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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: 924   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 (2361) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Pours thick and hazy amber with a thin head. Nice sour horsey aroma with some vegetable and wheaty notes. Very tart and acidic with green apple flavor. Light on body. Clean but somewhat saccharine finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2006 Bottle (375ml). Poured bright clear bubbly gold with an amber tint, smallish fizzy white head. Pleasing sharply yeasty citrus aroma, moderately funky-sour tartness isn’t quite the assault some of these have, but still lovely - gets funkier with more burnt rubber character as it warms. Taste - there’s the sharpness - light citrus tartness, some bitterness, no alcohol to notice, just funky wool/rubber/sneakers - nice. Mouthfeel is surprisingly watery, starts with decent body, then just seems to fall away - otherwise acidic, sharp yet not really carbonated - a nice drinking gueuze, but I prefer most roughness and funk.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2886) - 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).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (10453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle, 37,5 cl champagne-cork. Orange colour with a white head. Aroma is sour, oak, fruit, yeast. Flavour is yeast, fruit, sour, green apple, citrus.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13599) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2006
Bottle from Utobeer, I think. I keptthis for ages waiting for the right moment. I love gueuze but know that it will normally fall into the 3.8-4.2 range for me as the sourness makes it too extreme for me. Beautiful amber colour, with thin ring of off white head. Sour funky aroma. Really funky actualy. Sharp in mouth. Lemon juice and more funkiness in mouth. Sharp funky lemon finish. Pretty extreme to be honest, very acidic. I prefer Girardin and Boon to this. Still a lovely example of this limited beer style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Bottle from Somerville Super Saver. The grapefruity citrus sourness of this beer mixes with a rather oaky woody almost dusty flavor. There are several layers to the sour tones which seem to float above each other. The dryness is smooth and it makes the acid content tolerable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2007
750ml. Aromas of barnyard and citrus. Acidic and sour with a sour fruit finish. Color is a radiant golden honey that is very appealing. This is not my favorite style of beer but I can appreciate its complexity and satisfying finish.

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.


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