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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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Ratings: 1,313 |  Reviews: 510
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A harsh style to share, though the mouthfeel impact was muted. Smelled like vinegar and cider, and barnyard as well, so not pleasing to novices. Acidic, sour, with yeast mildly playing on the taste buds. Didn't work that well for me, even with food.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. There is a small amount of sediment that is floating around in the glass after the pour. Small chunks of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is extremely tart, sour, and funky with lots of wild, earthy, and woody aromas. Taste is much like the smell with some fruity flavors that I can't quite put my finger on. There is definitely a lemon-like presence I am picking up. There is a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is the best Hanssens beer I have had so far and also the first one to have noticeable carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice gueuze, but certainly not the best one out there, and I think this is probably a little overrated here on BA. it pours a faded orange color, well cloudy, and not holding onto much of its bubbly white head. the nose is sour and vinegar forward, with some straw-like malt and a spunky yeast character. the acidic sour element is the strongest part of the flavor, as it should be in a good gueuze, but I also pick up some light fruit here, tart berries or something, which gives the beer a little sweetness and a little weight beyond its middle of the road malt bill. the finish is very acidic, now more vinegar than conventional sour, which clashes with the sweetness. not as effervescently carbonated as I like for the style, but satisfying enough. also a little thicker than some, but that doesn't bother me with all the complexity here. overall this is a very well made version of the style, but it lacks some of the memorable features of the best ones, it also drags slightly in feel, which is supposed to be so bright here. probably not worth the money they charge for this, but a must have obviously for any gueuze-heads.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are lots of sour aromas in the nose along with notes of yeast and barnyard funkiness.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sourness and is somewhat vinous with notes of apples, grapes, lemons, oak, vinegar and yeast. The taste becomes more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light-bodied and very smooth on the palate. A little bit of viscosity is evident because of the minimal amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable for the style because the sourness is not very overpowering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very robust but balanced Gueuze with new intrigue and variety with each sip. The descriptor words for this beer are endless.

The pour delivers the hue of burnt/bruised peaches, deep golden highlights and a rather rusty appearance. Very low carbonation gives a better impression of unblended Lambics than a Gueuze. Obviously no notes on head formation, retention or lacing are needed; but the beer seems to want to leave legs on the sides of the glass.

Bruised fruits/muddled fruit combined with leathery, tobacco, lemons, and cider begin to scratch the surface of aromas. The lactic tartness offers a very pithy, limey acidity while the Brett character gives musty/dusty, horsey scents of sandlewood or old oak barrels.

Flavors forego the more earth and pungent characteristics but put well on display the more fruity and acidic flavors. Lemons, bruised peaches, apples, appricots all leave a mark; but the acidity and light malt/grain character give the sharper woodier flavors that balance the fruit flavors well. Cidery taste and acidity gives a lightness and crispness to flavor in the finish but the beer still holds onto a lot of ester and malt character.

Moderate, maybe light early on because of the lack of carbonation but the beer has a somewhat oily feel that makes the body feel bigger. No creaminess or effervesence leads to a duller feel that relies only on the acidity and woodsy tanic quality for balance. Lightly astringent in the finish.

This particular example has 20+ years of aging and may have lost its carbonation and the cork could have imparted much more flavor than the brewer intends. It'll be nice to compare a new one to see.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On-draught @ One Mile House, New York, NY.


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Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rare cask serving at Map Room, 10 oz. pour into a Sam Smith glass. Bright orange with a light haze, a surprising puffy head that rises above the rim for a few minutes. Miniscule traces of carbonation rise to the surface. Mildly pungent and sharp, wet wood, with a fruity botanical note like wildflower and lemon peel compost. Tastes much the same, a moderately citric lemon sourness: 6/10 scale, very soft and supple feel with little carbonation. The woody element seems to dominate, with some bitter tannin in the aftertaste. A few of these would be really great, but I had to limit myself to one. The novelty of the cask serving made me daydream of what it must be like to drink in the rare Lambic cafes found in Belgium. Also, thanks to quinnsi who shared a bottle recently at Sheffields!

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy pale amber color with just a film of foam on top; no lacing

Smell: Very tart on the nose, with a range of green apple, muscadine, pear and lemon elements

Taste: Sour, oaky and funky, at the outset, with the fruit flavors developing, in the middle - green apple, lemon, pear and muscadine; the fruit flavors mingle with the wood and the funk, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and rather delicate on the tongue, given the lack of carbonation but, overall, a rather puckery experience

Overall: A very nice Geuze, for those who like the style

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Very funky. I referred to this as a "stinky gueuze". Vinegar, citrus, and some barn type notes.

Taste: Light and refreshing. Quite funky with some lemon and vinegar. The finish is sour and a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mild carbonation, and a very dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one, especially out on the deck on a summer day. Refreshing and has a nice balance.

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Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with almost no head. It left some sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled sour with some funkiness. There was a touch of fruitiness, too.

T - It tasted of sour fruits like dark cherries and plum. It was funky with some subtle sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a subtle puckering bite. A light to medium bodied gueuze.

O - This is a very tasty gueuze. What it lacked in appearance, it delivered big time in aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time I ever try a gueuze. Pourred a light beige/brown brew with a nice head. I can already smell the sourness coming out of my glass. Taste is very sour with a light sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is very subtle with a medium body. Very different from what I had experienced before but still very enjoyable.

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, pepper, musty funk, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, white vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, pepper, musty funk, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, leather, pepper, musty funk, wheat, and oak/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding gueuze style! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gueuze packs quite the kick. As usual with Hanssens, acidity and funk are sharp and intense on the nose; it's leathery, dusty, a bit mineral. There's a touch of oak on the palate, but it's overwhelmed by sharp lactic acidity. It's faintly metallic, very funky and musty, with a berry-like fruitiness. Lemon-like acidity lingers in the finish. A very solid gueuze.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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