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Oud Beersel Bzart Lambiek | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Gueuzedude on 11-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 57
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a rich golden yellow. Frothy, bubbly head. Pretty looking. The nose is very saturated and intense. Super funky. Cheese and rind. Earth. Sour, nearly spoiled fruits. Oak and feral yeast. Flavor is musty and powerful. Such a rich Gueuze flavor. Really ramped up. Cheesy, earthy, woody, yeasty, incredibly tangy and tart. Lighter woodiness. Lemons and champagne. Full bodied for the style. Pungent and potent. Pretty cool actually. Probably the most concentrated and intense Gueuze as in the flavor and aroma is in no way light or soft. I have had ones more sour or tart but none so purely rich.

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Photo of Roguer
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful brew, topped with a cloudy white head with good retention. Pale straw yellow and bubbly.

A fairly straightforward lambic in most respects: tart and slightly funky. The finish, however, gives it extra character: pears and apples. There's a touch of extra bite, too, likely due to the champagne yeast.

Active and lively brew. For anyone unfamiliar with a Gueuze, this likely doesn't even seem like a beer at all.

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Photo of DavidHume
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Answer in Richmond, VA. Pours straw gold, with a few bubbles from a faint carbonation which somehow ended up in the brew. Aromas and flavors of lemons, hay and barnyard funk, oak and sour apples. Great mouthfeel. A strange idea, but a good one.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, 7.4% ABV, the 2012 vintage, apparently produced using the 'méthode traditionelle'.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber hue, with a roiling and teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sparse sudsy lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of tart lemon rind, a further denuded stone fruitiness, earthy yeast, gritty pale malt, some tame cheesy funk, wet straw, and a musty white wine barrel woodiness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, sour green grapes, slightly funky white cheese, an acrid woodsy essence, further tart lemon and cherry notes, and a soft hay-like, weedy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is very active, from every angle, what with its tight and swirling effervescence, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth, the acidity and funk playing nice enough right here. It finishes off-dry, actually, as the malt successfully plays catchup to the lingering tart, barrel-aided fruitiness.

A pleasant and enjoyable version of the style, the aging in wooden casks providing another layer of complexity, it would seem. Given the nature of the bubbles in the bottle, and the way that they got there, a case could indeed be made for this being a Bière de Champagne, I put forth to you.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a light yellowish orange with lots of tight white head. Nose has some nice funk, mushroom and some cheese rind, lots of malt backbone, faint citric touch. Flavor has more musk and malt, not quite as funk driven. Citric notes in the finish. Strong carb, lighter body slightly grain feel.

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Photo of jtladner
2.1/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I was looking forward to trying this beer. I wanted to see if it was going to be worth it's price tag. Unfortunately it wasn't.

It poured a nice, light golden color with a big white head. The aroma was actually really nice and funky, but the taste did not match the aroma at all. There was almost no flavor, just a little bit of bitterness and a weak uneven mouthfeel.

I was drinking this with 6 other people and still most of it went down the drain.

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Photo of Jonada
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this on a shelf at my local store. I wasn't even aware that this was being imported.

750ml bottle #488 of 1224. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 3+ fingers of a white soapy head that dissipates somewhat quickly to a thin coating. Body is lightly hazy with lots of visible champagne like carbonation.

Smell: Big white grape aromas followed by wet hay, some light barnyard funk, moderately strong cheesiness, and pear.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with lots of white grape and bright orchard fruits. Some funk and cheesiness is present as well, but not nearly as strong as in the aroma. There's a slight woodiness as well that comes out more in the finish. I'd consider this highly tart, more so than actually sour. This drinks more like a funky champagne than an actual lambic or gueuze.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light bodied with extremely high aggressive carbonation. Finishes very dry. Alcohol is barely detectable for an 8% beer.

Overall: If this is intended to be a lambic/champagne hybrid they succeeded. Really nice flavors and an extremely unique drinking experience. Can't say I've had anything like it before and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of thezach
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This may be a gueze, but it drinks like a champagne. Extremely dry, effervescent carbonation, crystal clear straw golden hue. The smell is a little sulfuric and barnyard, but the taste is subtly funky, crisp, and light. This would be excellent with soft cheeses, to celebrate the New Year, or on your porch. It's a bit pricey for what it is and what you can get out of more affordable guezes, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a tumbler glass with a charged head of airy merengue foam, racing champagne streamers, and a bright golden tone. Plenty of lace and a champagne like appearance.

Aroma was minerally at first, and gradually had some wet wood, hay and stable funk to it as it sat in the glass. Also an impression of ripening fruit, like the aromas in a produce market (thanks acme).

Tart and crisp, very dry with a moderate puckering sourness. Lemon, citric acid, mineral, drying oak woodiness. The champagne carbonation gives it a pleasant lightness. Somewhat of an improvement on the standard lambic, an interesting process, though I'm not sure it's worth a great premium.

Thanks to Elliott for sharing this one!

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Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks more like a Champagne than a beer; golden liquid fizzes with a bit of carbonation

Smell: Really funky, almost cheesy

Taste: Barnyard funk, up front, with hints of stone fruit and lemon; overwhelming funkiness through and through

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervescent carbonation

Overall: Not for beginners, this is a rare treat to see what a geuze can and should be

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Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another huge thank you to Jeffo for yet another awesome bottle. 909/1300

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw-gold with over 2 fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Dry woody funk and hay, some lemon and maybe some light berries, and just a touch of sweet light malt.

