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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 46
Gots: 109 | 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 Paisan
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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 -0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +3.7%
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 +11.7%
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 -11.2%
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 -2%
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 +0.5%
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 -5%
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 +2.5%
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 -0.7%
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

Photo of ballewblake
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my duvel tulip.

Low off white head that stays strong, duvel laser etching holds a spot in the head. Hazy golden straw color. Decent lacing. Skunky funk nose, gueze in the back. Smooth body, dirty, earthy, oxidized a little. Smooth, sucks the moisture from your mouth. Dry and earthy finish.

Photo of arcadiajon
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours brilliant gold with a slight haze. Big mountainous head like fresh whipping cream, leaving behind damn near perfect lacing.
S - This particular bottle was slightly lightstruck, as happens quite often to this amazing beer, thanks to the stupid green glass. That aside, you can definitely detect notes of not-quite-ripe pear, perhaps a touch of white pepper, and just the right amount of goaty funk.
T - Oh, so amazing! Crabapple, unripe pear, a touch of lemon juice - maybe even lemon juice concentrate. Spice-pepper notes are there as well, along with a distinct flavor reminicent of sour patch kids!
M - Nice effervescence - dances on the tongue... best way to describe it: it pops. Lingering aftertaste complemented by just the right amount of pucker.
D - I could live off this, but I'm biased by my complete adoration for this style. Regardless, this is a brilliantly complex, easy-drinking brew that I could revisit any day of the week... but it's extra special when I have it as an occasional treat. I'm thinking some kind of shellfish - perhaps mussels with leeks, a touch of curry, ginger and white pepper. Or maybe a dessert of some sort - lemon poundcake with an apricot marmalade? Damn, I'm hungry now too!

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

Well, on to number two of tonight's beer-tasting. This is the second Gueuze (I already had the Cantillon gueuze - graded A)...

A: This one I had to open like a champagne-bottle - removing the steel wire and then gently removing the cork. Then it poured golden with a almost perfect white powerful head - that stayed for a really long time. The beer is of course a bit cloudy due to the bottle conditioning.

S: Obvious yeast (Brettanomyces) hits your nose, and then there is also a bit malt some fruit but the smell is not that strong. It smells a little like black powder after you fired it off.

T: Here you can sense fruit, berries, some sweetness and most surprisingly it tastes like black powder smells after you fired it off. The aftertaste is dry and a bit bitter.

K: Dry and your tongue gets a good tickling.

D: Well, it's no doubt a great Gueuze - and you should absolutely try Gueuze once. This one is a bit sweeter than the Cantillon I tried earlier tonight - but I put my money on the Cantillon Gueuze.

Photo of Floydster
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from Hi-Times in Costa Mesa a few years back, has been in my cellar ever since, currently drinking out of my Belle-Vue flute glass, color is a golden yellow with some orange tint, one inch bubbly white head, this one gushed a bit, not much retention, weak lacing, aroma consists of lemon juice, horse hay, funk, wild yeast, oranges, oak, and white grapes, starts off with sourness followed immediately by lemon, pretty watery in the middle and actually washes things out a bit, finish is fairly dry but there needs to be more acidity to make this more true to style, slightly dry, citrusy, and funky mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, way too carbonated, taste lingers a little, easy to drink but too light for a gueuze, too plain overall, no alcohol in the flavor and crisp though, not a bad gueuze overall, probably could use some more age actually, would drink again, worth trying

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cider-colored dirty blonde that you can see through with great carbonation and two-finger head. Bitter sour fruit smell like pear along with citric notes and some woodiness; has a juice-like smell with a hint of sweet malt. Bitter and sour, a little too much for my liking, with a leafy-like dryness that slightly overpowers some sweet and sour fruit tastes. Medium-bodied yet crisp and sharp, beer cuts through as it passes the tongue and finishes dry and musky. A good beer but not one that I would want to session.

Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle bought at small wine focused store in CT.

Oud Beersel Gueze looks like a nice honey with a one finger head on top. It smells sour , funky, certainly more complex of a smell than the Budweiser that I drank at lunch earlier today. The taste is more of that sourness, crisp and refreshing though. Mouthfeel is bubbly, similar to sparkling wine. The drinkability is good, a nice gueze that did not set me back as much for its price compared to some others of this style that I have bought previously. Very much a beer worth your time and investment.

