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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: 919   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.



3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
Sampled from two different bottles in a gueuze tasting.
Just above average of the gueuze I had so far. As many other gueuze, the aroma is not very evocative being barnyard/horseblanket, citrus/apple. Both poured dark orange and hopefully hazy. The sample from the first bottle (A) was surprisingly sweet, much more then the second one B). The body was also different, (A) being lighter the (B). Eventhough they were kind of funky, the dustiness is disappointing in (A) but wonderful in (B) just like astringency. There is an apparent signature; but evidently, this gueuze is very different from a bottle to another. Since I can’t make a distinction between the two bottles (they’re identical) the rating is therefore an average.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2335) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Hazy orangish amber body with a small head. Aroma is barnyard, tart apples, some other fruits. Not as tart or complex as Cantillon’s, but still enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2859) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Pous a very cloudy, opaque yellow/hay amber color. The head is respectable within style, although no lacing. The aroma is tart lemons, some barnyard. The flavor is all brett, lemons, some leather, some horseblankets, some barnyard. After it warms, a little bit more of the burnt rubber flavors in there with some acetic (vinegar) type flavors. Not as complex as I’d have assumed (I personally like the cheesy aspects), but refreshing, crisp, tart, and sour. Mouthfeel is certainly acidic. A little on the harsh side for a blended gueuze (almost came across as a straight lambic).

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14340) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2001
Citrusy, woody aroma, really strong. Sour, vinegar taste, dry; some fruit flavours. Bitter-sour palate. Balanced, not oustanding, ’pure’ gueuze.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 In a side-by-side tasteoff with Lindeman's Cuvee Rene, this beer lacked the complexity to come out on top, though it's still a fantastic gueuze. The aroma is a bit odd and it reminds me of sour wine, toecheese and gym socks - truly funky! In fact, try to hold your breath as you drink this one - you'll thank me. As for the taste, it's clearly a quality brew from true artisans and should be drunk by someone mindful of the craft that goes into making this, otherwise all they'll notice is the sourness (which, of course, is supposed to be there!). Not enough going on.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2772) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Bright golden yellow. Slightly yellow head lasts at about three-eighths inch. Sour nose (duh) but milder than many gueuzes. Very tasty--straight-foreword and sour. Slightly earthy. Light bodied. Strangely refreshing.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4476) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
(Bottle) Cloudy, orange with a thin, white head. Nose of lemon, rubber bands and barnyard. Tart, lemon and sweet. White wine and lasting sour finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Hazy orange with a white head. Aroma of lemon and earth. Feel is on the light side, and is heavily carbonated (as expected). Flavor is very tart, with lime in the finish. Not very complex. Finish is not as dry as in most gueuzes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Pours a thick transparent yet dark orange marmelade color with a few large bubbles sitting atop. The aroma is clear and unique reminding of champagne and sour apples. The mouthfeel is sweet and syrupy but very sour. The flavors echo the nose with the added complexity of lemon and white raisin. Some ale-like qualities appear before the swallow but overall this appears to be a genre of its own - even among lambics. The tart aftertaste lingers long. Not particularly my style of beer, but very appreciable for a change.


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