Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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4.33/5 rDev +8%
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.
03-20-2008 02:00:26 | More by Beerzebub
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
03-17-2008 02:26:09 | More by eberkman
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
03-16-2008 05:15:21 | More by MurphysIrish
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
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
03-01-2008 17:25:58 | More by beerthulhu
4.28/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
02-01-2008 21:03:23 | More by sloejams
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
12-19-2007 20:19:46 | More by Dogbrick
3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
11-26-2007 03:39:01 | More by Erdinger2003
3.95/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
11-23-2007 21:55:26 | More by weeare138
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
10-27-2007 13:19:42 | More by thierrynantes
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
10-20-2007 14:35:18 | More by Risser09
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze Vieille
12.7 oz green bottle with caged cork
Served in a pilsner glass
Pours a hazy orange with tiny bubbles that race to the top of the glass. Excellent head on top leaving puffy trails of sticky lace.
Sharp citrus notes in the nose with a funky yeast presence.
A super tart and sweet sensation with hints of a granny smith apple. The finish is complex with a lemon and vinegar bite that almost makes the mouth pucker. Classic Gueuze appeal with a distinctive yeast quality. Each sip is interesting with different flavors to showcase. A style that I truly enjoy and this is a beauty.
10-05-2007 22:14:15 | More by Hibernator
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured out very much the same as a fine champagne, with very nice color and carbonation.
Taste is of very firm, tart green grapes, which have not ripened. Very tart and crisp throughout with many of the same flavor profiles as a high quality champagne. Earthiness and a distinct image of french farmland comes to mind when drinking this.
07-26-2007 17:56:39 | More by BravoTwo
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured from a 375ML bootle, caged and corked, into a wide mouth white wine glass. Presents itself as a medium golden honey color with a slightly rocky, cream-colored head that is not very deep. Retains well, however, and leaves rings of lace in the inner rim of the vessel. The nose is all gueuze - wet hay, grass, musk, and a subtle fruitiness intermingled with earthy spice notes. Quite pungeant, especially when given a swirl in the glass. You really need to stick your nose in this one. The palate follows suit, offering a very sweet/tart beginning, with the taste rounding out to accentuate notes of white grape, candy sugar, honey, and balsamic vinegar to name justa few. This beer turns very dry, very fast. Incredibly complex, as a gueuze should be. Mouthfeel is medium, with terrific carbonation levels and good control of acidity. Lingering tartness finishes this beer exceedingly dry, like a good dry white wine. A fine example of the style, and one I'll return to again. If you're expecting a sweetened, mass-marketed lambic-style beere here, you're in for a mouth puckering shock.
07-20-2007 18:01:30 | More by beerphilosopher
4.13/5 rDev +3%
My first gueuze. Browsing the aisles, it hit me that I wanted something sour and dry. I remembered my Beer Advocate beer styles, and reached for this. "Best Before" June 1, 2025?? That's a bold claim! I guess I'm drinking this one pretty fresh, then!
A - Golden. Pretty big head that seems to want to stick reasonably well. Looks great.
S - When I uncorked it, I immediately thought of champagne. Allowed to warm, it has more qualities...a bit of antique-store smell (wood), a bit of your grandfather's attic, sour champagne grapes. Really pretty classy and intriguing. I like!
T, M - I've developed a fondness for sour beers, so the sour taste doesn't shock me anymore. However, this is shockingly dry to my palate. It's redolent of wet wood, and there is a bit of sour yogurt in the finish. The champagne grapes in the smell are not so much tasted, only perceived in the slightest. Crisply carbonated and very refreshing.
D - Those with a taste for the sour and dry could knock back a few of these. The only limiting factor would be the price. Other than the price tag, very solid and enjoyable.
07-18-2007 19:57:02 | More by Patrick999
4/5 rDev -0.2%
I picked this up in Panama City, it was the only geuze in the entire store; though I cant complain as I havent found any in Tallahassee. Poured from a 375 ml corked and wirecage bottle into my De Garre snifter.
A - Nice orangish gold hues. A thin head but fairly sizeable for a gueze.
