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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
493
Ratings:
1,252
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
16.39%
 
 
Wants:
111
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228
For Trade:
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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, copper/gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sourness, strong yeast, hint of pale malt, hint of alcohol, hint of floral notes, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a gueuze. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a high carbonation level. There is also a strong tartness and sourness. Tastes of sourness, hint of pale malt, hint of alcohol, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, body, mouth feel, blend, and aroma.

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Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber hue with a creamy ever present two finger head and lacing here and there, the smell is horse blanket, granny smith apples, a touch of vinegar and Brett, the feel is creamy, moderately carbonated and smooth with sour tastes of apples, grapes, musty funk and finished with a Brett funkiness and overall a great interpretation of the style that id buy again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of illpass78
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dense gold with a one-inch eggshell head that sticks around for a few minutes. Lacing minimal. Heavy carbonation.

Aroma: Now this is funky. The beer has a powerful aroma of lemons and funk. You can definitely understand why people say this style has a "barnyard" smell.

Taste: How much tart can you take? This is a sour beer for people who love sour beers. It tastes like lemons, citrus and overpowering sourness. It's a sipper for me - one to savor and enjoy. It also has some nice vinous quality to it.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a nice, light body. Almost summery in depth.

Overall: Someone unfamiliar with lambics will find this too abrasive - like if someone poured paint thinner into a very tart shandy. But lambic fans will love it - it hits all the notes, brings a bomb of sour flavor, and comes in that cool bottle.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Hazy gold. The head is creamy looking, not substantial in size. I guess I would describe this as elegant.
smell: Tangy, funky fruit. Hanssens describes it as wet wool, preserved lemon, vanilla, and earth. Sounds pretty accurate to me.
taste: I'm gonna cheat and plagiarize from Hanssens, "The palate is sharply tangy and dry, opening up to a marvelously complex display of citrus and damp earth in the center." That nails it.
overall: First Gueze. Very interesting.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: funky sour fruits, soured grapes, wine like, sour salt water, lemon

T: extremely sour up front, lemon, bitter orange, salty, floral

M: light and refreshing

O: excellent sour, flavor is prominent, true to the style

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Photo of Lemke10
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy, golden amber color with a foamy head. The aroma is slightly sweet and yeasty. The taste is sweet with lots of sugar, slightly tart, and leaves a lingering bitter taste. This is very tasty and a decent lambic for the price. With a good full texture this a lambic that delivers.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(poured with casual attention by the bartender into a tulip - 2nd/final pour by yours truly)

A: clear, pale honey-amber in color with a surprisingly durable cap of dense, creamy-frothy white foam (first half of pour)... poured in the rest (having likely been stirred by initial pour) sans last 1/2" - noticeably opaque with crumbling foam structure

S: first, a hit of earthy, sort of wheat germ graininess at its core - the bright, vaguely floral, inner layer of citrus peel comes in a step or two behind, around the perimeters

T: shifting shades of blinding, tart, dry citrus from start to finish - smooth shock of bitterness... with sediment poured in, a nutty element emerges in the finish... quintessential, pinpoint gueuze elements throughout

M: bright, tart smack up front, followed by a brief fuzzy funk, finally popping off and softly scattering out quite dry... nothing residual except for a delicate bitter numbness

O: fantastic gueuze - just what I wanted - just what I dream of (for the most part)

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Photo of Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a fizzy off-white head that eventually reduces, leaving just a bit floating on top

S- lemon juice mixes with dried hay and barnyard funk aromas, fruity notes of peach and pear, musty and earthy yeast

T- big shot of puckering sourness up front, eventually gives notes of lemon peel, pear and peach. Funky yeast adds a musty tone with notes of dried hay and woodsy flavors, fruity lingers

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a slick and foamy mouthfeel with a bone dry, picking finish

O- big puckering notes on the aroma and taste, very good overall

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Photo of brianmandell
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle recently stocked by the local bottle shop. Pours a hazy golden-amber. No lacing.

Aroma is earthy funk and grass with bright lemon character and vinegar.

Taste is candied lemon up front (like a lemonhead) with some lemon rind and other fruits including apple and grape. There is a funky base of earth, grass and oak but not as much as the smell would suggest. There is also a slightly metallic aftertaste. Very sour - the Hanssens seems to contain a higher amount of acetic acid than Cantillon or 3F Gueuze. It has a very vinegary taste and sensation I can feel in the back of my throat. I felt the same way about the Hanssens Oude Kriek; however, the gueuze is more drinkable than the kriek. There is a cloying sweetness, which in combination with the vinegar and the moderate, prickly carbonation made for a beer that is less drinkable than I was hoping. I love gueuze and this is not a bad beer for your gueuze fix. However, both 3F and Cantillon are much better.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to perthbelgianbeer for this one !

