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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 662
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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Photo of draheim


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL (best before 3/30/2021) into a tulip. Pours a bright clear golden color w/ a nice white head. Effervescent carbonation bursts from the bottom of the glass, sustaining a soft thin layer of foam.

Aroma is tart, dry, oaky, acidic, funky. Mouth-watering.

Taste is mildly lactic with a subtle sweetness as counterpoint. Pear and lemon juice, pale neutral malt, some grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is spot-on. Nice lively champagne-like carbonation keeps everything light and refreshing. Crisp, bone-dry finish.

Overall a great introduction to the style. I can't believe I've never tried a gueuze before. Looking forward to the other ones in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 02:41:35 | More by draheim
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle. Best before date of 10/29/2029 so this appears to be around three and a half years old. Chilled and poured into Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Purchased about six months ago for $18.99.

Appearance: Pours a frothy white head with really large bubbles. Light orange and clear in color.

Aroma: Some light grassiness and assertive funk tones. Lots of farm yard and horse blanket throughout. Light lemon and green apple. Very bright with some light tart character.

Taste: Bright lemon upfront with some grassy and funk that comes in after. The tartness is not heavy at all. The funk is really well developed and strong at this point. A lot of horse blanket and bitter earth tones. Really well balanced and light.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Very bright.

Overall, a really nice, tasty gueuze. Definitely some nice complexity from the yeast. Not as bright and sour as other examples of the style I have had but it is surprising complex. Definitely worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:40:17 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of Beer-Viking


1.19/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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...

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 17:37:49 | More by Beer-Viking
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3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

From first trip to Belgium in 2010 found tasting notes on this beer, which was our virgin voyage with these crazy gueuze brews. This one in particular did not stand out in our glass. Golden yellow with a taste that was most remniscent of dry tart fruity white wine. The endnote of this brew wasn't particularly liked as it was watery and flat. Otherwise the funkiness and sourness was on point.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 02:40:52 | More by deebo
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange gold body, head recedes quickly to a ring and shows little lacing.

Nose of apple and peach fruit, mild funk, old wood and wood spice, vanilla, green grass.

Tastes of all those elements, although apple and citrus fruity flavors come through most clearly with a hint of a floral white wine. The taste is very well balanced between tart and sweet. It is milder in flavor compared to other top oude geuze examples, but still has enough complexity to make this interesting. Finishes dry with a light bitterness.

Body is light and the carbonation is fizzy, giving this a very refreshing palate-cleansing mouthfeel.

This is a delightful oude geuze that would be great for casual sipping on a warm day or with food.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 01:38:52 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash Chalice.

Appearance- Clear gold with 3 finger bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation floating upward towards the head.

Smell- Funky lemon, bready yeast, oak, some mild tropical fruits, grass.

Taste- Lemon, mild vinegar, funky yeast, light green apples. Finishing flavor isn't spectacular.

Mouthfeel- Very light. Carbonated water light. Refreashing. Quite carbonated.

Overall- For the price I payed for this bottle, it was good, but I'd rather buy the kriek again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 15:59:28 | More by Seanniek91
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4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Colonial Wine with best served by date of june 2032, poured on 3/20/13. Poured into a tulip glass. It pours the color of pale canteloupe flesh with a shade of soil to it. It lets very little light pass through at all and has a very uniform haze. There's a good amount of fizzy head that leaves no lacing on the glass. The smell is good. It has that expected farmland funk to it, but no so overbearing as to destroy all the other scents. There's definite sour cherry and some champagne flavor on the nose. The taste is pretty sour which is very good, even to a hop head like me. It's tasty and puckering and very active on the tongue. Very fizzy. The taste is sweet too, like a fresh peach with a sour cherry pucker to it too. Very good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 02:06:51 | More by estlinska
Photo of russpowell


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
Photo of NickBus


4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma - Lightly tart sour aroma with lots of delectable farmhouse funkitude. Some citrusy fruits (apple and pear) and even some honey as it warms and opens up a little. No hop aroma.

Appearance - Medium-light gold in color. Cloudy from carbonation. Thin but persistent brilliant white foamy head.

Flavor - Light and refreshing tartness balanced by a light honey-wheat flavor and just a hint of bready malt backbone. Sourness is ever-present but not at all overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Medium sour with a surprisingly smooth finish. High carbonation.

Overall - A light, refreshing and overall delightful farmhouse ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 21:21:56 | More by NickBus
Photo of MattSweatshirt


4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a big fluffy white head that settles quickly with a hazy golden body. You can always swirl up a nice head though.
The funky mildew basement smell seems to sit on top everything else. There is some lemon and granny smith apple. Some more lighter fruit notes as well.
It's got a great tartness level. Fruity with tart apple, white grape, and da funk.
Tartness is more middle of the road but if you swallow fast while warm it can rip your throat up with sourness and carbonation. Light bodied and crisp carbonation,.Drying. It's pretty darn smooth.
Nice geueze that is easy to find while in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 09:49:22 | More by MattSweatshirt
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Best Before 26-10-2031.

