Mead The Gueuze
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Belgian Gueuze
3.95 | pDev: 11.14%
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 vintage, consumed July, 2014.
Labeled as 70% gueuze, 30% mead.

So I decided to break this one out for a tasting. I didn't at all know what to expect, especially since the cork was in pretty bad shape, nasty and lined with sugary (meady?) residue, with the liquid level indicating perhaps a bit of leakage over the years. Unfortunately this one was stored on its side. I am a firm believer in NOT storing corked beer on its side, and this bottle was a premium example of why. Wine, yes; beer no! Anyway.

I definitely wasn't expecting a gusher, but I opened the cork carefully just in case, also on the other end making sure it wasn't going to break off from wear. It did neither, rather, it popped out with hardly a sound. Could've been a bad sign, but I went ahead and poured. Careful pouring yielded a liquid that was surprisingly only slightly hazy, coppery color, and seemingly flat...just a few random bubbles on top.

Once again expecting the worst, aka an oxidized mess, the nose instead revealed that the beer/mead hybrid had actually held up pretty well. Notes of funk and honey, must, and some indistinct fruity esters. The flavor profile had really mellowed out, very mildly sour, very mildly funky, rock candy sweetness, cork, white wine. I'd imagine that with some carbonation, this would have been much tastier, but it still had some shine left to it on the palate. Any oxidation flavors were pretty low key and not even worth mentioning. Body was medium, slightly filmy mouthfeel, carbonation was low to nil. Higher ABV was pretty much undetectable. Overall, I liked this one a lot, all things considered. It was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to whoever brought this to Knifestyle's birthday tasting - always thrilled to try a new bit of Hanssens craziness.

A: Cloudy dark amber body, no head. Ugly.

S: Sharp, sour, oaky, tannic, spicy, lemony acidity. Really intense, really sour, really great.

T: Terrific, sweet + sour Lambic. Apple, apricot, grapefruit, spicy, hay, minerality. Dry, grapefruity tartness. Nice.

M: A little light, lively, frothy, enjoyable. I wasn't expecting this given the flat appearance.

O: Excellent beer. No, it wasn't as well-balanced and integrated as something like 3F, but it was delightfully brash - just like I expect from this blender.


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Photo of xnicknj
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to aviencko for opening this

Pours a fairly tepid clear golden color. The (partially rusted?) cork barely popped - very little carbonation here.

Funky and musty in the nose with some softly biting sourness. Hints of sweetness with honey as well, from the mead.

A pleasant sour character up front with straw and funk. Somewhat musty and oaky followed by some apple and citrus. The fruit leads into the slightly sweet honey character from the mead, which is a pretty interesting combo. Soft warmth towards the finish with lingering dryness and sour flavor.

Lighter medium body, almost completely flat, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This is an interesting combo of two styles, although I wasnt into the flat texture.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An odd beer and an oddball find, sitting on a low shelf at Cable Beverages in Bardonia NY. Cork pops loud and hard, good sign!

No gushing thankfully. Beer pours clear and golden, almost honey-colored. Fluffy white head with excellent retention, nice lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

Funky and sweet aroma, a bit musty, some honey, obviously, green apple, white grapes, lemon, barnyard, hay.

A lot of the aroma is in the flavor too, perhaps a bit more muted than I anticipated. Has a bit of tart puckering but more funky barn taste, definite honey but not over-the-top or overly sweet, well balancing but sourness from lemon and green apple notes.

Crisp carbonation, light body, clean finish. This was a fun one to try if not an upper echelon gueuze in the end. Nice twist on the style with the addition of mead.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strange old lambic shared by Masterski. Thanks, Alex.

Pale blond with nice clarity. As usual with Hanssens lambic, it had no carbonation at all.

A ton of funk on the nose, grassy and hay-like barnyard must, faint sweetness, rotten lemon. Moderately acidic, plastic, little acetone. Strange but enjoyable.

Well, this tastes exactly like Hanssens lambic with mead in it. It's not terribly sweet, but there's a distinct honey character beneath the intense hay/rotten lemon funk. It has a moderate sourness, but it's not too sharp. Heavy tannins in the finish, floral, honey. Light acetone. Strange but good.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old bottle of Mead the Gueuze that I finally got around to opening up.

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange body. Not a single bubble -- the way only Hanssens can do!

S: Light lambic must with a bit of oak. A dose of vinegar and a lemon-honey sweetness that was the obvious influence of the mead.

T: Musty, funky oak, lemon acidity, white vinegar, cough-drop like sweetness. Generally, this tasted a little "stale" -- perhaps too much age on this.

M: Dead flat. But I didn't mind the stillness. Semi-dry finish. High, but not blistering acidity.

