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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.



3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Thanks to brewfiend for sharing! The beer was cloudy yellow-orange with light foam and some sediment. It had a sour earthy aroma and flavor. Mildly acidic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2007
750 ml bottle, Stateline Liquors. Pours a clear dark gold to light amber under a one finger fizzy white head. Lots of carbonation retains head as a thin covering. Lots of heavy lacing. The nose is dusty, musty cellar funk with some horseblanket, yeast, some light soft cheesy funk, cork, and a little tartness. Wow, huge overpowering vinegary acidity and intense tartness dominates, in a way almost covering up some of the funkiness that I want. It does emerge on the finish as musty cork and brettiness. Mouthfeel is very dry with a shockingly acidic bracing middle. Light to medium bodied with lots of fizzy prickly carbonation. Overall, a little too one-sided with the overwhelming acidity. Middle of the road for Oude Gueuze.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Bottle. Aroma was quite pungent. Very sour and musty. Infection and beef bullion. Poured a murky gold/amber with a thin white head. Quite tart and sour on the palate with a hint of underlying lemon/lime sweetness on the finish. Beef broth with hints of sour cheese. Medium bodied. Quite creamy with sharp carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2008 (bottle, thanks Brewfiend) Pours a light hazy amber with a white head that diminishes rapidly. Very sour, funky aroma. Very crisp sour taste, with a good dry finish.

Pours a hazy glowing orange with a white head that retains nicely. Great aroma with a mixture of funk, cheese, brett, cut grass, lemon, lemon cookies, and unripe peach. This smells wonderful. Flavors of apricot, tart apple, and peach skin immediately greet the tastebuds, and the beer suddenly switches to the more acidic lemon, oak, and brett within the mid-palate. This rounds out to a nice earthy, woody oak finish that lingers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Nice sour nose and body. Plenty of barnyard funk. Orange body with faint head. Faint cheese undertone that I donít think should have been there but that only detracted mildly from the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2007
[Bottle, thanks Brewfiend] Pours very cloudy with white head. Nice sour aroma. Taste is also quite sour with a slight bitterness at the end. Solid beer, but not the best gueuze out there.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle: Golden in color, slight haze, moderate to large foamy white head, clingy lacing.   Sour nose, notes of wheat and oak.   Very minor pale fruit skin, ones that I would say are under ripened because of their sourness.   Has a little funk, barnish, perhaps a little horse blanket.   Certainly tart on the tongue, bordering on sour.   Quite dry, with hints of immature Apple skin, granny smith like.   Minor sweetness, balances out the tart aspect rather well.   Fairly full bodied, moderate mouthfeel.   Finishes very dry.   Very good, albeit somewhat middle of the road.   Tiz very clean too.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyit (3752) - Vadum, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2007
Hazy amber of color with a small white head. An aroma of rubber, oak and sour notes. A flavor of burnt rubber, hints of sweets and sour notes.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2007
750 ml corked bottle 6/30/07: Very light amber w/ a short lived white head. Leathery, earthy, barnyardy brett aromas to start. Lightly catty. Very little malt character, and lightly tart in the aroma w/ a hint of vinegar. Gets fecal as it warms. Tart to lightly sour, dry finish. Not mouth puckering, and has a sugary flavor, but it is quite dry. The flavor doesnít seem quite as complex as the aroma, and the aftertaste is tart and earthy. Light acetic flavor but itís not strong, and adds to the complexity of flavors. High level of carbonation, lighter body, and dry m/f. Iím still not a big fan of lambics... AKA sour beers. I can appreciate them for what they are, but Iím not sure Iíll ever get completely into sour beers.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a large white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing. Aroma is very acidic with notes of green apple, citrus, and light barnyard. Taste is green apple, citrus, light oak, light barnyard, and very sour. Medium thin very tart mouthfeel. Probably the most sour Gueuze Iíve ever had but very, very delicious.


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