S - Nicely sour, exactly what you would expect in a quality geuze. A lingering sweetness is present as well as a touch of lemon. Solid, but I was craving a wee bit more sour.
T - Sour with a bit of a sweet tartness. This beer finishes with a very dry, bitter bite. A hint of citrus and pepper.
M - Very light and extremely carbonated, considering the style, though it was a pleasant surprise.
D - Despite my recent fondness for extremely sour geuzes, I havent found them to be extremely drinkable. I really enojyed this one, but it is about as drinkable as some of my favorites.
07-02-2007 23:54:40 | More by IPAcraig
3.43/5 rDev -14.5%
On tap at Zenos in State College.
A- Clear, flat, glistening pale gold with absolutely no head.
S- Sour, grapy funk. Smells like a strong cheese, like esrom.
T- Tart and sour, medicinal, apple cider-like twang.
M- Pretty high acidity, medium-light body, and no carbonation.
D- WTF was my first impression, being that this is the first gueuze Ive ever had. Looking at the description of the style, Id have to say this is pretty right-on. And Im assuming this is one of the better ones out there given the glowing reviews it has received. I guess this style is just not for me, though I liked the twangy mouthfeel.
05-24-2007 19:55:24 | More by ski271
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a slightly hazy copper color, with a 1/2 inch head of foam that holds up well. Good steady streams of carbonation. The aroma is tart and fruity with apple and citrus notes. There is a characteristic musty oak smell with a hint of medicinal/floral spice.
Plenty of funky fruit tang in the taste, although not overwhelmingly sour. Again the fruit leans toward citrus/lemon. More wood spice in the flavor also before the finish where it all fades quickly leaving not much of an aftertaste. The thickness is light to medium, and a good dose of foamy carbonation helps give this a creaminess that I don't always expect from a Gueuze but I certainly enjoy.
This was a tasty bottle of tart funk. Nothing overdone, the flavors had a nice balance and the mouthfeel held up well. Recommended. Thanks to ClockworkOrange for the bottle...
04-10-2007 19:46:28 | More by bennetj17
4.53/5 rDev +13%
Cork and caged green bottle. Best by date embossed on back: 1/26/2025. I'll be getting some more of these to lay down for years to come.
Poured into my Rodenbach flute.
Crystal clear orangish/muted copper body with a strong white head that lasts throughout the beer. Very thick lace that clings in patches to the glass. Steady stream of carbonation rised from the bottom of the glass.
Smell of funky sourness, slight fruity tartness and some barnyard mustiness.
Crisp over-sour apple taste with very little vinigar bite. No hops, no malt. Not nearly as sour as Cantillon, but much more drinkable. Starts quite tart but becomes sweeter and more drinkable as the beer progresses.
Pleasantly crisp on the tongue. Finishes drier than it starts with some slight bitterness towards the end.
A+ in drinkability.
Very nice geuze, a style that I'm starting to explore more.
04-03-2007 15:24:08 | More by Brewfan
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
This pours a very cloudy amber color with a slight initial head (decent for a true lambic). Nose is pleasantly woody, with a tart, grassy, slightly funky backplane. First taste is a bland sweetness, followed after just the barest pause, by a hugely sour tartness. Between these extremes one picks up notes of rubbery leatheriness, new-mown hay, ripe crab-apple. The acidity lingers long after the last drink.
On the tart end of the spectrum of true lambics, this is refreshing and tasty.
03-31-2007 22:15:40 | More by allengarvin
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
Thanks a million to yinzer for hooking me up with this beer. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.
By the time we got to this beer later in the evening, it seemed quite simple, gentle friendly and easy drinking, compared to some of the others we had.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold color with some yeasty floaties. A nice head leave little lace.
Smell: Sour apples and tart dry cider-like aroma. Some vinegar acidity and lemon tartness. A gentle barnyard attribute not overpowering.
Taste: Big tart sour apple cider flavor, wood and dry champagne. Earthy musty and sour but not overly funky. This one seemed pretty straight forward as sour gueuze go.
mouthfeel: Warm and smooth. Lively carbonation and a very dry finish.
