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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 42
Gots: 88 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-21-2002)
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Photo of misinformed
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage, reviewed 2/23/11. Tulip glass.

A- Started off with a nice vigorous cork pop. Clear light, cider colored beer that poured with 1" of white, large bubbled, fluffy head. Head settled down to a nice solid cap. Very active carbonation visible.

S- Funky brett, grassy. Lightly sour with a sweet finish of lemon like fruitiness. Great strong funky brett takes the center stage.

T- Very delicate. Lightly tart sour brett upfront. Funky, but crisp. Again, some lemon-like sweetness reminiscent of a lemon starting to spoil. Good flavor, but it doesn't stick around long at all.

M- Light bodied with excellent carbonation. Very dry and crisp.

D- Enjoyable, but sadly the flavor is a bit too delicate, I think. Hardly sour or tart even though the brett is there in the nose and beginning of the taste. The fact that it is very dry and crisp means it goes down easy, but the flavors don't stick around long enough to make an impression. Reminds me a bit of champagne in the mouthfeel.

misinformed, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Aiptasia
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this on the shelves of Grassroots market in Jacksonville with the other lambics and decided to give it a try.

A: Pours a misty golden blond with slight hazing and a whooole lot of micro-carbonation.

S: Lemon chiffon, green apple and ripe ass stenches forth onto the nose. Smells like growing marijuana.

T: More citrus and apple notes. Slightly sour and rancid. Surprisingly tastes better than it smells. It's very dry like a brut champagne with a hint of buttsweat. If there are hops in this beer, you can barely taste them.

M: Light bodied and the carbonation is very fine.

D: Drinkable if you can get past the pungent, sharp flavor on the front of every sip.

Aiptasia, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of msfoster77
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer smelled like a white wine. It had hints of grapes and possible sour grapes. This beer was quite tasty. Sour and dry, but still had a malty taste. It was like drinking a malty dry white wine. The carbonation was good and provided a nice mouthfeel. The lacing was quite nice and gave an appearance of fangs around the rim of the glass

msfoster77, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had an impromptu geuze tasting with schen9303. Poured from a 355ml corked and caged bottle into a Captain Lawrence snifter. 2007 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger foamy white head with great retention. Beer is a clear lemon yellow. Lacing is stringy and thick with moderate retention and good looking legs. A real beauty of a geuze with head retention among the best I've seen.

S: Nose is ultra-funky and very aromatic. Brett cobwebiness, lemon, burnt rubber, wet straw, and tart apricot. Like walking into a Brett-infested old barn with a leaky roof after a rainstorm. Incredible.

T: Opens surprisingly sweet and mellow. Very light tartness lingers in the back but never really manifests. Lemon, peach, and sweet apricot. Brett funkiness is detectable but surpressed by all the fruit notes. End is cane sugar and lemon with a bit of spiciness. Finish is lemon with a yeasty, slightly bitter aftertaste. Not bad, but following the nose, this was a huge letdown. Not sour enough, not funky enough, not geuze-y enough.

M: Light bodied with low carbonation. Pretty standard. Filmy and oily in the mouth and near still. Smooth going down. Slightly tingly and accented finish with a lingering aftertaste.

D: If I was doing a smell taste, I'd swear this was one of the best geuzes in the world... alas, this is beer and we drink beer... which makes it just slightly above average. Worth checking out and a solid beer overall, but don't get your hopes up too high.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2010 bottle. I plan on re-visiting this beer every 5 years or so as it ages. Bought a few for the cellar.

Pours a straw yellow with a very nice white head one finger thick that stayed the whole time. Nice lacing. Wish the color was a little better looking and i would have given a perfect 5.

One of the best Geuze aromas I have had. Very funky and barn house like but with a nice tartness and slight malt aroma. Smells great.

Taste is awesome. Needs to develop some so I can't wait to open one if these in 5 or 10 years. Has a slight lemony tartness that isn't as strong as it is in other Geuze. It could use a little more funk and sourness in the flavor but I assume it gets better with age.

