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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
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662 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-21-2002)
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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
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seand

California

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, slightly hazy light amber, with a fair amount of light white head. A thin layer retains and leaves good lacing.

S: Smells like a farm field. Earthy and airy with a touch of funk.

T: Lightly sweet and just a touch sour. Superbly balanced and extremely drinkable. Sour comes through a bit more mid palate and the finish is noticeably tart and dry. It's constructed very well.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, wonderful. I will try to buy this again. If it was easily available and reasonably priced I would probably make it a summer staple.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 05:05:39 | More by seand
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and moderate amounts of fine yeast particles in suspension (small and dark in color). The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head (much like you would see when you pour a glass of Sprite or Ginger Ale) that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sour light fruits (apple/pear/lemon) and yeasty funk, like a barnyard.

T: Moderate amounts of sourness with a light amount of funkiness. There is mild amounts of sour light fruit (apple/pear/lemon) and vinegar/vinous notes. The smell of the beer is more intense than the flavor but I consider that a good thing as there is more subtly to the taste.

M: Light bodied with very heavy amounts of carbonation. Prickly on the tongue from the heavy carbonation and dry in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink, very refreshing, and very enjoyable. This is definitely one to get again. It is not overly sour or funky so would likely appeal to people just starting out in this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 17:03:52 | More by dbrauneis
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popery

California

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfectly transparent and bright gold. Big puffy white head that sticks around for quite awhile. Oak, big sweet and sour lemons, light grain, a mineral note, white wine vinegar and a difficult to place earthiness make up the aroma. It's difficult to describe. There's lots of complexity and sour depth. It's a very nice gueuze aroma on the lower end of the funk spectrum, not that there's anything wrong with funk. Taste is a bit less complex but still quite good. It's dry and sour with a tannin finish. Oak and mild funk throughout. Mouthfeel is softly effervescent and mildly bracing from the tannin and sour. Great beer. Oud Beersel makes excellent lambics. This gueuze is easy to like and fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 04:22:44 | More by popery
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml, bottled 29/11/2007.

Appearance. Pours an apple juice gold with almost 3 fingers of thick and creamy off-white head.

Smell. Big bright sweet apples, honeydew melon, pears and some nice light woody funk.

Taste. Sour green apples, pears, lemons, and even some peaches. A little good earthy funk and just a bit of bitter wood. Medium-low sourness which works really nicely with the fruityness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, fine medium carbonation.

Overall. A very nice gueuze with some great fruity, funky smells going on. Would like to try one aged another 5 or 10 years.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 00:20:43 | More by Rutager
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Absumaster

Netherlands

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

An amber, orange colored beer with a settling head. After refilling the glass, the beer is hazy. Still a great appearance.

Smell is acidic, but not too aggressive, more lactic than sharp. A lemony, fruity, exotic fruit smell which is musty and has the horse blanket smell.

Taste is rounded and has lactic acid in it. There is a distinct lemon taste, more zesty than of the lemon flesh. The acidity is not aggresive or tangy, it is pleasant. The mouthfeel is thin, but certainly for the style spot on. Usually I am not a huge fan of sours, but this beer is so balanced and pleasantly sour, an absolute winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 15:36:34 | More by Absumaster
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harrymel

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 25OCT2031

Pours light golden ale with a solid quilt of light white foam. Nose comes out with plenty of funk, hay, manure, horse hair, lemons, carbon dioxide (more a sensation than flavor), hints of pepper and lactic acid. Nice and tart with a degree of brett that is a little over powering for me with a chalky and bicarbonate addition. There is a bit of hay and soil with a lemon zest and acetic and lactic acids. I'm surprised how subdued the sour is in this one. Thin bodied with hi carb and dry finish - standard. This is not a great gueuze for me. Not tart enough and a little too much brett. I will likely buy a few more bottles at some point for aging, but only to see where it goes, I don't get the feeling this beer is going to be more sour.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 07:45:28 | More by harrymel
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

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

Purchased from Fitzgerald's Restaurant in Eagle River, MI. Poured from 330 ml bottle into Lost Abbey Sinners and Saints tulip. Bottle opens with a forceful pop. Best before 06 11 2031. Fresh bottle?

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden straw color with fairly persistent white frothy head. Great foamy lacing coats the outside of the glass, but doesn't last long.

Nose: Big lemon nose, with a bit of oak, supported by some very nice mild wet blanket funk.

