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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 03-21-2002

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Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -0.7%

375ml bottle dated 3/14/14 (BB 2034)

Hazy golden pour with stable head.

Nose of sweet lemon, hay, yogurt, floral.

Flavor is on the lighter side of geuze but very nice. Slightly sweet, lemony goodness with a midpalate of horseblanket funk, yogurt and a moderate amount of bitterness. The finish is dry and tannic with some oak presence. Medium sour.

Medium bodied and slightly oily on the tongue. Full, active carbonation leads to a creamy and full mouthfeel.

Overall, an enjoyable and refreshing geuze. Lacking some depth but certainly a step above a Cuvee Renee. It's surprisingly funky. I think this would benefit from a little more time in the bottle. Would certainly tick again.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To all my followers: “I am God”... just kidding! Actually I want to apologise for the recent lengths between my posts, uni work and life in general has been a major obstacle, but now I’m back baby, and with a Gueuze no less! To the uninformed Gueuze is your basic Lambic style beer (aka fermented by wild yeast strains that float around in the air). It is generally a mixture of typical farmhouse Saison characters (apples, hay, musty yeast) with a mouth puckering sour finish. I know, sour beers, what’s up with that? If you haven’t tried one yet you should because they generally kick ass and take names, specifically your name when you drink one.

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Cloudy and golden body with wild yeast clumps floating around having a yeasty good time. There is a decent enough half centimetre chalky white head on top as well. 8/10.

S: This brew immediately sings out: “We got the funk! We've got the funk, forget the P-Funk, we got the sea funk.” There is quite a lot going on with the aroma, rotting cider apples, hay bales, funky yeast, sour candy and vinegar. 8/10.

T: All over the shop (in a good way!) with notes of cider apples, sour lemon acidic candy, funky yeast, and a long tart finish. Slightly astringent in the aftertaste but nothing too over the top (I’m looking at you Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René!). 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a palate cleansing champagne fizz. 7/10.

D: Sometimes it’s good to have a Gueuze - wow I totally just came up with a slogan for the International Gueuze Drinkers Association (or IGDA for short). It’s a decent and refreshing Gueuze and if Gueuze was one of my favourite styles, which it isn’t, I would definitely have this in ye olde fridge door. If you haven’t tried a sour beer before this is an excellent entry point and you’ll be surprised at how refreshing they can be. 8/10.

Food match: Gueuzes are palate quenching kings, so they will really work with anything, but sharp cheese platters are par excellence cuisine pour cela.

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Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Here's a beer everyone should try as a good introduction to the Gueuze traditional style. No added fruit or sugar. It's tart but fruity and malty in the most delightful way. Aroma of apricots and leaf mold. The carbonation is a cloud on the tongue.

Pours a robust foam in the narrow Crooked Line tulip. Yellow marigold color with a little haze. Bubbles flowing like Champagne in the glass. This may have a sourish edge, but it is not acidic. The dry fruitiness is complex and endlessly drinkable with a bitter yeasty finish. Lemony, persimmons, biscuity malt, and a little salty with a mineral taste.

I'm glad I found this at Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego. The history of the brewery is an interesting read as well. From the 750 ml Belgian bottle, and for once I am glad to see a traditional cork-- though it was rather explosive on applying the pliers. Cost was $16.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

A: poured into a duvel tulip to an almost clear straw hue until things got a little cloudy from the gentle pour as the yeast fell in. now a cloudy pale yellow topped by a small and dense white head with good lacing
S: smells of strong sourness, funk, oak and a slight sweetness
T: taste is sourness, funk, oak, chalky yeast, and more sourness. swallow is band aids and horse blanket with a little bit of sore throat spray
M: light on the palate with solid carbonation and a dry finish
O: This is a really good gueuze. it has a really nice pucker, good complexity and great flavors.

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Photo of jdhowe
4/5  rDev -0.7%

hazy, cloudy golden color with white fluffy head dissipating to a ring. Aroma of lemon zest and funk. Highly effervescent carb, lightly drying, and a mildly bitter finish. Really nice for its price if you like high carbonation on a gueuze.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%

Appearance: pours with a finger and a half of crisp white head which settled in but was still very present while drinking. The color is a murky golden yellow color. Active carbonation is bright, about right for the style.

Smell: Butter and sprite fruity yeast lead the way. Those aromas lead to a darker oak backbone which has some deep woody complexity. White pepper and exotic spices dance on the aroma underneath the wood and yeast notes. Bright tropical fruits dance on the back end.

