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Oude Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

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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#780
Reviews:
510
Ratings:
1,314
pDev:
10.09%
Bros Score:
4.55
 
 
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Photo of wnh
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, soft-looking old gold color with a small, fizzy white head. Not much carbonation from the look of things, though there was a loud-ish pop upon removing the cork.

Mouthwateringly sour on the nose, with aromas of white pepper, lemon rind, and some horse blanket. Being new to sours, I'm having a hard time pulling much more out of this beer, but it smells good.

Quite intense on the front end of the palate, strong with horse blanket and white pepper, dry and prickly. Fades into a fruity tartness, with hints of ripe pear, before rounding out into a smooth slightly citric sweetness with a clean, mouthwatering finish. Lightly carbonated, with a quenching sort of viscosity.

Becomes noticeably fruitier with the addition of some yeast from the bottle. Seems to be a good gueuze, but again I lack experience with this style so I can't say how it compares to many others. Even so, this was quite enjoyable; if I had another, I very well may have poured it into a pint glass and gulped it down.

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Photo of crossovert
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml green corked and caged bottle. I honestly can't figure out the vintage.

IT pours a honey gold, a very nice color with a fizzy soapy white head that leaves walls of lacing all the way around the glass.

Off the bat it is noticeable tart in the smell. After the initial sour cringe it is nicely subtle with a few different scents in play. It has mostly an acidic smell with lemons and vinegar, but there is a noticeable funky must to it that may remind one of an old closet or an open field that has been inhabited by cattle. There is just a bit of grain in the smell along with some very faint vanilla notes.

The flavor continues with the tartness, though it is more in the mid-palate than up front or in the aftertaste. It has almost a lemony plastic flavor to it at first, which I found odd, but after a few more sips the plastic fades and the acidic lemon stays. There is an adequate amount of malt present in the flavor. It is a dry beer but there a thick enough mouthfeel to give the slightest bit of caramel characteristics to the malt bill. It also has an almost tea-like characteristic. Some oxidized green apple comes through as it warms. It is a very clean tasting Gueuze, though there is some funk, it just seems that even though it is wild, it is also quite symmetrical.

A very nice beer.

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Photo of foogerd
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange haze with a half inch head, and some lacing sticking to the edges.

S- Fizzy sour lemony green grapes and a dryness smelling like wood. Moldy leather.

T- Sour apples and grapes, drys out the mouth with a woody taste that makes you just want to take another sip to quench your thirst. Lots of tannins in the finish. Lemon rinds.

M- Rolls on the tongue in a pleasing way, carbonated enough to refresh you.

D- Tasty very balanced Gueuze.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bronzed yellow with no head. 4
Barnyard stonk, cider vinegar, and some mushrooms. 4
Thread of toast, yellow apple, a whack of acetic, not as much funk as you’d expect, and some spice to end. 4.25
Citrus finish and soily linger.
Almost medium, fizzy, round. 4

Funky but not alienating - delicate next to Girardin. Fuller, sweeter, and rounder than expected. Acetic over funk by a nose. Deep. 4.25

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Photo of yelterdow
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle cellared for two years. Served in a tall stange at just over fridge temperature and paired with brie cheese and preserves.

Appearance- Clear, rich deep orange/gold with a two finger head, creamy and white with just a hint of orange. Looks like a deeper hued champagne. Real nice lacing.

Smell- Unbelievably rancid, sour cherries... the geueziest geueze! Tart's an understatement... over-the-edge acidity. Unrelentingly citric. Barnyard aromas, like the back of a camel or horse... horseblanket would be the word for it. Flies, mosquitos, bugbites, gnats, all these things come into play. Ridiculous.

Taste- The mouth recoils in defense of the sourest of fermented cherries. Just delicious and so incredibly tart. Straight ahead sour, it keeps on building where your saliva just starts flowing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Microbubbles that smooth out further into the swallow, it's easy and a great beer to start things off. One of my all time favorite aperitif choices, and always a conversation starter at gatherings.

