Oude Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Oude GueuzeOude Gueuze
1,308 Ratings
Oude GueuzeOude Gueuze

Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
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 +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy straw colored yellow. A fizzy pour that lasted a bit but not through the tasting. No lacing really to speak of.

Sour as it should be. Takes awhile to pick out the undertones but once you get really in there you start to pick out the other notes. Some white wine vinegar and tart green apples. A light lemon or apricot. A noticeable funk with a minor horsey note. Some minor buytric as well.

The taste has a nice tartness but they yeast comes out more vs the nose. A light lactic note with more buytric undertones. The fruity notes come out with tart apple and light mango apricot note. Some lighter rose peddles and minor meiangue-esk character. A bit yeasty in to the finish.

The body is bone dry allowing the sourness to come out. Some yeast into the finish cuts the finish. Some off yeast notes linger into the finish. Would have liked a bit more carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer. Love the big sour notes.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cork and cage bottle not sure on vintage

A - pours a rosey apple cider color. Pour produces a good 2.5 inches of loose white foam, dissipates pretty quickly. Little to no lacing.

S - sour, apple cider vinegar, with some funkiness, white wine champagne notes.

T - pretty good punch of sour. Sour apple and dark berry up front, rich citrus, oily lemon, then just a little funkiness on the edge at the end.

M - effervescent carbonation, crisp, with just a little bit a syrupy-ness after a while, but not off putting.

O - I like it. A little more apple cider than I really like, but certainly enjoyable. Tasty sour.

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Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 1,308 ratings
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