Mouthfeel is very dry and acidic. Great carb.

Overall a great Geuze. Gunna probably buy a couple more to age super long.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, bubbly white head of foam. Short retention and minimal lacing.

S - Good sour aroma with notes of apple, grape and cherry.

T - Great sour flavor with cherry and grape. The is a touch of sweet/tart from an apple-like flavor.

M - Crisp and puckering. A medium bodied ale that is very dry.

D - This is a really tasty beer. Sour but not over-the-top sour.

zeff80, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of lionchow
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with Belgian closure. Attractive black, white and gold label on a green champagne style bottle. Big cork pop when opened.

Pours very foamy from the high carbonation. Big head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very cloudy pale gold.

Big citrus, particularly orange peel aroma. Some funky, but still attractive notes under the citrus.

Quite sour and dry. More lemony citrus in the taste than in the aroma. A good level of wild, farmy taste under the sourness creates a good second level of flavor.

Thin mouthfeel but it is held together by the high carbonation which also helps to mask some of the aggressive flavor, creating a quite nice, unique drinking experience.

Overall a very enjoyable gueze.

lionchow, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of krisandajt
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Chalice...

Appearance: The beer pours looking like fresh apple juice, a light golden color. There's a nice inch plus worth of bubbly, foamy head that recedes pretty quickly down to a thick ring around the brew. Lots of schtick all over the sides of the glass.

Smell: Tart, sour, slightly fruity, and a nice yeasty funky quality.

Taste: The sour and tart are present enough to give the brew good flavor without being too overpowering. The fruitiness reminds me a bit of a white wine (though I'm not a wine guy). Gotta love the yeasty funk aspect.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, perhaps a tad over-carbonated.

Drinkability: A light, crisp, refreshing, and tasty beer. The flavors meld well together and aren't overpowering to the point of limiting this brew to a one-and-done. Definitely recommend.

krisandajt, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of jeffaz02t
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost looks like a cloudy lemonade. Nice white foamy head, goes down quickly after the pour, but a nice layer remains throughout.

S: Tart lemon, grass, white pepper, yeast funk!

T: Sour/tart, has a pepper spice, slight bitter, then ends on an earthy grass.

M: refreshing and thin, high level of carbonation activity.

D: So refreshing and and pleasure to drink. The tartness is not overpowering as to make this beer one dimensional, the flavors combine and work together well, creating an easy-drinking beverage.

jeffaz02t, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of DPFRD
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden, yellow and slightly murky. Substantial foamy white head that held on for the count, no lacing.

S- Grassy, Lemon, White Pepper, with the wild funk abound.

T- Tart, Mild Lemon accentuated by hints of white pepper, minute bitterness, grassy aftertaste. Incredibly refreshing and right to the point.

M- Thin delicate body, pulsating with vibrant wild carbonation.

O- Outstanding drink, blew me way. I could ride these all day and night. Great to sip on and admire.

DPFRD, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of teromous
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: My bottle looks just like the one pictured. It's a pretty neat bottle to serve a beer in. It pours very clear, in a brassy color. In the glass, it is very hazy but has a cider-like color. Th head is very thin and white.

S: As soon as the beer is poured, its scent fills the room. It has a very strong scent, very sour and pungent. Has a real lambic scent to it.

T: Immediately the lambic sourness is present, which is really what I expected because of how it smelled. It has a grape tinge to it, and has that funky Belgian yeast aftertaste. That's about it really, it's not very complex.

M: It's more carbonated than the glass would tell. The tart flavor and the carbonation wakes up the mouth and is clean after going down. Aside from the slight funk after tasting it there's not unpleasant flavors or astringency.

D: This is more of a preference thing...if you enjoy this style of beer you could drink it all day. It is a bit stronger than other lambic style beers I've had, including those with fruit. For that reason I would say it's a little strong, and I couldn't drink more than a bottle at a time.

teromous, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Takahiro
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into a tulip glass
some yeast (not much) ended up in the glass

A: hazy golden, with thick foam.