O: A unique brew, even for a Hanssens' creation,

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Scott (Heliosphann). Strange goo around the cork - guessing it's dried mead? Comes out with minimal pop in any case. Served in a champagne flute.

A - Still - looks like mead. Initial pours are transparent, but later ones get a touch hazier. Nice attractive golden color.

S - Intensely funky, although it also has some skunk and tire fire mixed in. Big notes of tart green apples, white wine vinegar, and plenty of green barnyard funk. Not much honey/mead sweetness to be found here - just reminds me of certain Hanssens Gueuze bottles I've had.

T - The taste has more of the advertised mead sweetness, but this is still largely a gueuze in flavor profile. Plenty of tart apple skins, funk, and grassy, floral notes too. There's a bit more malted grain character than standard gueuze too.

M - Medium body, no carbonation, extremely dry, and tannic in the finish.

D - Our groups was pretty much split on this one - I thought it was quite good and largely tasted like regular Hanssens Gueuze but with a bit more sweetness (and alcohol) and less of the stomach-melting acidity. Others hated it. Would have it again, but probably wouldn't actively trade for it.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MasterSki for sharing this.

A - The cork didn't pop it all, it kind of just fell off, no sound or anything. Pours dead, look a golden amber color that is trasparent.

S - Smells like some confusingly skunked gueze with some chemicals and maybe a bit of rubber. Not sure how this happened, but the addition of mead makes it smell sickly sweet.

T - The taste is better, it does taste like gueze with some honey added on the end, although it took me a few sips to start to taste the honey. I don't care for it a ton.

M - Medium bodied and flat.

O - It's unique, so it gets points for that, but it's not something I'll drink a lot of or go back for.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lookin out drew for popping this open and almost shooting your eye out with the cork.

A: poured a brownish orange with pale yellowq highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: upfront I detected maple syrup and honey, with corky character, bretty funk, acidic notes but had citrus oak as well. Really nice blend of mead and gueuze.

T: the sour gueuze character came out more on the taste with honey mead notes, oaky, bretty funky accents and nice citrusy flavors on the end.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a lots of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy,oaky, funky, and mild sour finish.

D: really glad I had the opportunity to try this brew and was excatly how I imagined it. Tasted great and was drinking good.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks so much for fulfilling a long time want of mine, Mark! An extremely generous extra.

A: As soon as the cage was fully loosened, the cork exploded from the bottle, shooting all the way across the room and the beer began gushing out of the bottle. Once contained in a glass, the beer is a fairly clear golden-orange color with a big white head.

S: Smells amazingly funky. Very, very musty with a lot of wet hay and oak, and perhaps a bit of cork. A definite barnyard quality to it as well. The mead/honey is there and is quite floral. There is, strangely, some vanilla too. Lactic, but not as much as their regular gueuze.

T: The flavor is quite funky also. Lots of grass, hay, wet oak, and must. The honey is there too, but more in a floral sense as it's not really sweet. Lemony tartness provides the typical gueuze character, but nowhere near the bracing sourness of Hanssens Oude Gueuze.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being quite high, even for a gueuze.

D: I wasn't sure what to expect as I'd heard so many poor reviews, but I liked this quite a bit. It would have been cool to try when it was young and fresh, though.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to Francois for cracking this from his cellar.

It pours a crazy fizzy head over a crystal clear golden straw color.

Nose of honey, light fruits, yeast, with a slight lambic like sour and funky fruit.

Taste brings some musty funk, a nice gueze like fruit juice with light tart and sour flavors and dry light yeast funk. SOme light honey flavors, and a dry barnyard flavor. It has a hint of a Brett like flavor, and a really nice effervescence.

The mouth is lighter bodied, delicate, and good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good actually, dry finish, some light funk that doesn't go overboard, and nice tart flavors that make the mouth water.

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Photo of mothman
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a white head. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Really sweet and funky. It has a lot of honey, oak, spice, and funk. Some vanilla and toffee. Oak shows a bit through the sweetness.

Taste: Oak shows much more here. It has honey, vanilla, lemon zest, light funk. Light medicinal notes show with some acidic flavors. A bit malty.

Mouthfeel: Dry, sweet, and cloying. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. I don't like the feel to much.

Overall, it is alright, but it is hard to drink a lot of. It is an interesting concept, but it is just hard to drink more than a few ounces of this. I like it a little, but not something I will seek out again.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle very generously shared by myself, with PWoods and RoyMunson.

Pours a very translucent urine gold in color. Absolutely no head to be found on the pour. Smell is very sweet, fruit like mead. There are some very nice sour, funky notes as well.
Much more sour in the flavor than the nose would lead on. Very sour with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very nice. This was a very pleasant surprise. Plenty of funkyness and sourness. Will have to go back and pick up a few more bottles, this still has some legs left.

