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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 45
Gots: 113 | 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 nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +8.4%
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
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of koolk
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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
3.95/5  rDev -2%
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
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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 -3.2%
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 +10.9%
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 -0.7%
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 -33.5%
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 -10.7%
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
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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...

Photo of RedHaze
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 375ml bottle. What ever date or number was on the back label has been rubbed off.

Pours a hazy golden color with a dense two finger head that settles very slowly to a thick cap. Despite the cap, the foam does not stick all that much to the glass.

Smell; musty hay, yeast, vinegar and a touch of "barnyard" funkiness. Some sour apples, lemon grass and a little bit of a vinous quality add some fruitiness.

Taste; starts off sour, but not as much as I would have thought after the nose. Very earthy and musty, and then becoming mildly fruity with green apples, white grapes, and lemons. Finishes with the barnyard funk, some vinegar and a puckering sourness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mild carbonation level. The dinkability good, in spite of the sharp vinegar in the finish.

Photo of rye726
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear golden color and a frothy light tan head. Lots of tart citrus and some earthy funk. Sour fruits and mildly sweet malts. Definately brings down the funk. A creamy body with lots of carbonation. This is an outstanding example of the style. I wish my palate was better adapted to describe this delicious elixir.

Photo of jophish17
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cage & corked 375mL bottle purchased at Green's Beverage on Buford Hwy, best by 4.20.2026..!

My first Geuze, so my thoughts should be taken with that in mind

Aroma: Heavy tart smell with sour apple and vinegar being distinct

Appearance: It looks a lot like champagne with its golden color and fair transparency, except it does have that three quarters of an inch of thick white head that retains well. Very little lacing.

Taste: It is sour as expected by the smell, with some citrus acidity to it. The fruitiness seems to come from lime or grapefruit, or even citron

Feel: lots of carbonation and a very dry finish on this one, which leaves the sour taste in the mouth for quite a while.

Drinkability: Much better than other sour beers that I have encountered, although I am a bit more aware of what to expect nowadays. I'd never know there was alcohol either if not for the label, so that was not a problem.

Overall, Geuze is a style that I enjoyed. Not among my favorites but something I will come back to on occasion and experiment around with. Would be interesting to follow this up with something ultra-sweet

Photo of DIM
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a bright, mostly clear pale yellow. It poured with a big fluffy white head that was long lasting.

s: There were relatively mild aromas of yeasty acidic apples. And ummm, damn it all gueuzes are hard to describe. Some vaguely rotten funk to be found here also.

t: Musty, tart, and acidic apple flavors dominate. There was some throat grabbing, difficult to describe funk as well.

m: The carbonation was not as prickly as I expected it to be.

d: This was my second time dipping my toes into the gueuze pool. The Hanssen's Oude Gueuze I tried was a lot more confrontational. I prefered that one, but this was more approachable.

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

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into an Ommegang flute.

Best before 20.04.2026

A: Pours a hazy and bubbly, orange-tinted gold color that, initially, was covered by a slightly off-white head constructed of very fine bubbles. This quickly gave way to a finely bubbled skim and thick ring. Minimal lacing was present.

S: Deliciously tart aromas of green apple and lemon. Followed closely by damp dirt floor basement, musty leaf pile, wood, and vinegar.

T: Sour green apple, not so ripe citrus, moist cord wood, lightly toasted malt, vinegar, tart berry, and spicy/earthy musk and funk.

M: Starts juicy and sour and gradually turns dry, spicy, and acidic. Puckery in the middle and toasty and dry in the finish.

D: An excellent way to break someone into sour beers. Not too terribly funky-but with just enough skankiness to intrugue and not intimidate a newcomer to Geuze/Lambic.

Photo of sfoley333
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375ml (best by 20-04-2026) bottle into a cantillon gueuze glass. Poured a clear golden yellow color with champagne like carbonation. The cork popped of with great pressure and the head foamed up then dissapated a minute later. The smell is musty earth tones not what I would call barnyard and some lemon scents. The taste is very light on the sourness compared to most others gueuzes with more lemon zest and slight acidic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light body with a perfect carbonation level. This is a very drinkable gueuze and would be a great beginner gueuze to introduce someone without giving them the overpowering funk that might turn off a first time taster. But for me that barnyard funk, that bile is what I yearn for in a gueuze.

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

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.

Photo of eberkman
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MurphysIrish
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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