Oude Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

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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1,285
Avg:
4.21
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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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Photo of Hokies
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750ml bottle and pours a orange cloudy beer. A nice foamy head that quickly settles to a light lace on top of the beer. The smell is a little bitter with an aroma of bananas, dry cider and also I detect some pear. The taste is bitter at the nose and throughout, their is also a hint of vinegar taste. You can definitely taste some fruits before the champagne dryness comes through. This is extremely tart and not my style but I have to judge it on the style and it fits it to a tie even though it could have a little bit more of a fruit taste to it. The beer is carbonated like a glass of champagne and likewise does not have that much drinkability, even for the style I think it is to tart to drink a lot.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle, no dating found. poured into tulip.

honey gold w brownish amber tones. slight haze. decent head fades to wispy layer. lacing a bit sparse.

cider vinegar and champagne, with some farmhouse and yeast funk. hints of wood.

tart from start to finish, but with crisp dryness and almost no residual sweetness. cider and champagne give some trace of fruit base, but the tartness is the main player. hints of wood and funk again.

ever so slightly thin, but texture from acidity. prickly carbonation.

refreshingly acidic and dry. could use a tad more esters or malt sweetness.

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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 Cresant
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 375 mL corked green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date but I have had this cellared for over one year. The body was semi-cloudy but cleared rapidly upon sitting. It was the color of a new penny, bright and copper. The tall, spritzy head receded to a constant ring.

Smell was earthy. Cherries. Lightly of balsamic vinegar. I kept thinking of lemonade drink mix powder. Interesting.

Taste was tart. I imagine drinking Kool-aid out of a old clay jar. Only a tad funky. Lingering pleasant sourness. Easy to drink. No trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was effervescent immediately but faded toward the end. Medium to light bodied.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light orange, copper without much head and a few bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Tart apple with some sour funk, wet hay, acidic and a touch of barnyard.

T - Sour and tart with hints of vinegar, white grapes and a touch of oak.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel with sparkly carbonation at first that mellows and a biting acidity that grabs the tongue.

D - Used to be my favorite Gueuze until i have tried many others but still top notch. Very easy to drink for the sour acidity.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at City Wide in South Bend. Pours a clear straw color with a bubbly dusting of a head. Looks quite effervescent. Smells massively sour, also has a horseiness and overripe citrus in the nose. Taste is a sinus clearing sourness at first. Nice clean malt backbone comes through fast afterwards. Sourness becomes a stable/hay flavor and is less intense after a couple of sips. Delicate but complex flavor with pineapple and grapefruit notes. very tasty. Medium bodied and clean feel, not as bubbly in the mouth as it looks. Top notch. very clean and tasty while also feeling earthy and old-world.

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

375 ml bottle, served in a Riedel Vinum Extreme flute at 59 F/ 15 C.

Brilliant golden color, big fluffy off-white head, sheets of finely textured lace.

Big smell of fresh apple and underripe melon, with sharp earthy funk, briny feta cheese, some dried leaves, wood, and a bit of cider vinegar.

Tastes nice and sour, but well balanced by a modicum of appley sweetness. A bit of vinegar. Tangy bacterial earth, dry wood and leafiness grow, along with savory salty feta, and the beer becomes almost completely dry. Very refreshing. Lingering yogurtlike tang, along with deep leafy earthy cheesy funk, and a ghost of the fruit.

Prickly astringent texture, pleasant. Quite drinkable and refreshing, there is plenty of acidity but it is not overbearing.

Very nice beer, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle cellared for two years. Served in a tall stange at just over fridge temperature and paired with brie cheese and preserves.

Appearance- Clear, rich deep orange/gold with a two finger head, creamy and white with just a hint of orange. Looks like a deeper hued champagne. Real nice lacing.

Smell- Unbelievably rancid, sour cherries... the geueziest geueze! Tart's an understatement... over-the-edge acidity. Unrelentingly citric. Barnyard aromas, like the back of a camel or horse... horseblanket would be the word for it. Flies, mosquitos, bugbites, gnats, all these things come into play. Ridiculous.