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Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average golden yellow pour. Not much of a head or lacing. Lots and lots of funk on the nose, old beer. There's decent sweetness from the mead, too. Lots of funk and some good sourness. The mead again adds an interesting sweetness that balances the funk and sour but I can't say that they fit together very well. Tasty and interesting, though. Body is medium to medium light with controlled carbo. Drinks ok.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. green bottle, a red-topped cage wrapped around a plump little cork. A grimy-looking layer of sediment/crust darkens the cork, leaving a thin film atop the bottle lip. After warming on the counter for about an hour, I uncorked and poured to a snifter (just after the final out of tonight's NLCS Game 4, a 7-5 Phillies win).

7.9% ABV. "70% Malt Beverage and 30% Mead"

Big thanks to joe1510 for supplying this one.

A: Cork POPS off with the lightest touch; fortunately it stayed wedged in the cage or would have hit the ceiling. Pours clear and VERY fizzy; a sizzling ginger ale-like carbonation, noisy and 2-fingers at its peak. head drops quickly, completely disappearing within a minute. Lovely color: a rose-tinted golden honey color, perfectly clear and showcasing several streams of steady, evenly-paced carbonation.

S: Tantalizingly tart nose upfront tickles the nose: sour grapes, dried apricots. Papery mustiness. Ever-so-faint woody booze, a whiff of char. Then - a minty, vaguely sweet, honey, even some sugar spice and...melon? - the notable inclusion of mead in this otherwise traditional gueuze. Intriguing!

T: Citrus, like grapefruit rind and squeezed lemon - tangy and musty at once. A medicinal bittering, an earthen raspberry, tannic grape and apple skins. Dry yeastiness, like a dusting of chalky flour. A dash of pepper and spice.

M: Active, effervescing mouthfeel the first few sips, but the crispness recedes a little to a veil of yeast and lasting citric tang. Draws the cheeks and curls the tongue a bit, but does not produce the squinting >pucker<. Some soft yeast coats a little; a gentle warmth, too.

D: Fun to drink. Curious flavors, an evolving aroma and a very pretty look and pleasant feel. Really happy to have tried this one and hope to track it down again, 'retired' or not. If that doesn't happen, maybe a journey back to the Hanssens Brewery is in order (I'm sure there's a spare case or two hiding in their cobwebbed cellar).

Thanks to 'Global Beer Tour 2006' for introducing me to Hanssens' wonderful blends.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle received from joe1510. Thanks Joe!
I'm moderately perplexed - how do I pour this? There's mold on the outside and I'm not dying before I drink another Dark Lord. I'm taking my chances and pouring it into my Duvel tulip

A: Golden-orange with a thin white head that recedes fairly quickly to a disk. There's some carbonation visible despite there being no real pop when I cracked it open

S: As advertised, this has a definite honey-like sweetness up front (surprisingly large, given that the mead is just 30% of the blend). Orange blossoms. Behind it all is the gueuze peeking through - mildly funky, mildly acidic, mild green apple. As a gueuze, this plain sucks but it's interesting and compelling in it's own light. The sweetness and the funk interact in ways I couldn't imagine - delicious one second and revolting the next.

T: Starts off mildly funky with the mead sweetness coming in right next to it. Mild acidity. Fruity character from the mead with orange blossoms being most prominent - I should know, I had OB honey on toast for breakfast. The funk becomes more prominent as it warms up and takes on a decidedly green apple character. Dries up on the finish while leaving some sweetness on the palate

M: Sweeter than most gueuzes and this results in a rather slick, medium bodied mf. The low carbonation enhances this sensation.

D: I'm glad I got to try it but not sure I'd go for another - unless I'm grabbing it to share with some of my funk head friends.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Beerlando: Poured a golden color beer/mead with a small bubbly head with no retention or lacing. Aroma consists of sweet notes courtesy of the mead with some sour notes from the lambic with some weird funky notes. Taste is also a weird and unique mix between some sweet mead notes mix in with some sour notes form the lambic with some funky barnyard notes. Full oily texture body with some limited carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting as a one-off but not something I would drink regularly.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden and almost still, but there is a slight head generated at first. This fades to nothing almost at once. There is a tiny bit of sloppy lacing. Pronounced honey aroma at first followed by a dose of sourness and a wallop of funk. The honey and funk combo works fairly well. Clean, pure wildflower honey tastes followed by a fairly heavy barnyard funk. Some sourness, but the funk and honey are prevalent. Very smooth and quite different. I like it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle purchased for $5.99 nice cloudy orange color which is bubbly but really has no head. It smells musty and slightly like honey. The taste is very, very interesting with pronounced honey flavors competing with musty and sour gueuze flavors. No funk or barnyard flavors.This was quite the intriguing beer and the blend with mead really works well.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-honey color with foamy off-white head; lots of carbonation bubbles rushing to surface.

