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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 42
Gots: 92 | FT: 5
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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 DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impressions:

1. Best before 2025, wow!
2. Holy tart bombs batman!

Appearance: Champaign like body, light misty head, bright golden in color.

Nose: Lime juice from one of those little green bottles environs the room upon the cork popping. Faintly musty barnyard aromas of damp hay, concrete, dried guano, and dust come along for the ride.

Mouthfeel before taste because in this brew it matters more: Tart! Crisp and refreshing. Uber hard hitting.

Taste: Citrus and barn matter. Lots of wet grains.

Drinkability: Surprisingly very high.

Notes: This was my first foray into Gueze territory. I was impressed by the intense tartness and interesting farm qualities. I’ll make a return visit shortly.

DaPeculierDane, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Very funny, my first review of this beer vs what I think of it now. Two different worlds. Pours a burnt yellow color with a orange amber hue throughout. Limited, fizzy head when poured but quickly dissipates over time. Not really much lacing to speak of.

A nice sour aroma but there a more fruity essences that is odd for style. A more citrus aroma with some light lemon zest and winey notes. A light bready and almost pear-esk nose. There is a light metallic note as well.

The first taste comes out with a bit of sweetness that is a bit much for style. The sourness comes out but more of a tartness and then the sourness really comes on. Some nice white wine notes come out as your taste buds adjust to the sourness. Other flavors come out, grapefruit and citrus. A light lemon grass as well. Some vinegar and yeasty tanginess and a slight undertone of apricots as well.

The body is a between moderate and full. I think the body is a bit sweet for style and could dry out a bit. Overall a nice beer but some esters and metallic notes are off setting. Much better now than what I remember if from long ago.

Oxymoron, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a hazey greenish-brown color with a billowing white head. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is tart, sour and sweet. The taste is like the aroma, but not quite as big. The sweetness and the tartness play out more than the sour. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting brew; one that is worth a try.

KarlHungus, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of texashammer
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange and hazy with fluffy off-white head that lasts. Pretty. Smell of crisp apple or peach; tart and sour. Yeasty. Also some cracker-type malt. Taste is tart and sour! Like maybe some green apple. Dry and appetizing. Makes me want much more. Crisp bite on the palate, some spritz to it. Drinkability: yes, but slowly because it's so dry. I like.

texashammer, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy peach-nectarine-orange, a regular cornucopia of fruity colors. I gave the beer a gentle pour since the whisper soft 'pop' when I pulled the cork clued me in to its gentle soul. Thankfully, I've still been rewarded with a puffy, rocky head of pearlescent ivory. The magic doesn't last, however, as the cap has now melted into a formless mass and deposits no lace.

The nose is pungent, sour, funky and white grape fruity. I like it a lot. This is only my second gueuze (I have very little memory of the first) and I'm still trying to get used to the style, much less the subtleties of aroma and flavor. I'm pretty certain, though, that I've now met the one known as Brett. Repeated sniffs bring out the woodiness meandering beneath the more assertive aromas of fruit and funk.

Upon tasting... this is a completely new experience for me. Reviews are difficult when one's mind (and palate) is a tabula rasa with regard to a beer style that is as different as this one is. It isn't quite as sour or as funky as I was expecting. In fact, those characteristics could have been doubled and I'd still be onboard. As the label states, the beer has a great deal in common with white wine.

Oude Gueuze Vieille is snappily tart and pleasingly puckery. I'm not sure if the acidity will catch up me after a while, but I'm sure I'll be better able to tolerate it than if it was overly sweet. It still has a great deal of fruitiness, although no particular fruit other than dessicated white grapes comes to mind. The finish is so arid that it reminds me of a brut wine.

The mouthfeel is as light as air and is sparkly and expectant, like the atmosphere immediately prior to an electrical storm. Not quite Champagne sparkly though. As the finish approaches, the bubbles settle into the tongue and the beer leaves a pleasantly slick, microthin coating in its wake. The mouthfeel delights and amazes on a purely sensory level.

