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

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RATINGS: 919   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Interesting look when it was poured, I could clearly see the different tones of the beer’s orange hue blending in the glass under a fluffy white head. Smell is wooden and somewhat soapy, slight notes of pear and lemon. Flavor really pulls on the sides of my mouth from the tart sourness. It really doesn’t hit my tongue with any significant bitterness, just the corners of the jaw. More interesting is that it really well lubricates the whole mouth after each sip. The flavor really is not too special, it seems to be just middle of the road for a lambic, really just earthy and sweet yet sour and mellow.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2005 (Bottle 37,5 cl) As "Hanssens Gueuze" at 5% ABV. I remember when I first found this years ago in the drink market "De Cagny Brothers" in Essen. In a wooden box in a corner I found a few crown corked bottles with no labels or anything. But a large swarm of fruit flies were buzzing around the cork which was leaking slightly. Not the most hygienic or well-presented beer...
Orangey golden with very little head. Vinegary, sour, citrusy nose. Very tart but complex flavours of....horseblanket? Well, to be honest I haven’t really smelled a horseblanket for several years. Earthy notes and a long sour palate. A taste-bud killer indeed. 030498

(Bottle 37,5 cl) As "Hanssens Oude Gueuze". Very orangey golden with a small, discreet head. a smell of fruits in the early stages of rot. Very complex gueuze and actually quite drinkable. Hasn’t got the very sharp, vinegary edge as other traditionals in the style. 120700

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2005
way too sour for me.I am not a fan of this style.Tastes of real sour citrus fruit.was not enjoyable at all

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2005
Very full aroma with maily fruit and oak and a little bit vinegar in the finish. Light amber color, off-white head, fair lace. Very sour start but soon the sweetness takes over. Not like Belle-Vue or something but real nice malty sweetness. Also full flavored with fruits like apple or apricot and of course oak and vinegar aggresiveness. A bit dry in the finish, probably from the oak.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2005
(Bottled, 0.375l) Hazy golden color with a small, white head. Very dry, sour and acidic aroma. Quite smoothly fruity, sour and dry flavor. A clean, traditional, not too sour lambic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2005
375cl bottle...unable to find a date. Dense, gym sock aroma at first...lazy carbonation...piles of pulled weeds after a rain soaking in the hot summer sun...incredibly complex aroma...strikes me as mellow at first, but the fairly intense tartsour lingers around the back of the tongue for awhile afterwards...funky and intense...layer upon layer of intricacy. With a decent body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8402) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUN 9, 2005
(375ml unlabelled bottle with a white chalk mark, bought in 1996) Cloudy orange colour with a small fizzy white head. Acidic nose with a scent of horseblanket and fruits and wheat. Sour and dry flavour, spritzy carbonation. Dusty sour taste with almost no bitterness, fruity tones of grapefruit and apricot. Slightly tart and vinous long lasting finish. A great and complex brew ! The sampled bottle was found in pivnizubs cellar during “archeological excavations”. Thanks for sharing it with me !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (8745) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUN 9, 2005
Bottle (bought 1996): Orangey colour, cloudy, thin but lasting foamy white layer; fresh fruity (citrus, grapefruit) sourish nose with a tinge of grains, also yeast and - that’s understood- horse-blanket; starts quite sourish, but soft, turning to a heavy, fruity acidic flavour; ending in a long, sour aftertaste with some traces of a tart bitterness. Very good !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geiserich (3295) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 2, 2005
Bottled:
Strong cidre note and quite sourly grapefruit aroma. Flavor is medium to strong sour, refreshing with a medium stron citrus peel note. Strong astringent, sourly finish with a tart bitterness in the end. Very nice gueuze.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12440) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2005
Bottled 375cl
Honey golden color, small creamy head. Sour earthy aroma. Oily mouthfeel. Sour, aerhy, also fruity and sugary. Long sour aftertaste.


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