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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille - Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

781 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 43
Gots: 98 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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 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.

DogFood11, Nov 25, 2006
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.

phisig137, Oct 19, 2006
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.

watermelonman, Oct 08, 2006
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.

TurdFurgison, Sep 24, 2006
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.

cproioi, Sep 18, 2006
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.

jwc215, Sep 15, 2006
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.

rayjay, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is tart and musty with apple and citrus notes. Body is a vibrant gold in color and holds a diminishing thumb thick white head. Fore has some hearty malt notes that are not sweet but rather acidic like ripe fruits. Some definite unsweetened lemon meringue and peel notes. Some soured overripe orange notes appear toward the finish along with tangerine and tangelo. Finish is abrupt crsip and dry. Some lingering mustiness and old cork flavors appear in the aftertaste along with white grapes and apple. Very nice range to it and lots of unameable subtle flavors appear throughout.

Jredner, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Left a white foamy one finger head with some good retention, and no lacing. Body was a hazy yellow.

Aroma - sour green apples, a little musty ( but in a good way ) , some acetic acid.

Taste - much like the smell. Sour green apples, washed with acetic acid, and a very faint hint of cracker-like malt. Musty and very sour, but sort of a clean sour vinegar on the finish.

Mouthfeel - fluid, very bubbly, drying.

Drinkability - this is good and I'd have another if I was having food during the session as this seems to need to compliment food. If it was just a drinking session, well, I think I'd have no more than one.

ultralarry2006, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of unklesyd
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dig this beer pretty good.

Pours out with a voluminous, dense head that maintains throughout. A thick, deep mustard yellow with continous carbonation maintained until the end.

Tart, acetic nose without being over-the-top. Some worn leather in the back of the nose.

A nice balance of tartness and drinkability. Sour without being lip-puckering. Pairs very well with salty kalamata olives and red peppers.

The acidity, dryness, and carbonation help to keep this light and not too sticky on the tounge without drying out the mouth too much.

37.5 cl bottle is just the right size. Very nice experience.

unklesyd, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed August 1, 2005. 50cL Bottle. Glowing peach yellow. Aroma is strong with ethers and hexane, backed with figs, cherries and apples. Starts very sour and puckery, with some rubbery sugars. A dose of must. Melds into an almond fruity mellowness. Foams strongly in the mouth. My first Lambic, too sour for me. Best aspect is sugary light lemon aftertaste. Improves towards bottom of bottle, with a little warm, a hint of nice alcohol and a more reduced sourness.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ode to an Oud (or is that Oude?)

I have been enjoying the Gueuze (geuze?) style for about 2 years now, and I have tried many of the major examples. All (IMHO) are very good, but for some reason, this lovely one has always meant the most to me. So to my last bottle (best by 2073!), the one I have been saving for a long time, in hopes of finding more, I dedicate this review with my first 5.0 across the board.

Because what is a 5.0? To me, it means that it is as good as it gets, the reviewer enjoys all aspects of it, the drinker (that would be me) does nothing but look forward to that specific beer. And ladies and gentlemen (and the rest of you too), this beer meets all of those criteria. We have a winner!

And therefore, instead of a left-brained, annotated dedicated and ultimately emasculated analytical review, all I can say is that I love this beer. I have given up hope of seeing this beer again, perhaps I will on my next trip to Belgium or at some wild BA convention, and that will be a fine day. But until then, I have my memories of my Sunday afternoon gueuze...

Dukeofearl, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded apricot pour with an expansive white head that forms stiff, rocky peaks with tremendous staying power. Even the last sip is crowned by a light veil of white.

Aroma is funky and inviting. Moist farmyard scents with some fermenting overripe fruit, dried grass, lemon zest, cheese mold, and tangy berry vinegarette.

Flavor is better and less sharp than I expected from previous reviews. Rustic farm and uncontrolled wild yeast notes combine with tangy/bitter grape skin and intense white vinegar fruit salad. There's a hint of sweetness at the back and a bite of minerality and ferrous astringency.

Body is below medium and very crisp and effervescent. The sharp tartness is kept in check by a gentle and soft mouthfeel and fluffy texture.

AlexJ, May 28, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the first Geuze style I've experienced and unlike the others raving about it around me, it will take some getting used to before enjoying it. The tartness is just too much. No hop character, this one was paired with some pretty good cheeses. I just can't get inot this yet, but I said the same thing about barley wines a year ago.

Backer2004, May 28, 2006
Photo of Crosling
2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden bronze color, with ample foam. Unappealing smell, which hints of everything lambic, but in a more subtle, gentler way. At its aromatics core, it has an undeniable red apple scent (cut apples sitting for more than an hour, which have slightly browned.) Take a big sniff and you’ll smell it. To me, it smells cidery and unappealing and most of all, not what I want to sniff in a Gueuze. Apple hints continue upon tasting, although it’s more of a green apple flavor, or an apple platter. The sourness is there throughout and it’s not sweet, but where is the woody, subtle fruit, funky horsey hints...everything else good in lambic? This is a pretty terrible Gueuze, a total ho-hum blend.

