Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille
Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #31
ABV:
6%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,313
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 10.29%
Reviews:
470
Ratings:
1,047
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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Sigmund from Norway

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 ml "champagne" bottle, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 6.0%. Pours with an enormous white (possibly slightly off-white) head, which slowly reveals a beer of hazy deep golden colour. Lovely complex aroma of farmhouse and fermenting fruits, hints of oak and spices. The flavour is fairly sour and tart, with a dry finish. Some hops in the aftertaste. Good stuff!

Apr 23, 2021
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rare Beer Club release, 2014. Pours a hazy golden color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is citrus. Tastes tart with a slightly sour finish.

Apr 23, 2021
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mwilbur from Minnesota

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass. 2014 vintage.
A: Pours a mostly clear yellow hue with active carbonation jets fueling a 2-3 inch bubbly white head with decent retention. Some sediment dances in the carbonation jets.
S: Farmhouse funk, green apple, minerals (earthy and salty), lemon, and lime. Very aromatic.
T: Softly tart green apple and citrus zest, muted farmhouse funk, dry earthy minerals, and hints of white pepper and salt.
M: Light body. Delicately sweet, tart, dry, and a hint of salt. Effervescent and refreshing. Lingers nicely on the palate. There is a semblance to a light white wine.
D: What a wonderful example of style! Truly stupendous. It says on the bottle best before 16-11-2034, and I believe them. This has softened slightly over the past 7 years, but it still going very strong. Now, the bigger question is, why would you wait another decade or two to drink this?!

Apr 02, 2021
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janubio from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Echarle Huevos, served at home in a tumbler glass.
Hazy yellow colour, medium head with very long retention, a bit of lacing.
Aroma is funky, barnyard, citrics, green apples, apricot and grapes.
Medium body, active carbonation, sour flavour, tart finish.
Taste follows the aroma.
Great one.

Feb 16, 2021
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misteil from Ireland

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

Had a bottle of this at The Porterhouse, Nassau Street with lunch today, didn’t take notes because i’m lazy like that, very nice gueuze though, lot of flavours going on here, lambic sourness, bready malt, vanilla, this weird almost burned farmhouse-y flavour lingered on the finish, really drinkable though, very chill beer, a good gueuze

Oct 16, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De 32gp. En copa Teku. Preparando tema wifi. Fácil de beber incluso para mí, con la acidez suave aunque fácilmente reconocible. No obstante, pasa desapercibida, no tiene nada que me animé a querer repetirla en un futuro

Jul 04, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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

Jul 31, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

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.

Sep 21, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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

Jun 18, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.)

Feb 20, 2018
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Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 12, 2018
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

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.

Jan 14, 2018
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vinicole from England

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.

Dec 31, 2017
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

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.

Dec 30, 2017
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

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.

Nov 03, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

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.

Oct 26, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

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.

Sep 06, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

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

Jul 27, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jul 20, 2017
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unclekeith from Alaska

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

Jul 07, 2017
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IgnatiusReilly from New Jersey

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.

Jun 28, 2017
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

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.

Jun 25, 2017
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sjdevel from Utah

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.

May 12, 2017
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JPNesker from Canada (ON)

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!!

Apr 19, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

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.

Mar 27, 2017
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