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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

742 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 42
Gots: 87 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-21-2002)
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Reviews by Schmaltzy:
Photo of Schmaltzy
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from 375ml bottle into Chimay glassware. My first true Gueuze.

A- Pours a nice light golden amber color slightly murky with a nice two finger white head that receeded quickly to a nice ring around the outside of the glass.

S- Tons of nice lemon, grass, lemon grass(yeah), sour green apples, lots of barnyard funk, and a light meyer lemon sweetness but not much. Lastly followed by some dry earthy/wood.

T- Funk, like George Clinton and the Parliment, wow. Not as much on the sour lemon but lots of grass and funk. You get a lot of wood in the taste as well and that lemon grass taste. Really complex beer that changes its flavor with each taste.

M- Lots of prickly carbonation that works well with the style with a light body and dry finish.

D- Really easy to drink and super refreshing, from the smell I thought this was going to be really sour and tart but luckily it wasn't, just loads of funk, lemongrass, and earthy/wood. Enjoyed.

Schmaltzy, May 10, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -0.5%

First impressions:

1. Best before 2025, wow!
2. Holy tart bombs batman!

Appearance: Champaign like body, light misty head, bright golden in color.

Nose: Lime juice from one of those little green bottles environs the room upon the cork popping. Faintly musty barnyard aromas of damp hay, concrete, dried guano, and dust come along for the ride.

Mouthfeel before taste because in this brew it matters more: Tart! Crisp and refreshing. Uber hard hitting.

Taste: Citrus and barn matter. Lots of wet grains.

Drinkability: Surprisingly very high.

Notes: This was my first foray into Gueze territory. I was impressed by the intense tartness and interesting farm qualities. I’ll make a return visit shortly.

DaPeculierDane, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

tectactoe, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of ricke
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Vintage 2008 (bottled 2008-10-29) Serving date: 2009-03-13. Best before: 2028-10-29. Served in wine glass.

A: Orange color, slightly golden hues. Big white (with a yellow shade), airy and sparkling head that settled after a while and leaves some lacings.

S: A very sharp acidic note hits the nose at the first breath, but this is leveled out even at the second breath. Tartness dominate. Plenty of yeast, overripe apples, some mild funky notes (wet straw). A champagne-like smell, good but a little to restrained. Would have wanted a little more.

T: Ripe apples, green-skinned grapes, lemon peel (think white wine), earth and straw. Wheat is also present and is reminiscent of bread crumbs. Plenty of yeast as well. All in all, a very tart taste, almost sour. It's very vinous and sometimes reminiscent of champagne or dry cider. Some funky notes as well, but a bit paradoxically I think the beer is rather refreshing as well. The finish is rather dry and contains more overripe fruit, some barrel-character, fruit pits, some gentle minerals and, a bit surprising, even a mild bitterness. Very pleasant and very tasty.

M: Light body, plenty of sharp and lively bubbles. A bit crisp. Very champagne-like.

D: A fantastic brew. Drinks like a fine wine. But perhaps it is a little to restrained considering the style. I would have liked a little more character and depth.

ricke, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of MadScientist
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%

A: A golden beer with a light haze and a long lasting rocky head of white bubbles.

S: A quick burst of light colored fruit aromas like grapefruit and peaches, then a barnyard sour note and an almost skunky dominate.

T: A moderate tartness upfront with a flavors of grapefruit and zest. There is a light, honey-like sweetness briefly in the the middle that move to a dry finish. A low oak character. No hops to speak of here. A tart and quick aftertaste.

O: An very good tart beer with a funk derived fruitiness. The sour character is the most prominent flavor but it is does overpower the rest of the beer. A great beer to pair with meals just avoid sweet sauces unless you enjoy that toothpaste, orange thing in the morning.

