Oude Gueuze
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #13
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4.29 | pDev: 9.79%
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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Notes: This is the result of blending different lambics of different ages. The second fermentation takes place inside the bottles and therefore they are stored for minimum six months in constant temperature kept cellars.
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: April 2016

L: Pours a deep gold with light to light-medium haze. A slightly aggressive pour produces a white 2 finger head with some slight retention. After about 2 minutes the head has faded to a 3 mm ring around the circumference of the glass while the middle of the glass has a thin splotchy sheet of bubbles.

S: Lots of lemons, a hint of green apple, acetic acid, and some earthy and woody funk.

T: I get lemons riding throughout the whole palate with the barnyard funk coming in mid palate and riding to the back end. The back end is the aforementioned lemons and funk but accented by some green apple, oak, and a hint of earth. The finish is pleasantly tart.

F: Light to light-medium body with medium-light carbonation. The mouthfeel is prickly with a bit of dryness on the finish.

O: Complex and well balanced between the fruit and funk with a bit of oak to tie it all together. One of the better gueuzes I have had the opportunity to try. If Iambics are your thing this is highly recommended.

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KRug from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blend of 2016, 2017, and 2018 lambics, so this was likely blended in 2019

New year, new beer! I'm very excited to try my first Gueuze, and planned to open it for New Year's Day 2021 (more like New Year's Night at this point). Let's just jump straight into this

Pours a cloudy orange gold with just a thin white cap that quickly fades to a ring and leaves no lacing, the carbonation is very visible

A lot of fruit and funk dancing around in the nose. I get notes of apricot, underripe peach, lemon, horse blanket, sharp oak, sweet malt, and a small touch of tobacco, oddly enough for a beer like this

The flavor evolves quite a bit throughout the sip here. What starts off smooth and balanced in sweet and sour, turns into a funky dry tartness. It starts with notes of lemon, white grape, crisp but full malt, and buttery oak that reminds me of chardonnay. The swallow brings notes of sharp oak, leather, tart and funky apricot, apple skin, vinegar, and a light floral character

A light body pairs with moderate carbonation for a very refreshing drinking experience. It feels light than the abv, but finishes a touch too sticky

This was a damn good beer, and I'm happy to have tried the style! I know there's better ones out there, and I'd love to have more. Happy New Year's BA, cheers to a better 2021!

Jan 02, 2021
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Crystal clear amber color, massive four finger but quickly dissipating white head, no lacing to speak of, good carbonation.

S: Fruity, sour.

T: Fruity, lemony, sour, quite smooth, very dry.

F: Medium bodied, nicely flavored, smooth.

O: Nice sour.

Jan 01, 2021
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.67/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£4.99):
Sort of orange amber & cloudy with a 1cm, foamy white head that settles at a thin circumference lacing with a single patch in the middle. Sour with tart & fruity esters upfront but it's not as overpowering as some, I got a little orange & peach with a subtle acidity with apple & a white wine aroma towards the middle but it has a nice balance with some lemon & yeast at the end. It's more tarty with the taste, a lot of grapes & vinegar acidity with some funky flavours, lemon & strong floral flavours. It's yeasty & sharp with a sour, tangy finish. It's strongly carbonated & crisp with a light medium body that looses some of the initial balance as things go on.

Nov 08, 2020
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howardnss from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong Carbonation and sour predominant taste. Lemon notes. Not as fruity as Krieg lambics I’ve had. Very nice beer though. Bottled 04/2016. Opened 8/2020.

Aug 23, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden wheat with slight fizzy head, a loose ring persists

Sour oak, citrus yeast, lemon and orange peel, apricot, faint whiskey.

Tart, light-medium body, drying, leaves a nice oak fullness

Very good, even better with some age, this was about 2 years after bottling. Worth a try if you like sours

Jun 17, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL Bottle. ABV 6%.
Appearance: veiled peachy orange, soft carbonation, no head, simple but inviting.
Aroma: sour fruit, barnyard funk (straw, grass), lime, Apple, vinegar, slight sweet stone fruit,
Mouthfeel: medium body, low-moderate carbonation, mouth coating, puckering,
Flavour: lime, stone fruit, barnyard funk, very well balanced
Overall: outstanding Gueuze all around! This is just simply well done.

