Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille
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Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #25
Ranked #3,717
4.08 | pDev: 10.29%
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The ingredients are listed in Flemish and French but also amazingly in Swedish, and that's always a bonus point from me. Anyway, I've never heard of it before so I was surprised how nice it was. Very well balanced and very flavorful.

Look: golden hue with a two inch thick slightly off-white head

Aroma: green apple, champagne

Taste: tart and sweet, wheat, modest funky yeast, but not too much. Green apple, apricot, champagne and white wine.

Body/Overall: medium body

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Photo of REVZEB
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gueuze that does not have any weaknesses, but does nothing to convince you of being worth of excellence. So very good then, with nice orange, peach, apple, and a ton of classic funk. Finishes earthy and slightly tart. Smell is staight up gueuze funk.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a classic gold, clear, moderate champagne carbonation, head doesn’t last long. Aroma is grape tannin, oak, tart yeast / vinegar. Very light lemon zest. Taste has some apricot pith, dry yeast, lemon cidre... a tad heavy on the tongue. Good, but doesn’t has incredible depth

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7 fl oz bottle into glass. Best Before Date on label is '17.03.2035'.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. I did not separate the sediment from the main beer body, so sediment is in the drinking glass. White and very bubbly head, that is continually reinforced by rising bubbles. No lasting lacing. Cork was pushed out by the bottle carbonation, and slight effort at twisting the cork.
Aroma of lemon and peach/green apple, oak barrel, and vinous like white wine. Strong funk.
Taste is tart lemon/green apple and funk of leather and grass/barn yard, white wine and champagne like. There is a fruity sweetness that mixes in too.
Mouth feel is medium, with a high level of carbonation support. Dry at the finish.
More tart than sour, but both are there, with a slight sweet aspect. This is sweeter than some other of its style, but is more of a variation on the brewing approach rather than a detriment. Quite enjoyable. (I get the rubber tire descriptions in other reviews, but this is really part of the overall appeal of the gueuze aroma, that is really up to the drinker to interpret.)

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bomber poured into a tulip glass at about 50-55 degrees

Golden orange color with a thick champagne white bubbly head

Has a nice funky and flavorful geuze scent that I always liken to the smell of the bubble gum at the center of a blowpop

Taste is extremely well balanced with a good amount of tartness balanced with sweet followed by some funky fermented taste with a crisp and dry finish similar to a champagne

Medium to full bodied with lots of carbonation and very dry

Overall an outstanding find at my local bottle shop that I was extremely pleased with and will continue to look for again and again. Comparable to Cantillon and Drie Fontienens geuzes and every beer snob I shared this bottle with agreed.

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Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold like apricot flesh, hazy, capped by a full, frothy head like beaten egg white, good retention.
Smells of tart, acidic fruitiness, apples and grapes, spicy yeast, some barnyard notes.
Full, slick body, a little oily on the tongue; apple cider flavours - but the good stuff, not apple juice, it has that funk to it; tastes of white wine, champagne even, given the fine carbonation; acidic and tart but not sour if you know what I mean, with a dry finish, and mustiness lingering on.
Overall it's delicious, flavourful without being too intense, good example of the style, just doesn't have that distinction that would make it a 5. Definitely something to try.

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Photo of vinicole
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Cloudy marmalade. Wispy head.
Sour Scrumpy aroma. Lemon. Stale beer. Silage.
Very tart. Rural earthy note. Burnt plastic.
Smooth conditioning.
I am sure that this reflects the style nicely but it is not to my taste.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pours with a fizzy, white and somewhat rocky, two finger head, that recedes rather quickly, slightly darker than usual, hazy orange body (on the orange side of amber), slightly more sediment than normal. This beer looks, for the most part as it should.
S: immediate vinegar and warm malt tones, pepper, intense funk and cheese, peach and pineapple, classic, dank, musty character from the bottles, easily one of my favorite things about the style honestly, the way it elevates funk is wonderful.
T: immediate green apple followed by funk and cheese with some malt, fairly sour and acidic but not painfully so. As with most of these beers, a very sharp peppery quality is present throughout, some hints of white fruits, maybe some lychee (maybe, but it's a stretch)
M: surprisingly full bodied for a beer of this style, would like for it to have been a tad lighter. Very dry as it should be.
O: So I always have a problem reviewing these, because there are so few examples of this style in existence in comparison to other styles, and of all of the ones I have had, I've only ever really had one I didn't much like (De Troch), and one I was very unimpressed by (Drie Fonteinen). This is a very enjoyable beer, and a very enjoyable Gueuze, but I feel the best way to measure any of these is in what you are looking to get out of a beer in this style, for me, it's always been an intense experience, funk, must, sourness (to a slightly lesser degree) pushed to the max. My favorite of the ones that I have had the pleasure of tasting is Hanssen's Oude Gueuze. To Me, Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille is kind of in the middle on that intensity scale, maybe slightly behind Girardin Black label, it has some pleasantly noticeable malt notes that stand out in a way that they usually don't in beers like this and like other beers of the style, is fruity (thought slightly less so than other), funky, and very complex, so it's definitely worth your time, though if I could only have one Gueuze for the rest of my life this likely wouldn't be it.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage, I think?