Sweet and Sour sauce- the fragrance. Sour B.O. covered up by honeysuckle flower perfumes. (In a good way?) Dried apricot and candied fruits, bit of fingernail polish.

Honey and apricot flavors with a tinge of sweetness that never gets out of balance with the sour base. Bit of lemon zest and horseblanket, some herbal spice. Almost like a Ricola cough drop.

Mouthwatering sourness, somewhat light or moderate feel with a slight carbonic sting that helps keep this beer super refreshing. Highly drinkable gueze, some resemblance to a white wine.

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Photo of blakesell
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer of the night on my visit to Gravity Head '08 in New Albany, IN. Was not necessary by any means considering my scrawled notes, but it was appreciated nonetheless. Poured from the 375ml bottle into a 10oz glass. Bottle is a vintage 06.

Appearance- Pours with no head at all with a creamy orange hue. Somewhat wheaty with the cloudy swirl. Hazed orange just the way a good geuze should be.

Smell- Wow. Smells just the way it should. Big sour with brettanomyces and Lacto Bacillus deep in the brew. Wow, I love the smell of this Geuze. Sour cherries linger on the finish.

Taste- Holy mother! I love the taste here. Big brettanomyces, cream, yeast, I can't wait to go to Belgium myself one day to enjoy this sour properly. The hops are presented wonderfully. This is exactly the type of Belgian sourness to end the night with. (Please don't break drunk me's heart and tell him that the brew has been retired).

Mouthfeel- Sour. Full mouthfeel, well carbonated, and a drink to be savored. Prosit!

Drinkability- Oh my god! I love this stuff! I could drink it by the gallon. (Yes, my notes talk drunk too. I'm surprised that they didn't start hugging people and tell them that they loved them but it was a VERY good geuze).

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Photo of yelterdow
2.81/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from Smart Buy in Fort Lee not long before it closed. Tonight I'm drinking this as an aperitif in a Lindeman's tall, thin stange at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- The cork slipped easily right out of the neck, with no pop or resistance whatsoever. On the pour, there is zero carbonation and the color is of gently steeped darjeeling tea. Absolutely still... the most quiet, peaceful looking gueuze I've seen yet.

Smell- A nostril-twisting attack of wonderful sour cherries, about as good as it can get. Like a chilled fruit parfait, I want to dive right into this beer.

Taste- Disappointingly weak for the style, this doesn't have much backbone to carry the tartness of the cherries. From start to finish, there isn't a gripping hold on the tongue like I expect from a good gueuze... just when the flavor starts to expand, it recoils and disappears. The aftertaste doesn't linger at all, which (for me) practically defeats the purpose of choosing this over any other.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Thin, watery texture in the mouth, remaining so for the duration of the tasting. As this beer is now retired, I won't have to mention that if you're searching for a quenching, satisfying gueuze you might pass this one up.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle. After the cork launched with major force, the beer poured a clear (other than the dregs) golden with a monstrous fizzy white head that quickly disappeared (odd considering the big explosion and tons of carbonation in the body).

The aroma is yeasty and floral with some acidic and tart fruitiness and clove honey that becomes more pronounced as it warms.

The flavor is sweet clove honey and a big tart acidic apple flavor. Some sourness comes out in the finish as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. It tastes more like a cider mixed with a mead rather than a gueuze and mead (too apple-y).

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork is indeed deadly...

Immediately the liquid inside agitates, foam creeping up towards the neck of the bottle. A gentle pour yields three fingers of foam, sudsy like a sink full of dishes. The head rapidly dissipates with an audible snap crackle pop. Color is like fossilized amber.

Smells like a mix of wild clover honey, mineral water, and a vague touch of wild yeast. A dirty, woodsy funk becomes apparent at room temperature.

Spritzy and light in the mouth, well blended with the mead as not to be too cloyingly sweet. Initial impression of a honey lemon italian soda, but with a funky Belgian kick. As it warms, there is a distinct wild aroma, tempered by woody oak. Very light and thirst quenching, yet complex enough to hold your attention. Acidity is at the medium level, not too harsh, but with some lemony pucker. This is a very interesting and creative offering from Hanssens.

2008: Another bottle seemed to have alot of musty wet cork flavor. This detracted from the smell & taste a little bit.

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Photo of ryantupy
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Careful the cork shoots off like a bullet.

A - Pours a light copper hue. The carbonation helps develop a small head that quickly dissolves into a then sheet with a small lace.

S - Very bitter right off of the bat, then you notice hints of sour fruit, oak, vinegar, and mild sweet malts.

T - Sour and bitter on the first few sips. Tastes of oak, sour fruit, tartness, and oily acidic citrus.

M - Tart and dry very earthy beer.

D - A very unique beer to say the least. But defiantly worth trying if you can find it.

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Mead The Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 90 ratings