Taste: Sprite tropical fruits quickly lead the way with some brighter woody notes. But mid-palate, the oak thats a slightly, non-favorable, funky turn which delivers some flat uninspired oak flavors. Herbal hops pick up that flat oak and a touch of tartness pick up the back end and save this beer.

Mouthfeel: Bright carbonation is felt and I think plays a role in that odd sour turn of the oak flavors.

Overall: A solid affordable gueuze but not one I would routinely go to to get a fix. The mid body turn of the oak is really a disappointment. Overall though worth a shot.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Look: Pale Shade of cloudy Yellow with a big white head, carbonation is running wild. Smell: Tart Fruitness, Mild Skunk, Funk, Spice, Dead Leaves. Taste: Sour Lemon Pepper, Sweet and Tart, Spicy, Super Dry, Heavy Metalic. Feel: Light Body, Heavy Carbonation.

Overall: This is my Introduction to the Geuze style. I am Surprised, this was one funky brew. Pretty complex, yet this is my first step to the style. This brew is worthy.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into a teku from a 375 mL bottle.

It's got a hazy orange/copper aroma with a few visible carbonation bubbles making their way north. The head is light, airy and foamy with a pale white color. 4.25

A fruity aroma like cherries is prominent, but this has that earthy funk and some acidity to it. Very sour on the nose and there's even something that suggests salt. 4

Peach, cherry and other orchard fruit combine with the earthy funk and horse blanket taste. There's a bit of graininess, grapefruit and citrusy aftertaste and a peppery saison-like feel. 4.25

It's funky, yeasty, highly carbonated brew with a heavy does of sourness. There are moments of acidity but nothing overbearing. It's light bodied and feels very lively on the tongue like champagne. 4

It's a good beer. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I think this hangs with many of the marquee beers out. 4.12

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Photo of tbeckett
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 Vintage at L'autre Eoil in Aylmer. From notes.

A - Poured hazy golden with two fingers of white head. Good carbonation for the style. Spotty lace and a good finger of retention.

S - Wine, lot's of grape, vinegar.

T - Grape, wine, white wine, apple cider vinegar, not too tart it would seem.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, nice tartness to finish.

O/D - A nice Gueuze to sip. Lacks the epic complexity and touch of sweetness of others, but it was still a good one. Definitely not as tart as other examples.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before 2031.

Appearance: Nearly translucent golden ale with a stream of bubbles cascading upwards to one finger of off-white froth.

Aroma: Tart/sour yeast esters. A distinct dryness as well. Something a little off-putting as well, likely from the green bottle.

Taste: Semi-sweet up front with a moderate level of tartness. The finish is a little disheartening due to an off-flavor akin to wet dog. Nice dry bready flavor in the aftertaste. Not really any hop presence but wasn't expecting any. Enjoying the lack of sweetness that comes out in other lambics. 6% ABV seems kind of high but believable.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with carbonation near the level of champagne but more quaffable. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: First experience with the style but a good one. Memorable for the dry tart flavor. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml Bottle as a Christmas gift:
Golden to orange with a 1cm, bubbly white head & strong visible carbonation. Head goes fairly quickly though.

Strong with sour notes, strong citrus & a few other fruits such as apple & pear. Definitely a sour one with some yeast & tart. It also seems quite acidic with hints of grapes, almost like a white wine on the nose with some spice & further hints of citrus.

Funk & tart to start, a huge amount of citrus with some apple, orange & pear. Quite in your face with white grapes coming through too. Again almost seems like a white wine in places.

Highly carbonated with a strong tang on top of a medium body & a very dry, sour mouthfeel that is crisp too.

Only my second ever gueuze style one but it was quite a nice beer, definitely one that started to grow on me as I worked my way down the glass. Perhaps too sour for my tastes initially but from the half way point on wards it started to go down very easily.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow looking like thick lemonade, with lots of yeast particles floating within. 3 fingers of yellowish raw egg white head, nice lacing.

S: Fruity, lemony, oak cask, sweet peaches and pears, very fruity and floral. A little rubber, minerals.

T: Lemon juice, light bitterness almost like a grapefruit pith. Rubber and minerals come through. Not nearly as sour and acidic as other gueuzes, its almost got a light sweetness like an unripe peach.

M: Medium thin acidic body, highly carbonated. The cork popped off as soon as the cage was open.

