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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#780
Reviews:
510
Ratings:
1,313
pDev:
10.09%
Bros Score:
4.55
 
 
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Photo of fields336
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL cork and cage bottle. Notched Lotnr: D

A: Light gold to orange with little head, but a slight off white ring around the glass. bubbles are present

S: barnyard, acetic, tart, funky, huge brett notes, sweat, feet, lactic, vanilla, sweetness, lemon peel, apple skin.

T: Tart acidic, funky, brett, green apple skin, lemon, vanilla, earthy, citrus, slight sweetness, vinegar sourness, a tart funkiness that does not leave your tongue

M: Effervescent and dry as a bone, whets your palate for more

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz green bottle with a LOTNR G notch.

A - Pours a hazy golden honey color with a white head that forms a nice collar.

S - Funkadelic! Sour cheese comes to mind, sour lacto, vinegar, earthy basement musk, rotten wood.

T - Bright lemons, peaches, apples, a puckering and salty sourness begins to come through full force and turns to a sharp acidic apple cider vinegar character. A sharp orange citrus bite rides to the end finishing crisply acidic and slightly astringent.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, puckering sour, crisp.

By far the funkiest aroma I have ever smelled from a beer. Bright tangy sourness with a serious musky funk. The acidity almost burns the throat. This was a joy to drink.

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Photo of dbossman
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Apricot hue and hazy with a fairly thick head that eventually fades to a thin steady head and great lacing

S: Obviously tart with lots of apples, cider, vinegar, cherries, lactic acid, grainy and delicious smelling

T: So tart and dry with fruity nuances; some apples and grassy grains; but mostly just a super tart beer--not too much funk--though a little of that cheesy funk in the finish

F: Fairly light bodied and dry but it's just what this beer should be

O: Such a delicious sour beer; so seemingly simple and yet there is a beautiful complexity underneath

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Photo of bashiba
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep and hazy golden orange with a huge pillowy off white head, nice lacing.

The smell is heavy lactic acid sourness with a hint of oak.

The flavor is not as sour as I expected, just a nice light clean lactic sourness with a heavy tannic oak flavor lingering long into the finish. Has a mild bit of an herbal quality sneaking through a bit as well.

The mouthfeel has nice carbonation with a very dry finish.

A solid Gueuze, but could be a touch more sour.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bottle with a champagne cork. Pours a very bold clear amber with a light tan head.

S: Fruity and sour. More fruity than other gueuze styles I've had.

T: Very sour but it fades after the first couple sips into something more fruity. Hints of strawberrys some yeasty notes as well.

M: Sits very sour a bit of alcohol comes through. Lots of carbonation.

Overall pretty good. Decently light but it still has some good flavors and a good fruitiness.

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Photo of Damian
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pint 10,4 fl. oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Berman's Wine & Spirits, Lexington, MA
Lotnr: B
Served in a traditional Belgian tumbler

The beer poured a remarkably clear, medium amber color. A one-finger head of creamy, eggshell colored foam topped the liquid. Small chunks of lacing clung to the glass.

The aroma was crisp and snappy. Powdery and dry initially. Strong vinegar notes. Lots of Brett. Somewhat musty. Quite sour overall. Definitely more tart than funky. I was prepared for this beer to be a whopper. The sourness seemed to intensify as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was tart and refreshing, but not as sour as the nose lead me to anticipate it being. Moderately acidic. Tons of lemon. Lots of white vinegar. Some wheatiness came through in the center. The finish was very tart, acidic and vinegar-like, but surprisingly balanced. It seemed that there was enough sweetness from the malts to keep things in check. Some earthy notes came through as well.

The liquid was medium bodied with a very fine and mild effervescence. This felt more like an unblended lambic than a typical gueuze.

Hanssens Oude Gueuze may not be the funkiest or most complex gueuze on the market, but it is still an enjoyable treat. This is an ideal beer to enjoy on a hot summer night.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -6.1%
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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3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +5.6%

Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -6.1%
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 -3.3%
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.

Enjoyable.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Oude Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 1,313 ratings
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