I feel like my impressions of Oude Geuze Vieille, and consequently this review, have been all over the map. That's to be expected when every sip brings new experiences to bear on a gueuze-ignorant palate. The one impression that has held fast, that hasn't wavered thoughout this entire wild ride is the only one that matters: I love this stuff.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Funky little green bottle, caged and corked. The second bottle I had blew the cork as soon as the cage was off.

Hazed light golden in color with lots of carbonation and a large white head.

Tart in the nose, with smells of almost over-ripe fruit and a musty dankness.

Light body with high carbonation and a bone dry finish. Green-apple-peel-like tartness fades to a lemony zing, along with some barnyard funk. At times it brought to mind unripe persimmon. Very dry and very crisp.

An interesting and enjoyable Gueuze.

Shultzerdugen, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shultzerdugan has introduced me to many a fine Belgium. Recently the Piraat Ale, La Rulles Triple and Duinen Triple.

With the quiet exhale of carbonation the uncaged cork of Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze Vieille joined the list of Belgiums.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a clasic thick Belgium head. Ahhh Gueuze!

The globe 0.5 L. glass captures the aromas of a distant farmyard mixed with tart crabapples, lemon grass and hay.

Almost a champagne tingle from the carbonation. Grapefruit and apples with some lemon acidity become very astringent and fade to the distant farmyard funky dry finish.

I am saddened to learn that Oud Beersel - one of the smallest traditional producers in Beersel that may have closed its doors for good at the end of 2003. I hope that I am wrong but I can find no link to the brewery here.

karst, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Initially very citrusy with a clean lemony nose. As it warmed up, that fruit turned darker, and it has taken on more of an Orange-like aroma. This beer really has a lot of aroma components, but one that I can make out is Vanilla.

Appearance: This is a beautiful example of a Gueuze! Even though there is plentiful action in the glass, this wheat beer manages to stay mostly clear. Hours after the pour, there was still an aggressive lingering head. This is a nicely presented beer for any style.

Taste: This beer has a world of flavor. As it was cool, the flavor was a bit one dimensional toward the lemony citrus, so it went down a bit like fizzy Lemonade. As it warmed, all of the flavors are coming out. It would be impossible to pick out any one sense that is getting bombarded by this beer more. It is remarkably balanced, and somehow leaves the palate feeling sweet and sour at the same time. You have to take your time with this beer, but it is worth the wait.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Chris.

It pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 2 finger head that falls to a nice healthy coating over top. Nice. The nose is a light grainey and acidic tart blast. Almost an orangey lemon tart as well. The flavor is nice. The tart sour is up front, but moves quickly to a slight sweet and light graineyness. Very refreshing. The feel is moderate with an active carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer. Another fine beer from our friend that speaks with the ferments.

kmpitz2, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of SheepNutz
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with two fingers of fluffy white head. There is no lacing. The smell is full of funktastic aromas. Lots of sour and tart, and just slightly sweet to balance it out. The taste is also nice and funky. It's more sour than sweet, and has a nice wheat base. Refreshing lemon on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and full. The drinkability is great due to the refreshing nature of this beer. Cheers to Chris for bringing this beer to the table.

SheepNutz, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light amber color with a medium head that falls fast, but leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is very tart/sour, acidic. That's really all I get from it, but it's great. The flavor is very nice. Not as tart as expected, but still has enough sour character to make it great. Very smooth and tasty. Mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is good.

clvand0, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight as a treat I decided to crack open a bottle of Gueuze. The brand "Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vielle" 12.7 ounce dark green bottle with a cork and cage closure.

The beer poured into the octagonal tumbler I chose, clear golden with a very slight amber hue. Abundant carbonation. The head was thick and creamy and persisted till the beer was finished and left thick brewers lace on the glass sides and bottom.

The aroma was fruity with sour apples, cherries and perhaps some ripe pineapple aroma. The aroma became acidic and sour with distinct earthiness and some wet oak.

The flavor was light with sour acidity leading followed by a light and persistent tart sourness. The flavor was also fruity, with no particular fruit distinguishable. The sourness was interesting and complex but not overdone.

