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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 47
Gots: 103 | 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 ballewblake
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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 +17.2%
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 +5.7%
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 -6.7%
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%
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 +0.7%
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 -1.2%
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 -7.2%
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 +9.7%
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 +13.7%
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 -5.2%
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 +7.5%
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 +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 +0.2%
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.

Photo of ATPete
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle corked and caged

Ive been severely craving for artisinal Belgians this week i find myself succumbed to the hands of a year + old gueuze tonight. The small corked bottle pours a warm amber orange color with incredible clarity and a small tightly knit white head. Funky, wonderful nose despite my belief that the bouquet is still tight. Peaches, dried apricot, nuts, hay, leather and earth all with a dry looming sourness about it. Acidic to the tongue and definitely coating on the back of the throat, full bodied and packed with layers of complex flavors. This one will just keep getting better.

Photo of krunchie
1.53/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Served at 11.5°C

A: Golden pale liquid, slightly orangey. High CO2 level, which gives the beer a light sparkly head.

S: Estery. Yeast, pear, grapes and grapefruit. A little like sour champagne

T: Sour, unpleasant bitterness. Like fermented fruit. Every mouthfull just gets worse and worse. Did I get a bad bottle or is this beer supposed to taste this bad? It's very funky and it reeks

M: The sour aroma and terrible bitterness (this is not like an IPA kind of bitterness, this is an "old fruit or other food that's been stored for too long" kind of bitterness) attacks the palate like nothing else I've tasted. High CO2

D: Had to pour it out, I couldn't even sustain it during the review. I've never had to do that with any other beer, it's down right fascinating.

Conclusion: Either this was a bad bottle, not my style or it just is one funky beer - nonetheless, I couldnt drink it. I've had several other spontaneously fermented beers before, but not one like this one. I'm NEVER gonna buy it again. The bottle looked fancy though

Photo of Suds
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer with a beautiful burnt gold color with a tremendously solid white head. The aroma is great, sour-smelling and funky with a nice mix of fruit, wood, grain, distant pale malts, and barnyard. Yeast and a tart fruitiness are the predominant notes in the taste, which is a little spicy and not overly sour. Nice balance, with a great interplay between the tart and sweet sensations. The beer is light-to-medium in body, with a spritzy carbonation. Nice, and incredibly easy drinking!

Photo of wl0307
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this ale three years after my first encounter; BB 29/11/2027(!), served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.

A: pours a peachy-red amber hue with light and sporadic fizz; the white fluffy head settles fast to a thin cap.
S: rather intensely metallic and tart-lemony notes upfront are firmly backed by a savoury-sour tinge of mixed fruitiness - marinated starfruits, oxidised Chinese pears, prunes and a touch of strawberry even (likely the perfumy elements hovering in the air...), leaving very fine aroma of oak-woodiness at the back. A swirl brings out the restrained funky stink true to a geuze ale, but not so overwhelming.
T: a considerably fizzy swallow comes funky and semi-lactic with a thick backbone of delicious salty-bitter and tannic dried tangerine- & grapefruit-peels (can't tell which kind), hawthorn fruits, sour apples... while a lightly spicy-phenol touch lags behind (typical of some dried fruit peels). A decent level of hop bitterness and dry, tannic touch from the oak-ageing gradually creeps up, rendering a long aftertaste with sherry-like dry-woodiness, stinky yeastiness, and an intriguing touch of "chilli-olives" lingering in the end.
M&D: the texture is refreshing with an initially high level of carbonation that softens greatly in every sip, while the body remains integrated, neither thin nor thick. Overall, the experience of this bottle seems to be better than my last bottle, as shown by the notes. But I can't judge which is better, since my taste-buds seem to get a totally fresh impression this time?! Highly enjoyable, anyway.

