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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Added by xlperro on 03-21-2002

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors
Best by 2030-08-11 (L0312 09:09:39), so probaby bottled in 2010
Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass

Oud Beersel's oude geuze is a straightforward tartness-meets-malt-sweetness version, not complex in terms of its malt character or oak influence, but still an unbelievably enjoyable and palatable sour beer. Generally, very well-balanced in every category.

After I uncork the bottle, I smell its innards, which give off a modest barnyard aroma mixed with some tart apple and diluted lemon.

Pours a 2.5cm head of off-white bubbles, small to medium in size, with a top having the texture of a very fine sponge. Head descends over a minute or two to a perpetual 0.5cm cap atop the beer. Lacing is very modest, if any. Body is a fairly light (relative to Lindemans, Boon) golden orange color, yellow-orange when held to the light. Transparent without the addition of sediment, with very active streams of small carbonation.

Aroma has influences from cut tart apples and lemons, weak vinegar, and modest, but noticeable, bacterial-barnyard in the back. Maybe a touch of malt sweetness peeks through, but it's quite subsumed by the other components of the beer. Quite a pleasant aroma, only wish it was a bit stronger.
Adding sediment to beer changes aroma to be more malt forward and adds a bit of sweet musk to the scent.

Upon sipping, the tip of tongue immediately notices tartness, as from a lemon cut with sour apple juice. Front of palate detects a more balanced than expected blend of acidity and wheat malt sweetness, with a slight edge of acetone flavor. Mid-palate picks up stronger sour apple flavors, intense enough to slightly curl the tongue, heartier malt sweetness, mild acetone, and very mild barnyard. Back of palate picks up primarily apple-lemon tartness and some slight mustiness. Closes out with a flash of tartness, leading to an aftertaste and with residual tartness, modest barnyard.
Addition of sediment increases tartness slightly, as well as malt heartiness and adds a bit of additional mustiness to the flavor.

Beer is medium-light in body, with a fairly high level of carbonation, causing this to foam up (perhaps a bit too much) on the palate. Resultant mouthfeel is more bubbly and creamy than smooth, but still quite palatable, with no wateriness around the edges. Closes out crisp and dry, with slight stickiness around the lips.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375mL corked bottle into a tulip. Best before 10/26/2031 -- glad to see the guys at Oud Beersel have a sense of humor.

Appearance: light golden hue with a haze that lends itself to silvery-golden. Lots of effervescence is present, fueling a three-plus finger cap of pillowy white foam. Looks good to me.

Smell: light malt with a very nice acidic tartness. There's also a light funk which works well in proportion to the acid.

Taste: bready malt with a light funk to it, plus a tartness which is not as bright as in the aroma. A light sweetness rounds out the end; overall, quite balanced.

Mouthfeel: light body with a great carbonation leaves a nice creaminess; it's dry enough that the lack of body really reduces the overall fluff.

Overall: a well-crafted if straightforward gueuze, I just happen to really enjoy this beer.

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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish amber with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is hay, light lemon, and a light earthiness. The initial taste has decent sweetness with hay, moderate tartness, and spritzy lemon, sort of lemonade-like. The finish has a bit of earthiness and a decent tartness, leaving some lingering lemon and hay. Light body. Medium-high carbonation. Not bad, but not terribly complex and a little bit more sweetness than I like in a gueuze.

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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky straw. Nice near white head slow to leave. Some cling.

S - Sharp twang, some barn funk, malt seeps through.

T - Malt first, followed by fund and sour attributes. Nice transition.

M - Good balance, carb, medium body.

D - Very easy to drink!

