Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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Reviews by shleepy:
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Served from 750 bottle into snifters. Bought at Whole Foods in San Ramon, CA.
A: Straw color, milky haziness, medium head.
S: I can already tell that this is a good bottle! For a large part of 2011, my friends and I kept buying bad bottles around here, which had this strong, metallic smell/taste/aftertaste. I think there must have been a bad batch, or the distributors somehow spoiled it. This particular sample that I'm drinking now does not have that. Notes of sour apples, oak, barnyard funk, all in a pretty good balance.
T: Compared to most other "standard" gueuzes, I think Oud Beersel is less sour and less fruity. I'd say it's a bit more funky (but then, I'm not doing a back-to-back comparison today).
M: Medium carbonation - perhaps a bit higher than some other gueuzes. Highly drinkable, but honestly not as pleasant mouth-feel as with some other gueuzes.
O: It's a good beer. But is it a good lambic? As far as true lambics go, I'd say it's pretty mediocre. It did not fare well with a few of us who did a blind tasting of gueuze last year. In fact, we all agreed that the considerably-cheaper (and often not-as-well regarded) Cuvee Renee was better. And we're not exactly inexperienced lambic drinkers... We all correctly recognized each of the 5 or so gueuzes at the blind tasting by the smell. Anyway, it's also a big step down in complexity and general enjoyability from Cantillon, 3F, or Tilquin. So, if you have a choice, those three are definitely worth the extra cash.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2012 04:45:31 | More by shleepy
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4.11/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
375ml bottle served in a flute glass.
A: Pours a yellow to orange color. A little bit cloudy. Lots of carbonation coming from the bottom. Forms a big and very bubbled (alive) white head. Fizzy with a great retention but only few lacings formed and left in the glass
S: Smell is quite grainy and fruity. Characteristic Lambic character. Notes of pale fruits like white grapes, apples and peaches. Vinegar. Sour with a metallic and slightly flowery hops in the end
T: Strong notes of fruits and pale malts in upfront. White grapes, apples and peaches. Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of Lambic yeasts. In overall, a quite dry taste. Sour and vinegar but not overwhelming. Quite smooth, I would say. Lovely Gueuze
M: Light and carbonated body. Malty, fruity and mainly metallic aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Great Gueuze. Lambic fans will really enjoy it as I did...
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2014 21:06:00 | More by eduardolinhalis
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
90 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.