Oude Gueuze
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #13
ABV:
6%
Score:
94
Ranked #915
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 9.79%
Reviews:
529
Ratings:
1,382
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
94
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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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Troyone from California

3.45/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear apple juice color with an orange hue. Minimal head that dissipated to a thin layer thicker on the sides and no lacing with some carb action.

The smell is a harsh wet straw and sour malt with a hint of vinegar and cheese.

The taste is like vinegar I wish I had fried some fish.

A full bodied, syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, and a harsh astringent finish.

This beer is a required taste and not my type of Geuze. The Boone type was OK and New Belgiums La... whatever was great.

Jun 26, 2005
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brianmandell from California

3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle recently stocked by the local bottle shop. Pours a hazy golden-amber. No lacing.

Aroma is earthy funk and grass with bright lemon character and vinegar.

Taste is candied lemon up front (like a lemonhead) with some lemon rind and other fruits including apple and grape. There is a funky base of earth, grass and oak but not as much as the smell would suggest. There is also a slightly metallic aftertaste. Very sour - the Hanssens seems to contain a higher amount of acetic acid than Cantillon or 3F Gueuze. It has a very vinegary taste and sensation I can feel in the back of my throat. I felt the same way about the Hanssens Oude Kriek; however, the gueuze is more drinkable than the kriek. There is a cloying sweetness, which in combination with the vinegar and the moderate, prickly carbonation made for a beer that is less drinkable than I was hoping. I love gueuze and this is not a bad beer for your gueuze fix. However, both 3F and Cantillon are much better.

Mar 29, 2014
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 Bottle Purchased from C’est La Vin in Madison for only $4.00! Too bad it was the last one. No vintage that I can find.

Cork pops aggressively giving off the distinct stench of battery acid, rotten lemons, and perhaps a little vinegar.

Biting immediately and throughout each stage of the tasting process. Tastes exceptionally tart, rotten, like moldy grapes, wormy apples, and British cheese. As the beer warms it begins tasting a bit like moldy grains that have been sitting in the loft of an abandoned barn getting pissed on by raccoons and shat on by morning doves for a few decades. Boy is this brilliant!

Mouthfeel is over the top sourness and tartness. Drying in the extreme and oh so drinkable, especially after the initial battery acid aromas die away.

An experience in a bottle and much more about how it makes your mouth and nose feel then its particular taste or aroma. To drink a gueze like this is to remind oneself to fill their life with vitality and ardor.

Mar 30, 2006
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superspak from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, pepper, musty funk, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, pepper, musty funk, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, pepper, musty funk, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding gueuze style! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Nov 23, 2014
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womencantsail from California

4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The usual cloudy, sparkling, yellow-gold liquid with a bit of white foam on top that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: You can tell this one is going to be great just from the nose. Tart lemon and lactic acid, along with a nice musty and earthy quality.

T: This one starts off with a tongue buckling sourness to it. Wonderful lemon and green apple flavors, in terms of the fruit. There is a slight bit of oak and a dry funkiness.

M: Very effervescent and medium in body with that wonderful dryness.

D: There's only so much of this stuff you can drink before it burns a hole in your stomach, but even then, I'd probably keep drinking it. One of the better Gueuzes I've had, and at the price, you can't beat it.

Jan 14, 2010
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks, Kevin. This is one that I've eyed up numerous times, but for some reason never walked out of the store with it. Golden, yellow body, very nice for a gueuze with a solidifying chill haze that cascades throughout. The foamy white head looks as though it might hang around for a while before it quickly scatters and reduces to almost nothing, leaving no lacing behind.

Wow, the aroma has exceedingly generous amounts of farmhouse funk. Sweat socks, wet wood, muddled and musty barnyard floors, wet hay... it's all there, side by side with a super acidic and tart green apple skin and lemon rind fruitiness that kicks the tartness up just a notch. When a beer smells this sour, you can only imaging how it's going to taste.

Wonderful balance of funk and tartness with each and every sip; lots of tart, unripe apples and lemon juice, very puckering and tickling the senses in nearly every way possible. The sourness has a mild lactic quality; not much vinegar, but certainly a little acidic. A few sips into this one and I'm kicking myself for not having purchased this sooner.

