Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze VieilleOud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of broompa
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, first gueze and it is great. Now I know what everyone is talking about... the funk. The barnyardy undertones bring out the citrus lemon flavors. The crisp mouthfeel and taste immediately remind me of really good champagne. Expensive, yes, but this is something that I plan on buying again for special occasions. Good stuff, very light/crisp and good for summer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open round the pool, last beer before leaving for the fights (Dos Santos/Carwin). Vibrant golden pour, decent clarity even if its not something important for style. Massive ultra clean white head. Lemon sour aroma, clean.

Tart, sour taste apparent from the initial drink, very light body to it, nothing fruitwise perceptible to the senses other than the generic lemon pucker, which could entail some white grape or pear since they are pretty light and difficult to perceive at times. Hopping negligible. No sweetness, that's nice, I just like these bam sour, not sweet sour balances moreso.

Slight mineral and wood feel noticeable, neither damaging to the beer, actually complimentary. Nothing phenomenal about this in any sense, but it does almost everything very good.

Expiration Date: 2029. I need to get more of these.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. This is a light golden peach color, extremely fizzy and champagne-like. Smell is mostly sour and acidic with some lemon. Taste is mostly sour lemon, but not quite as intense and pungent as some of the other gueuzes I've tried. This is very smooth and easy to drink, just not very in-your-face sour.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 8/11/2030

Pours with a vigorous, spritzy, white head that quickly fades. Slightly cloudy wheat-yellow body. No head remains, no lacing. Pretty plain looking.

The nose is filled with sweet malts and a sour fruity aroma throughout. Some musty oak barrel. Hot day barnyard. Nice. Over ripe white grape.

Dry lemon, peach-brett on the tongue. Earthy oak with a hint of vanilla. Medium sour funk. White grapes and green apple. I really like the tart dryness on the finish. Well done.

Mouthfeel has a light spritziness to it. Dry, slick body.

Overall, this is a solid gueuze. Everything is well thought out from the aroma to the flavor. Maybe not the best I've had, but still a great gueuze for a hot day. Worth picking up a bottle.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler, revealing a tall and fast-dying head over clear golden body. Smells sweet with hints of funky barnyard butt. Slight citrus/vomit presence. A little sweet for what I'm used to in a gueuze nose.

Tastes on the sweeter side as well with a thin, dry malty finish and a metallic twang. Acidity is clean and lemon-forward, but the flavor fades quickly. Very simple flavors. Mouthfeel is lively and tongue-stripping with a full-bodied carbonation. Decently drinkable, definitely something to put a pitcher of on the table.

Overall a very strong gueuze offering.

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

From the pop of the cork I'm guessing this beer is going to be a lot closer to a sparkling wine than the IPA I just had..
Anyway this was poured from a 375ml bottle into a chalice.

A - Thick golden amber colour. Polite bit of foamy-head loitering on top - obviously quite thin in nature though and due to subside very shortly.

S - Banana, apple, cinnamon and a touch of something more spicy. Dominated largely by the big banana-bubblegum scent. Really good.

T - This is my first Gueuze-style lambic and it's not anywhere near as harsh as I'd been led to believe. Definitely quite vibrant but eminently drinkable. The strong carbonation gives it a punchy fizzy-apple flavour. Slightly creamy too (despite the lack of head) and rapidly tasting more and more like a cider. It's slightly tart - verging on sour but succeeds in not going too far in that direction. Those sweeter banana-bubblegum flavours are just barely detectable to the keenly trained and hiding somewhere underneath.

M - Very strong carbonation leads this to again more closely resemble a cider than a beer. Regardless it's very vibrant and quite lively.

O - I'm conflicted over the mounting similarities between this and a cider. Not necessarily a bad thing but the overall apple cider sensation is just confusing the issue. The aromas point to something akin to Orval but the taste is much more Strongbow. And to be fair is a considerably more complicated than that..

