Mead The Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 72
Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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 RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is a bright orangish-yellow in color with tons of carbonation and a nice, full head.

Smell – The sour lemons lead things off here and they are terrific. The aroma is very deep and exciting. The requisite farm smells are earthy, not superficial. Well done.

Taste – There are some strong bitter notes I missed at the nose that packed quite a wallop at the taste. The raw lemon peel came out next and then . . . ‘lo and behold, a nice kick from the mead. The light malty honey was an excellent compliment. They say the mix is 70/30 and that seems to be just about right.

Mouthfeel – This one is almost medium-bodied but not quite. The light sourness will pucker your cheeks, but not excessively so. Together the gueuze and mead flavors give your mouth quite the welcome ride.

Drinkability – Finally a gueuze that I can drink more than one of. This was a brilliant idea whoever came up with it and flawlessly executed.

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Photo of Todd
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml thick green bottle, corked and caged. No bottle date. Mind the cork. This is highly carbonated and the cork will rocket out on its own, once uncagged.

Appearance: A very clear, bright yellow. Carbonation is highly active with mixed sized bubbles that creates a sticky, delicate, foamy pure white Brussels Lace head. Bottled-conditioned, so there will be dregs in the bottle.

Smell: Very much lambic-like in aromal; apple, must, light pepper, horse, grass. Soft floral nectar aromas too.

Taste: Hits the palate with a tonic water feel and flavour, then light honey flavours emerge and coat the tongue. Goes sharp, tart, dry with an apple skin bite, which then fades into a fruity apple-like character. Notes of pepper. Dry in the finish with tonic flavours lingering for quite some time. Yeast flavours pull through as the beer warms, and the apple skin / must flavours become more pronounced.

Notes: With a blend of 70% Hanssens traditional Gueuze and 30% classic lurgashall mead, this is probably the most drinkable Gueuze on the planet -- apparently this was crafted off of an idea by B. United's Dane Bass. Mead the Gueuze is an extremely refreshing, complex and unique beer. What's amazing is that there's not even a hint that this is a 9% abv beer. If you can still find this remarkable beer blend ... I highly recommend that you give it a try.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Jason
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Todd was right about the cork, nearly took my hand with it as it popped. The sediment stayed compact on the bottom with the ½ inch of beer that I left in the bottle. Mildly hazed yellowish golden colour, big chunky head at first pouring and keeps a decent lace most of the way down.

Lemony tart, musty yeast, faint horse blanket, underlying alcohol, dried fruit and medicinal aromas are quite fragrant.

Expressively crisp and light bodied, has the mouth feel of a robust champagne. Rounded tartness, musty yeast with a barn yard blend. Lemony with other dried fruit flavours, very dry palate though there is a kiss of honey flavour within. Deceiving alcohol starts to catch up about mid bottle as the warmth hits the body. Touch of spice and more honey flavour in the finish.

One of the more interesting beers in the market, surprisingly great and impressive with its simple complexities. Went well with a smooth aged Hunter’s Cheddar.

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Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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 soper2000
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this on a recent lambic binge at Kahn's in Indy. This is probably the most potent lambic that I've ever had.

Cork flies off upon merely loosening the cage and it pours a very cloudy orange with an uncontrolable head that thankfully subsides after a few minutes in the glass. Champagne of Belgium indeed. Aroma confuses me a little bit when put up against taste. Aroma is very characteristic of a traditional gueuze, lots of sour notes and a decent amount of funk, but the taste presents a not so subtle sweetness that seems a bit of out of place. The sweetness, funkiness, and tart flavors all struggle for domination and it ends up just seeming out of balance. Cool idea but it just didn't work for me.

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Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lord! After two mere twists of the braided tie on the restraining cage, the entire nosepiece shot off like a bottle rocket on the 4th of July, with a "bang" just as loud, and nearly imbedded itself in the ceiling.
I've since located the cork, but the cage is MIA. I'm also feeling rather fortunate. Had my head been a few inches to the right, I'd likely be either blind or nursing a swollen head and a concussion.

Be careful with this beast. For real. Point it away from the body. Light fuse and get away.

Now for what matters.

