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

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RATINGS: 923   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.



5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - AUG 8, 2005
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Hazy orange with no lasting head. Sparkling. Cheesy feet barnyard aroma with apple and lemon. Beautifully acidic and sour with just slightly less in-your-face sourness than Cantillon. My first 5 and worth it. Gorgeous beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jerohen (1990) - 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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
77ships (3680) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2013 Time for a re-rate, had this quite a few times since the previous rating. 375 ml. bottle @ home. Procured from Willems. No clear date. Hazy darker geuze orange, white head that doesn’t last. Huge horseblanket as I remember, biggest horseblanket of all geuze’s, lemon, tart, old barrel, leon sourness, tang, slight kid’s aspirin. Tastes of sour, tangy lemon, huge horseblanket, lingering sourness, sharp new wood, lemon acidity, children’s aspirin. Pretty brutal acidity, this has never been as hardcore as the other Hanssens but it is still harsh. Keep in mind this is good sourness, not USA Vinegar masked as beer. Big carb. in a good way. These days, no,-aged, fresh, regular lambic’s this is my favourite, better than Cantillon & a guarantee of a splendid bottle unlike 3F which varies from good to oh lord. Girardin seems to have slipped. Increased score again from 4.8 to 4.9. This is the max. hopefully no hype will ever come.

bottle@Waagstuk: sour lemons & grapefruit as well as some sweet fruits, accompanied by plenty of tart, slightly acidic, minor funk, lots of wild yeast, puling the flavours towards it, as usual really dry, enough carbonation // drank 2 more 75 cl.’s that I picked up at the brewery - first beer I would say really tastes like diaper - whatever that means - lovely // tried this one gain, prefere it over Girardin one these days, lots of stuff going on here, way more on the very heavy funk side this one as opposed the other stuff which is heavily sour, good but crazy sour /// uped it from 4.7 to 4.8

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Delicious sweet tarty fruit smells. A semi-translucent pearl gold. Tart start with a fizz that gets ya. The flavor fades to a dry earthy grape. Clean and light with an amazing dry finish that still leaves your mouth watering.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
orei (3) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2005 does not count
The champagne of beers. Very acidic and fresh. Haven’t tasted it since a trip to Belgium in 1996, but still remembers it as a one the best.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernest (6181) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Head is initially average sized, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is heavily yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard, leather, cobwebs, cheese), lightly hoppy (grass, lemon), with notes of white grapes, cask wood, sour apple, olives, and all that is wild and funky. Flavor is moderately sweet, heavily acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively to fizzy carbonation, lightly astringent. Possibly the wildest gueuze still made today...loads and loads of horse/stable/cobwebs/etc. aroma, just overflowing with rough-and-tumble rustic yeasty charm. Doesn’t have the elegance and finesse of Girardin Black, but good grief what it makes up for in sheer balls-to-the-wall arrogance! And ends up being virtually equivalent in rating for its over-the-top uniqueness. This has always been the most distinctive and unusual gueuze for me, and this re-rate proves no different. Monumental if you can handle a walk on the *really* WILD side. Draw-dropping balance in the mouth that makes it nearly impossible to stop drinking. I really need to pump up my cellar with this stuff, as it never disappoints.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
omhper (19306) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2004
Bottled. Hazy pale amber, small head. Striking barnyard aroma. Citric with rounded maltiness and a superb light, sparkling mouthfeel. Acidic with concetrated berries dominating a complex flavour profile. An unbelievably fantastic beer, at least in the shape this bottle was in.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Really really really good, but then, its a style I adore. Orange/peach color with a good, thin head. Notes of vinyl, citrus, grapefruit, vinegar, and other fruity possibilities. Notes of sweetness in the finish. Moderate palate. Not quite enough jaw-breaking sourness for my taste, but close enough.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 Horse-blanket, leather, musty, cheese-like aromas with an almost sweet undertone. Murky and opaque orange-tan coloured body with small white head that diminishes to ring. Fruit, malt, and floral tones play off each other nicely in the aroma with an omnipresent tartness. Dry in the mouth and puckering on the edges of the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Rastacouere and a gang of bierophoux. Fresh batch received from Bièropholie in late summer 2006 approaches perfection especially at or near room temperature. Original score 9-3-8-4-17=4.1.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2006
Aroma is complex with lemon, grass and sourness being amazin. Taste is soo refreshing, seriously drinkable and generally outstanding. The best beer from my 21st birthday by far.


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