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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: 916   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.



3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Aroma: vinegar, wood, floral scents, and photographic chemicals (i.e. a "darkroom" smell). smells strong and bad at first, then grows on you.
Appearance: cloudy yellow
Flavor: overwhelming tartness--like a pickle or a sweet tart--slight medicine flavors
Palate: apart from the tartness--very smooth. If swallowed very fast one feels alot of abrasiveness on the back of the throat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
750ml bottle shared with my gal lilannie. Wood and butter nose and flavor, tart as expected, tickling the throat. Buttery texture as well, strong and acidic which is nice when combined with the smooth palate. Lingering peppery cola-like feeling, scorched tongue is the result. Murky golden hue with a white head.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 21, 2004
375 ml bottle, no date. Absolutely gorgeous color, ruddy orange with a hint of blood red, medium frothy head. Huge nose fills my small apartment with old dusty books, lemons, the farm. Massively citric and juicy at the front, bitter and dry at the finish, light, fruity (cherries, blackberries) and refreshing yet demanding of your clearest faculties. Mouthpuckering and long as it washes down, this is absolutely superb, first class in every way.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
SpringsLicker (3115) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2004
I sampled this perhaps in hopes that it would change my mind about Lambics in general. It pours as a slightly cloudy light golden color with a small head. The aroma is an odd experience. Others said it was barnyard, but it didn't smell like any barnyard I've ever been in. The taste was battery acid sour. Only for those who have a taste for this stuff. If you've never had a Lambic, try one in a smaller bottle so you won't have to pour out the whole 750.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4461) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
(Bottle) Cloudy, orange with a thin, white head. Nose of lemon, rubber bands and barnyard. Tart, lemon and sweet. White wine and lasting sour finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Aroma is vinegar. Appearance is semitranslucent orange/red combination. Flavor is sour upfront identical to aroma followed by citrus/lemons. I didn't detect malt in the flavor. Palate was a strong sour that didn't clear itself. Overall, my first Gueuze so it's hard to compare to others Gueuzes.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Golden yellow with a thin white head. The nose is very earthy and the taste is rough and kind of like ammonia. The body is thin but crisp. Overall, its just bad to me. Maybe someone else likes it, I just dont.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 (1-14-06, 1.5L bottle) Did not take notes, but no question I enjoyed this a heck of a lot more than 3.7 -- rating adjusted upward accordingly.

(2-8-04, 1.5L bottle) Cloudy golden with small off-white head. Aroma is barnyard vinegar, light gym socks. Taste is vinegar, fruity -- not overly sour. Finishes acidic sour, vinegar. Light-medium body. (7/4/8/3/15)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Bit hazy. Very funky nose, musty, horseblanket, and a bit medicinal. Taste is quite different than what the nose showed, has a punchy fruity burst at first, crisp and full, and then sourness begins. The fruit up front is a nice balance to the sour, makes this a very drinkable gueuze.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
SLightly hazy orange body with some red but more orange than red. Sour vinegar barnyard aroma. Smells quite strong. The flavor is very nice, not nearly as overpowering as other Gueuzes. Fruity up front then a pleasant sour ending. Fizzy med-ligth body. (Poured from a 1.5L magnum of unknown vintage. Shared with many great RateBeerians)


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