* Tasting Date: 02/10/06
375ml green bottle, corked and caged. BB 07/01/2025(!), well, can't wait that long... Served lightly chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.
4 A: dark orangey golden hue with a well-sustaining pillowy off-white froth, on top of gentle streams of fizziness. Decent.
4.5 S: as perfumy-fruity (like unripe peaches) as sour upfront: the creamy malts and thin-ish wheat-malts stay on the fringe, allowing the wet cotton-blanket like yeastiness, sour-bitter lemon zests and tart green apples, mineral hints of wood-casks(?), intense notes of prune- and apple-vinegar to dance freely~~ Very balanced and enticing, while the sourness only outweighs other elements as it gradually warms.
4 T: upfront the flavour and texture come really sharp and semi-metallic, with apple-vinegar and bitter-sour lemon juice cutting through the palate... quickly bringing aboard the dryish, rusty, woody texture as a result of oak-ageing as well as infected wheat-malts... relatively clean finish with a mild kick of pheonolic/lightly-peated bitter-sweetness deep down the palate. Pleasantly dryish finish... As the beer warms up and the texture softens, the mix on the palate is more rounded, reaching a harmonious state with equal inputs from sour-fruits, woodiness, mild maltiness, and bitter pheonol and powdered herbs.
3.5 M&4 D: the mouthfeel at first is quite intrusive, but softens bit by bit, turning to an ideal texture once the beer breathes a little while. Can't have the best of both worlds, alas, as the aroma at the same time turns duller without the clear and pleasant structure when fresh. Maybe this bottle is still young? But all in all this old geuze is truly impressive, one of the best I've tried, with good potentials to age.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Crown Liquor #19.

A - Poured a hazy golden color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate yeasty sour citrus aroma.

T - Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium sweet&sour finish of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a tingly texture and fizzy carbonation.

D - This beer met my expectations and was very good for style.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a corked 375ml single from Abe's Cold Beer. Compared to an unblended lambic I had earlier this week (Cantillon Iris) this beer is a little smother and more drinkable (and a little less complex), but still a pleasure to drink. It's heavy on lemon and lime juice with a with a fun tangy tartness and mild musty farmhouse notes. I'd call this a very nice beer and excellent starter gueze.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy golden color. Poured with a thin cover of white head.

S: A little bit acidic in the nose. Some funk with a little bit of cardboard thrown in. For a gueze this is a really tight nose. I am used to them.

T: A little bit tart. Some hints of orange peel. Again it is good but missing something for a gueze. Not nearly as tart as I would want.

M: Crisp mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

D: Not the best gueze I have had by a long shot. I might have gotten a bad bottle but this just was not enough. Not nearly as acidic or tart as I would want.

Photo of SaucyA
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by: 10.04.2026 haha

A - Sniftered. Body pours a golden haze, with a white cap on top. Froth actually sticks around for a bit. Bubbles rise to the surface, but doesn't look super-carbonated. No lacing.

S - Ripe fruit, brett, wild bacteria, yeast, oakiness. Sour apple and lemon acidity.

T - Super dry... not overly sour/puckering. Sparkling mineral water, lemonade, slightly acidic, very slightly tart. Tastes like a watered-down Girardin. Green apples, oak tannins. Finishes with a huge oaky dryness that works well, but could use a bit more tartness throughout.

M - Champagne-like mouthfeel, super crisp, tons of tiny little bubbles.

D - Quite drinkable, but when I go for a gueuze, I want ultra-tart, ultra-puckering.

Notes: Not my favorite of the style, yet no slouch. Drinkable, and quite a good starter Gueuze for someone not experienced with the sour styles.

I had to use pliers to pull the cork out.

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white foam on a clear, straw yellow body. the head has excellent retention and leaves nice lace.

S - Sharp, sour funk. Lemons, a bit of orange, pepper, and apple cider vinegar.

T - Musty, sour funk up front. Spicy wheat notes come in strong in the middle with some pepper and orange. The finish is vinegary and a little funky.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable for a gueuze, the sourness is not as assertive as some others, and the funk is mild as well. Still, there is enough going on here to satisfy and it went well with the shrimp bisque that I had it with.

Photo of Graham5161986
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours hazy orangy yellow with a big, frothy white head that has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Smell is of tart green apples and champagne-esque yeast. Taste is very much like champagne with lots of vinous, green fruit and a tart, cheek pursing flavour throughout. Very crisp and quite clean on the palate with a dry, bubbly finish. This is my first gueuze and I must say that I quite enjoy this style. This is a nice beer that I would buy again.

Photo of corby112
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a thin, foamy white head that settles into a thin lace. Aroma is citrusy and funky with a lot of sour fruit notes as well as some champagne yeast. Puckering but not too sour with a sweet citrus/ light fruit earthy flavor. Very vinous with a dry finish.

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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