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Hanssens Mead the Gueuze

Formerly brewed at Hanssens Artisanaal
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Dworp, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
Unique blend of 70% Hanssens Traditional Gueuze and 30% classic Lurgashall Mead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5656) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Poured a sharp gold color with a nice, large white head. Sweet but also tart lambic aroma (barnyard funk, apples, honey) Sweet start also included tastes of plums, honey and slightly tart with a gueuze complex as well. This was enjoyable as it was smooth and refreshing. This is my first example of the mead style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Clear urine yellow with a massive white head. Huge barnyard aroma - straw, sweat, leather, green apple and floral notes all appear. Light medium watery/syrupy palate with a large amount of carbonation. Flavor of ripe cheese, honey and fruit with a hint of alcohol and slight bitterness. It starts sweet and finishes sweet with a slight carbonation/cobweb bitterness in the middle. Thankfully I had read about its explosive nature before opening. I went outside and pointed the bottle well away from anything valuable. Holding the cork in the bottle was quite a chore after opening the metal cage - it leaped out with a satisfying pop - be careful with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Another brew which nearly killed me!!!! As the cork exploded even before fully untwisting the metal. Just read hopscotch's warming a bit to late. Dark straw color with a foamy off white head. Brett. and granny smith apple aroma. Cobweb and quinine flavors. Refreshing but not lacks the true sparkling mead honey qualities and the malt gueuze qualities.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10225) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 If not for the cage, the cork would have put the wholesaler's left eye out! Be careful opening this baby! Deeply hazy! The color of unfiltered pear juice. The nose is of lemon juice and honey. Mostly sour with tiny surges of orange blossom honey and grapefruit peel in the flavor. Light-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Lengthy, dry, astringent and (finally) sour finish. Great stuff!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Apple juice color wiht no head, lots of carbonation. Sour, car engine aroma. Sour taste, grapes. I just dont get it, unpleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Exercise caution when opening! 5 seconds after I had uncaged the cork and before I could even touch it, it shot out with terrific force, narrowly missing my girlfriend's head. Nothing like a little adrenaline to go with your beverage. Anyway, aroma is tart and fruity, with notes of honey, citrus, green apple and hay. Pale golden amber in color, with a constant rush of effervescence and a clinging, frothy head. A little farmy and sour to start, middle is citric and fruity, and the finish has some woodiness, must and acidity. Aftertaste of honey, but lacking the amount of sweetness one would typically associate with that ingredient. Probably the most refreshing, fizzy 9% abv. concoction I'll ever try. Seems to be best once it approaches ~55 degrees F.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4013) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Scent is lemony-sour, with apples, honey, grass, and must. Looks like applce cider with a giant fizzy head that soon mostly subsides. Flavor dominated by sweet honey, with apple notes and a reasonable amount of sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4444) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2004 I was sitting up in my room while I had the bottle warming, reading all of the stories about how people get hit in the eye with the cork, when I heard an explosion and ran downstairs to find beer all over the table and an uncorked gueuze. I couldnt believe the cork popped when this beer was at a very cool 50 degrees. Well the point of this story is that this beer is carbonated. Too carbonated. Granted it is tolerable when it has warmed up to about 60 degrees, but it still is extremely carbonated. Orange/rust color. Slightly clouded with a bubbly head that disappears. Nice aroma of tart green apple. The intial taste is best though, with a yeasty/sour flavor, mixed with a tart green apple. There is some grassy/hay undertone and the sourness clings to the palette and back of throat. As it warms becomes more sour and reminds me of gooseberry, which is pleasant. A decent beer, but SOOO much carb. Why not just get a belgian tripel? has the yeast and some sour/bitter flavor with so much more. I suppose if you really like sour beer this is the way to go though. I need to try more gueuzes, that is for certain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Most definitely a very different beer. So many flavors fighting each other in this one. A very sharp tart gueuze flavor with just a touch of sweet honey from the mead. Almost champagne in carbonation character. No end to the bubbles... A fun beer to drink, but not everyday.

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