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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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660 Ratings

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Ratings: 660
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%

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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-21-2002)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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..

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 02:27:08 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 03:48:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 23:42:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 02:53:49 | More by mikesgroove
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4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 04:10:12 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 23:52:22 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 15:54:27 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 19:05:43 | More by BEERchitect
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3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 16:35:05 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 15:20:10 | More by metter98
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
rDev: -10%

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! ;)

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 14:11:05 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before 10-29-2029. Opens with a resounding pop

Pours a cloudy amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Average head retention, minimal lacing, stays hazed

S: Sourness & raspberries, a touch of dirt

T: Raspberry, apple peels, & green apple sourness up front. More sourness & tartness as this warms, some golden delicious & granny smith apples, sort of reminds me of dry English cider with some sourness added . Finishes sour with a touch of lemon, a touch of funk & even a bit of grapefruit & dryness

MF: Light bodied, lively carbonation somewhat puckery

Drinks easy, a decent Gueze, there are better

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 05:26:50 | More by russpowell
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3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best thing about this beer is the aroma IMO. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high. Looks good.

Whoa, funky, oak, acetic, strong lactic, lots of secondary acids as well. Awesome, very awesome.

Beer is thin and falls flat on the flavors at first. As it warms more of the funk comes through but I just don't really like this gueuze as much as others. Carbonation on the palate is surprisingly weak and finishes brightly and a little dry. Its a good beer, just not my favorite. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:18:46 | More by drabmuh
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

2009 bottling with a best by date of 4/8/2029. The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is tart with a lot of lemons. Not much funk. The flavor is tart lemons with some wheat. There is not much funk in the flavor either. The tartness is not near as intense as in other gueuzes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer was probably drank a little too soon. I think some more age would have definitely helped it develop a little further. That being said, it was still an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 01:47:24 | More by Mora2000
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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 14:51:25 | More by zeff80
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4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm, strangely I haven't reviewed this yet.

Nice creamy head, light hazy tan color.

Nose sour funk, light tart fruit, lactic acid, nice gueuze aroma.

Taste typical gueuze with tart almost lemony fruit, sour malts, juicy, lactic acid, light bready dry malt finish with long lingering tartness.

Mouth is lighter bodied with good carb, bit of an acid bite and just slightly phlemy.

Overall very nice, maybe just a step down from drie fonteinen.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 13:21:49 | More by jlindros
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best by date of 2073, Sampled October 2004
Can you spell salivate? Well god-damn I sure can. The cork forcefully explodes from this 375ml bottle as I try to take it out. The aromas are quite enticing and hypnotic as I pour this beer. The color is a rich clear copper color and is topped by a pale frothy head. The aroma is tart with notes of urea, white vinegar, grapefruit, a woodiness, slightly cheesy, dank musty cellars, and a wild mushroom character.

The taste is light, but quite delicious, with surprising notes of vanilla along with the sharp acidity and prickly carbonation. This beer has a really nice lemon component to it that makes me want to take repeated draughts of this elixir. This beer is bone dry and fully fermented like not ale or lager can imagine. I get notes of grapefruit, woody mushrooms, a hint of kiwi. This is a beer that will alter your bowels if consumed in quantity (I speak from multiple days of Brussels-Lambic-region experience on this one, so just trust me :-)

As this beer warms up and slowly loses its carbonation it becomes quite a bit softer, almost creamy, sort of seductive, yet quite a bit more woody, with a tannic interaction with my tongue.

What an intoxicating aroma, why am I so addicted to the aroma of a good Lambic, I don't know. but I could smell it for hours if it wasn't so satisfying to drink as well. I am so glad that I have a couple cases of this and the Kriek in my "cellar", this beer is going to continue to tickle my fancy as I slowly drink my way through its expiration date. I highly recommend picking up some of this on your next foray.

Sampled October 2003
A nice deep gold color, with amber notes to it. Fairly clear for a geuze. Well carbonated with a fairly persistent head, that stays with the beer until the end. Smells sour, woody, slightly of urea, lemony, with some musty mushroom character. The first impression of this Geuze is one of sourness with a hint of sweetness. Quite sharp tasting, it cuts through everything. Tastes of tannin and of hay fields (if that makes sense). The body is quite light and refreshing. As my mouth gets used to the acidity the taste softens, I get notes of citrus and slight alcohol, and lot of funky geuzeness. A very good beer, to bad it is no longer being made.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 16:24:25 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 01:20:13 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before January 26, 2025.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours deep gold with a large white creamy head that descends to a well-retained thin cover.

The smell is sour, with citrusy fruits, especially lemon.

