Hanssens Mead the Gueuze

Formerly brewed at Hanssens Artisanaal
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Dworp, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
Unique blend of 70% Hanssens Traditional Gueuze and 30% classic Lurgashall Mead.

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Kaya161 (1142) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Sour gueze aroma with light honey underneath. Sour, yeasty, complex flavour. I'm not a huge gueze fan, but I do like the added honey notes.

Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Orange color, with a large white head. A whole lot of carbination. Apple and champaign scent. Honey and apple are the two tastes I notice the most. A very interesting drink. Not something I'd have every day, but I enjoyed it, and would happily have it again.

egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Poured a sharp gold color with a nice, large white head. Sweet but also tart lambic aroma (barnyard funk, apples, honey) Sweet start also included tastes of plums, honey and slightly tart with a gueuze complex as well. This was enjoyable as it was smooth and refreshing. This is my first example of the mead style.

Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Clear urine yellow with a massive white head. Huge barnyard aroma - straw, sweat, leather, green apple and floral notes all appear. Light medium watery/syrupy palate with a large amount of carbonation. Flavor of ripe cheese, honey and fruit with a hint of alcohol and slight bitterness. It starts sweet and finishes sweet with a slight carbonation/cobweb bitterness in the middle. Thankfully I had read about its explosive nature before opening. I went outside and pointed the bottle well away from anything valuable. Holding the cork in the bottle was quite a chore after opening the metal cage - it leaped out with a satisfying pop - be careful with this one.

JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Another brew which nearly killed me!!!! As the cork exploded even before fully untwisting the metal. Just read hopscotch's warming a bit to late. Dark straw color with a foamy off white head. Brett. and granny smith apple aroma. Cobweb and quinine flavors. Refreshing but not lacks the true sparkling mead honey qualities and the malt gueuze qualities.

hopscotch (11446) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 If not for the cage, the cork would have put the wholesaler's left eye out! Be careful opening this baby! Deeply hazy! The color of unfiltered pear juice. The nose is of lemon juice and honey. Mostly sour with tiny surges of orange blossom honey and grapefruit peel in the flavor. Light-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Lengthy, dry, astringent and (finally) sour finish. Great stuff!

redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Apple juice color wiht no head, lots of carbonation. Sour, car engine aroma. Sour taste, grapes. I just dont get it, unpleasant.

Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Exercise caution when opening! 5 seconds after I had uncaged the cork and before I could even touch it, it shot out with terrific force, narrowly missing my girlfriend's head. Nothing like a little adrenaline to go with your beverage. Anyway, aroma is tart and fruity, with notes of honey, citrus, green apple and hay. Pale golden amber in color, with a constant rush of effervescence and a clinging, frothy head. A little farmy and sour to start, middle is citric and fruity, and the finish has some woodiness, must and acidity. Aftertaste of honey, but lacking the amount of sweetness one would typically associate with that ingredient. Probably the most refreshing, fizzy 9% abv. concoction I'll ever try. Seems to be best once it approaches ~55 degrees F.

FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2003
This beer has an immediate sour aroma. A very lively carbonation creates a dense white head. Faint honey aroma. Has a very dry taste to it though it does have a hint of sweetness. Very light in the flavor department. Not too sour, though there is a nice sharp acidity. I could perceive no real honey taste, which, from my experience with some fermented honeys, is no real surprise. The beer was brilliantly clear and golden in color. Definitely worth trying if you like the lambic style of beer, but in the end a bit lackluster.

npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Scent is lemony-sour, with apples, honey, grass, and must. Looks like applce cider with a giant fizzy head that soon mostly subsides. Flavor dominated by sweet honey, with apple notes and a reasonable amount of sourness.

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