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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 03-21-2002

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Photo of afroitguy
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a funk like a distant skunk top note right out the bottle..not strong not unpleasant and dissipates after the first sip.
Reminds me of a natural high end champagne. Bubbly with a distinct taste of grapes. Will be getting this for the holidays for sure.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden color, good clarity, virgin white head 3/5". Aroma was lemon and sour, not the most complex or funky aspect to aroma from a Belgian gueuze.

Taste was a lighter base, sour in the 7 range 1-10, lemon and green grape edginess to it. Stayed sour, didn't foray into sweet territory at any point. Mineral notes. Highly carbonated. Would bang again, I like that it is relatively affordable and findable without having to truck chase like a tool.

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

(375 ml bottle, best before 14.03.2034 - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: lion's mane yellow-gold liquid, semi-bright, maintains constant spit-y collar... does form a finger-width pad of scour-pad foam with the second pour, holds for a bit

S: only mellow fruity aromas of melon and grapefruit... almost a hint of custard, maybe a dash of raw olive skin... bit of sweet malt at the bottom... all these aromas floating atop a sea of splendidly musty, sweaty, grassy funk... does compare favorably with the best around

T: first sip - a bracing smack of grapefruit-pithy tartness and a similar, herbal-tinged bitterness continues to bite long after the first sip... grapefruit throughout, doughy yeast (once dregs added), and a modest but apparent degree of wheat malt flavor, which lingers long into the aftertaste

F: light-medium bodied and just absolute nectar from start to finish... requisite-ly dry, maybe a vague sense of a watery follow-through, but well short of thin and/or sharp

O: I'm going back to the store and buying the rest of these - pretty sure no one else will touch them... I would agree with another one of the reviews here, It did remind me a little of Mariage Parfait, but a tad more tame... nothing in particular makes it stand out from the pack, but its taste is relatively rich and balanced

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

Very good gueuze! Actually comes close to Mariage Parfait, 3 fonteinen oude Geuze and Tilquin Gueze. Off course this one has a typical maybe "Dry" character but they all come close to each other.

This one is available in any Delhaize and is a very very good gueuze if you love sour beers!

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Photo of RickyS
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light orange beer, cloudy and with white generous and bubbly head. The smell is not as pungent as other gueuzes I had, however is very nice. Tart, lemon zest. The taste has notes of apricots jam, with pleasant acidity
slightly on the lactose side. I notice that the head sticks around. Uncommon for the style. Highly carbonated
is fizzy on the tongue and very refreshing. Nice beer.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Grassy, fruity aroma. Apple orchard, wet hay, and cereal grains. Very aromatic. Sweet and perfumey. Raw dough, fruity pebbles, and chamomile. Juicy, fresh apples. Rustic, earthy brett character. Some wood too. Very complex. Fruit forward, but a lot else going on.

Pours slightly hazy gold/yellow with a billowing white head. Surprisingly impressive head retention, and some lacing despite the acidity.

Sour apples upfront. Juicy and mouth filling. Acidity is fairly aggressive, but not harsh. Fresh fruit that is a little hard to pin down. Citrus forward. Wet wood and forest floor creep up on the palate.

High carbonation, light body. Acidity builds and lingers on the palate. Ridiculously dry but not sharp.

Great complexity and drinkability. Up there with the best of them. Don't see this one so often, and it doesn't seem to get as much credit.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottling. Light hazy aroma, pale and a bit of golden. Aroma is a mix of sweetness, hay, earthiness and citrus (lemon, kumquat). Some rubbery phenols, with a hint of minerals. Extremely nicely blended nose. Taste is of lemon merange pie, a bit of custard, a bit of acidity. Enjoyable and well crafted.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

November 7, 2015

750 ml bottle, snifter

A – Medium gold, and moderately hazy. About a half-inch of long-lasting pure white head, very foamy.

S – Lemon, and tart cherry funk, along with a low peppery note. Some clementine and pineapple as well. Brett presents as strong horseblanket with a lot of acidity on the nose.

T – Lemon, white grape juice, and chardonnay, all very prominent. Tartness presents as orange, funky, and bitter.

M – Very highly carbonated and very dry, with a light to medium-light body. Acidity is very high, as is the bitterness. Not an easy drinker, a bit much of the lingering acidity on the aftertaste.

O – Funkiness and bitterness are a bit out of balance, though not a major flaw in either direction. Would like to see how this progresses with more time (years) in the bottle.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 -4.5%
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 +6.9%
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 -2.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +10.4%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.2%
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 -1.5%
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 +5.5%
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 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 -22.3%
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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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