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Photo of poorbuthappy
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-sour, fruity, spices, pepper

T-sour grapes, pepper, nice yeasty funk, tart crisp finish

F-medium body with lively carbonation, crisp and dry

O-delicious gueze with great flavor and balance

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Photo of Corson
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tectactoe
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large green Belgian style bottle, caged and corked. Pours semi cloudy, medium apricot amber, minor and short lived, medium tan head. Morphs down to a thin film and leaves next to no lacing. Tart, green apple nose. Sourness is the story here. Horse blanket, barnyard funk in all its artisinal glory. Funk quite prominent and showing its puckering muscles. Surely not a crowd pleaser, but sour beer lovers will be all over this one.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with BA's at Anam Cara.

Poured a hazy, cloudy orange with a white head that quickly vanished (probably to get away from the smell). Smelled strongly of nature and quite sour. Tasted sweet and fruity with a heavy sour component. Enjoyable feel and easy to drink. I would share this one again wtih good company.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sprinkle
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge on the rustic barnyard nose with a hint of butterscotch,and this might sound crazy but slight cheese on the nose.Very tart pineapple taste with sour finish,good representation.

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Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This first gueuze experience (Drie Fonteinen Doesjel ) wasn't so great so I'm hoping this is better. This beer pours a cloudy bright copper in color with a light, white lacing around the glass. It smells of fermented peaches, has some funk but what I would describe as a lot, and also features a mild tartness, and light alcohol. The flavors are much better than in my first gueuze experience. You actually get some fruit. It instantly bites your tongue with peach skin like tartness. It's almost the perfect amount of sour. It has light funk and wasn't heavy on sediment whatsoever. Perhaps the biggest difference is the mouthfeel. It has a nice crisp bite to it. I really like it. I'm glad I tried this so it gives me better prospective on the style. Now, on to the next one.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andpit
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours an orange hue with moderate haze and one finger of sudsy white head; retention is less than stellar. That said, very beautiful beer.

Smell -- Pale malt, dry popcorn, bright citric tartness, musty newspapers from the crawlspace, mild lacto funk. Sour, acidic, but not overwhelming - well balanced.

Taste -- Pretty well balanced. Malts are pale and dry with a touch of popcorn and a faint underlying fruity sweetness akin to macerated stone fruit. Tartness is very bright and citric. Lacto sourness begins to develop mid-palate but still plays second fiddle to the acetic brightness. Nice complexity, still quite balanced.

Mouthfeel -- A hair fuller than medium-bodied, slick and viscous, but with enough foamy carbonation to keep things lively.

Drinkability -- Quite enjoyable. Great depth, very engaging, but still very balanced and approachable. Not to imply this an entry-level gueuze (such a thing exists?), but this would be a pretty sensible place to start for someone interested in the style. Must-try.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a barely-there froth that rims my glass. Lacing is consistently spotty in pattern and lasts a good while, upwards of five to ten minutes. Body is a pale banana peach gold which is, actually, quite good to look at, and unique in shade. Definitely cloudy, but that's too be expected.

Smell: Whoa. Has all the markings of a super amped lambic. Bretty funk, hay, rosemary, alcohol, butter (not diacetyl, but butter), vinousity, pepper, peaches, papaya or some other sort of tropical fruits I'm having trouble identifying - rhubarb? Complex.

Taste: While the sourness here does not reach the balance of a traditional blended lambic, it is suprisingly subdued, which I consider a good thing. Still, it's definitely there, and a little astringent, too. A champagne-like vinousity and corky woodsiness really assert themselves here where I didn't find them in the nose. Peach, apricot, a little melon? Again, some rhubarb I pick up in there.

Mouthfeel: Undercarbonated. Still, not nearly as astringent as it could be.

Drinkability: A sipper.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a low, lazy effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam. Not bad, although I would have expected a little more carbonation perhaps.

Smell: extremely sour and slightly fruity. There's a light floral element here too which lends a nice, subtle complexity. But that sourness -- bam!

Taste: very sour throughout, but with a dynamic flavor profile underneath. Starts off a little funky, perhaps a little bready, and then develops an almost melon-like fruitiness. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: relatively light body with a low level of carbonation. Not really creamy, but then it's not supposed to be. High attenuation is appropriate for the style.