Taste: Straight forward tart sour apple and lemon. I don't sense a whole lot of malt balance, more sour and biting.

Mouth: A very dry mouthfeel, leaves you wanting more. Puckeringly tart, with really nice lively carbonation.

Drink and overall: Yeah it's good. It's not GREAT, but man, it really hit the spot, and gave me what I was looking for. I think it's an above average Gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 03:39:58 | More by MarcatGSB
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falloutsnow

Illinois

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

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors
Best by 2030-08-11 (L0312 09:09:39), so probaby bottled in 2010
Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass

Oud Beersel's oude geuze is a straightforward tartness-meets-malt-sweetness version, not complex in terms of its malt character or oak influence, but still an unbelievably enjoyable and palatable sour beer. Generally, very well-balanced in every category.

After I uncork the bottle, I smell its innards, which give off a modest barnyard aroma mixed with some tart apple and diluted lemon.

Pours a 2.5cm head of off-white bubbles, small to medium in size, with a top having the texture of a very fine sponge. Head descends over a minute or two to a perpetual 0.5cm cap atop the beer. Lacing is very modest, if any. Body is a fairly light (relative to Lindemans, Boon) golden orange color, yellow-orange when held to the light. Transparent without the addition of sediment, with very active streams of small carbonation.

Aroma has influences from cut tart apples and lemons, weak vinegar, and modest, but noticeable, bacterial-barnyard in the back. Maybe a touch of malt sweetness peeks through, but it's quite subsumed by the other components of the beer. Quite a pleasant aroma, only wish it was a bit stronger.
Adding sediment to beer changes aroma to be more malt forward and adds a bit of sweet musk to the scent.

Upon sipping, the tip of tongue immediately notices tartness, as from a lemon cut with sour apple juice. Front of palate detects a more balanced than expected blend of acidity and wheat malt sweetness, with a slight edge of acetone flavor. Mid-palate picks up stronger sour apple flavors, intense enough to slightly curl the tongue, heartier malt sweetness, mild acetone, and very mild barnyard. Back of palate picks up primarily apple-lemon tartness and some slight mustiness. Closes out with a flash of tartness, leading to an aftertaste and with residual tartness, modest barnyard.
Addition of sediment increases tartness slightly, as well as malt heartiness and adds a bit of additional mustiness to the flavor.

Beer is medium-light in body, with a fairly high level of carbonation, causing this to foam up (perhaps a bit too much) on the palate. Resultant mouthfeel is more bubbly and creamy than smooth, but still quite palatable, with no wateriness around the edges. Closes out crisp and dry, with slight stickiness around the lips.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 19:30:23 | More by falloutsnow
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flagmantho

Washington

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

Poured from 375mL corked bottle into a tulip. Best before 10/26/2031 -- glad to see the guys at Oud Beersel have a sense of humor.

Appearance: light golden hue with a haze that lends itself to silvery-golden. Lots of effervescence is present, fueling a three-plus finger cap of pillowy white foam. Looks good to me.

Smell: light malt with a very nice acidic tartness. There's also a light funk which works well in proportion to the acid.

Taste: bready malt with a light funk to it, plus a tartness which is not as bright as in the aroma. A light sweetness rounds out the end; overall, quite balanced.

Mouthfeel: light body with a great carbonation leaves a nice creaminess; it's dry enough that the lack of body really reduces the overall fluff.

Overall: a well-crafted if straightforward gueuze, I just happen to really enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 21:34:56 | More by flagmantho
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jethrodium

California

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish amber with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is hay, light lemon, and a light earthiness. The initial taste has decent sweetness with hay, moderate tartness, and spritzy lemon, sort of lemonade-like. The finish has a bit of earthiness and a decent tartness, leaving some lingering lemon and hay. Light body. Medium-high carbonation. Not bad, but not terribly complex and a little bit more sweetness than I like in a gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 00:30:40 | More by jethrodium
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srandycarter

California

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

A - Murky straw. Nice near white head slow to leave. Some cling.

S - Sharp twang, some barn funk, malt seeps through.

T - Malt first, followed by fund and sour attributes. Nice transition.

M - Good balance, carb, medium body.