Crosling, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.8 oz. bottle poured into a Lindemans small pilsner.

murky golden tan with an inch and a half of foamy white head that falls into rocky lumps.

huge sour belgian aroma, very tart. barny and lemony, with a touch of cider sweetness.

tart flavors with some dry cider and dry white wine. a touch of lemony sour. so dry your mouth waters, if that makes any sense. refreshing and drinkable, with a nice complexity.

Prufrock, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of sleepingbear
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze

Smell the wet hay and the barnyard wafting through the healthy, almost rocky head.

First sip- I was surprised at the clean acidity with a dry tart taste like Leelanau Brewing's Whaleback White. I was pleased to realize that there are more beers like this out there. This style really sits well with me.

It says it’s flash fermented in ’wooden barrels’ (oak?) but I tasted no oak. To the contrary there was almost a stainless metallic hint.

Very winelike with vivid bitters- tart and dry.

Very Good.

sleepingbear, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An adventure even for the serious beer enthusiast. Pours a thinly, highly carbonated, lightly hazy, canary yellow. Mouthwatering tartness, lemony, muskiness emits from the glass. The flavors are immediately sour, tart, lemony-citrus, barnyardy, musky, pungent, and refreshingly astringent. Citrus characters replaces malty sweetness and added spiciness. Thirst quinching in in its thinness, and rich in its carbonation. Finishes a light drying, tartness. A very good beer for it's style. It's just not an everyday style.

BEERchitect, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Emerged from the pour a dirty golden colour with an impressive head of white. It is largely effervescent with vigorous streams. Thick sheeted rings of lacing wrap around the glass.

Smell: Acrid sweetness. Battery acid and sour fruits. Green apple and lemon come to mind. The scents are very sharp. Fairly heavy yeast tones are also evident to the nose. This reminds me of something that I just cannot put my finger on. Nice though.

Taste: Sour as a mothaf**ka. Wow. Swishing this around in your mouth might pucker your puss for keepsies. A piece of debris that looked like an apple fragment ended up in my mouth. Needless to say, I still feel the sour apple impression. I can feel canker sores sprouting as I type. Sour. Apple. Lemon. Cherry? Yeast character. This is really an interesting beer. My first of the style and I must say it is every bit as sour as I had been warned. It is still quite enjoyable. The aged appeal of this adds another dimension to the taste. It has a bit of old funkiness that makes me ponder the life and times of this liquid. Nifty stuff.

Mouthfeel: Light. The sourness provokes so much salivation that it feels super wet and juicy to me.

Drinkability: Good in terms of what this is. I am not sure what occasion would call for such a brew, but I'll know what to get if I should ever encounter such a day. It doesn't really feel like beer to me. More of a wine character.

SupaCelt, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Foamy 1/2" white head that recedes to a delicate sheet after a moment. Light, dimpled lacing that has trouble sticking. Semi-cloudy rustic golden in color with hues of burnt orange. Chunks of floating sediment.

A faint musty-tinged sourness: bright cherry, lemon, orange peel. The musty, 'farmhouse' quality is unique due to the array of spices: clove, maybe corriander; a darker spice quality.

Very sharp, acidic tartness right up front: sour cherries, intense lemon, green apple. The spices showcased in the nose are toned down in the flavor, but the pepper/corriander is still unique and detectable. The farmhouse mustiness surrounds the sourness and adds a nice dryness.

Light bodied; dry yet very airy and carbonated on the palate. Such intense flavors for such a light and delicate mouthfeel.

This Gueze is dead on for the style; a little young and sharp. Enjoy it now, but put one away for even better drinking in a few years.

NEhophead, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of Gusler
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after it pardon and decanting from the 375ml green bottle sets in the glass a beclouded deep amber with a portly and creamy light tan head, after its erosion, the lace forms a tight girdle upon the glass. Nose is that of a wet farmyard, grassy, musky, with a bit of sweetness backed by a citrus like tartness, start is lightly sweet with an immediate sourness at the back, the mouth feel light to medium. Finish is ferine in its acidity, the tartness lingers long, dry as a bleached desert bone and another excellent example of the Gueuze Lambic, a real treat I must say.

Gusler, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of riordan93
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first gueuze and I have to say that I like it.


Poured out an opaque amber color with a nice white foam. Nice carbonation to it.


Smell is exotic. Woodsy and sour with a slight fruity note.


Taste was wonderful. Sour and tangy but smooth. If you're not used to sour ales or lambics, it will take some adjusting.

Highly recommended for those who like to live on the sour side.

riordan93, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at just over fridge temperature in a flute.

Appearance- A fantastic pour... huge, billowy suds float like lemon merengue atop a pale straw yellow lake. Constant bubble action replenishes the head, resulting in a mouthwatering beer.

Smell- The faintest grassy hop aroma introduces a nose-puckering tartness... light barnyard funk and wild yeast, but nowhere near Hanssens or Cantillon in intensity. Mild phenol notes. My appetite is now whet.

Taste- Good tart introduction, lemony in character. The hefty Brettanomyces overcomes the mouth and lips, and drys the palate for the next sip. Almost like lemonade, this thirst quencher would be an absolute stunner come Summertime, before the main course is served.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Great in the mouth... lively, active, but tamed at the end. Goes down nice and full, not like many gueuzes I've tried before.

Very well done.

yelterdow, Jan 03, 2006
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
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