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

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Photo of moose1980
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a thousand times better than their fruited Lambics, with much better carbonation. Clear, straw-golden color with a thin, white head. Smells of wet hay, oak, slight vinegar (nothing compared to the others), nutty, and the general barnyard/horse stable aromas that are expected for the style. Some slight sulfur as it warms. Taste may be best described as brined hay. Mouthfeel is not overly puckering, allowing for an easy drinking Gueuze. Overall, from what I've tried, the best Hanssons has to offer.

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Photo of DavidST
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

I feel like something is wrong with the bottle I got after reading these reviews. The bottle I have is mostly flat, the taste is complex, and a nice balance between sweet and sour but the beer is extremely hurt by being mostly flat.

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Photo of DispyDnb
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle. Nice white head that stays till the last sip (wich is rare for a gueuze); taste morphs quite a bit with the temperatures: very sour and earthy when fresh and more citrusy, fruity and rounded when gets warmer wich let me think about a Cantillon gueuze at the beginning and more about a 3'fonteinen gueuze at higher temperatures. Good stuff

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

February 27, 2017

375 ml bottle, Belgian glass

A – Deep orange, nearing amber, hazy, with a thick, uniform white foam head. Long retention on the foam, takes several minutes to settle.

S – Bottled in green glass, so there’s a bit of skunk aroma on the initial pour that dissipates quickly. Intense fruitiness leads the nose, apples and pears. A hint of sour plum. Earthy funk brings up the back, along with a hint of graham cracker, banana, and bubble gum.

T – Sweet apples, cherries, lemon juice, and pear. The funkiness gives an impression of tartness, though that passes quickly. A bit of banana and bubble gum on the second wave.

M – Extremely high carbonation, almost like drinking pure sudsy foam at first. Less so as it settles. Also very dry, in keeping with the high carbonation, almost no lingering aftertaste or sensation on the finish. Lightly sweet, just a touch of bitterness. Very similar to a dry champagne.

O – A very good gueuze with huge carbonation and complex flavor profile, well done.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Very pretty beer, orange body, clear, with lots of carbonation, persistent thin white head and lots of lacing.

S - Strong nose of wood and acid. Oak. Funky.

T - Strong oak, solid fruit note of lemon, a bit of plain, unsweetened yogurt, and a definite sour trail.

M - Brisk. A trailing residual coating on the tongue.

O - One of the cleanest, most pleasant Gueuzes I've had.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can't find a bottled on date, however the bottle states that "each bottle matured for at least three years". Poured into a Turku glass. Pours a bright radiant deep gold to Amber color with a lively and persistent head atop plenty of haze. Smell is of tart fruity aroma, apple and pear-esque, with a touch of funky character as well. Taste is much more pronounced with the funk, but is mostly the same as the smell. Tart and bright, some oak/tannins, and decent amount of funky wild yeast, and all of it comes together in the swallow and the finish and hits the nail on the head for what I expect from a great gueuze!

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Photo of breadwinner
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Really flabby carb keeps this from higher score, weighing down the beer, making it feel muddled. There's some citrus notes here and there, a light bit of musty funk. Overall, though, this just isn't an upper tier geuze, and the lacking carb amplifies that.

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Photo of kitch
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 375ml corked and caged bottle with a notched bottled on dating of November 2015, poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden colour with an almost two finger white head that dissipated quickly to a thin layer while leaving no lacing.

Aroma: Sour, tart, funky and oaky with hints of apple and lemon.

Taste: Sour and tart to start followed by lemon, pear and sour apple fruitiness. The finish has some light funk, a touch of vinegar and nice oakiness.

Mouthfeel: Dry, acidic, medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: One of the more sour Gueuze’s out there, but still very nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of dd43
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderfully tart and fruity, I got a lot of green apple and crisp acidic pear notes. Appears and tastes like a spiked sparkling cider. Includes some funky yeast notes to let you know you're drinking a beer. Was slightly less carbonated than I was expecting, still effervescent in the glass but my pour didn't generate the volume of head I was expecting. More of a cap than a finger. Worth the price of admission, no gueuze worth drinking is going to be cheap but this is a good value relative to other blended lambics.

