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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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Added by Todd on 10-21-2001

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic find from Abe's in Bethlehem. Saw a busted up cardboard box on the floor with 5 or 6 dusty 750mL bottles--just had to pick it up and see. It was a couple old, and i mean old, bottles of hanssens Oude Geuze for $12 a piece! The cages were rusty and the labels were all beat up but i couldn't find a year or anything on the bottle itself. The cork had SB12 written on it, don't know if that means anything.

The beer pours out a hazy gold/apricot/amberish color, a bit cidery in fact. Very interesting. The head doesnt last long and leaves no lacing, but a ring around the edge of the flute remains the entire time.

The smell is amazing--very tart and funky. So complex, there really is nothing like a good sour beer. The taste is very sour, tart, some granny smith apple and what tastes to me like sour milk. Kind of hard to drink becuase it is so sour, but if you are a fan of sour beer, you will like this a lot. Definately something to try.

Second Impression: I bought a three more bottles for a ridiculous $9.99 when they became available at Abe's again some months ago. Decided to pop one open to drink at Vegan/Vegetarian thanksgiving at Moravian College. Poured a slightly hazed orange/gold color, quite a bit of bubbles, nice white head with suprisingly good retention and lacing. What more can you ask for?

Smell is sour, fruity. There is a lot going on here and I am not really equipped to describe it. Very nice and inviting, not overly aggresive.

Taste is similar, the sourness has a real rounded edge balanced by some tart lemon, citrus, and even grape.

Mouthfeel is light, refreshing. Plenty of CO2 but isn't overdone with no gusher risk. Puckering with a bit of a drawn out finish.

Drinkability is very high for a sour. I could probably drink a whole 750 but I think it would be a sin to hoard such a wonderful beer experience (beer-sperience?). If you see any old style bottles with rusty cages and torn up labels, pick them up because this is an awesome beer. I hope to be able to keep my paws off of the last two bottles for some time to see how this one ages even longer.

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Photo of nas5755
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1st 750ml from a case purchased of the 2010 vintage. I am expecting a lot of bottle variation as most of these bottles are different shades of green. This bottle was one of the darker shades. Upon opening, I noticed that the lips were chipped at some-point in this bottles life.

A- A clear golden gueuze with a nice head that quickly fell to the wayside, there is some retention, but that soon faded. A light spritz of carbonation is shooting up the glass to the brim.

S- Sticky barnyard funk, with pond mud and muck blended into some sour green apple, lemon and apricot. Very layered and dirty, the funk reminds me of frog hunting up in NH as a child, minus the sour element. A glorious nose.

T- Again this is an amazing beer. The taste starts out on the edges of the palate and begins to flow inwardly as it drys out very sharply on the finish. As the flavors seep into the finish, a strong murky barnyard mud becomes present before shifting quite quickly into the green apple, apricot and lemon flavors emerge with the sour qualities that take over the finish.

M- A medium bodied gueuze with medium to medium high carbonation. Sour, but not bracingly so and dry.

O - This is a fantastic beer, one of my all-time favorites. It should be rated higher but I can understand why it is not. The bottle variation that I have experienced has led to a few in my opinion exceptional funky, muddy and dirty beers(in the sense of funk,mud and barnyard) whose flavors are so strong that some people my find them unpleasant.

Simply put, this is a MUST TRY!

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Photo of gbontrag
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

61 F.
Aroma is acidic, and of sodden old straw, and wet pasture. It's straw-colored with beautiful spotty white lace. It really begs to be tickled with my tongue.

this is so light and effervescent. How charming to meet you. A dry sense of humor that edges to caustic and socially inappropriate. This lady manages herself well, however, and makes great company. She's lively with a bubbly personality. Yes, though armed with a stick and not afraid to lash out, she's a picture of amiability. She's a woman for all seasons. She's as inviting as a blossoming orchard after a spring rain; as dry as bitter chicory gone to bloom; as complimentary as rusty leaves and wild apples; as warm as an overyly ripe cheese. This beer is engaging to the senses, but not overwhelmingly assertive. She speaks her mind, but we were able to carry on a pleasant conversation, and afterwards she wasn't too restrained to pee behind the barn.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours virtually no head whatsoever. The body is a rich golden color, very clear with a slight amount of carbonation.

