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

Poured into Pilsner glass from bottle dated 12/2014. Pours a 3 finger white head, tons of carbonation. A perfect looking Lambic! 5.00. The smell is equally impressive. I can smell it 2 feet away, perfection 5.00. Damn, this tastes incredible! Much more balanced and complex than most Gueze's I've tried, and I have tried some of the best. This beer has no flaws 5.00. Overall this looks like my only full board 5.00 rating so far, so I guess this is my favorite beer yet, killer! 5.00

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light sap. No head, no lacing, remnants of foam perhaps.

Scents begin to envelop the room with a sharp funky acidity. Powerful brett, that barnyard funk, sour green apple, oak, lemon. Complex.

Sweet and sour collide. Less complicated than the smell. Mostly the bacteria, but the sweetness moves in and adds a pleasant dimension.

An interestingly light refreshing finish.

A good one.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Intoxicating aroma of gueuze funk with some oak notes and bright acidity. Hint of apple. Slightly medicinal.

T- Medium-high sour flavor drops in along with a juiciness that lays over the funky complexity. More of the apple notes make this reminiscent of a funky cider. Lingering sourness.

M- Dry with a medium amount of pucker. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- An exceptional gueuze that's more straightforward than others both with its sourness and funky qualities. The intensity of both is what makes this one shine.

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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 PDXAmbassador
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden appearance, very little carbonation (cork hardly popped at removal). Sharply sour, a little acetic, complex, slight musty funk. Good, enjoyable classic example of the style.
This is for the 2014 bottling.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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 aleigator
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hanssens Oude Gueuze '15 vintage

Pours a glowing, golden color with a bubbly, immediately vanishing white head, which leaves back tiny bubbles at the edge of the glass, wrapped up by fluffy lacing.

On the nose, the beer offers well pronounced apple peel, accompanied by a distinct funkiness and old leather. Tomato bush blends into earthy, dusty malts, accompanied by even more dried garden herbs, leading to a very organcic, leafy impression, coated up by moldy funk. Tree bark becomes visible amongst this aroma profile, lending the beer additional earthiness, creating a very versatile, intriguing nose.

Has a lower carbonation with an almost biting lemon sourness, while finishing more on soft mineralic stone qualities with a very pleasant mouthfeel after the initial punch.

Begins with an aqueous note, joined by intense, but fruity, lemon, balanced by stale, dusty earth defined malts. Lemon stampedes over the tongue in an uncomprimising fashion, clashing at the back end of the palate and dissipates, while leaving back a trail of juicy lime pulp, very earthy, old rock sugar and forest earth. The taste remains focused on the multifaceted lemon, which also lends a nice dryness to the finish, softened by a mineralic aqueous note and a vinegar sourness.

Overall a very tart, fruit focussed Gueuze, while its sourness seems to evolve completely from the fruits, as it isn't overpowering any of the other flavors, but adds to their complexity, and therefore remains its natural appearance.

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Photo of jooler
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of funky feet and peach. Taste is funky and sour on the tip of the tongue. There is a hint of sour cherries. This is my first gueuze and I'm glad I chose this for my first

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Photo of tillmac62
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a touch of amber. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

Nice sour nose with a bit of vinegar. Tart apples, barnyard funk and a grassy mustiness.

Light body with a lively carbonation from the middle on.

The outstanding flavor profile is very intense (sour), not very complex and quite lacking in balance. This style calls for sour and this beer delivers. It begins with a sour apple flavor that is a bit tart. The middle brings a shift towards vinegar that becomes quite noticeable in the back of the throat. The finish is sharp and dry with a lingering vinegar sourness coupled with a bit of musty funk.

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Photo of Wanne
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, with a white, medium head. Nice tart Aroma, with some barnyard touch to it. The initial sourness fades out in a mild aftertaste, that offers a combination of fruit and cereal details. Nice gueuze.

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Photo of JackiO
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful, hazy, gold with a dense lasting head. Very mild aroma of apple, citrus, and funk. Smoothly tart with a strong oak finish. This is one of the best gueuzes I've had.

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

Got as a bottle at Coastal in Branford, 750mL. Poured into a snifter since I don't have any cool chalice glasses around. Nice murky golden color with a pillowy head. Lacing abound. Really rich aroma that smacks you in the face with it's funk. The flavor is superb, lots of layers here and it is all in the traditional gueuze style. Starts sweet and gets knocked out by a super tart note. Some funky hay swirls around with some yeast esters. Finishes sour. Light body and easy to drink, but a ton of flavor.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bottle into a 3F cup at Monk's Cafe, Philly

Smell: Very earthy, has very funky smell to it, expected from a wild yeast. Somehow it smell like umami, meaty taste to me. Very farm like. Weird, but interesting smell.
Taste: Really sour at first, tartness, some apple taste. No bitterness whatsoever. Very dry.
Feel: High carbonation. Light-body. Refreshing.

A great Gueuze, but I have not had 3F or Cantillon, and I would want to try that out.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7/5/15 DE bar

So I'll start by saying this is my first of this style so I really don't have much to compare it too.

Pours orange yellow with a flat look to it. Not much head at all.

The smell is a bit dank and sour. Smells like older wood.

The taste is pretty decent. Sour and a bit bitter.

The feel is flat. Again not sure if it's cause of the style but I feel it would be a lot better with more carbonation.

Overall, I like it but don't love it. Maybe as I try more of this style I'll appreciate it more.

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Photo of dar482
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark golden orange.

The aroma hits of hay, lemons, stale funk, crabapple, white grape must, lime.

The beer upfront offer an intense musty and funk, green apple tart quality, lemon juice, white wine, a sweet honey character, a very smooth and light carb mouthfeel.

The strong tart quality has me leaning with this winning against Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze in a side by side.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Possibly the best gueuze I've had to date . . . Ok, so I've only had two including this but the fact remains. Pours a gorgeous golden peach color and the way the head formed I knew this was going to have a superb feel to it and it does. Still learning my way around this style so I'm not the best judge. But for my notes . . . I like this very much.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: It pours hazy golden straw with touches of orange under a 1” fizzy white foam cap that quickly dissipates while providing sheets of lace.
S: Funky barnyard earthiness blends with acidic tartness including hints of apple, grapes and citrus – perhaps grapefruit.
T: It is very dry on the palate with sour, citrusy, lemony tastes and traces of vanilla and oak.
F: The body is light and the carbonation is champagne like.
O: A true classic.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, amber, beer with almoust no head. Just a thin white layer. Nice bubbles rising to the top.

Nose: Funk, tart notes. Apple, red berries, hay, grapefruit, stable, lemon peel, peach and apricot. Some sweetness in the nose.
Taste: Wow! This is amazing! Sour, tart, green apples, rasperries, yeast, grass, floral, oak and spice.
Body: Medium body with light carbonation. Very dry and bitter. Beatiful! I can feel my tounge wrickle. Very sour and refreshing. Pretty short aftertaste.

This is a awesome, beatiful beer! I'm in love :)

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Peach colored, nearly clear (yet fully transparent) brew, topped with virtually no head, but some nice bubbles that hang around.

Aroma is a huge hit of funk and tart notes: oak, yeast, lactic acid, peaches, citric acid...in some order. Not at all afraid to advertise the profile.

More sour up front that I'd guessed; vinegar, peach, oak, and barnyard funk; yeast; really quite a bit going on, and everything you'd want from a Gueuze.

Slightly thin and watery mouthfeel; very drinkable, very light, but a little slick for my preference.

A very good gueuze!

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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