Oude Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is the result of blending different lambics of different ages. The second fermentation takes place inside the bottles and therefore they are stored for minimum six months in constant temperature kept cellars.

Added by Todd on 10-21-2001

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Ratings:
1,294
Reviews:
506
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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 pknyc
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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 scottwurst
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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 KMcG
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Mantooth
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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 Neorebel
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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 Buckeye982
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mcss
4/5  rDev -5%

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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Photo of Theortiz01
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of kristougher
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of frogfan
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, given to me by Brian as a nice extra. Poured into a Cantillon sherry glass today, 9/10/2013. This bottle is dated November 2012. Review #205.

Opens with a resounding pop.

Looks great! Clear golden straw coloured body with a nicely effervescent head that dissipates into a thick, bubbly collar that is continually being replenished from the escaping gas bubbles from within the glass. Leaves streaks of lacing all over the glass. Very nice!

The nose is a bit fainter than I'm used to for a geuze. Nevertheless, there is definitely a strong, earthy funk in the nose accompanied by a good chunk of acidity and a nice lemon zest.

Flavour is very nice and geuze-ish. Lemon zest, perhaps some grape skin, hits the palate first followed by a nice vinegary and acidic flavour which cleans the palate right off. The back end of each sip brings that earthy funk and a peppery spiciness on top of the vinegar, which is altogether a wonderful flavour profile. It just feels a bit subdued compared to the more famous 3F Oude Geuze, however.. but the profile really does remind me of the OG.

Mouthfeel is very effervescent on a medium body. Its just like sipping a sour champagne. The aftertaste is a drying, acidic, lemon juicy flavour that is balanced out a little bit by a barnyard funk. But the lemon aspect remains dominant.. very acidic. Sourness quotient isn't out of this world, but this is certainly a sour and would not be mistaken for otherwise.

A very good shelf geuze that reminds me of a less intense Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze. Its not the most intensely flavourful geuze like 3F Oude Geuze, nor is it funky like Cantillon Classic. But it is readily available at a price point that is hard to argue with. I think I would prefer Tilquin's version at the same price point. However, if that isn't available, then this one is the one I would turn to.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy dark yellow with a flimsy fishnet of a head. Not lookin' good.

Smell: The expected barnyard Brettanomyces character is front and center. Pine, lemon zest, and apricots add some complexity.

Taste: Delicious umami, but the acetic sourness is the most obvious flavor, to the point where it almost throws things off balance. Some of the apricot from the smell is present, as is a fresh, wheaty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-light, with high carbonation. In spite of the sourness, the finish isn't puckering.

Overall: Quite enjoyable, although the appearance was a tad off-putting. Flavorful and fun, but with slightly too much sourness--other flavors could have come out, creating a rounder taste.

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Photo of rdell17
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sjccmd
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden amber with a large white head that thins out fairly quickly. No lacing.

Very nice grassy aroma. Musty basement, citrus, wet hay, woody, and typical farmy aroma but not so aggressive. Tart with a subtle sweetness in the background

Sour upfront finishing with funk and some sweetness. The sourness is a bit one-dimensional and not quite as dry as I'd like. Still refreshing. The beer might be a bit too young.

Biting but not too highly carbonated. Some bitterness and sweetness sticks around in the finish.

A nice gueuze, but a bit one dimensional and not quite dry and carbonated enough.

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Photo of krl2112
2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
4.21 out of 5 based on 1,294 ratings.
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