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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 45
Gots: 116 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 03-21-2002

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Ratings: 836 | Reviews: 420
Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a green, 12.7 oz. bottle into one of my tulip glasses after the cock came out of this bottle with a nice pop. Pours a somewhat clear, but slightly hazy/cloudy light to medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. A very noticeable amount of yeast sediment was still at the bottom of the bottle after the beer was poured out. Has a nice white head that is about 3/4 of an inch thick when first poured that has some pretty solid retention. Decent lacing. Aromas of barnyard funk are most prominent in the nose followed by a citrusy lemon zest, some green apple tartness, and something resembling leather. Flavorwise, this starts out with a green apple tart flavor followed by the aforementioned barnyard funk and lemon citrus notes that give way to a bit of a lactic quality and some oaked goodness that is rounded out with a very slight hint of salt and vinegar in the sour note this beer leaves on. Quite delicious. Has a crisp, yet also very smooth and frothy, slightly prickly medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a dry and clean finish. White not as intense and in your face as some other beer's I have had of this style, I still found myself quite enjoying this beer. Worth a try for sure!

Eric

Photo of cpetrone84
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is slightly hazed golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose has a light saltiness, moderate mineral presence, faint lime juice and lemon. Flavor is very minerally up front bordering on sulfur, juicy lemon and citric acid, fairly acidic finish. Moderate to soft carb, light delicate body.

Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Sep of 1012. Best by December of 2030.

The beer pours into a snifter glass with a very lightly hazy almost honey colored amber with an 1/2“ of fluffy white foam that persists quite a while. Lots of fine and active carbonation here. Sipping leaves strands and patches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The faint Aromas include a bit of musty barnyard funk and maybe even some leather along with some light touches of lemon-lime citrus and green apple.

The flavors start with a bit of almost sweet tartness that reminds of citrus and green apples. That beginning is followed by a modest amount of barnyard character. While there may be a bit of funk in at the beginning, that definitely gets more pronounced, but still quite mild, about midway through. There is also just a touch of bitterness that creeps in about midway through.

The mouth feel is on the light-medium side and there is plenty of fine persistent lightly prickly carbonation. In the finish there is a trace of dry tartness that continues to fade into just musty dryness as the citrus and green apple also disappear.

Overall I've enjoyed this geuze and will be happy to have it again sometime. While it is a touch milder/sweeter than some of the others I've had that also has a nice balancing effect on the tart sourness and the funk. So this would be a good one to share with those new to the style. That said, I think it might have scored a bit higher were it not for the fact that my expectations have been shaped by having had several other Gueuze's before this one (e.g., the Tilquin, Cantillon, Hanssens, DeCam, etc.)

Photo of aleigator
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange-golden color, with a decent froth, white head, which stays for an unusual long time.

Funky barnyard aromas, along with leather and lovely, floral hints define the nose.

Dough, slick yeast gets coated up by a gentle, mild lactic acidity and oak, which leads to a very smooth mouthfeel. Hints of lemon peel and unripe apple reveal themselves as the beer warms up, leading to a moderate dry aftertaste. My girlfriend said, this finally tastes like an actual beer, due to the relatively mild tartness of this Gueuze.

This beer is very enjoyable, as it is outstanding well balanced. It opens up a different angle on Gueuzes, as being gentle on the palate, without the usual aggressive tartness, still it contains an enjoyable complexity.

Photo of Zard
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: metallic, pepper, gunpowder?!

Taste: lemon, funk, leather. Amazing.

Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this one on a trade. Thanks man!

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow, lots of carbonation and huge white head blooms out of glass if poured with moderate aggressiveness.

Aroma: Funky barnyard aromas there for sure. But, it does have a citrus/ lemon like aroma going on. Pretty standard.

Taste: Very acidic and tart. Not a lot of funk in the taste profile but it definitely has something else going on, which is a little unusual. It has a bitter note that I cannot quite identify, maybe there is some hops in there? I don't think so but it does have an odd bittering note in there for sure. Otherwise finishes clean and not a bad beer at all.

Overall: Interesting beer and glad I had a chance to try it.

Photo of grover37
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. All the right aromas and flavors but very underwhelming- should be about thee times more intense.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml C&C bottle. Cork leaves the bottle with a whimpy pop.

best before date of 4.13.2032

poured into SP wine stem.