D - Very easy to drink!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 04:33:55 | More by srandycarter
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle served in a snifter glass. best before stamp march 25, 2030. guess i have some time.

pours a slightly cloudy, pale yellow/champagne tone with a hefty two, maybe three fingers of foamy head that quickly recedes into a lasting half finger. not a ton of lacing... steady stream of carbonation cascading to the top.

pungent, tart nose with strong notes of funk and light fruits (white grape, grapefruit). flavor introduces itself with a wave of sour/tartness with more white grape/grapefruit notes and a lemony twang. dry throughout. a fruity tanginess to finish. decent... a little too tart for my taste, but worth a try, especially for gueuze enthusiasts.

light-bodied mouthfeel with a ton of carbonation. not hugely drinkable, IMO, as the tartness wears on you after a while.

originally reviewed: 10-25-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 22:01:38 | More by BostonHops
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MBACoach

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours very nice. Thick, white and frothy head forms quickly even when pouring slowly and does not dissipate fast. A hazy deep golden appearance.

S: Nice geuze aroma. Outdoor aromas with a faint fruity nose.

T: Very nice tart wine-like flavor.

M: Medium level of carbonation and medium-light on the palate.

O: Very nice brew I received as an extra on a recent trade.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 02:15:35 | More by MBACoach
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Best before 10-19-2029. Served from bottle into a Drie Fonteinen ‘3 Fountain’ gueuze glass. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a three finger white head that surged out of the top of the glass and eventually subsided to two finger VERY slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, lemon zest, lemon rine, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, tart, fruit, lemon rine, earth, and sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I bought this one on simple fact that it was one of the top rated of the style on BA. I figured if I want to call myself a true fan of the style, I need to try as many of these as I can to be able to gauge my review. This one definitely did not disappoint. All of the right flavors and aromas were there with a nice touch of different lemon components to add another layer of complexity to an already solid style. Really well done and I would highly recommend it to anyone who calls themselves a fan of Gueuzes/Geuzes.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 11:45:52 | More by thagr81us
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shleepy

California

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 750 bottle into snifters. Bought at Whole Foods in San Ramon, CA.

A: Straw color, milky haziness, medium head.

S: I can already tell that this is a good bottle! For a large part of 2011, my friends and I kept buying bad bottles around here, which had this strong, metallic smell/taste/aftertaste. I think there must have been a bad batch, or the distributors somehow spoiled it. This particular sample that I'm drinking now does not have that. Notes of sour apples, oak, barnyard funk, all in a pretty good balance.

T: Compared to most other "standard" gueuzes, I think Oud Beersel is less sour and less fruity. I'd say it's a bit more funky (but then, I'm not doing a back-to-back comparison today).

M: Medium carbonation - perhaps a bit higher than some other gueuzes. Highly drinkable, but honestly not as pleasant mouth-feel as with some other gueuzes.

O: It's a good beer. But is it a good lambic? As far as true lambics go, I'd say it's pretty mediocre. It did not fare well with a few of us who did a blind tasting of gueuze last year. In fact, we all agreed that the considerably-cheaper (and often not-as-well regarded) Cuvee Renee was better. And we're not exactly inexperienced lambic drinkers... We all correctly recognized each of the 5 or so gueuzes at the blind tasting by the smell. Anyway, it's also a big step down in complexity and general enjoyability from Cantillon, 3F, or Tilquin. So, if you have a choice, those three are definitely worth the extra cash.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 04:45:31 | More by shleepy
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The cork can't wait to get out of this bottle! The beer explodes into my glass with a huge, wispy white head. I needed two glasses to hold it all. The retention isn't that great, but a nice amount of lacing is left behind where the head once was. The bubbles race as if escaping a fire.

S: The aroma is really sweet, but mixed with a really big tart sour character and some hints of oak. Not that much going on here, just sweet and tart.

T: The taste basically continues this theme. Light, tart, sour, sweet like sugar, and hints of oak. It tastes a bit musty at the very end. It's pretty forgettable sadly, certainly won't blow anybody away.

MF: My bottle had a ton of carbonation, but I liked the feel of it on my palate because it seemed to match the tartness of the beer nicely. The finish is crisp and clean. Really drinkable, just a bit too sweet.

O: A nice gateway gueuze if ever one existed, one that would go well with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 22:16:32 | More by russwbeck
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jeremy13586

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle with a best before date of 08-04-2029

Man, this bottle was under heavy carbonation. I took the cage off, barely touched the cork, and the thing shot out with a deafening crack and flew across the room.