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Apr 13, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Artisanaal bvba "Oude Gueuze"
750 ml green glass bottle, corked & caged; bottled in November 2015
$13.39 on clearance @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Removing the cork I got a whiff of that funky, vinegary beauty. How can something that would normally smell really bad be so good? It's poured a hazy golden orange body beneath a short cap of bright white foam. I'm surprised that the head is holding up so well because they normally just drop away to nothing in sour beers. It's on its way out though. Back to the aroma, it's musty, sweaty, acetic, oaky, horsey, earthy, and fruity with sharp apple, dried apricot, pear, white grape, and lemon juice. It's pretty impressive, although if you've never tasted a gueuze before you might turn your nose up at it. On to the flavor... well I hate to tell you, but it's pretty much exactly as the aroma suggests it will be. Beyond some doughy malt it's a little leathery, softly peppery (black pepper), and there's some wet straw to it, but I'm not really finding more beyond that. As you might expect there's really no bitterness to it but it still finishes quite dry, with a bit of earthiness, crushed granite, and pepper lingering. In the mouth it's a touch astringent, and light-medium in body with a gently caress of very fine-bubbled carbonation which is all that's needed along with the pinch from the acidity. It's been a long time since I've had another gueuze of this caliber so it's hard for me to say where it might fit into the world of gueuze but it's pretty damned good.
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Oct 01, 2019
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Apellonious from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz bottle from November 2016. Poured into a tulip glass, a hazy orange with little to no head after the initial bubbling wears off. Aroma is tart and sour, with pear and apple notes. The flavor is right in line. Oak. Carbonation is slightly above medium. First I have had of the style, so I don’t have much to judge it against. Seems pretty good if you like sour , pear/ apples.

Oct 01, 2019
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.29/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 at home with Lisa, bottled Dec 2013.

Huge green apple off the bat on the nose. Big acetic acid vinegar in the nose and taste as well. Really bad. It opens up a bit, but you can't get around the vinegar.

I have another bottle, hope this was one bad bottle. Really bad.

Aug 17, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale golden amber coloration with a medium, fluffy, quickly dissipating head and visible carbonation. Smells of doughy malt, tart white grape and apricot, blue cheese funk, hay and yeast esters of green apple/pear and peppery spice. Taste is a great balance of light doughy malt, strong, tart and zesty, fruit notes of apricot, white grape and lime peel, as well as more estery fruit notes of green apple/pear and a medium, slightly musty, blue cheese funk presence, with just a hint of hay, peppery spice and oak as well. Finishes with a medium tartness and acidity and some fruity notes, funk and oak lingering in the aftertaste. Effervescent mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

An excellent, complex and well-balanced Geuze that's up there with the greats in my opinion. Very enjoyable indeed.

Jul 18, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle, unknown date. A hazy golden color with a large white head. Great retention and lacing. Aromas of hay, grass, dough, and funk. The taste followed closely with a pleasant tartness. Lots of funky flavor along with grassy and lemony notes. Very dry and clean on the finish. Overall a fantastic Gueuze that belongs in the highly rated category.

Apr 12, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second fermentation creates a massive head. Brilliant golden color and an intense flavor that is fairly relentless. Had this beer in early 2019. It had been aged since 2013.

