Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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1.19/5 rDev -70.3%
Our eyes teared while trying this beer. They were not tears of happiness. It is complex this much is certain. The hitherto in food products unexplored scent of urinal is like a direct assault on the pleasure senses. Other scents found by the two testers included tequila, old socks and a hint of windex.
Despite the smell our determination made us move on to taste. This requires a will of iron. "Pleasant bitterness combined with a sour yet smooth character". Yes it is bitter. And sour. Full points for that. Other notes could not be detected. Mentionable here is the aftertaste of this brew. The sensation of having an ant farm in rebellion in your mouth is slightly similar to getting a shot at the dentists to numb your mouth. It lasts for minutes. So good value at least.
There is good reasons for not making beer this way anymore...
04-27-2013 17:37:49 | More by Beer-Viking
1.45/5 rDev -63.8%
Served at 11.5°C
A: Golden pale liquid, slightly orangey. High CO2 level, which gives the beer a light sparkly head.
S: Estery. Yeast, pear, grapes and grapefruit. A little like sour champagne
T: Sour, unpleasant bitterness. Like fermented fruit. Every mouthfull just gets worse and worse. Did I get a bad bottle or is this beer supposed to taste this bad? It's very funky and it reeks
M: The sour aroma and terrible bitterness (this is not like an IPA kind of bitterness, this is an "old fruit or other food that's been stored for too long" kind of bitterness) attacks the palate like nothing else I've tasted. High CO2
D: Had to pour it out, I couldn't even sustain it during the review. I've never had to do that with any other beer, it's down right fascinating.
Conclusion: Either this was a bad bottle, not my style or it just is one funky beer - nonetheless, I couldnt drink it. I've had several other spontaneously fermented beers before, but not one like this one. I'm NEVER gonna buy it again. The bottle looked fancy though
02-27-2009 21:26:16 | More by krunchie
2.14/5 rDev -46.6%
Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass
Best before 08-11-2030
A) Light, watery lemonade color. Layer of cloudiness. Decent ring of retention. Looks kind of wimpy. Swirling helps. Soapy lace falls down.
S) Tame, almost weak aroma. Low-slung damp, musty funk. Not tangy. Smells papery without seeming oxidized. Faint undertones of fruit. Hints of cheese - sort of.
T) The taste is as unremarkable. Very dry mustiness. This is balsa wood flimsy. Cheesy tones creep in around the edges. Not sour or tart. The feel ruins it.
M) I can't get a bearing on the feel aside from criminally high carbonation. The fuzziness runs the show and over shoots all flavors. Finishes metallic and unpleasant.
D) I can't say I'm impressed with this one. Too much carbonation. Too little aroma and flavor.
09-24-2013 00:57:14 | More by Ryan011235
2.38/5 rDev -40.6%
Clear light copper tone. Half of a middle finger of dirty white head is formed on the pour. Retention is better than average. Lacing is sporadic. Kind of a weak nose for a gueuze. And it seem actully more sweet than sour from smelling. Candy like to a point. Some sour raspberry notes mix in on the nose a little bit. The taste is sour. And not the lambic type of sour. Rather, the unappealing sour of a rotten apple. Not vinegar sour, but veggie-like sour. This beer's not good. What a shame. It pales in comparison to the Cantillon I just consumed. It really pales...
07-23-2004 05:23:24 | More by Bighuge
2.68/5 rDev -33.2%
Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Pours the color of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with a light filmy head. Smell is funky barnyard sourness. Taste is mild, bland, faintly sweet and a hint of funky sourness. Pretty mild overall with a light lingering funky flavor.
06-30-2008 18:32:35 | More by JDV
2.73/5 rDev -31.9%
A: Light golden lager color. Clear with a slight haze. Poured into a pilner glass and had about a 3.5" head.
S: No beer smell that I can discern. Smells like a cider with citrus notes. A little more funky than expected.
T: Cider meets champagne meets lemon meets gym socks. No alcohol taste.
M: Light, crisp clean mouthfeel...except for the whole gym sock thing.
D: A little too much wang to drink a whole beer for me.
06-19-2010 23:44:42 | More by joeldp144
2.73/5 rDev -31.9%
375ml bottle shared with a few BAs at a gueuze tasting.
This bottle was over filled. It was filled right up to the cork. As soon as I loosened the cage the cork wanted to fly off. Luckily this didn't turn into a bottle bomb. No gushing and no one lost an eye, so all turned out well.
The beer poured with a fizzy, loud, white head with next to no retention. This was one of the lightest colored beers of the evening. It is a clear pale yellow, almost like Bud Light.
There is plenty of musty, barnyard hay-funk here. Squeezes of lime brighten up the aroma just a little bit with tart citrus juice.
The malts come out here in ways that I haven't noticed in other gueuzes. Its malty sweet up front with wheat and dough. Tart citrus juice and bitter rind come out shortly thereafter. Sourness is low. The finish is very funky, but also quite bitter. The bitterness boarders on medicinal before long.
Way too carbonated, which makes this bottle all the more of a miracle. As soon as the beer hits the mouth it feels like it flashes into expanding foam. The body is light and the finish is pretty dry.
