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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
90
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788 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 43
Gots: 98 | FT: 7
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 rtepiak
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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
1.45/5  rDev -63.9%
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
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
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
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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
3.98/5  rDev -1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of brendan13
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark golden colour with a couple of centimetres of pillowy white head that falls fairly quickly. A touch of lacing is left.
S - Smell is quite complex. Some lemon and green apple notes with a woody undertone followed by some wheat malt aroma and a tart, musty quality.
T - Sour lemon is at the forefront of the taste followed by a straw/woody note. The musty, "barnyard" character hits at the back.
M - A dry, light bodied mouthfeel with a fairly high carbonation. The sourness is noticeable but not a mouth puckering as I was expecting.
D - I'm still trying to get my head around this style but this is quite an enjoyable beer. Not something for everyone but I'd drink this again and recommend to people looking to expand their beer drinking options.

Photo of mbrandon2w
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle, best before 2025. Poured into Cantillon gueze glass.
Cork popped out violently, almost flew out of my hand.
Poured lightly hazy gold/amber with orange highlights.
Head is fizzy, almost soda-like. but sticks around and leaves a thin lace on top. Carbonation is lively, with bubbles cascading up the whole time.
Smell is citrusy, with a sharp lemon like aroma and a sour funk. Lightly fruity, candied peaches and apricots.
Flavor is lightly sweet, with more of an apricot flavor, and just a light acidity and funkiness. Sourness hits the back of the tongue but is not overpowering at all. Sweet lemons and orange flavors come through more as I sip. Some soft wheat malt flavors shine through as well.
Incredibly easy to drink for a lambic. The sourness and funkiness is so well balanced with the fruitiness of this beer.
Excellent.

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

A very loud pop follows a strong white head on a burnt amber colour. Strong carbonation.

Unmistakable Gueuze nose - Some serious wet blanket/wet dog mixed in with some sour/off fruit aromas - think mouldy peaches, nectarines and other stone fruit. Has a real citrus streak in it as well with a lot of lemon and lime action. I really like this!

Palate is full and lifted with the strong carbonation. Lovely sour finish that is not as intense as other I have tried recently (good thing? bad thing?). A very pleasing lemon flavour and again that reoccurring mouldy fruit flavour last on a very long finish. As it warms I can even see a slightly malty/roasted note present. Barrel perhaps? Very dry finish. Good gear.

Great mouthfeel and really well balanced. Missing a little "souring" intensity, but that isn't to say that it is not present (or a bad thing)!

Damn...another fine Gueuze on our shores. Many thanks to those bringing them in and stocking them. Try this if your a fan of the style.

Photo of Douglas14
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with a great head that raises too quickly. The aroma is by far the bed aspect of this gueze. It is super funky. It has lots of barnyard, outdoors, hay, and leather characteristics. It also has sour odors and is kind of lemony. The taste isn't as sour as the smell made me thought it would be. It is funky and somewhat zesty. Pretty awesome. I'm becoming addicted to these beers.

Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out clear yellow with two fingers of white suds.
The aroma is sour apple. Some lemon and some malt.
Taste is just sweet sour with lemon zest. Not much else going on.
Mouthfeel is very clean. Love the citrusy zest feeling on the tongue.
This is a very good sour beer. Would like to have this on draught somewhere.

Photo of waldowin
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber, hazy, with a white ring that last for a while, no lacing visible.

Smells of lemongrass, and a hint of greens. Taste starts out very light with a hint of sweet, but then smacks your tongue with limes and pepper. Very wild, very funky. A hint of vinegar. This beer definitely has some lambic roots in it.

Mouthfeel is acidic, stringent, drying and dominating. As sour and puckering as this beer is, one bottle is more than enough for me. Definitely an interesting journey into the "wild" side of beer fermentation, but I think perhaps a lambic is more my style.

Photo of Nipitato
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors located in Westborough, MA.

A: Interesting gold hue, which turns more copper when held at a different angle. Head is limited.

S: Sour lactic acid aorma. Restrained musty horseblanket farmhouse character. Cider like with apple and pear notes.

T: Similar to nose...lactic sournes with a restrained farmhouse funk. Tastes like a lambic up front but sounress takes over in the middle and at the end. Malt balances sourness well.

MF: Tart puckering quality. Medium light body. Lightly carbonated.

D, notes: Pretty good. My first gueuze so I have nothing really to compare it to. I found it well balanced despite the pronounced sourness. I don't find Belgian sour ales particularly sessionable.

Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I forgot how much I like real Gueuze with all the funky notes and oh so good sourness. This is a slightly orange tinted brown colour with little head. The nose is classic Brett with other earthy notes in the mix. Very well put together with just the right amount of sourness. I need to buy more of these.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cork stamped with "SB 40". best by date of 27.01.2025

poured into tulip

hazy classic honey color w/ brownish amber tones. decent head fades to thin layer. some very sparse lacing.

some typical gueuze funk, then vinegar and champagne notes. hint of wood towards the end. whiff of foot funk, overripe peach.

tart and woody. cider vinegar acidity and faint fruit. yeast peeks in. mild bitterness fades into powerful acidity again, although woody and dry finish then reappears.

almost vinegary texture. prickly but not overactive carbonation.

decent, but just a bit one-dimensionally sour, at least when compared to the other gueuzes i've been trying lately.

Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Pours the color of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with a light filmy head. Smell is funky barnyard sourness. Taste is mild, bland, faintly sweet and a hint of funky sourness. Pretty mild overall with a light lingering funky flavor.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gently hazed goldenrod color with a cidery green apple aroma. Dry, and tart but not challenging, the Vielle has very low carbonation and a dry apple cider flavor that, at peak moments, hints at chardonnay. Timid but intact. A good drinker though not my favorite gueuze.

Photo of mdagnew
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 500th beer review !!

375ml bottle bought from www.onlyfinebeer.co.uk... i've had
this about 3 years and it has a best before date of 2022...

Poured a nice light coppery orange colour with a slight haze... Slightly off white head pours loose and frothy and faded fairly quickly to light layer of thickish foam. Quite a lot of carbonation rushes to the surface... light sticky lacing

Aroma - Sour with a slight sweetness just coming through, citrusy, sour apples, yeasty, herbal notes, some grapefruit, acidic, cider hints, barnyard funkiness - wet hay, faint floral honey traces, peppery, faint almond nuttiness, the slightest hint of toasted bread..

Taste - Much more mellow than the aroma would indicate... Nice balance of sourness mixed with citrusy fruits (strong grapefruits, lemons), definite sour apple / cider notes, slight saltiness, quite creamy, herbal / perfume notes, musty / funky, some faint nuttiness, grassy / hay, a little toasted bread, no real maltiness...

Feel - Starts pretty sharp and dry but then smooths out quite quickly... light body. Very refreshing and drinkable... probably needs to be chilled slightly before drinking...

Overall - An excellent gueuze and one that isn't mouth puckeringly sharp.... one of my favourites. Very refreshing and definitely worth a try if you can get it...

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
90 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.