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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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90
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800 Ratings
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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 47
Gots: 103 | FT: 7
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Belgium

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 tigg924
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, cloudy, high carbonation-yellow/brown in color

Smell: sour mix, earth, and apple

Taste: lemon, sour mix and some apple

Mouthfeel: sour taste, light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: A highly drinkable moderately sour gueuze. I like the taste but due to the bite, two seems like my max per session. The lemon taste is dominate and I think this makes a nice intro for the style.

Photo of jampics2
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small (11.2 oz?) bottle, my share is poured into my Cantillon snifter/tasting glass.

Looks like a gueuze alright! Typical golden color - slight cloudiness, looks really good!

Smell is one of those acquired smells, but good nonetheless. Murky barnyard, horseblanket, apples, lemons.

Taste is sour with a weird moldy finish from the brett/bugs. Not loving this, although it is consistent with other gueuzes, I just get an aftertaste I don't like. Cheese rind comes to mind. Good for the style, maybe just not for me.

Mouthfeel was good. Nice and smooth.

I just didn't love the aftertaste, so drinkability suffered. I'll take a Lou Pepe over this any day, but glad to have tried!

Photo of champ103
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 2005 bottle.

A: Pours a surprisingly clear copper/golden color. A thick two finger white head forms with good retention. Good lace is left behind.
S: At first funky yeast and barnyard aromas. Tart and vinegary with some fruity aromas. Mostly apples and grapes. Light herbal, floral, and grassy hops linger. Really complex and awesome.
T: Follows the nose. Yeast and awesome barnyard funky flavors. This is definitely tart and vinegary, but not overly so. Sweet fruit flavors. Apples, and grape tannins. Sweet vanilla. This is great.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. The perfect amount of crispness, and very dry. Not something I am going to session, but I am enjoying this bottle a lot.

Ranks up there with the like of Cantillon as far as I am concerned. This is a great Gueuze, and something I would highly recommend.

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

very nice. Expiration date of 8.4.2029, so maybe it needs a few years, but what I'm finding here is pretty proper. Nice, slightly burnt gold, with a white head that holds and leaves a little lace. Nose and taste are sour lemon up front followed by tart barnyardy funkiness, a touch of toasty, buttery bread, green apple, white pepper and earth. Great acidity and white pepper in the finish. definitely a treat. I need to put one of these away and try it in 2029.

Photo of d0ggnate
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this bottle sitting all alone at Beverages 4 Less today. Thought I would give it a home.

A: With the cork popping ferociously, I should have known what to expect. I let this one sit for a minute uncorked, but couldn't wait any longer. Poured gently to my glass, but it still foamed heavily. An aggressive head layer outweight the beer in glass, but fades patchily in only a minute. Once that has somewhat settled, I am left with a golden yellow body showing its heavy carbonation.
S: A great cirtusy funk rising from this one. I'm detecting lemon grass, wet blanket, and subtle vineagar-like notes. Almost sweet soured cherries, but very faint.
T: I expected tart, but no. Some earthiness, reminding me of fresh rain (I don't know why). Still funky, but in a different way. Almost like a mild cheese funk. Tasting a little grapefruit, too.
M: Flat body. A bit runny and watery.
D: Great start, but finished a bit flat for me. From the loud pop and strong sour quality on the nose, to less that thrilling flavors and lacking body. Just not my favorite, but still worth the try.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter) best before 20.04.2025
A- This beer has a hazy dark orange body with a white thick head that becomes concave a bit but last for the full beer. There are sheets of foam that stick to the glass then slide back into the beer. There is a sea of microbubbles that support the head.
S- This beer has a tart lemon quality with a white pepper aroma with a musty finish.
T- This beer has a soft tartness but nice bright grapefruit notes. There is a light tart green apple finish with a funky note. There is a light double cream quality that comes through as it warms.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft fizz that supports the tartness.
D- This beer has a smooth and soft wild notes with a nice subtle complexity that grows as the beer warms.

