Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Beer-Viking
1.22/5  rDev -69.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Our eyes teared while trying this beer. They were not tears of happiness. It is complex this much is certain. The hitherto in food products unexplored scent of urinal is like a direct assault on the pleasure senses. Other scents found by the two testers included tequila, old socks and a hint of windex.
Despite the smell our determination made us move on to taste. This requires a will of iron. "Pleasant bitterness combined with a sour yet smooth character". Yes it is bitter. And sour. Full points for that. Other notes could not be detected. Mentionable here is the aftertaste of this brew. The sensation of having an ant farm in rebellion in your mouth is slightly similar to getting a shot at the dentists to numb your mouth. It lasts for minutes. So good value at least.
There is good reasons for not making beer this way anymore...

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Photo of krunchie
1.53/5  rDev -62%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Served at 11.5°C

A: Golden pale liquid, slightly orangey. High CO2 level, which gives the beer a light sparkly head.

S: Estery. Yeast, pear, grapes and grapefruit. A little like sour champagne

T: Sour, unpleasant bitterness. Like fermented fruit. Every mouthfull just gets worse and worse. Did I get a bad bottle or is this beer supposed to taste this bad? It's very funky and it reeks

M: The sour aroma and terrible bitterness (this is not like an IPA kind of bitterness, this is an "old fruit or other food that's been stored for too long" kind of bitterness) attacks the palate like nothing else I've tasted. High CO2

D: Had to pour it out, I couldn't even sustain it during the review. I've never had to do that with any other beer, it's down right fascinating.

Conclusion: Either this was a bad bottle, not my style or it just is one funky beer - nonetheless, I couldnt drink it. I've had several other spontaneously fermented beers before, but not one like this one. I'm NEVER gonna buy it again. The bottle looked fancy though

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.14/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass

Best before 08-11-2030

Thanks Seth

A) Light, watery lemonade color. Layer of cloudiness. Decent ring of retention. Looks kind of wimpy. Swirling helps. Soapy lace falls down.

S) Tame, almost weak aroma. Low-slung damp, musty funk. Not tangy. Smells papery without seeming oxidized. Faint undertones of fruit. Hints of cheese - sort of.

T) The taste is as unremarkable. Very dry mustiness. This is balsa wood flimsy. Cheesy tones creep in around the edges. Not sour or tart. The feel ruins it.

M) I can't get a bearing on the feel aside from criminally high carbonation. The fuzziness runs the show and over shoots all flavors. Finishes metallic and unpleasant.

D) I can't say I'm impressed with this one. Too much carbonation. Too little aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.43/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear light copper tone. Half of a middle finger of dirty white head is formed on the pour. Retention is better than average. Lacing is sporadic. Kind of a weak nose for a gueuze. And it seem actully more sweet than sour from smelling. Candy like to a point. Some sour raspberry notes mix in on the nose a little bit. The taste is sour. And not the lambic type of sour. Rather, the unappealing sour of a rotten apple. Not vinegar sour, but veggie-like sour. This beer's not good. What a shame. It pales in comparison to the Cantillon I just consumed. It really pales...

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Photo of JDV
2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Pours the color of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with a light filmy head. Smell is funky barnyard sourness. Taste is mild, bland, faintly sweet and a hint of funky sourness. Pretty mild overall with a light lingering funky flavor.

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Photo of joeldp144
2.72/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Light golden lager color. Clear with a slight haze. Poured into a pilner glass and had about a 3.5" head.

S: No beer smell that I can discern. Smells like a cider with citrus notes. A little more funky than expected.

T: Cider meets champagne meets lemon meets gym socks. No alcohol taste.

M: Light, crisp clean mouthfeel...except for the whole gym sock thing.

D: A little too much wang to drink a whole beer for me.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml bottle shared with a few BAs at a gueuze tasting.

This bottle was over filled. It was filled right up to the cork. As soon as I loosened the cage the cork wanted to fly off. Luckily this didn't turn into a bottle bomb. No gushing and no one lost an eye, so all turned out well.
The beer poured with a fizzy, loud, white head with next to no retention. This was one of the lightest colored beers of the evening. It is a clear pale yellow, almost like Bud Light.

There is plenty of musty, barnyard hay-funk here. Squeezes of lime brighten up the aroma just a little bit with tart citrus juice.

