Mead The Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

very good
90 Ratings
Mead The GueuzeMead The Gueuze

Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
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 0%
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 +4.4%
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 +7.5%
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 -23.2%
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 +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 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 msubulldog25
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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 -4.6%
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 -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 Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +3.1%
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 +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 blakesell
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
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 -27.6%
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 -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 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 ryantupy
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at the late Pitfield's Beer Shop (in London) close to its closure two years ago. At 9%abv., no freshness info. is stated anywhere on the label or bottle. Served cool in a large bulb wine glass.

A: pours a bright tawny colour, surprisingly clear, without much sign of a beer head apart from a rim of bubbles; faint traces of carbonation is spotted in the nectar. More elegant than a normal geuze~~
S: the Mead's (or thick honey's) nectar-ish sourness mixes pretty well with the Geuze's vinegary tarty edge, while adding a sweet thickness to the body; the barn-yard dampness and sharp woodiness of a gueze is somehow compromised here, and the overall impression of this Mead-Geuze even smacks slightly of a sweet strong cider!!
T: on the palate, mead flows underneath the geuze, as the cider-ish sour+musty and (marinated) starfruits' savoury-sweet flavour dances freely, albeit not even close to the genuine tartness of a real geuze... an unusually-intense, chewy, tannic-bitter, and complex undertone of dried grapefruit-peels, old vinegar, white rum, and dried hawthorn fruits gradually creeps up and steal the stage, then slowly yielding to a dryish and slightly vomit-stinky(!!) finish of Hanssens geuze as well as of a vintage cider... The alc. touch reveals itself in the most subtle way, enough to remind people of its hidden strength in the end; but for some drinkers I suppose it's already too late!!
M&D: the mouthfeel is fantastic - it's soft, with microscopic fizziness to sparkle the palate skilfully; at 9%, it tastes just like a 5%-something. Although it is not quite complex as compared to a standard Hanssens geuze, but as a flavoured geuze it's absolutely drinkable and utterly enjoyable; what a shame that it's discontinued...

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

375ml green bottle, corked & caged; served in a snifter.

Highlights of gold that enhance a faint copper; light chill haze. Carbonation-filled, delicate foam that gives way to a whispy thin sheet. Faint, thin lacing with a bit of strength around the snifter.

Intensely sour fruit; hints of acidity, possibly a faint aroma of vinegar. Underlying touch of semi-sweet honey and a bit of light cognac.

Mellow, semi-sweet honey and light cream up-front. Oak, cedar, lightly toasted cashews. The tartness is very mild for a Gueuze, but it does have a light citrus flavor: orange rind, lemon zest, and green apple. The finish is dry with a mutsy, citrus-flavored aftertaste.

Light bodied; crisp, dry, and refreshing yet very earthen and woody. Mellow and well rounded.

Not a traditional Gueuze as it's a blend with a mead; and the sour intensity is definitely toned down, but a unique and flavorful concoction nonetheless.

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Photo of dherling
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a golden orange color with no head and constant carbonation. The nose is a bit fruity, strawberry, lemon, socks, feet, pineapple, and alcohol. The taste is tropical fruit, pineapple, rotten melon, lemony, sour oranges, and alcohol. Has a light effervescent mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Retired my ass! I just bought a few at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati....or should I have announced that? Regardless, this is a very good brew. Usually going for the sour Belgians especially when balanced with a malt sweetness or a honey addition, I found a lot of character in this brew. Obviously much more Gueuze character than Mead character. The beer is very tart and sour. Quite astringent in the taste and feel. Very vineous and tanin-ey. The sweetness of the Mead / honey offered little in sweetness, but did offer a lot of fullness, roundnes, and Alcohol. My complaint of Gueuze beers is that they are often too light on the alcoho; not a problem mere. Nearly 8%, but without the overwhelming thickness or richness often accompanied by big beers. Very true to Belgian Artisan Ales. Not for timid beer drinkers, or typical BA's for that matter.

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Photo of nlmartin
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a flute glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very clear golden coloration. The beer produced no head and no lacing to speak of. Tight bubbling carbonation rises in the glass.

Smell: The beer has a lemony sweet honey smell. The beer then proceeds into a sour musty apple smell. The beer has a very nice floral smell about it.

Taste: The beer leads with a bit of honey sweetness. This quickly breaks into a sour musty lemon and apple combo. The beer has a dry finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkablility: The beer is light bodied. The beer is very well carbonated. The acidity and sourness play well against the tart fruityness and bit of honey. This beer is not for everyone. It is a dam fine gueuze and easy to drink.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Huge pop when cage is removed, then a fountain of beer. Thanks brewery, I didn't want to drink those 2 ounces of beer, anyways ;-). Body is a solid amber haze, glows in the light. A bit of sediment and some fast fading head, leaving a creamy white layer.

Smell: Fruity and honey sweet, like a perfectly ripe apple. Full and malty in the background.

Taste: Full of malt and sour mouth-puckering flavors. Citric and twangy, with spicy pepper and a little honey sweetness.

Drinkability: This beer is probably 4 years old, and I am pretty sure it is no worse for wear. Interesting, to say the least, for a style that is supposed to be harsh and sour, this pulls it off well.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle
Pours a very nice golden copper with a huge white head. Retention is pretty lacking, but what remains of the head is a nice white cap of lacing and foam.
Smell is slight vinegar and farm blanket funk far overshadowed by bushels and bushels of peaches, apples, pears, and grapes. Fruity as all getout with just a hint of honey in the backbone.
Taste is uber fruity with green apples, peaches, grapes, and pears dominating. A slight tartness follows innitial sweetness, and all is balanced out by a surprisingly bitter hop flavor (something i'm not used to in a geuze).
Mouthfeel is moderate, with the flavors coating the tongue and not leaving much of an aftertaste.
Overall, a spectacular rendition of a geuze and a superb idea, blended fantastically, and just a very cool beer to try.

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Mead The Gueuze from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
3.88 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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