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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: 1109   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
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 (11353) - 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 (10411) - 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 (11499) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2008
Bottle 37,5 cl. A light fruity aroma. Rich flavour with notes of fruits - especially sour grape - and with a dry and buttery finish. The colour is deep moisty yellow with a clear white head. A very drinkable gueuze

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13823) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
375 ml bottle. Aroma is about equal funk and light stone fruit. Copper gold color with white smear for head. Medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. Flavor is sour fruit, yeast and wood. Finish is astringently dry. Tart isn’t in it! One of the more pleasant Geuzes I’ve enjoyed.

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.


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