The malts come out here in ways that I haven't noticed in other gueuzes. Its malty sweet up front with wheat and dough. Tart citrus juice and bitter rind come out shortly thereafter. Sourness is low. The finish is very funky, but also quite bitter. The bitterness boarders on medicinal before long.

Way too carbonated, which makes this bottle all the more of a miracle. As soon as the beer hits the mouth it feels like it flashes into expanding foam. The body is light and the finish is pretty dry.

Probably one of my least favorite gueuze of the line-up, but all in all its not a terrible one.

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Photo of Crosling
2.76/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden bronze color, with ample foam. Unappealing smell, which hints of everything lambic, but in a more subtle, gentler way. At its aromatics core, it has an undeniable red apple scent (cut apples sitting for more than an hour, which have slightly browned.) Take a big sniff and you’ll smell it. To me, it smells cidery and unappealing and most of all, not what I want to sniff in a Gueuze. Apple hints continue upon tasting, although it’s more of a green apple flavor, or an apple platter. The sourness is there throughout and it’s not sweet, but where is the woody, subtle fruit, funky horsey hints...everything else good in lambic? This is a pretty terrible Gueuze, a total ho-hum blend.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.91/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lined up nine different gueuze the other day. Part of my "education." This one was bought at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 37,5cl corked and caged bottle into a snifter
Best Before 13 April 2032

APPEARANCE: Pours a large, 2+ finger, medium, looser, fluffy white head with absolutely outstanding retention. Clear amber orange with lots of large bubbles. Very active carbonation. Head eventually fades to a thick foam cap that doesn't quit. Pretty good looking gueuze.

SMELL: Floral notes for sure, with lactic aromas, lemon notes and some barnyard funk as well. Wheat and bread hints in there somewhere.

TASTE: Funky barnyard flavors, hay, and lactic sourness up front. Not quite my favorite profile. Some light lemon in there into a lingering finish of hay, funky flavors and some mild floral bitterness. Light sourness as well. Very low acidity, and more barnyard forward than fruity or sour.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamier than most in the style, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Not puckering per se.

OVERALL: This one was tollerable, but a little too barnyard foward for my tastes. Though I prefer more sourness and acidity, this is still a decent gueuze that I could imagine sharing with friends. A full bottle would be too much for me. Finished at the lower end of the spectrum in this lineup.

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Photo of harrymel
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 25OCT2031

Pours light golden ale with a solid quilt of light white foam. Nose comes out with plenty of funk, hay, manure, horse hair, lemons, carbon dioxide (more a sensation than flavor), hints of pepper and lactic acid. Nice and tart with a degree of brett that is a little over powering for me with a chalky and bicarbonate addition. There is a bit of hay and soil with a lemon zest and acetic and lactic acids. I'm surprised how subdued the sour is in this one. Thin bodied with hi carb and dry finish - standard. This is not a great gueuze for me. Not tart enough and a little too much brett. I will likely buy a few more bottles at some point for aging, but only to see where it goes, I don't get the feeling this beer is going to be more sour.

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Photo of mlazzaro
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hugely loud sound pulling the cork from the bottle. Very cloudy pail orange, no head. Sour smelling aroma. Interesting, but really not what I am used to in lambics. Cork, cellar musk, and wheat smell. I really find tis to be bland and watery. I desire more funk and general character. Only slightly sour. White wine notes in the flavor. Thin mouthfeel, which is expected on a lambic, but this is watery feeling. Not too impressed, wouldn't purchase again without tasting a better example.

It does have an almost humorous expiration date of 2026.

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Photo of Aiptasia
2.99/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this on the shelves of Grassroots market in Jacksonville with the other lambics and decided to give it a try.

A: Pours a misty golden blond with slight hazing and a whooole lot of micro-carbonation.

S: Lemon chiffon, green apple and ripe ass stenches forth onto the nose. Smells like growing marijuana.

T: More citrus and apple notes. Slightly sour and rancid. Surprisingly tastes better than it smells. It's very dry like a brut champagne with a hint of buttsweat. If there are hops in this beer, you can barely taste them.

M: Light bodied and the carbonation is very fine.