Appearance: opaque gold body with suspended white floaties ( I poured in the sediment on the bottom of the bottle). 2 full fingers of white head that leaves sticky moderate lacing all the glass. Head has some staying power and drops down to a thick cap.

Smell: Lemon and lime citrus combo. Mild funk and minerally notes. Fruity nose also.

Taste: light tartness and light funk. Moderate sweet maltiness with is kind of odd for this style. Lemon and lime are the only contibutors to the tart flavors. The malt sweetness is bready and it make a candied orange with the lemon and lime tartness. Very mild musty and earthy funk. White grape and pear notes in the finish. Hint of cough syrup and fruity yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate almost high levels of carbonation. Creamy carbonation and it has a juicy mouthfeel. It also has a slightly dry kick to the finish.

Overall: This gueuze has alot of the traditional flavors and smell going on, but it is too sweet for my tastes per this beer style of gueuze. It is interesting how the bready sweet malts make that lemon lime flavor add a slight orange flavor to the beer. I want more sourness and funk with less sweetness from my gueuze. It was a good beer to try once and it makes you appreciate how well that Drie Fontienen, Cantillion, and Brouwerij Girardin brew and/or blend thier respective gueuze.

Photo of FLima
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 2034. Cork stomped easily.
Golden yellow color with a huge head with medium retention.
Bold sour funky aroma with notes of lemon, vinegar, lots of horse mantle, leather and band-aid.
Flavor is more tamed and elegant, notes of apple vinegar, funky sourness lime, yeast, green wine, mild herbal bitterness, must, some lactic and pears. Dry and acid aftertaste.
Light body with a carbonation that deceives it for border medium.
Very good Geuze, it has a nice balance between sweet and sour and great complexity. Quite pleasant to drink. Should please a wide range of beer drinkers.

Photo of safaricook
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

This is an oude Geuze that will appeal to a lot of drinkers. It has everything of a oude Geuze from the Senne valley but it is also quite mild and not too sour. I liked it very much.

Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -0.7%

375ml bottle dated 3/14/14 (BB 2034)

Hazy golden pour with stable head.

Nose of sweet lemon, hay, yogurt, floral.

Flavor is on the lighter side of geuze but very nice. Slightly sweet, lemony goodness with a midpalate of horseblanket funk, yogurt and a moderate amount of bitterness. The finish is dry and tannic with some oak presence. Medium sour.

Medium bodied and slightly oily on the tongue. Full, active carbonation leads to a creamy and full mouthfeel.

Overall, an enjoyable and refreshing geuze. Lacking some depth but certainly a step above a Cuvee Renee. It's surprisingly funky. I think this would benefit from a little more time in the bottle. Would certainly tick again.

Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To all my followers: “I am God”... just kidding! Actually I want to apologise for the recent lengths between my posts, uni work and life in general has been a major obstacle, but now I’m back baby, and with a Gueuze no less! To the uninformed Gueuze is your basic Lambic style beer (aka fermented by wild yeast strains that float around in the air). It is generally a mixture of typical farmhouse Saison characters (apples, hay, musty yeast) with a mouth puckering sour finish. I know, sour beers, what’s up with that? If you haven’t tried one yet you should because they generally kick ass and take names, specifically your name when you drink one.

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Cloudy and golden body with wild yeast clumps floating around having a yeasty good time. There is a decent enough half centimetre chalky white head on top as well. 8/10.

S: This brew immediately sings out: “We got the funk! We've got the funk, forget the P-Funk, we got the sea funk.” There is quite a lot going on with the aroma, rotting cider apples, hay bales, funky yeast, sour candy and vinegar. 8/10.

T: All over the shop (in a good way!) with notes of cider apples, sour lemon acidic candy, funky yeast, and a long tart finish. Slightly astringent in the aftertaste but nothing too over the top (I’m looking at you Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René!). 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a palate cleansing champagne fizz. 7/10.

D: Sometimes it’s good to have a Gueuze - wow I totally just came up with a slogan for the International Gueuze Drinkers Association (or IGDA for short). It’s a decent and refreshing Gueuze and if Gueuze was one of my favourite styles, which it isn’t, I would definitely have this in ye olde fridge door. If you haven’t tried a sour beer before this is an excellent entry point and you’ll be surprised at how refreshing they can be. 8/10.

Food match: Gueuzes are palate quenching kings, so they will really work with anything, but sharp cheese platters are par excellence cuisine pour cela.

Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Here's a beer everyone should try as a good introduction to the Gueuze traditional style. No added fruit or sugar. It's tart but fruity and malty in the most delightful way. Aroma of apricots and leaf mold. The carbonation is a cloud on the tongue.

Pours a robust foam in the narrow Crooked Line tulip. Yellow marigold color with a little haze. Bubbles flowing like Champagne in the glass. This may have a sourish edge, but it is not acidic. The dry fruitiness is complex and endlessly drinkable with a bitter yeasty finish. Lemony, persimmons, biscuity malt, and a little salty with a mineral taste.

I'm glad I found this at Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego. The history of the brewery is an interesting read as well. From the 750 ml Belgian bottle, and for once I am glad to see a traditional cork-- though it was rather explosive on applying the pliers. Cost was $16.

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

A: poured into a duvel tulip to an almost clear straw hue until things got a little cloudy from the gentle pour as the yeast fell in. now a cloudy pale yellow topped by a small and dense white head with good lacing
S: smells of strong sourness, funk, oak and a slight sweetness
T: taste is sourness, funk, oak, chalky yeast, and more sourness. swallow is band aids and horse blanket with a little bit of sore throat spray
M: light on the palate with solid carbonation and a dry finish
O: This is a really good gueuze. it has a really nice pucker, good complexity and great flavors.

Photo of jdhowe
4/5  rDev -0.7%

hazy, cloudy golden color with white fluffy head dissipating to a ring. Aroma of lemon zest and funk. Highly effervescent carb, lightly drying, and a mildly bitter finish. Really nice for its price if you like high carbonation on a gueuze.

Photo of KFBR392
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%

Appearance: pours with a finger and a half of crisp white head which settled in but was still very present while drinking. The color is a murky golden yellow color. Active carbonation is bright, about right for the style.

Smell: Butter and sprite fruity yeast lead the way. Those aromas lead to a darker oak backbone which has some deep woody complexity. White pepper and exotic spices dance on the aroma underneath the wood and yeast notes. Bright tropical fruits dance on the back end.

Taste: Sprite tropical fruits quickly lead the way with some brighter woody notes. But mid-palate, the oak thats a slightly, non-favorable, funky turn which delivers some flat uninspired oak flavors. Herbal hops pick up that flat oak and a touch of tartness pick up the back end and save this beer.

Mouthfeel: Bright carbonation is felt and I think plays a role in that odd sour turn of the oak flavors.

Overall: A solid affordable gueuze but not one I would routinely go to to get a fix. The mid body turn of the oak is really a disappointment. Overall though worth a shot.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Look: Pale Shade of cloudy Yellow with a big white head, carbonation is running wild. Smell: Tart Fruitness, Mild Skunk, Funk, Spice, Dead Leaves. Taste: Sour Lemon Pepper, Sweet and Tart, Spicy, Super Dry, Heavy Metalic. Feel: Light Body, Heavy Carbonation.

Overall: This is my Introduction to the Geuze style. I am Surprised, this was one funky brew. Pretty complex, yet this is my first step to the style. This brew is worthy.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into a teku from a 375 mL bottle.

It's got a hazy orange/copper aroma with a few visible carbonation bubbles making their way north. The head is light, airy and foamy with a pale white color. 4.25

A fruity aroma like cherries is prominent, but this has that earthy funk and some acidity to it. Very sour on the nose and there's even something that suggests salt. 4

Peach, cherry and other orchard fruit combine with the earthy funk and horse blanket taste. There's a bit of graininess, grapefruit and citrusy aftertaste and a peppery saison-like feel. 4.25

It's funky, yeasty, highly carbonated brew with a heavy does of sourness. There are moments of acidity but nothing overbearing. It's light bodied and feels very lively on the tongue like champagne. 4

It's a good beer. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I think this hangs with many of the marquee beers out. 4.12

Photo of tbeckett
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 Vintage at L'autre Eoil in Aylmer. From notes.

A - Poured hazy golden with two fingers of white head. Good carbonation for the style. Spotty lace and a good finger of retention.

S - Wine, lot's of grape, vinegar.

T - Grape, wine, white wine, apple cider vinegar, not too tart it would seem.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, nice tartness to finish.

O/D - A nice Gueuze to sip. Lacks the epic complexity and touch of sweetness of others, but it was still a good one. Definitely not as tart as other examples.

Photo of JamesMN
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 2031.

Appearance: Nearly translucent golden ale with a stream of bubbles cascading upwards to one finger of off-white froth.

