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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: 1081   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.



arjoseph's rating

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2009
750 ml bottle into tumbler; purchased at the venerable Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. Head is restrained for a gueuze, not as bilious as expected, but produces a wonderful doily lacing. Funk dispersing all over the air around the beer (accented with white grape tartness that’s a bit dark; reminds me a little of black label Girardin). And then: bam. Nicely aggressive acidity attacks the under-tongue (just like a gueuze should). Finish is bretty funk with lingering juicy fruitiness and a thin layer of confectioner’s sugar sweetness, and the acidity still attacking the glands in waves. Wonderful gueuze that hits all the sweet spots.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leini (1657) - SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2016
375ml bottle. Hazy amber body with a low brief white head. Youghurt, stable,citrus, hint of mandarine, raw rhubarb stalks and green apples.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
20107589 (627) - randers, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2016
appear golden with a light tan. aroma, green apple, hay, horse, really dry, heavy sour. full bodied lively carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackBeerPG (222) - Darien, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Taste: super sour,earthy with notes of apples, grapes, and yeast. Complex yeasty nose. Deep amber color, semi opaque with nice laced head. Medium/full body

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vjohans (660) - SWEDEN - APR 23, 2016
grass, citrus, herbs, hay, barnyard, earthy, woody, golden, hazy, white foam, medium sweetness, medium sourness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish, nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6204) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2016
Sampled from a 12.7 oz green corked bottle this beer poured a hazy yellow gold color with a huge foamy orange-white head that lingered but left minimal lacing. The aroma was very funky, perfumey, floral and musty with a citric pez note. The flavor was tart and dryish with lemon, perfume, pez, chalk and a bit of funk. Long finish. Medium body. A bit disappointing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
migwell (271) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2016
Bottle, quite large, shared with a friend at The Foundry. Excellent gueuze, very well balanced and drinkable. I’m afraid that I will never be able to reach the Beer Advocate level of’appreciation, so herewith: "The beer pours a hazy apricot and copper color, hazy and cloudy with a big, foamy, white head, solid retention but no lace. The aroma is great, loads of funk, straw, dead leaves but with some citrus peel, tropical fruit, soft pitted stone fruits, peppercorn and a bit of musty oak. The flavors are very nice, pleasant tart citrus, light grassy and earthy hoppiness, strong funky horseblanket, light stone fruits, musty oak, peppercorn, lingering wheat character, great balance and nice brightness that compliments the delicate nature of this beer. The mouthfeel is great, really lively, crisp, smooth, coating, medium body, lightly puckering bite at the finish." Lovely, undeniably earnest and right on the mark! Yeah, I dug this one and am planning a return to Belgium to live out my days drinking their many unbelievable brews...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DandyWolfFloyd (987) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2016
Aroma - dry white flesh fruit, spiced wheat, funk, sweat, must, and lactobillus yeast. Appearance - the body is slightly hazed sunglow. The nucleation is good, bubbles rising, and also clinging to the glass. The head is 1/4" and white, and settles into a thin film. Taste - has abundant spiced wheat, barnyard, must, dry white flesh fruit, and lactobillus yeast. Nothing is overdone, and the balance is very nice. Overall it’s hardly sour, just a kind touch. There isn’t much in the way of tartness. It’s a unique showcase of the magic without being stereotypical. Palate - light body, vinuous texture, lively carbonation, and dry slightly sour finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (4331) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2016
Pale golden no head. Dry and tart with a waxy body. Very old stinky aroma. A bit funky and sour and not in a delicious way.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zilverenmaan (4) - Schoten, BELGIUM - APR 11, 2016 does not count
The aroma is the best quality of this beer: very powerful and pleasant. No head. Very soft carbonation. Compared to ( at least most ) other 100% lambiek gueuzes, this is noticably the most sour one. Complexity and aftertaste are there but require some "active" tasting, you really need to let it flow over your tongue. For me my least favorite old gueuze. Still a very good beer though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wixie (252) - BELGIUM - APR 9, 2016
Hazy orange liquid, no head. Fruity aroma. Light body, little bit carbonation. Taste is sour and a bit sweet.


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