D: Drinkable if you can get past the pungent, sharp flavor on the front of every sip.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden orange-colored brew that pours with a moderate head. Notes of citrus fruits, oak, and sour apple on the nose. The taste is dry, yeasty, earthy, and fruity, with lemon and orange notes. This beer is tart, but not overly so. Very refreshing, it has a mild bitterness in the finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I love a good lambic, and anytime that a beer bottle is corked, I start to get excited! This beer, well… I have no idea how to pronounce the name of this. It’s a Belgian beer, so you know it’s going to be good. But I am lucky to pronounce the brewery, let alone the beer’s name.

It smells incredible. Actually, from the moment I popped the cork it had a clean, citrus nose to it. Imagine squeezing a ton of lemons and some orange zest into a bottle of sparkling water. Did you know that in Poland (and other foreign countries) they prefer their water carbonated?

There is a LOT of carbonation on the front of the palate, and then you are hit with the fruitiness overtones. It drinks quick, and there is a weak aftertaste, but it’s LOADED with tart. Holy crap, I can barely drink this without squinting. There is a ton of tart… almost like slamming back a handful of Sweet Tarts candy.

How tart is that? Man, I can’t get over how tart this beer is. How is this even considered to be beer? It has hardly any typical beer qualities to it. I do like the fact that the brewery only sells this stuff on Saturday. Not sure what day we bought it, but apparently that doesn’t transfer over to the States!

The beer is good… but not one that I think I could learn to love. It’s refreshing, but there is way too much tart for a beer with such a low ABV. Coming in at only 6% I expect a much more memorable flavor. But you remember that citrus that I smelled at the very beginning? Well it’s still here. That citrus flavor doesn’t go away. Drink this one slow, and enjoy it. You won’t want to rush this bottle.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the first Geuze style I've experienced and unlike the others raving about it around me, it will take some getting used to before enjoying it. The tartness is just too much. No hop character, this one was paired with some pretty good cheeses. I just can't get inot this yet, but I said the same thing about barley wines a year ago.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

375 ml bottle best before October of 2026.
Served in tulips.

Deep orange color is bright and clear with a frothy tannish-white cap that holds impressive legs and retention.

Smells pretty bland. Some semi-sweet malts with generic tart and somewhat sour notes. A white grape-like acidity is present Light vinegar note hiding towards the finish.
Some oaky notes and fruity notes come around as this warms up.

A little cheek-pulling tendency from the sourness is pleasant and enjoyable... But the overal impression of this beer is summed up in one word: meh.

While not unpleasant, it certainly isn't one I'll be picking up again.

-- EDIT--
Just sat down with a "best before 2030" 375 ml bottle... I really didn't remember I'd reviewed this beer, but it was one of the few beers in the old DBF I thought might hit the spot on a hot day's evening.
Pale yellowy gold body with a big fizzy white head. It actually looks like an adjunct lager, only with better retention.

Smells of barnyard hay funk with an earthy oak note. Some light fruits pop up as well.
The flavor is just like the nose, some light pear notes, almost like a fruity Reisling, and a big funky earthy oakiness. The finish is incredibly dry-- entirely too dry for my liking.

The body is overcarbonated- it bubbles off my tongue before full contact is made between liquid and tastebuds.

Overall-- this is negatively changing my review.
previous numbers were-
4.5, 3.5, 3.5, 4, 3.5
It is losing points in appearance and mouthfeel, and taking a half point hit on the flavor as well due to the over-dryness.
Overall drops a half point as well.

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Photo of bark
3.09/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Vintage 2008. The best before date is in June 2028.

The colour is gold (8 EBC), the liquid clear. There is some yeast floating around in the beer. The two finger head is white, it sinks quite fast leaving no lacing.

The rather mild smell is sour. It is more like lemon acid than vinegar, though. Hints of yeast and red berries. Lots of minerals, iodine and a touch of sour milk.

The taste is sour, tart and dry. Iodine. Sour berries and sour milk. It is quite light and not very complex. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is less tart with notes of wheat flour and phenolic yeast, it is surprisingly short. The finish got some fruity notes and a hint of alcohol.

The carbonation is strong, the few bubbles mid-sized. The liquid is dry.

No, this one did´t age as well as the other lambics I have had. It is not very complex, and the aftertaste is too short.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The cork can't wait to get out of this bottle! The beer explodes into my glass with a huge, wispy white head. I needed two glasses to hold it all. The retention isn't that great, but a nice amount of lacing is left behind where the head once was. The bubbles race as if escaping a fire.

S: The aroma is really sweet, but mixed with a really big tart sour character and some hints of oak. Not that much going on here, just sweet and tart.