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle shared by Brickstoredave at the Brick Store Pub. Thanks Dave! Poured a slightly hazy golden with an absolutely huge white head. Smells sharp, and somewhat acetic with notes of pear, aged cheese, sour apples, and a bit of barnyard funk. The taste also starts with a bit of funkiness underscored by a sharp and slightly acetic taste that mellows through the finish. Tart in the mouth, and although it mellows through the finish it never becomes soft. On the other hand, it's not piercingly sour like some either. I suppose it depends what you're looking for. While I found this good, it seems to be lacking something to elevate it beyond merely a decent geueze.

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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 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 ktrillionaire
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- The brew is brassy gold with a light amber tint, with a big head that lasts, and seemingly endless effervescence.

S - The brew has a nice balance of grain and musty funk. It reminds me of summer at the farm in Illinois, hanging out near the hay barn. As I empty the glass I am getting some peach notes, too.

T - The taste is very grassy and somewhat woody with lemon-wood and apple skin noted and perhaps a slight metallic hint (not unpleasant). Subsequent pours reveal some orchard fruit as more yeast gets into the pour. Very complex taste, and very enjoyable.

M - The feel is quite nice, effervescent and more refreshing than dry.

O - This is a very good Gueuze; not quite world-class in any specific quality, but overall it is high-quality across the board.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze has a golden body with just a few specs of yeast floating around. The head is white and quite fluffy looking, with pretty good retention and a few scraps of lacing.

The aroma is pungent, but in a good way. Lemon, grass, leather, wood, maybe some cheese in there and noticeable sourness.

A good lactic punch brings a moderate to high amount of sourness and a bright, lemon flavor. Maybe some very light flavors of white grape skin also. I've never quite understood describing beer flavor as “gym shoes,” but that is what comes to mind when I try this one; gym shoes made out of leather. Tons of funk, with hints of grassy notes thrown in. A good bit of wood creeps up too, with a bit of a mushroom flavor to it (toned down morel?). Complex and quite tasty.

The carbonation starts out prickly and the acidity a little biting, but both calm down as I drink my way through this one.

This one sat in my fridge for months before I sampled it, and I wish I hadn't waited so long. This is an extremely funky beer that is definitely worth at least one try.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a very light straw color some cloudy orangeness. White 1 finger head retains nicely.

S: the nose present a considerable amount of barnyard funk and a touch of skunkiness. I'm not sure if my bottle is a bit light struck or if this is just part of the funkiness. Tartness evident on the nose as well in the form of green grapes.

T: quick tartness to start with a lot of lacto character. The sourness fades into some funky notes with an overall sour finish. The taste is much better than the nose.

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: not my favorite gueze, but decent nonetheless.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Uncorks with just a touch, but the gush of fervent carbonation does not result. Pours a very clear but deep golden amber colour, with a frothy and persistent head of crackling white foam. Body is very light and the carbonation forms large bubbles that push up into the head. It's a lively and engaging gueuze—probably more fun and less sophisticated than others I've laid my eye upon.

Nose is classic, giving lovely tones of crushed green vegetation, oak, vinous acidity and funky rubber. The initial hit of any inhalation is slightly pungent and funky, but it soon delivers complex and delicately balanced aromas of spring, acidity, crispness and refinement. Lovely nose. Very crisp and clear and exceptionally stylistic.

Taste is light and smooth, with a very prominent back-palate acidity and flavours ranging from crisp green apple to oily olives. Feel is very light, but never does the acidity accentuate or enhance the flavours, meaning a crispness never appears on the palate. Missing a little complexity, but very supple and exceptionally refined.

Lighter than some, but still a gorgeous example of the style. This one accentuates the delicate smoothness that can be developed in a gueuze. Light and fragrant, and very easy to drink—its a well crafted example.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a respectable tighty-whitey head over a slightly murky pale golden body. No lacing.