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

Poured this 12.7 oz green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Dated 20.04.2026, I've got some time! Cork says: "SB 47". The body was lightly cloudy and dull apple juice colored. Greenish highlights. The white head of two fingers settled down to a film that stayed. Sludge remained in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell was tart and acidic. Powdery yeast.

Taste was tart fruitiness. Apple peel. Drying, with a lovely woodiness. Pleasant funkiness. Crisp and bright.

Mouthfeel was mild, but the effervescence increased as it was held in the mouth. Light to medium body.

Photo of johnnytfresh245
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As this is my first gueze I was expecting more that what I got. The beer poured a dark straw color and smelled like dirt and fruit(in a good way). The taste was very underwhelming and I was honestly hoping for something a bit more. The sourness was not very prominent and I kept get a more metallic taste towards the end which was a little off putting. All in all I'm not sure I would try this one again very soon and will seek to find other in the same style.

Photo of cichief
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy gold color with a nice white head.

S- Very sour, yeasty. Hints of green apple and ripe cheese.

T- Tart! Sour, but not overly so. Hints of green fruit and cheese.

M- Well carbonated, not over done. Medium body.

D- Refreshing, a drinkable geuze.

I first had this beer in Brussels, it isn't the best geuze I have had, but very good.

Photo of Trappissed
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly a nice Geuze right from the start. This one is good and funky, but less sour than Cantillon Classic Geuze for instance. Very musty, with hints of vinegar and white wine. A pleasant tartness, with a lasting yeast impression. I would get this again.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this one, i've noticed the new labels, and the bottle says it's now produced at Boon. BBD: 04.06.2028

Sparkling clear amber gold, the foam sizzles like champagne. Loud forceful bang when the cork was ejected. Larger bubbles at first, then the second pour generates foam with a more soft, even texture. Rapid visible carbonation. Retention is pretty good, i'm surprised there's still a solid skim after the few first sips.

Lemon and oak (slight and musty), unripe apple/crabapple, primarily a bright citrus with a mild honey note. Moderate sourness in the first sips, maybe a 5.5/10... defintely in the mid-range for a traditional Gueuze. Soft lemony tartness with some hay and clover honey in the middle. Tannic dryness, a little woody in the aftertaste. The body is very light, more like champagne with the spritzy carbonation. Very quenching and pleasant, perfect for warmer weather (I just wanted a mimosa but was out of OJ).

A good introductory Gueuze, not too sour, very champagne-like.

Original review: 06-24-2007

B / 3.7
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4
rDev: -10%

375mL corked bottle, best by 2023.

Cork gives a sustained pop on release. White foam and gunsmoke form at the neck of the bottle. Appears to be a deeply hazy, golden honey hue. Consistent streams of carbonation feed the ever-present cap of foam.

Citric lemon, white grape, leather, and mellow honey in the nose. Some earthiness, but not a full-fledged barnyard funk. Slight sweetness suggests lemon soda or lemon bars.

Tastes follow the nose, citrusy lemon, sour grape, an aftertaste that leads in a honey direction without any of the sweetness. With high effervescence, it hits the tongue and evaporates with a dry, tart feel. There is a vague residual tartness that suggests yogurt, possibly the wild yeast that's present.

Medium-high level of acidity, not as much as Cantillon or 3 Fontienen. One bottle is enough in one sitting. 2008 edit: After trying this after some Cantillon 1900, this seems a little dumbed down. Not enough sour or funk, it seems slightly sweet by comparison. It has a generic corked Belgian funk. Probably won't revisit this one...2009 edit: Guess I changed my mind! ;)

Photo of smuttanator
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall a very solid beer for the style. I'm still fairly new to Guezes, but this one displayed all of the characteristics I'm looking for in this style. It has a pretty mild sourness, but a great funky, almost cheesy taste. All in all a solid beer, but nothing amazing

Photo of GRG1313
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow honey color with a firm and thick white head; nice looking.

Nose of sour "green" fruit that is pleasant. Nose is quite complex with grassy, hay, lemon, sugar and lots of things going on. A bit of funk also present. Candidly, I think it's appealing.

Mouth is very sour but with underlying fruit and character that well balances the sour/tart character. A "sweet" undertone mellows this one very nicely.

