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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Added by Todd on 10-21-2001

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color backlit with some orange lighting. Head is about one inch after pouring most of the bottle, large bubbles that don't do much but fizzle out. The nose was very tangy, with sour notes all over but not much vinegar. Smells great, and smells drinkable.

Both prove to be true - Hannsens is pleasingly sour and acidic without diving too hard into the vinegar spectrum, although it's present too. Strong citric presence, alcohol is muted. The body is just fine, pretty thin overall but smooth enough. Carbonation makes some elements of the sip seem like carbonated water. Great sour beer, exactly what a gueuze should act like.

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Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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 JBogan
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rather standard looking medium gold with a small white head which left minimal lacing.

The aroma was very tart with only the smallest hint of vinegar. no alcohol present. Very nicely balanced.

Taste had a perfect amount of citric tartness, very clean.

Mouthfeel was smooth and thin to medium bodied. Excellent carbonation went along well with the tartness to create a very refreshing beer.

This was one of the most enjoyable sour beers I've ever had.

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Photo of deliriumfest
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 2/26/09

Poured a beautiful cloudy orange color with no real head. Aroma is very tart filled with the smell of green apple, funk, and dry tartness. Taste is awesome nice tart funk flavor fills the mouth but fades rather quickly. The mouthfeel is smooth but filled with carbonation. Drinkability is definitely due to the fact that it reminds me of more expensive RR sours even though it's a gueze. Overall a great beer and a great substitute when you're craving the above mentioned sours. A pleasure to drink!

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Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this world famous geuze ale, this time by a 750ml green bottle, corked and caged; BB 07/08/2024, served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.

A: pours a clear, dark orangey-golden hue, with very fine carbonation at play and topped with a thin layer of white fluffy foam settling fast to a cap to last.
S: reasonably metallic and lactic notes rest on top of mildly salty-bitterness of old grapefruit peels; a good swirl brings up wheat-ish aroma and the restrained yet elegant woody notes of oak-ageing. Really clean and integrated overall, with almost little hint of the (in)famous stinky/funky fermented edge of wild yeast. Compared with Boon's Mariage Parfait, Oude Beersel Oude Geuze and Lindeman's Gueuze Cuvée René tasted the past three nights in a row, the aroma of this one is by far the most "moderate" and balanced, w/o a desirable "oomph" edge to it, though.
T: an effervescent swallow shows a tremendously tart attack of fresh lemonade and oak-aged cider, laced with light aromatic, tannic notes of dried citrus peels and lightly savoury bitterness. The hugely lactic foretaste is soon overtaken by a mysteriously clean and deeply dry-chewy palate as from dried root-herbs and hops. Again, just like the aroma, the funky elements and oak-woody aroma are both pretty understated on the palate, showing mild influence only in the aftertaste.
M&D: pretty fizzy at first yet softening considerably sip by sip, against a medium body and an integrated but hugely tart-fruity flavour, this oude geuze is enjoyable for the contrast between the sour foretaste and unbeatably clean yet chewy aftertaste. A geuze that never bores and thus is almost quaffable in a sense~~

* Tasting Date: 23/08/06
Freshness info. in absence. Served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.
4 A: bright, reddish-orangey amber hue, great clarity; a restrained layer of white beer head settles down fast, on top of lively yet very fine and tiny fizziness, like drizzling upside down. Elegant~~
4.5 S: tartly bitter, zesty citrus fruits, like grapefruits+lemons, while an aromatic and slightly oaky/woody apple-ish note prevails on top of the zestiness, almost like dry cider... very elegant; a close sniff reveals flint-stone like mineral note, a crisp edge of sour-yeasts, prunes, metallic hints and a good body of mild wheat-ish malts, remaining dry throughout... overall, the nose is very elegant, fruit-themed, balanced and approachable.
4.5 T: semi-sharply textured, lemon-juice like sour-bitter fruitiness overwhelms the palate in no time, added with an intensely cider-vinegary edge and a touch of Chinese salted prunes ("Hua-Mei")... slightly metallic feel emerges at the wings of the tongue, while the tangy-bitter edge of lemon zests also gradually creeps up along with more rusty mouthfeel attached to the teeth and the rear of the tongue; the aftertaste decreases in sourness and renders a very dry and chewy, woody finish with faintly mouldy and Lambiek's special stinky edge like regurgitated food. Clean and crisp in the end. Satisfying.
4 M&4.5 D: medium-bodied, the carbonation feels slightly sharp upfront, yet turning softer as it breathes; the focused flavour profile is perhaps the strongest point in this beer. It could've been more complex if given some more time to mature, I guess, but the beer as of now is already delicious and full of joy. I still wonder why no freshness info. is printed on the label...

