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Brewed by Hanssens Artisanaal
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Dworp, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1054   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
As with all Gueuzes, Hanssens is a mixture of several vintages to produce a lambic which is refreshingly fruity.

This is the result of blending different lambics of different ages. The second fermentation takes place inside the bottles and therefore they are stored for minimum six months in constant temperature kept cellars.



3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Vastly underappreciated. Wonderfully tart, with some great acidity, what I like to call pucker power. Lightly fruity, with some sour grapes, and apple skins, which leads into a bit of vinous cidery qualities. It has that barnyard funk throughout, and is really quite enjoyable if you are into all things sour.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 Rated 4/15/2008. 4.1. Green small corked bottle. Brisk lactic tang. Cotton, horse barn, and peach flesh. Icy. Nice vibrant fresh wheat, funk products and acid. Delightful. Hazed gold, with tint of pluot flesh. Graced with a rim of clean white head. Soft, wheat-filled acid dominates the flavor. A bit of green olive juice and tangerine rind dapples the for-palate. Nips of pale fruit grace the the mid-palate. Pears, apricots, and white nectarine. A good symphony of flavors moving between well-integrated acids, light sweetness and brisk alcohol. Fresh and summery. Grain-heads blend with grapes to finish of the body. Crisp and lively. A very nice gueuze. A fitting 1200!

Been sitting on a small 2007 bottle for a few years. Wanted to see what this behaved like at 5 years. Totally worth saving and totally worth opening. Dammit this is stellar. Big super-funk and oak nose, with an immediate tart presence. Oh for that acidity, I would walk 100 miles. Clean, completely mouth puckering and rich with farmhouse grain character. A fantastic start to spring. Beautifully carbonated and not a big oxidized. Could have probably gone another 5-10 years easily.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 8, 2008
Thx for another great tasting, Kim (Beljohansen): yummiie...bubbly and short head, leather and grape, and very sour

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
Date: 04/03/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta

Appearance: hazy dark yellow, wispy white head,
Aroma: big funky earthy aroma with a leathery character,
Flavor: tart malt flavor, lots of musty character, long lasting tartness, lots of cobwebs for complexity,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2008
Pours lightly hazy and golden in color. A foamy white head shows very good retention. Nice, random patches of foam stick to the glass. The aroma is intense, showing nose searing lemon and grapefruit, shrouded in a funky haze of barnyard and horse blanket. Peach and nectarine emerge as the beer warms, adding more zesty fruit into the equation. The first sip is mouth puckeringly sour. I’m talking seriously intense. Its almost equivalent to licking a fresh cut lemon and chasing it with a shot of apricot nectar and grapefruit juice. The citrus notes are bold, as is the funky barnyard yeast. Just shy of medium bodied, this one will kick you in the rear corner of the mouth on its way to finishing bone dry. Definitely a slow sipper, but ultimately a very well done brew. Refreshing, if you’re in a sour mood.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2008
Foam Rangers tasting. Gold color with average head. Barn-y funk with citrus and oak. Flavor is sour citrus with great acidity and clean finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DSG (9563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2013 Re-rate 11/13: Bottle sample at a sour tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. 2012 bottle. Clear golden. Aroma of oak, barnyard, leather, lemony notes and manure hints. Sour flavor, oaky, leathery and lemony, with a bit of fruity sweetness and a finish with lemon peel bitterness. 8/3/8/3/17=3.9

Re-rate 3/5/11: Bottle at Kulminator in Antwerp. Almost clean golden with a quickly-diminishing white head. Wonderful citric, somewhat sweaty, wild yeast aroma. Sour flavor with some citric notes. Medium-bodied. A good quaffable Gueuze. 8/3/8/4/16=3.9

(2/28/08) Bottle at Staminee de Garre in Bruges. Best before 8/2027. Hazy golden with a collapsing white head. Barnyard, citrus and some wood in the aroma. Sour fruity flavor with some sweetish hints of sugary residue. Medium-bodied. Some more cellar time wouldn’t hurt but already very pleasant and refreshing when rather young. 8/3/8/3/16=3.8

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2008
This one ties with Oud Beersel as my favorite thus far- without having tried Drei Fonteinen or Girardin yet- they are impossible to find around here, I will have to travel to get any. Oh- the funky, leathery, barnyardy smell- heavenly. The acidity is perfect, flavor is indescribably good- I could drown in a vat of this beer, I will be sure to have some on hand at all times- This will be what I ask for on my death bed-

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10406) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2008
Clear golden with medium white head. Sour aroma with barnyard, wood and grapefruit notes. Sour complex flavor with leather, grapefruit and barnyard notes. Very refreshing. Lovely!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 750 mL bottle. My first gueuze (or real lambic of any kind) so here goes. Butterscotch colored with a fizzy effervescent head. Light, earthy, sour aroma. Same thing goes for the taste. I like a little sourness, but not this much. It seems like a good beer, but it’s not my thing.


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