Drank from my Cantillon Geuze glass

A - Pours a cloudy Orange straw colour. Pure white head reduces to a thin film that retains well.

S - Very tart, lemon peel, grass and wet wood.

T - Very oaky flavour, preserved lemons come to mind. The tartness is quite intense and the finish long.

M - Medium body with fullish carbonation

O - A great Geuze and well worth a try

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Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright opaque orange hay body. Fine pure white head settles into a thick halo. Ok retention and low lace.

S - Complex nose, tart and savory. Tart peach, tart lemon rind, bread crust, red grapes, dried grass, apple cider, thai basil, honey.

T - Bold and oaky. Firm assertive oak, preserved lemons, bready malt backdrop, bright herbal cilantro and lemon thyme, earthy dry wheat stalks.

M - Dry, medium body with a nice bright carbonation.

O - A fantastic gueuze; well blended and well balanced. A great example of the style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours light amber with an excellent head.

Aroma: smells just awful but with encouragement I took a sip.

Flavor: way better than the aroma, it is markedly tart -- sour enough to alter the mouthfeel. Complex and hard to describe
Fine soft carbonation

O: an awful smelling ale with a fascinating flavor.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not sure of the vintage. Hazy, golden-orange pour, with a thin layer of white bubbles for a head, minimal lacing. In the nose, citrus and horseblankety Brett funk. In the taste, sour fruits, grassy funk, horseblanket, toasted grain, Champagne, with a crisp, dry finish. Gueuzey! Light-medium body, prickly carbonation. An enjoyable drink.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml cork and caged green bottle poured into a tulip.
6% ABV, Bottled in M, 2013

A - Just a little cloudy to the golden yellow brew, the thin off-white head is hindered by the strong acidity in this gueuze but manages to leave nice lace clinging on to the glass for dear life.

S - Lactic acid yeast funk and sourness permeates from the beer; musty old basement that hasn't been cleaned in years distributes a downright awesomely nasty funk straight to the nostrils. Just a tiny drop of lemon oil citrus finishes out.

T - Musty wild funk is overpowering, arresting the tongue with powerful acidic sourness reminiscent of both an old wood paneled basement and run down barn. While these might sound bad, damn are they awesome attributes of a gueuze.

M - Possibly the most sour beer I've ever had, this one will make your butthole pucker and your eyes twitch. Light bodied and highly carbonated with a dry finish of beautiful acidic tartness; if you love sour, this one is DEFINITELY for you.

O - Hanssens Oude Gueuze is one of the most varying beers I've encountered, ranging from absolutely stellar to pretty good with this particular bottle landing right in the middle. A great Gueuze with fantastic drinkability for a sour beer, this funky golden ale quenches both thirst and thirst for sour power!

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Photo of FLima
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an amber golden color with no head whatsoever.
Very funky aroma with notes of cheese, horse blanket, sweat and lemon tartness.
Great flavor with intense puckery notes of lime, earthy hops, peaches, strong pepper and oak. Astringent and acid aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation with tiny bubbles.
This is a bold sour beer, one of the spiciest and sour I had. A must for sour heads.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cork didn't really pop much when I opened it and the resulting beer doesn't look to have much carbonation. Still, excited to try this. I believe this is a 2010.

S: A nice hit of funk right away. Horse blanket, wet hay, oak, cedar and a great tartness.

T: There isn't much carbonation, but it doesn't really seem to be a problem. Loads of funk and lemon acidity right away. Nice lingering tartness and funk throughout. Never really gets too sour, but this is a pleasant gueuze.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.17/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: golden, clear,
S: musty earth brett funk, grapes, cherries, ocean
T: tart cherries, lemon juice, this sourness seem to taste salty as well
M: dry, and the sharp sourness that cuts through the palate. it does not taste like vinegar, though.
O: it's a very sour beer. i am not a big fan but it works

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

Scored at Bier Station when they pulled out some "cellared" bottles as part of a tapping party. I don't see Hanssens around here often, so I snatched it up in spite of the cost. Enjoyed out of a green 375 mL bottle with no dating that I can find on the bottle. However, the label is notched at what looks to be November 2012, so this one has about a year on it. Poured into a narrow Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a brassy, almost crystal-clear golden color, with a steady but sparse stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. As the bubbles reach the top, the work to create an everpresent foam about three-quarters finger thick. The color is a creamy off-white and made up of small, effervescent bubbles. Pretty standard looking gueuze to me.

Smell - A pretty funky, musty smell, like horse blanket, but mixed with a more generic fruity smell. Maybe some faint melon and starfruit, as well as some faint citrus and a backbone from the woody oak. Hints at a sour taste, but it's not as aggressive as I might have thought.