Mouthfeel is full, bold and pleasant. Flavors are green pear with citric sour fruit. A tart and pleasant sour. Quite drinkable!

Finish of lemon, grapefruit skin and sour green pears, all with the consistent underlying tone of a bit of sweet. Pleasant drink.

Photo of philipquarles
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle. Pours cloudy, light-yellow orange with a small white head. Dies quickly. Light Brett notes in the smell, with a bit of mustiness. Some faint acidic notes. Surprisingly weak aroma, overall. Lactic notes in the taste, with some oakiness. Light citrus. Muted flavor as well. Light body. Not something I'm tempted to drink much of; it's missing that bold, unforgiving acidity that is expected from an "oude" gueuze. Pretty underwhelming, over all.

Photo of Paisan
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not your average beer, it's a geuze...

A: a nice gold, slightly hazy due to the finest of sediment being set floating by the pouring; pour gently, or you'll end up with more head than liquid in your glass, and it dissipates kinda slowly
S: smells of moist cellars, autumn forest soil, moldy, yeasty, bit tart, only slightly acidic, like the oiliness of lemon zest, no alcohol "bite"
T: tart, lots of sours and bitters, tho not overly "hoppy", yeasty, fairly lightbodied
M: light, but present nonetheless, tickles the tongue
D: very drinkable, goes well with cheeses, especially the stronger ones

A real geuze - an acquired taste perhaps, can take getting used to, but once you're there, this is one to try for sure.

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

A: Pours a nice hazy and rich yellow or golden straw color. The head is pretty good and stays throughout, more or less.

S: Tart, acidic, slight presence of pale malt, vinous scent like that of white wine

T: Nice blend of flavors, with an overall impression of white wine and a slightly dry aftertaste. Sour and acidic, almost mouth puckering flavors up front and a pleasant finish.

Overall, the acidity and tartness were pretty well balanced and made for an enjoyable beer. Would love to have this paired with some cheese or dinner.

Photo of TheViolator666
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into pint glass.

My first ever Gueuze. I've been wanting to try this style, and this beer specifically, for months. I'm glad I finally gave in and purchased this odd beverage.

The only other experience I've had with Belgian Lambic beers is Lindeman's Faro, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

A: Poured a cloudy straw/light yellow color with a nice white head that kept until the last sip leaving behind a fair amount of lacing.

S: Smelled funky and acidic, and most of all sour.

T: The taste definitely caught me off guard at first. Sourness, bitterness, and tartness up front... especially at the tip of the tongue. Earthy and a bit vinous, similar to a white wine I suppose. Pretty crisp flavor with a surprising amount of carbonation. Leaves the mouth dry.

M/D: Pretty light body, drinkable and an impressive amount of natural carbonation.

I'm glad to have finally tried this, definitely a new experience for me. I think this might have opened my eyes to the Belgian unflavored Lambic/sour world.

Photo of heliosphann
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my awesome new Dollar Store flute glass. 375ml bottle. Best by date, 04/20/2026.

A: Finger of bubbly white head that sticks around forever. Blear bright yellow, with massive amounts of visible carbonation. Crazy lacing. A great looking beer.

S: Acidic sour apple riding some oakiness. Highlighted by lemon and brett funk.

T: Some bready yeast and sour lemon/pears hit first. Not too puckering, but not quite as sour as I expected. Some crisp malts and bitterness on the finish. Some wood/barrel is also detectable.

M: Very true to style, heavily carbonated and light on the tongue.

D: A very, very drinkable Guezue. The sour level and the crisp, refreshing taste makes this an easy one to knock back. A 750ml would have been just fine for me alone.

A very solid Guezue. This one will probably benefit even more with some age on it. Probably pick up another to stash in the cellar for down the road.

Photo of MenamenaDooDoo
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great gueze. Try it with some stinky cheese, you will thank me later. It smells like stinky cheese, moldy grapes, and that lovely sour belgian yeast. This beer, and the style, is so unique and refreshing. The perfect start to a night of good beers. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very crisp. Really, superior drinkability...seriously.

Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

alfrantzell shared this one, I believe. Thanks Arne. Pours with a hazy blond body and a small white head that retains nicely for the style. Sweaty gym sock aroma, husky grain, rye bread, rotting wood and fresh lemons. Very funky. On the palate it opens with a light graininess, but this is soon overwhelmed by intense lemon flavors, both bitter rind and sour juice. Very tannic with a light body and moderate carbonation. Tannic, dry, tart finish. A very balanced gueuze, not overwhelmingly sour but pleasantly complex and interesting. Easy to drink and very enjoyable, though it lacks the structure and body of gueuze from Cantillon or 3 Fonteinen.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with my wife. Two Unibroue tulip glasses with no sediment included.

Hazy peach color with thick, white one-finger head.

Dry, funky, aroma with a hint of fruity sweetness.

Lots of carbonation in the first sip. Funk from aroma not present. Might have poured too cold.

Finishes dry with a unique touch of sweetnes and leaves a funk sweet flavor film on tounge on finish. Not a whole lot of flavor up front.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up on Nathan's recommendation this past weekend. Best before 30 Oct 2028, into my RR tulip

A: Crystal clear amber yellow with a massive white head. Retention seems good, despite the head consisting of rather large bubbles, and definitely beats out most gueuzes I've had.

S: While most gueuzes have a citric character reminiscent of lemons, this is the first I've had that has had a decidedly lime-like character, much like a limeade. In addition, there's a sharp, pungent funk. Wet hay, barnyard, mild oak sweetness and plenty of cheese. Mildly musty. Pretty awesome stuff.

T: Opens up sour with plenty of lime and lemon sourness, wonderfully so. In addition, there's a sharp lactic twang. Not as complex as the nose, with a finish that's dry and puckering but also disappointingly watery. To my palate, the acetic character is rather reserved. Funk is present as well, with a sharp, earthy character.

M: Light and highly carbonated, this is excellent, but the finish comes across as a tad watery, and I'm not completely sold on it.

D: I don't know if I've had an authentic gueuze that I didn't want more of. The more I drink, the more I think that this style needs more love.

Photo of redneckchugger
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pale, with a fizzy head,
Smells acidic, a big nose of lemon with some old sock-like funk in the back
The taste is about the same. More tart than funky though, not as complex as i would have liked Howevery its still very goodand highly refreshing.

Photo of pentathlete
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange which lead to an enormous head. Patience required to finished the pour. The head was a mix of small to medium bubbles. Dark yellow with some staining from the sediment when I accidentally allowed some to escape the bottle. Label says this beer was good until March 10, 2028.

Initially the beer had a strong barnyard smell. But as it settled down, the nose was reduced to a more chalky earthy odor. If that earlier smell remained, this would have scored higher.

Taste is dryer than a longhorn skull in a Texas desert. A slight hint of tartness reminds you that it is a lambic and not a crisp oddly flavored wine. I wish either the dryness or the tartness lingered a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was limited to the tongue and palate, clearly caused by the arid nature of the drink. However, the impact on the tongue and palate is sizable. Bubbles tingle wherever touched, making for an interesting experience where the remainder of your mouth wishes the bottle had been a 750ml.

This is drinkable. The 6% is hardly noticeable. If you like beers that lack noticeable sweetness and are sans hops, if you are thirsty or being forced to eat from a relish tray during a football game, then give a couple of these a chance.

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

Poured into a Unibroue flying U glass (0.3L measurement)

A - almost 2 and a half fingers of bubbly, champagne-esque bubbles, hazy golden straw color, bubbles dissipate rather quickly, not leaving any lace

S - granny smith apple, some yeast, some elements of a barn - leather, straw, earth, luckily not shit

T - wide arrange of fruits show up, from apple, lemon, pear, sour cherry, the yeasty funk shows just as the fruit diminishes and before the dry aftertaste

M - very effervescent, almost have to fight through the carbonation, finishes pretty dry, semi-sweet

D - bottle is plenty for me, wish they would change the green bottles, but do not think I had any ill effects of light

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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