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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 45
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 thierrynantes
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (37,5 cl.) purchased in Comptoir du Poulpe (La Roche/Yon), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : clear orange, with white foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : fruity and sour aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : nice sour flavours with woody notes and dry finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the Belgian traditional style Gueuze.

Photo of Risser09
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by phphilly at Phatz' sour beer tasting. Big ups.

Appearance: This beer poure clear and with a distinct blonde color. There is ample carbonation and a slight off white head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sour apple, funk, brett, lemon, hay, barnyard and earthiness. Complex , just how gueuze should be!

Taste: Sour apple funkiness with some woodiness. Horseblanket and lemon. Almost chardonnay like in flavor as well. a nice gueuze!

Mouthfeel: Sharp and funky with sweet and sour attributes as well. Carbonation is alive and has a very dry finish.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable and low in abv makes this beer quite quaffable. Lots of complextiy makes this a staple among gueuze beer. I would buy it continually.

Photo of Hibernator
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oud Beersel Oude Gueuze Vieille
12.7 oz green bottle with caged cork
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a hazy orange with tiny bubbles that race to the top of the glass. Excellent head on top leaving puffy trails of sticky lace.

Sharp citrus notes in the nose with a funky yeast presence.

A super tart and sweet sensation with hints of a granny smith apple. The finish is complex with a lemon and vinegar bite that almost makes the mouth pucker. Classic Gueuze appeal with a distinctive yeast quality. Each sip is interesting with different flavors to showcase. A style that I truly enjoy and this is a beauty.

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

Poured out very much the same as a fine champagne, with very nice color and carbonation.

Taste is of very firm, tart green grapes, which have not ripened. Very tart and crisp throughout with many of the same flavor profiles as a high quality champagne. Earthiness and a distinct image of french farmland comes to mind when drinking this.

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ML bootle, caged and corked, into a wide mouth white wine glass. Presents itself as a medium golden honey color with a slightly rocky, cream-colored head that is not very deep. Retains well, however, and leaves rings of lace in the inner rim of the vessel. The nose is all gueuze - wet hay, grass, musk, and a subtle fruitiness intermingled with earthy spice notes. Quite pungeant, especially when given a swirl in the glass. You really need to stick your nose in this one. The palate follows suit, offering a very sweet/tart beginning, with the taste rounding out to accentuate notes of white grape, candy sugar, honey, and balsamic vinegar to name justa few. This beer turns very dry, very fast. Incredibly complex, as a gueuze should be. Mouthfeel is medium, with terrific carbonation levels and good control of acidity. Lingering tartness finishes this beer exceedingly dry, like a good dry white wine. A fine example of the style, and one I'll return to again. If you're expecting a sweetened, mass-marketed lambic-style beere here, you're in for a mouth puckering shock.

Photo of Patrick999
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first gueuze. Browsing the aisles, it hit me that I wanted something sour and dry. I remembered my Beer Advocate beer styles, and reached for this. "Best Before" June 1, 2025?? That's a bold claim! I guess I'm drinking this one pretty fresh, then!

A - Golden. Pretty big head that seems to want to stick reasonably well. Looks great.

S - When I uncorked it, I immediately thought of champagne. Allowed to warm, it has more qualities...a bit of antique-store smell (wood), a bit of your grandfather's attic, sour champagne grapes. Really pretty classy and intriguing. I like!

T, M - I've developed a fondness for sour beers, so the sour taste doesn't shock me anymore. However, this is shockingly dry to my palate. It's redolent of wet wood, and there is a bit of sour yogurt in the finish. The champagne grapes in the smell are not so much tasted, only perceived in the slightest. Crisply carbonated and very refreshing.

D - Those with a taste for the sour and dry could knock back a few of these. The only limiting factor would be the price. Other than the price tag, very solid and enjoyable.

Photo of IPAcraig
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in Panama City, it was the only geuze in the entire store; though I cant complain as I havent found any in Tallahassee. Poured from a 375 ml corked and wirecage bottle into my De Garre snifter.

