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


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RATINGS: 929   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11535) - 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)

   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.

   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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2004
A nice strawberry blonde color and earthy citrus aroma start off this very nice gueuze. Flavor is sour, but not overpoweringly so, and also quite nice. A really nice beer

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Starts out with a very nice granny smith apple aroma, that is tart and sour. Golden amber appearance, with a big foamy head. Quickly dissipates, leaving some light lacing. Flavor is full of alchohol and vinegar, apple cider and oak, with some light tangy fruitiness throughout. Overall, this one had lots of carbonation, too watery and sour to be appreciated, unsatisfying.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Light amber color, strong vinegar sour aroma. Tastes like apples with the sweet taken out completely and only the tart and bitter remain. Not tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Smells sour. Definitely tastes sour and a lot watered down. Not one I would want to try again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Just did not like this. Personal preference, I suppose. Dark amber with tiny bubbles. White head. Aroma was a bit foul and the flavor was terrible. Had to dump it. Don't know if it was the style or this particular brewery or this bottle but this was awful stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonas (5643) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 30, 2004
Horseblanket, citrus and vinegar aroma. Pours a lovely light amber with a lot of fine champagne bubbles and a low blanket head. Very sour baseline - but after getting used to that fruity (apples, peaches), especially citrus flavors appear. Straw and a bit mildew retronasal. Light body and dry mouthfeel with prickling carbonation. After drinking the first half solo I enjoyed the rest of the bottle together with a really nice spicy camenbert - highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2004 Thanks to thedm and hotstuff for "sharing" this bottle with me, even if they both poured it. Hazy yellow orange color with almost no head. Very much a citric acid aroma, not unlike lemons and grapefruit. The flavor reminded me of a sourball I used to get as a kid. However, this is much better. Much like an extremely sour lemondae. Clean and refreshing. A few more of these, and I might have to change my favorite style.

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