The finish was dry with lasting fruitiness. The body was medium. I expected a bit more aroma and flavor and certainly more sourness, but this is a drinkable and refreshing beer.

Best before date was June of 2026... no kidding. This is a beer you can cellar for a while.

Citadel82, May 26, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear golden with a very slight amber hue. The head was white and low, but persisted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a light cherry and perhaps pineapple aroma that was fleeting. The aroma became acidic and sour with distinct earthiness and low barnyard levels.The beer was slightly sweaty and slighly oaky.

The flavor was light with acidity leading the charge followed by a light and persistent sourness. The flavor was not nearly as sour as was expected. The flavor was lightly fruity, with no particular fruit distinguishable, but a definite grapeskin and grapeseed flavor was present. The sourness was interesting and complex but not overdone.

The finish was dry with lasting fruitines and grapeskin/seed flavors into the aftertaste with a low sourness along for the ride into the aftertaste. The body was medium. I expected a bit more aroma character and flavor character and certainly more sourness, but this is a drinkable beer.

12.7 ounce bottle, corked and bailed. Best before date was illegible.

GCBrewingCo, May 04, 2005
Photo of RocketWidget
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Enjoyed as a 4oz sample at the Belgian Beer Fest 2004. My first Gueuze lambic, and since it was the last serving, the server gave me my sample for free to boot! Pours a very cloudy dark gold color, lighter at the edges, with exceptional carbonation for a lambic. A pure white head. Smell is unusually sour. A very unique taste! Very sour yet quite tasty, this beer is very difficult to review. Very unique, and very worthy of praise. Drink it!

RocketWidget, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of Tballz420
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After the top has been popped, this brew has a orange hued body, with zillions of little bubbles swirling around. Nice big white head on the top. The scent is tart, not as much horse shit as i was expecting. Quite a tart taste, some sourness that gives you a bit of a pucker. Light farmhouse flavors, yeasty notes, bits of fruit. Quite a dry brew. Im still working my way up to cantillion and co, this guy definately doesnt make me want to run from the style. Me like.

Tballz420, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of Skidz
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: 14.03.2022

Pours out cloudy light gold and sits a foggy golden amber in the champagne flute. Large, soapy white head hangs on tight, fading to a good skim, no lacings.

Smells distinctively horsey but with a fresh twist of tangy citrus. Lemon and lime work to balance out the dusty aromas which also presents a fair amount of apples. Greenhouse aroma seeps out from underneath, providing hints of fresh peat and geraniums.

Tastes fresh and sweet up front with intensifying tartness all the way to the finish. Crabapples and tart green grapes pucker the cheeks and give some fruity sweetness. Leather and a dry wooden presence soften the tartness and allow the fruits to shine through. Finish is dry with lime-like flavors clinging to the sides of the tongue, quite wine-like, nearly a sauvignon blanc or fume blanc on the finish.

Crisp, lifting and completely refreshing in the mouth. Solid carbonation holds on and blankets the mouth. Light-medium in body, totally enjoyable.

I am a huge fan of this beer. Mysterious and surprisingly enjoyable. Full character all the way. Special occasions or an occasional treat are perfect times to pop a bottle open.

Skidz, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of maltydog
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled at Monk's in Philly. If there is a Belgian beer heaven in the US this is it! 12.7oz. corked bottle. Appearance - straw golden body w/ extremely dense rocky whie head. Aroma - very citrusy (lemon) w/ a background of the infamous horseblanket (although this would be one lucky horse!). Taste - classic geuze taste - tart, lactic, barnyardy and DELICIOUS! My first time with this producer and it won't be my last!

maltydog, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of soper2000
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up from Jungle Jim's yesterday. I absolutely loved their kriek, so i was excited to try their gueuze. Pours a nice copper underneath a 1 finger white head with a furry of champagne like bubbles. Nose was a little more subdued than I was expecting. Sure there was a nice acidic bite and a small amount of funk but it's not nearly as aggressive as some of the other gueuzes that I have enjoyed. Taste was a definate reflection of the nose, but throw in some oak and apples. Overall it's still a very good beer but not nearly my favorite gueuze.

soper2000, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before March 2022, a little ridiculous.