A - Nice orangish gold hues. A thin head but fairly sizeable for a gueze.

S - Nicely sour, exactly what you would expect in a quality geuze. A lingering sweetness is present as well as a touch of lemon. Solid, but I was craving a wee bit more sour.

T - Sour with a bit of a sweet tartness. This beer finishes with a very dry, bitter bite. A hint of citrus and pepper.

M - Very light and extremely carbonated, considering the style, though it was a pleasant surprise.

D - Despite my recent fondness for extremely sour geuzes, I havent found them to be extremely drinkable. I really enojyed this one, but it is about as drinkable as some of my favorites.

Photo of ski271
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Zeno’s in State College.
A- Clear, flat, glistening pale gold with absolutely no head.
S- Sour, grapy funk. Smells like a strong cheese, like esrom.
T- Tart and sour, medicinal, apple cider-like twang.
M- Pretty high acidity, medium-light body, and no carbonation.
D- “WTF” was my first impression, being that this is the first gueuze I’ve ever had. Looking at the description of the style, I’d have to say this is pretty right-on. And I’m assuming this is one of the better ones out there given the glowing reviews it has received. I guess this style is just not for me, though I liked the twangy mouthfeel.

Photo of bennetj17
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color, with a 1/2 inch head of foam that holds up well. Good steady streams of carbonation. The aroma is tart and fruity with apple and citrus notes. There is a characteristic musty oak smell with a hint of medicinal/floral spice.

Plenty of funky fruit tang in the taste, although not overwhelmingly sour. Again the fruit leans toward citrus/lemon. More wood spice in the flavor also before the finish where it all fades quickly leaving not much of an aftertaste. The thickness is light to medium, and a good dose of foamy carbonation helps give this a creaminess that I don't always expect from a Gueuze but I certainly enjoy.

This was a tasty bottle of tart funk. Nothing overdone, the flavors had a nice balance and the mouthfeel held up well. Recommended. Thanks to ClockworkOrange for the bottle...

Photo of Brewfan
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cork and caged green bottle. Best by date embossed on back: 1/26/2025. I'll be getting some more of these to lay down for years to come.
Poured into my Rodenbach flute.

Crystal clear orangish/muted copper body with a strong white head that lasts throughout the beer. Very thick lace that clings in patches to the glass. Steady stream of carbonation rised from the bottom of the glass.

Smell of funky sourness, slight fruity tartness and some barnyard mustiness.
Crisp over-sour apple taste with very little vinigar bite. No hops, no malt. Not nearly as sour as Cantillon, but much more drinkable. Starts quite tart but becomes sweeter and more drinkable as the beer progresses.

Pleasantly crisp on the tongue. Finishes drier than it starts with some slight bitterness towards the end.
A+ in drinkability.

Very nice geuze, a style that I'm starting to explore more.

Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very cloudy amber color with a slight initial head (decent for a true lambic). Nose is pleasantly woody, with a tart, grassy, slightly funky backplane. First taste is a bland sweetness, followed after just the barest pause, by a hugely sour tartness. Between these extremes one picks up notes of rubbery leatheriness, new-mown hay, ripe crab-apple. The acidity lingers long after the last drink.

On the tart end of the spectrum of true lambics, this is refreshing and tasty.

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

Thanks a million to yinzer for hooking me up with this beer. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.

By the time we got to this beer later in the evening, it seemed quite simple, gentle friendly and easy drinking, compared to some of the others we had.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold color with some yeasty floaties. A nice head leave little lace.

Smell: Sour apples and tart dry cider-like aroma. Some vinegar acidity and lemon tartness. A gentle barnyard attribute not overpowering.

