Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Belgium
oudbeersel.com

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by xlperro on 03-21-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
446
Ratings:
971
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
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Photo of JPNesker
4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
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 +11.7%
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 cbutova
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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 +1.7%
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 -0.2%
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 -0.7%
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 +1%
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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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle was poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Nice Gueze barnyard funk, grassy, skunky, green apple, herbal, biscuity, cracker, and pale malts.

Taste: Getting that grassy, skunky, barnyard funk up front. Tart, chewy, apple, and a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium to high carbonation, tart, funky, a little chewy, and a little chewy.

Overall: It's been awhile since I've had this beer. Good to see it again and finally review it.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light gold with spritzy, billowing head. Aroma has a slight skunky barnyard notes to it. Flavour is tart, sour lemon like. Some earthy notes. Feels is dry and prickly. Great refreshing geuze

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two finger fizzy white head. The head dissapates to a lingering thin ring. Light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is a funky skunkiness with some lemon peel and green apple skin.

T - The flavor is a mellow mix of lemon peel, green apple, white grape and funky brett. There is some white pepper in the finish.

M - Light body with medium/high carbonation. Nice crisp mouthfeel with a bone dry finish.

O - A very solid Gueuze. Nice balance between sour and funk.

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Photo of erk0607
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First impression: wow, that's a unique beer. Also saw a best by date of 2034.
Look: Dark gold, foams like it is going out of style, long lasting white lacing.
Smell: I thought this beer was skunked when I opened the cork. Now that I poured it, it has a champagne aroma with some maltiness, light, sour fruit notes, something like a lemony honeydew perhaps?
Taste: I drank this without reading any reviews on it, so it was a bit of a surprise. Definitely get the sour from the spontaneous fermentation. Tart. Lemon notes, mellow at first though. Sweet fruits similar to the smell make themselves known. Bitter aftertaste though.
Feel: Fluffy. Bubbly. Foamy. Light. Effervescent. Totally like a dry champagne.
Overall: Surprising and good for the style! It got way better as it warmed up.

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Photo of afroitguy
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a funk like a distant skunk top note right out the bottle..not strong not unpleasant and dissipates after the first sip.
Reminds me of a natural high end champagne. Bubbly with a distinct taste of grapes. Will be getting this for the holidays for sure.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden color, good clarity, virgin white head 3/5". Aroma was lemon and sour, not the most complex or funky aspect to aroma from a Belgian gueuze.

Taste was a lighter base, sour in the 7 range 1-10, lemon and green grape edginess to it. Stayed sour, didn't foray into sweet territory at any point. Mineral notes. Highly carbonated. Would bang again, I like that it is relatively affordable and findable without having to truck chase like a tool.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(375 ml bottle, best before 14.03.2034 - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: lion's mane yellow-gold liquid, semi-bright, maintains constant spit-y collar... does form a finger-width pad of scour-pad foam with the second pour, holds for a bit

S: only mellow fruity aromas of melon and grapefruit... almost a hint of custard, maybe a dash of raw olive skin... bit of sweet malt at the bottom... all these aromas floating atop a sea of splendidly musty, sweaty, grassy funk... does compare favorably with the best around

T: first sip - a bracing smack of grapefruit-pithy tartness and a similar, herbal-tinged bitterness continues to bite long after the first sip... grapefruit throughout, doughy yeast (once dregs added), and a modest but apparent degree of wheat malt flavor, which lingers long into the aftertaste

F: light-medium bodied and just absolute nectar from start to finish... requisite-ly dry, maybe a vague sense of a watery follow-through, but well short of thin and/or sharp

O: I'm going back to the store and buying the rest of these - pretty sure no one else will touch them... I would agree with another one of the reviews here, It did remind me a little of Mariage Parfait, but a tad more tame... nothing in particular makes it stand out from the pack, but its taste is relatively rich and balanced

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Photo of Jow
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good gueuze! Actually comes close to Mariage Parfait, 3 fonteinen oude Geuze and Tilquin Gueze. Off course this one has a typical maybe "Dry" character but they all come close to each other.

This one is available in any Delhaize and is a very very good gueuze if you love sour beers!

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Photo of RickyS
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light orange beer, cloudy and with white generous and bubbly head. The smell is not as pungent as other gueuzes I had, however is very nice. Tart, lemon zest. The taste has notes of apricots jam, with pleasant acidity
slightly on the lactose side. I notice that the head sticks around. Uncommon for the style. Highly carbonated
is fizzy on the tongue and very refreshing. Nice beer.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Grassy, fruity aroma. Apple orchard, wet hay, and cereal grains. Very aromatic. Sweet and perfumey. Raw dough, fruity pebbles, and chamomile. Juicy, fresh apples. Rustic, earthy brett character. Some wood too. Very complex. Fruit forward, but a lot else going on.

Pours slightly hazy gold/yellow with a billowing white head. Surprisingly impressive head retention, and some lacing despite the acidity.

Sour apples upfront. Juicy and mouth filling. Acidity is fairly aggressive, but not harsh. Fresh fruit that is a little hard to pin down. Citrus forward. Wet wood and forest floor creep up on the palate.

High carbonation, light body. Acidity builds and lingers on the palate. Ridiculously dry but not sharp.