Taste- The mouth recoils in defense of the sourest of fermented cherries. Just delicious and so incredibly tart. Straight ahead sour, it keeps on building where your saliva just starts flowing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Microbubbles that smooth out further into the swallow, it's easy and a great beer to start things off. One of my all time favorite aperitif choices, and always a conversation starter at gatherings.

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Photo of younger35
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Sam's in Highland Park for $5.99. Corked and caged 375 mL bottle with no discernable time or dating. Drank from my Widmer Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with a suspended haze of yeast and debris. A thick white head poufs up before slowly dying down to leave a flat little cap and collar that isn't shy about leaving lace.
Smell- Very dirty and musty with a definite barnyard/horse hair funk. Very acidic and lemony with a vinegar tingle in the nose. A little rougher than I'm used to and authentically classic I'm sure.
Taste- Holy... extremely tart with a clean, crisp acidity that is very sharp but not as musty and dirty as the nose led me to believe. Lightly floral with a subtle yeast bite toward the finish and a dry puckering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp and clean with sharp biting carbonation.
Drinkability- I always believe these things are going to be way tarter than they really are and I always find myself enjoying them, extremely. I actually liked this Gueuze much better than the Girardin Gueuze 1882 Black Label (Unfiltered). I thought it was much less sour and way easier drinking.

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Photo of barrelman
2.6/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-full head that quickly died away. Clear and straw colored.

S- Even for a geuze, serious funk. But, instead of the soft funk that you'd get from a wash-rind cheese, it's a serious biting funk that you'd get from moldy lemonheads, if there were such a thing.

T- No subtlety here. Grabs your teeth and not so much hangs on for dear life as it wages a remorseless attack on your whole mouth.

M- Good, but even the mouth feel is sour.

D- Hard to finish this one. Even for a geuze, it's too much. Nothing subtle. I wonder why the bottle is so big?

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Photo of jim102864
1.62/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Try as I might to be fair about this style, it was simply an awful experience but one I felt I must try, since I never shy away from tasting something new. This was my first experience with the Gueuze style. Clearly it takes someone with a niche palate and a strong control of the gag reflex to appreciate this stuff. I am not wussy enough to avoid it and will try to find something that is more palatable in the future, but glossing it over with charming adjectives isn't gonna work. The words "chicken coop shit" came to mind the minute it was presented and I took a wiff at a very special bar in Brookline, Mass called Publick House and Monk's Cell. The barnyard nastiness continued in the taste but it was exacerbated by the blended sour brew that was part of the blend of this beer. The Belgian sour in and of itself takes a great deal to get used to. If you've never experienced a "rauchbier" then you're in for a double wammy when you taste this concoction. "Funky" is being kind. Avoid this style if you want to avoid losing your dinner or if you've never come close to similiar flavors in your Belgian experience before. Like I said, I'll explore the Gueze style again but I will proceed with extreme caution before doing so. Nasty, nasty stuff.

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

Review #2000

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent that is completely soured; very nice. It's so tart it makes my toes curl. The taste is awesome! This is the most sour beer I've ever tried. The recipe is basic:pale malt and lambic yeast. There is no hop character at all. It has a woody component to it that really comes through in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a kick ass beer. It makes my face pucker after even the tiniest sip. Highly recommended!

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a barely-there froth that rims my glass. Lacing is consistently spotty in pattern and lasts a good while, upwards of five to ten minutes. Body is a pale banana peach gold which is, actually, quite good to look at, and unique in shade. Definitely cloudy, but that's too be expected.

Smell: Whoa. Has all the markings of a super amped lambic. Bretty funk, hay, rosemary, alcohol, butter (not diacetyl, but butter), vinousity, pepper, peaches, papaya or some other sort of tropical fruits I'm having trouble identifying - rhubarb? Complex.

Taste: While the sourness here does not reach the balance of a traditional blended lambic, it is suprisingly subdued, which I consider a good thing. Still, it's definitely there, and a little astringent, too. A champagne-like vinousity and corky woodsiness really assert themselves here where I didn't find them in the nose. Peach, apricot, a little melon? Again, some rhubarb I pick up in there.

Mouthfeel: Undercarbonated. Still, not nearly as astringent as it could be.

