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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 46
Gots: 110 | FT: 7
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

A: Pours a translucent orange with pink hues, capped by a frothy two finger white head. Head receds to approximately one head where it remains, supported by the effervescent body.

S: Lots of tartness up front mixed with some lemon zest and some green apples. Barnyard funk comes through and cuts the acidity a bit, along with a touch of sweetness.

T: More complex than the nose indicates with less tartness, and a lot more funk. The funk evolves in the span of each sip, going from barnyard to earthy to yeasty and back. Green apple and lemon zest mingle in the background, with a dry finish.

M: Medium carbonation with a fairly light body, rather dry.

D: Refreshing and not so tart as to be difficult to drink, but with enough going on to remain interesting.

Photo of rarbring
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear orange brew, with a white head that dissipates quickly. Nearly no lacing, but some curtains.

The smell is powerful, sweet and sour aromas, syrup, dried apricot and apples, then yeast and some maltiness.

There is little sweetness in the taste, most dominant is the acidity, sour apples, grapes and a spicy bitter hint of a tone.

The carbonation is high, very lively small bubbles, a dry feeling.

For me very good geuze, rather mild and inviting.

Photo of womencantsail
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a cloudy light golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is incredibly funky with some great barnyard notes along with some sweat. There are also the usual green apple and lemon flavors and a bright acidity.

T: The funk is still front and center, but a bit less intense than the nose would lead you to believe. A bit more of the apple and lemony tartness come through.

M: The body is medium with some very lively carbonation and a dry finish.

D: I find it hard to dislike a good gueuze and this continues that trend. A tasty beer and I wouldn't mind having this one again.

Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel Green tulip. Clear golden tangerine color with a huge white head that at first seems fizzy and unsustainable but manages to stick around at about a finger's height for the duration. Aroma is mainly lemony acidic sourness with a faint smattering of tropical fruit and a clear oak presence. Brett is subtle but comes through as a slightly chlorinic note. Flavor really isn't that sour for a geuze but there's a solid unripe citrus character that finishes rather watery. Dry and woody towards the back of the palate. A little thin in body; carbonation is just about right after the semi-aggressive pour. Drinkable but not a top-flight lambic.

Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 375ml corked bottle into a Gouden chalice.

The beer is a murky dark gold with a light white head, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma and taste are both very light horse blanket. Its not overpowering which is nice but needs to be a bit more stronger to really give me what I'm looking for.

The feel is really too much dry moss which provides a bad finish.

Overall, a pretty decent geuze, not awesome.

Photo of gyllstromk
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty golden amber with a nice head. Surprisingly, quite clear to the point that I thought it was filtered until I pulled some yeast from the bottom of the bottle. The nose is quite nicely oriented toward lambic fruitiness with both citrus and cherry/cranberry notes, as opposed to the funkier orientation of other gueuzes. Flavor is less tart than typical lambics, thinly bodied, with a dryness that accentuates a comparatively bitter finish that evokes grapefruit and citrus zest. Either fresher hops or a lot of barrel time is at work here. As with any lambic, I find it nice to start it cool and let it warm as it's consumed to experience the full range of flavors.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce from NewGeneric... thanks!!! Poured into Chimay goblet.

A- Cork was 2/3 of the way out, didn't even notice. Bottle was in fridge for 3 days. Tremendous 'pop' with this cork, I barely touched it and it flew off. Beer pours a brilliant hazy sunrise yellow with a thick, active head that settles pretty nicely into 1/2 a cm.

S- Fresh, crisp granny smith apples, both the sweet sugars and the tartness. A wine (tannic?) quality. Mild fruity, flowery, and a bit musty yeast note.

T- Now that's a good gueuze. Funky, tart, a bit sweet towards the end. Really spot-on, delicious flavors. Follows the nose, fruit sugars and a crisp tartness dominate. Closes with a floral essence that's really interesting.

M- Great acidity. Wonderful in this category.

D- High. I will be buying more of this, a very very tasty beer. I am surprised at the drinkability, I could drink this all night long. Highly recommended.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle poured into a big ass DFH snifter.

A- This gueuze looks good, it is golden with a touch of faint bronze and some yellow highlights. A nice Belgianesque off white foam stands on top before dying leaving small islands of foam on the surface. Like most gueuze's this leaves no trace of lace on the glass, oh well.

