, fruits, grass, some lemon, bread, nice sweet funky finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth. I really dig these Girardins, not as good as the Black Label but still pretty tasty. Thanks again Jan!

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Photo of thepeter
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow much darker than I remember, nice fluffy head that condenses into a dense film, lasts the entire beer and leave a nice lacing.

aroma's of wood and fermented sourish apples, a lot like a top quality oak aged dry cider. Add into the mix some grass and there you go.

Taste - wood, grass, a bit sour apple and a bitter and somewhat artificially sweet aftertaste, not as sour as I like as I like gettin' the mouth sweat's after a gueze. Still pretty damn good.

This beer was really smooth, incredibly for the style, and would be easy to get quite a few down in a night as it is not overly acidic.

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Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fine geuze, long lasting head, easy mouthfeel. Went well with dinner. Light colour. Barnyard aroma. Apple juice, grassiness, eno salt carbonation. Some sour bitterness in finish, but overall balanced with the fruit sugar in a drying aftertaste. Thanks Madsberg, the last of a fine trade.

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