Oude Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

1,298 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 +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into a tulip
no date but Lotnr: H

A: Pours a golden yellow with 1 fingers width of sea foam white head, which dissipates down fairly quickly to only an outer ring and inner whisp.  A steady stream of fine bubbles can be seen racing to the top of the glass.  Leaves only traces of spotty lacing.  

S: Sours apple, pear, banana, a hint of funk but not much, sour white grape, a swirl of the glass brings out oaky notes.  

T: So sour, and I like it! Sour fruits in the form of apples, white grapes, cherry, and lime.  Oak notes on the backend, and  beligum yeast banana in the aftertaste.  A little  bit of spice and bitterness is noted towards the end of the glass.  Really delicious.

M/D: High carbonation, medium bodied, with a quick drying finish.  Drinkability is good.

O: I am not very well versed in the style, in fact I believe this is only my second Gueuze (the other one being Girardin 1882), but look out wallet, I think Ive found something here!  This could be the start of a new obsession.  I love the huge tart/sour characteristics, which is what I also look for in Saisons and Wild Ales.  With only having tried a couple, the jury is still out, but if this beer is representative of gueuze's then they could quickly become one of my favorite styles.  

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle split into samplers

Pours a light, nearly clear amber with little head and lots of carbonation. Smell dry, sour, plummy, mild.

Taste is mild, but clearly sour and fruity, I get some dry white wine flavor and some dry plum flavor.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, I think it's pretty good. I like the Lindeman's Cuvee Rene better, though.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL 2009 bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a murky goldenrod color, like a stoneground mustard almost. Maybe half a finger of white head at most.

Unlike my favorite shelf gueuze (Cantillon Classic Gueuze), the nose on Hanssens Oude Gueuze is much less funky. The sheer tartness is the dominant aroma: waves of lemon juice and white vinegar. You can pick up on wheat malt, and some of the oak (but not too much). And there is a bit of funk -- more on the ends of a musty/mildewy basement type aroma; cobwebs and water-stained paper.

The taste follows the nose. This is an incredibly sour beer. Lemon juice and vinegar and fermented citrus and etc. Trace elements of Brett funk are present in the form of sweat and decaying plant life. Astringent oak tannins attack your cheeks, priming them for the burn of the beer's acidity.

It's tasty. Not all that complex, as the Brettanomyces doesn't hold up to the sourness here. But tasty. I'd never turn down a bottle of this gueuze, but I prefer a funkier beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy orange color with a very small white head.

S- Horse blanket, funk, sour lemons, oak.

T- Sour lemons, very sour, getting some apples, some vinegar, funky finish with some oak.

M- Crisp, medium body, sourness coats your month.

O- A solid gueuze that I will pick up again. Very sour.

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle

A- Pours a hazy brownish golden. About a half finger of white foamy head that quickly recedes. About average carbonation.

S- Musty basement funk, sour fruits, lemons. Decent aroma strength, not as strong as a lot of the better sours though.

T- Sour citrus fruits mainly tart lemons, a little bit bitter on the finish, citrusy lemon aftertaste.

M- Fairly light, crisp, nice amount of carbonation, easily drinkable.

O- This was a good geuze, but not as good as some of the better sours I've had. It had a nice amount of sour, funk, and tart lemony flavor with a good feel. Not nearly as good as the Beatification that I had last night though. Overall not a bad beer, that I recommend picking out if you like geuzes. Not bad for the price + availability.

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Photo of jtingue
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance. Slightly hazy straw in color. Pours with a finger of head which quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Bubbles constantly rise from the bottom of the glass hinting at the carbonation.

Smell. Very powerful. A mix and combination between 3 different aromas. The first is lemon like tartness. The second is a sort of mustiness. The third is a sweet honey like aroma.

Taste. Starts out very sour, but a subdued maltiness emerges with a dry crisp cracker quality. Joining this is some lemongrass and delicate floral quality. The sourness cuts this again and leads into a more musty and funky quality, but not overly so. A sharpness reminiscent of cheese evolves from the funk. This is cut again by lemon sourness, which ushers in a long, bone dry, floral finish.

Mouthfeel. A creamy body is joined by a high, but not dense carbonation.


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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork came flying out of the little green bottle as it was opened.

The beer is rather brilliant in clarity with a golden orange hue. Although the cork would leave you with the impression that the bear was highly carbonated there was no head on the beer once it was poured.

The aroma was tart and cidery.

The beer was mostly just a mess of tart cider. I could not make out many other flavors.

Overall I was not all the impressed with my first Gueuze. There was just not complexity for a beer that has been aging for so long.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. No date, but I suspect it was bottled fairly recently. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves close to no lacing on the glass. The aroma has a strong minerally note, a slight sulfur note, and some light lemon. The initial taste has some sweetness with lemon, mineral, brett, and some light apple. The finish is tart with some brett. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was drank with 3F Oude Geuze and Cantillon Classic Geuze. This was the worst of the three, but was still enjoyable. It isn't quite as complex and has a bit more sweetness.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not really much of a pop was heard when the cork was popped. Poured from small format C&C bottle in duvel tulip.

Appearance: Really nice looking gueuze! Pale straw yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of solid white head. Head drops down to a nice full cap with decent lacing that sticks to side of glass.

Smell: tart lemons and super mellow funk. Has a grainy wheat smell to it as well. The nose is pleasant, but it seems a little weak to me.

Taste: This beer is moderately tart. Lemons and hint of grass and fruitiness. Granny smith apples, pears and maybe a hint of white grapes. A really mild apple cider vinegar note to this beer as well. This is honestly the first sour beer that has a really enjoyable vinegary note to it. Surprised and impressed by this quality of the beer! Finishes with a more lemons that seem a bit musty, salty, and earthy. Its got really nice balance to it.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is sharp and dry, but its also smooth and mellow at the same time. I really appreciate the nicely blended and balanced flavors coming from this beer.

Overall: Most of time I like my sour beers with fruit, but I prefer this beer over Hanssens Oude Kriek. This beer is so solid it does not need the fruit which I really enjoy in sour beers. This is a really elegant gueuze! Not to mention its a great shelf beer. I would even put this on the same level as Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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1.5/5  rDev -64.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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