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Hazy golden orange in color. Large, 2 fingered white head rises with retention longer that I'd expect. Head settles to a moderate white collar, no lace.

S - The wild character of this brew is noted immediately. Typical barnyard funk going on, but the most noticable aroma is old leather with a touch of hay and damp rags. Earthy and peppery notes come out as well, all rounded out with a hint of lemon acidity.

T - First on the tongue are the barnyard scents from the nose, vaguely reminiscent of hay, must, and almost manure. A leathery, almost smoky flavor appears briefly mid-palate before giving way to some sourness. The sourness is undeniably lemony, but not as overpowering as some gueuze I've had. Sourness mixes with an old cheese flavor just before a touch of musty, earthy bitterness that dies off quickly. Aftertaste is slight lemon peel, but over all the finish is relatively clean.

M - Sturdy medium body with a moderate carbonation. Although the bubbles get a little lively on the sides of the tongue, they are well contained.

D - For a style that I nearly always find marginally undrinkable, Hannssens is quite drinkable. The main factor here is the lack of abosutely caustic sourness and acidity that I've experienced in other beers. Here, the sourness is much more restrained and the brett/wild character is accentuated. Great stuff.

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

I've had this one for a little while, and I was in the mood for a gueuze tonight...so here we go

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear orangish golden color with a small head of white bubbles that just meanders about the top of the beer. Not too much action, but there are plenty of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass.

Aroma: The aroma had a bit of a green apple thing going on when i first poured it, but it has settled to a faint component of the aroma. There is some evident tartness to this beer and some dry wheaty aromatics that suggest that the beer is pretty dry. Not a lot of sweetness in the nose.

Taste: The beer is dry, but still has a pretty significant mouthfeel. There is some sweetness that set in the back of the throat like honey to linger with the acidity. There are defined lemon flavors that actually make me think of lemon drops. The finish is pretty balanced between the tartness and sweetness which makes it a rather drinkable brew. I actually feel a subtle warming in the belly after drinking about half the bottle.

Opinion: This is a pretty damn good Gueuze. I like the balance it has, and would actually be a pretty good one for someone who was new to this style. As wild as their Mead the Gueuze was, I was expecting something more assertive. As it is, this is a nice blend. Of course I would drink this beer again, but I prefer like a Girardin Black Label or some such. Either way a good beer to try.

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Photo of n811
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Wow, just wow.

Split a 375 mL bottle with my wife. This is our first gueze - been wanting to try one for quite a while.

Poured into champagne flutes - fantastic off white fluffy head. Smell is outrageous - tart apple and musk. I'm a big fan of Jolly Pumpkin beers so once I smelled this my anticipation grew.

Taste blew me away. This is such a sour beer that I almost envisioned that I was drinking a glass of lemon juice mixed with vinegar. The initial taste is totally eye-opening. Further sampling reveals subtle flavors of almost everything imaginable from malty sweetness to faint herbal hints.

Drinkability is definitely low just due to the complexity and tartness, but this was one of the most spectacular drinks I've had.

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Photo of Bobo77
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was my first geuze so I went easy on the scores just to be fair to the style.I picked this up thinking that it would be like wine, something that I would be able to pair with Thanksgiving dinner. Well I was half right, it was definately like wine, just a wine that I didn't like.

Pours a light, white wine color with some bubbles.

Aroma is like vinegar, totally puckeringly sour.

