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
Ratings:
984
Reviews:
452
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
154
For Trade:
6
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Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of PerHops
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't ask for a better looking geuze. The color is a slightly pale golden straw with an absolutely perfect head. It wisps around the snifter with each sip. Not much visible carbonation, but the head indicates that it's doing just fine. Smells like a barnyard. Some cherry and apple notes pop out, but definitely getting a horse blanket vibe here. Taste is about as sour as I anticipated and balanced by a dry finish. The best part about this beer is its drinkability. The carbonation plays very well with the funky nature of this beer. I have had this one before and will have it again. Better than I remember it being. Cheers!

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Photo of snpub540
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle best before 07.12.2030 L0341.

Pours a slightly hazy straw hue with an 1/8th inch white head that leaves some delicate webs of lace. Steady streams of carbonation rising from the bottom of my tulip.

Smell is all tart cherries upfront with barnyard funk being very dominant in the end.

Taste is tart and fruity upfront. Nicely sour but not mouth puckering. The finish is earty and slightly mineral like. Very much like a dry, crisp wine.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is very lively on the palate. This is a very drinkable geuze. Nice flavor and refreshing the sourness doesn't kill your palate.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" white head over semi-transparent honey/amber coloured liquid.

S: Sour funk dominates the smell profile along with yeast.

T: Sour funk up front along with a floral taste and a tart and crisp lemon citrus finish.

M: Thin viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Kind of unfair considering Cantillon is my benchmark, but this is still a good gueuze.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St: 12.7 oz poured into a snifter. Bottle lists ABV and a DBD.

A: Cloudy orange with a half-a-finger nail white head.

S: Sour fruit, earthy, mineral.

T: Sour tasty apple and berry, with a backbone of mineral and dusty earth. Lots of funk.

M: Light and dry.

O: I love sour beers (so I am bias). This beer is very wine like because of the zingy sour fruit. It does have a lot of earth and mineral as well (somewhat dusty). It is an experience to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of choover14
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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 MeisterSmudge
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ThirstyHerf
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: I split this with a friend, and his pour was crystal clear; mine received a healthy dose of yeasty bits, but the sediment was still floating in a bright, translucent amber body. One finger of fine off-white head sits solidly on top, showing average retention and lacing for the style. Solid.

S: Very pleasant, and highly fruity: green apple, nectarine, lemon, and just a bit of grassy, barnyardy funk. Lovely balance of acidity, funk, and sweetness. I'm truly impressed.

T: Lemon and green apple tartness up front, followed quickly by grassiness, funk, and maltiness. Very dry, clean, mineral-laden finish. Some faint fruitiness fills in beautifully on the aftertaste. It's a bit too chalky on the tail end, but otherwise extremely nice.

M: Light and lively; a bit watery, but with nice carbonation. Ok.

O: This is a great Geuze, and one that gets almost no recognition. I'll take it over Mariage Parfait any day, although it certainly doesn't quite reach the 3F/Cantillon/Giradin level of awesomeness. I really love its balance and complexity, and just wish that it had more intensity to highlight its quality. If I can't get one of the Geuzes listed above, I'll buy this happily.

Cheers!

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Photo of zephyr707
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of rangerred
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a very bubbly straw colored yellow with some haze.

The smell in one of the most interesting I have ever experienced in a beer. Very funky with smells reminiscent of a farm. Hay and straw, animals, and some wood. I can detect some citrus in there as well notably lemon.

The taste really echoes the smell. All the same barnyard characteristics but not quite as pronounced as in the smell. A distinct sourness although not as strong as I was prepared for. The carbonation was a bit sharp and perhaps my only complaint with this beer.

Overall I am very impressed. What a complex beer! There is so much going on here and it is nothing like I have ever had before. I would like to try some different beers in this style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked and caged bottle, best before Mar 30, 2031, bought online from Holiday Wine Cellar in CA for $10.99

I'm serving it near room temperature so there's a heck of lot of foam above the slightly hazy yellow orange liquid. Wow there's a ton of lacing.

The smell brings aromas of bitterness, tartness, funk, yeast, fruit, spice. Very inviting!

There's not much more that I can say for the taste as it reflects the smell to a T. More sour notes here than bitter, which I like, and it comes across to me as a very lemon zest type of tartness. The funky flavour is mixed in well with the fruity tones and is on the mild side. There are some hints of clove and white pepper but the beer really shines with how sour yet drinkable it is. Great stuff!

Up front, it has almost a full bodied feel but thins out towards the end; not a complaint as I prefer a medium to light body for the style. The carbonation is on the low end of medium and at a perfect level for my tastes.

This is one heck of a brew. I'm glad I sought it out..

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Photo of Filosoof
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze is, like others have mentioned, a decent gueuze. I understand why this one wins prizes. It is a real old gueuze but almost no one will dislike it.

L: lovely head for a gueuze, golden looks;
S: bretts all over the place, wood, little fruit;
T: decent, but not very exciting;
M: much carbonation, full taste, dry but not too dry finish;
O: lovely, decent one.

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Photo of SpillyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7/12/2030.

Pours a murky honey color with a 1 inch fizzy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap. Random streaks of foam line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and funky with some slight fruit and earthy and woody aromas. Taste is pretty much the same but not all that sour or funky flavor wise. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a super crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good gueuze but it's definitely not as sour and funky as I like them to be. With the best before date being 18 years in the future it would be interesting to lay one of these down to see if these flavors evolve.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to me.

Golden orange hue. Small white head. Good lactic sour nose. Wet barrel wood and modest mold funk. The flavors are lemony with a solid amount of wet basement and dusty attic. Not as complex as some but still a good amount of typical gueuze flavors. Light body. A decent gueuze if you can't find any of the big boys in your area.

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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
4.03 out of 5 based on 984 ratings.
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