The taste is of tart fruits that are well-blended. The tartness has some backing of an earthy yeast. Some soft woody notes are present. It has a light, lemony finish.

It has a tart lemony tang and is smooth despite the sour and tart, but only a limited refreshing feel - though it was probably intended this way, considering the style. Still it's pretty easy to drink. The overall feel is clean and dry.

It cleanses the palate and has a lasting tart fruity flavor. Obviously, it not the best to choose as a thirst-quencher, but it does well as a palate cleanser or as an accompaniment to a plate of fine cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 21:32:42 | More by jwc215
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3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, best by October 2029, when I will be 44,

A: Pours a golden orange with a poofy white head, good retention.

S: Funky lemons and apples, plenty of horse blanket and wet wool and socks.

T: Lemons and horse blanket funk - clearly Brett influenced, I found the flavours good, kind of lighter version of Boon, they are quite similar.

M: A tad overcarbonated at first. Medium-bodied, light acidity.

D: All and all a solid gueuze. Classic flavours, traditional, I liked this quite a bit. I'd love to taste it in 2029, that'd be a riot.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 07:18:48 | More by Halcyondays
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a corked 375ml single from Abe's Cold Beer. Compared to an unblended lambic I had earlier this week (Cantillon Iris) this beer is a little smother and more drinkable (and a little less complex), but still a pleasure to drink. It's heavy on lemon and lime juice with a with a fun tangy tartness and mild musty farmhouse notes. I'd call this a very nice beer and excellent starter gueze.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 17:59:47 | More by tempest
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter) best before 20.04.2025
A- This beer has a hazy dark orange body with a white thick head that becomes concave a bit but last for the full beer. There are sheets of foam that stick to the glass then slide back into the beer. There is a sea of microbubbles that support the head.
S- This beer has a tart lemon quality with a white pepper aroma with a musty finish.
T- This beer has a soft tartness but nice bright grapefruit notes. There is a light tart green apple finish with a funky note. There is a light double cream quality that comes through as it warms.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft fizz that supports the tartness.
D- This beer has a smooth and soft wild notes with a nice subtle complexity that grows as the beer warms.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 16:18:50 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Uncorks with just a touch, but the gush of fervent carbonation does not result. Pours a very clear but deep golden amber colour, with a frothy and persistent head of crackling white foam. Body is very light and the carbonation forms large bubbles that push up into the head. It's a lively and engaging gueuze—probably more fun and less sophisticated than others I've laid my eye upon.

Nose is classic, giving lovely tones of crushed green vegetation, oak, vinous acidity and funky rubber. The initial hit of any inhalation is slightly pungent and funky, but it soon delivers complex and delicately balanced aromas of spring, acidity, crispness and refinement. Lovely nose. Very crisp and clear and exceptionally stylistic.

Taste is light and smooth, with a very prominent back-palate acidity and flavours ranging from crisp green apple to oily olives. Feel is very light, but never does the acidity accentuate or enhance the flavours, meaning a crispness never appears on the palate. Missing a little complexity, but very supple and exceptionally refined.

Lighter than some, but still a gorgeous example of the style. This one accentuates the delicate smoothness that can be developed in a gueuze. Light and fragrant, and very easy to drink—its a well crafted example.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 08:45:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Green 37.5 cl bottle that is corked and caged, a best before date stamped on the back label.

Appearance: Light trickle of sediment with a tarnished gold hue, looks nearly like a glass of champagne.

Smell: Lemony and musty up front, very faint barnyard and yeast aroma. Tart to the nose with lemon peel and fermented cider.

Taste: Enormously tart, light bodied and dry. Crisp with a harassed refreshness. Malts are with in range of the flavour threshold showing some wheat as well as some husky malted barley. Hops are hard to find and the yeast flavour helps you to forget about them. Yeastiness crawls through a musty, earthy and light barn yard flavours. Tartness still prevails in the finish and is hard to shake with some powdery husky grain and a slowly cleansed palate.

Notes: Very drinkable Gueuze with all of the characteristics of the style, this would be a great beer to have will appetizers or between a several course meal. Perhaps pair it with a fresh soft Brie or a well aged cheddar.

This bottle had a drink before date of Mar, 03 2019 ... so this one is a beer that can be cellared for a while. Upright is best IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2002 22:49:02 | More by Jason
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a thin, foamy white head that settles into a thin lace. Aroma is citrusy and funky with a lot of sour fruit notes as well as some champagne yeast. Puckering but not too sour with a sweet citrus/ light fruit earthy flavor. Very vinous with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 08:02:44 | More by corby112
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