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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: 1119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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.



3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Thanks to my bro for sharing this. Pours a hazy straw color with thin white head. Aroma is the classic lambic components: yeast funkiness, horse blanket, mild strawberry notes, toasted grain flavor. Taste is light strawberry, intense yeast and horse blanket and light wood notes.. Palate is very acidic and sour, but fits this brew perfectly. Excellent lambic.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Thanks, TheCheeseMan! #300! Pours a clear crisp golden color.with a thin foamy white head. Aroma is very strong and tart. Taste is the same with great tart and sourness with a hint of oak. The palate is a bit flat and metallic, though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgiskOlklub (1045) - Viby J, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle 37.5 cl. Large creamy white head with good lacing. Sparkling and hazy orange body. Aroma of basement, earth, apple and cask wood. Medium body, thin texture and average carbonation. Light sweet, heavy acidic and light bitter flavor. A very nice gueze.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1747) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Clean dandelion hued pour and a rim of whitish that hollows out an attractive, coincidentally perfect imprinted ring in the center into the surface center. Minerally bitterness and lemon zest in a sharp, lightly cheesy and unusually polished aroma; there isn’t much dirtiness or animals-on-the-farm feeling, but the yeasty presence is dusty and brisk enough to maintain the right aura. A green apple and guava-like sunny sweetness lends some easy, likable fruitiness which provides some depth, although I usually prefer this quality as a startling afterthought to the elusive funkiness, which in this example just isn’t all there. Still lovely.

Flavor is hugely acidic, punchy, and musty; a whiff of aged balsamic settles in a dust on a gorgeous tropical fruitiness of pineapple and golden kiwi. These fruit flavors are really rushed to the front by the beer’s palpable acidity. Lightly wooden bitterness and then more fruit and tang; apricot, orange peel, and pickled ginger. Mid palate is suddenly, alarmingly struck with an outhouse and wet hay funkiness that makes me shiver and pucker; the experiential aspect it seemed to lack earlier makes a glorious, confronting appearance.

Medium body is sparkly but soft; finishes with a heated, spicy sourness of lemon juice and cayenne pepper, that calms itself slowly into a vanilla-tinted appley tartness. Still some minerals hanging around.

A persistently classical feeling about this fine gueuze is probably its finest quality.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40181) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2008
37.5 cL bottle, trade with BelJohansen. Pours hazy orange with a slowly diminishing creamy white head. Orange and acidic dry wooden aroma. Flavour is solid acidic to citric with a nice orange fruity note. Has a distinct wooden note I only sensed during the first sip. The citric flavour makes me shiver. Bone dry yet fruity. Thirst quencing - nice one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
6-1-08 bottle shared at tasting
Cloudy yellow orange. Smell is sour and funky. Flavor is huge vinegar and is quite sour. Not much more to say about this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lb4lb (2584) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 Pours very cloudy orangish yellow. Smell is very sour and funky, all the way. Taste is very sour as well with not much flavor aside from musty sourness. Pretty good for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Bottle. Heavy sourness up front with light fruit notes, peaches in particular. Invigorating funk. Cloudy copper-amber with a thin patchy head. Very strong lemon acidity. Not much depth but very nice even if the palate is a bit harsh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5543) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Last beer sampled at Heritage Liquors Inauguration beer tasting in Maplewood, Minnesota. A 750 ml bottle shared by Joebrew, pours a cloudy copper/amber brew with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film. Aroma of lemon zest, some multi-crystal golden grain malt, sour grapefruit and a touch of lime. Taste is spritzy, a little leathery with flavors of sour lemon, a little barnyard funk and grapefruit. Finish remains slightly sour with citrus flavors of lemon, grapefruit and some mild earthy herbs in the aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4852) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Big thanks to Joebrew on this one! Cloudy copper color with a thin head. Lemony aroma with plenty of sourness. Great wheat base, fairly sour and tart. More lemon and funkyness on the finish. Ends dry. Sourness is leaning towards the abrasive side of the spectrum.


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