Taste is that of the most dry, sour white wine that I have ever had. It hit me like a ton of lemon flavored bricks. My brother liked it, he was gulping it down, but he had already ingested a few IPAs as well as half a bottle of Hennepin. Oh and a margarita. But anyhow, this was just too much sourness for me, it took me off guard and perhaps next time I try a Geuze I will be more prepared. I expected a sweeter wine profile, maybe that is what a lambic tastes like as opposed to a geuze...I don't know.

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Photo of davedahl
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Oude Gueuze my oude friend.

I picked up a 750ml of this from Sam's in Chicago. I really had to wrench the cork out of this baby but once it relented it produced a healthy FOP!

A medium pour gives an immediate big three-fingers head that's rather delecate but only dissipates down to a 1/2 finger. The beer is a crystal clear golden brew with tiny pin-prick champagne bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass for the duration.

The first whiff is a distinctly lambic/gueuze funk with some sour on the backend. Horse blanket.

Upfront the taste begins very tart and sour, with some healthy funk in the middle, ending with some less prominent, but still present, sweet-tart green apple.

The mouthfeel is fuller than I would have expected - but with plenty of bite. I'm guessing that's lactic acid from the younger of the lambics in this blend.

I accidentally paired it with curry chicken and it was a very pleasant surprise (by "accidentally" I mean I popped it open and 10 minutes later my wife says "ready for curry chicken!?"). They both have distinct and strong flavors but didn't fight at all in fact they seemed to keep each other at bay.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A - Very slightly hazy apricot colored liquid with a frothy white head leaving very light lacing.

S - Spiced cider, sour apples, wet horse blanket, burnt cinnamon stick, hay, musky smells of an old attic. This is funky in all the right ways.

T - Sour, tart flavors assault the guns and tongue immediately. These are followed by spicey hot flavors of pepper mixed with cardamon and allspice but those again quickly give way to sour crabapples in a long finish. Excellent sour, funky beer.

M - Heavy body, great mouthcoating, stings on the tongue a little, but not in a bad way, more like it is tickling your tongue.

D - This is a great drinking beer. Probably not something you want to pound a lot of, but definitely on the high end if you are in the mood for a geueze.

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Photo of brendan13
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly hazy orangey golden colour with a few centimetres of white head that falls fairly quickly. Minimal lace is left.
S - Musty & earthy as well as tart green apple note.
T - A lot of mustiness as well as a full on tart apple flavour with a a slight grainy hint.
M - Fairly light bodied, high carbonation. Quite a tart mouthfeel but not too full on.
D - Not something I'd drink heaps of but I'd definately drink this again.

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Photo of echdk3
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12,7oz bottle into a flute glass

A_Thin and fine bright white head. Semi-opaque creamy orange color, leaves some wide spread and then spider web lacing

S_Totally funky, comparable to dirty sweaty socks from a gym bag. What a very enjoyable and fun experience it is to totally embrace the funk-tastic smell of this beer

T_Ultra citrus taste, totally tart. The saliva glands really kick in very hard as the beer rolls across the pallet. The aftertaste is mild-strength sweat taste

M_Fairly light weight body, highly carbonated similar to champaign. The circus of reactions my pallet had to this was quite an experience

D_I need to pair this with food, preferably cheese and/or bread (I reviewed this with Oude en Jonge Goude cheeses). If you do enjoy the flavor, then the drinkability is quite high; the beer does not hit you with any hard alcohol taste or impact, so it can be enjoyed over and over again

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A:Hay golden color. Poured with some white head but it quickly disapated.

S: Oh yeah.Must funk. Vinegar. Tartness.

T: Pucker city right up front. It punishes your glands with every sip. Some pineapple in the back. The tartness is almost overpowering. Almost.

M: Very smooth. Thicker than other examples I have had. Less carbonation as well.

D: What a way to start thanksgiving. I scared my father with this beer.

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Photo of koolk
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange in colour, with a small white head with a little lacing.

