Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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3.85/5 rDev -4%
Taart. A wine-like aroma, and a cherry and apple taste. Beige-gold color with lots of foam slow to dissipitate. Lemon acid and good carbonation. Very dry, and sour aftertaste. Alcohol seems higher than the 6% at room temperature. Rich, thanks Malto..
08-13-2004 02:27:08 | More by Sammy
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
Best before 7/12/2030.
Pours a murky honey color with a 1 inch fizzy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap. Random streaks of foam line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and funky with some slight fruit and earthy and woody aromas. Taste is pretty much the same but not all that sour or funky flavor wise. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a super crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good gueuze but it's definitely not as sour and funky as I like them to be. With the best before date being 18 years in the future it would be interesting to lay one of these down to see if these flavors evolve.
12-30-2011 03:48:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.53/5 rDev -12%
Update: August 2011. Beer is a bit too sweet with a very restrained funk. 2006 bottle, and scored adjusted accordingly.
Bottle at Rustico.
A: pours a bright, slightly hazed yellow with a nice, multiple-finger white head. Not too much lacing.
S: Quite a bit going on here with grass, earth, hay, and quite a bit of horse blanket coming through. A bit of lactic sourness but overall pretty tame.
T: Very similar to the nose with the grassy and funky aspects being equally punget and quite complex. Not too much of a sour character to it.
M: Fairly thin; docked a half point as the sourness isn't quite where it should be for the style.
D: Very complex and tasty although slightly lacking in the sour department. Best by date of 2029, which was amusing to see.
04-30-2010 16:35:05 | More by Thorpe429
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and poured with a big white head that has excellent retention properties.
S: There is a very strong aroma of funky yeast and sour fruit in the nose.
T: The taste isn't quite as strong as the smell, yet still has a moderate amount of sourness. The finish is slightly sour as well.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and is very dry and refreshing. There is so much carbonation in the beer that it almost feels like you are drinking champagne.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink for a gueuze because the flavor isn't too funky.
07-16-2010 15:20:10 | More by metter98
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
Lightly hazy peach-nectarine-orange, a regular cornucopia of fruity colors. I gave the beer a gentle pour since the whisper soft 'pop' when I pulled the cork clued me in to its gentle soul. Thankfully, I've still been rewarded with a puffy, rocky head of pearlescent ivory. The magic doesn't last, however, as the cap has now melted into a formless mass and deposits no lace.
The nose is pungent, sour, funky and white grape fruity. I like it a lot. This is only my second gueuze (I have very little memory of the first) and I'm still trying to get used to the style, much less the subtleties of aroma and flavor. I'm pretty certain, though, that I've now met the one known as Brett. Repeated sniffs bring out the woodiness meandering beneath the more assertive aromas of fruit and funk.
Upon tasting... this is a completely new experience for me. Reviews are difficult when one's mind (and palate) is a tabula rasa with regard to a beer style that is as different as this one is. It isn't quite as sour or as funky as I was expecting. In fact, those characteristics could have been doubled and I'd still be onboard. As the label states, the beer has a great deal in common with white wine.
Oude Gueuze Vieille is snappily tart and pleasingly puckery. I'm not sure if the acidity will catch up me after a while, but I'm sure I'll be better able to tolerate it than if it was overly sweet. It still has a great deal of fruitiness, although no particular fruit other than dessicated white grapes comes to mind. The finish is so arid that it reminds me of a brut wine.
The mouthfeel is as light as air and is sparkly and expectant, like the atmosphere immediately prior to an electrical storm. Not quite Champagne sparkly though. As the finish approaches, the bubbles settle into the tongue and the beer leaves a pleasantly slick, microthin coating in its wake. The mouthfeel delights and amazes on a purely sensory level.
I feel like my impressions of Oude Geuze Vieille, and consequently this review, have been all over the map. That's to be expected when every sip brings new experiences to bear on a gueuze-ignorant palate. The one impression that has held fast, that hasn't wavered thoughout this entire wild ride is the only one that matters: I love this stuff.
08-16-2005 23:42:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.23/5 rDev +5.5%
Appearance: Pours out rather cloudy, with the liquid a honey color; two fingers of foam retain nicely and leave a few shards of lacing behind
Smell: Uric funk, with lemon, green apple, balsa wood and leather
Taste: A hint of shortbread sweetness starts the flavor parade (and the sweet element lingers through the finish) but it doesn't take long for the barnyard funk to enter bringing with it a lactic sourness with lemon and lime predominate; green apples, berries and oaky dryness round out the the flavors
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation
Overall: Perhaps a little tamer than other geuzes, with a nice underlying sweetness that I found quite enjoyable
01-11-2014 23:52:22 | More by brentk56
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
yellow in color. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass. Gorgeous side glass lacing and a wonderful presence of carbonation.
The aroma was a bit lighter then I was expecting, but still tremendously good. Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. Enormously complex, as it warms it comes across with a light wheat or herbal like quality and just the tiniest amount of spice prickling the nose. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. A little bit one sided, and not as huge as I would have wanted given the stature to which this one is held to, but still extremely solid and worth it. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Mellow grassy flavors are mingling very well within the flavor now. Smooth, easy transgression with the carbonation being nearly perfect here, and a light feel that was just spot on
12-12-2011 02:53:49 | More by mikesgroove
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
An adventure even for the serious beer enthusiast. Pours a thinly, highly carbonated, lightly hazy, canary yellow. Mouthwatering tartness, lemony, muskiness emits from the glass. The flavors are immediately sour, tart, lemony-citrus, barnyardy, musky, pungent, and refreshingly astringent. Citrus characters replaces malty sweetness and added spiciness. Thirst quinching in in its thinness, and rich in its carbonation. Finishes a light drying, tartness. A very good beer for it's style. It's just not an everyday style.