Smell is classic gueuze - musty gym socks, earthy, funky, and slightly tart/sour.

Tart pull grabs you on the initial entrance, with lots of white grape, lemon grass, and green apple up front, with musty/dirty quality in the finish. Touch of zesty spice. Mouthfeel is fairly dry, with plenty of carbonation, and just a little juicy pull in the finish.

Terrific beer to enjoy with just about any fish or chicken meal - especially anything incorporating lemons & capers. Plenty of flavor, without taking over.

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Photo of billab914
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a hazy, light golden color with a huge, fizzy, white head filling half of the glass. The head faded to a thin ring around the edges of the glass where it remained throughout drinking it.

The aroma has a sharp tartness to it with some fruity grape and apple like flavors coming out. I get some funky, sour, musty notes to it as well. Very nice aroma for the style.

The taste shows more of the sharp, slightly acidic tartness up front. Midway I start to get more of the tart and crisp fruits coming out, as well as some funky, sour notes. It finishes dry and crisp. Very nice flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being high. Overall it's a very nice beer of the style. It had some very nice tart, fruity and funky flavors and it managed to not be overly acidic and harsh. Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours with yellowish to copper color, mild clarity, two finger head with hardly any lacing. head is thin and white

S: very tart and fruity smell, tannin almost white wine effects

T: bittering effect with a very lambic white grape, some cidery apple notes on the finish, essentially a one two punch of sour then crisp apple

M: it feels more carbonated than the fast dissipation burns out, mouthfeel is light and almost of a highbrow spritzer countenance. you sould serve this to a sorority girl in lieu of a champagne and feel your heart strain at the lost palate. Like a sassy gay friend, it does double duty for differing tastes.

D: this ultimately depends on if you like these beers, fun to show people for the Wow this is beer factor, for me, doesnt have much of a place beyond maybe Valentines Day or a holiday get together. not feminine enough to serve as a pink label product but not sophisticated enough to take the place of heavy hitters like Supplication and Temptation.

Narrative: What's that you say?" as you cooly present this pale green bottle of Geuze. You gingerly pop the cork and lithely give it a spin on your rich mahogany table and this school nurse is fascinated by this tiny bottle of champagne you have produced. "No no, this isnt martinellis, this is a BEER" her offputting discountenance is almost lost until you redouble with "AN EXPENSIVE BEER" and your audience has been won. INstinctively you will utter the words SOUR, BELGIUM, and GUEZE, and you will notice the faint sight of her loss of interest, producing a grape smell.

"PLEASE, it just, I...I love beer and...I think I love you too" her ears perk up at the potential for some serious discussion. "I love the bubbly effervesence, the sweetness, the refreshing feeling I get" "YES?!" she anticipates "oh no, from this...this beer. you didnt? oh jeez, this is awkward. take another sip, maybe you just dont get it"


you will proceed to suck down all of your Geuze friends. and like it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a bright golden yellow with a fizzy white head on it. With te aroma of this beer being as strong as it was I was impressed to smell some fruits way in the back end of this brew. The taste is very much like many Gueze Lambics it's tart and sour with a bacterial bitterness to it. The mouthfeel is carbonated and yet smooth. The beer is drinkable which was a good thing for me. I'm still trying to get into these types of beers.

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Photo of NilsFrisk
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured straw yellow into a wine glass, a nice head that dissipates.

Smell of wheat, fruity, a little bit sour
Tastes kind of like limes, with a lot of wheat up front and some barleymalt in the finish, along with a very presant bitterness, a little more than i like for this style.
It is overall a very refreshing beer, that seems like a little bit of white wine, cider and beer.

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Photo of brian44556
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Oud Beersel Stange. Best before date was sometime in 2009 I believe, didn't write it down.