Smells of earth and funk, with a slight pungency that is actually quite enjoyable. Aromas also include mussels (coincidence?), oak, and something else zinging through, a kind of fruitiness that I can't identify the specifics of.

Very intense, acidic, and tart flavors that include the aforementioned oak and fruitiness (sour grapes perhaps?). The flavor spectrum is so varied I am probably only skimming the surface of it. It's actually the first gueuze I have enjoyed, but am not surprised as the Hanssens' Kriek is such a winner.

The mouthfeel is thick, with that same sticky feeling to the upper lips and gums that I typically encounter in more Brett-y sours. There is a slight burn on the way down that is offset by an additional tickle from the carbonation. Don't let the heat in the throat concern you though-it's effect on the pallet is nil.

Overall it probably deserves the A+ rating the Alstrom brothers gave it; however, as it's the third gueuze I have tried and the first I have enjoyed, I will need to sample a few additional ones in order to have a better comparison and to warrant a full A+.

Oh, and pair this with a triple-cream cheese. The contrasts and compliments between them will be striking, and strikingly delicious.

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Photo of cooch69
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Poorter Tulip glass, and it comes with barely any head. Just really large and loose bubbles float atop a bright copper beer with some dark golden yellow hues on the bottom.

Nose really gets the glands drooling. Nice pungent sourness followed by many esters mainly those resembling cider. A faint mustiness as well.

Taste comes through with a nice assertive but balanced sourness. Strong but not really strong. An old hard wood must. Some 4 month old cotton socks and a lovely hint of apple cider and perry. This one is'nt as big with the funk as some others I've had but more of an all around well rounded Gueuze experience. Comes initially dry but than finishes semi sweet and really juicy. Almost like having a starburst explode in your mouth.

Truly a Gueuze for connoisseur's and probably one of my favorite sours.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork and Caged 375mL poured into a Chalice. Bottle marked as Lot J.

Picked up this bottle from Liquor Mart in Boulder. To anyone who is traveling through Boulder ... Liquor Mart stands up to the hype, seriously.

L: Pours a deep golden, almost orange, with only a hint of head.

S: Tart sour cherries in layers. Smells old and funky, resolves into a sweet sweetness in the back.

T: Hit of sweet cherries up front, into super-tartness. Resolves into a subdued sour cherry.

F: Thick and old and delightful.

D: Wonderful.

Bang-for-buck, Hanssen's artissinal smokes Cantillon any day of the week. Sorry.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pint glass (didn't feel like asking the waiter for a better glass).

pours a hazy, honey-like pale gold with a touch of white head that disappears quickly. leaves no lacing.

powerfully tart aroma with a touch of cider, grapefruit rinds, and moldy cheese.

strong tartness that sticks to your teeth. fiercely sour and slightly drying in the finish. the barest hints of apple sweetness and cheesy funkiness. very drinkable, and a very good gueuze.

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

375 ml corked/caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. This is my first gueuze, but I have had other lambics.

A: Very little head disappearing almost immediately. Brew is a clear amber with orange notes.

S: Strong musty aromas with sharp lemony notes. Faint traces of wood aromas hidden underneath. With warmth, the acid traits diminish and herbal characteristics show up.

T: Strongly sour up front, lemon dominates the palate, but the strength fades a bit as the beer warms. Warmth also opens up some herbal notes. I'm enjoying this more at cellar temps than fridge temps.

M: Have you ever had *real* lemonade, the kind that seems to leave a bit of "fuzz" on the roof of your mouth? This beer achieves the same thing. Slightly distracting, but in a good way. Carbonation is a bit on the low side overall.

D: This is refreshing, much like a tall glass of lemonade on a hot day. Unlike lemonade, it gets better as it warms. I'm still not a huge fan of the sour beers, but this one is pretty good overall.

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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 fields336
4.17/5  rDev -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 joefuzz
3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml bottle poured into tulip

Pours golden orange with a super small white head that doesn't stick around long. Has kind of a sulfer smell up front with a small amount of earthy funk coming through. Taste is sour but not overwhelming silght fruit and funk coming in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty spot on for the style. Overall a good beer for the price but no cantillon.