Feb 08, 2019
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a very nice three and a half fingered head, very lively Champaign-y and thick. The straw gold color of the beer is very nice as well.
S- Tart brett and fresh fruits such as grape and, apple. Crisp almost earthy and oaky sweet aroma and hop, with a slightly grassy and a bit malty result. Extremely fresh and well fleshed out aroma.
T- Fresh, fresh fruit especially apple, sour brett traits, earthy oak and grassy notes combined at first. The lambic yeast is very present and although it makes for a very tart beer it isn't off putting in any way. It's handled wonderfully.
F- Dry, crisp and pleasant.
O- A near perfect beer that was a pure pleasure to enjoy. Absolutely delicious, tart and fresh. I'm not a huge lambic fan, but when they're done right I always enjoy. Once again, this is a near perfect lambic beer that's crafted exceptionally well. One of the best I've ever had.

Oct 19, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cork'n'cage bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with thick foamy white head. Falls fast... great lacing.

S: Tart and funky... green fruit, oak, and apple.

T/F: Tartness up front with green apple and unripened fruits. Some sweetness creeps in mid swig... vinegar, oak/wood, grape must, and funk. Complex and layered. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation. The finish is sticky, tart, and fruity.

O: An outstanding Gueuze. Great flavor and complexity... tart and interesting.

Oct 10, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle, under US$10 bought at Liquor Shed.

Pours a hazy honey colour, big head of foam than aboot half an inch that maintains itself. Yes, thar be lacing.

Green apple and vinegar sour smells waft up to my nose buds. Kinda oaky/woody, gots to have me a taste or 3.

Wow. Sour apples, not over the top sour vinegar, oak leans towards a woody character. Sour level, to me, would be around 3 out of 5. That's part of what enthralls me aboot this Gueuze.

Medium body with medium light carbonation.

I, quite frankly, find this a world class example of the style. Love for Hanssens just grew exponentially.

Jul 16, 2018
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janubio from Spain

4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a flute glass. Pours a golden colour with a big head, long retention and it keeps a layer on the surface all the time.Compact lacing.
Funky and tart aroma, bretts are there, of course, barnyard, vinegar, green aplples, grapes, wood.
Mediumto full body, creamy texture. Exceptional carbonation, tiny bubbles coming up all the time. Long, dry, sour finish.
Taste iss our, a bit salty, apples, fruits, vinegar, wood.

Jul 05, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

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

2010 bottle consumed 5/2018

Golden orange color. White head. Active carbonation.

This reminds me a lot of 3f OG. A lot of stone fruit, funk, oak, white wine and grape notes, tannins. Dry and champagne notes with a bit of minerality. Very smooth and complex. Absolutely stunning bottle.
11/2016 bottle consumed 4/19
Nice pop. White head. Burnt orange golden color.

Sour and acidic like a lot of hanssens. Lemon and green apples. Some oak. Very minimal funk showing at this point. Lots of sour notes. Very different from the 2010 vintage. There is a bit of melon if you look past the sour. 4.1
BB 07/08/2030 Lot G. consumed 3/19
More sour than the other 2010 I had. A bit citrusy, acidic. Great funk. Oaky. Nice mineral notes. Very complex. Wish it had more stone fruit, however. 4.35
Nov 14 bottle consumed 4/19
Tons of cheesy funk, stone fruit, minerals, a great balance of fresh and old. Nutty, but citrusy. Very drinkable. Another winner. 4.6
Bb 07/08/2024 consumed 6/19
Nice pop. White head. Darker orange hued gold color.

Lots of funk and blue cheese. Lemon citrus. Stonefruit. Sour with a bit of tart. Complex. Wet oak. Mineral notes are subdue. Light apples. Originally I thought it had a sherry flavor with light oxidation but as it opened up it became magical. Wow! 4.65
April 2016 bottling, consumed 5/2020.

Nice pop. Large white head that fades to a nice collar. Lots of active carbonation. Clear burnt golden color.

