Mead The Gueuze | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Mead The GueuzeMead The Gueuze

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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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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 90
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 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 SeanChouffe
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork popped on its own accord! Scared the crap out of me. Pours a fresh full foamy head that died quite quickly. The color is electric amber with a little chill haze - effervescent like champagne. Smells musky (yep, horse blanket), and corky. Taste has a tart beginning and a dry finish. It was difficult to distinguish much sweetness. Lively mouthfeel - very champagnesque - effervescent and tart with a dry finish.

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

Wow, everyone was right. You twist off the cage...and...BAM! The cork seperate from the cage, goes right into your celing and ricochets around your kitchen, like a silver bullet chasing after a werewolf. You gather the metal, cork, and cage and throw them pour the beer and get like all foam. 15 minutes later a lovely glass full of murky golden nectar is in front of you...with a head of white foam, that finally dies down to just a smidgen of covering.

Like others have mentioned this brew is 90% gueuze in aroma! Horseblanket, and traditional lambic funk shine through here with the honey part of the mead barely shining through in the aroma.

The taste, on the other hand, is something else all together. It's very neutral, not very acidic, and quite chocked full of honey. This reminds me very much of Braggot, by Magic Hat.

The mouthfeel is spritzy and refreshing...very champagne-like in its nature and the drinkability is excellent as well. Quite the interesting concoction, this is!

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Photo of Bighuge
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This cork came off with some fucking power. What an explosion! Damn. I hope I didn't wake the baby sleeping right above the ceiling.

Slightly hazed golden appearance with a steady and vigorous stream of carbonation rising from the bottome of the glass. This one throws out a huge bubbly and fizzy white head. Retention is solid. The aroma's got some of that funky barnyard stuff going on but also some sweet candy like overatures. The mouthfeel is quite lively and just a little gaseous. Body is about light medium. This beer is tart and a little acrid. It has a sharp husky edge to it. The acidity is quite high. And the tartness is held in check. This one isn't so mouth puckering. It is quite dry though. Decent enough lambic.

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

Presentation: A 375ml green glass wine shaped bottle. Cork and caged, the cage has a bright red metal cap holding the bulbous “half-in / half-out” cork in place.

Appearance: Jesus F’in Christ!!! – Virgin Imbibers – BEWARE!!! – this one really does POP it‘s Cork BIG Time!!!! As soon as the cage was off, I just literally touched the side of the cork and it was out like a RPG and off into outer space - well stuck in my roof actually. Huge gun smoke and a reverberating noise must surely have woken my neighbors. I expected a SWAT team outside anytime. Slightly hazy pale golden body with a massive expanded foam head with every top-up pour that always eventually disappears to a nothing covering giving the classic Mead appearance in the end.

Nose: The beer maybe 70% lambic, but the nose is very much 95% funky horse stables and a farmyard ‘Gueuzeness’ with a mix of acetic yeasty tartness. The latter 5% has a sweetness that no doubt comes from the Mead in the back end.

Taste: Spritzy gueuze-like entrance with an acidic tart lemon feel in the ending. After a few glasses of this and the mouth throbs with Mead the Gueuze and a honey-gueuze tingle. Light ending, the sharp tartness of the Gueuze is totally removed by the sweet Mead finish. It’s almost as if the Gueuze ending that you are expecting - is extracted right from under your nose. Being a Gueuze man I find this rather annoying after a while, but I can cut some slack in this instance.

Mouthfeel: Immense propulsive carbonation when poured into the glass, which is also resident in the mouth when imbibed.

Drinkability: Pretty quaffable actually, I emptied and filled my 1970’s Belle-Vue glass three times whilst trying to work out how to remove the impregnated Cork for my Roof.

Overall: Personally, it seems like a fucking travesty to blend Hanssen’s Gueuze with anything other than my own intestinal juices. But I suppose mixing it with Lurgashall Mead from England is an inventive exception that I don’t mind seeing.

Nevertheless, a very interesting “beer” that totally belies its stated 9% ABV and which makes for an interesting change. I think I’ll be sticking to the straight Gueuze in future though. BTW - Just be **VERY** careful with the cork and wear your Safety Glasses when opening this one!!!

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Photo of Indybeer
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like everyone else I should have read about this before opening! Luckily nothing happened when I removed the wire cage, but when I gave the cork a slight twist to loosen it up, I ended up putting a nice divot in the ceiling! (luckily it wasn't mine). Poured a yellow-orange, with lots of carbonation, reminding me of champagne. aroma was faint honey sweet and lemon tart. So far so good. But I was disappointed in the taste. It had a good blend of mead sweetness and the lambic tartness, when you first taste it, but then it is just too champagne dry. As someone who likes champagne it wan't bad! But I wasn't looking for champagne!

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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 marc77
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tralucent golden hue. Furious carbonation yields an animated, frothy porcelain white head that fizzles readily into a spotty, thin layer. Waft of floral, lavender derived honey and black pepper hits the nose upfront, but is quickly offset by cheesy must and buttermilk like lactic tartness. Phenol becomes more pronounced in aroma as it breathes, progressing from a stately herbal presence, to clove, then approaches medicinal, yet it works. Quite intriguing aromawise. Flavorwise, this brew is reminescent of an unsweetened hard cider fermented with a phenolic Belgian yeast. Tartness akin to well underripe pear incipient in flavor yields to a melange of earthy black licorice, damp, incubated hay, and impressions of ground clove with a shaving of rubber. Evanescent sweetness darts in and immediately out mid palate, leaving behind only the floral essence of honey, without any of the associated sugar. Bone dry, and very well attenuated. I'd wager the combination of enteric bacteria, wild and primary yeast and high fermentability of honey has facilitated a final specific gravity around 1.000 or less. The dearth of dextrins leaves the mouthfeel overly fluid, yet ominously light on the palate. Notes of lemon flesh surface late, lending an agreeably citric, and slightly juicy presence. Finishes with a fleeting suggestion of lemon drops and unsweetened licorice. Only a trace of ethanol warmth surfaces after the swallow suggesting strength below the listed 9.0% ABV. An unbelievably odd and enjoyable brew. Perhaps the antithesis to the commonly brewed honey ale.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Curiously the Mead came from a winery in Britain (Lurgashall Winery) while the gueuze is Belgian..