The funk, while not *quite* as huge as in the aroma, is still very much present on the palate. Musty and wet oak board, funky bales of hay, and a multitude of other barnyard-like flavors will have their way with the palate before the bottle is gone. A nice, biting acidic finishes things off and leaves your palate with the unabashed dryness that's expected from gueuze. Crisp and thin body with a sharp, heavily carbonated mouth feel.

Color me impressed... While I do not believe this is a world-beater level gueuze (which, in all fairness, is one of the hardest leaderboards to climb), it's still pretty damn good, and it's even more appealing due to its (relatively) reasonable price-point and superb availability. Sometime to tide over your gueuze yearning after you drink your last Cantillon... don't pass this one up like I did.

Sep 22, 2013
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thierrynantes from France

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

Beer bottle (37,5 cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance: amber-golden color (sur lie), with white foamy head.
Smell: sour and woody aromas despite discreetly fruity and malty.
Taste and mouthfeel : well balanced between acidity and fruit, a certain roundness. Woody and fruity (kiwi, rhubarb) aftertaste, wide and lasting.
Drinkalibity: a must beer in the Belgian Gueuze traditional style. To drink at cellar temperature.
Drinking this beer, it really feels to be on the farm :-)

Oct 04, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy and cloudy bright golden yellow with a ton of carbonation riddled throughout it. Very nice three finger high head of white foam appeared over the top and stayed around for a good few minutes before settling down to a one finger high pillow that lasted throughout the entire session. Very nice thick side glass lace throughout the entire session and there was a good little bit of sedimentation present on the bottom of the glass. Very nice look and I was morethen excited to dive into this one.

The aroma was strong, pungent and very sour. Ahh the lovely aroma of Brett in full force here. Pungent aromas of grapes just all over this one. A nice fruity vibe as it warms, with hints of peaches, and apples, light fruit in general were all lying deep underneath, however the real story was the gorgeous amounts of sour notes that were all over this one. Really quite beautiful. The flavor followed along perfectly. With a light airy body, this was an ideal beer for the evening.

Aug 06, 2011
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kevanb from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, dated April, 2015, poured into a Hanssens Gueuze-Kriek tumbler glass.

The beer pours a hazy apricot and copper color, hazy and cloudy with a big, foamy, white head, solid retention but no lace. The aroma is great, loads of funk, straw, dead leaves but with some citrus peel, tropical fruit, soft pitted stone fruits, peppercorn and a bit of musty oak. The flavors are very nice, pleasant tart citrus, light grassy and earthy hoppiness, strong funky horseblanket, light stone fruits, musty oak, peppercorn, lingering wheat character, great balance and nice brightness that compliments the delicate nature of this beer. The mouthfeel is great, really lively, crisp, smooth, coating, medium body, lightly puckering bite at the finish.

Verdict: A wonderful gueuze from Hanssens, bright, delicate, balanced, funky, crisp. It has it all going on, definitely a top tier gueuze, and one that is so readily available. While I find their fruited sours to be incredibly biting and overly sour, this gueuze hits the sweet spot, more tart than sour and with tremendous funk.

Feb 10, 2016
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LoRezDave from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Oude Gueuze my oude friend.

I picked up a 750ml of this from Sam's in Chicago. I really had to wrench the cork out of this baby but once it relented it produced a healthy FOP!

A medium pour gives an immediate big three-fingers head that's rather delecate but only dissipates down to a 1/2 finger. The beer is a crystal clear golden brew with tiny pin-prick champagne bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass for the duration.

The first whiff is a distinctly lambic/gueuze funk with some sour on the backend. Horse blanket.

Upfront the taste begins very tart and sour, with some healthy funk in the middle, ending with some less prominent, but still present, sweet-tart green apple.

The mouthfeel is fuller than I would have expected - but with plenty of bite. I'm guessing that's lactic acid from the younger of the lambics in this blend.