T: The taste basically continues this theme. Light, tart, sour, sweet like sugar, and hints of oak. It tastes a bit musty at the very end. It's pretty forgettable sadly, certainly won't blow anybody away.

MF: My bottle had a ton of carbonation, but I liked the feel of it on my palate because it seemed to match the tartness of the beer nicely. The finish is crisp and clean. Really drinkable, just a bit too sweet.

O: A nice gateway gueuze if ever one existed, one that would go well with dinner.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml corked and caged into a flute

A: Pours a clear golden color with finger of white head that quickly recedes to a ring around the glass. Carbonation looks lively.

S: Musty barnyard brett funk with a good dose of lactic acid. Smells quite sour, leaning toward the juicier side rather than the dry, but smells pretty balanced.

T: A good balance of dry and sour, but not particularly funky. I'm also getting some nail polish remover in the aftertaste. Drier than I thought it would be based on the aroma. There really isn't much to the flavor.

M: Moderately thick mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

O: The aroma was quite nice but the flavor lacked depth. Not bad, but I'm not particularly impressed.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is slightly hazed golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose has a light saltiness, moderate mineral presence, faint lime juice and lemon. Flavor is very minerally up front bordering on sulfur, juicy lemon and citric acid, fairly acidic finish. Moderate to soft carb, light delicate body.

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Photo of cproioi
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks very much like Champagne. Pale yellow body with loads of carbonation always rising from the bottom and a white head that sits closely knitted on top leaving nice lacing. The nose of the beer has a sour wild yeast aroma which over powered any other.

The taste followed the smell very closely. It was very sour with a lot of tanins that brought my inner cheeks together nicely. With a tingle of carbonation on the tounge. Sippable nicely done beer.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank you to BHOBS for the bottleshare with Alucard4 and DarthKostrizer.
Very effervescent white head. Cloudy Peachy color. 

Funky Brett. Peachy. Apricotty. Bready bisquity yeast. 

Strong sour tartness. Fades a little as you drink but the first sip is an assault on the whole mouth. Notes of Grapes. Apricot. Slightly acidic/metallic taste.

Very effervescent light bodied. Crisp and bitter. Very high carbonation.

Overall I'm not sure how much I like or hate it but I can appreciate the style yet As a chef, balance is very important to me and the biggest problem I have with sours and geuzes are the lack of balance.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.18/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle. Pours cloudy, light-yellow orange with a small white head. Dies quickly. Light Brett notes in the smell, with a bit of mustiness. Some faint acidic notes. Surprisingly weak aroma, overall. Lactic notes in the taste, with some oakiness. Light citrus. Muted flavor as well. Light body. Not something I'm tempted to drink much of; it's missing that bold, unforgiving acidity that is expected from an "oude" gueuze. Pretty underwhelming, over all.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 vintage

Pours a murky lemon color with a towering 3 fingers of head.

The aroma is a dank dusty mix of lemons, orange peel, shoe sole, and sunflower.

The flavor is surprisingly light on the tart/sour and heavy on musty grain. Probably the lightest gueuze I've had to date, which unfortunately isn't a compliment. Very dirty and dusty. Not much funkiness.

The body is light to medium and carbonation is high but not nearly as spritzy as would be expected.

Overall this beer is mildly tasty, but is a very average iteration of the style.

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Photo of atlason
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from corked 33cl bottle into Jever flute.

A: Pours a hazy gold. Big head dissipates fast, very slight lacing.

N: Fresh floral with slight vinegar and strong goat butt.

T: Main flavor profile similar to a french country cider. Grapefruit like in its bitterness and acidity. Some earwax.

M: Mellow carbonation, dry with medium viscosity. Overall pleasant in mouth.

Aftertaste has only the bitterness, none of the cideriness, which I consider a fault.

My wife claims that the best thing about this beer is that is gets less vile with each sip.

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Photo of walleye
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

could not read the best before date looks like 2073 .poured a cloudy golden with a big white head. aroma, sour, vinegar, apples, lemon, pine, hints of ginger,with a bit of sweetness. flavor, sour fruits, some cherries, apples, cider vineger, hops, lemons that are on the way to going bad, alcohol.I am not big on this style of beer so my rating is not going to reflect the way I view this beer I do not feel I should give it a bad rating I will try this style again to see if I can start to like this style.

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