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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 45
Gots: 112 | FT: 7
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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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

2009 bottling with a best by date of 4/8/2029. The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is tart with a lot of lemons. Not much funk. The flavor is tart lemons with some wheat. There is not much funk in the flavor either. The tartness is not near as intense as in other gueuzes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer was probably drank a little too soon. I think some more age would have definitely helped it develop a little further. That being said, it was still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of WOTO97
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice lacing that quickly fades, initial fluffy head that dissolves to a thin frothy top over a great golden body with slight yeast residue

S: lots of vinegar and funk cover a clean fruit quality (pear, apple, grape), some hay/earthy notes

T: clean fruit notes on the nose come through nicely on front palate, fruit gives way to a big sour/vinegar character, big funk on the mid palate with mild farmhouse quality, very faint grey salt note on immediate finish

M: very clean front with nice slight residual stickiness on the finish, great carbonation

D: very nice crisp gueuze, served chilled just below cellar temp, refreshing with great aged qualities, the vinegar quality is welcomingly (did I just make this word up?) potent

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

Poured from 375ml bottle into Chimay glassware. My first true Gueuze.

A- Pours a nice light golden amber color slightly murky with a nice two finger white head that receeded quickly to a nice ring around the outside of the glass.

S- Tons of nice lemon, grass, lemon grass(yeah), sour green apples, lots of barnyard funk, and a light meyer lemon sweetness but not much. Lastly followed by some dry earthy/wood.

T- Funk, like George Clinton and the Parliment, wow. Not as much on the sour lemon but lots of grass and funk. You get a lot of wood in the taste as well and that lemon grass taste. Really complex beer that changes its flavor with each taste.

M- Lots of prickly carbonation that works well with the style with a light body and dry finish.

D- Really easy to drink and super refreshing, from the smell I thought this was going to be really sour and tart but luckily it wasn't, just loads of funk, lemongrass, and earthy/wood. Enjoyed.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sparkling and hazy gold brew has a foamy, white head and a lightly sour aroma, mixed with fruity esters. A lot more fruitiness and lemon in the taste than some other gueuzes I have had. This offsets the sour notes a lot better and makes this a very palatable brew. Finishes like champagne and is very dry. This turns out to be one of the more balanced gueuzes that I have had.

Photo of digr
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cork on the bottle had a small amount of mold / cobweb material on the area around the metal enclosure. Gotta love that on a gueuze!

A- Pours a just slightly hazy straw liquid with a slightly fluffy white head into a tall Belle-Vue Gueuze glass. Heads slowly dissipates over 3 minutes.

S- Lovely smell coming off this one. Subdued Fruit / esters, woody and slightly earthy smell. Maybe a bit damp and musty....
Maybe a very slight hop aroma.

T- Taste is surprisingly simple. Not really sour at all, only every so slightly. Light, slightly bitter. Small amount of the fruity esters. Can taste the wood, not like OAK, but more like chewing on a piece of old wood. Slightly musty / earthy. Not like hardly any lambic I have had.

M - simple mouthfeel. It is subtle, maybe a bit thin, but it does go with the taste since the whole package is light.

D - Since this light it is very drinkable. But the overall taste is not good enough to make we want another.

Overall, interesting in that is is not as strong and sour as most lambics I've had. It is on the opposite side of the spectrum to say a Cantillon. However, it does remind me of a Pitcher of Lambic Doux I had years ago at a cafe in Brussels.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Update: August 2011. Beer is a bit too sweet with a very restrained funk. 2006 bottle, and scored adjusted accordingly.

Bottle at Rustico.

A: pours a bright, slightly hazed yellow with a nice, multiple-finger white head. Not too much lacing.

S: Quite a bit going on here with grass, earth, hay, and quite a bit of horse blanket coming through. A bit of lactic sourness but overall pretty tame.

T: Very similar to the nose with the grassy and funky aspects being equally punget and quite complex. Not too much of a sour character to it.

M: Fairly thin; docked a half point as the sourness isn't quite where it should be for the style.