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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 cproioi
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A white sticky head sits a top a yellow body that provides nice carbonation. The nose is full of barnyard smells with a faint hint of lemon and grass. Also very apparent in the nose and taste is notes of vinegar, which I've never noticed as bluntly in a Gueuze before. The taste is also full of tart sour notes. As you drink this beer your cheeks pucker and it has a very refreshing feel to it, a very nice beer that would lend itself to a hot summer day.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first gueuze.

Well, when I first tasted this, I emitted a stream of profanity (of praise, not disgust), of the kind that I can't re-type it here. But to quote an Alstrom, HELL YEAH!

Appearence is a glossy, very light bronze, with a decent head that fades a bit afterwards.

Aroma is old egg shells, rust, steel, and even a bit of decayed citrus.

Taste is sharp and tart, but not overly acidic. The aroma flavors expand and develop in the mouth, but in a really, really good way. I can't really describe it to you, it just has to be experienced.

Mouthfeel is active, but contains delicate and fine carbonation, perfectly paired with the tastes. Too little, and this might have become stagnant, too much, and it would have hidden the Gueuze-y goodness.

Drinkability is very good -- although a more pungant style than others, I could drink a lot of this.

Re-edit: I'm not sure if it is the concept behind Gueuze Lambic brewing, the history, the biological idea that no bottle contains quite ever the same exact yeast mix as another, the fickleness of nature that allows this creation to be made, or simply my love of potent flavors, but, in the time since I have made the notes transcribed above, Gueuze has become my favorite style.

This beer is a large reason why. Search it out, and try it. And, if you fear Gueuze, or don't think that Belgian styles are all that grand...well, get yourself a bottle of this, and...HELL YEAH!

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Photo of ikats
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful brew! I tasted it first time at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn. Was recommended it by a bartender when I mentioned that I am looking for a gueuze. It was excellent then, and it is excellent now in a bottle.

It's golden color, maybe a bit reddish. I've never been in a real banyard, but I can definitely imagine how the aroma and the taste of this ale are described as banyard. The aroma is also full of sour notes - the kind of sourness you get from sour cherries or grapefruits or lemons. There's a bit of sweetness on the tongue. The finish is dry; the body is light. I keep catching myself smacking my lips.

Part of my attraction to this brew specifically and gueuze style in general is the feeling that you are going back in history. This was the enjoyment of life on a farm in Europe centuries ago. Looking for information about this beer, I've learned that the term "old" in the name implies that it was blended the same way done for hundreds of years. It's even protected by an EU law. Some people visit old battlefields, I enjoy old gueuze.

It's definitely an acquired taste. I enjoy it and even I won't drink it just any time. You need certain conditions to enjoy it fully - maybe a special occasion. I am keeping it in my cellar for those moments when I crave something sour. Life is not all sweet, and neither should be beer. It's a wonderful brew!

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Photo of tjmodica
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a 750ml, 7-8 year old bottle that I left at my sisters house and found Thanksgiving. This was such a treat, just textbook execution of what a world class Belgium geuze should smell and taste like. I had the chance to try a fresh bottle last month and it was like 2 different beers still nice but not world class. I can not say enough about the older batch just stellar stuff.

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

750 ml gree bottle with SB 07 on cork. Pours a golden yellow with a good head, that recedes quickly to a fine line. Very fine lacing on the glass. Aroma is of over ripe grapes and apples, sour and musty. The taste is like whoa! Sour apple pucker factor, saliva glands kick into overdrive. Knees start to buckle, eyes cross, and just when you think please no more, some cloying sweetness creeps in for the finish, almost but not quite like drinking champagne. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Kshock
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Light frothy head resides upon a Straw yellow beer with a little chill haze. Looks fantastic sitting in my DFH tulip.

S- Lots of funk and barnyard aroma up front, then acidic sour aroma backs it up at the end. The smells marry very well together to make a truly awesome aroma. You can almost smell the tradition ;)

T- Lots of grapefruit and acid up front. Drys out quickly and delivers a great finish on a very powerful flavor.

