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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.



3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14339) - 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 (2758) - 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 (4475) - 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
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Clear golden-straw body with light carbonation and a sparse, soapy white head. Complex and pungent aroma of tart pineapple and lemon, leather, furniture polish, pine needles and herbs. Flavor is like strong lemonade made from overripe lemons plus tart apples and a musty, cellar-like aspect. Very tart but also has a juicy, refreshing quality. Good, but I didn’t immediately fall in love with it like I do with some gueuzes.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5346) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2013 Bottle (375 ml). Deep hazy golden, small white head. Intriguing aroma with cider-like base of green apples, but some earthy notes of leather and gunpowder. Bone dry and ultra sour, a bit over the top.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Vinegar and wild yeast overwhelm the aroma, followed by a sour apple fruitiness. The pour is medium amber with light but firm carbonation. The flavor is almost overwhelmingly sour, but cider and yeast notes eventually emerge. The finish is dry, short, and clean.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2007
Bottle. Murky orange colour with gassy white head. Taste is tarte with lemon / lime / grapefruit. Aroma is fairly sour with acidic finish.


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