02-12-2006 19:05:43 | More by BEERchitect
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color gueuze with a big foamy white head with great retention. Aroma consists of light horse blanket, funky yeast and some light green apple. Taste is sour with a nice funky touch and with a low acidity level, which I did appreciate. Not as overly complex as some other gueuze producers or blenders out there but still very much enjoyable.
12-06-2006 15:54:27 | More by Phyl21ca
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
A: The pour is a cloudy light golden color with a fluffy white head.
S: The nose is incredibly funky with some great barnyard notes along with some sweat. There are also the usual green apple and lemon flavors and a bright acidity.
T: The funk is still front and center, but a bit less intense than the nose would lead you to believe. A bit more of the apple and lemony tartness come through.
M: The body is medium with some very lively carbonation and a dry finish.
D: I find it hard to dislike a good gueuze and this continues that trend. A tasty beer and I wouldn't mind having this one again.
03-12-2010 04:10:12 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a yellow honey color with a firm and thick white head; nice looking.
Nose of sour "green" fruit that is pleasant. Nose is quite complex with grassy, hay, lemon, sugar and lots of things going on. A bit of funk also present. Candidly, I think it's appealing.
Mouth is very sour but with underlying fruit and character that well balances the sour/tart character. A "sweet" undertone mellows this one very nicely.
Mouthfeel is full, bold and pleasant. Flavors are green pear with citric sour fruit. A tart and pleasant sour. Quite drinkable!
Finish of lemon, grapefruit skin and sour green pears, all with the consistent underlying tone of a bit of sweet. Pleasant drink.
10-15-2009 06:18:10 | More by GRG1313
3.89/5 rDev -3%
This beer pours out as a bright golden yellow with a fizzy white head on it. With te aroma of this beer being as strong as it was I was impressed to smell some fruits way in the back end of this brew. The taste is very much like many Gueze Lambics it's tart and sour with a bacterial bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is carbonated and yet smooth. The beer is drinkable which was a good thing for me. I'm still trying to get into these types of beers.
04-26-2011 01:20:13 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
Revisiting this one, i've noticed the new labels, and the bottle says it's now produced at Boon. BBD: 04.06.2028
Sparkling clear amber gold, the foam sizzles like champagne. Loud forceful bang when the cork was ejected. Larger bubbles at first, then the second pour generates foam with a more soft, even texture. Rapid visible carbonation. Retention is pretty good, i'm surprised there's still a solid skim after the few first sips.
Lemon and oak (slight and musty), unripe apple/crabapple, primarily a bright citrus with a mild honey note. Moderate sourness in the first sips, maybe a 5.5/10... defintely in the mid-range for a traditional Gueuze. Soft lemony tartness with some hay and clover honey in the middle. Tannic dryness, a little woody in the aftertaste. The body is very light, more like champagne with the spritzy carbonation. Very quenching and pleasant, perfect for warmer weather (I just wanted a mimosa but was out of OJ).
A good introductory Gueuze, not too sour, very champagne-like.
Original review: 06-24-2007
B / 3.7
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4
375mL corked bottle, best by 2023.
Cork gives a sustained pop on release. White foam and gunsmoke form at the neck of the bottle. Appears to be a deeply hazy, golden honey hue. Consistent streams of carbonation feed the ever-present cap of foam.
Citric lemon, white grape, leather, and mellow honey in the nose. Some earthiness, but not a full-fledged barnyard funk. Slight sweetness suggests lemon soda or lemon bars.
Tastes follow the nose, citrusy lemon, sour grape, an aftertaste that leads in a honey direction without any of the sweetness. With high effervescence, it hits the tongue and evaporates with a dry, tart feel. There is a vague residual tartness that suggests yogurt, possibly the wild yeast that's present.
Medium-high level of acidity, not as much as Cantillon or 3 Fontienen. One bottle is enough in one sitting. 2008 edit: After trying this after some Cantillon 1900, this seems a little dumbed down. Not enough sour or funk, it seems slightly sweet by comparison. It has a generic corked Belgian funk. Probably won't revisit this one...2009 edit: Guess I changed my mind! ;)
10-26-2009 14:11:05 | More by emerge077
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, bubbly white head of foam. Short retention and minimal lacing.
S - Good sour aroma with notes of apple, grape and cherry.
T - Great sour flavor with cherry and grape. The is a touch of sweet/tart from an apple-like flavor.
M - Crisp and puckering. A medium bodied ale that is very dry.
D - This is a really tasty beer. Sour but not over-the-top sour.
02-11-2011 14:51:25 | More by zeff80
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
alfrantzell shared this one, I believe. Thanks Arne. Pours with a hazy blond body and a small white head that retains nicely for the style. Sweaty gym sock aroma, husky grain, rye bread, rotting wood and fresh lemons. Very funky. On the palate it opens with a light graininess, but this is soon overwhelmed by intense lemon flavors, both bitter rind and sour juice. Very tannic with a light body and moderate carbonation. Tannic, dry, tart finish. A very balanced gueuze, not overwhelmingly sour but pleasantly complex and interesting. Easy to drink and very enjoyable, though it lacks the structure and body of gueuze from Cantillon or 3 Fonteinen.
09-08-2009 03:57:22 | More by largadeer
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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