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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: 1092   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.



3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle. Poured a clear golden-orange color with a thin white head that diminished to a ring. Funky aroma of sour fruits, yeast, and that classic barnyard. Nice semi-sweet entry runs into a sour, dry fruitiness with yeastiness throughout the background and on the finish. Really nice sourness that bites the tongue and dries the palate. Nice and funky, just the way I like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2008
750ml bottle. Pours hazy golden color with a large white head made up of very compact bubbles that quickly becomes quite small but never vanishes. Lots of bubbles rise up the glass. Classic Gueuze like aroma: big brett, horsey, nuts, it even smells sour. Taste is big time tart and sour, thin bodied, dry as hell. Acidity is high and stinging. Finish is cidery. This is one of the more acidic and tart examples I remember of the style. Good stuff. I am going to have to do a big blind side by side Gueuze tasting, as all the brands are becoming indistinguishable in my memory.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium creamy/bubbly white head. Aroma was of course funky, tropical fruits, lots of various floral notes, Cheerios and horse blanket. Flavor was of the same, dry, fruity, tart and funky. Very nice Gueuze.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2008
bottle from thecheeseman: pours a very cooper orange with a small foamy white head. some lacing. aroma is a very pungtent funk sour, an extreme sour crabappleness. if something can smell dry this does. a very sour start adn dry with a great pungent apple sour. this is as dry a finish as i have had in a beer. just a touch of acidity in the finish also.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Goodgrief (1965) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2008
June 2006 - Dude, Iím going to have to take all you guysí word for it. This is my first foray into lambics and it is altogether different...totally incomparable to anything Iíve had. Pours orangey brown color, decent head. Aroma is just...I donít know what it is. Funky? Flavor is sour. I recognize lemon and a whole bunch of stuff I donít know what it is. Iím not sure I "get" this whole lambic thing as I read everyone elseís ratings and see "cigarette ash", "rotten peach", "rotting wood", "horse pasture"...along with 4+ ratings. Okay, maybe itís an acquired taste!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2008
bottle, no printed year. pours a hazy honey/amber with a huge white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves ample lacing as it goes, and stops disappearing when it thins out a bit. i can smell the funk as i pour! huge smell of acidic funk, grapes, sour grapefruit, oak, and grass. grapes, grapefruit, oak, and occasional funky notes in the taste, but the palate is so monstrous that you donít get long to taste. huge puckering sour takes over almost as soon as the beer hits your tongue. quite drying, with a lingering oak flavor. medium body with a quenching mouthfeel, and a ton of carbonation, but all of this is mitigated by the thick saliva my mouth is producing in reaction to the biting sourness. this is precisely what i was looking for! sharp sour, with a deep flavor profile. if i had any complaints it would be that the sourness almost prevents you from enjoying the depth of flavor.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3899) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Enjoyed the other evening at the Red Monk in Des Moines. A very nice smelling brew that pours surprisingly clean into the glass, with a small tight and lingering head. Scent is strongly oaky with a whiff of yeast and fruit. Very pleasant taste with a soft palate, strongly oaky and sour at first, but as the bottle progresses the dryness gives way to a cidery taste accompanied by a mild sweetness. This is certainly not as hard or as strong as other Gueze and lambic that I have tasted, but it is very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1595) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Fantastic pour and immense cobwebby, musty, barny, dirty aromas with a gentle undertow of sweet fruit and sour vinuous notes. Full palate with a sour bite, fruity center and twisting astringent finish. You can taste the age on this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2008
This was a great suprise. My friend and I (both sour lovers) went looking for a bottle of Panil 2005 but the store was out so we picked this up instead. Golden in pour with not much head at all. Musty sour nose with some hints of grapefruit. There are quite a few flavors here. Some kind of stale cookie and a bit of grape and lemon. Not so much sour as it is tart. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3390) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bronze color. No head. White rim. Aroma of yeast. Taste is tart with an initial sweetness. Very nice.


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