Overall: super tasty, tart and refreshing. One of the sourest beers I've ever had, and it works to great effect here. Kudos!

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Photo of orangesol
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying this one, served alongside the Raspberry and Kriek.

A - Pours murky golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a small ring around the outside of the glass, leaving light trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of the typical barnyard funk, light sourness, wet leather, lemon and some damp basement must. I prefer a little more fruitiness in my gueuze nose but this one was still pretty good.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of lactic sourness but it fades rather quickly leaving hints of musty earth, barnyard funk, leather and a bit of lemon twang. The flavors work really well together and it was very easy to drink. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile after consumption.

M - Slick feel like the others but the flavors are more mild, helping keep everything in check. Still a little light on the carbonation but it isn't as big of a deal as with the other two.

O - The best of the bunch for sure. Where the Kriek and Raspberry fail, this one excels. Tone down the overly aggressive sourness and this one could be great. As it stands now, a solid gueuze that is definitely worth the lower than average price tag.

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Photo of tpd975
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oude Gueuze, been chilling this one for awhile and after a tough day at work I decided to crack it open.

A: The cork fly’s out of this baby like the cannonball man at the circus. It pours a lovely orangish red color with a nice tall bubbly head. There are several lines of bubbles rising to the top to keep this active. If it dies down at all just swirl the glass and enjoy the show, reminds me of one of them little glass tornado thingy’s.

S: Ahh yeah they have brought the funk. Tons of funky aromas here. Overly ripe peach, vinegar, and enough acid to drop the PH in my swimming pool.

T: Tear Jerker bubble gum baby. I like this one. With the first swig you are greeted by a hint of fruity sweetness... Then whoosh you are immediately overtaken by tons of sour and a touch of oak. Acidic bubbles dance in your mouth and down your throat. Fireworks continue to go off as it travels down to your belly. It finishes extra dry and extra sour. Simply Lovely.

M: Literally bursting with sourness. Like sour pop rocks in your mouth.

D: I enjoyed this whole big boy myself. Due to the acid and sourness I have to stop at one though.

This beer is a nice representation of a Gueuze. Tons of flavor, matched with a sourness found in only the best. It is very Champagne like in character and oh so enjoyable. I would love to toast with this on a special occasion or pop a few open with some friends paired with some goat cheese and crusty bread.

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Photo of rangerred
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy orange with a tiny ring of bubbles along the top of the beer. Really lacking in carbonation.

Aroma has moderate amounts of barnyard funk but not as much as some other examples of the style. Also a little bit of fruit.

Tons of sourness at first leading to a moderate earthiness with the barnyard notes somewhat muted. I am also picking up some fruit, mainly cherries, throughout but becoming more noticeable towards the finish.

I thought this was a decent gueuze but somewhat lacking in the funk/barnyard area. The sourness is quite puckering but I would have liked more funk. I would drink it again, though.

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Photo of fields336
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL cork and cage bottle. Notched Lotnr: D

A: Light gold to orange with little head, but a slight off white ring around the glass. bubbles are present

S: barnyard, acetic, tart, funky, huge brett notes, sweat, feet, lactic, vanilla, sweetness, lemon peel, apple skin.

T: Tart acidic, funky, brett, green apple skin, lemon, vanilla, earthy, citrus, slight sweetness, vinegar sourness, a tart funkiness that does not leave your tongue

M: Effervescent and dry as a bone, whets your palate for more

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 ounce bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a golden amber color with next to no head and a lot of visible carbonation. There is a slight rim of foam around the edge of the glass which leaves no lacing.

S: Smells of barnyard funk with a zesty lemon scent. Light vinegar and some earthy tones round out the smell.

T: Retains much of the funk from the smell, but develops many more flavors. There is a notable vinegar flavor which complements the citrus and lemon. Behind all of this is some sweet caramel malt with a touch of honey to balance some of the zest. This is also very juicy, reminiscent of sour cherries. The finish is long and earthy and leaves your mouth watering.

M: Carbonation gives a good amount of effervescence. Light and tangy.

O: A good offering. Vinegar, funk and fruit dominate.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 1,314 ratings
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