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle served in a snifter glass. best before stamp march 25, 2030. guess i have some time.

pours a slightly cloudy, pale yellow/champagne tone with a hefty two, maybe three fingers of foamy head that quickly recedes into a lasting half finger. not a ton of lacing... steady stream of carbonation cascading to the top.

pungent, tart nose with strong notes of funk and light fruits (white grape, grapefruit). flavor introduces itself with a wave of sour/tartness with more white grape/grapefruit notes and a lemony twang. dry throughout. a fruity tanginess to finish. decent... a little too tart for my taste, but worth a try, especially for gueuze enthusiasts.

light-bodied mouthfeel with a ton of carbonation. not hugely drinkable, IMO, as the tartness wears on you after a while.

originally reviewed: 10-25-2010

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours very nice. Thick, white and frothy head forms quickly even when pouring slowly and does not dissipate fast. A hazy deep golden appearance.

S: Nice geuze aroma. Outdoor aromas with a faint fruity nose.

T: Very nice tart wine-like flavor.

M: Medium level of carbonation and medium-light on the palate.

O: Very nice brew I received as an extra on a recent trade.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 10-19-2029. Served from bottle into a Drie Fonteinen ‘3 Fountain’ gueuze glass. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a three finger white head that surged out of the top of the glass and eventually subsided to two finger VERY slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, lemon zest, lemon rine, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, tart, fruit, lemon rine, earth, and sour. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I bought this one on simple fact that it was one of the top rated of the style on BA. I figured if I want to call myself a true fan of the style, I need to try as many of these as I can to be able to gauge my review. This one definitely did not disappoint. All of the right flavors and aromas were there with a nice touch of different lemon components to add another layer of complexity to an already solid style. Really well done and I would highly recommend it to anyone who calls themselves a fan of Gueuzes/Geuzes.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 750 bottle into snifters. Bought at Whole Foods in San Ramon, CA.

A: Straw color, milky haziness, medium head.

S: I can already tell that this is a good bottle! For a large part of 2011, my friends and I kept buying bad bottles around here, which had this strong, metallic smell/taste/aftertaste. I think there must have been a bad batch, or the distributors somehow spoiled it. This particular sample that I'm drinking now does not have that. Notes of sour apples, oak, barnyard funk, all in a pretty good balance.

T: Compared to most other "standard" gueuzes, I think Oud Beersel is less sour and less fruity. I'd say it's a bit more funky (but then, I'm not doing a back-to-back comparison today).

M: Medium carbonation - perhaps a bit higher than some other gueuzes. Highly drinkable, but honestly not as pleasant mouth-feel as with some other gueuzes.

O: It's a good beer. But is it a good lambic? As far as true lambics go, I'd say it's pretty mediocre. It did not fare well with a few of us who did a blind tasting of gueuze last year. In fact, we all agreed that the considerably-cheaper (and often not-as-well regarded) Cuvee Renee was better. And we're not exactly inexperienced lambic drinkers... We all correctly recognized each of the 5 or so gueuzes at the blind tasting by the smell. Anyway, it's also a big step down in complexity and general enjoyability from Cantillon, 3F, or Tilquin. So, if you have a choice, those three are definitely worth the extra cash.

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3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jeremy13586
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with a best before date of 08-04-2029

Man, this bottle was under heavy carbonation. I took the cage off, barely touched the cork, and the thing shot out with a deafening crack and flew across the room.

Poured in to my Ommegang glass. Color was a crystal clear gold and it yielded a white, fluffy head. Lots of active bubbles floating to the top of the glass The head retention was very good. As it dissipated, the bubbles made the sound of a crackling fire.

Funky, bitter, tart apple, and a tiny bit of spice in the nose.

Bitter, tart apple. Musty/spicy funkiness. Dry white wine and some nice herbal notes. Acidic citrusyness. There is a semi-heavy metallic finish to it, which is kind of off-putting.

Body is on the light side of medium. Very bubbly and crisp. Dry and leaves an almost tannic sensation.

The beer was very complex and enjoyable, but the metallic finish was too strong and unpleasant. I do look forward to trying this again to see if there was something with the bottle or just something that I ate that messed up this tasting. Anyways, Pick up a bottle and give it a shot.

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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
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