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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Reviews: 427
Hads: 888
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 45
Gots: 129 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 03-21-2002

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Photo of breadwinner
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Kinda hard to quibble w/ shelf gueuze as decent as this. It ain't 3F, but little is. Pours a pleasing apricot hue, hazy even with a gentle pour, good puff of foam that recedes over time. The nose is fun, as it is with so much decent lambic, all kinds of intriguing notes. A little bit of scented marker from the cork, then some ever-so-light-touch-of-plastic phenols, some musty, lightly oaky fruit notes perhaps, though it's so hard to pin down what you're smelling compares to. Palate is tasty, not quite at the level of the nose, but satisfying still, with some nectary notes and some more of those Brett-esque phenols. To be able to grab this $8.99 off the shelf is really its finest selling point. Wish I lived in a world where 3F flowed like the salmon of Capistrano, but until I do, Oud Beersel ain't the worst substitute.

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Photo of BikingDutchman
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Light gold and very clear. A large frothy white head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer of fine bubbles.
S - Honey, lemon, funk, and honeydew/melon.
T - Light acidity that reminds me of lemon. There is also a bitter lemon rind flavor. Grapefruit flavor that is not in the nose. Melon is not as strong as in the nose. The funk is not as strong as the acidity and citrus flavors, but is still there.
M - Very dry, which accentuates the bitter lemon rind flavor. High carbonation.
O - Much less sour and complex/funky than other guezes that I've had. I wish that the flavor was as good as the smell. Still, it is a very affordable and fairly easy to find example. I like the kriek better.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark gold with a white carpet. 4
All the French cheeses on the nose. 4.25
Fruity hit, slight dough, plenty of cheese, some orange, more earth, and a pile of herbs. 4.5
Chalky linger.
Crisp, fizzy, dry. 4

More finished than Girardin. Stage 4 of 5 on the spectrum of refined to pure farm. Funky, but with rounded edges. 4.25

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Photo of Invinciblejets
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured with a satisfying crackling sound like soda but with pretty much no head....
Smell is lemony grass super musty slight horseblanket..
Taste is right of the bat musty basement leading to dry lemon maybe some pear?
Wish it had a more effervescent mouth feel but still really good

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle, 2014 vintage - the cork sure had some push when I eased it off, I'll tell you whut!

This beer pours an astonishingly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, certainly frothy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of chunky op-art lace around the glass as it slowly melts away. Not to mention the continuously swirling, Champagne-esque effervescence.

It smells of rather tart lemon and cherry juice, slightly funky white cheese, gritty pale and wheat malt, some farmhouse-adjacent musty yeast, and an earthy and weedy dry hoppiness. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy wheat malt, still moderately funky northern Italian cheese, muddled orchard fruit tartness (apple and bing cherry, I suppose), restrained horseblanket esters, a weird sense of free-range sugars, a small hint of black and white pepper dust, and meek, wet leafy and earthy hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite understated in its plainly-rendered and generally agreeable frothiness, the body a decent middleweight for the style, and equally smooth, the sour or the tart paying their respects via their absence here. It finishes off-dry, and kind of sugary for a gueuze, which goes a long, long way in combating the lingering funk and sour, so, yeah, there's that.

As noted, this one (like there's so many examples out there) comes across as the easy-going, relatively crazily drinkable cousin we outlier fans have been patiently waiting for. Tart and tangy, to be sure, but not overly aggressive, and a great, if not particularly inexpensive introduction to the world of sours. Hey, my beer-agnostic, sleep-deprived wife liked it - 'it tastes like that time we were in Montreal'. Love ya babe. Oh, and this, too.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Excellent aggressive pop off the cork when pulled.

Deep rocking head, shocking bright and white, thick and foamy with three fingers and pocket filled with soapy bubbles not even budging. Rocky, clingy. Body colour is a mix of muted and glowing lemon to dusty faint rust yellow. Excellent middle column of carbonation rising in the middle to match. Great looking beer.

Great aroma continues, sweet yeast and fruity tones of lemon and cantalope, with a sour small tinge and classic soft funk of hay and dirt. A mushy fruit character comes off quite a bit but not rotten. Mild pepper to match as well, excellent aroma.

Palate fills with fruit flavors and explosive quality. Mouthfeel stands out of the way being basic and supporting the flavors and rather neutral. Just what this solid beer seems to need. Mid palate comes with notes of lemon, cantalope, tropical fruit with a washing bit of mild pepper. Juiced finish quality, a bit of wild funk really peaks out slowly on the finish to match.

A real solid gueuze with great basic flavors and light touches.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille may be a mouthful to say but it's quite easy on the eyes. It's a happy golden in colour and has a very casual haze and is replete with nimble bubbles that produce an appreciable froth (that is surprisingly stalwart). I'm tempted to stick my whole head into the glass!

They aren't the 'stand-outs' as far as flavour is concerned but there's enough mustiness and vanilla in this aroma to remind us the beer was aged in oak barrels. The sweetness helps balance the funky bacterial and barnyard notes but can't disguise all the sourness that awaits ahead...

There's few things more refreshing than acidity and tartness - especially when they take the form of green apple, pink grapefruit, fresh wheat and cereal grain, and are paired with just enough sugar to really make things tasty (including for those that might be put off by the sourness). Yes, this is the stuff.

This 2013 vintage seems unfazed by its 2 year term in the cellar. It still sports bubbles like polka dots and has retained an acidity so lively it practically sears the back of the throat (both expected, desirable features by the way). My guess is this will be tart, intensely fresh tasting for years to come.

Belgium has given the world far more than Jean Claude Van Damn. Sadly their two greatest contributions - food and beer - are often only appreciated within the country. But Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille is one you don't need to travel to get and it offers authentic, historical Belgian personality at a fair price.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cork and caged bottle into a snifter, the beer is marked "Best Before 2032", so apparently I am making it in just under the wire. The beer is a bright, vibrant, golden coloring, opaque with a slow flow of carbonation bubbles throughout. The beer has a fluffy, light, low profile, white head. Aromas of white grape, citrus notes, musty barnyard notes, horseblanket, and some earthy notes. Flavors are white grape, subtle lemon and orange rind, dry chardonnay notes, subtle sourness, and some funky yeast esters. Extremely balanced and easy to drink on a dry body. The aftertaste is all fruit, blending together for a tart, slightly sour aftertaste. Smooth, dry finish. This is a great beer.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle from 2014 tasted in a relatively straight sided tulip.

Appearance is nice deep gold, thick ivory head that looks like meringue. Heavy carboantion of very small bubbles.

Smells of citrus fruits, some barnyard funk.

Tastes heavily of lemon juice, with light black pepper and some barnyard flavors. Overall good but maybe a bit too watery.

Mouthfeel is good. Any wateriness was purely flavor, the liquid has a noce substantial feel on the tongue and the carbonation is at a perfect level to caress your mouth.

Overall a very decent beer. Will definitely drink again.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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 beers I have had of this style, I still found myself quite enjoying this beer. Worth a try for sure!


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Photo of cpetrone84
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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.)

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Photo of aleigator
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.94/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of safaricook
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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Photo of jdhowe
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%

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

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