Great complexity and drinkability. Up there with the best of them. Don't see this one so often, and it doesn't seem to get as much credit.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottling. Light hazy aroma, pale and a bit of golden. Aroma is a mix of sweetness, hay, earthiness and citrus (lemon, kumquat). Some rubbery phenols, with a hint of minerals. Extremely nicely blended nose. Taste is of lemon merange pie, a bit of custard, a bit of acidity. Enjoyable and well crafted.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

November 7, 2015

750 ml bottle, snifter

A – Medium gold, and moderately hazy. About a half-inch of long-lasting pure white head, very foamy.

S – Lemon, and tart cherry funk, along with a low peppery note. Some clementine and pineapple as well. Brett presents as strong horseblanket with a lot of acidity on the nose.

T – Lemon, white grape juice, and chardonnay, all very prominent. Tartness presents as orange, funky, and bitter.

M – Very highly carbonated and very dry, with a light to medium-light body. Acidity is very high, as is the bitterness. Not an easy drinker, a bit much of the lingering acidity on the aftertaste.

O – Funkiness and bitterness are a bit out of balance, though not a major flaw in either direction. Would like to see how this progresses with more time (years) in the bottle.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Kinda hard to quibble w/ shelf gueuze as decent as this. It ain't 3F, but little is. Pours a pleasing apricot hue, hazy even with a gentle pour, good puff of foam that recedes over time. The nose is fun, as it is with so much decent lambic, all kinds of intriguing notes. A little bit of scented marker from the cork, then some ever-so-light-touch-of-plastic phenols, some musty, lightly oaky fruit notes perhaps, though it's so hard to pin down what you're smelling compares to. Palate is tasty, not quite at the level of the nose, but satisfying still, with some nectary notes and some more of those Brett-esque phenols. To be able to grab this $8.99 off the shelf is really its finest selling point. Wish I lived in a world where 3F flowed like the salmon of Capistrano, but until I do, Oud Beersel ain't the worst substitute.

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Photo of BikingDutchman
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Light gold and very clear. A large frothy white head dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer of fine bubbles.
S - Honey, lemon, funk, and honeydew/melon.
T - Light acidity that reminds me of lemon. There is also a bitter lemon rind flavor. Grapefruit flavor that is not in the nose. Melon is not as strong as in the nose. The funk is not as strong as the acidity and citrus flavors, but is still there.
M - Very dry, which accentuates the bitter lemon rind flavor. High carbonation.
O - Much less sour and complex/funky than other guezes that I've had. I wish that the flavor was as good as the smell. Still, it is a very affordable and fairly easy to find example. I like the kriek better.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark gold with a white carpet. 4
All the French cheeses on the nose. 4.25
Fruity hit, slight dough, plenty of cheese, some orange, more earth, and a pile of herbs. 4.5
Chalky linger.
Crisp, fizzy, dry. 4

More finished than Girardin. Stage 4 of 5 on the spectrum of refined to pure farm. Funky, but with rounded edges. 4.25

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Photo of Invinciblejets
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured with a satisfying crackling sound like soda but with pretty much no head....
Smell is lemony grass super musty slight horseblanket..
Taste is right of the bat musty basement leading to dry lemon maybe some pear?
Wish it had a more effervescent mouth feel but still really good

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle, 2014 vintage - the cork sure had some push when I eased it off, I'll tell you whut!

This beer pours an astonishingly clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, certainly frothy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of chunky op-art lace around the glass as it slowly melts away. Not to mention the continuously swirling, Champagne-esque effervescence.

It smells of rather tart lemon and cherry juice, slightly funky white cheese, gritty pale and wheat malt, some farmhouse-adjacent musty yeast, and an earthy and weedy dry hoppiness. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy wheat malt, still moderately funky northern Italian cheese, muddled orchard fruit tartness (apple and bing cherry, I suppose), restrained horseblanket esters, a weird sense of free-range sugars, a small hint of black and white pepper dust, and meek, wet leafy and earthy hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite understated in its plainly-rendered and generally agreeable frothiness, the body a decent middleweight for the style, and equally smooth, the sour or the tart paying their respects via their absence here. It finishes off-dry, and kind of sugary for a gueuze, which goes a long, long way in combating the lingering funk and sour, so, yeah, there's that.

As noted, this one (like there's so many examples out there) comes across as the easy-going, relatively crazily drinkable cousin we outlier fans have been patiently waiting for. Tart and tangy, to be sure, but not overly aggressive, and a great, if not particularly inexpensive introduction to the world of sours. Hey, my beer-agnostic, sleep-deprived wife liked it - 'it tastes like that time we were in Montreal'. Love ya babe. Oh, and this, too.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Excellent aggressive pop off the cork when pulled.

Deep rocking head, shocking bright and white, thick and foamy with three fingers and pocket filled with soapy bubbles not even budging. Rocky, clingy. Body colour is a mix of muted and glowing lemon to dusty faint rust yellow. Excellent middle column of carbonation rising in the middle to match. Great looking beer.

Great aroma continues, sweet yeast and fruity tones of lemon and cantalope, with a sour small tinge and classic soft funk of hay and dirt. A mushy fruit character comes off quite a bit but not rotten. Mild pepper to match as well, excellent aroma.

Palate fills with fruit flavors and explosive quality. Mouthfeel stands out of the way being basic and supporting the flavors and rather neutral. Just what this solid beer seems to need. Mid palate comes with notes of lemon, cantalope, tropical fruit with a washing bit of mild pepper. Juiced finish quality, a bit of wild funk really peaks out slowly on the finish to match.

A real solid gueuze with great basic flavors and light touches.

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