Brewery: Brouwerij Girardin
Brewery Location: Belgium
Beer: Gueuze Girardin 1882 (black label)
BJCP Style: 17E. Gueuze
Appearance: bright copper in color, like a penny was recently soaked in ketchup; cloudy
Smell: funky, straw and barnyard with some dried apple; no hops, no malt and sour even in the nose
Taste: Sour, but not overtly. Overall, refreshing with some sweetness and tanginess upfront--Brett and sour balance nicely, with a tart sweetness like eating a granny smith apple; clean finish, with some tiny hints of cardboard way deep in the swallow.
Mouthfeel: thin, but not weak, but instead delicate, with carbonation like a club soda
Drinkability: This beer was incredible--the most interesting Belgian that I've tried this year. I expected it to be more challenging and was surprised at how refreshing and approachable it was. Not for everyone (my wife cringed at the aroma and refused to go anywhere near the glass), but for drinkers interested in exploring sour ales, this one would be at the top of my recommendation list.