Taste: Big tart sour apple cider flavor, wood and dry champagne. Earthy musty and sour but not overly funky. This one seemed pretty straight forward as sour gueuze go.

mouthfeel: Warm and smooth. Lively carbonation and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: This one went down increasingly easy. very drinkable as the style goes.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of mcallister
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale straw colored with a massive highly carbonated head. Brilliant white and thin, but a good 3 inches high. Retention is good, slowly fading. Tiny bubbles from from the middle of my tulip up. No lace.

Lemony sour tarts, and lemon sour patch kids. Lime, wild poisinous berries, earth, and barnyard aromas. Highly acidic, acid aromas galore.

This is a delicous, dried, massively complex delight of an ale. Lemon rind and an overall much more refined lemon flavor than in the nose. Hints of lime, and some of the sharp, pungent berry flavor as in the nose. Nice carbonation with a excellent backbone of zingy fresh acidity. Overall a great easy drinking beer.

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

12/12/06- Purcahsed at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 375ml bottle, caged and corked. Freshness code on the back label. Poured into my Duchesse goblet.

Appearance- Slightly dark golden in color. Absolutely no head whatsoever. Looks completely flat. Massive yeast floaters. A couple fine bubbles to denote some kind of carbonation. Ultra light lace left behind.

Smell- Whiff of light fresh fruits. Maybe some sour lemon and lime. Bit of oak and a nice tart scent.

Taste- Mixture of tartness (sour) and a glimpse of fruity lemon sweetness. Very nice oak barrel flavor. Flavors go together nicely.

Mouthfeel- Fairly sharp and biting crisp carbonation. Where did this come from??

Drinkability- Very good flavor. Solid for the style. Would really like to taste a fresh bottle.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Geuze!!!! I'm so anxious. This style of beer has been something I've put off for too long.

Poured into my Belle-Vue flute.

Appearance- The color is at first, a light murky sinshine hay and light amber with cool bubbling. Looks like amber champagne. The head really adds the icing on this funky cake.

Smell- Pretty unique from what I'm used to. Very odd and tart. Very earthy and farm sooil aroma with some wet burlap. Also the evident winey aroma.

Taste- Very tart, not what I generally look for or like in any beer. But, it was a nice departure. I got the small bottle instead of the big one because I've heard they are all pretty tart. But this was ok. Unique, vinuous amber malt and Belgian malts with a stale bitterness profile. The front is viney malt with the finish as carbonated grapes mixed a light Belgian pale ale.

Mouthfeel- The palate is very acidic, but it doesn't burn. I sometimes wondered while drinking this beer how so many American beer drinkers love this style of beer. It's unique, just nothing that I would buy regularly. Or scream its praises from the rooftops.

Photo of yinzer
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle, best before 27.01.2025

appearance: Cloudy yellow/orange with generous head.

smell: Orange, grapefruit. Some funkiness but not as extreme as say Hanssens.

taste: Starts with a lite sweetness, then sour, fruity, with a tart finish. Not extreme complexity or barnyard, but a great Gueuze. I just might like to be hit over the head a bit more with the tart/smelly cheese aspects. I wouldn't argue with a 5.0 here.

mouthfeel: Full and lively.

drinkablilty: Typical for a top Gueuze. Small assaulting to the senses sips, always looking forward to the next.

Photo of EPICAC
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Cantillon tumbler at Oud Arsenaal in Antwerp.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden with a fluffy, off-white head that fades very, very slowly.

Smell: Some fruity aromas are evident above an acidic sourness, there's also a light funkiness. Swirling brings out more sourness.

Taste: Sour and acidic with a fruity citric sweetness. The finish is lightly funky with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation, lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Good. Sour and funky with a nice balance. Has all of the lambic characters, but isn't extreme.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color gueuze with a big foamy white head with great retention. Aroma consists of light horse blanket, funky yeast and some light green apple. Taste is sour with a nice funky touch and with a low acidity level, which I did appreciate. Not as overly complex as some other gueuze producers or blenders out there but still very much enjoyable.

Photo of DogFood11
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip this brew forms an enormous sea foam head that has tons of support as the body has extremely high levels of fast moving waves of carbonation. Light copper to yellow.