It poured a golden honey color with a huge, bright white head. After the initial pour this was a slow pourer because the head was so large. Had a great sparkling character to it, just looked super refreshing before the first drink. Reminded me of a ginger ale with a fluffy head. The smell was strong of zesty lemon, grass, and tart. The taste has most of the same characteristics as the smell. Pretty sour upfront, lemony, small hints of orange peel, with a strong tart finish. This beer had great carbonation and was very refreshing. This was the first gueuze I had ever tried and I'm now a fan. I really enjoyed how easy this went down and how refreshing it was with all of the tart character.

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Photo of alex667gbg
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: First, a full glass of foam, interestingly big bubbles against the glass and small thick foam in the middle. Yellow cloudy liquid. Looks great.

S: Sour, lemon and really funky smells. A bit to funky for me too.

T: Sour lemon, funky and vinegar. A bit to funky for me here. It was really really too funky.

M: High carbonation and the sour takes your mouth to another dimension.

A interesting beer if you can take the funky. Its extreme!

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Photo of CaptainPiret
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Returned from a weekend in champagne and was in dire need of a beer, so here we go:

A: Bright gold with tiny hints of red. Thin head with large, bursting bubbles; both dissipated quickly.

S: Getting citrus notes (mostly lemon) along with some grass and yeast, with only slight sourness.

T: The smell surely is a harbinger of things to come. Far less sour than many other geuzes I've had. Slight bitter tinge at the back of the tongue. Like the smell, I'm noting some lemon.

M: Not very carbonated, so it isn't very crisp, but perhaps that gives it some additional smoothness.

Overall, this one smells, tastes and feels quite different than the geuze I drink more often (Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon and other lambic producers). On one hand, I applaud them for making a unique product, but this could be confused for sour saison as well, so it's not exactly what I was hoping for or expecting. Nevertheless, I certainly enjoyed drinking it.

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

Best before: 10/19/2029. 375 mL corked and caged bottle at 45 degrees into a Duvel tulip.

A: It pours a bright yellow-orange color with some sediment and a billowing creamy-white two finger head that rests at one inch and leaves clingy and soapy walls of lace.

S: Sour, acidic lemon juice and peel, light grassy hops, and lots of funky notes.

T: Sour lemon, funky earthiness, tangy grapefruit, and some acidic vinegar.

M: The carbonation is high with light body thickness and some tongue-numbing sour flavors.

O: This is very saison-like, only a little more sour. I wish I could drink this everyday.

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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 sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Best before 30-10-2028.

(A)- Pours a golden orange color. Produced a huge fluffy white head with fantastic retention. Plenty of lace left behind after it finally dissipated.

(S)- A bone dry grassy earth dirt and cheese profile. Plenty of lactic funk. Lots of acidic lemon and white grape too.

(T)- Similar to the smell in alot of ways. A dry grassy earthy cheese to it. Some nice acidic and lactic fruits, but has a strange plastic-like, almost metallic dry finish.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level. Has a good balance of funk, sour, and earth, but that plastic/metallic aspect almost makes this off-putting and bitter. This did slightly improve as the beer opened up and warmed, but never wholly disappear.

(D)- A decent Gueuze. Smelled and looked great, but some off-flavors keep this from being great. Still enjoyable though.

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

A- Body is a translucent foggy golden yellow hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger soapy white head that has great retention at 1/2 finger. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Apple cider vinegar, a hint of lemon, and a hint of yeasty funk deep in the background. Really the granny smith apple scent comes through the most.

T- Taste is similar to the nose. Mild to moderate in strength and apple cider is the highlight-almost sweet in nature with a hint of vinegar and funk in the background. The finish is somewhat softer and a bit of an acidic citric sour kick comes through as the initial flavors taper off. The sweet apple cider tones really become more rounded and balance the mild burst of tartness well.

M- Medium, but soft bubbly carbonation and a light to medium weight, but full, very smooth body.

D- This is a great beer overall. A nice soft, classy, gueze. Great example of the style that is not overly sour or in your face.

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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
4.03 out of 5 based on 976 ratings.
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