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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 963   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.



3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilnatp (628) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle: Gold pour with white head. Sour fruit like orange and peach. ThanksJake!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2011
The weirdness of gueuze always intrigues me. What the hell is this stuff? Its like champagne made out of beer. I know, there’’s all sorts of wild bacteria and open fermentation and blah-de-blah-de-blah, but that does little to explain the sourdough bread meets lemon juice flavor that permeates Hanssens Oude Gueze. And, while it is good, I find it a little too breadlike and earthy, to the point where the tartness takes an odd muddy turn. Still, a good gueuze, if a bit much for one man to handle.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2005 First gueuze here, bare with me on this. Given that I love sour tastes, this seems like a style for me. I have no idea how this stacks up against other gueuzes, obviously. Aroma of apple, moldy cheese, sweatsocks, ripe farms. Here’s some obvious comments: sour champagne taste with dry finish. I found it tough to tease out more complex flavors, so a rerate may be in order. It seems to me that gueuzes are just inherently complex anyways. Very nice. Re-Rate: Not adding much to the description, just raising the numbers to show that this is a phenomenal. Bursting with fruit, grapes and sour apples in particular, and massively tart. Daring yet gorgeous.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Orange amber with a thin white head. The nose shows loads of fermented apples and some oaky notes. Medium bodied with tart apples, lychee and some yeast components. Bone dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
A really good gueuze we got here. Musty sourness with just the right amount of fruity esters to balance it out. Thinnish, but not negatively so, body and fizzy. Really good gueuze.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarinEvelyn (619) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2013
pours a very light orange color with decent carbonation and a nice white head. initial aroma a little funky, bold, sour. After the initial whiff, still sour, with a little fruity smell, possibly pear. Initial taste. woah, sour. Sweet and sour, like a sour patch kid or something of the sort. pear.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Medium/dark gold color - very cloudy with a thin off-white head. Aroma of old vinegar, rotten apples and barnyard hay. Taste is puckering sour - hard to get past that to the other flavors, though there is a tinge of sweet fruits and some oak at the end. But it mostly just gets lost to me in that rancid acidity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2006
Pours a slightly cloudy copper with a small white head. Aroma is a wonderfully sour funky barnyard, yeast and sharp sour fruits. Nice expected gueuze flavor. Amazingly tart. Probably the most tart beer I’ve ever had. Great sour cherry. Started too cold, but a barnyard funk emerges as it warms, also probably as the mouth gets used to the tartness it becomes more able to sense difference. A sweetness with a full tart feel and wonderfully sour finish. Really complex and fabulous. The finish is pure pleasure. By now the initially sharp tart has mellowed and sweetened, leaving a light sour fruit to coat the mouth until the next sip.

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.

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Blech! Personally I’m not a fan of the style. Entirely too sour and tart. Not at all a pleasant experience.


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