Taste - Unfortunately, the great funk and barnyard smell I got from the nose isn't as present in the taste. While it's definitely a sour beer, the sweetness provides a cloying counterpoint that really dulls the edge of the tartness. Not sure I'm a fan--when I drink a gueuze, I want that rush of adrenaline from the taste buds puckering in on themselves. I'm a little surprised this is rated so highly.

Mouthfeel - A little bit of cloying feel to it, but with a light body and light-to-moderate carbonation. Mostly dry finish, but with a sweet undertone that I'm not wild about.

Overall, an okay gueuze. I can think of at least two off the top of my head that are better, easier to get and cheaper. And they come in the same single-serve bottle, so no need to buy in 750 mL bulk. Give me more of that Experimental Cassis over this one any day.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a low, lazy effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam. Not bad, although I would have expected a little more carbonation perhaps.

Smell: extremely sour and slightly fruity. There's a light floral element here too which lends a nice, subtle complexity. But that sourness -- bam!

Taste: very sour throughout, but with a dynamic flavor profile underneath. Starts off a little funky, perhaps a little bready, and then develops an almost melon-like fruitiness. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: relatively light body with a low level of carbonation. Not really creamy, but then it's not supposed to be. High attenuation is appropriate for the style.

Overall: super tasty, tart and refreshing. One of the sourest beers I've ever had, and it works to great effect here. Kudos!

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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 Etan
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml into a snifter.

A: Pours a glowing grapefruit color with a nice white head.

S: Very citrusy with a drying oak character coming in. Some bretty wet hay and a bit of a sulfuric note.

T: Taste is pretty acidic, with a bit more of an acetic character than most geuzes. Mild apple vinegar, a bit of minerality, oak tannins, unmalted wheat on the breath, some lactic acid, a bit of vanilla.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A nice flavorful geuze. I'm surprised that it's took me so long to finally review it.

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

Served into a samichlaus snifter.

Appearance - Hazy straw.

Smell - Tart lemony citrus. Slight bretty pineapple with a bit of funk.

Taste - Puckering granny smith tartness and flavor with an earthy mild over-ripe pineapple finish. Wow.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and well carbonated.

Overall - I really dig this and would love to have more to share.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass

A) Dense and cloudy; golden hued with apple juice highlights. Thin head with wispy retention. Some bubbles around the inside. Specks of lace.

S) Pretty nice aroma. Sharp funk and mustiness. Decent cheesy presence. Funk tones of cobwebs, basement, water-logged swamp wood and abandoned barn. Mostly funk notes; not really much for fruit. A bit grassy and earthy.

T) Kicks upfront with a good amount of tartness and sourness. It's equally rounded out by an almost toasty funkiness that bleeds into a sharp, musty funk stampede. Wood and earth.

M) Medium-light feel. It's a good feel. Moderate carbonation matches the tartness of the beer. Finishes tart and funky. It's a very good feel.

D) Exceptional balance and boasting great flavor. In contention for my favorite. Recommended.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks, Kevin. This is one that I've eyed up numerous times, but for some reason never walked out of the store with it. Golden, yellow body, very nice for a gueuze with a solidifying chill haze that cascades throughout. The foamy white head looks as though it might hang around for a while before it quickly scatters and reduces to almost nothing, leaving no lacing behind.

Wow, the aroma has exceedingly generous amounts of farmhouse funk. Sweat socks, wet wood, muddled and musty barnyard floors, wet hay... it's all there, side by side with a super acidic and tart green apple skin and lemon rind fruitiness that kicks the tartness up just a notch. When a beer smells this sour, you can only imaging how it's going to taste.

Wonderful balance of funk and tartness with each and every sip; lots of tart, unripe apples and lemon juice, very puckering and tickling the senses in nearly every way possible. The sourness has a mild lactic quality; not much vinegar, but certainly a little acidic. A few sips into this one and I'm kicking myself for not having purchased this sooner.

The funk, while not *quite* as huge as in the aroma, is still very much present on the palate. Musty and wet oak board, funky bales of hay, and a multitude of other barnyard-like flavors will have their way with the palate before the bottle is gone. A nice, biting acidic finishes things off and leaves your palate with the unabashed dryness that's expected from gueuze. Crisp and thin body with a sharp, heavily carbonated mouth feel.

Color me impressed... While I do not believe this is a world-beater level gueuze (which, in all fairness, is one of the hardest leaderboards to climb), it's still pretty damn good, and it's even more appealing due to its (relatively) reasonable price-point and superb availability. Sometime to tide over your gueuze yearning after you drink your last Cantillon... don't pass this one up like I did.

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

Thick white head that actually sticks around! Clear apple juice color.

Aroma is soft funk of mustiness and hay. Citric lemon and apple.

Plenty of lemony flavor and tartness throughout. Lingering funky flavor.

Softer carbonation and a fuller body for a gueuze.

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
94 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.
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