Taste. Lots of that dry woody funk I smelled, some sour green apple and lemon, and again, a touch of sweet light malt to balance things out.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of medium bodied, below medium smooth and fine carbonation.

Overall. A fine gueuze. Different in its balance and (slightly) lower acidity compared with others.

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Photo of Fux
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours pale orange with copper glints. Thin white head quite lingering
S: Funky nose, horseblanket, balanced by a strong fruits presence (orange, apricot, pomelo, light notes of pineappel too).
T: The palate is also fruity, moderately sour. White fruits (pear, pear peel). Barnyard aromas comes after. finishes lightly bitter with a citruses aftertaste.
M: Impressive carbonation, of fine bubbles. A bit light bodied, but very easy drinking.
O: An elegant brew, fine, very well balanced.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a Teku snifter. Bottle #1139/1300.

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. Nice white head. Big discrete bubbles in the collar. A few tiny islands on the surface.

Smell - Really lemony. Sharp acidic aroma. Hay, grassy, oaky. Not a ton of funk.

Taste - Sharp lemony sourness. Grainy. Seems like a wine flavor, but people are telling me I'm wrong. Hay and again minimal funk.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. Medium sourness. Medium body.

Overall - Simple flavors. Not as complex as other gueuzes, but everything is very nice.

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

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this brew. I had been curious about this one when I first learned about it but the pricetag and lack of reviews certainly makes for a hard blind purchase. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a clear pale yellow with a fizzy white bubbly head that is quick to dissolve. A swirl releases a finger of big bubbly white head back to the surface that again is quick to fade.

The aroma is funky and lemony lactic initially that gives way a bit to some minerally elements and carbonic quality. Some suggestions of yogurt and oak with an overall earthiness fills out the rest of the nose profile.

The taste is carbonic and mineraly like the nose suggested with a tart and herbal kick. There is a bit of hoppy to earthy bitterness present before blending into a lemony lactic and yogurt inclusion. This is pleasantly tart, clean and crisp finishing.

This is a light bodied brew with an effervescent and tingly amount of champagne-like prickly and fizzy carbonation but it works. It is pretty easily approachable and enjoyable with a real ease of drinkability. I just couldnt see myself drinking this even semi-regularly considering the price point. If offered, id certainly have it again though. Thanks Dan!

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Photo of orangesol
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to foofaa for sharing this one.

Pours hazy golden yellow, big foamy white head, decent lacing. Smells of dirty basement funk, a bit of cheesy funk, some mild citric fruit, yogurt and some sawdust. Taste is quite similar to the nose but in differing amounts. It has more fruit than the nose and the funk is dialed back to a nice level. Crisp, spritzy feel keeps me coming back for more. A very nice gueuze. I enjoyed the regular gueuze and this was was a nice improvement, even if it wasn't overly needed one. Probably the best beer I have had from Beersel to date.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan for sharing this rarity. I had been considering pulling the trigger on Etre Gourmet, but couldn't justify the expense to myself. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Giant white foam that has good retention, eventually dissipating to a thick cap and plenty of sticky lacing. Hazed golden body. Champagne-esque, although the bottle didn't gush.

S - Sweet Jeebus, this is one funky and dirty lambic. Lots of diaper and sulfur, with barnyard funk, apple skins and a touch of blue cheese. There's a malty yet restrained backdrop that is a bit heftier than your typical gueuze that imparts some dry crackers.

T - The taste is also quite filthy, but with some peripheral stone fruits, and lemony sourness to go with the earthy and dirty funk. Diaper, mushroom, and barnyard rule the day here, with less of the sweet malt presence found in the aroma.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-light in body, and bone dry. Crisp and refreshing, with well-hidden alcohol. Drinks like 5%, but with the effervescence of champagne.

D - I really enjoyed this, and it's certainly the best thing I've had from Oud Beersel. I hope they make more of this, as I'd certainly pop one of these if i were in a celebratory mood. Well worth checking out if you enjoy lambic and really easy to drink.

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

A soft pour, from this incredibly well carbonated beer, produces a four finger thick, pale tan colored head that has the structure of Champagne, somehow it seems to be missing the protein structures usually found in beer, as if they had been here, opening the bottle would have been far more exiting. The beer is an orange tinged, pale amber color that shows a clear, bright gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a significant mustiness to it, lots of woody, sort of mushroom like notes, noticeable urea like notes, sharp, expressive, aromatic acidity that is anchored by the ample lactic notes. There is a backdrop of straw like grain, backed by cracker like maltiness. When it loses much of the carbonation it becomes much less aromatic, though it is still quite enjoyable to ruminate over.

The beer is tart, but not as much as I was expecting, it is quite effervescent, with lots of carbonic acid that also accentuates the tartness here. Musty, funky, musky phenolics lightly perfume each sip of this beer. The grain character is quite soft, with subtle notes of hay, and in combination with the other notes a sort of dried weed like notes. The beer is quite light bodied, not quite watery, but it doesn’t have the slickness that many a Gueuze tends to have; it is quite nice and refreshing though, and would be great on a hot Summer’s day. The tartness here has a nice lemon like character to it, with perhaps a touch of grapefruit.

I like the champagne conditioning touch on this beer, though I wonder if the lack of yeast / sediment has reduced the complexity and body of this beer somehow. Still, this is quite a tasty beer, and certainly the best Lambic I have had from Oude Beersel since the retirement of the original brewer; though it is perhaps not quite at that level, as the Kriek from 2001 I had recently was just phenomenal still.

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Oud Beersel Bzart Lambiek from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
87 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.