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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: 310   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.


Engelsmann's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, - SEP 4, 2006
Pours an unclear dark yellow with a frothy head. Aroma is sweet honey, funky. Taste is sour and sweet honey, some funky brett. A weird mix


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yiannnos (921) - , CYPRUS - NOV 18, 2014
Aged for ?? years. Shared with greenclansman. A nice sour gueze with some mead qualities.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
greenclansman (881) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - NOV 10, 2014
Light yellow color. Nice sour aromas. Taste of wood, grapes, with a sour and sweet honey aftertaste. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2464) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (4084) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (11062) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaintMatty (5536) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1763) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6523) - 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.
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6559) - 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.


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