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Oude Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Oude GueuzeOude Gueuze

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Zach_Nolan
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of jamie2dope
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of jdklks
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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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Photo of russwbeck
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of thepenguin
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of rastaman
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely!!!!!! True lambic, balsamic earthy nose, very smelly, but in a good way. Palate was complex, sour, earthy, balsamic, and kind of reminded me of a really good salad dressing. refreshing aswell. Slightly mouth puckering, but well balanced and for the most part dry, despite a hint of tart sweetness, god damn lovely. True hardcore lambic.

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Photo of zImage
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hadn't had a gueuze lambic in a while, so I ordered this one from the two-page belgian beer menu at the bar. I had never heard of this particular beer before and I was in a celebration mood, so the above-average price was fine with me. I love the sourness and would most certainly order this beer again.

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Photo of weirdohappy
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

First Lambic style beer. Very unique flavor. Would liken to a sour champagne of sorts. Nice deep golden apricot color, nice foamy head upon pour. Very much enjoyed drinking this. Nice departure from the normal range of ale/ipa/lager/stout that one normally buys at the beer store .

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight hazy golden color with a HUGE off-white head. Aroma is tart, organic, almost pee-like in its intensity. That sounds disgusting, but it isn't. Words fail me here, but it is really interesting- am I starting to like this style???? Flavor is tart and sour, puckerful in its intensity, getting stronger at the back of the throat. Earthy, wet ground. Sour apples, unripe pears (I love unripe pears), and sour, sour, sour...

I used this beer as my packing companion for my first "it's all about the beer trip", my 2004 Belgium trip for the Belgian Beer Paradise in Brussels. What a sendoff!!!!

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Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Bottle indicates it is from Lotnr G.

Appearance: As poured the beer is an almost clear golden peach color with a ½” egg shell white head that soon recedes to 1/8” but then holds there for a good while as it is fed by lots of active, visible carbonation rising through the liquid. Sipping leaves partial rings and small widely scattered speckles of lacing. There is a thin layer of foam that leaves patches and speckles of foam clinging to the sides of the glass throughout the beer.

Smell: The aroma reminds of apple cider vinegar with definite traces of musty barnyard smells mingling with a touch of oakiness. As the beer warms further there is some horseblanket as well.

Taste: The flavors here are much as expected from the nose and include tart lemon, some sour green apple, and some musty earthiness tinged with woodiness from the oak. The barnyard and horseblanket dance around in the background and occasionally emerge to let you know they are there.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the medium side of light bodied and gently prickly from the carbonation. The medium long finish begins in tart lemon and acidic sourness but then slides smoothly into a persistent woody dryness with occasional bits of tartness popping out here and there at various places on the palate.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is definitely a sipping beer, not because of the ABV, but because more that a sip at once makes one feel that the flavors may be overwhelming. This is a one glass a night beer because of the intensity of flavors. My overall impression is that this is definitely a world class beer with lots of complexity in the flavor and aroma and that rivals any of the best gueuze I’ve tried to date. I’ll definitely be having more of it.

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Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens has really been impressing me ever since I tried their Oudbeitje strawberry lambic. Very champagne-like both in appearance and mouthfeel. Poured a golden orange color with a lot of fine bubbles. Leaves a trace of tartness on the lips as it enters the mouth. Nice sweet undertones help take the harshness off the sour acidity. Had a hint of what could have been grass. Very dry.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer. Stark white huge head, slightly murky golden. Small bubbled lace. Smell is sharp and funky. Taste is close to perfect. Sharp, fresh, clean, making you want another sip. Mouthfeel is medium to light, good carb, great balance. Overall, a beer I would have again and again.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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 :-)

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Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out an apple juice gold, bronze notes in the light. pretty foamy, large and lively head. mega musty aromas, tart fruits...lots of green apple notes. flavors of fruit tarts.....in your face puckering and mouth watering. you can faintly make out the barley malt base, but with the queen of tarts running roughshod all over your tongue, it's hard to make out any real malt flavors. fruit flavors run rampant. finishes dry as a bone. clean and crisp. damn snappy. i have limited experience with lambics or gueze lambics, but i found this really tasty and enlivening. refreshingly tart. i'm thinking this would be a great warm weather treat. fiancee liked it a lot too.

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Photo of Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa. Can someone say "underrated?" After either having seen this sold out, or passed it up, for years, I finally grabbed a bottle.

Pours a champagne-y gold with maybe half an inch of white head. Bubbly.

Smells like orange/grapefruit gone way sour, more than a touch of lemons, and a biting funk that's more zesty than musty. Smells very good.

Excellent taste. The orange/grapefruit rinds and soured fruit juice background is epic and completely guzzle-able. The lemons are puckering and in perfect harmony with a zesty, razor sharp funk that's perfectly in balance with this beer's sourness. The lemon-y funk aftertaste is lingering and delightful.

Really very good.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of rudzud
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

HUGE thanks for Francois for bringing this to a party at JLindros's place. Poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Reviewed from notes. 1991 Vintage. Seriously...1991?!

A - Pours a clear dark golden honey hue with no real head. Incredibly still of course!

S - Aromas of funky barnyard, musty old basement/attic, old lemons and citrus peel. There is some nice subtle tartness but for the most part this just smells old and funky.

T - Taste is the same as the nose pretty much. The stillness works I suppose, with loads of older lemons, light citric tartness, mustiness, funky barnyard, dirty soil. A lot going on here.