M- Light to medium body with a solid carb tickle on the palate.

O- One of the best Gueuzes out there, PERIOD.

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Photo of nickthegun12
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance, is golden yellow fizzy
smell, is strong horsey smell, smells like 420!!
taste is sour and unstable on the front, a bit sour and surprisingly clean on the back
feel is very dry
overall this beer, is the STAPLE of what a gueuze should taste like

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Photo of drewba
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - translucent, super vibrant golden straw color that could illuminate a room. Finger eggshell (always wanted to work that color into a review!) head with a nice bubbly ring and a thin white film of bubbles remains on the surface.

S - Stinky! Super-funk-armpit-stinky cheese smell. That said, I love it. I could literally smell this beer from several feet away. My roommate says this smells like him, after not bathing for a day. On top of the gross adjectives, it's also bright, super acidic lemon and citrus with very pungent vinegar.

T - Flavors cascade over the tongue in waves. Big flavors, but nothing overpowers: citrus lemon, granny smith apple, musky farmhouse, light spicyness, and a high dose of vinegar.

M - Very juicy, but highly astringent in the finish.

D - High, for something this vinegary and funky. Dryness is keeping it from being 5/5. This also stays on your palate for awhile.

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Photo of YankChef
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle poured into a mason jar... did I stutter?

Appearance: Dark burnt orange, very hazy definitely not clear at all. Fluffy big and pillowy head

Aroma: WOW.... This is damned intense, lots of aromas that remind me of really stinky cheese. Brie rind and lots of tart fruit characteristics it really smells like cheese!

Taste: some subtle fruit stuff going on in here flavors of really underripe fruit, green apple and some tart berry flavors, blackberry seems to stand out. Strong vegetable characteristics, mushroom particularly comes to mind. Oh and when I say sour, PUCKERING sour this beer is really intense if you don't like funky crazy insane sourness in your beer put this bottle back on the rack so that the enlightened may consume it.

Overall: This beer is not for everyone, in fact I would venture to say that the few people that do like this are at least a little bit crazy. Its sour, overwhelming, intense and it makes you feel like you just bit into an old gym sock stuffed with sour apples. And I loved every second of it

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Photo of busterthecat
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass. Lotnr: B.

A- Slightly hazy golden hay hue. Minimal head & lacing.

S- Musky tart apple. Some funk, citrus, very light sweetness, hints of vinegar. like old tart cat piss (in a good way, if possible).

T- Under-ripe green apples, tart white grapes and lemon zest. Light old hay, a flash of some sour in mid. This is a palate kicker.

M- Lingers well, dries with all the big tartness, covers palate.

D- Good drinkability. Splitting a 375 was about right. Could have soloed it, but might have gotten tired of the powerful tart. A solid gueuze.

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Photo of jtingue
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance. Slightly hazy straw in color. Pours with a finger of head which quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Bubbles constantly rise from the bottom of the glass hinting at the carbonation.

Smell. Very powerful. A mix and combination between 3 different aromas. The first is lemon like tartness. The second is a sort of mustiness. The third is a sweet honey like aroma.

Taste. Starts out very sour, but a subdued maltiness emerges with a dry crisp cracker quality. Joining this is some lemongrass and delicate floral quality. The sourness cuts this again and leads into a more musty and funky quality, but not overly so. A sharpness reminiscent of cheese evolves from the funk. This is cut again by lemon sourness, which ushers in a long, bone dry, floral finish.

Mouthfeel. A creamy body is joined by a high, but not dense carbonation.


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Photo of STEG
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque maple syrup color with yellow orange hues slightly opaque. Smell has white grape, peaches, green apple and lemon, all of the aforementioned are sour smelling but there's other lighter sweeter smelling fruits like strawberries and black raspberries that are also present. Taste has an intense sourness to it, lemon, white grape, and apple are dominant here, with a certain belgian funk present, along with oak, throughout that accentuates the fruit. Mouthfeel is oily, viscous, slightly smooth but still watery. 1 750ml will do for me this evening a bit too sour for me to have a few of, this is my first Gueuze ever I will be trying a few more.

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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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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
4.21 out of 5 based on 1,261 ratings.
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