Citrus with some stone fruit. Grapefruit and green apples. Cobweb and wet basement. I am getting a big 3F vibe from this bottle. Mineral notes, lightly sour, citrusy, fruity, oaky. As it warms, it gets a little nutty. Wow. Much better than the 11/16 version. 4.6
2008 bottle consumed 8/20. Very faint pop. White head. Active carb in the glass. Clear golden orange color. Nose is nutty, manure, citrus, and white pepper. Taste is a bit more citrusy/acidic, but very tasty. Peppery. Lemon citrus. Nutty. Some cheese funk. Very enjoyable, wish it was a tad less citrus/acidic. 4.65
07/08/2004 bottle. Consumed 8/20.
Less acidic than the 2008. Very nutty. Stone fruit and light citrus. Light oak. Very bright. Pretty funky. Mushroomy. Another winner. 4.75

May 27, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Oude Gueuze pours a lovely light orange with a half a finger of light white head. It smells fantastic - plenty of funk in the nose, lots of sour and tart. Plenty of yeast and a little bit of sediment in that pour - some light red flecks.

The taste is tremendously sour and tart. When the yeast settles out a bit, the mouth feel is quite light and refreshing, minus the chalky grit of the yeast. As the beer warms and loses a bit of carbonation (strongly carbonated immediately after opening), the beer takes on a bit more of a funky character, with the slightest hint of sweetness. Tart and sour presences still quite notable.

A very fine gueuze. I like that quite a lot.

Feb 16, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a NB globe glass to a slightly hazed golden orange topped by a minuscule white head which quickly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of sourness, some funky oak, and a little white wine note
T: Taste is a nice bright sourness up front with some slight fruity white grape notes, good bit of funk and chalkyness along with a touch of oak. Swallow is more sourness, some funky oak and some lingering white grape
M: The beer has a medium feel on the mouth that is a little oily. Carbonation is effervescent and slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really good beer with some nice flavors and interesting complexity. Definitely a solid representative for the style. Worth a try.

Oct 16, 2017
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snowmageddon from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A highly carbonated, orange-red tone
S grass, lemon, wet wood, bark
T light and effervescent up front, with a big puckering sour burst and a huge malt presence on the back end
M soft, not prickly
O great beer. Upper tier gueuze for a reason. Love the contrast between the staid but noticeable malt backbone and the irreverent sourness.

Aug 04, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml corked and caged bottle poured into pint glass.

A: crystal clear gold light amber body. Chunky white head that dissolves quickly.

S: Lots of wine smell, oak barrel, lots of crushed grapes and slight vinegar with a little apple skin.

T: light tartness big carbonation nice grape wine taste with some of the oak coming through and a little mustiness.

M: Carbonation is big otherwise it's crisp clean and dry.

O: this beer is amazing, not as blindingly sour as their Kreik or Raspberry. Really an enjoyable gueuze.

Jul 21, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A: Super funky, with lots of barnyard notes, slightly floral with faint barrel and an intense sourness.

A: Deep orange color, with a rocky uneven head that quickly forms a film across the glass.

T: Floral with a light toasted cracker like wheat flavor with lots of brett barnyard funk, light oak and an intense sourness that lasts with a super dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderately light carbonation.

O: Excellent; the beer is very complex with lots of funkiness and a well-balanced malt and intense sourness. However, the bottle I had was slightly flat due to the cork being dry. Hanssens corks have a history of drying out and unlike other beers, should be stored on its side.

Jun 13, 2017
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's got an additional year on it from my cellar. Pours a deeper color than expected, like a copper penny. Nose is quite mild for the style...very light in the funk, even as it warms. Some citrus on the nose as well. Taste is pleasantly sour, not an enamel burner, and has a straightforward fruitiness. Simple, but very drinkable and enjoyable. Overall, enjoyable but not a top gueuze.

May 18, 2017
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moose1980 from Germany

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a thousand times better than their fruited Lambics, with much better carbonation. Clear, straw-golden color with a thin, white head. Smells of wet hay, oak, slight vinegar (nothing compared to the others), nutty, and the general barnyard/horse stable aromas that are expected for the style. Some slight sulfur as it warms. Taste may be best described as brined hay. Mouthfeel is not overly puckering, allowing for an easy drinking Gueuze. Overall, from what I've tried, the best Hanssons has to offer.

Mar 29, 2017
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