MadScientist, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -0.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

heddar33, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of mbrandon2w
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%

Bottle, best before 2025. Poured into Cantillon gueze glass.
Cork popped out violently, almost flew out of my hand.
Poured lightly hazy gold/amber with orange highlights.
Head is fizzy, almost soda-like. but sticks around and leaves a thin lace on top. Carbonation is lively, with bubbles cascading up the whole time.
Smell is citrusy, with a sharp lemon like aroma and a sour funk. Lightly fruity, candied peaches and apricots.
Flavor is lightly sweet, with more of an apricot flavor, and just a light acidity and funkiness. Sourness hits the back of the tongue but is not overpowering at all. Sweet lemons and orange flavors come through more as I sip. Some soft wheat malt flavors shine through as well.
Incredibly easy to drink for a lambic. The sourness and funkiness is so well balanced with the fruitiness of this beer.
Excellent.

mbrandon2w, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Presentation: Green 37.5 cl bottle that is corked and caged, a best before date stamped on the back label.

Appearance: Light trickle of sediment with a tarnished gold hue, looks nearly like a glass of champagne.

Smell: Lemony and musty up front, very faint barnyard and yeast aroma. Tart to the nose with lemon peel and fermented cider.

Taste: Enormously tart, light bodied and dry. Crisp with a harassed refreshness. Malts are with in range of the flavour threshold showing some wheat as well as some husky malted barley. Hops are hard to find and the yeast flavour helps you to forget about them. Yeastiness crawls through a musty, earthy and light barn yard flavours. Tartness still prevails in the finish and is hard to shake with some powdery husky grain and a slowly cleansed palate.

Notes: Very drinkable Gueuze with all of the characteristics of the style, this would be a great beer to have will appetizers or between a several course meal. Perhaps pair it with a fresh soft Brie or a well aged cheddar.

This bottle had a drink before date of Mar, 03 2019 ... so this one is a beer that can be cellared for a while. Upright is best IMO.

Jason, Mar 21, 2002
Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +5%

"Best Before 14-03-2022", Guess I better pop the cork on this one in a hurry! I may not be around in 18 years. This pours a cloudy, iced tea color body, with a small, tight head that is beige. Beautiful sheet lacing is very satiny.

Aroma has notes of sour, apple cider, white grapes, and cherries. Very tart. Musty yeast is in the background, along with some spicy notes of anise and coriander.

Mouthfeel is alive with natural carbonation, and is very tart and acidic, almost like vinegar.

Taste is complex. Tangerine vinegar comes to mind, initially. Tart and dry all the way through, with some sour apple notes. Some malt and wheat flavors peek through at room temperature. Solid yeast presence reminds me of my grandmother's chicken coop from 40 years ago. Fruitiness of this Gueuze makes me think of sucking on a fresh lime. Ah, but this one goes down smooth. Finish is tart and dry. Some oak wood notes are quite perceptible from cask aging.

Very well crafted and excellent for style. Get some bottles of this one and cellar them for a few years.

merlin48, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, cloudy, high carbonation-yellow/brown in color

Smell: sour mix, earth, and apple

Taste: lemon, sour mix and some apple

Mouthfeel: sour taste, light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: A highly drinkable moderately sour gueuze. I like the taste but due to the bite, two seems like my max per session. The lemon taste is dominate and I think this makes a nice intro for the style.

tigg924, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

2009 bottling with a best by date of 4/8/2029. The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is tart with a lot of lemons. Not much funk. The flavor is tart lemons with some wheat. There is not much funk in the flavor either. The tartness is not near as intense as in other gueuzes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer was probably drank a little too soon. I think some more age would have definitely helped it develop a little further. That being said, it was still an enjoyable beer.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev -0.5%

innominat, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of deebo
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

From first trip to Belgium in 2010 found tasting notes on this beer, which was our virgin voyage with these crazy gueuze brews. This one in particular did not stand out in our glass. Golden yellow with a taste that was most remniscent of dry tart fruity white wine. The endnote of this brew wasn't particularly liked as it was watery and flat. Otherwise the funkiness and sourness was on point.

deebo, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of MurphysIrish
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

I taste wood ester, sour apple and a bit of dank basement in this Gueuze which is, I admit, not a style I review often so all of this is kind of new to me.

