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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

742 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 42
Gots: 87 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-21-2002)
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Photo of bennetj17
4.18/5  rDev +4%

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...

bennetj17, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of Brewfan
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

Brewfan, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +5%

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.

allengarvin, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

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.
Cheers!

Phatz, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

mcallister, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev -8%

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.

GClarkage, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

scruffwhor, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of yinzer
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

yinzer, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

EPICAC, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color gueuze with a big foamy white head with great retention. Aroma consists of light horse blanket, funky yeast and some light green apple. Taste is sour with a nice funky touch and with a low acidity level, which I did appreciate. Not as overly complex as some other gueuze producers or blenders out there but still very much enjoyable.

Phyl21ca, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into a tulip this brew forms an enormous sea foam head that has tons of support as the body has extremely high levels of fast moving waves of carbonation. Light copper to yellow.

Not as tart as others I've had but it still puckered me up on the first pull. Things settled down as my palate adjusted to the tartness that carries itself from start to finish. Inbetween is a simpler offering that includes a mild malt body that leans towards the husky side of things. Crab apples and young green grapes. Yeast has flashes of some funk but once again pretty subtle and following the theme of this moderate gueze.

Notes: It was a delightfull beer to start the college football viewing day. Finishes very dry and cleans up nicely.

DogFood11, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of phisig137
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Bottle dated best by January 27, 2025. Pours a clear, bright, honey orange color, with a fluffy one finger head. Good retention slowly falls, leaving behing nice lacing.

Aroma is spicy and funky. Overripe sour apples and pears, wet basement, horse, and phenolic yeast. No joke in the nose, this Gueuze mean business.

Flavor is smooth, and pleasant. Raw grains, especially wheat start up the flavor, followed by light fruits, and acid. Quite tart on the finish, enough to make you pucker a bit, but also just enough to draw you in for another sip. Not terribly complex, but gets better as it warms. Mouthfeel is highly effervescent, and a little thin due to it. Drinkability is a bit low, as I find most Gueuze to be.

Overall, a good beer, but not a gueuze that I would recommend someone to start with. It may be a bit over the top for the uninitiated, and maybe even too much for some that are. Good overall, but I'd like to see what this would do with a few years in the hole.

phisig137, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +2%

This poured to a nice bright and glowing peach color with a small head. It lasted well but did not leave lace.

The smell is very appealing, with a soft acidic sourness. The taste matches this character, with a blend of light fruits coming through as well. The mouthfeel is mildly tart, and drinkability is good.

watermelonman, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured from a 375ml bottle with a best before date of 26.01.2025, I guess I'm drinking it a little early. The appearance is pale yellow and clear with a really nice white foamy head. There was a lot of carbonation when I popped the cork too.

The smell is just about perfect gueuze, tart and sour but with a barnyardy component aroma (kind of like in Saison DuPont or Hennepin). The flavor is extremely tart and puckering. I drank through the bottle quickly.

Easily recommendable but you have to like sour beers.

TurdFurgison, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of cproioi
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%

Looks very much like Champagne. Pale yellow body with loads of carbonation always rising from the bottom and a white head that sits closely knitted on top leaving nice lacing. The nose of the beer has a sour wild yeast aroma which over powered any other.

The taste followed the smell very closely. It was very sour with a lot of tanins that brought my inner cheeks together nicely. With a tingle of carbonation on the tounge. Sippable nicely done beer.

cproioi, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Best before January 26, 2025.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours deep gold with a large white creamy head that descends to a well-retained thin cover.

The smell is sour, with citrusy fruits, especially lemon.

The taste is of tart fruits that are well-blended. The tartness has some backing of an earthy yeast. Some soft woody notes are present. It has a light, lemony finish.

It has a tart lemony tang and is smooth despite the sour and tart, but only a limited refreshing feel - though it was probably intended this way, considering the style. Still it's pretty easy to drink. The overall feel is clean and dry.

It cleanses the palate and has a lasting tart fruity flavor. Obviously, it not the best to choose as a thirst-quencher, but it does well as a palate cleanser or as an accompaniment to a plate of fine cheeses.

jwc215, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of rayjay
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%

Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco. Undated bottle, cork reads "SB 15." Hurricane of carbonation under a thin, dense white head. Smells of leather, cheese, bread, feet, under-ripe fruit. This bottle may be a bit off because there is a strong note of cardboard in the taste. Otherwise, tart lemonade and cereal grain dominate the flavor, along with metal, hard water, grass, musty cheese, salty prezel, and perfume. Tartness is undenyable, but tastefully restrained. Finishes dry, as anticipated. By now, the carbonation has lost it's vigor and the beer seems old and flat, and the skunked taste isn't helping. I will get a fresher bottle and compare them. A bit sticky and vinegar-esque (just a TINY bit). Cheers.

rayjay, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Aroma is tart and musty with apple and citrus notes. Body is a vibrant gold in color and holds a diminishing thumb thick white head. Fore has some hearty malt notes that are not sweet but rather acidic like ripe fruits. Some definite unsweetened lemon meringue and peel notes. Some soured overripe orange notes appear toward the finish along with tangerine and tangelo. Finish is abrupt crsip and dry. Some lingering mustiness and old cork flavors appear in the aftertaste along with white grapes and apple. Very nice range to it and lots of unameable subtle flavors appear throughout.

