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


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RATINGS: 1110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2007
A wonderfully filthy Gueuze, I must say. Pours a cloudy yellow that gets cloudier with each pour. There is visibly effervescent carbonation. The aroma extends feet away from the glass. Sour yeasty funk, horse blanket, lemon zest, wood and cheese assult the nose. Brutally tart and sour flavour that is devoid of any recognizable malt sweetness. Notes of wood and wet leather accompany the tart, acidic fruit flavours. The balance of bright, new lambic flavours and old musty, woody lambic is noticeable. The mouthfeel tingly with a medium body and a finish that is not as dry as other gueuzes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2139) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2007
750ml bottle. Probably a year and a half old, dont remember what date was on the bottle. Pours out a cloudy yellow color with a white head on it. Smell is full of sour funk, wood, and just a nice pleasant musty smell. Tastes smooth and sour, with a little bit of bitterness, but it is mostly overrun with a lemon like flavor which is really good. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1662) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Wonderful tart aroma, with just a hint of barnyard about it. Pours a clear golden amber with a huge white head. Extremely tart and dry flavor. Tastes of citrus and green apples. Not an gueuze to introduce people to the style, but a very tasty one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (3200) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Wow! Amazing gueuze! Aroma of dirty barn floor. Pour was a cloudy light orange with a one finger white head. Taste was perfect. Very sour citrus with hints of yeast but not much can break through this sour barrier. Incredible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cheap (5229) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Now this is a perfect example of what I consider to be beer. Big, bad, and stimulating! Impressions start with the chapagne bottle then follows with an unrefined backstall aroma that cannot be described. Big fermenting fruit from an old open barrel in the barn. Looks like a cloudy american lager or darker wheat. Really nice creamy carbonation. Oh my, what a taste impact! Not girlie sweet in any way though wonderfully tart. Hides the alky content rather well, itís more like drinking rotting fermenting something, but in an enjoyable way. Just plain easy to drink and fun to be with. DEE LISH! Finish is a quarky mackentosh fruit peel quagmire.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2012 The Godfather of Funk. This has got to be one of the most underrated guezes. I mean, whatís not to like? Hanssens is really up there because of the no-nonsense lip-pickering madness they produce, and their deceptive simplicity. This has got all that lemony, acidic bracing sourness in the finish, with just enough pedio that you know itís there but really have to look for it because it is buried deep beneath that horse blanket. And itís got so much more than that. Itís got that leathery "horseblanket" aroma, which is deep and evocative and heavy on the soul. Drinking this beer is like making love in the hay. Itís raw, a little rough around the edges, smelly, and fun. Scrumptious and appealing on many levels. It tastes really alive. Accessible and not shy: in your face, and not ashamed of it. This is a good friend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Magnum, 1997 or 1998-ish, courtesy of Casey at Maxís. Thanks!! Pours a hazy, medium straw color; off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of horseblanket, cheese, lemon and funk in the aroma; average tartness and acidity; slightly mouthwatering, with just a ton of horseblanket and cheese. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: creamy, slightly viscous and lemony tartness at the edges of the tongue; has some weight to it, more so than something like Drie Fonteinen Gueuze but with similar levels of acidity and tartness; not bone-dry, but still puckering and ends on the dry side; some white grapes, lemons, and funk in the finish. This has held up beautifully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2007
Bottle. Unclear light to medium yellow orange color with a small, virtually none, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy, sour, acidic, wood, grapefruit. Flavor is moderate acidic and sour with a average to long duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is flat. (230907)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Pours a clear light amber color with little head. Aroma is moderately funky with some honeyed sweetness. The funk seemed to be almost overpowered by the saccharine quality to the aroma. The taste has an aggressive tartness that smacks you at the finish. Still, the funk here doesnít seem as multi-dimensional as the more reputed gueuzes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2007
Bottle. Murky orange colour with gassy white head. Taste is tarte with lemon / lime / grapefruit. Aroma is fairly sour with acidic finish.

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