Golden hued with rushing carbonation that ever-replenishes the off-white head.
The nose is gueuze, first and foremost. Soured apples and pino grigio. Misty, farmy, horsey, tart, rancid, acidic. The mead holds no trump over the aroma.
The taste, too, is gueuze dominated. Ripe and sharp up front. Apples and pears in all their acid-spewing glory. Acetic acid undercurrents with wafts of farmier things. Vinous white grape pinnings, twisted with lemon. The yeast nuance is generally light. Honey on the follow through, with some vanilla baggage. Aside from that, any mead influence goes unnoticed. It does, however, serve to temper the gueuze tones, which seems to belie many of this brew's strengths.
Streaming medium bodied. It appears quite light with its carbonated cloak.
I like this, but feel as though it is without a target audience. Gueuze geeks will look for something sharper and unadulterated. Gueuze haters will still turn their noses. Mead lovers will just scratch their heads, and ask why their beloved beverage was wasted on this bile.

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Photo of Jon
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed golden peach color with a huge, fizzy white head. This bottle is probably around four years old and it seems that the individual characteristics of this beer have melded together nicely. Nose eye-wateringly provocative, with notes of citrus, must, melon, honey and the typical cheese-funk of spontaneous fermenting lambic beer. Taste is a wonderful blend of both worlds -- mead and gueuze lambic. Oaky, acidic, tart, and sweet, this beer provides the palate a variety of flavor. The oak-aged gueuze creates notes of vanilla and citrus, while the mead imparts flavors of honey and melon. Mouthfeel is smooth and light with a slightly spritzy sensation lingering. A very easily drinkable beer for 9% abv. It's almost impossible to detect until the beer is, of course, well within the confines of one's stomach. Overall, this is a very interestingly blend of old fashioned Lurgashall Mead and Hanssens gueuze, one of Belgium's most traditional. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DESTRO
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ok first off, be careful when opening this. all i did was undo the cage and it blew open and almost assassinated me. that would have sucked. anyway, it pours out hazy and golden with a large white bubbly head. champagne like carbonation rises. big gueuze smell. barny, stanky, grassy, sweaty, either love it or you dont. in the mouth it is tart and tangy as expected. raw and unrefined...but you really do notice the mead. it cuts it down, mellows it out, and sends it on its way via a light honey aftertaste. interesting. a bit overcarbonated for my specific tastes, lots of burping is required. the alcohol is hidden quite well, infact i wouldnt have known this was a heavy hitter had i not been previously informed. everyone should give this one a shot sometime. i liked it.

$2.99 a bottle

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Photo of bditty187
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

WARNING: The cap exploded once I undid the cage. Seriously people, aim it away from your face. I’m not joking.

Hazy honey-peachy gold hue, it is a lovely color but I barely can see it. My lord there is a tremendous amount of head, massive and uncontrollable. It took multiple pours get the entire bottle in my glass. The white head was awesome, very rocky. Once I got done pouring the beer I realized how great the head retention was; a small cap lasted forever. The subsequent lacing was minimal. So far I’ve been both scared and impressed. The nose is tart, very vibrant with oodles of funky notes, lemony, hay, a hint of pepper and clove, distant alcohol, and some fruity sweetness. The aromas seem mostly Gueuze in nature, as to be expected I guess, not to potent though. Still I’m intrigued. The palate is a bit of a disappointment? It is very airy and amazingly parched. Wow, this is a pleasant sensation, even the alcohol burn on the back of the throat is dry. The taste is somewhat simple, somewhat neutral with some tart young pears, cloves, and notes of raw but faint honey, a bit of wool and leather, and lemon acidity. The finish was hotter than sweet and funkier than I was expecting. I really could notice the Mead sweetness in the aftertaste; it is very contrasting. This is a dandy “little” beer. The high abv is hardly noticeable; it is quite beguiling while quaffing it. The carbonation is massive, champagne-like mouthfeel, I found it difficult to pinpoint the true bulk in the body and to the best of my ability I’d say it was medium/medium-light. I found Mead the Gueuze to be very drinkable and quite charming. There is definitely a time and a place for the beer; to bad I can’t get it locally. I purchased my bottle in Iowa City. I will get more.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Beertracker
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mead the Gueuze is best served chilled (40-45F) in a champagne flute or lambic-style tumbler. This one pours up voluptuosly with a craggy white head that engulfs the deep straw-orangish golden body. The aroma is alive with an acidic fruitiness (lemon, lime, etc...) with some noteable earthiness (freshly cut hay, morning dew, etc...), but also has the added complexity from the barnyard aromatics & oak. The flavor starts off with some graininess and expected tartness, but comes off rather balanced as the clover spiciness, oakiness and vanilla come into play with the wheat berries. The finish is off-dry with a just a touch of alcohol & honey sweetness. This medium-light bodied specialty makes for an interesting apertif before dinner or try pairing with some key lime & tupelo honey grilled shrimp. Here's to a fine marriage for lambic & mead lovers!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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 sprinkle
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden honey color,light fruity,bannana on the nose.Thick viscous,not overly sweet easy drinking lambic.Can definatly detect ageing but heard its blending thirty%mead and 70% three year old gueze,matured for four months.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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 krberg
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WARNING: Do not point the corked business end of this bottle at anyone. Before I had even totally loosened the cage, the cork left orbit.