Photo of Onibubba
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clear golden pour with a creamy head easily coaxed back up with a gentle swirl. lacing does not cling. Odor is harsh as can be. I was expecting tart, but the funk, the wood, the barnyard is simpley explosive. Soured milk and veiny blue cheese come to mind. Taste is more on the sour side with lemon rind coming to the front. Very high on the tongue, very dry, almost spritzy, but never quite reaching that level of carbonation. The combination of scent and mouthfeel make this a sipper of the highest order. It was a bit of an enduance test, in fact. Still, not an unpleasant experience, and one I am sure to revisit. A very nice lambic.

Photo of RuudJH
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 37.5 cl, abv 6%, matured in chestnut wood barrels

A: nice golden to orange colour, thin cream coloured head, very fizzy.
S: hints of fruit and spice, sour dough bread.... very present is the wood.
T: tart/sour, only very slightly sweet, tannic acid, lemon, unripe fruit, with a distinct bittersweet aftertaste.
M: Dry in the mouth.
D: Clearly not as fruity as the old kriek, made by the same brewery, but it's defenately more woody and dry.
It's very good when you're thirsty for sure.

Photo of LaPeste
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml corked bottle purchased from Vendome in North Hollywood.

A: Golden and cloudy, small head, small bubbles apparent

S: Vibrant. Sour apples and lemon, perhaps a hint of cherries. This one smells great.

T: Not as sour as I expected, but of course it is still sour. Lemon, orange, pepper, sparking water.

M: Very refreshing, slightly puckering, but as said not as close to as sour as I thought it would be.

D: Very refreshing and drinkable. I could drink this all night.

I was expecting, and hoping for this to be much more sour. All in all, though, this one very enjoyable

Photo of goethean
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy straw color. aroma is wild, fresh, effervescent, inviting.

Flavor is beautifully light, transcendent, champagne-like, and yet bursting with flavor, including mild maltiness, light sweetness. A pleasant mild sourness. not vinegary.

Highly drinkable, especially for a gueuze.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle thanks to a trade with Ding which was cool because this doesn't seem to be available in Colorado. Really good appearance, the most substantial head I've seen on a gueuze to date. Hazy orange, cloudy, looks good. It smells like a hint of wheat and brettanomyces but no overt barnyard or sour-like smells. The taste is weird, pungent, putrid, not sour and not funky barnyard. The best way for me to describe the flavor is the smell I get from an old wheel-barrow that was filled with grass in the fall and then putrefied into a blackened swampy mess by spring. That may sound bad but its the only way I can think to describe it. Overall, this was probably my least favorite gueuze which is too bad considering that I really enjoyed their framboise and kriek.

update June 2011 2005 vintage

crisp, tasty, good gueuze

Photo of stumac
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours up a clear golden color with a thin off white head. the nose is wood, tart citric acids, subtle honey notes, light fruits. I taste sour candied fruits, subtle oak, cork, not overly sour. medium bodied, low carbo, very clean finish. Chicks like this! In a good way!

Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

apple juice quite murky. quite sweet nose. let it breath for about five minutes. sour apple as expected. but gentle... taste is sweeter than usual. quite pollen like. honey... bee's wax... lillys and pollen sweet... a musty candy finish... some vanilla. definitely the mellows of its nature. the most forward in the flowery sense too. almost a honey like quality. wonderful. simple palate for a very delicate style. at cellar temperature a nice rose water bread finish... like a triple almost... but one can dream.

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

Vintage 2008 (bottled 2008-10-29) Serving date: 2009-03-13. Best before: 2028-10-29. Served in wine glass.

A: Orange color, slightly golden hues. Big white (with a yellow shade), airy and sparkling head that settled after a while and leaves some lacings.

S: A very sharp acidic note hits the nose at the first breath, but this is leveled out even at the second breath. Tartness dominate. Plenty of yeast, overripe apples, some mild funky notes (wet straw). A champagne-like smell, good but a little to restrained. Would have wanted a little more.

T: Ripe apples, green-skinned grapes, lemon peel (think white wine), earth and straw. Wheat is also present and is reminiscent of bread crumbs. Plenty of yeast as well. All in all, a very tart taste, almost sour. It's very vinous and sometimes reminiscent of champagne or dry cider. Some funky notes as well, but a bit paradoxically I think the beer is rather refreshing as well. The finish is rather dry and contains more overripe fruit, some barrel-character, fruit pits, some gentle minerals and, a bit surprising, even a mild bitterness. Very pleasant and very tasty.

M: Light body, plenty of sharp and lively bubbles. A bit crisp. Very champagne-like.

D: A fantastic brew. Drinks like a fine wine. But perhaps it is a little to restrained considering the style. I would have liked a little more character and depth.

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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