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

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RATINGS: 1005   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.



3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2007
A clear orangey gold with a very thin white head with a few big bubbles. A sharp lactobacillus bite. A bit of vinegar, lemon, and maybe a slightly offputting acrid acidity. Some grass. Some sort of fruit candy. A bit fruity, a bit funky, but definitely dry. Light in carbonation, but a lovely tingly mouthfeel. Thin and drinkable. I’d say the acidity makes this like a sharp lemonade in terms of thirst quenching. Very dry and lightly fruity, reminiscent of a champagne, but certainly more flavor. Highly acidic, lemon, lactobacillus. Grassy aftertaste. Lemony acidity in the finish. I could drink more of this, if the price is right.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - APR 17, 2007
Very, very good traditional Gueze with a high complexity. As a note to previous and future ratings, Hanssens is NOT a brewer - they are blenders who blend lambics bought from other lambic breweries. And very good they are too.

1.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2007
Smells of cheese. Appears gold with a big head. Very sour flavor, like rhubarb and cheese. Unenjoyable overall. This is possibly an acquirable taste, but why bother? There are too many other beers that taste fine immediately.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7293) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
This golden lambic ale poured with a thin off-white head and a strong acidic aroma. There is nothing like the taste of a high quality traditional gueuze. Hanssen’s does a great job of blending the young with the old, so that the taste is neither too sweet nor too sour, and there is a pleasant peppery finish. Gueuze is an acquired taste, and few drinkers enjoy their initiation to this style. Many years ago, I poured my first glass of gueuze down the drain, thinking it had gone bad, but it is now one of my favorite styles, and Hanssen’s is one of the few brewers that still use the traditional brewing and blending method.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2007
Pours clear amber / orage with a whispy white head. The aroma has leather, tobacco, barnyard funk, some vinegar and sourness. While the words don’t sound good for the aroma, they are. Medium body that is both rich and crisp with some mild carbonation that goes down very smooth. The taste starts with some woodiness and pepper with vinegar and barnyard yeasty fund ~ quite rich and sour. The finish is smooth with some spice and sourness.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Looks like a hefe. Tastes like pure lactic acid. I appreciated the smell and all, but the taste was just wayyy to sour. Most likely not the best Lambic to start with, but still...not so good for drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5838) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2013 Bottle (375 ml). Deep hazy golden, small white head. Intriguing aroma with cider-like base of green apples, but some earthy notes of leather and gunpowder. Bone dry and ultra sour, a bit over the top.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (7595) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2007
Bottle. Lown and astonishingly lasting white head. Hazy golden body. Medium acidic grape fruit aroma. Acidic grape fruit flavor, agressive taste without being too much. Long lasting nice and bitter aftertaste.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
drpimento (2419) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2007
this is compared to its brewer’s description. I barely pickup the refreshingly fruitiness. I do get some heavy duty sourness. color was nice. aroma was typical gueze but accented by malt/cider vinegar. couldn’t finish mine, but others who were trying it seemed to really enjoy it and even were reordering it! Had it from a small bottle at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Medium/dark gold color - very cloudy with a thin off-white head. Aroma of old vinegar, rotten apples and barnyard hay. Taste is puckering sour - hard to get past that to the other flavors, though there is a tinge of sweet fruits and some oak at the end. But it mostly just gets lost to me in that rancid acidity.


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