D: Very complex and tasty although slightly lacking in the sour department. Best by date of 2029, which was amusing to see.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The sour man in me awaits this Belgian gueuze. From a 375 ml bottle, on to the beer:

The pressure from the bottle actually pushed itself out the last ½ inch. Pour a little, get a lot of foam. The head is very soapy looking, but has good retention. Slow carbonation bubbles rise through the body. Color is bright golden yellow, The aroma is really nice. Lemonheads, sour lemon, blanket, hints of iron (in a pleasing way) apples, yum! The intenity of the aroma dies off though.

Extremely sour at first impression with little activity of anything else. As time passes, this gueuze become more palatable for me. Sour apples comes out of the blue. There's a long lingering aftertaste of iron with just a touch of lemon. Bubbly carbonation in the mouth, light bodied, median acidity by gueuze standards.

A savoring gueuze. Yeah, well what gueuze isn't worth savoring? I do wonder what how this beer would develop by the "best before" date of October 19, 2029.

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked and caged 12.7 ounce bottle into a weizen glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours an enormous, dense head that never collapses. Liquor is dark straw and completely clear; it is a gorgeous pour. The nose is musty, earthy, and somewhat citrusy and spicey. The predominant flavor is the lambic tanginess, with a bit of lemon and a fair bit of funk. The beer is remarkably refreshing and very easy to drink, and seems quite light given its 6% abv.

This a an excellent gueze, and far superior to the "lambics" making their way into some of our grocery stores.

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

Champagne color with orange notes. Tall white head blows up like the Sta-Puff man, but recedes fairly quickly. Lacing turns out to be rather muddled. Aromatic, with lots of white grape and pungent wild yeast notes. Fruit and funk are in good balance: vinegar meets grapefruit.

Tart, but firmly lead by the malts, this is an easy-drinker of a gueuze. Lemon-bright and bone dry. The Brett is well within control, and the finish is as sour as it gets. Lively carbonation keeps the palate fresh and ready for more - and more.

A little acidic for having more than one, but overall a pretty easy sipper for the style. Not as challenging and exciting as some others, but a fine bottle nonethless.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The liquid is light gold, with a lively and frothy white head. The beer itself is very clear.
It has a sharp tartness in the nose, some musty and earthy character and lemon zest on the back.
Oud Beersel has a refreshing, crisp and tart flavor with a hint of earthiness and must throughout. Notes of green apple and lemony sweet twang that rolls into a dry finish.
This beer is very light in body with a refreshing and pleasantly tart taste. It has great drinkability, the sour flavors are not overwhelming so this would be a great beer to have without wearing out your palate.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden orange color with a large white head full of active carbonation, great retention and leaving a good amount of lacing. Very lively appearance.

Aroma is both sweet and sour, some apple strongly present, along with a little citrus and yeast in the back.

Taste is sour and fruity, again green apple, lemon and orange come out with a good amount of funk all around.

Medium body with a lot of carbonation. An easy drinking gueuze to be sure, nothing overdone, just nice and refreshing all the way.

Photo of augustgarage
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged/corked green glass 375mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Best before 08.04.2029 (!).

Four fingers of active rocky magnolia head tops the hazy (perhaps I needed to allow it to settle for a few more days?) amber liquid. Lacing is very dense and voluminous.

Straight barnyard aromatics, wet hay, horse stalls, fermenting grain, livestock sweat, must corks - all subdued, but present and accompanied by a touch of dandelions and wild grass. Lovely.

The pale malt from the young lambic presents initially on the palate, but is followed by the tart and funky presence of the elder barrel aged liquid. Underripe white grapes, wild pear skins, fiddlehead ferns, and citrus round out the flavor profile. Long lightly tannic, rather dry, and fruity finish.

Medium-light bodied with surprisingly good carbonation. Brisk, refreshing, and vivacious without lacking for "wild" notes whatsoever.

Going to get a few bigger bottles of this and cellar for a decade or three...

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.

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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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