Oude Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Oude GueuzeOude Gueuze

Brewed by:
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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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A delightful pop from the cork and this poured out sunshine golden straw color. Light and a bit cloudy. A voluptuous head of white foam that settled to a thin cap and collar and champagne effervescence. It’s heaven to look at. The nose is strong and delicious with yeast, brett funk, barnyard and hay, musty wood a bit of vinegar and sweet hint of white grape and citrus. Taste is mouth watering, juicy and sour. Lemon, plenty of earthy funk, sour with some pear and green apple. Malt is light grain. It’s simplicity on the palate and each sip has you asking for more. Nice dry finish and a little oak and vanilla in the aftertaste. This was a wild and refreshing gueuze.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (dated November 2012) into a gueuze glass. Review from notes dated June 2, 2013.

A-A normal pour results in a thin white head that drops to a patchy cap of foam. The carbonation is active and visible in the clear liquid. The brew is copper/light orange in color.

S-I smell tart white grapes, sour apples, tart lime, and a lactic sourness. The funkiness is mild for the style and complimentary of the sour fruit notes.

T-The taste tracks the smell. I get an acidic vinous note of grapes, apples, lime, and slightly sweet cider to begin with. The finish then dries out and the lactic sourness tugs a little at your glands. Funkiness is tame, but integrates well with the fruits.

M-The feel is a bit softer and mellower than some of gueuze I have had recently (mainly Cantillon). The body is also a bit fuller and more robust for the style.

O-This is a great gueuze. The flavors are sweeter and less funky than some beers of this style and the feel is softer and more robust, all of which combine to make this beer a bit less harsh-feeling than some other gueuze, which helps the drinkability. That being said, this beer still has complexity and tartness that make this style so enjoyable.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In my experience, the more difficult a brewery’s name is to pronounce, the better their sours are; this one doesn’t seem too tough phonetically, though. Glad to have it in my glass on this bright summer’s day.

A: Pours a gorgeous gold with a fizzy, stark white head that falls fast to the tune of very little retention and lace. Still, an eye-catching body that shimmers in the light.

S: An array of ripe fruit at first: kiwi, mango, and cantaloupe manifest a palate drenched in the juicy, natural sweetness of fleshy fruit. Slight vinegar tone to it – smells acidic – but the wild yeast provides mainly a funky, barnyard crispness that’s balanced just about perfectly with the fruit. Fantastic.

T: This is one hell of a sour beer, but not sour in the way you typically think of. Imagine eating a lime like an apple: it has a very distinct rind flavor to it – strikingly bitter – but the main taste, the pulp of the palate, is a sweet-and-sour citric juiciness. As such, the fruit profile of blackberry, kiwi, and lemon-lime that evolves is not only refreshing, but overripe and interesting. Pronounced malt flavors or hay and fruity cereal fill any gaps with a taste you wouldn’t believe wasn’t a mouthful of grain – there’s nothing but authentic flavor here. Finishes with a lingering olive oil tone.

M: I realize that I’ve come to expect a certain texture from Belgian lambics, a silky carbonation that’s more of a froth than a fizz; it’s a truly wonderful part of the experience, and I may well have been taking it for granted. This is a perfect example of that: as soon as I took a sip, I thought “yeah, pretty normal.” But in the wide wide world of beer, it’s nothing but – that light lambic creaminess is a testament to the efforts of the Belgian brewer. Here, it’s done beautifully, carrying a soft, round character all the way down.

O: Sour beers are all supposed to taste the same, right? I mean, shouldn’t that intense lactic acidity just push everything to the same end? As it stands, this is the Belgian style in which I’ve seen the most variation: with tastes from heavy to crisp, bitter to sweet, and fruity to herbal, there seems to be an array of possibilities here. All I can hope is that they all turn out as good as this.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice gueuze, but certainly not the best one out there, and I think this is probably a little overrated here on BA. it pours a faded orange color, well cloudy, and not holding onto much of its bubbly white head. the nose is sour and vinegar forward, with some straw-like malt and a spunky yeast character. the acidic sour element is the strongest part of the flavor, as it should be in a good gueuze, but I also pick up some light fruit here, tart berries or something, which gives the beer a little sweetness and a little weight beyond its middle of the road malt bill. the finish is very acidic, now more vinegar than conventional sour, which clashes with the sweetness. not as effervescently carbonated as I like for the style, but satisfying enough. also a little thicker than some, but that doesn't bother me with all the complexity here. overall this is a very well made version of the style, but it lacks some of the memorable features of the best ones, it also drags slightly in feel, which is supposed to be so bright here. probably not worth the money they charge for this, but a must have obviously for any gueuze-heads.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

350 ML bottle poured into a snifter. 11/2012 bottling date.

Pours a dark golden color with a moderate/heavy white, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. a massive amount of bubbles shoot up from the bottom towards the top. smell is extremely strong and sour. vinegar and sour apples. taste is quite intense. extremely sour flavor with a very apparent green apple taste that lingers on the back of tongue. LOVE the taste of this one. possibly too intense for novices of the style but for me, it's incredible. high carbonation with a medium body, very drinkable.

Overall one of the best sours I've ever had. I slightly prefer drie fonteinen but this one is right up there.

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head that fades quickly without lacing. The nose is a tad skunky at first, but mellows out and becomes a slightly sweet, funky, tartly gueuzey. The taste is quite potent with great grain, yeast, bacteria, and a touch of sweetness. Is definitely a gueuze that packs it in flavor and exceeds expectations. The mouthfeel is sweet and sour upfront with a lingering dryness that's slowly washed away by my quickly responding saliva (I wouldn't want tooth decay with all this acidity). This is a great beer with excellent price and availability.

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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