M - Mouthfeel is super lightly carbonated, clean.

O - Overall this is just some delicious dirtiness. The cork on this one was half rotten yet it did not really suffer from that corked taste or aroma. Delicious.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375mL bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Bright glowing orange/yellow. Initially a big foamy head that quickly recedes into a ring and cap combo.

S: Grainy, grainy, grainy, lemon zest, white pepper. Man oh man I forget how much I like sours, it's been far too long. Slightly woody/oaky and a slight slice of white cheddar cheese combination.

T/MF: Crispy, woody, zesty lemon. Very bright, light and lovely. Moves to a solid nutty sweetness, tartness keeps your mind from getting lazy. Mouthfeel is crisp, bubbly and lingering.

D: Not overly sour, a nice tartness mixed with a good complexity. An absolute pleasure to drink. I wish it were a hot summer day because this beer is brilliant. A great beer if you want to work your way into the sourer beers. Marvelous.

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Photo of Phatz
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! A huge debt of gratitude to yinzer. I shared this divine treat of funky sourness with the club and only 2 other guys liked it as much as I. Clearly Gueuze is lost on many folks. mmm. That glorious wall of sourness, beneath which lies a web of intriguing flavors waiting to reveal themselves and then the bold pucker forcing finish create a terrific experience in each and every sip.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with copper on the edges, a small fizzy white head and nice lacing.

Smell: The gorgeous Gueuze funk. Acidic and sour and yet a bit of sweetness confuses things. The is an earthy musty old oak attribute and sour Muscat wine, a bit if lemon and more Lambic acidity.

Taste: The flavor is magnificent. Like hitting a brick wall at 60 miles and hour the sourness is in you face. The tartness and the acidity fade to more layers of barnyard and sour fruit flavors. The beer is totally consumed by and old wooden oakynes that taints everything. the sour apples and sour grapes have a hint of fruit sweetness but you can only recognize it. The sour never lets loose its grip on the cheeks. The aftertaste reveals most of the flavors as the sourness fades and the oak-laden fruits seep out of the cheeks. Salivating all the while.

Mouthfeel: It is difficult to assess a mouthfeel during the forced pucker of a beer this intense. Acidic, dry, consuming (full), delicious.

Drinkability: This is a slow drinking sipping beer. It lasts so long after the swallow and keeps getting better that IO did not want to rush into another sip. I must have pased on six beers at our tasting while I was taking all the time needed to properly enjoy this beer.
To Lou and John. The only two who understand why this is great beer! =)

Thanks again Yinzer. I have found the two others who will share the love of this style with me.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of jwc215
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cage-corked bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours deep orange amber with a large off-white head that settles to an almost one-finger, lasting creamy cover, leaving lacing.

The smell is an explosions of barnyard musty funk - Now that's a gueuze! Tart with sour vinegary vinuous notes. Some citric-ish fruitiness and earthy notes. Very complex nose once the wonderfully pungent barnyard/ horseblanket settles.

The taste is funky, sour and sweettart. Near-puckering lemon leads the way with sweetness underneath that comes together to form a sweettart finish.

Champagne-like effervescence makes the beer glide along the palate, lending a lightness to a medium body.

A powerhouse gueuze for sure! Near the end of it, I took a slice of creamy Chimay cheese from my fridge and ate it with it. It made a great pairing!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle split into tulips.

A: Golden yellow. Tiny bit of white head. Fast fading leaving a tiny lace ring.

S: Full on funk and sour power. Loads of lactic sour and lemon goodness. Moldy gym socks, band aids, wet wood. Pretty much spot on gueuze.

T: Good god is this one sour. Just how I like it. Full on 10 mega ton lactic sour blast. Hints of funk poke through the sour. Damp moldy wood, old hay, dusty attic. Spot on again.

M: Light lively body. Dry as a bone.

O: Another fantastic representation of the style. Full on sour power in this one.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz corked & caged bottle, poured into Petrus chalice.

Pours with a decent sized fizzy white head over a clear golden-to-amber colored body with plenty of carbonation on the sides of the glass. Just a slight chill haze.

Aromas are just awesome - exactly what you should expect for the style. Mostly barnyard, but a nice balance of tart acidity. This thing just smells like a barn after a rain storm. Wet hay, horseblanket, you name it. Some sneakers, too. White grapes and green apple make up the tartness.

Flavors follow more on the tart/acidic side, with lots of white grape skins, lemon juice, and some earth to balance in the middle. Tart, but not puckering mouthfeel. Could use a bit more carbonation, given that gueuzes should be on the high side.

Incredibly refreshing overall, and just a superb example of the style.

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Photo of mnphish
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 fl oz. bottle into a snifter.
a fairly murky light amber-gold body with a small head that lasts a while.
Smells very tart like sour apples, lemon, vinegar, and funk.
Tastes extremely sour and I absolutely love it. Lemon, sour apple, white grape, and earthy funk. No metallic taste.
Mouthfeel is medium and is carbonated perfectly with lots of fizz. It's got that bubbly champagne mouthfeel.
I would really like to drink this beer again.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: funky sour fruits, soured grapes, wine like, sour salt water, lemon

T: extremely sour up front, lemon, bitter orange, salty, floral

M: light and refreshing

O: excellent sour, flavor is prominent, true to the style

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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