A- Pours a hazy whiteish pale amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains decently before gradually diminishing to an 1/8 inch head. Very thick ring of sticky lacing. There are small specs of sediment suspended in the body near the bottom of the glass.

S- Very funky and tart in the nose plus some rubbery solvent. Actually very rubbery.

T- Pretty tart with some more of that rubber flavor leading the way. It's not so intense that you can't taste the fruitiness of the beer though. Some peach, apple and lemon notes linger under the astringency present in every sip.

M- Dry with a lot of pucker but doesn't go as overboard as other examples of the style. High carbonation and a light body.

O- Not as insanely in your face as Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze but it still has that strange astringency I don't like. Maybe geuzes just aren't my thing.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:33:41 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Jeffo


2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 19:00:08 | More by Jeffo
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into a flute; best before 4/13/2032

The body sits a pale yellow in color with a bubbly white cap that fades fairly quickly. A good amount of visible carbonation pushes north. The head falls to a thin layer of patchy bubbles.

Tart vinegar, musty wheat, oak, leather, lemon juice, aged cheese, manure, sea salt, and green apple. Pretty funky with loads of barnyard qualities.

Musty hay, vinegar, and sea salt up front before some green apple, aged cheese, and lemon juice through the middle. The finish is of damp, rotten wood with vinegar, leather, green apple, and sea salt.

Light bodied, crisp, and dry. A moderate tartness in the finish, mainly barnyard funk.

A solid gueuze on all fronts. A good balance of funk and tartness. Refreshing and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 03:09:45 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of funky farmhouse smells, wheat, lemon zest, vanilla, tart green fruits, and some sour yeast.

T - Starts off with a mix of building tart green fruits, with some lemon zest, vanilla, and wheat. Through the middle, some sourness comes through with some more funk and sour yeasts. The finish is a mix of sour and tart green fruits, lemon zest, oak, vanilla, wheat, and funk.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart, sour, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice complex lambic with good sourness and tartness.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 05:21:05 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7oz poured into a snifter. Best before 16-04-2032.

A: Pours an opaque golden tan with a 1.5 finger white head. A good amount of carbonation. Head lasts as a 1/8 inch covering. No real lacing.

S: A belgiany yeast with tart fruits and a vinegar twist. A hint of hoping but a backbone of pale malts. A hint of funkiness, i want it to be more.

T: A very complex beer, a lot going on. Can get fruits and some nice light malt. Tart, vinegar, hint of bandaid.

M: Crisp light on the palate. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall a light but very flavorful beer. Really drinkable, has a fruitiness but a freshness too.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:27:29 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of JayQue


4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 375 cl corked and caged bottle into my Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel flute. Fairly clear straw gold color, medium size delicately bubbling white head. Head retention is very good..shrinks down to about a quarter inch and hangs in there. Spotty lacing on the glass.

Great smell of funk and lite vinegary sourness.

Tastes very good. The funk is predominant...musty and barnyard flavors. There is a little lemon zest here, but the sourness is there also...not anything like a Saison. The sourness is just right for me...more intense than Lips of Faith beers but not straight out vinegar like Rodebach Grand Cru either.

Mouthfeel is good....,tart and crisp. Not too light. I had it with sliced apples and pears and some aged cheese. The beer was a great accompanyment.

Outstanding beer...a bit pricy, but I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 19:50:24 | More by JayQue
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium chill haze orange with a foamy head. Not a dense head, and it seems always ready to collapse. Some lace.

Nice tart nose, with a few barnyard notes. Some yeast and wheat must.

Drinking this one a bit too cold... Tart and bitter notes dominate. Some yeast, some lemon, some bitter grain husk. A little funk, but less on the tongue than in the nose. As the palate clears, there's some bitter, some tart, and a dried note. I want to say there is tart fruit, but it is more funk than fruit. This is a refreshing beer.

Lighter bodied, nice carbonation.

Been doing a few from this style lately. This is easier drinking than other brewers of this style. A touch softer -- the sour isn't such a kick in the face as others. Nice bitter-sour balance. Liked this quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 17:55:30 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is very pale, borderline Berliner status... loads of quick beading, great lacing and head retention.

Aromas explode from the bottle - funky green apple, tart candy notes, lots of 'barnyard' type qualities. Crisp, clean, tart.

Not quite as bright on the tongue... the imposing tart character is more subdued, a bit dirty, nothing amiss but just a little muddy.