O: Excellent. Bought in Birmingham, AL, drank Aug 3rd in Hopkinsville, KY.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into an Omer Blond tulip glass. Best before 2034.

A: Pours a rocky and huge three fingers of sudsy off white head. Light gold/orange body with a steady stream of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Head retention for days.

S: Up front an almost toasted oak note before jumping into all sorts of funky farmhouse, burned rubber/mineral, stinky cheese, lemon juice and over ripened fruit smells.

T: Oaky start before leading into apple vinegar, rotting fruit, horse blanket, a heavy lactic acid and an lemon juice sourness. There's a unique mineral and bitter character that sticks out as well. Nice wheat cracker finish.

Mf: Light body with a very prickly carbonation that really brings out the acidity in the beer. Once you adjust thought it's highly drinkable and even thirst quenching.

Overall: A great interpretation of an authentic geuze. Lots of weird funky and sour flavors that set it apart from the American sour ales. Recommended and easy to find.

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Photo of peensteen
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden blonde colour, ring of white head, some lace as well. Smell is funky, a bit lactic, fruity with notes of green apple, acidic notes similar to fresh lemon juice, a bit of barnyard, smells like it is going to be quite sour. Taste is a mix of funky and fruity, musty basement, lemony citric acid flavours, tart towards the finish, mildly sour in comparison to what the nose sugested, dry throughout and into the finish. Medium dry carbonation, medium bodied. Probably one of the easier drinking geuze I have had perhaps owing largely to the freshness of the bottle, I'm sure with time this will become funkier but it is quite nice so young already.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a tasty gueuze here, not super common in the states, at least in my experience, so thanks to claystation for getting it here live. a hazy blonde beer that has some very evident acidity. a short white head but some pretty good lace one it, and a lot of fizz here. a whiff of green bottle staleness to this, but it seems somehow pleasant with light lemony and lactic acidity. tons of oak to the taste, lighter body than other gueuze, and a very light lemon character that makes this distinct to me. acidity is less than it smells like it might be, but right about medium in comparison to the field. wheat malt base has a soft texture, and the big bubbles make it feel great on the palate, refreshing and clean. this tastes authentic to me, it reeks of open fermentation in oak vessels, and while it lacks the true layered beauty of say a cantillon, it seems to me to be done in a very traditional way and with great success. others have liked this less, but i find it one of the more drinkable examples of the style. id like to see it more available.

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Photo of Luk13
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 2007 vintage (7 years old). Pours a clear gold with thick white foam. Aroma is intensely cheesy with some barnyard and wood. Taste has a nice sourness, it is also quite sweet and the wheat is very present. This one is miles ahead from the unrefined fresh version. The nose is stellar but the taste could be more refined although this lambic drinks easily. Close to the best examples of this style. 3.8

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a flute glass.

A: Pours a yellow to orange color. A little bit cloudy. Lots of carbonation coming from the bottom. Forms a big and very bubbled (alive) white head. Fizzy with a great retention but only few lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Smell is quite grainy and fruity. Characteristic Lambic character. Notes of pale fruits like white grapes, apples and peaches. Vinegar. Sour with a metallic and slightly flowery hops in the end

T: Strong notes of fruits and pale malts in upfront. White grapes, apples and peaches. Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of Lambic yeasts. In overall, a quite dry taste. Sour and vinegar but not overwhelming. Quite smooth, I would say. Lovely Gueuze

M: Light and carbonated body. Malty, fruity and mainly metallic aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Great Gueuze. Lambic fans will really enjoy it as I did...

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Photo of Treyliff
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a murky yellow color with some yeast particles floating around, small foamy white head retains for a while, reducing eventually to a small layer, leaving no lace behind

S- yeasty barnyard funk with some wet hay, apple and pear, musty basement, cardboard, lemon peel, sugared candy

T- sour lactic kick up front with some earthy and woodsy notes, lemon peel tartness continues into a dry finish

M- light body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a somewhat slick finish

O- a nice drinkable gueuze, not on the extreme end like some of the higher rated of the style, but a good intro into the style before trying some of the more flavorful examples

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Photo of cxr1037
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've never had a gueuze before, and I've wanted a change from the typicals out here in San Diego. I picked this up at the local liquor store and figured, why not?

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

APPEARANCE: This beer is a dark hazy yellow, with a few particles floating around. There's about a 2cm head firmly resting on top.