Aroma: Tart/sour yeast esters. A distinct dryness as well. Something a little off-putting as well, likely from the green bottle.

Taste: Semi-sweet up front with a moderate level of tartness. The finish is a little disheartening due to an off-flavor akin to wet dog. Nice dry bready flavor in the aftertaste. Not really any hop presence but wasn't expecting any. Enjoying the lack of sweetness that comes out in other lambics. 6% ABV seems kind of high but believable.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with carbonation near the level of champagne but more quaffable. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: First experience with the style but a good one. Memorable for the dry tart flavor. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Photo of flyingpig
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml Bottle as a Christmas gift:
Golden to orange with a 1cm, bubbly white head & strong visible carbonation. Head goes fairly quickly though.

Strong with sour notes, strong citrus & a few other fruits such as apple & pear. Definitely a sour one with some yeast & tart. It also seems quite acidic with hints of grapes, almost like a white wine on the nose with some spice & further hints of citrus.

Funk & tart to start, a huge amount of citrus with some apple, orange & pear. Quite in your face with white grapes coming through too. Again almost seems like a white wine in places.

Highly carbonated with a strong tang on top of a medium body & a very dry, sour mouthfeel that is crisp too.

Only my second ever gueuze style one but it was quite a nice beer, definitely one that started to grow on me as I worked my way down the glass. Perhaps too sour for my tastes initially but from the half way point on wards it started to go down very easily.

Photo of patre_tim
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow looking like thick lemonade, with lots of yeast particles floating within. 3 fingers of yellowish raw egg white head, nice lacing.

S: Fruity, lemony, oak cask, sweet peaches and pears, very fruity and floral. A little rubber, minerals.

T: Lemon juice, light bitterness almost like a grapefruit pith. Rubber and minerals come through. Not nearly as sour and acidic as other gueuzes, its almost got a light sweetness like an unripe peach.

M: Medium thin acidic body, highly carbonated. The cork popped off as soon as the cage was open.

O: Excellent. Bought in Birmingham, AL, drank Aug 3rd in Hopkinsville, KY.

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into an Omer Blond tulip glass. Best before 2034.

A: Pours a rocky and huge three fingers of sudsy off white head. Light gold/orange body with a steady stream of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Head retention for days.

S: Up front an almost toasted oak note before jumping into all sorts of funky farmhouse, burned rubber/mineral, stinky cheese, lemon juice and over ripened fruit smells.

T: Oaky start before leading into apple vinegar, rotting fruit, horse blanket, a heavy lactic acid and an lemon juice sourness. There's a unique mineral and bitter character that sticks out as well. Nice wheat cracker finish.

Mf: Light body with a very prickly carbonation that really brings out the acidity in the beer. Once you adjust thought it's highly drinkable and even thirst quenching.

Overall: A great interpretation of an authentic geuze. Lots of weird funky and sour flavors that set it apart from the American sour ales. Recommended and easy to find.

Photo of peensteen
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden blonde colour, ring of white head, some lace as well. Smell is funky, a bit lactic, fruity with notes of green apple, acidic notes similar to fresh lemon juice, a bit of barnyard, smells like it is going to be quite sour. Taste is a mix of funky and fruity, musty basement, lemony citric acid flavours, tart towards the finish, mildly sour in comparison to what the nose sugested, dry throughout and into the finish. Medium dry carbonation, medium bodied. Probably one of the easier drinking geuze I have had perhaps owing largely to the freshness of the bottle, I'm sure with time this will become funkier but it is quite nice so young already.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a tasty gueuze here, not super common in the states, at least in my experience, so thanks to claystation for getting it here live. a hazy blonde beer that has some very evident acidity. a short white head but some pretty good lace one it, and a lot of fizz here. a whiff of green bottle staleness to this, but it seems somehow pleasant with light lemony and lactic acidity. tons of oak to the taste, lighter body than other gueuze, and a very light lemon character that makes this distinct to me. acidity is less than it smells like it might be, but right about medium in comparison to the field. wheat malt base has a soft texture, and the big bubbles make it feel great on the palate, refreshing and clean. this tastes authentic to me, it reeks of open fermentation in oak vessels, and while it lacks the true layered beauty of say a cantillon, it seems to me to be done in a very traditional way and with great success. others have liked this less, but i find it one of the more drinkable examples of the style. id like to see it more available.

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