The lack of monstrous tart love actually makes this more drinkable than your typical gueuze... it actually drinks sort of like a Berliner.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 00:47:32 | More by yamar68
Photo of errantnight


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last remaining shelf gueuze in my area. And as such, overlooked.

Pours a brilliant gold with towering, fluffy head into my Cantillon tulip.

Aroma is initially sulfurous, hints of gasoline fading into a horsey, white grape. Almonds.

Young, full bodied gueuze. Round apple sweetness falls off into a clean, light lactic sourness. Fine tannin structure contributes to a lingering, clean finish. A bit one-note on the palate is the only criticism.

A fine gueuze that fits my temperament. Could stand to gain some additional complexity, which aging will hopefully bring as the Brett continues to work on the long chain sugars that remain. Despite its low profile amongst gueuzes, I would say while not as exciting as the brash, but flawed, Tilquin, this well structured gueuze is one that could be great in the years to come.

Best by 28-10-2031

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 20:40:53 | More by errantnight
Photo of ferrari29


4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a hazy straw colored body; two finger, rocky textured, white-colored head; holds very well; body is very well-carbonated; barely any lacing; lots of visible yeast sediment

S - Strong acidic and vinegar scents; leather; sour lemon; subtle hints of oak barrel; olives; mellow scents of citrus fruit

T - Very tart vinegar taste at the beginning, then disappears very quickly; smooth wood flavor; leather flavor hints the back half of the tongue and remain for a while; dry yeast; white wine/grape taste; leather

M - Light sweet white grape wine and oak aftertaste; very effervescent; dry tart; sour; refreshing

D - Definite must try for sour beer lovers; I think this would also make a good "gateway" beer for those wanting to give the whole sour beer thing a try; nice tart front and smooth oak flavor at the end; good balance and nice complexity

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 19:39:33 | More by ferrari29
Photo of mdaschaf


3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw/golden color with a massive, foamy white head. Great head retention, but minimal lacing.

A: Plenty of lemon mixed with a ton of barnyard funk and bretty aromas. Just a bit of tartness.

T: More lemon upfront with a hint of green apple with more barnyard. There is a slight metallic flavor on the finish though.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not very tart/sour. Dry finish.

O: This beer is definitely more bretty than sour. A decent gueuze, but there are plenty of other ones out there I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:50:03 | More by mdaschaf
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3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light champagne bubbles in a pale straw colored body.

This smelled skunked and funked, quite 'ripe'.

Light-bodied, well balanced. Not too tart, but definitely funky tasting.

Not to start a tirade, but I think this beer was a victim of sitting on a shelf in its green bottle. I don't see the point of using green bottles for beer, even ones with low hop content. I think I'd have been disappointed if I had cellared this for years myself only to find it had been skunked from the day I bought it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 19:32:37 | More by zaphodchak
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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin, fast bubbles sparkel in this hazy golden brew with a fast falling light little head. A lovely dollop of yeast splashed out of the bottle at the end- YUM!

S: Assaults the nose with cider ripe tartness/fermented cheese

T: The smell is more astringent then the taste, as it's sour fruit masks the sweaty feet funk that makes the gueuze a yeast beast. Beautifully delicate on the tongue with apple and pear fruits, a touch of acid like lemon and a well rounded burst of vingar.

M: Dry to the bone but dancing bubbles tickle the palate along

O: Just what the doctor ordered! Although the look and smell aren't a show stopper the tart and funky but superior balancing act between smells and tastes that would otherwise be off putting, clean the palate and warm the belly

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 13:23:09 | More by MsNitch
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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1404th Review on BA
Bottle to LA Tumbler
375ml C/C

Best by: 30/3/2031
Purchased for $10.99, El Cerrito Liquor, Corona, CA

App- A very bright and clear yellow with a lot of bubbles coming up to a think 1/2" head that was bright white. Bubbles just stayed throughout the drink. Not exactly a cling monster.

Smell- A little bit lacking compared to the world class leaders of this style. A bit more vinegary and grassy than others. Only a small funk on the nose.

Taste- It's nice. It was light crisp and a little biting. The vinegar drops a bit and instead the funk comes on the taste. More grassy and damp.

Mouth- Light bodied and light bubbly carbonation. Had a residual apple/funk flavor.

Drink- I paired this with a ribeye and it was very nice. The meat really cut through and the Gueuze brought out the spice rub fantastically.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 15:43:33 | More by FosterJM
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, hazy, and bubbly. Pearly white head with tiny bubbles sticks around for the long haul. It smells great – tart granny smiths and a musty dry wood. If you really get the honker into the glass you might recoil from vinous astringency but I didn't mind... Sour, dry, and fizzy. Does the trick on a hot day, and a winner in my book.

375ml – caged, corked, punted, and “best” for the next 19 years.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 22:23:31 | More by NardiByNature
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