Drinkability: This one went down increasingly easy. very drinkable as the style goes.
Hope this is helpful.
03-24-2007 06:04:44 | More by Phatz
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Pale straw colored with a massive highly carbonated head. Brilliant white and thin, but a good 3 inches high. Retention is good, slowly fading. Tiny bubbles from from the middle of my tulip up. No lace.
Lemony sour tarts, and lemon sour patch kids. Lime, wild poisinous berries, earth, and barnyard aromas. Highly acidic, acid aromas galore.
This is a delicous, dried, massively complex delight of an ale. Lemon rind and an overall much more refined lemon flavor than in the nose. Hints of lime, and some of the sharp, pungent berry flavor as in the nose. Nice carbonation with a excellent backbone of zingy fresh acidity. Overall a great easy drinking beer.
03-22-2007 22:41:29 | More by mcallister
3.7/5 rDev -7.7%
12/12/06- Purcahsed at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.
Presentation- 375ml bottle, caged and corked. Freshness code on the back label. Poured into my Duchesse goblet.
Appearance- Slightly dark golden in color. Absolutely no head whatsoever. Looks completely flat. Massive yeast floaters. A couple fine bubbles to denote some kind of carbonation. Ultra light lace left behind.
Smell- Whiff of light fresh fruits. Maybe some sour lemon and lime. Bit of oak and a nice tart scent.
Taste- Mixture of tartness (sour) and a glimpse of fruity lemon sweetness. Very nice oak barrel flavor. Flavors go together nicely.
Mouthfeel- Fairly sharp and biting crisp carbonation. Where did this come from??
Drinkability- Very good flavor. Solid for the style. Would really like to taste a fresh bottle.
03-09-2007 22:47:00 | More by GClarkage
3.45/5 rDev -14%
My first Geuze!!!! I'm so anxious. This style of beer has been something I've put off for too long.
Poured into my Belle-Vue flute.
Appearance- The color is at first, a light murky sinshine hay and light amber with cool bubbling. Looks like amber champagne. The head really adds the icing on this funky cake.
Smell- Pretty unique from what I'm used to. Very odd and tart. Very earthy and farm sooil aroma with some wet burlap. Also the evident winey aroma.
Taste- Very tart, not what I generally look for or like in any beer. But, it was a nice departure. I got the small bottle instead of the big one because I've heard they are all pretty tart. But this was ok. Unique, vinuous amber malt and Belgian malts with a stale bitterness profile. The front is viney malt with the finish as carbonated grapes mixed a light Belgian pale ale.
Mouthfeel- The palate is very acidic, but it doesn't burn. I sometimes wondered while drinking this beer how so many American beer drinkers love this style of beer. It's unique, just nothing that I would buy regularly. Or scream its praises from the rooftops.
01-06-2007 23:01:47 | More by scruffwhor
4.65/5 rDev +16%
Bottle, best before 27.01.2025
appearance: Cloudy yellow/orange with generous head.
smell: Orange, grapefruit. Some funkiness but not as extreme as say Hanssens.
taste: Starts with a lite sweetness, then sour, fruity, with a tart finish. Not extreme complexity or barnyard, but a great Gueuze. I just might like to be hit over the head a bit more with the tart/smelly cheese aspects. I wouldn't argue with a 5.0 here.
mouthfeel: Full and lively.
drinkablilty: Typical for a top Gueuze. Small assaulting to the senses sips, always looking forward to the next.
01-01-2007 07:36:15 | More by yinzer
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
Served in a Cantillon tumbler at Oud Arsenaal in Antwerp.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden with a fluffy, off-white head that fades very, very slowly.
Smell: Some fruity aromas are evident above an acidic sourness, there's also a light funkiness. Swirling brings out more sourness.
Taste: Sour and acidic with a fruity citric sweetness. The finish is lightly funky with a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, lightly dry finish.
Drinkability: Good. Sour and funky with a nice balance. Has all of the lambic characters, but isn't extreme.
12-08-2006 05:27:15 | More by EPICAC
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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