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Hanssens Mead the Gueuze

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Formerly brewed at Hanssens Artisanaal
Style: Mead
Dworp, Belgium

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RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Unique blend of 70% Hanssens Traditional Gueuze and 30% classic Lurgashall Mead.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NJBeerman013 (1045) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7877) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2003
Yellow colour. Thick white head. Honeyish nose, very slight 'horseblanket'. Sweet, malty taste. Retronasal there's the gueuze, apple-like. The honey is there for a fraction of a moment - until... Mouthfeel is medium bodied... the aftertaste where the honey is back, this time longueish and with the character of 'honingbollen', Belgian honey-toffees. Some acid-burn, all the same. Surprising - and than again maybe not. It pulls in different directions, without final decision.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 21, 2003
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

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2003
When i got a couple of these shipped to me all 3 bottles had a diffrent amount of brew in them.Hell it came with a warning of high carbonation.They sure were not kidding just a slight loosening of the basket and this stuff blew the cork off.Huge a.. head.Slightly cloudy straw color.Sweet aroma,Very fruity.It has an almost over ripe apple smell to it.Damn it's taking forever to fill a glass with all this carbonation.I also detect a yeasty smell.Slightly sweet taste,that fades fast to more of a sour apple,with a slightly bitter apple after taste.Pretty decent brew the carbonation is a bit much but i think i can live with it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2003
Holy cork! The cork was starting to leak a bit, with all the pressure on it, so I had to drink it, and it nearly blew out a lamp in my hotel room. Slightly cloudy yellow, vibrant but loosely formed and quickly dissipating head. Dry and smooth, tingling on the palate, making up for the relative mild flavors--a titch of honey, but sour as well. Really enjoyable, in my book.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
i saw the cork slipping as i unscrewed it so i aimed it at an old lady and knocked her ass out..it was funny..it poured a nice yellow color..the beer, not the old lady..with a nice big head of white (the lady and the beer)...very nice gueuze aroma of sweat, leather, barnyard, and very tart apple with the added complexities of white wine and sugar..the flavor is wierd..its like it wants to be a gueuze but theres a deep honey sweetness underneath it..its very champagne-like and very very dry..yet sweet..with straw, apple, honey, and champagne notes...i think the sweetness takes away from the lambic tartness a little too much...WOAH...I just realized its 9%..thats cool.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Whee, the cork popped out real good like. Unfortunately, that's there the goodness stopped w/ this mead. It tastes like grapefruit rind w/ a touch of yeast. I'm dumping out the other half of my $4.79 bottle...


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