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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 42
Gots: 87 | 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 koolk
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very loud pop follows a strong white head on a burnt amber colour. Strong carbonation.

Unmistakable Gueuze nose - Some serious wet blanket/wet dog mixed in with some sour/off fruit aromas - think mouldy peaches, nectarines and other stone fruit. Has a real citrus streak in it as well with a lot of lemon and lime action. I really like this!

Palate is full and lifted with the strong carbonation. Lovely sour finish that is not as intense as other I have tried recently (good thing? bad thing?). A very pleasing lemon flavour and again that reoccurring mouldy fruit flavour last on a very long finish. As it warms I can even see a slightly malty/roasted note present. Barrel perhaps? Very dry finish. Good gear.

Great mouthfeel and really well balanced. Missing a little "souring" intensity, but that isn't to say that it is not present (or a bad thing)!

Damn...another fine Gueuze on our shores. Many thanks to those bringing them in and stocking them. Try this if your a fan of the style.

koolk, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with a great head that raises too quickly. The aroma is by far the bed aspect of this gueze. It is super funky. It has lots of barnyard, outdoors, hay, and leather characteristics. It also has sour odors and is kind of lemony. The taste isn't as sour as the smell made me thought it would be. It is funky and somewhat zesty. Pretty awesome. I'm becoming addicted to these beers.

Douglas14, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out clear yellow with two fingers of white suds.
The aroma is sour apple. Some lemon and some malt.
Taste is just sweet sour with lemon zest. Not much else going on.
Mouthfeel is very clean. Love the citrusy zest feeling on the tongue.
This is a very good sour beer. Would like to have this on draught somewhere.

peabody, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of waldowin
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber, hazy, with a white ring that last for a while, no lacing visible.

Smells of lemongrass, and a hint of greens. Taste starts out very light with a hint of sweet, but then smacks your tongue with limes and pepper. Very wild, very funky. A hint of vinegar. This beer definitely has some lambic roots in it.

Mouthfeel is acidic, stringent, drying and dominating. As sour and puckering as this beer is, one bottle is more than enough for me. Definitely an interesting journey into the "wild" side of beer fermentation, but I think perhaps a lambic is more my style.

waldowin, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors located in Westborough, MA.

A: Interesting gold hue, which turns more copper when held at a different angle. Head is limited.

S: Sour lactic acid aorma. Restrained musty horseblanket farmhouse character. Cider like with apple and pear notes.

T: Similar to nose...lactic sournes with a restrained farmhouse funk. Tastes like a lambic up front but sounress takes over in the middle and at the end. Malt balances sourness well.

MF: Tart puckering quality. Medium light body. Lightly carbonated.

D, notes: Pretty good. My first gueuze so I have nothing really to compare it to. I found it well balanced despite the pronounced sourness. I don't find Belgian sour ales particularly sessionable.

Nipitato, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I forgot how much I like real Gueuze with all the funky notes and oh so good sourness. This is a slightly orange tinted brown colour with little head. The nose is classic Brett with other earthy notes in the mix. Very well put together with just the right amount of sourness. I need to buy more of these.

canucklehead, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork stamped with "SB 40". best by date of 27.01.2025

poured into tulip

hazy classic honey color w/ brownish amber tones. decent head fades to thin layer. some very sparse lacing.

some typical gueuze funk, then vinegar and champagne notes. hint of wood towards the end. whiff of foot funk, overripe peach.

tart and woody. cider vinegar acidity and faint fruit. yeast peeks in. mild bitterness fades into powerful acidity again, although woody and dry finish then reappears.

almost vinegary texture. prickly but not overactive carbonation.

decent, but just a bit one-dimensionally sour, at least when compared to the other gueuzes i've been trying lately.

tai4ji2x, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gently hazed goldenrod color with a cidery green apple aroma. Dry, and tart but not challenging, the Vielle has very low carbonation and a dry apple cider flavor that, at peak moments, hints at chardonnay. Timid but intact. A good drinker though not my favorite gueuze.

RedDiamond, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 500th beer review !!

375ml bottle bought from www.onlyfinebeer.co.uk... i've had
this about 3 years and it has a best before date of 2022...

Poured a nice light coppery orange colour with a slight haze... Slightly off white head pours loose and frothy and faded fairly quickly to light layer of thickish foam. Quite a lot of carbonation rushes to the surface... light sticky lacing

Aroma - Sour with a slight sweetness just coming through, citrusy, sour apples, yeasty, herbal notes, some grapefruit, acidic, cider hints, barnyard funkiness - wet hay, faint floral honey traces, peppery, faint almond nuttiness, the slightest hint of toasted bread..

Taste - Much more mellow than the aroma would indicate... Nice balance of sourness mixed with citrusy fruits (strong grapefruits, lemons), definite sour apple / cider notes, slight saltiness, quite creamy, herbal / perfume notes, musty / funky, some faint nuttiness, grassy / hay, a little toasted bread, no real maltiness...

Feel - Starts pretty sharp and dry but then smooths out quite quickly... light body. Very refreshing and drinkable... probably needs to be chilled slightly before drinking...

