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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Reviews: 431
Hads: 900
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 47
Gots: 132 | FT: 8
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Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Gueuze | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: xlperro on 03-21-2002

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Photo of MadScientist
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden beer with a light haze and a long lasting rocky head of white bubbles.

S: A quick burst of light colored fruit aromas like grapefruit and peaches, then a barnyard sour note and an almost skunky dominate.

T: A moderate tartness upfront with a flavors of grapefruit and zest. There is a light, honey-like sweetness briefly in the the middle that move to a dry finish. A low oak character. No hops to speak of here. A tart and quick aftertaste.

O: An very good tart beer with a funk derived fruitiness. The sour character is the most prominent flavor but it is does overpower the rest of the beer. A great beer to pair with meals just avoid sweet sauces unless you enjoy that toothpaste, orange thing in the morning.

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Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy yellow with a three finger white head that stuck around for a bit. Quite nice to look at. Scent is sour, with heavy lemon juice and barnyard funk with a very slight bit of bubblegum. Good, what a geuze usually has, but with a slight hint of some saison traits. Taste follows, sour, lactic and lemon mostly with some slight grassy flavors and some sour green apple in the background. Good and sour, like a geuze should be. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall this is the best of the three geuzes I've tried. It's more sour and dryer than Lindeman's Cuvee Rene and it has more character than St. Louis' Geuze Fond Tradition.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.14/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass

Best before 08-11-2030

Thanks Seth

A) Light, watery lemonade color. Layer of cloudiness. Decent ring of retention. Looks kind of wimpy. Swirling helps. Soapy lace falls down.

S) Tame, almost weak aroma. Low-slung damp, musty funk. Not tangy. Smells papery without seeming oxidized. Faint undertones of fruit. Hints of cheese - sort of.

T) The taste is as unremarkable. Very dry mustiness. This is balsa wood flimsy. Cheesy tones creep in around the edges. Not sour or tart. The feel ruins it.

M) I can't get a bearing on the feel aside from criminally high carbonation. The fuzziness runs the show and over shoots all flavors. Finishes metallic and unpleasant.

D) I can't say I'm impressed with this one. Too much carbonation. Too little aroma and flavor.

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Photo of GJ40
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I sampled this and Oud Beersel’s Oude Kriek Vieille and Framboise together. They were purchased at Bottle Revolution and Tasty Beverage in Raleigh.

A – Golden with great clarity and a big, fluffy white head and loads of rising bubbles. Great lacing too. Very lively and inviting.

S – A nice mix of fruits and funk.

T – A fantastic combination of tartness and funk. Very rich and complex.

M – A moderately high carbonation without being distracting. A smooth consistency.

O – Enjoyable from start to finish. This was my favorite of the three.

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Photo of Jonada
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml best before 25th of March 2030. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of a white head that left moderate lacing. Body is slightly hazy with a fair amount of fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Big acidic lemon aroma, horse blanket, some musty basement, minerals. Funky aromas intensify as the beer warms

Taste: A bit of a drop off from the aroma. Same flavors as the nose, but a bit more muted. Funky green apple, heavy mineral quality, rotten fruit (in a good way), grassy. There's a noticeable bitterness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. Mouthfeel is maybe a tad watery. Carbonation borders on high and works well for the style. Finishes dry.

Overall: This is a good gueuze, but there several better, similarly (or cheaper) priced, and just as available options out there. Worth a try, but not a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml corked bottle into a goblet. best before 13/04/2032

pale hazy orangish/yellow color with a half inch bubbly white head. Traditional tart white grape smell on the nose, not too strong though. Taste is extremely in your face up front with the tartness. Lip puckerer for sure at first, but you get used to it quickly and it mellows out. Nice fruity sweetness on the back end. Tart orange and cherry. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Not the most drinkable of geuzes because of the lack of complexity.

Overall an enjoyable geuze but not as complex as some others. Not overly impressive but definitely true to style and refreshing to drink. Its lacking some flavors that other geuzes ive tried have had which hurts drinkability. I'd have another but won't be buying it again on my own. There are better options

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

POured from bottle into wine glass at Mekong in Richmond, VA. Wow...this place is amazing!!!
Nice golden color with good lacing. Super sour and tart malt...some slight fruit.
Amazing flavors of sour malt and slight...ever so slight hop. Nicely sour fruitiness mixes with the corny malt. Sours are so hard to rate..but this is amazing....

