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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: 1015   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.



4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (744) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Lot H. 375ml corked and caged bottle. Served slightly chilled into a tulip glass. Grabbed this bottle straight from the box the day it arrived. Interesting note....the bottles were shipped on their sides interlocking with each other. There was zero wrap or protection around them. Scary! A - A nice copper apple juice colored body. Small white head which settled into some edging. I was able to get a crystal clear pour and swirled the last ounce or so into a snifter. S - Very funky and brett forward. Sour apples and lemon peel, hay, grass, yeast, and a strong funky burn. Towards the end there is a slightly off-putting fecal/chemical aroma. T - Super tart and acidic. Ripe sour green apples and lemon juice. Funky hay and barnyard flavors. This is rather intense and harsh, which I personally enjoy. You can feel your taste buds being obliterated, but that taste and tartness keeps me coming back for more. Really great balance between fruit and funk. The mouth feel is crisp and lively, but the finish is really intense and biting. O - This is a very acidic and intense gueze. Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen both bring the funk, but they do so in a much classier and elegant way. Perhaps its due to its freshness, but this is extremely tart and acidic at this point. Load of sour apple and lemons. I’m sure with some more age it smooths out a bit into something that can compete with the big guys. A fantastic beer.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2003
damn! when i first saw it i thought it looked like a wheat beer. then i smelled it and i thought i had forgotten to sift my cat's litterbox...but no, it was the beer. then i tasted it and POW! the wicked amazingly strong taste hit me. it reminded me of some kind of wood with some sort of animal stuck to it. very dry in the finish. overall it didn't sit well with me. It wasn't refreshing at all, nor did i find the taste as something i liked.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2005
Pours hazy golden yellow, medium white sparkling head. Herbal, spicy, sour, yeast nose. Acidic, sour, sweaty flavour with hints of yeast and earth. Thick mouthfeel. Leaves a sourish palate. Short aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle. Golden in color with a nice white head. Funky nose. I really like it to be honest. Mouth puckering acetic character. Really liked this, but the sour characteristic overpowered everything else in the the flavor to me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (727) - Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2014
One of the best I have had can drink year round. Pour is amber with a cloudy haze that floats in the glass. Small white head that sticks to your glass. Aroma is malty and sour. Full of fruit flavors like lemon,lime and grapefruit. Not over sour but if you don’t like sour maybe a little much.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2006
Deep golden color with small head. Acidic aroma and taste. This is how a real Gueze should taste like.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (725) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours an orange gold color with very little head that dissipates instantly. Aromas of apple cider vinegar, lemon zest, and hay. Light body with a slightly watery texture. Soft carbonation with a sour finish that really is bitterly sour at the end. Nice geuze for a hot summer day.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 Bottle at Plan B. It pours a hazy yellow with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is strong and dry with notes of humid cellar, citrus, apple and sesame. The flavour is dominated by lemon and sesame with notes of apple and wood ending in a lemon bitter after taste.

Old 1950-1960, 80cl bottle to celebrate the completion of my master studie and a new government in DK! :-D Big courtesy to Raf (Pallieter85)!! Shared with Trine, Mikkels, SIlja, RangledeFreak and Andreasen11. Pours lovely golden/amber with not head. removing the cork was quite a task, as it felt totally apart but left a small fizz when breaking its seal. It had a nice and smooth aroma revealing its an old and slightly oxidised bottle. The taste was still very acidic with earthy notes and a hint of cork. Not that it has turned bad but I like it better when its not that old. Anyway it was astonishing to try and what a gem! Thanks again Raf!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sten (706) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2014
Amber beer with a small but stable white head. Very nice complex aroma, sour but still mild lambic. Full body, very complex sour, but mild, flavour. Nice balanced gueze. Very nice beer. (Corked Bottle 75cl)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Pours hazy orange with a lacy medium head. Arom is...mmmm....gueze. Big lemon drop note with a fair helping of sour funk and a slight burlap note. Flavor is tart lemon, sour grapes, dusty cobwebs, a bit of earth, some burlap, wood, and a lemon drop aftertaste. Exactly what I wanted from this one, no surprises. A classic example of the style, which I admittedly like very much..


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