Overall - An excellent gueuze and one that isn't mouth puckeringly sharp.... one of my favourites. Very refreshing and definitely worth a try if you can get it...

mdagnew, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of RedHaze
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 375ml bottle. What ever date or number was on the back label has been rubbed off.

Pours a hazy golden color with a dense two finger head that settles very slowly to a thick cap. Despite the cap, the foam does not stick all that much to the glass.

Smell; musty hay, yeast, vinegar and a touch of "barnyard" funkiness. Some sour apples, lemon grass and a little bit of a vinous quality add some fruitiness.

Taste; starts off sour, but not as much as I would have thought after the nose. Very earthy and musty, and then becoming mildly fruity with green apples, white grapes, and lemons. Finishes with the barnyard funk, some vinegar and a puckering sourness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild carbonation level. The dinkability good, in spite of the sharp vinegar in the finish.

RedHaze, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear golden color and a frothy light tan head. Lots of tart citrus and some earthy funk. Sour fruits and mildly sweet malts. Definately brings down the funk. A creamy body with lots of carbonation. This is an outstanding example of the style. I wish my palate was better adapted to describe this delicious elixir.

rye726, May 18, 2008
Photo of jophish17
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cage & corked 375mL bottle purchased at Green's Beverage on Buford Hwy, best by 4.20.2026..!

My first Geuze, so my thoughts should be taken with that in mind

Aroma: Heavy tart smell with sour apple and vinegar being distinct

Appearance: It looks a lot like champagne with its golden color and fair transparency, except it does have that three quarters of an inch of thick white head that retains well. Very little lacing.

Taste: It is sour as expected by the smell, with some citrus acidity to it. The fruitiness seems to come from lime or grapefruit, or even citron

Feel: lots of carbonation and a very dry finish on this one, which leaves the sour taste in the mouth for quite a while.

Drinkability: Much better than other sour beers that I have encountered, although I am a bit more aware of what to expect nowadays. I'd never know there was alcohol either if not for the label, so that was not a problem.

Overall, Geuze is a style that I enjoyed. Not among my favorites but something I will come back to on occasion and experiment around with. Would be interesting to follow this up with something ultra-sweet

jophish17, May 17, 2008
Photo of DIM
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a bright, mostly clear pale yellow. It poured with a big fluffy white head that was long lasting.

s: There were relatively mild aromas of yeasty acidic apples. And ummm, damn it all gueuzes are hard to describe. Some vaguely rotten funk to be found here also.

t: Musty, tart, and acidic apple flavors dominate. There was some throat grabbing, difficult to describe funk as well.

m: The carbonation was not as prickly as I expected it to be.

d: This was my second time dipping my toes into the gueuze pool. The Hanssen's Oude Gueuze I tried was a lot more confrontational. I prefered that one, but this was more approachable.

DIM, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into an Ommegang flute.

Best before 20.04.2026

A: Pours a hazy and bubbly, orange-tinted gold color that, initially, was covered by a slightly off-white head constructed of very fine bubbles. This quickly gave way to a finely bubbled skim and thick ring. Minimal lacing was present.

S: Deliciously tart aromas of green apple and lemon. Followed closely by damp dirt floor basement, musty leaf pile, wood, and vinegar.

T: Sour green apple, not so ripe citrus, moist cord wood, lightly toasted malt, vinegar, tart berry, and spicy/earthy musk and funk.

M: Starts juicy and sour and gradually turns dry, spicy, and acidic. Puckery in the middle and toasty and dry in the finish.

D: An excellent way to break someone into sour beers. Not too terribly funky-but with just enough skankiness to intrugue and not intimidate a newcomer to Geuze/Lambic.

GbVDave, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of sfoley333
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375ml (best by 20-04-2026) bottle into a cantillon gueuze glass. Poured a clear golden yellow color with champagne like carbonation. The cork popped of with great pressure and the head foamed up then dissapated a minute later. The smell is musty earth tones not what I would call barnyard and some lemon scents. The taste is very light on the sourness compared to most others gueuzes with more lemon zest and slight acidic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light body with a perfect carbonation level. This is a very drinkable gueuze and would be a great beginner gueuze to introduce someone without giving them the overpowering funk that might turn off a first time taster. But for me that barnyard funk, that bile is what I yearn for in a gueuze.

sfoley333, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Beerzebub
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, served in a Riedel Vinum Extreme flute, at 56 F/ 13 C.

Hazy gold, attractive inch of dense white head, lace in thin tendrils and loops.

Smells like sweet tart kiwi fruit, green apple, brown apple, golden raisin, pastry dough, musty stone cellar/ damp earth, vinegar, oak. Funk and freshness are well balanced, sweet and sour are well balanced.

Tastes like sweet tart fruit - mainly kiwi, apple, grape/ golden raisin, and grapefruit - with wood quickly coming in and drying it out. After a few seconds, a blend of oxidization and mild bacterial funk emerges, like fallen brown apples and wet dead leaves, along with a bit of vinegar, and it becomes completely dry. Long dry woody mildly oxidized finish.