Probably one of my least favorite gueuze of the line-up, but all in all its not a terrible one.
10-09-2011 21:29:29 | More by MbpBugeye
2.73/5 rDev -31.9%
Golden bronze color, with ample foam. Unappealing smell, which hints of everything lambic, but in a more subtle, gentler way. At its aromatics core, it has an undeniable red apple scent (cut apples sitting for more than an hour, which have slightly browned.) Take a big sniff and youll smell it. To me, it smells cidery and unappealing and most of all, not what I want to sniff in a Gueuze. Apple hints continue upon tasting, although its more of a green apple flavor, or an apple platter. The sourness is there throughout and its not sweet, but where is the woody, subtle fruit, funky horsey hints...everything else good in lambic? This is a pretty terrible Gueuze, a total ho-hum blend.
03-17-2006 00:08:01 | More by Crosling
2.88/5 rDev -28.2%
Lined up nine different gueuze the other day. Part of my "education." This one was bought at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.
From a 37,5cl corked and caged bottle into a snifter
Best Before 13 April 2032
APPEARANCE: Pours a large, 2+ finger, medium, looser, fluffy white head with absolutely outstanding retention. Clear amber orange with lots of large bubbles. Very active carbonation. Head eventually fades to a thick foam cap that doesn't quit. Pretty good looking gueuze.
SMELL: Floral notes for sure, with lactic aromas, lemon notes and some barnyard funk as well. Wheat and bread hints in there somewhere.
TASTE: Funky barnyard flavors, hay, and lactic sourness up front. Not quite my favorite profile. Some light lemon in there into a lingering finish of hay, funky flavors and some mild floral bitterness. Light sourness as well. Very low acidity, and more barnyard forward than fruity or sour.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamier than most in the style, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Not puckering per se.
OVERALL: This one was tollerable, but a little too barnyard foward for my tastes. Though I prefer more sourness and acidity, this is still a decent gueuze that I could imagine sharing with friends. A full bottle would be too much for me. Finished at the lower end of the spectrum in this lineup.
12-21-2012 19:00:08 | More by Jeffo
2.9/5 rDev -27.7%
Sampled early in the evening (morning?) in line at BA Sexual Chocolate release.
Smell is funk, stinky cheese, sweaty people. Taste is more funk, more cheese, a lemony sourness that cuts through the funk and cheese, and then funk and cheese once more. This is one of those beers that justifies the odd words people often use to describe the smell and flavor of sour beer. Very funky and not entirely in a pleasant way (not entirely unpleasant either).
07-16-2011 23:52:39 | More by AlexFields
2.93/5 rDev -26.9%
Best by 25OCT2031
Pours light golden ale with a solid quilt of light white foam. Nose comes out with plenty of funk, hay, manure, horse hair, lemons, carbon dioxide (more a sensation than flavor), hints of pepper and lactic acid. Nice and tart with a degree of brett that is a little over powering for me with a chalky and bicarbonate addition. There is a bit of hay and soil with a lemon zest and acetic and lactic acids. I'm surprised how subdued the sour is in this one. Thin bodied with hi carb and dry finish - standard. This is not a great gueuze for me. Not tart enough and a little too much brett. I will likely buy a few more bottles at some point for aging, but only to see where it goes, I don't get the feeling this beer is going to be more sour.
06-29-2012 07:45:28 | More by harrymel
2.98/5 rDev -25.7%
Hugely loud sound pulling the cork from the bottle. Very cloudy pail orange, no head. Sour smelling aroma. Interesting, but really not what I am used to in lambics. Cork, cellar musk, and wheat smell. I really find tis to be bland and watery. I desire more funk and general character. Only slightly sour. White wine notes in the flavor. Thin mouthfeel, which is expected on a lambic, but this is watery feeling. Not too impressed, wouldn't purchase again without tasting a better example.
It does have an almost humorous expiration date of 2026.
06-01-2011 19:32:20 | More by mlazzaro
3/5 rDev -25.2%
This is the first Geuze style I've experienced and unlike the others raving about it around me, it will take some getting used to before enjoying it. The tartness is just too much. No hop character, this one was paired with some pretty good cheeses. I just can't get inot this yet, but I said the same thing about barley wines a year ago.
05-28-2006 21:39:35 | More by Backer2004
3/5 rDev -25.2%
I found this on the shelves of Grassroots market in Jacksonville with the other lambics and decided to give it a try.
A: Pours a misty golden blond with slight hazing and a whooole lot of micro-carbonation.
S: Lemon chiffon, green apple and ripe ass stenches forth onto the nose. Smells like growing marijuana.
T: More citrus and apple notes. Slightly sour and rancid. Surprisingly tastes better than it smells. It's very dry like a brut champagne with a hint of buttsweat. If there are hops in this beer, you can barely taste them.
M: Light bodied and the carbonation is very fine.
D: Drinkable if you can get past the pungent, sharp flavor on the front of every sip.
02-19-2011 17:45:56 | More by Aiptasia
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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