Look: One finger white head, hazy orange body with lots of floaters.

Smell: Orange, lemon, barnyard funk, burnt rubber.

Taste: Same as above, but thankfully the rubber is just a note. There's a mild wheaty/wood flavor as well.

Feel: Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Mild-medium sourness and acidity, a bit dry.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy rusty gold in color with a nice thumb's worth of big bubbly head. Head gives way to a thin layer of bubbles, and little to no lacing. Smell is sour, grassy/earthy and a little bit funky, and occasionally wood. The taste is sour with a definite pucker, wood, funk and that earthiness mentioned earlier. Perhaps a little bit of mineral. Feel is quite nice, the sour puckers the mouth without being too aggressive. The body is medium/light and the carbonation is superb.

A very nice beer, I am glad I picked this one up and had a chance to enjoy it. I'd consider buying more.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml cork and cage bottle served fairly cold into a tulip. Purchased from the LCBO for $7.15 CDN. Best before 2036? Am I reading that right?

Appearance - Pours a hazy dark peach color, a brilliant two fingers of white head and a little carbonation. The head has modest retention and no lacing to be found. The color is pretty glorious though.

Smell - Mostly sour with hints of cherries and rhubarb. Green apple too. Some funky graininess with a barnyard-esque characteristic as it warms. Wood on some sniffs but not all. Interesting and constantly changing depending on the temperature. Nose opens up some as it warms, but mostly the aromas are just a little different as it warms.

Taste - Aligns pretty closely with the nose. Some cherries, more grapes than on the nose with some green apple and rhubarb tartness. There's a moment of strawberry sweetness mixed in with the sour cherries. Traces of wood and the funky yeasts shine a little more as the beer warms. Really quite good. Tart across the board and sour in places but never overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp, super dry finish. Carbonation is great. Really good feel.

Overall - A very good representation of the style. Costly but if I had a better and more climate controlled cellar, i could certainly see myself picking some up for aging purposes with a near 20 year best before timespan.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice gueuze. Big green apple presence in the smell. It tastes a lot like a nice cider. It's very funky with also some citrus. It's tart but not sour. Very nice champagne like mouthfeel

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a stange. The appearance was a hazy yellow color with a two finger white sustaining foamy head. Stringy lacing slides down the glass nicely. The smell had a sharp citrus slightly bitter, slightly sweet, decent amount of sour and a super light underscore of earthiness. The taste was mainly sour but a good sour with the tart there as well. Earthy and somewhat woody sweetness runs into the aftertaste and leaves a quick finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a great sessionability about it. This would be great on a hot Summer’s day as there’s a nice refreshing quality about it, not as dry as I thought it would be. Overall, I say this was a wonderful beer as I would definitely have again.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

July 6, 2017
2016 750 into a snifter

L: Slightly hazy golden color with a nice 2-finger white billowing head quickly fading to a collar
S: Fruity, vinegar with a hint of funk coming through, earthy
T: Nice bitterness and sour balance, crisp, tart
F: Nice body, slightly astringent
O: A nice refreshing gueuze, nice example of the style

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to tulip glass. No head retention at all- I need to check glass cleanliness. Vinegar, tart, musty in nose. Very tart and semi sweet but finishes dry with barnyard funkiness. Sharp carb bite.

This is my first gueze and not overly familiar with style. Interesting experience.

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Photo of eberesford
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Found an older bottle in our celler. Mamy of its sour, tart edges had mellowed allowing a raft of other flavours through. Stll lots of dry funky fruitiness.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy straw color. 2-finger head and very active. Head retention is outstanding.

Smell: Some vinegar, bread, and sour fruit. Not as strong as I expected.

Taste: Bitter and sour bite with herbs and peppercorn flavors. A strong spicy flavor. There's this powerful flavor that reminds me of horseradish. Fairly sweet at first, but gets dry as you go. More spices and fruit come out towards the end.

Feel: Light-bodied. Stays fizzy.

Overall: Very good Belgian Ale / Geuze. Not too sour and it lets other flavors come through.

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Photo of JPNesker
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bucket list beer here. Does not disappoint. Medium lacto snap but heavy barnyard funk. Thick mouthfeel and subtle malt backbone. Just flipping fantastic.