I accidentally paired it with curry chicken and it was a very pleasant surprise (by "accidentally" I mean I popped it open and 10 minutes later my wife says "ready for curry chicken!?"). They both have distinct and strong flavors but didn't fight at all in fact they seemed to keep each other at bay.

Dec 12, 2008
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional brew to say the least, big earthy and herbal flavours jump out on to the palate first ... then quickly to the tartness. A nuttiness from middle to end keeps you thinking.

Fruity and tart with a complex dryness, throughly enjoyed this brew with a cheese and bread snack in Brugge.

Oct 21, 2001
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Dave_Carlson from New York

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

This was my first first ever gueuze, so please take my rating with a hefty grain of salt.

The immediate impression I got from the nose was a combination of musty funk and sour acidity. The taste followed that, but it was incredibly complex and changed dramatically as I let it sit in my mouth (and also as it warmed up). There is a slightly intense, but not unpleasant, taste of vinegar on the back end. Wow, what an amazing sensory experience!

Overall, I greatly enjoyed drinking this, and I really want to get my hands on some other gueuzes now.

Oct 18, 2016
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putnam from Michigan

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a Maredsous glass. Ice cold.
Barely fizzy. Golden, sunlit peach color.
Concrete and new steel aromas combine with dried leaves, snow, juniper, currants and green tobacco.
There is an industrious, disciplined display of flavor, attacking with notes of Meyer lemon concentrate and pot-purri-like fresh herbs. Brazilian rubber, fermented apples and mace occur within the expansive mid-palate. Very sour. Raw, as nature intended it. Bred for greatness.
Now my sinuses are clear. I wonder how the Horseradish eaters among us might like this great beer?

Nov 07, 2002
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Artisanaal, sinds 1896, Oud Gueuze Lambic (each bottle matured for over three years) Ale, product of Belgium. Brewed and bottled in Dworp, Begium.

I woke up this morning with a craving for the funk. I had to have something lambic-y, something sour, something gueuze-y. Haven't had this one in a little bit, so away we go, with Hanssens.

Straw yellow color, hazed, under a slim, white head.

Aroma: it's all there, the barnyard, the horseblanket, the urine-soaked hay. All that delightful sensory assemblage in the nose. Ahhh….sour, lactic, and weird.

Tasting it…ooo, pucker, pucker, ow, sour, sour, lemon, and piss and vinegar, mmm, mmm. This is lambic in it's rawest, no fruit, no barrels, nothing, straight-up and undiluted, wild, weird, and utterly refreshing. Sour as heck, and with just a tingle of bitterness. Malt is there to do it's job, it's the yeast that drives the amazingly uncommon flavor of this thing. It's an experience above all, not for the week, not for the timid, not for the mild or unadventurous. Strap in tight for this one.

This one grips the tongue and palate, grabs hold, delivers what is an unusual deliciousness, a long, and quite refreshing finish, and a flavor experience not found anywhere else in the world of beer.

Oct 11, 2011
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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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LAp from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. The nose is intense sour funk, with notes of cider and champagne. Pours a hazy yellow-tan, with a thin quarter-finger white head that rapidly recedes. The palate is clean sour, with cidered apples and pears coming through prominently alongside a distinctly vinegar note. Notes of white wine and champagne. Mouthfeel is light, and suits the beer itself well. Overall, it's hard for me to pass judgement as this is my first foray in the style, but this is, hands down, a delicious beer.

Apr 23, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled October 2012

A: Pours a very slightly hazy medium to dark golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and just a touch of orange highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy but slightly fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a mottled extremely thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong sour aromas with some barnyard funkiness and just a touch of yeast.

T: Moderate amounts of sourness upfront with some light to moderate flavors of vinegar, white wine, white grapes, apple, lemon/citrus, and oak. There is also a light presence of yeast + funkiness in the taste and relatively little bitterness.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and viscous with some light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness in the finish.

O: There is a decent amount of complexity to the smell and the taste of this beer that only increases as the beer warms up. This beer is not too sour for the style so is pretty approachable even for folks new to the style. Just enough funkiness to keep it interesting. Relatively easy to drink, especially for the style.

