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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: 1123   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle, 37,5 cl. Hazy golden colour with a small white head. Funky lambic aroma. Flavour is all the sour fruits you can think of, grape fruit, rhubarb, lemon, unripe apples and so on. A bit too acidic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 Bottle from Uto. Quick rate during the commercial break! Amber with fizzy white head. Vinegar nose with lemon and white grapes to compliment. Taste to match with a finish of strawberries.Loooooooooooovely!
Re-rate - Bottle, again from Uto. I orighinally purchased a bottle of Rose De Gambrinus but as it turned out to be on draught at The Rake, Richard was kind enough to exchange my bottle for one of these instead. Opaque gold with a fluffy white head. Nose of vinegar, yeast, lemon and hay, some honey notes. Tart and tangy with some barnyard funk and a bit of yeast, honey again. Decent palate with a berry/hay finish. Top notch gueuze.

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerlord (217) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Nice lambic nose to it, definalyt funky, nice deep golden color, thin mouth feel, prickley on the tonque ,one flavor and one flavor only comes through, sour apple, not at all balanced. Almost astringent. Had I not had better lambics and knew how good they could be this would turn me off to them,

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Funky hardcore lambic aroma. Hazy straw-colored appearance with no head and minimal carbonation in general. Traditional oude gueuze flavor with mouth-puckering acidity of sour green apples and lemon juice. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2007
375ml bottle, pours cloudy orange with white head. nose has really nice funky, hay, barnyard, brett, oak, and vinegar aroma. taste has some delicious sour grapefruit, lemon, and strawberry notes, mouthpuckering tart/sourness at first but finishes dry with mild fruit sweetness. this gueuze has more fruit notes and less sourness which makes it more drinkable than others iíve had. extremely delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2007
750mL, no date as far as I can tell. Pours a hazy orange caramel with a one finger whitish head. Aroma is of course quite sour with some very sour apples and lemon, good amount of musty horseblanket funk, fresh dirt, oak, and some dried grass--not necessarily like hay though, if that makes sense. The flavor almost hints at some grape juice sweetness but pulls back before it can actually happen. This is pretty tart and tangy, though not the most sour gueuze Iíve ever encountered (not that Iíve had that many). The flavor pulls back on the funkiness a tad bit and some moderately bitter earthiness shows up just before the dry finish. The oaky quality isnít quite as noticeable as is in some brews. Light to moderate carbonation, medium bodied. Very good, I have a feeling some cheeses would go great with this (donít ask me what kind).

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
750 ml bottle from Samís in Chicago, no date. Golden amber colour with a mostly lasting frothy and fizzy off-white head. Tart lemon, hay, yeasty, dank cobweb, and earthy aroma. Flavour is balanced somewhere between sour and tart with lots of lemon and grapefruit (fruit and pith), cheesy and dry yeasty bitterness to finish. Light to medium bodied, dry, refreshing, lightly fizzy but highly quaffable. Feels like itís got a more substantial body than other gueuze, but retains the dry refreshing drinkability. Delicious gueuze.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottle corked. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour yeasty aroma. Medium body with a dry texture. Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium sour finish of moderated duration. This is a standout for style beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Another beer at my brothers house the eve before Christmas Eve. This one was the final beer of the evening (okay, so we moved on to Celebration after this..) but after talking it up to my family about the experience in drinking a gueuze, they were ready. Aroma was funky with green apples, hay, funk, leather and cheese. I did find this much more fruity than expected. Appearance was hazy with a yellowish/orange color, normal head. Flavors were acidic, tart, fruity, funky, and leather all wrapped around a citric lemony background. No sweetness here with a nice dry finish. Glad I shared this with my family as there is no way I could drink a 750ml of this. Itís good but just sooooo hard to drink more than 8-10 ounces.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1927) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 2, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 December 2010 (BB 8/2027)
I am not joking when I say nothing has changed from a tasting 2 years ago. Still mega intense with massive licks of salt, acid, sour apricots, murky old grape fruits. Lotís of complexity and acid to burn (and it does burn!). This is a 3yr beer that needs another 5 years in the cellar before approaching. Feels more rough than previous tastings. Points as per the Nov 2008 tasting.

November 2008 (BB 8/2027)
Real deal gueuze and itís great to see them in Australia. Apricot orange in colour with a slightly murky overlay. Nose is kinda mild in terms of fruit lift but the insensity from the sour gueuze ífruitsí and salt gives the senses a whack. Nice grapey / winery notes as well. Whacked again in the palate with a big olive / salty / sour kick. Acid drives a lingering finish with a touch of burn and plenty of bubbles keeps the beer dancing nicely. As powerful as any gueuze getting around right now.

March 2007 (3.9)
More serious gueze. Quite similar to the Boon but probably ups the intensity. Plenty of sour grapes and piercing tartness, both to smell and taste. Some lemon and citrus comes through later, as well as some serious Burgundian pinot fruit aromas (Jancis would be impressed!). Acidity gives a slightly hot, rusty finish. Great aparitif alternative to sparkling wine.


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