Musty, sour aromas are predominant, with some tougher "funk" notes wafting in. Fruit aromas of orange and citrus peel. Complex and enjoyable.

Sherbet like sweetness meets a tight, harsh citric acid flavour - at first it takes the palate a little to get used to it, but when it does it really opens up other flavours. Grapefruit, sour lemons, tobacco leaf, and a woody aftertaste. Wow!

A fairly extreme Gueze but very well balanced. Love it!

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

Original rating: Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a cloudy light orange with a white head. Aroma is super funkalicious with lots of yeast, old socks, and sweat. Flavor of cracker and lots of funk. Pretty sour too and probably would be hard to drink in large quantities. Nice gueuze with some acidity. 7/4/8/4/14

Updated 11/18/08. Bottle. Pours a light orange with no real head. Aroma is very barnyard funk with a light sugary sweetness. Flavor of sweettart candies, light barkynard funk, and tart sourness. Very very drinkable for a gueuze. Refreshing too. Top-notch gueuze.
Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Overall: 16/20

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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 ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle $6.99. beautiful orange with a short foam atop, then not even one bubble. It smells like the slightest hint of funky cheese, lemons, dusty cardboard boxes. It tastes sour, citrus, lemons, good gueuze. The mouthfeel seemed a little thin at first, but overall it was adequate.

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

Pours out really clear light yellow amber color with one finger of white foam.
Smell is sour lemon peel with a hint of orange juice. The Brettys are kicking some major butt here. Alum and salt combine for the end of the sour smell.
Taste is sugary sweet sour lemon with a hint of apples and spice.
Mouthfeel is very clean. Love the mouthfeel here. The sour dry stays with the mouth for a long time making you want another drink.
Drinkability is how much good sour you can stand.

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Photo of KeefD
2.99/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Review from tasting notes. Pale orange, hazy. Aroma is slighty vegetal, spicy, and sour to say the least. Horse blanket and dirty feet funkyness. Not all that appealing. Flavor follows suit, but not as strong as the nose. Very sour and tart, some fruitiness, slightly medicinal. Low carbonation, very slick on the tongue. I like the funk and the sour, but this is a bit much for my personal taste. I'm sure there are many who appreciate it for the style, and more power to them. Just can't see myself seeking more of this out. Drinking more than one at a time would be overwhelming for me. I like sour beers very much, but there are other sour styles I would rather partake in.

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Photo of stumac
3.07/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well I do like the way the label looks....

this brew poured up a straight yellow color...the aroma was sour!....also smelled a little of urine...the taste was super duper sour...im in limbo right now about this beer...do i have another one to give it a second shot or do i let it ride on down the stream past me?...

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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 MiScusi
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to OHLRangers who threw this in as an extra.

Crystal clear gold, small thin egg shell white head. Recedes really fast and a foamy ring lingers the rest of the way. The barn and old leather type aromas come through easily at first. As for the taste, it's hard to say much other than "sour." It's obviously got that earthy component that is found in the aroma, it just comes through a bit different in the taste. Not as intensely sour as I thought it would be. The most recent gueze I've had was Beatification a few days ago, and that seemed to be more intense. Still very good, Hanssens has lived up to everything I had heard about them.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange body with good carobonation that gives a large head that leaves a lace sheath. I am not a huge fan of tart citric drinks but this is different. While it is extremely tart and carbonated in a medium body, it contains a good amount of fruit in the taste like apple, grape, some sour citrus and has a dry backbite that kicks your ass. While there's no malts I can put my finger on, there's a very mild sweetness that shields this beer from being overly bitter. I didn't drink this for a special occasion; it is not necessary. I recommend this to any adventorous beer drinker.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
2.79/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Golden amber color with a quickly fading fizzy head. Sweaty, smelly feet is all I get. This is really too much. I had to let this thing warm up for about a half hour before that smell died down a bit. Ok, lemon, hay and some apples. The feet aroma is still there. This is not a subtle stinky feet aroma, this is a big fat sweaty guy sticking his toes in your nose stink.

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
4.21 out of 5 based on 1,281 ratings.
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