Lots of critters in the bottle to enjoy. Free snacks!!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours an effervescent hazy gold that kicks up a 2" off-white Champagne-like foam cap that is surprisingly persistent. The glass is filled with bubbles rushing to the top to replenish the cap.

L: It has an interesting aroma of berry, tobacco, wet leather, mild barnyard funk and a trace of tart.

T: The flavors start with berry and lemony tartness with traces of barnyard, wet horse blanket and a hint of honey biscuit behind the tartness. There is no evidence of hops. The tartness is moderately high with the berry flavors and funk providing balance and producing an interesting and refreshing drink.

F: It has an extremely mousse-like texture - it flows through the mouth somewhere between a liquid and a foam.The body is light and foamy with a slight acidic bite and a dry, slightly astringent finish.

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Photo of emincems
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

one of the my favorites. it pours hazy yellow color with attractive big white head. strong retention. smells tartness, barnyard and earthy esters. complex taste of acidic and lactic sourness, lemon and slight barnyard. softly astringent. perfectly effervescent and low bodied. easy to drink despite sourness. dry finish. another perfect gueuze, amazing beer.

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Photo of cbutova
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Corked and caged 375ml bottle poured into two gueuze glasses. The first pour is crystal clear and golden with a few skin-looking floaties but no haziness. The second pour is murky as the settled yeast becomes disturbed. The cap is white, foamy and rises up to about two fingers high with good retention. A solid pillow remains atop the beer but lacing is rare.

S- A classic lambic aroma that you can tell is from one of the experienced Belgian lambic producers. Sour fruits, sulfury almost sweaty acidity, green fruits akin to sour apple but devoid of sweetness, lemon, earthiness, wood, cheese and lactic acid form a balanced smell.

T- Follows up on the aroma with a sour, funky and fruity flavor profile that you can immediately tell is a properly fermented lambic. Becomes a bit more vinous here with the green, unripe fruit reminding me of sour green grapes more than that of apple. Sulfury mineral water, earthiness, old oak, lemon, musty cheese, horse blanket, barnyard straw, funky yeast and a lactic acid sourness come in waves.

MF- Light and crisp body and just about bone dry. Very high level of carbonation but not quite champagne level. Ends with a sharp, medium sourness lingering.

After trying a ton of non-coolship and non-spontaneous sours it is great to come back to a classic Belgian Gueuze that you can find at most good bottle shops. A great balance of funk, fruit, earth and sourness.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml cork-caged bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Best before 11/2034.

Cloudy golden orange in color with enormous white silky head, it stands proud against the time with excellent retention and just slowly dissipates to a layer of eternal foamy crown as well as some sticky lacing patch on the glass-side. Carbonation seems to be high.

Champagne-like in the aroma, apart from that, I get the wild fermenting yeast reminding of somewhat rotting fruit, lemon, tart apple, cider, acidic, funky and a bit musty. Malt is there too with notes of hay, husky grain, and wheat. More sweetness from malt is disclosed when the beer starts to warm.

Yes, it is tart, yeasty, and very fruity upon the taste buds. The fruitiness part reminds me of apple cider, green apple, and lemon. Funky, yeasty sour, tart, and acidic elegantly travel and coat the palate while malt is left sunken with only slight sweet touch. Hop is almost completely hidden by those fruity and yeasty characters.

Light to medium body with smooth and fizzy champagne-like mouthfeel, the feeling is crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. This brew is quite complex and is artfully blended from different Lambics, good interim drink when you feel too much of hoppy IPA in the session.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a massive head that recedes leaving bits of lace. Nose is soft and rounded, tart, citrus, and some barnyard. Not a smack in the face, but hits the right notes...just softer than some. Taste is not overly sour and edges towards lemon over funk, but overall soft again, apple skins. Damn approachable and drinkable. I definitely like this more than the kriek version since this allows more subtle notes to shine through. Overall, this is very enjoyable at the cheaper end of lambics and is much more drinkable than many. On the other hand, there is only so much going on...simple but tasty. I really like it as a go-to gueuze, but it would be just as easy to knock it down a notch and say it is too soft.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37cl bottle. Clear pale orange pour with a tall white head and visible strands of carbonation. Smells like baking soda, lemon zest, barnyard funk, rotten leaves and mould. The taste follows the same notes, with some added grapes, white wine and gooseberries. Dry, moderately sour and lightly bitter, with a medium body, high carbonation and a sour refreshing aftertaste.

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Photo of Roguer
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprisingly big head for the style, with very good retention. Cloudy straw-yellow brew.

Aroma has lots of funk, oak, and apple. Not particularly tart on the nose.

Flavor has tons of funk, with a kiss of apple on the end. The tartness comes almost entirely from the yeast. Oak is fairly subtle, but present.

Surprisingly medium-full bodied, fairly lively.

Really a very pleasant Oude Gueuze.

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