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Oude Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

493 Reviews
Oude GueuzeOude Gueuze

Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-21-2001

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Photo of granger10
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is what a gueuze is? My first. I can say that I liked it but I don't really know if it's my style. Smell is, uh, sourkraut? Tastes a lot like champagne but with more of an earthy, yeasty flavor to it. Very tart and somewhat sour, but it seems like the sour flavor is held back a little and can't quite come out all the way. Finish is super dry. A good beer to have, but only on certain occassions.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL 2009 bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a murky goldenrod color, like a stoneground mustard almost. Maybe half a finger of white head at most.

Unlike my favorite shelf gueuze (Cantillon Classic Gueuze), the nose on Hanssens Oude Gueuze is much less funky. The sheer tartness is the dominant aroma: waves of lemon juice and white vinegar. You can pick up on wheat malt, and some of the oak (but not too much). And there is a bit of funk -- more on the ends of a musty/mildewy basement type aroma; cobwebs and water-stained paper.

The taste follows the nose. This is an incredibly sour beer. Lemon juice and vinegar and fermented citrus and etc. Trace elements of Brett funk are present in the form of sweat and decaying plant life. Astringent oak tannins attack your cheeks, priming them for the burn of the beer's acidity.

It's tasty. Not all that complex, as the Brettanomyces doesn't hold up to the sourness here. But tasty. I'd never turn down a bottle of this gueuze, but I prefer a funkier beer.

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Photo of brendan13
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly hazy orangey golden colour with a few centimetres of white head that falls fairly quickly. Minimal lace is left.
S - Musty & earthy as well as tart green apple note.
T - A lot of mustiness as well as a full on tart apple flavour with a a slight grainy hint.
M - Fairly light bodied, high carbonation. Quite a tart mouthfeel but not too full on.
D - Not something I'd drink heaps of but I'd definately drink this again.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at res ale house.

A- no head upon arrival on top of a on top of a slightly hazy golden yellow orange brew.

S- lots of preserves lemons and funky funky wood. A bit floral with a touch honey like sweetness. Kinda smell like rotten lemon juice but in a good way if you can dig.

T- extremely tart and sour right out of the gate, so much so that your taken aback by it. After the open you get some very funky wet wood and some spoiled vegetation. Lots of lemons juice and just the faintest hint of a honey sweetness from the malts.

M- just about medium in body and completely still. Huge massive ass ripping pucker and almost a sting at the back of the mouth.

O- well its super interesting and wild as all get out but so damn funky and rotty that you lose some of the subtle complexity of the bottled version.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden amber with a large white head that thins out fairly quickly. No lacing.

Very nice grassy aroma. Musty basement, citrus, wet hay, woody, and typical farmy aroma but not so aggressive. Tart with a subtle sweetness in the background

Sour upfront finishing with funk and some sweetness. The sourness is a bit one-dimensional and not quite as dry as I'd like. Still refreshing. The beer might be a bit too young.

Biting but not too highly carbonated. Some bitterness and sweetness sticks around in the finish.

A nice gueuze, but a bit one dimensional and not quite dry and carbonated enough.

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Photo of bballmj2k
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle with no indication of date other than the letter D marked....

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with some clearness. Not completely filtered. Fingers worth of head dissipates quickly but reappears when agitated. Only a couple small streams of carbonation from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Notes of vinegar, tart apples, apple skin (granny smith), a little bit of citrus (orange/grapefruit).

Taste: Wow, thats sour. Still getting used to these things. Definitely tart fruits, apples, maybe some cherry notes. Minimal carbonation, leaves the mouth kind of desiring something.

Mouthfeel - Loud at first and then dissipating at the end, with a smooth/soft aftertaste (probably carbonation related). Gains some body as it warms.

Drinkability - Moderate, due to sourness/acidity. Nice sour, but I think I prefer the Cuvee Rene...

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ML bottle into a flute.

a - Pours a golden color with high carbonation evident. About half an inch of white head.

s - Lots of funk here. Also some tart, apples, pears, and little citrus.

t - Taste has a lot of tart, apples, pears, funk. Little bit like champagne or sparkling white wine with a kick.

m - Medium body with high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - A very enjoyable lambic if you like tart and funk. Feels like champagne almost with a kick. Would try again.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really a beautiful color. Very deep deep golden color. Almost orange. Like a sunset in a glass really...awww.

WOW. That nose is grande. Huge granny smith apples. Very tart tart tart. Get some good funk notes. Nice horsey notes. Also get a nice candied sweetness. Really nice mix between the funk and the candy.

Really nice flavor. Definately get some granny smith apples big time. Not an agressive funk, a kind of nice mellow fruity funk. Very tart yes. Very very tart. Finishes kind of rough. Definately earthy in the finish. But also an interesting something in the finish. Not quite sure what it is. Almost plastic-y. Like I was gnawing on a plastic crate or something. Not quite right I don't think. Maybe that's the enterobacter!! Definately some citrus notes in the finish too. Pungent lemon or grapefruit rind for sure. Really incredibly complex.

