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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: 925   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.



4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltydog (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2001
Some comments here seem to be from people who simply donít like lambics; thatís fine, but it make evaluation of the beer pretty hard. For myself, I find this a complex, tart lambic beer, one of the better, more effective ones.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
Super gueuze. Darker than cantillon with earthy rich gueuze flavor. Fine rounded gueuze. Still has some predominent piney and horesey flavours. Dry but not puckeringly dry. Asside from beers of Drie Fontenen, this was likely my favorite gueuze.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JorisPPattyn (7890) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2003
The site tells me Hanssens oude gueuze is lacking in my portfolio. Let's remedy this fast. Sample fairly aged. Let's say, from before Sidi's time. Good carbonation, white head but immediately gone. Fully hazy orange-amber. Very outspoken horseblanket and citrus in the nose. Grapefruit peel, lactic acid, wet oak. Tart but not really sour. Great! Just a lactic-lemony rind around a full mouthfeel - hinting at impossible maltsweet. Aroma's of "speculoos", wood, tannine. Sharper finish. Refreshing, but not light bodied. Great as expected. Hanssens used to be notorious for the use of saccharine in their kriek - no trace of that here. Everything tastes natural, complexity is overwhelming. Quintessential gueuze from the last of the true blenders.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3282) - 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. Canít believe Iím 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 21, 2004
375 ml bottle, no date. Absolutely gorgeous color, ruddy orange with a hint of blood red, medium frothy head. Huge nose fills my small apartment with old dusty books, lemons, the farm. Massively citric and juicy at the front, bitter and dry at the finish, light, fruity (cherries, blackberries) and refreshing yet demanding of your clearest faculties. Mouthpuckering and long as it washes down, this is absolutely superb, first class in every way.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 21, 2005
Pours a hazy orange amber color, medium white head, long lasting. Full aroma, lots of barnyard, cheesy, citric, cidery notes. Assertive flavor, very acidic, mild sweetness, still plenty sour, again some apple notes. Palate was somewhat active, acidic, quite dry. This was great, and at $4.50 for the 12oz it is one of the most inexpensive lambics Iíve seen. Iíll have to stock up for this is marvelous.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilsnerrogge (2491) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2005
Brass coloured with a small but compact head. Acidic, earthy aroma. Acidic flavour of rhubarbs and unripe apples with an earthy tone.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1687) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 28, 2007
750 ml bottle in pint glass. (Tasted fairly cold. Hey, its 90 degrees with 90% humidity and my AC ainít working right.) Pours clear bright orange with lasting small whitish head. Strong fresh aroma of overripe oranges and wet leaves. Pungent flavors of fresh oranges and horseblanket. Extremely refreshing medium-high carbonation. Perhaps not the most complex gueuze but possibly the most delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2012 The Godfather of Funk. This has got to be one of the most underrated guezes. I mean, whatís not to like? Hanssens is really up there because of the no-nonsense lip-pickering madness they produce, and their deceptive simplicity. This has got all that lemony, acidic bracing sourness in the finish, with just enough pedio that you know itís there but really have to look for it because it is buried deep beneath that horse blanket. And itís got so much more than that. Itís got that leathery "horseblanket" aroma, which is deep and evocative and heavy on the soul. Drinking this beer is like making love in the hay. Itís raw, a little rough around the edges, smelly, and fun. Scrumptious and appealing on many levels. It tastes really alive. Accessible and not shy: in your face, and not ashamed of it. This is a good friend.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - OCT 23, 2008
Lovely sour frutiy smell and a long lasting sourness lingers on a long time after drinking this down. Brilliant stuff.


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