Fine grippy texture, quite drinkable and refreshing.

Beerzebub, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of eberkman
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml corked bottle. Cork took some muscle to remove -- flew out in a gunshot-like "pop" but no foaming, fortunately.

Pours a bubbly amber-gold with a thick, sticky head of fine, dense bubbles, leaving considerable lacing on the side of my tulip.

Strong, pungent aromas of TART apples and pears, some funky hay in a musty shed after a rainstorm, and what seemed like a hint of sharp cheese. Very evocative of a pastoral setting -- almost right out of a Bruegel painting.

Very sour in the center with some smoother, sweeter fleshy fruits as outliers. Dry finish leaves you with a pucker but wanting some more. Almost champagnelike -- in fact, I'd rather have this at a wedding than champagne itself.

Mouthfeel is crisp and delicate -- again like champagne.

Drinkability is outstanding for such sour beer like this -- wonderful complexity and delicacy, and excellent balance betweent the sweet fruitiness and the dominant tartness.

I actually prefer this to the much better known Boon Geuze, though you won't go wrong with either.

Perfect companion to sliced apples and bleu cheese.

Note: If you pour to the bottom, big chunks of sediment will fall into the drink. Not a terrible thing, and doesn't alter the taste. Just clouds up the appearance a little.

eberkman, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of MurphysIrish
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I taste wood ester, sour apple and a bit of dank basement in this Gueuze which is, I admit, not a style I review often so all of this is kind of new to me.

Nothing like some of the stronger gueuzes I had in Belgium at Mort Subite. Those were stripping the taste buds off my tongue and I only braved one, but this is much milder. Its drinkability compared to the style is pretty good, in my novice estimation.

It sure looks nice in the glass, more to the "gold" end of the color spectrum but the head (poured into a tulip) kind of deflated after coming up to about two fingers and there is no lacing at all. It was pretty clear at first, but when I poured the rest, some sediment got in there and it clouded up a bit, as expected.

MurphysIrish, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labeled as bottled with spontaneous fermentation in wooden barrels, a blend of old and young lambic.

A: Beautiful light golden orange color with a nice big soft white head. Some floaties.

S: Huge fruity aroma (green apples, pears) that was detected from across the room literally.

T: Big sourness but is very smooth body wise and light. Very tart sour lemons for flavor, body is somewhat light. Finishes the same as it starts but is clean and ends quickly.

M: light and very slick on the tongue

D: very nice drinkability, enjoyable

beerthulhu, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of sloejams
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the sours and this is no exception. It's a hazy yellow color with medium carbonation. The bottle is great - classic old world Belgium style. It breathes sour apple, lemon and slight cider vinegar.

The taste is nice and sour. Similar flavors in the mouth with a slight bit of proseco. Easy drinking and delicious.

sloejams, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a murky orange color with flakes of sediment in the bottle and glass. Thin white head that diminishes slowly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Tart fruity aroma with some dusty and earthy malt. Medium-bodied with a tart apple character and light coriander and yeast flavors. The finish is dry with green apple and oak flavors and it leaves behind a lingering citrus and spice aftertaste. Overall this beer is pretty enjoyable.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a bunch of coagulated yeast all over including one at the top of the bottle. The yeast on the bottom is very chunky. Pours a great light brown/gold color with little of the white head and no lacing. Smell is a corky sourness, light and slightly tartness. Taste is very light with little sourness left. Flavors are very mellowed out. Very drinkable in the fact that you don't have to wait very long to take the next drink. Mouthfeel is a little acidic but not bad, pretty smooth for a gueuze. Overall it's very drinkable, but I prefer the more tart, fresh lambic/gueuzes, but this is nice too.

Erdinger2003, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to phnphilly for sharing this at Phatz's sour beer night...
Appears a hazy, semi-transparent light gold with a small white head that fades into a light collar, and mild head. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of grapes, cork, sour dough, funk, raisins, and plastic.
Taste is mostly of funky rubber, light berries, barnyard funk, and dusty horseblanket.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, acidic, and dry.

weeare138, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (37,5 cl.) purchased in Comptoir du Poulpe (La Roche/Yon), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : clear orange, with white foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : fruity and sour aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : nice sour flavours with woody notes and dry finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the Belgian traditional style Gueuze.

thierrynantes, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Risser09
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by phphilly at Phatz' sour beer tasting. Big ups.

Appearance: This beer poure clear and with a distinct blonde color. There is ample carbonation and a slight off white head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sour apple, funk, brett, lemon, hay, barnyard and earthiness. Complex , just how gueuze should be!

Taste: Sour apple funkiness with some woodiness. Horseblanket and lemon. Almost chardonnay like in flavor as well. a nice gueuze!

Mouthfeel: Sharp and funky with sweet and sour attributes as well. Carbonation is alive and has a very dry finish.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and low in abv makes this beer quite quaffable. Lots of complextiy makes this a staple among gueuze beer. I would buy it continually.

Risser09, Oct 20, 2007
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