S- Big blast of tartness with some apples and some accidity. This one actually smells real earthy, im getting barnyard and hay, the grass is greener on the other side. A heaping of yeast comes up and more citrus rinds, orange and lemon squirts.

T- It's a Belgian Gueuze, it can't be bad, right? Well, it's good and i'm impressed. First off, I get tons of citrus with the orange and lemon mix. Under that, green apples mixed around a hay pile. With warming some moldy cheese, what's not to love here. The tartness/accidity is great for a beer that does not have a lot of age on it, these can last up to 20 years, but that ain't happening anytime soon, I 've lost patience to cellar.

M- Tart with a floral/citrus mix and a slightly below medium body on this beauty. The yeast really comes out in the middle while the old cheese makes it's way in the end. Easy drinking. The carb is high and that's how I like my Gueuze's, ready to attack my stomach lining.

D- I wish I had a bigger bottle, this was simple and to the point, no glitz, no glamor, authentic Belgium Gueuze that's ready to attack my insides. Great stuff and recommended.

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

Corked 375 mL in Oude beersel glass at Brugse Beertje. Bottled 10/29/2008, reviewed 7/14/2009.

Ar: Floral and Fruity, sour but more fruity than other geuzes, smells more sour than the taste

Ap: thick med/coarse off white head, good retention, heavy lace, clear gold

F: floral and fruity, complex, minimal hay/barn, starts spicy and floral, fruity, woody, smooth, dry but leaves a hint of fruity sweetness, after floral fruity, citric acid rises for a tart end, grapefruit, tropical fruit with citric acid, light mango

M: good acid balance, medium mouthfeel, seems slightly young (more sweet and less acid than other examples)

O: less sour than other geuzes, more fruity and floral

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to share this beer with tenderbranson69 - 12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A - A hazy golden straw w/ pillowy white cream, tiny bead and spots of lace collect. The carbonation is visible through the haze

S - A great nose, hints of lemon, mild floral notes and a subtle oak-like scent. The beer has green notes of white grape and herbs. There is also accents of mild berry and green apple w/ mellow sour smell overall

M - A light juicy texture w/ mild sour feel and dry texture w/ light funk and high carbonation

T - The taste has a great nuance of funk and fruity citrus w/ light grapey tinges and mild oak w/ hints of tart berry in the back. There is light yeasty creamy flavor w/ nice tangerine-like sweetness and dry grainy elements in the finish

D - A supremely easy drinking beer, refreshing with mild twang- a great gueuze w/ mild sourness and smooth flavor til the end

Photo of wnh
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Best before 04.06.2028

Pours a bright golden orange, clear and crisp, topped by a huge, fluffy white head. Steady sheets of bubbles rising to the surface for the entirety of the glass.

Pungent but mouthwatering nose, showing bright orange zest, metal (copper? iron?), a slight biscuity maltiness, and loads of funky yeast.

Biting and somewhat harsh on the palate, with a flavor hinting at permanent marker--which doesn't really seem out of place--on top of sweet citrus and cracked pepper. Finishes with a faintly earthy dryness that picks up as I continue to drink.

Light bodied, almost watery, and moderately firm. Thinnish and drinkable, but for the flavor bite. Lots of little carbonation bubbles which manage to be very light and airy on the palate, contributing to the light mouthfeel.

A pretty good gueuze, in my limited experience, but lacking on the whole. The highlight of my night drinking this was when my 3-year-old daughter, after taking a sip and asking what it was, said, "Daddy, I like gueuze. Gueuze is my favorite."

Photo of soulgrowl
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finely hazed ginger-orange with a soft and snowy white head. Tart, funky nose of cold cellar walls, glue, lemon juice, unripe bananas and barnyard. Nicely balanced and dry on the palate, full of lemon and grapefruit pith, sour and juicy in the center and bitter in the periphery, not unlike the sensation of eating an actual citrus fruit. Very delicate and somewhat champagne-like, a very drinkable sour beer and an excellent aperitif.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -8.2%
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 +11.4%
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 -0.7%
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 -6.9%
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%
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 -0.7%
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 -12.7%
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 -4.5%
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%
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 +1.7%
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 +1.7%
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 -1.2%
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.

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