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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 42
Gots: 87 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 03-21-2002)
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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
Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best Before 14-03-2022", Guess I better pop the cork on this one in a hurry! I may not be around in 18 years. This pours a cloudy, iced tea color body, with a small, tight head that is beige. Beautiful sheet lacing is very satiny.

Aroma has notes of sour, apple cider, white grapes, and cherries. Very tart. Musty yeast is in the background, along with some spicy notes of anise and coriander.

Mouthfeel is alive with natural carbonation, and is very tart and acidic, almost like vinegar.

Taste is complex. Tangerine vinegar comes to mind, initially. Tart and dry all the way through, with some sour apple notes. Some malt and wheat flavors peek through at room temperature. Solid yeast presence reminds me of my grandmother's chicken coop from 40 years ago. Fruitiness of this Gueuze makes me think of sucking on a fresh lime. Ah, but this one goes down smooth. Finish is tart and dry. Some oak wood notes are quite perceptible from cask aging.

Very well crafted and excellent for style. Get some bottles of this one and cellar them for a few years.

merlin48, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taart. A wine-like aroma, and a cherry and apple taste. Beige-gold color with lots of foam slow to dissipitate. Lemon acid and good carbonation. Very dry, and sour aftertaste. Alcohol seems higher than the 6% at room temperature. Rich, thanks Malto..

Sammy, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of inebrius
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Preserved lemons and ceviche mingle with fresh mown grass and green peanuts. Who cares what it looks like? You won't even see it it drains so quick.

It's tangy, it's earthy, it's like sliding down a muddy chute through a mountainside lime orchard into a saline sea while unbelievers throw small granite stones at your nostrils. How do you describe this? A pile of Granny Smith peels and hazelnut skins on a wet dog. I love it!

inebrius, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
2.38/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear light copper tone. Half of a middle finger of dirty white head is formed on the pour. Retention is better than average. Lacing is sporadic. Kind of a weak nose for a gueuze. And it seem actully more sweet than sour from smelling. Candy like to a point. Some sour raspberry notes mix in on the nose a little bit. The taste is sour. And not the lambic type of sour. Rather, the unappealing sour of a rotten apple. Not vinegar sour, but veggie-like sour. This beer's not good. What a shame. It pales in comparison to the Cantillon I just consumed. It really pales...

Bighuge, Jul 23, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Carefully decanted, pours out to a slightly hazy orange, forming a peaking whipped white head with superior retention and average lacing. Carbonation is strong, forming highly active spiral streamers. Aroma is mouthwatering with sour green apples, dusty basement, and a slight amount of skunk. Mouthfeel is spritzy, lively, and very tart with a light body. Taste begins with intense sourness, suggestion of sour green apples, a moderate amount of non-descript bitterness, a noticeable amount of metal, lack of any sugars, and tannic astringency in the tart finish. Finish is bone-dry. Not much barnyard Brettanomyces character going on. For some reason, the wild fermentation of Lambics tend to give me an early headache, despite the fact that I love them so much.

A nice Geuze, but I prefer mine with more residual sugar and less astringency. Better enjoyed as it warms up, allowing the carbonation to dissipate.

Mitchster, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of aracauna
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber (I may have decanted some of the yeast, but I thought I was careful). The head is thin and fleeting. The first burst of the aroma is the smell you get after having just bitten into a green apple. Under that is cheeze and hay that has sat in storage for too long. The apples carry into the flavor, but instead of the green apples, it changes more like a cider apple. Very fruity, but there’s not the harsh sour punch I was expecting of something like Cantillon. The tartness here is a part of a balanced, but complex, flavor instead of the dominating characteristic. A very drinkable gueuze.

aracauna, Jun 24, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers Matta for the trade Appearance first strikes as displaying an intense carbonation which feeds a huge foamy white head, very rocky, perfect white and amazingly long-lasting for a sour beer. The body is a cloudy yellow, darker the more yeast is in the glass, champaign alike in terms of bubbling. Bursting and evolving aroma with excentric nuances of old basement, barnyard, dust and lots of bret character. As it warms up, I start to notice more and more a blue cheese character which is very appealing. Not unlike a white wine, white grapes bouquet bursts and at times will even display peaks of pears and orange. In mouth, it is rather cidery with tart apples and brett funk. The finish is very dry, extremely white wine alike, moderately astringent. Mouthfeel is superb, uniquely airy with an incredibly soft carbonation, intense all the way through, but perfectly regular with gentle fine bubbles like a champaign, creamy and superbly pleasant. As stated so many times before, it’s a shame that such a good beer, a classic perhaps, will undoubtedly be bound to disappear from the face of earth in the next couple of years. The texture is legendary.

Rastacouere, May 24, 2004
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been so excited to try this beer. Pours out a golden orange color with a huge white fluffy head that lasts and lasts. Tons of little bubbles work their way to the top. The smell is sweet, tart, sour and a bit yeasty. The taste is much more mild than I expected. Starts out sour and tart then kind of blends together and fades away. Complex but still smooth. I am shocked at how easy drinking this is. I don't know where I am getting this from but something almost bitter hits you in the middle. I have had the other beer from this brewery (Kriek?) and I think I prefer that one to this. But still, this one is great.

CharlesRiver, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a beautifulgolden color with a nice sized head. The aroma has a sourness to it as well as some horse sweat. The body is fairly light with a lemon zest character. Of course it is tart and it finshes dry. Not a bad gueuze. Not my favorite, but it still is very good.

ark57, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oud Beersel Oud Gueuze was served from a 375ml green capped and corked bottle, with a “best by” date of 2022. The cork popped with force...pow! Poured into a Chimay chalice, the gueuze was a murky and glowing yellow-orange color and was topped by a thick, persistant, and fine off-white head that left blanket-like lacing. Vigouous carbonation was observed through the sides of the glass. The nose was moderately sour and lightly wooden, with notes of fermented apple cider and esters of granny smith apple. The taste spoke of a mature and wizened mellow oaky tartness, which held numerous deep and intriguing subtlties. Suggestions of must, oak, earth, sour apples, prevaded throughout...wonderful. It finished dry and quenching, with lingering sour apple peel notes. This beer was very fluffy and bouyant, which paired very well with the flavor profile. Mature and soft, yet deep and charismatic, this gueuze drank fantastically well. I could imagine drinking one of these daily after lunch. Big thanks to jcalbi for making this review possible.

HiroProtagonist, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged heavy glass bottle, 2002 vintage. The cork is removed and a deep, dark, golden liquid emerges. The head is thick, and white in colour. The aromas are great, and very gueuze like. Farmyard animals, horse blankets, skunks, wheat, tart non-fruity fruit, and more. The taste is very tart up front with a lovely sweet and sour middle and an everlasting finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thick for a gueuze, but it works well and the drinkability is excellent. Another excelletly authentic version of this lost style of brew!

francisweizen, Mar 08, 2004
Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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