EDIT:should have read the reviews first! Hysterical!

My bottle says 7.9%

Cloudy golden with very vigorous carbonation. I've never seen bubbles this large in any beverage. Huge white head that fades quickly.

If you like the smell of a lambic, you find this to be a bit sweeter. My eyes didn't begin to water immediately.

As it warmed the nose became more mead-like.

Nice and tart, but not too acidic in the finish. I do find various mead flavors that fade in and out, but if I didn't know this was a blend, I wouldn't have picked up on them (or imagined them). I can pick up on the wheat in this beer which is a lambic first for me.

As it has warmed I find honey in the back of my throat. Interesting.

Feels like a lambic. Very carbonated and a sharp acid tongue bite. Perfect.

Because this isn't too acidic I could a few bottles of this. While I love lambics it can sometimes be hard to finish a single bottle.

Without a doubt the smoothest gueuze I have ever had. Will it convince your lambic hating friends to love the style? No, but they might say that this one isn't as shitty as the others you've made them try. If you are somewhat intimidated by gueuzes try this one first, I think you'll be pleasantly suprised.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.57/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I can't believe that I am still alive after taking the cage off of this 375 ml bottle- the cork shot off like a cannon. The loudest pop, the fastest cork in the west. I hurt my finger and scared the crap out of the people in the room. I was expecting the ceiling to collapse any second. I wished I had read the warnings of other reviewers, because it is real, it is true. Wow. This beer gets points for getting attention.

Pours with a huge (and I mean huge) head with yellow, hazy beer below. Did I say lots of carbonation?

Aroma- guueze-like sour. No notes of honey/mead you might expect. Horseblanket and farmyard and funk.

Flavor is very different- the geueze sour is there, but it is tempered by the mead- there is some sweet notes, but they don't stand up to the gueuze. It is impossible for me to describe what's going on here. But the two flavors don't balance each other at all.

After that, though, I've gotta say, I just don't get this beer. I love Hanssens Gueuze, but this beer makes no sense to me. The ratings above make no sense- what am I comparing it to? To be honest, it boils down to the fact that I just didn't like this beer. I'm sorry to say that, because it is a very cool idea, but I can't go there.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a hazy orange with a giant off-white head that fizzles away to damn near nothing.

Smell: When fresh out of the bottle, the smell burnt my nose, but now (about 5 minutes later) it's realitvely calm, with tart and sweet notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor is crazy. It's sweet and fizzy, but still fruity, with giant honey notes. The mead adds such odd and simple complexity. The fruitiness kind of contrasts with the sticky sweetness of the honey, but it creates a wonderfully interesting flavor. The mouthfeel is fizzy and clingy.

Drinkability and Overall: What we have here is a very unique and interesting beer. Unlike anything else I've ever had, and I personally really enjoyed it. It may not be for everyone, but it's definitly worth a shot.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer decamps the 375ml green corked and wired bottle a luminous gold with a massive bubbly white head with the resultant lace a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is devastatingly tart, sour apples and a little musk at the end, start is lightly sweet with a pleasing grain profile, the top is thin. Finish id ferine in its acidity, vinous with a desert dry aftertaste, a yummy brew tis true, the mead gives it a bit of uniqueness, very nice.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mattmaples
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is it beer or is it mead? It is a candy or a breath mint? Who knows and who cares. It is one of the most unique ideas to come in a bottle for some tiime. Being a big fan of both Hannsons and Lurgashall I had really high expectations and the prodcut delivered. It has it all, the musty, tangy flavor of a Gueze and the honey character and biger body of a sweet mead.

I would say if you are more of a mead drinker and not of Gueuze you may want to sit this one out as the Guezue flavors take some getting used to but it is a quality product and fun idea to boot.

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Mead The Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 90 ratings