S: apple, vinegar, squeezed lemon, pine apple

T: lemon peel & grape fruit bitterness. The intensity fades away very quickly, but the grape-fruit bitterness lingers on. Very faint acetic character follows. The intensity is very weak, I would say it's an elegant touch.

M: light and dry.

D: dry, and seems to be well-drinkable in a summer weather.

Takahiro, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours gold with a fizzy white head. There was no real lacing left, but there were some floaties.

S-vinegar, white wine, some slight funkiness. However, there was not a strong barnyard/horse blanket note.

T-Very similar to the nose. Vinegar, white wine, hint of white pepper, and unripened fruit in the finish.

M-Thick, yet nicely carbonated, and crisp.

D-I thought this was pretty complex yet very refreshing making it very drinkable.

Overall, I was slightly disappointed with this beer. It is my first experience with the style and I was expecting something a little more funky. However, I enjoyed it and hope to drink more of this style in the future.

thegodfather2701, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: An extremely potent smell of citrus, funk, and a definite sourness.

T: Like the smell, the taste was about as tart as you can get. A slight lemony flavor, with some malt and yeast making an appearance. Complex and interesting.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer.

avalon07, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of SummitVA
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-beautiful pale straw. Pours with a one inch head that falls off quickly despite the vigorous carbonation.

S-musty funk mingles with a bit of lemon zest

T-nice sharp sourness. Funk rounds out the lactic twang with a bit of light citrus in the finish

M-absolutely perfect. Light, crisp, with the expected dry finish

D-I've always been a big fan of this beer, and this bottle does not disappoint. One of the best gueuzes at this price.

SummitVA, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 vintage

Pours a murky lemon color with a towering 3 fingers of head.

The aroma is a dank dusty mix of lemons, orange peel, shoe sole, and sunflower.

The flavor is surprisingly light on the tart/sour and heavy on musty grain. Probably the lightest gueuze I've had to date, which unfortunately isn't a compliment. Very dirty and dusty. Not much funkiness.

The body is light to medium and carbonation is high but not nearly as spritzy as would be expected.

Overall this beer is mildly tasty, but is a very average iteration of the style.

alcstradamus, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased at Whole Foods Los Altos for $15 or so.

"Best before 29.10.2029" is stamped on the back. I'm guessing this is a late 2009 vintage then, unless they use 19-year best-by dates for some reason.

A: Despite letting it settle for days, then chilling it, then pouring it gently, I'm faced with a beer that is murky golden-straw in color, capped with 3 fingers of fluffy off-white head. Retention is good, and it leaves some trails of lace as it falls into a half-finger cap on the beer.

S: It's not as over-the-top funky as some Cantillons, but it has plenty of vinegar sourness, white grape, lemon zest, cheese, and oak.

T: I was expecting the taste of having immersed myself between a horse's buttocks, but this is not quite there. It's fairly tart, with an element of white grapes. Light lactic sourness, with a lemon peel quality to it. The finish brings out a soft oak character; its astringency couples nicely with the puckering tartness. It's mildly salty with a cheesy aftertaste. This almost has the taste / feel of a champagne, instead of what I associate with some painful gueuzes.

M: Clean flavors. The body is dry without being austere. The lack of pronounced finishing sourness makes this pretty drinkable.

D: It was fairly soft in bacterial character. This is usually a good thing in comparison to some Cantillons, which have gone full-bore toward the acid side of the spectrum, but I miss their vibrant, signature funk. On the other hand, Drie Fonteinen does a better job of balancing residual sugars and sourness / funk, so this one seems less impressive by comparison. I'm torn between the fact that this went down so easily and that I didn't care for it enough to buy it again.

This was largely an exercise in impatience -- I've been sitting on too many beers for too long to hold them for my tasting group -- and one of curiosity: will this one screw up my digestive system as some lambics do? (Answer: no.)

