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Hanssens Mead the Gueuze

Formerly brewed at Hanssens Artisanaal
Style: Mead
Dworp, Belgium


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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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Unique blend of 70% Hanssens Traditional Gueuze and 30% classic Lurgashall Mead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2186) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
Blend of Hanssens Oude Gueuze with an English mead, intended for export but not produced anymore today. Off-white, thick but quickly collapsing head, deep hazy golden blonde robe. Typical lambic aroma of lemon, sweat, sulphur, wood with difficult to identify, spicy accents (cloves, wormwood) and a faint hint of bitter honey. Complex lambic funkiness in the taste paired with a dry, grapefruity and spicy bitterness with a subtle honey sweetishness in between, only coming to glory when the deposit is added - apparently the honey component was lurking in the bottom of the bottle. Strange product, difficult to rate, not your average honey beer. Glad I tried this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (3808) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Akkurat, Stockholm.
Appearance: Hazy pale yellow colour with a white head.
Aroma: Honey, tart, sour.
Body: Light body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Sour honey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (10848) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 16, 2014
Stark karbonisierter Antrunk, wenig säuerlich. Angenehm würzig und wärmend, der Alkohol ist nicht erkennbar. Die Karbonisierung stört etwas, wenig bitter, komplex mit minimal hopfigen Noten. Sehr gut. 12/13/12/12//12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2812) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2014
2007 vintage, lists 7.9% abv. Cages cork top. Cork slides out easily, but the pour still has some fizz, so I hope it’s still okay. Shows a slightly ruddy and brassy yellow, with lots of bubbles clinging to the side. Smell has a little sweetness to it, then the tart and barnyard smell of a lambic.And, somehow, a bit "dusty" perhaps this is the impression from contact with the cork (though I’ve kept it upright all this time). Taste is kind of cheesy and again "dusty." Carries much more gueuze character than mead. I have to admit I have not acquired the taste for this—and no need to since they stopped making it—but it’s still somewhat pleasant and I may be happier to say I’ve had a chance to drink one of these than yet another overbearing barrel-aged imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaintMatty (5392) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2013
375ml Bottle - Amber in colour. Honey, maple syrup and apples in the aroma. Honey, apples, sticky toffee and some tart hints. Very tasty and enjoyable. It has aged very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1717) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Didn’t know they stopped making this! Tried it many times back in the BW days when we carried it. Nice subtle lambic tones with really well hidden sweet honey mead flavors buried in between in a polite manor. Blends rather swell to be honest! Wish I would’ve saved a few bottles!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6308) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
375 ml bottle (9%). 2006 vintage.Thanks lusikka!
Pours hazy orange color with a small head. Aroma of earth, sour fruits, some rose hip and mild goose berry bush. Flavor of earth, sour fruits, some hints of honey, grapes, goose berries and some grass. Some white wine notes on the aftertaste. Quite dry. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6354) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
375 ml bottle. 2006 vintage. 9% ABV.
Pours a golden colour with a white foamy head. Aroma of ripe apricot, syrup, hay and blackcurrant. Flavour of tart ripe apricot, some alcohol, white grapes, blackcurrant, syrup and rough grassy notes. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a mouth-drying, sharp, sweetish finish. Some similarities with white wines. Very unique and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5809) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
37,5 cl bottle vintage 2006 (9%) @ lusikka
Aroma has mead‐like honey, some moldy cellar, hints of root beer and grapefruit. Flavour is sour with grapefruit, green apples and earthy notes typical to gueuze. Also some honey and white wine. Dry and quite unique; smells like mead, tastes like gueuze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3855) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
375ml bottle

2006 vintage - Pours clear golden with a smooth foamy head. Aroma of cellar, stingy tartness, dry fruits, sweet meady notes and hints of honey. Taste is dry, tart and slightly sour with notes of sweet honey, mead, hints of cellary yeasty notes. Finish is vinous, sweetish, slightly sour and tart with notes of dry fruits, honey and yeast. Okay, quite unique mix of a mead and gueuze.

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