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Oude Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Todd on 10-21-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice head from this one. Smoothly tart aroma, dirty barnyard appears with warming.

This is not as harshly sour as some of the Cantillon lambics I've had. Or perhaps it is the sweetness that balances this beer. Maybe it is age, as there is no date on this beer. Patches of dirt and funk. Carbonation fades quickly, and this is relatively mild in its sourness. This is way too balanced to not be drinkable.

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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks good with a hazy golden straw/amber colored body, with very little head. The smell is fantastic, and from it I'm expecting a very well done beer. Lemon grass and funk mostly, with the perfect amount of belgian bready yeast and a sour finish.

This is a very good beer. The combination of sweetness and sourness all the way through is very well done, and is especially emphatic up front, with lemon rinds and a farmhouse character. Green grapes and a hint of cider in the middle. The alcohol is barely perceptible, and the belgian yeastiness is perfectly blended with the other flavors. A fairly straightforward gueze, but almost perfectly sour with some interesting subtleties.

The mouthfeel is good as well. A medium body, though it is certainly undercarbonated. The drinkability is great.

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Photo of champ103
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in April 2015

A: The cork comes out with a big pop and gun smoke. This pours a beautiful bright orange/yellow color with a towering white head initially. That fades quickly to a ring that sticks throughout.
S: Apple cider like, and sour in the nose. Overripe fruits and lemon rind. A big cheesy funk that they are known for. Even a touch of grassiness and pepper. Absolutely stunning.
T: An intense sourness up front. Apple cider, sour lemon rind, apple peal, orange. After the initial bitting sourness the complex fruit character pops here. Big on the cheesy funk as well. The is fantastic. I would score this higher, but it is so damn intense and sharp that I have to take a little off.
M/O: A light body with beautiful carbonation. Champagne like carbonation, bone dry, and so sharp. Most Hanssens I have had are pretty under carbonated, but this is fantastic. While the intensity of the sourness and funk make this a slow sipper, it is one that I really want to just sit back and enjoy.

This is complex, big and intense. Though in such a refined way. I have not always been a big fan of this particular Gueuze, but I have come around and am absolutely in love with it. Not for the faint of heart, and you have to put some effort into it (hell, it took me a few years to come around and I love the style to begin with), but if you can this is a fantastic example of this old world style.

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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear yellow pour with a nice amount of bubbles. A thin white head rests atop the beer, but doesn’t last a while. The carbonation is good, but the head doesn't foam up like most in the style.

S: Extremely tart and acidic. Funky, sweet cherries, lemon, oak. Just a boatload of flavors attack the nostrils. The smell alone makes your mouth really water.

T: Man the taste smacks you in the mouth. So tart, so sour, the barnyard funk is crazy strong. Cherries provide a nice backbone to balance out the lip-puckering flavor. The mouth waters as every sip comes to completion, providing the mouth added relief from the tartness.

MF: Medium body, which I wasn't expecting. Carbonated well. Extremely dry.

O: This was the first gueuze that really hit me hard. And wow, did I like it. Its amazing how tart it is. Allow the beer to warm a bit to get a dryer, funkier taste that is a bit more balanced than when it's cold.

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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 7/7/12 and again 4/5/16

L: Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy deep bright gold with a fleeting white head and very slight amount of yeast in suspension.

S: Very funky and tart, with powerful barnyardy musty notes. Pretty vinous and acidic, quite dry with some cracker-like bready malt. This isn’t a clean sour beer aroma – this one's chock full of deep funky brett notes with ripe pears and Granny Smith apples.

T: Ciderlike and rounded, quite tart but not overwhelming. Flavors of dry white wine, white vinegar, lemons, some dry toasty oak, with both fruity and funky brettanomyces notes. Dry, pleasantly sour finish with pointed lemon juice acidity. Very deep into the finish there’s the slightest hint of grass.

F: Medium-light body with prickly abundant carbonation that cuts through without being over the top. Perfect for the style.

O: One of the best in the gueuze game.

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4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November 2014. 375 mL bottle into a snifter. Deliciously sour, funky yet subtle, slow sipper. Archetypal example of this style. Now to get a Prilosec.

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4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a wine glass a cool orange, with good heading and a spritzy carbonation. Smells of green apples, lemons, and a bit of funk permeate the nose. Taste is extremely dry, tasting of champaign and tart green apple. Body of this beer is light and highly carbonated. If you're in to sour beers, this Gueuze should be extremely easy to drink. What a beer, perfect for a warm summer day. One bottle is not enough.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear copper with almost no head.

S - Smells earthy, with some musty funk, some hard apple cider and a bit of pepper. Wonderfully varied. Each sniff yields something a little different.

T - Massively tart and crisp up front, followed by a thick mustiness. The earthy component gives a nice deep to the flavor and balances the tartness well. Finished with lingering tartness.

M - Crisp mouthfeel finishes quite dry and clean.

O - Just a great beer overall. Great flavor profile.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden-orange. Gentle white ring. Gueuzes aroma can be smelled from far. Probably the most expressive cheese aromas I’ve experienced. Incredibly funky, horsey, sweaty, leathery, plastic-like even. Cider, basement, cobwebs notes etc. Superb yeast development. Fairly adequate malt base reminds of honey hence it’s not all about sourness. Truly a top echelon gueuze that does everything right and more. One I’d keep a stash of, this and cuvée rené. Dry oaky palate with loads of yeast complexities. Cider like dryness develops toward the acidic funky finish. FUNKY. I love it. Medium to full body, low-medium carbonation. How can you not admire a product that presents all those flavors that would be considered of in basically almost any other style with such gracious eccentricity and agility is something I can’t understand. Underated.

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 1,309 ratings
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