Mouthfeel is good, but honestly not dry enough I don't think. It is a touch on the cloying side oddly enough for me. Kind of leaves this slime in my mouth.

Not sure I'll ever be able to give a hardcore gueuze anything higher than a 3 in the drinkability field. Unfortuntely...

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Warm glowing golden yellow with some vicious, lactic looking bubbles.

S: Whew, sour. Burns the nose : ) Almost lends an overly burnt toast smell at the end, maybe I should stop huffing this. I actually can't shake this burnt smell.

T: Interesting sour profile that seems to sit between an AWA and Cantillon gueuze, about 2/3 of the way toward the gueuze. Wasn't quite sure if the burnt flavor infiltrated the taste or not at first but it definitely does, it is however covered right up by the sourness for the most part.

M: Actually leaves nothing - quite remarkable for a style that literally erodes the parts of my body it comes into contact with.

O: The only thing that takes away from this brew is the odd burnt characteristic. Not my favorite Belgian sour by a mile, but it's highly available, ergo high five.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange color with a light white and relatively thing head.

Aroma is full of a lemony sourness that gets your mouth watering before you even take the first sip. A bit of a musty and spice note in the background.

Upfront it greets you with a citrus acidity and sweet juiciness like a glass of fresh orange juice. Not quite as puckering as some, but still plenty of sour to go around. Finishes with a bit of a musty and slightly woody note, especially once you pour the yeast in.

Mouthfeel is crisp but not as dry as some. Overall, an excellent queuze that comes across as a bit more well balanced than many others.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure of the vintage. Hazy, golden-orange pour, with a thin layer of white bubbles for a head, minimal lacing. In the nose, citrus and horseblankety Brett funk. In the taste, sour fruits, grassy funk, horseblanket, toasted grain, Champagne, with a crisp, dry finish. Gueuzey! Light-medium body, prickly carbonation. An enjoyable drink.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmmm, so this is gueuze (and the first real lambic I've had). 375 mL bottle, corked and caged with no freshness date, but it's aged for three years before they even distribute it, so not sure how much it matters. Pours a fairly clear gold with 1 inch of off white head that tries to lace the flute. Smells of various plants and animals, dung, leather, rotting fruit?, mustiness, and other qualities I can't name. Just from the aroma you can visualize the fields and musty barns that must be near the brewery. It has a medium body that is quite dry and tingly, staying carbonated forever. The flavor is sour, musty, tart, with an acidic bitterness and some of the aroma's scents coming through, but none of the sweetness that it may have hinted at, and few, if any, hops. An interesting style, but the pronounced sourness lowers the drinkability for me, though I would imagine it's more drinkable when balanced by sweetness as in fruit lambics. I will, however, keep looking for other examples of the style.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a bubbly white head. Head fades quickly to nothing but from what I hear tell that's typical of the style.

Smells funky, tart and like my kitchen sink - organic lemon dish soap and steel. I've read a lot of reviews about people who love the aroma - you can come sniff my sink anytime you like. Pepper, woody cellar must and burnt corn sugar.

It's tart but not too much of a puckerfrest. Steely artisan mineral water and granny smith apple. Low carbonation.

I'm not too familiar with the style so based on popular opinion I'm going to believe it's good.

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Photo of spointon
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 750ml corked and caged green bottle into a stemmed wineglass.

A= This ale poured a bright orange-ish yellow/straw color with a very minimal head of white fizz that disappeared almost immediately. Clarity was on the hazy side, but not overly cloudy.

S= I smelled a lot going on in this one. The acetic sourness was very evident in the nose with some vinegar while it was complemented by oak, citrus, brett, a musty cork like character often found in Biere de Garde.

T= Similar to the nose but with even more sourness than expected. Starts off with a kiss of fruit and citric acid, followed by much deeper tart/sour flavors of vinegar, and barnyard/brett funk. Finish is almost beyond bone dry.

MF= Light bodied, effervescent, and puckeringly dry.

D= This hits all of the right notes for an outstanding Geueze, but for some reason I found it lacking. I think the acetic/vinegar sourness was just a bit out of balance with the rest of the flavors. Still an outstanding beer, but this vintage was not as great as others I have had...

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Photo of matt20102
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Flavour: Tart- very tart. Reminds me quite a bit of crab apples. With such a little head as was present, could be mistaken for a tart cider rather than a beer. There is no discernible flavor of hops and little of malt; the lambic nature shines through without subtlety. Certainly a one-bottle and done variety or, were one open to suggestions, a superior digestif.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with a frothy, off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is vinegar, wood, musty and grapefruit. Flavor is sour, acidic, vinegar, wood, earthy and citrus (grapefruit). Mouthfeel is light, sour, flat and a bit watery. Good beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a touch of amber. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

Nice sour nose with a bit of vinegar. Tart apples, barnyard funk and a grassy mustiness.