Feb 22, 2013
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FranklinPCombs from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12.7oz corked bottle. Appearance is pretty average, nothing special (I find it's very uncommon that a beer's appearance stands out from the pack anyway) with a slight chill haze and plenty of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass. Color is darkish straw, and head rapidly retreats to a small ring. The smell is full of the wonderful puckering tartness that makes this style just so wonderfully wonderful, and is balanced with a nice mustardy spicey malt. The taste of this just what the smell would lend me to expect. Full of lip-cringing tartness that rides all the way along the roof of your mouth, tingling your senses and revealing levels of that dry white wine essence, with fruits and esthers and other unknown flavors. This beer remains very mysterious to me, although I have to admit, I really just want to drink more of it. Mouthfeel is dry, well carbonated and drinkable. What else can I say? I just want to stop writing this review and drink some more of this

May 02, 2007
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a recent trip to dirty Jersey. Been impressed with the Hanssens line thus far, let's see what's what. Into da snifta.

A small howl when the cork was extracted, Oude Gueuze looks like art in a glass with a deep orange hue with bright shiny gold patches, honeyish heaven. Small bubbles form on the side of the glass not up top, different I say.

This is one of the bolder scents from the style that I've had recently, it's not hard to pick up that barnyard musk and that oak from the barrels. Dripping lemon juice. The smell is authentic Belgian gueuze no doubt about it.

WOW, this is up there flavor wise. OG is tart going into a fruity taste with a melange of tropic fruits but none distinguishable. A bunch of wood from the barrel and a lot of tart, semi funky taste from the open air fermentation. A whole lot of lemon here. It's really difficult to describe what I'm drinking here, it's just unique ass beer.

A light bodied puckering, hella dry beer that finishes dry as the desert. My tounge began to lose all moisture a few ounces in. This is pretty well soured, Not eye popping sour, but close enough. Some swishing in the mouth really opens up some more flavor and acidic vibes. Very well carbed although you would not tell that from looking at this very still beer.

Im glad I opted for the small bottle cause a whole bottle of this would of literally killed me, or seriously F'ed up my inside linings. I can drink some types of sours all day, but I seem to take it easy with Gueuze's, this particular one started eating away at my insides with just a few ounces. That means it's doing it's job. This beer rocks, it's just not meant for a large amount for a man of my stature. Im popping some tums before bed tonight.

May 10, 2010
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mattfancett from England

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

Aug 28, 2014
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schopenhauerale from Arizona

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

Feb 28, 2018
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schmidtmattsays from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Jul 29, 2014
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berdman92 from Missouri

4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aug 25, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time I ever try a gueuze. Pourred a light beige/brown brew with a nice head. I can already smell the sourness coming out of my glass. Taste is very sour with a light sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is very subtle with a medium body. Very different from what I had experienced before but still very enjoyable.

Dec 27, 2003
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright, clear gold. Head is bright-white and small. Solid carbonation pulls after a rather lackluster pour. Pours flat and heavy for the style. Thin vestiges of lacing are the only thing left on the top of the beer.

Smell: Lemon, both zest and fruit. Touch of citric bitterness. Big nose of oak with a slightly floral component. Hints of barnyard, hay, and earth. Yeasty. Complex, but lacks some of the deeper sour notes I would have expected. The lemon/citrus is incredible however. A nice balance coupled with oak makes this unique. Apples, sour apples!

Taste: Wood and earth jump out. Faintly spicy, but pulls to lemon in the long run. Moderate citric bite lends itself well to the the flavor compliment. A touch of musty basement, as in a touch of minerals and moist air. Big apple characteristic as well. Liquefied granny smith apples with some funk thrown in to tamp down on the fruit.

Mouthfeel: This seems to a trend with my Hanssens experiences. Incredibly dry, tart, and woefully undercarbonated. Silky smooth mouthfeel is a setback and really stops the beer from shining.

Overall: Despite the unique flavor and aroma, the mouthfeel really detracts from the beer. A lot of liveliness is lost in the long run, and really makes drinking the beer less enjoyable. Still, it's a solid take on the style and definitely worth trying.

Sep 26, 2011
Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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