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Photo of Dave_Carlson
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of markartis
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On DRAFT at Bar Great Harry. Special opportunity to drink from a keg. Overall this is like drinking a fine Champagne. Great complexity and sensory experience for the mouth. So happy!

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Photo of ajm5108
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Medium golden hue with just a little carbonated head, which dissipates quickly but leaves a thin, incessant lacing. Aroma begins with a big waft of lacto - vinegar, but that airs put rather quickly, revealing lots of earthy tannins, cork, light wood & fruit rind (melon, maybe a little apple). Tongue is fantastic, very well balanced on the tart / sour scale (there is a gentle tart sting upfront, and a sour kiss on the end that is the perfect amount) with notes of champagne yeast, stonefruit must and maybe a little concord paired with the expected cider notes. Body is dry & crisp as per the style. Nose was a little much at first, but it's certainly a great representation of the style & way easier to find than some of the vaunted Cantillons

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Photo of svenness
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lotnr: J

L: Gold-colored, slight haze, highly carbonated
S: Interesting mustard greens smell up front, apples, lemon, some funk
T: Apple, citrus, general earthiness
F: Light-medium bodied, some sweetness that moderates the acidity
O: It rounded out quite a bit for me as it warmed

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taste: super sour,earthy with notes of apples, grapes, and yeast.
Complex yeasty nose. Deep amber color, semi opaque with nice laced head. Medium/full body

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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 Taybeh
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle from 11/2014 into a tulip, pours a slightly hazy rich orange-gold, with a thin crown of medium sized soap-like bubbles that completely disappear after two minutes. On the nose, a lot of soured apple cider and vinegar, initially, then slowly more delicate differences and layers start to emerge, with a little cheesy funk and some musty woodsy notes. When it hits the tongue, all sorts of amazing things start to happen: starts sour and funky but amazingly light, and as the mouthful develops, I'm getting more woodsy notes, flavorful but restrained stone and orchard fruits that are still nicely sour, very faint pepper, and an ending that ties it all together with a little musty leafy dry feel and crisp finish both of which somehow enhance all the flavors. Extremely satisfying. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of LAp
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Melvintrude
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a recent 750ml bottle

Classic Gueuze.
Now that I’m getting to grips with the style this seems almost the archetype of a Gueuze. Cloudy tan in colour. Sharpness as well as sourness on the plate, Cleaner and smoother in the aftertaste. Funk on the nose. Moderate carbonation, minimal head

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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 kevanb
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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 BEERMILER12
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled December 2014, so just over a year old

A: Pours a muddy golden color with almost no head to speak of. Tiny bubbles reside in the middle of the glass, but that's about it

S: Nice and sour/tart up front with hints of fruity yeast and lots of barnyard funk to go along with the sour notes

T: Starts off with a wave of sour and tart notes along with a solid woody barrel note in the back. Fruity notes come in next, along with a hint of yeast and tannins. Finishes with lingering tart notes and oak

M: Medium bodied with moderate, spritzy carbonation that dances all over the place

O: A very nice (and mostly readily available) gueuze that is on the lower end of the price scale (though obviously still quite pricey) for top-shelf gueuze. Definitely one of the must-try beers for the style

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

750ml poured into tulip.
October 2012 btl date

Pours a deep gold that yields a good amount of pillowy white foam. The nose here makes me anxiously anticipate the funkiness to come. The taste is VERY tart with lemon citrus and the earthiness is of wet hay and and roasted sunflowers. Light and delicate w/ perfect carbonation.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottling. Clear body, a tinge of amber. Very bubbly, with varying sizes within the head. Aroma is of fermented wood, some light burnt rubber phenols - but delicate and enjoyable. Some lemon as well. Taste is started by a sharp bite of acid, but mellows and finishes enjoyably. Full mouth feel up front, and lingers with a mix of sweetness and tart. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter the beer was a slightly hazy gold color with no head.
A yeasty, funky aroma with lots of sweet fruit.
Sour apple and pear taste. A hint of vanilla. Still funky.
Great mouthfeel, alternatingly sweet and sour, not too sour.
A crisp, acidic beer.
Well done!

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