Oude Gueuze
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Belgian Gueuze
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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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Photo of NeroFiddled
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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Photo of Apellonious
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.

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Photo of grover37
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
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.

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Photo of Buck89
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.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
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.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
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.

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
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.

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Photo of janubio
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.

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Photo of mothman
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 hues 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

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Photo of Vidblain
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
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.

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Photo of snowmageddon
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
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.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
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.

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Photo of moose1980
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.

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Photo of DavidST
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

I feel like something is wrong with the bottle I got after reading these reviews. The bottle I have is mostly flat, the taste is complex, and a nice balance between sweet and sour but the beer is extremely hurt by being mostly flat.

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

75cl bottle. Nice white head that stays till the last sip (wich is rare for a gueuze); taste morphs quite a bit with the temperatures: very sour and earthy when fresh and more citrusy, fruity and rounded when gets warmer wich let me think about a Cantillon gueuze at the beginning and more about a 3'fonteinen gueuze at higher temperatures. Good stuff

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

February 27, 2017

375 ml bottle, Belgian glass

A – Deep orange, nearing amber, hazy, with a thick, uniform white foam head. Long retention on the foam, takes several minutes to settle.

S – Bottled in green glass, so there’s a bit of skunk aroma on the initial pour that dissipates quickly. Intense fruitiness leads the nose, apples and pears. A hint of sour plum. Earthy funk brings up the back, along with a hint of graham cracker, banana, and bubble gum.

T – Sweet apples, cherries, lemon juice, and pear. The funkiness gives an impression of tartness, though that passes quickly. A bit of banana and bubble gum on the second wave.

M – Extremely high carbonation, almost like drinking pure sudsy foam at first. Less so as it settles. Also very dry, in keeping with the high carbonation, almost no lingering aftertaste or sensation on the finish. Lightly sweet, just a touch of bitterness. Very similar to a dry champagne.

O – A very good gueuze with huge carbonation and complex flavor profile, well done.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Very pretty beer, orange body, clear, with lots of carbonation, persistent thin white head and lots of lacing.

S - Strong nose of wood and acid. Oak. Funky.

T - Strong oak, solid fruit note of lemon, a bit of plain, unsweetened yogurt, and a definite sour trail.

M - Brisk. A trailing residual coating on the tongue.

O - One of the cleanest, most pleasant Gueuzes I've had.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can't find a bottled on date, however the bottle states that "each bottle matured for at least three years". Poured into a Turku glass. Pours a bright radiant deep gold to Amber color with a lively and persistent head atop plenty of haze. Smell is of tart fruity aroma, apple and pear-esque, with a touch of funky character as well. Taste is much more pronounced with the funk, but is mostly the same as the smell. Tart and bright, some oak/tannins, and decent amount of funky wild yeast, and all of it comes together in the swallow and the finish and hits the nail on the head for what I expect from a great gueuze!

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Photo of breadwinner
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Really flabby carb keeps this from higher score, weighing down the beer, making it feel muddled. There's some citrus notes here and there, a light bit of musty funk. Overall, though, this just isn't an upper tier geuze, and the lacking carb amplifies that.

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

A 375ml corked and caged bottle with a notched bottled on dating of November 2015, poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden colour with an almost two finger white head that dissipated quickly to a thin layer while leaving no lacing.

Aroma: Sour, tart, funky and oaky with hints of apple and lemon.

Taste: Sour and tart to start followed by lemon, pear and sour apple fruitiness. The finish has some light funk, a touch of vinegar and nice oakiness.

Mouthfeel: Dry, acidic, medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: One of the more sour Gueuze’s out there, but still very nice and enjoyable.

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1372 ratings