Not as tart as others I've had but it still puckered me up on the first pull. Things settled down as my palate adjusted to the tartness that carries itself from start to finish. Inbetween is a simpler offering that includes a mild malt body that leans towards the husky side of things. Crab apples and young green grapes. Yeast has flashes of some funk but once again pretty subtle and following the theme of this moderate gueze.

Notes: It was a delightfull beer to start the college football viewing day. Finishes very dry and cleans up nicely.

Photo of phisig137
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated best by January 27, 2025. Pours a clear, bright, honey orange color, with a fluffy one finger head. Good retention slowly falls, leaving behing nice lacing.

Aroma is spicy and funky. Overripe sour apples and pears, wet basement, horse, and phenolic yeast. No joke in the nose, this Gueuze mean business.

Flavor is smooth, and pleasant. Raw grains, especially wheat start up the flavor, followed by light fruits, and acid. Quite tart on the finish, enough to make you pucker a bit, but also just enough to draw you in for another sip. Not terribly complex, but gets better as it warms. Mouthfeel is highly effervescent, and a little thin due to it. Drinkability is a bit low, as I find most Gueuze to be.

Overall, a good beer, but not a gueuze that I would recommend someone to start with. It may be a bit over the top for the uninitiated, and maybe even too much for some that are. Good overall, but I'd like to see what this would do with a few years in the hole.

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

This poured to a nice bright and glowing peach color with a small head. It lasted well but did not leave lace.

The smell is very appealing, with a soft acidic sourness. The taste matches this character, with a blend of light fruits coming through as well. The mouthfeel is mildly tart, and drinkability is good.

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

Poured from a 375ml bottle with a best before date of 26.01.2025, I guess I'm drinking it a little early. The appearance is pale yellow and clear with a really nice white foamy head. There was a lot of carbonation when I popped the cork too.

The smell is just about perfect gueuze, tart and sour but with a barnyardy component aroma (kind of like in Saison DuPont or Hennepin). The flavor is extremely tart and puckering. I drank through the bottle quickly.

Easily recommendable but you have to like sour beers.

Photo of cproioi
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks very much like Champagne. Pale yellow body with loads of carbonation always rising from the bottom and a white head that sits closely knitted on top leaving nice lacing. The nose of the beer has a sour wild yeast aroma which over powered any other.

The taste followed the smell very closely. It was very sour with a lot of tanins that brought my inner cheeks together nicely. With a tingle of carbonation on the tounge. Sippable nicely done beer.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before January 26, 2025.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours deep gold with a large white creamy head that descends to a well-retained thin cover.

The smell is sour, with citrusy fruits, especially lemon.

The taste is of tart fruits that are well-blended. The tartness has some backing of an earthy yeast. Some soft woody notes are present. It has a light, lemony finish.

It has a tart lemony tang and is smooth despite the sour and tart, but only a limited refreshing feel - though it was probably intended this way, considering the style. Still it's pretty easy to drink. The overall feel is clean and dry.

It cleanses the palate and has a lasting tart fruity flavor. Obviously, it not the best to choose as a thirst-quencher, but it does well as a palate cleanser or as an accompaniment to a plate of fine cheeses.

Photo of rayjay
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco. Undated bottle, cork reads "SB 15." Hurricane of carbonation under a thin, dense white head. Smells of leather, cheese, bread, feet, under-ripe fruit. This bottle may be a bit off because there is a strong note of cardboard in the taste. Otherwise, tart lemonade and cereal grain dominate the flavor, along with metal, hard water, grass, musty cheese, salty prezel, and perfume. Tartness is undenyable, but tastefully restrained. Finishes dry, as anticipated. By now, the carbonation has lost it's vigor and the beer seems old and flat, and the skunked taste isn't helping. I will get a fresher bottle and compare them. A bit sticky and vinegar-esque (just a TINY bit). Cheers.

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