Nothing like some of the stronger gueuzes I had in Belgium at Mort Subite. Those were stripping the taste buds off my tongue and I only braved one, but this is much milder. Its drinkability compared to the style is pretty good, in my novice estimation.

It sure looks nice in the glass, more to the "gold" end of the color spectrum but the head (poured into a tulip) kind of deflated after coming up to about two fingers and there is no lacing at all. It was pretty clear at first, but when I poured the rest, some sediment got in there and it clouded up a bit, as expected.

MurphysIrish, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of mrbill57
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

mrbill57, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Cracked open round the pool, last beer before leaving for the fights (Dos Santos/Carwin). Vibrant golden pour, decent clarity even if its not something important for style. Massive ultra clean white head. Lemon sour aroma, clean.

Tart, sour taste apparent from the initial drink, very light body to it, nothing fruitwise perceptible to the senses other than the generic lemon pucker, which could entail some white grape or pear since they are pretty light and difficult to perceive at times. Hopping negligible. No sweetness, that's nice, I just like these bam sour, not sweet sour balances moreso.

Slight mineral and wood feel noticeable, neither damaging to the beer, actually complimentary. Nothing phenomenal about this in any sense, but it does almost everything very good.

Expiration Date: 2029. I need to get more of these.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

JohnLynch, Jun 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

stereosforgeeks, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Zonian1, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.98/5  rDev -1%

St: 12.7 oz poured into a snifter. Bottle lists ABV and a DBD.

A: Cloudy orange with a half-a-finger nail white head.

S: Sour fruit, earthy, mineral.

T: Sour tasty apple and berry, with a backbone of mineral and dusty earth. Lots of funk.

M: Light and dry.

O: I love sour beers (so I am bias). This beer is very wine like because of the zingy sour fruit. It does have a lot of earth and mineral as well (somewhat dusty). It is an experience to drink and enjoy.

ianjsullivan, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of rastaman
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

An amazing little gueuze. Nice earthy grassy, sour, acidic nose. Quite complex palate, with a lemony, grassy, earthy and mouth puckering sour palate. Also quite refreshing aswell, a very insane little brew, i liked it a lot.

rastaman, Aug 23, 2002
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

(Served in a snifter) best before 20.04.2025
A- This beer has a hazy dark orange body with a white thick head that becomes concave a bit but last for the full beer. There are sheets of foam that stick to the glass then slide back into the beer. There is a sea of microbubbles that support the head.
S- This beer has a tart lemon quality with a white pepper aroma with a musty finish.
T- This beer has a soft tartness but nice bright grapefruit notes. There is a light tart green apple finish with a funky note. There is a light double cream quality that comes through as it warms.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft fizz that supports the tartness.
D- This beer has a smooth and soft wild notes with a nice subtle complexity that grows as the beer warms.

rhoadsrage, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured a cloudy yellow with a three finger white head that stuck around for a bit. Quite nice to look at. Scent is sour, with heavy lemon juice and barnyard funk with a very slight bit of bubblegum. Good, what a geuze usually has, but with a slight hint of some saison traits. Taste follows, sour, lactic and lemon mostly with some slight grassy flavors and some sour green apple in the background. Good and sour, like a geuze should be. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall this is the best of the three geuzes I've tried. It's more sour and dryer than Lindeman's Cuvee Rene and it has more character than St. Louis' Geuze Fond Tradition.

Auraan, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of jmadrigal2
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%

Smelled funk as soon as I opened this bottle and the cork came out supper easy. I smell a bit of lemony sourness, funk and green grapes. The appearance was nice pale golden color with lots of bubbly head. Lots of carbonation in this one. Taste was OK but some flavors came through I was not excited about. I loved the beginning sour fruitiness that led to an odd bitterness and finally to a sort of metallic taste (didn't stay long though). Overall I thought this was OK and worth a try but liked others in this style much more.

jmadrigal2, Jul 22, 2011
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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
90 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.