Drinkability: A sipper.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice clear brown/orange color with a full tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Very earthy ang musky nose. Sweet caramel and tart fruits with some citrus.

Again a very tart but earthy flavor. Nuts, pepper, and light fruits.

Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation with a light body.

Great beer for a hot summer day. So simple and delicate yet complex and perfectly balanced. Great example of the style.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green 750ML bottle aged for close to 2 years. Pours a bright shiney gold with a loose white head. Pour this one pretty aggressive to get the most out of the appearance. Carbonation clings to the side of the glass.

Very much like a cider at the start of each pull. Towards the meat of this brew it gets a bit earthy and at the end its smashed by a tart, tangy finish. The sour tartness lingers giving it a very dry feel.

Notes: An amazing style. This one lives up to its billing. Even more amazing is the modest price, all things considered a winner.

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

Pours a hazy orange with a head that fades to a thin cap. Smells pretty typical for a well-made gueuze, sour, acetic, metallic, and funky. Taste is similar, with a quick sourness in the mouth, followed by a slightly herbal flavor, some non-hop bitterness and some ripe cheese at the end. Horseblanket undercurrents. Mouthfeel is crisp,slightly slick, and full. Not as tannic as some. Extremely refreshing and interesting as usualfor the style.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle for New Years into a gueuze glass. Poured a golden orange color with off white champagne head. Smell is sour vingear aroma followed by a strong barnyward and dirty sock funk. Taste is quite sour with citrus lemon coming through mixed with a tart green apple flavor, a slight bile taste, with slate minerals following. Mouthfeel is dry and very puckering sharp, almost like licking a battery with you tongue. While not the most drinkable gueuze because of the high acidic flavor it is one of the best sipping gueuze. I have been drinking for years and at 8.99 a bottle in my opinion a better value than an other gueuze on the market.

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

note: This is my first gueze. The descriptions I read first did little to prepare me for this. Wow.

a: This is a slightly cloudy yellow color. A carefull pour produces a thin wispy white head.

s: The smell almost defies description but I'll try. Apple cider vinegar that has been left in the sun is the first thought that comes to mind. More fascinating than pleasant, I could not keep my nose out of it. Alluringly rank is a phrase that seems to fit as well as any.

t: Tastes as is if someone dusted the sugar off of my Sour Patch Kids. An extraordinarily strong sour apple taste with some vinegary funk is the best I can come up with.

m: Tart. Very tart. Very dry also. My lips might be permanantly puckered.

d: My first gueuze but certainly not my last. It will be awhile before I try another one however.

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Photo of sleazo
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the first few Gueuezes I have encountered and am just getting into the style.

A-straw coloured with a big frothy head.

S_i have to say it smells like fecal matter. As I keep drinking the smell tapers off a bit and you get vegetation

T-I am getting a puckering sourness. A good deal of minerals come through as well and the finish is puckeringly dry. The funk on here is impressive. A certain vinuous quality is also pervasive throughout. Very intense to say the least but I am enjoying this one

M_effervescent yet medium bodied

D_durian if that makes any sense. The smell reminds me of a certain type of fecal matter but the taste is great. As they say smells like chit, tastes like heaven.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my celebratory beer for the BC victory over Clemson. This game sent BC to its first ever ACC Championship Game.

This beer has a hugely tart aroma. It also is extremely earthy and a bit "footy". A very complex and strong aroma.

Extremely sour taste. So much so that I think it covered up some of the potential subtleties of this beer. I love the potency of the taste, tart and citric.

Very lightly carbonated. nice mouthfeel, but small head.

I love extremely sour beers, and this is one of the most intense guezes I have had. Thumbs up.

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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 Billolick
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large green Belgian style bottle, caged and corked. Pours semi cloudy, medium apricot amber, minor and short lived, medium tan head. Morphs down to a thin film and leaves next to no lacing. Tart, green apple nose. Sourness is the story here. Horse blanket, barnyard funk in all its artisinal glory. Funk quite prominent and showing its puckering muscles. Surely not a crowd pleaser, but sour beer lovers will be all over this one.

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
4.21 out of 5 based on 1,285 ratings.
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