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smell: mustard grainsand tart lemons

Taste: heavy lemon with mild tart green grapes along with balsamic vinegar notes adjunct to dry grains; very effervescent

If you have a palate that can handle this incredibly bizarre and ancient style of Belgian brewing than this beer is a must-have.

Due to its unique qualities, pair this food with BBQ pork with a tri-tip salad; buttery rolls and collard greens are a must on the side

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/13/2032. Pours moderately cloudy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big sour apple, pear, lemon, grape, clove, pepper, oak, hay, grass, leather, funk, white vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of estery/funky yeast notes with barrel character. Taste of tart apple, lemon, pear, grape, clove, pepper, oak, hay, grass, leather, light vinegar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Moderate fruity/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, hay, oak, grass, leather, light vinegar, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/funky ester flavors with moderate barrel character; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp, dry, moderately prickly, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Gueuze. All around nice complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on even with high carbonation. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mt24turner
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- hazy pale gold

Smell- faint smell, but some sour notes and a nice hint of fruit

Taste- an amazing flavor, just an explosion of sour fruit flavors, leaves a dry lemony aftertaste that lasts and leaves you thirsty for more...a great beer

mouthfeel- light and crispy like a soda

overall- i might be a little biased as a lover of the style, but this was one great beer that i would enjoy as often as a could afford

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured as part of the "We Want the Funk" flight at Trappist Provisions from a 330ml bottle into a 6oz wine glass. No freshness or bottling date. Consumed 05/08/13. Review is from my notes.

Pours a viscous, hazy (yet surprisingly clearer than expected) golden amber color, complete with champagne-like carbonation and a frothy half finger of head. Not too sticky in appearance, and indeed, no lacing remains at the sides of the glass for too long, but it does have a shining, predominant character that makes it look a lot like a dessert or honey wine. Whereas many gueuzes look far more rustic (or in the case of Cantillon, like jewelery), this one is flat in the middle, which makes it look simultaneously classy and raw as any great offering in this style should look.

The aroma is exactly what I should expect, complete with a raw tartness resembling lemon peel, sour white grapes, woody mustiness, bright earthy notes from the hops and yeast, as well as an underlying grassy flavor that goes on for some time. There's an initial stinging sensation from the funkiness, although it eventually settles and is replaced with crisp grains and bright hop flavors, only THEN to be replaced yet again by the remainder of the must and sourness from the yeast. I've never really had that happen before so sporadically in a gueuze before, so it was delightful to whiff on this all night to the point of ridiculousness.

The flavor does the same, except that upon the first sip, with my palate adjusting to these foreign aromas, I immediately experienced a bittered, puckery sensation that made my mouth water and cheeks temporarily feel numb with the acidity. Luckily, however, the next sips turned far more pleasant, I was finally able to make out flavors in midst of the sourness. Apricots, white dried grapes, lemon peel, cider, light woody must, maybe some wheatgrass, maybe even a bit of saltiness. Fantastically well textured overall - rather than knock you out with sour, acidic flavors, these phenols and volatiles compliment each other immensely. The crisp graininess and well carbonated body really does wonders here, elevating the flavors and melding them to the point of being delicious and easy to drink for even the casual sour fan. Quite excellent.

Glad I finally got to try this, and good to know I don't have to break my back to find an excellent example of this style in the area without having to pay tons of money as well. This is definitely NOT a gueuze for beginners for all of the musty, dried fruity textures going on, but it's relatively well-grounded in terms of seeking complexity and balance. Never a chore to drink, and I could have this all night. Fantastic stuff!

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Photo of bark
3.09/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Vintage 2008. The best before date is in June 2028.

The colour is gold (8 EBC), the liquid clear. There is some yeast floating around in the beer. The two finger head is white, it sinks quite fast leaving no lacing.

The rather mild smell is sour. It is more like lemon acid than vinegar, though. Hints of yeast and red berries. Lots of minerals, iodine and a touch of sour milk.

The taste is sour, tart and dry. Iodine. Sour berries and sour milk. It is quite light and not very complex. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is less tart with notes of wheat flour and phenolic yeast, it is surprisingly short. The finish got some fruity notes and a hint of alcohol.

The carbonation is strong, the few bubbles mid-sized. The liquid is dry.

No, this one did´t age as well as the other lambics I have had. It is not very complex, and the aftertaste is too short.

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Photo of draheim
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.05/5  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.

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Photo of Beer-Viking
1.22/5  rDev -69.7%
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...

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Photo of deebo
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.35/5  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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.14/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of estlinska
4.22/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of NickBus
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.91/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
90 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.