AROMA: A new experience for me here! I can detect white grapes and white wine. There's some lemon tartness. Leather. Earth and black pepper. Lovely

TASTE: Right away, it's tart, with that lemony, acidic sourness. It's also somewhat reminiscent of white wine, perhaps a buttery chardonnay. There's also a cheesiness vaguely similar to nutritional yeast, too.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, well carbonated.

FINISH: Fast, dry finish that leaves remnants of the yeast and tart lemon.

OVERALL: What a fantastic experience. There was a great array of aromas and flavors and it was fun to try picking them out. If this beer is any indication, I think gueuzes may be my new favorite style. Light, but complex.


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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, best by 6/6/2032, generously bought over by Doug. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter today, 1/29/2014.

App- Hazy orange-copper body, crazy 3-finger head with a lot of retention, good lacing.

Smell- Nice subtle funk, good dry acidity with white grapes added onto it. A little bit of oak. Not complex but delicious.

Flavour- White grapes, red grape skins, hint of funk, some wheaty malt backbone. Solid acidity at 4/10. It's very much like a nice complex saison.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, nothing to complain about, good carbonation, nice sweet wheaty and tart finish. Decently dry.

Overall- Nice shelf geueze at $10 for a 750 off the shelf. It's worth it, and if it was a saison, it would be rated better than it is on here.

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Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Best Before: 7/8/32

Pop. Gunsmoke. This bottle has been in the fridge for about a month now and it shows with surprising clarity. I can watch TV through the tarnished golden body. The head snaps to attention at two fingers in height before loudly crackling down and resting at a one finger cap. The pure white head leaves behind pure white chunk lacing as I drink. Good looking beer, here.

The nose has me instantly salivating. A nice, damp minerality starts things off, wet rock mostly. Damp oak and forest floor comes along in big waves. A solid squeeze of acidic lemon and green apple sour candy add a fruity component. The nose wraps up with some old musty and dusty, not mildewed but not far off, attic smell. Old books,old boxes full of forgotten trinkets, etc. Not the most depth but certainly appetizing.

Minerality is back and reminiscent of mineral rich well water. Damp stones and mild forest floor, nice earthiness. There is enough lemon and green apple acidity to pucker the cheeks a little while the softly tannic oak lingers. There seems to be a touch of sugar cookie maltiness toward the swallow with bright citrus lingering. Nice!

The body certainly leans toward the lighter side of the spectrum. Carbonation feels soft until the backend where the intensity picks up and tickles the tongue. The finish is dry enough that leaves me nearly parched and wanting more while the acidic pucker is left lingering on my cheeks.

While this isn't the most complex gueuze the flavors work very well together. There's a bright acidity, mellow oak tannins, and an all around nice funk. I'll pick these up again in the future, no doubt.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +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

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.

Clear copper. Light head. Smell is brilliant! Sweet. Fruity. Hint of balsamic. Agèd and nuanced. Taste is equally compelling. Light. Funky. Vaguely sweet. Very clean finish. Funky enough to be interesting. Very nice. Recommended. Will have again.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label reads Best Before 07 03 2032.

A: Cloudy golden yellow-orange with clean white head. 1/2 finger fades to a thin coating by 2 minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: Citric acid and lemon tartness. Granny smith apple. Musty brett. Lesser cheese rind. Hay. Alfalfa.

T: Assertive citric sour immediately. Replaced by a musty funk by midway that closes with a very dry finish. A mouth-coating tartness lingers in the aftertaste. No notable alcohol. Lemon. Slight cracker. Minimal bitterness or hop presence. Earth. Touch of sour cherry/apple.

M: High carbonation with a light body. Crisp and effervescent.

O: Solid, fruit-forward gueuze. Rather sour with some good funk notes to offset. No acetic acid to speak of.


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Photo of thecheapies
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best before 30-03-2031.

A straw-colored beer with a honeyed hue. A few bubbles aside, this beer has very little carbonation.

Lemon, wheat malts, horse blanket, green apple, honey, musty basement, warm semi-sweetness. Has good fruitiness, and vinous notes.

Cheesy and musty funk with a light sourness. Very mellow. Wheat and barley malts seem nectary and smooth. Lemon and tart apricot and wet hay. Subtle gueuze flavors without much acidic distraction. Heavier feel for a gueuze with extremely low carbonation and a medium-full body almost absent of stick. The finish is long and tempered. Great beer.

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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
90 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.