Jredner, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Left a white foamy one finger head with some good retention, and no lacing. Body was a hazy yellow.

Aroma - sour green apples, a little musty ( but in a good way ) , some acetic acid.

Taste - much like the smell. Sour green apples, washed with acetic acid, and a very faint hint of cracker-like malt. Musty and very sour, but sort of a clean sour vinegar on the finish.

Mouthfeel - fluid, very bubbly, drying.

Drinkability - this is good and I'd have another if I was having food during the session as this seems to need to compliment food. If it was just a drinking session, well, I think I'd have no more than one.

ultralarry2006, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of unklesyd
4/5  rDev -0.5%

I dig this beer pretty good.

Pours out with a voluminous, dense head that maintains throughout. A thick, deep mustard yellow with continous carbonation maintained until the end.

Tart, acetic nose without being over-the-top. Some worn leather in the back of the nose.

A nice balance of tartness and drinkability. Sour without being lip-puckering. Pairs very well with salty kalamata olives and red peppers.

The acidity, dryness, and carbonation help to keep this light and not too sticky on the tounge without drying out the mouth too much.

37.5 cl bottle is just the right size. Very nice experience.

unklesyd, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%

Originally reviewed August 1, 2005. 50cL Bottle. Glowing peach yellow. Aroma is strong with ethers and hexane, backed with figs, cherries and apples. Starts very sour and puckery, with some rubbery sugars. A dose of must. Melds into an almond fruity mellowness. Foams strongly in the mouth. My first Lambic, too sour for me. Best aspect is sugary light lemon aftertaste. Improves towards bottom of bottle, with a little warm, a hint of nice alcohol and a more reduced sourness.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Ode to an Oud (or is that Oude?)

I have been enjoying the Gueuze (geuze?) style for about 2 years now, and I have tried many of the major examples. All (IMHO) are very good, but for some reason, this lovely one has always meant the most to me. So to my last bottle (best by 2073!), the one I have been saving for a long time, in hopes of finding more, I dedicate this review with my first 5.0 across the board.

Because what is a 5.0? To me, it means that it is as good as it gets, the reviewer enjoys all aspects of it, the drinker (that would be me) does nothing but look forward to that specific beer. And ladies and gentlemen (and the rest of you too), this beer meets all of those criteria. We have a winner!

And therefore, instead of a left-brained, annotated dedicated and ultimately emasculated analytical review, all I can say is that I love this beer. I have given up hope of seeing this beer again, perhaps I will on my next trip to Belgium or at some wild BA convention, and that will be a fine day. But until then, I have my memories of my Sunday afternoon gueuze...

Dukeofearl, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

Clouded apricot pour with an expansive white head that forms stiff, rocky peaks with tremendous staying power. Even the last sip is crowned by a light veil of white.

Aroma is funky and inviting. Moist farmyard scents with some fermenting overripe fruit, dried grass, lemon zest, cheese mold, and tangy berry vinegarette.

Flavor is better and less sharp than I expected from previous reviews. Rustic farm and uncontrolled wild yeast notes combine with tangy/bitter grape skin and intense white vinegar fruit salad. There's a hint of sweetness at the back and a bite of minerality and ferrous astringency.

Body is below medium and very crisp and effervescent. The sharp tartness is kept in check by a gentle and soft mouthfeel and fluffy texture.

AlexJ, May 28, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3/5  rDev -25.4%

This is the first Geuze style I've experienced and unlike the others raving about it around me, it will take some getting used to before enjoying it. The tartness is just too much. No hop character, this one was paired with some pretty good cheeses. I just can't get inot this yet, but I said the same thing about barley wines a year ago.

Backer2004, May 28, 2006
Photo of Crosling
2.73/5  rDev -32.1%

Golden bronze color, with ample foam. Unappealing smell, which hints of everything lambic, but in a more subtle, gentler way. At its aromatics core, it has an undeniable red apple scent (cut apples sitting for more than an hour, which have slightly browned.) Take a big sniff and you’ll smell it. To me, it smells cidery and unappealing and most of all, not what I want to sniff in a Gueuze. Apple hints continue upon tasting, although it’s more of a green apple flavor, or an apple platter. The sourness is there throughout and it’s not sweet, but where is the woody, subtle fruit, funky horsey hints...everything else good in lambic? This is a pretty terrible Gueuze, a total ho-hum blend.

Crosling, Mar 17, 2006
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