Light body with a lively carbonation from the middle on.

The outstanding flavor profile is very intense (sour), not very complex and quite lacking in balance. This style calls for sour and this beer delivers. It begins with a sour apple flavor that is a bit tart. The middle brings a shift towards vinegar that becomes quite noticeable in the back of the throat. The finish is sharp and dry with a lingering vinegar sourness coupled with a bit of musty funk.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Le Zageman in Brussels, the bottle was served to me in those wicker baskets with a Gueuze-type glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with just a little bit a head.

Smell: Peppery horseblanket, with slight peachy fruit.

Taste: Good carbonation and acidity, but lacks a little of the punch I've had in other examples of the style, the finish seemed a bit more watery. It was however quite refreshing and easy to drink (as far as Gueuzes go, I suppose).

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Photo of PatYoda
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice copper with some head that fades slowly. Nose smells strongly of chemicals and plastic. I didn't expect that. Definitely some vinegar in there too. There is a definitely funky urine smell as well. Very interesting. Taste starts with some residual sugar sweetness. Interesting. I haven't had a gueuze quite this sweet yet. Perhaps because the yeast used didn't consume most of the sugar present, this gueuze is also much less tart than the others I've had. It's taste is a little muddled as well. Can't seem to find focus between the tart and a mild malty flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and effervescent, does its job. I finished most of a 750 by myself so drinkability isn't too bad.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle served in my small Allagash tulip. Poured a hazy, tawny orange with a one inch bubbly bright white head that gradually recedes into a thin cap. Nose reveals citrus, must, cork and wet, coarse wool. Bold, tart, sour and citrusy upfront with a residual clinging character of the barnyard that peaks out at the back. Moutthfeel is light-bodied and very astringent - the acidity slightly masks the carbonation presence. I have very little experience with sours, but was craving something different and I really enjoyed this. Looking forward to trying some others.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Into a flute. Half finger of head. Strawberry colored body with lots of bubbles. Looks pretty.
Smells like fresh fruits, mostly apples.
Wow taste. Starts a little sweet, then quickly moves to a dry sour and bitter taste. Quick ending.
Crisp and fizzy texture.
My first of this style so I am not sure what they are supposed to be like. However, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was anxious to try this style after reading and hearing about it.
...wasn't so sure I would like it after reading some of the reviews and being warned about the smell.
The smell is not what I'm used to ...but not unpleasant... kind of smells like a farm that is downwind of a cider mill ( or , the other way around ) on a warm autumn afternoon...oh yeah , and there are some horses around somewhere.
It poured out golden orange into a tulip glass, really good looking stuff....nice foamy head, that was gone pretty quickly.
Talk about tart..wow..and astringent. Very cidery, sour apple and some other sour fruits that I can't really identify..taste that was just OK at first...but gets better as you sip.
As it warms a little...the horses nudge into your nose a bit...but you like horses , so you continue...the taste gets better...more sour, very dry...not even a hint of sugar....and at the finish...very clean sour apple.
The carbonation is medium high....mouthfeel is really good and dry. Easy to drink...was left at the end of the bottle wanting a bit more.
This one was an adventure.
Ya gotta getta Geuze ! Seriously.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 750 mL green glass, corked bottle at RedBones.

This lambic poured a nice golden color with thin white foam and good carbonation. The aroma was tart: sour green apples, come citrus. The taste was very tart, almost sour: apples and musty grapes dominated. The mouthfeel was very tart (almost too tart for my tastes, though it did grow on me). There was good carbonation, and a decent lingering flavor. The drinkability was OK. I am still not a big fan of Gueze lambics, but I am getting to like them a little more each time. I think this one would drink better in warmer weather.

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Photo of Jow
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although everybody is very enthusiastic about this one, also all my friends is this a gueuze I don't like that much. To flat and nu bubbles in my opinion, it is very rare that I take this gueuze. I still give it 4 overall because it is a sour beer but in his category I think it's one of the worst:p.

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Photo of Cresant
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 375 mL corked green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date but I have had this cellared for over one year. The body was semi-cloudy but cleared rapidly upon sitting. It was the color of a new penny, bright and copper. The tall, spritzy head receded to a constant ring.

Smell was earthy. Cherries. Lightly of balsamic vinegar. I kept thinking of lemonade drink mix powder. Interesting.

Taste was tart. I imagine drinking Kool-aid out of a old clay jar. Only a tad funky. Lingering pleasant sourness. Easy to drink. No trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was effervescent immediately but faded toward the end. Medium to light bodied.

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.
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