Poured in to my Ommegang glass. Color was a crystal clear gold and it yielded a white, fluffy head. Lots of active bubbles floating to the top of the glass The head retention was very good. As it dissipated, the bubbles made the sound of a crackling fire.

Funky, bitter, tart apple, and a tiny bit of spice in the nose.

Bitter, tart apple. Musty/spicy funkiness. Dry white wine and some nice herbal notes. Acidic citrusyness. There is a semi-heavy metallic finish to it, which is kind of off-putting.

Body is on the light side of medium. Very bubbly and crisp. Dry and leaves an almost tannic sensation.

The beer was very complex and enjoyable, but the metallic finish was too strong and unpleasant. I do look forward to trying this again to see if there was something with the bottle or just something that I ate that messed up this tasting. Anyways, Pick up a bottle and give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 06:16:03 | More by jeremy13586
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The orange-tinged dark yellow beer poured with a pop and a fizz, but the head quickly receded. The aroma burst out with cork as well, but it quickly faded into a yeast and musty affair laced with pear and classic funk. Sour and tart on the palate but not to the extent of some of the more complex gueuzes. There is a bit of apple seed bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 14:48:35 | More by BeardedBoffin
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b3shine

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to red wine glass. Looks good; light orange and pretty transparent with lacing around the edges. Smells great; tart and fruity. Tastes good, but not as great as it smells. A little too subtle for the price. Mouthfeel is good; feels like a good geuze. Overall, a tasty brew that I wish was a little livelier.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:28:35 | More by b3shine
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light yellow, hazy colored brew with a big foamy white head. Retention and lacing are both excellent and extensive. Lots of lemon, hay, grass, green apple, must, and overall light funkiness permeate both the taste and aroma; mild sweetness feels just right and lighter than other gueuzes I've encountered. Very well balanced. There's a touch of sourness and tartness but nothing too over-the-top or puckering. This would be a great introduction to the style for the uninitiated as it doesn't have that smack-you-in-the-face sourness or acidity of other more "advanced" examples of the style.

Lively carbonation contributes to a crisp, clean, quenching mouthfeel. Finishes dry. Pairs beautifully with food, cutting nicely through fatty cheeses and heavily sauced pastas.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 18:27:41 | More by tobelerone
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SLeffler27

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This gueuze has a light, hazy, old gold appearance with few columns of carbonation under a big, white, seafoam head. The head drops to half an inch fairly quickly, leaving small patches of lace.

Tart and fruity aroma from a flute glass with lots of funky must followed by grapes.

The flavor is tart and acidic, suggestive of white wine, with a sharp, tapering finish. There are background flavors of cantaloupe and tangy grape skins.

A light body with lively effervescence and metallic notes. This one is chalky, dry, and crisp.

Refreshing and clean, this gueuze is best with spicy pasta. The acidity makes it difficult to consume more than one glass at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 13:26:09 | More by SLeffler27
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PerHops

California

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

I couldn't ask for a better looking geuze. The color is a slightly pale golden straw with an absolutely perfect head. It wisps around the snifter with each sip. Not much visible carbonation, but the head indicates that it's doing just fine. Smells like a barnyard. Some cherry and apple notes pop out, but definitely getting a horse blanket vibe here. Taste is about as sour as I anticipated and balanced by a dry finish. The best part about this beer is its drinkability. The carbonation plays very well with the funky nature of this beer. I have had this one before and will have it again. Better than I remember it being. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 04:58:47 | More by PerHops
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snpub540

California

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

Bottle best before 07.12.2030 L0341.

Pours a slightly hazy straw hue with an 1/8th inch white head that leaves some delicate webs of lace. Steady streams of carbonation rising from the bottom of my tulip.

Smell is all tart cherries upfront with barnyard funk being very dominant in the end.

Taste is tart and fruity upfront. Nicely sour but not mouth puckering. The finish is earty and slightly mineral like. Very much like a dry, crisp wine.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is very lively on the palate. This is a very drinkable geuze. Nice flavor and refreshing the sourness doesn't kill your palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 22:34:12 | More by snpub540
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" white head over semi-transparent honey/amber coloured liquid.

S: Sour funk dominates the smell profile along with yeast.

T: Sour funk up front along with a floral taste and a tart and crisp lemon citrus finish.

M: Thin viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Kind of unfair considering Cantillon is my benchmark, but this is still a good gueuze.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 02:13:14 | More by DaftCaskBC
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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