This beer pours a well carbonated golden color with a fluffy white head. Smell is a bit weak to me as I was expecting more pungency. The taste is the same way. Slightly sour citric notes and a dirty earthiness that I liked. There seemed to be a bit of natural sweetness to me that matched against the sourness. This gueuze wasn't nearly as sour or pungent as some of the other ones I have had. It was good but sort of forgettable.

granger10, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of walleye
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

could not read the best before date looks like 2073 .poured a cloudy golden with a big white head. aroma, sour, vinegar, apples, lemon, pine, hints of ginger,with a bit of sweetness. flavor, sour fruits, some cherries, apples, cider vineger, hops, lemons that are on the way to going bad, alcohol.I am not big on this style of beer so my rating is not going to reflect the way I view this beer I do not feel I should give it a bad rating I will try this style again to see if I can start to like this style.

walleye, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of gbontrag
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm in heaven, I'm in heaven...

I drank this at 58 F.

I love these naturally fermented brews.
Poured golden cloud. Beautiful light foam that fizzled and frothed to a huge clingy head.

Smells like parfait of fresh pears, roses, sour cherries, starfruit, orange zest, in sour yeasty oak. Love that special 'B' (Belgian) aroma; it's funky which is code for farm odors.

Dry; bites on the bitter sides of my tongue. Tannin>fruit wood. Lime zest, sour cherries; runs tart to bitter. It's splendid and sparkling. It's effervescent. It's sour with very little sweet, like a trickle of sour juice. There's definite horse'ness' that gets stronger as it warms. Let it warm. Oh, how good it would be with a sausage, cheese and levain bread platter with mustard and barrel-aged kraut.

gbontrag, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of moulefrite
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy peach/orange color with a nice fluffy head redolent of rising bread dough. Good and tart in aromatics with lively citrus aromas intermingling with barrel aromas. Smooth and crisp in the mouth and somewhat creamy. Lots of citrus in the flavor profile with bitter lemon and grapefruit at the forefront. The finish is long and bitter. This is good stuff.

moulefrite, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle dated best before 3/14/2022. Pours a clear golden pils color with a volcanous eggshell colored head. Lactic, sour smells mixed with a bit of greenhouse and old leather. Tastes a bit similar to Boon gueuze in the fact that it's a bit sweet, more fruity and honeyed, for a gueuze. There's a small amount of horse blanket farmhouse funk to it, just enough to tie it all together, but I was expecting a bit more for some reason. I wanted my tastebuds to be assaulted. A nice subtle, cheesy hop flavor finished off a lightly tart and mostly malty gueuze. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, I just wished I'd been assaulted with salivary gland dryness. I'd seek it out again.

crookedhalo, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ML corked and caged bottle. The BB date is 2023, which is humorous.

Pours a hazy light orange color with a sizable head. Head retention is excellent and lacing is average. The aroma is sour, acidic and grassy, though sweeter than Trois Fountaines or Girardin gueuze. The taste is pure sharp acidity with a musty horse blanket feel and plenty of sourness. Theres also a strong lemony citrus taste. The mouthfeel is smooth and very tingly (from lambic yeast as well as tonnes of carb). This beer is eminently drinkable. Its a classic gueuze.

Gueuze is the best style of beer in the world IMHO, and this is a very good one.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clear gold, with moderate, noisy carbonation and a thin, uneven white head. Looks a lot like apple juice, actually.

Farmhouse aroma. A bit musty with a hint of lemon.

Quite sour at the start, followed quickly by a light lemon tartness and some musty hay flavors. A teeny bit of bitterness at the back end, with a floral hop character making itself felt in the aftertaste.

Light in the mouth and fairly tingly. This is a nice beer to sit with for a while, as it is enjoyable in very different ways both tart and refreshing right out of the fridge and slightly warmed, when the flavors have had more chance to develop.

mzwolinski, Aug 31, 2004
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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