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Oude Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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4.26/5
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#779
Reviews:
510
Ratings:
1,314
pDev:
10.09%
Bros Score:
4.55
 
 
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115
Gots:
244
Trade:
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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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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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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
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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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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 1,314 ratings
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