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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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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.



4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2004 My first Gueuze. Orangish color with absolutley no head. The bottle looked like something discovered on the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean. Maybe it was suppose to look like that? Anyhow flavor was quite an adventure. Sour and musky with some lemon juice and pine sol. This reminded me of seafood for some reason. I would say this beer was good for a truly unique experience.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2004
UPDATED: APR 19, 2013 Hazy orange, decent head to start but subsequently faded with each pour into nothingness. Aroma was almost pure funk, a latrine on a hot summer day, and a touch of apple. Almost off-putting, and I even like this quality in a gueuze. Flavors matched the aroma, along with the predictable sourness, added horseblanket and barnyard flavors. A challenging, 12 round main event of a beer. Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I would have liked a little less funk. RERATE: From Slutfest - Horseblanket, lemon, cheddar. Flavors match, with an almost rich horse note. Everything working here, original rating 7,4,7,4,14 is now blown away and replaced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Deep orange-golden and hazy in color with a small white head.Aroma is musty,mildewy like your grandparents basement,acidic,apples,citrus and earthy.Flavor is tangy,stingly acidic and tart.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 Hazy amber with a thick diminishing white head. Very funky, musty aroma filled with sweat, tuna, horseblanket, apricot and citrus. After forcing a few lambics like this one on my friends, they affectionately call it ’ass beer’. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor did not seem to get as sour as the kriek, although maybe I am becoming accustomed to lambics. The flavor is very nice, with green apple, lemon, apricot and ripe cheese. Very good.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerohen (1975) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 Fantastic gueuze. Very strong flavour, tart, cheesy and sour, some clove. Not as compromising as the Girardin, but the strong gueuze flavour is exactly right without crossing the border of extreme sourness, like e.g. Cantillon. Actually, this beer has only one flaw: my mother liked it as well, when i was at home she drank half the bottle! Close to perfection.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (4893) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2003
Typical oude gueuze, with the oak wood aroma and the sour and tart taste. Aroma is a bit weak though. Bit dry finish. Very nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 Damn, this beer wanted out of the bottle! The cork shot off as I was untwisting the wire. Yeasty, estery aromas ensued and consumed the air around me. At first pour, it was clear and golden with a huge head that faded quickly, like champagne; in the second pour -- with the sediment -- it was cloudy and orangey. Bright, effervescent and champagne-like mouthfeel. Very tart and sour with some nice and yeasty aromas (earthy and a little musty). Other notes of gum-numbing vinegar (acetic). Finished dry, with a clean bitterness and a very mild sweetness. Nicely balanced and enjoyable to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2003
First time I ever try a gueuze. Pourred a light beige/brown brew with a nice head. I can already smell the sourness coming out of my glass. Taste is very sour with a light sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is very subtle with a medium body. Very different from what I had experienced before but still very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Light golden bronze color with large puffy bright white head. Aroma is heavily funky, not complex, but just barny and horse blanketish. The flavor is lightly tart and sour, not overly so, but well balanced. Lots of sulfer in this one too. Very drinkable, especially after a dreadnaught.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 Light amber color with a monstrous dark cream colored head. the bubbles continually flow up from the bottom. Aroma of smoked cheese, lemon zest and light apple. Light and smooth feel, even with all the effervescence. This just keeps getting smoother with each sip. Flavors of dry oak, dry aged cheese, dry sour apples, dry grape skins and a hint of malt sweetness in the linger. Just a refreshing monster of a gueuze. I was going to have the kriek in the near future, but with this type of refreshment I'm going to save it for this summer and have a side by side with Oud Beersel Kriek. Kudos to slikwily!


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