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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 46
Gots: 110 | FT: 7
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Belgium

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 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

Photo of sloejams
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the sours and this is no exception. It's a hazy yellow color with medium carbonation. The bottle is great - classic old world Belgium style. It breathes sour apple, lemon and slight cider vinegar.

The taste is nice and sour. Similar flavors in the mouth with a slight bit of proseco. Easy drinking and delicious.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a murky orange color with flakes of sediment in the bottle and glass. Thin white head that diminishes slowly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Tart fruity aroma with some dusty and earthy malt. Medium-bodied with a tart apple character and light coriander and yeast flavors. The finish is dry with green apple and oak flavors and it leaves behind a lingering citrus and spice aftertaste. Overall this beer is pretty enjoyable.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a bunch of coagulated yeast all over including one at the top of the bottle. The yeast on the bottom is very chunky. Pours a great light brown/gold color with little of the white head and no lacing. Smell is a corky sourness, light and slightly tartness. Taste is very light with little sourness left. Flavors are very mellowed out. Very drinkable in the fact that you don't have to wait very long to take the next drink. Mouthfeel is a little acidic but not bad, pretty smooth for a gueuze. Overall it's very drinkable, but I prefer the more tart, fresh lambic/gueuzes, but this is nice too.

Photo of weeare138
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to phnphilly for sharing this at Phatz's sour beer night...
Appears a hazy, semi-transparent light gold with a small white head that fades into a light collar, and mild head. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of grapes, cork, sour dough, funk, raisins, and plastic.
Taste is mostly of funky rubber, light berries, barnyard funk, and dusty horseblanket.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, acidic, and dry.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
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
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -0.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 -0.7%
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
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
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 +3.7%
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
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +4.2%
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.
Cheers!

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