The cork launched from it’s bottle berth like a missile. The beer burst upon the scene in a torrent-- lucky my glass caught all! Nary a drop wasted.

The flavor is not as sweet as I anticipated, especially given the “mead” moniker. I don’t know what “Lurgashall Mead” tastes like thus I can’t get specific about its contribution to the union of flavors-- of Mead and Gueuze. There is a definite hint of honey mead in both the nose and the flavor start although overall the profile is not a honey sweet but a well balanced commingling of sweet and sour-like overtones. I find that the general flavor body to be a bit thin. Furthermore, the flavor complexity I’ve tasted in other gueuzes doesn’t manifest itself in this lambic blend. Relative flavor and finish is clean and lingering. The beer produces a foamy head.

In summary, an interesting and flavorful combination of Mead and traditional Gueuze.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They have numerous bottles of this at University Wine and Spirits in Cambridge. Anyway, started to loosen the cage and Kablamo!! nearly took my eye out and I thought the cork was going to blow a hole in the ceiling. Bottle bubbled over like champagne, I looked around for the cork...never found the cage. Pours a pale turning cloudy yellow/green with loads of carbonation and a frothy airy champagne head. Smells of sour honey and of old running shoes and some grassy horse blanket smells too. These are all mellow and inoffensive though. Has a very dry champagne like flavor, but the sweet honey/apple and sour/sweat flavor tell me it's different...and better. A dry malt flavor on the finish. I'd take this over champagne any day! Very unique and tasty, and worth a try even if just for the explosion of the cork.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has an immediate sour aroma. A very lively carbonation creates a dense white head. Faint honey aroma. Has a very dry taste to it though it does have a hint of sweetness. Very light in the flavor department. Not too sour, though there is a nice sharp acidity. I could perceive no real honey taste, which, from my experience with some fermented honeys, is no real surprise. The beer was brilliantly clear and golden in color. Definitely worth trying if you like the lambic style of beer, but in the end a bit lackluster.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I originally sampled this beer on 21 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
Incredibly high carbonation. Before I could even twist off the champagne cap, the cork shot straight up like a bullet. W/ all of the carbonation, it had a surprisingly smooth taste on the tongue, no bite. The aroma was feint honey

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Photo of jreitman
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Horsey, barnyard like aromas typical of a gueuze. Gold in color with a ton of head. The cork flew out of the bottle on this one. Traditional lambic tartness gives a bit of body to the sweet fruit flavors of the mead. It can best be described as somewhat bittersweet. Some fruity citrus notes were detected as well. Due to the complexity and intensity of the flavors, it is not the easiest drinking. Very interesting and another well crafted beer from Hanssens.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I should have worn ear plugs when I popped the cork! lol A window shattering pop, and enormous fluffy head shoots out. I could have sent the cork into orbit, but I wanted to save it. The head is enormous and then quickly subsides.

served room temp:
The aroma is very strongly musty, sour, and tart. I could smell it from across the room. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with champagne-like carbonation. Taste is musty yeast, sourness, sweetness tugging war, with sour winning in the end. There's no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

This is a very different beer and worth a try.

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Photo of zerk
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the most interesting beer I've had in quite some time. Luckily I had read earlier reviews, so I expected the cork to come flying off... and took evasive measures. Clear and yellow-gold with a very active and persistant head. (My wife had a glass that she left sitting for 2 hours and there was still 1/4 inch head.) So much carbonation that you'd think this was champagne... rough mouthfeel and thin to medium body. Aroma was of sour apples, must, and grass. Flavor was much of the same... tart... not much sweetness, but there is some flavor of honey as well. It has a very dry character which must be imparted by the honey. This isn't one I'd have very often, but it makes for a great change of pace, and would be a beer to serve in place of champagne.

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Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As soon as I twisted off the cage, the cork exploded and crashed hard into the cieling. All of the cats ran out of the room.
It's blonde yellow with a boiling, vengeful head that stands up. It's like looking at a lava vent as it stiffens on top, then is consumed by the rising energy from the rim underneath.
A nose of phyllo, diatetic cookies, green banana peels, flowers, diotomaceous earth, and potting soil.
The flavors are chalky dry with dried, powdered geen apple skins and stems. The finish is dry, chalky and abrupt as it leaves an impression of dried bones.

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Photo of Viking
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wish I had read these reviews before I opened this bottle...when I popped the cork, it sounded like a shotgun blast! I almost dropped the bottle, it was so unexpected.

This brew pours with some serious carbonation - a tall, big-bubbled, foamy head rose exponentially even on a gentle pour. It quickly settled into a nice lacy head. Body is straw-golden, a little hazy, with a lot of apparent carbonation. Has a horse-blankety smell, along with sour fruit, sweet honey, and yeast aromas to accent. Nice sour taste of grapes and citrus. Also a bit yeasty, with taste of alcohol present. Honey not very assertive in the flavor, but it is noticeable especially in the bone dry finish.

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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 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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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 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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