Arbitrator, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of nataku00
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with a drink by date in 2025 (it was in the 2020's) poured into a tulip. Poured a bright orange, clear with an initial finger of slightly off white head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving light lacing on the glass.

Nose was sour apples, pears, barnyard funk, and a slight floral hop note. Really pleasant smell, despite my description, but this is the first true gueuze that I've tried.

Taking a sip, lots of sour apples and general fruitiness initially, slight woody note midtongue and a lingering tartness. The funk remains and you can smell it as you drink it. Not as sour as some of the domestic wild ales I've had, and was really delicious.

Light bodied beer with good amount of carbonation to keep the palate clean and dry. Fairly drinkable beer, but it was challenging for the person I was chatting with to drink so it may be a developed taste. Overall enjoyable beer.

nataku00, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of gamwich
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 27.01.2025 date on the bottle. Pours a clear golden color and retains a white head around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is very tart with lots of lemon up front and some vinegary, musty, yeasty notes. The flavor predominantly very tart, almost cloyingly so. Lots of lemon, with faint grapefruit and kiwi, overlayed with a faint funky mustiness. Very light-bodied and dry, inviting one to take sip after sip, especially after one's palate grows accustomed to the tartness.

gamwich, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a St. Louis Gueuze tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with a big, stark white head, about three fingers worth. Head drops after a few minutes to about half a finger of head. Lots of tiny bubbles floating to the top.

Aroma of lemony tartness. Woody, musty, and sour.

First sip is of light tartness, lemon zest, champagne like bubbliness, and a slight carbonic bite. The sourness is quite restrained, not a mouth puckering sourness. Easy drinking queuze, good intro to the style. Lingering hint of lemon zest on the finish.

Mouthfeel has some body to it, overall tart, but not abrasively so.

Overall drinkability is very good. This is a great thirst-quencher for a hot summer day, not so much when it's 9 degrees outside in the winter. Oh well.

JamnesCameron, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of beerhan
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

37.5 cc bottle poured into a large snifter with a gigantic head. Smells very promising with that sour funk to it you would expect from a gueuze but lacks the traditional sourness I am used to. Nonetheless it is still incredibly drinkable. This is my go to if I can't get any cantillon but not that special.

beerhan, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Offa
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I find this to be an incredibly wonderful gueuze, flavourful and complex, with the elements marrying and interplaying wonderfully.

Golden, it has a huge off-white head steadily shrinking to lasting foamy top and leaving just a little bit of lace.

Aroma is extremely nice, full and characterful with plenty of funky/rustic character but very pleasant. It has a strong rustic yeasty character, but restrained, with lemon, pear, fruit, hint of vinegar and soured fruits, hints of herb & grass.

Taste is excellent, fruity, yeasty, funky and rustic, lemony a bit citric, slightly tart, hint of spiciness and yeasty dough, plus more that is hard to pin down. The character is very complex and well-balanced and integrated. Full of flavour, it is nevertheless exceedingly drinkable. Fell is lively and the whole thing is very engaging.

Offa, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12.7oz corked and caged bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido and poured it into a wine glass.

A: Pours a murky golden/straw-like hue with a thin head that sticks around for a while leaving small amounts of lace, with a ton of sediment in the bottom of my glass.

S: Sour apples, white wine, peppery woodiness and a bit of yeast funk.

T: On point with the nose, but is a bit of a letdown for me coming across thin and light in overall flavor. There's some good sour funk in there, but just seems watered down or weak to me.

M: Light-bodied, vigorous carbonation with big bubbles that roll across the palate nicely - overall very smooth and dry finish.

D: Smooth and easy drinker, but the flavor and appearance were off for me.

DeanMoriarty, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with a bushy white head and assertive visual carbonization.

The scent is incredibly tart with notes of sharp grapes as well as a wine-like alcoholic tinge. Faintly detected hints of sweet malts.

The taste sharply bitter with a gentle bitter-sweetness.

Medium/thin bodied with a prickly mouthfeel. Drinkability is average.

MrHassellYaHurd, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

drabmuh, Nov 14, 2010
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