Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Belgium
oudbeersel.com

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 03-21-2002

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Photo of Bf_89
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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 +13.6%
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 bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BGDrock
4/5  rDev -1%
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 Tigerbrau
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vinicole
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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 +3.2%
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 Tomesco
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Glorithm
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a sour beer guy after all.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 123321123321
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Simon212
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of polloenfuego
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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 ArsMoriendiOU818
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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 LanceH
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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