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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Belgium
oudbeersel.com

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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Photo of Rastacouere
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers Matta for the trade Appearance first strikes as displaying an intense carbonation which feeds a huge foamy white head, very rocky, perfect white and amazingly long-lasting for a sour beer. The body is a cloudy yellow, darker the more yeast is in the glass, champaign alike in terms of bubbling. Bursting and evolving aroma with excentric nuances of old basement, barnyard, dust and lots of bret character. As it warms up, I start to notice more and more a blue cheese character which is very appealing. Not unlike a white wine, white grapes bouquet bursts and at times will even display peaks of pears and orange. In mouth, it is rather cidery with tart apples and brett funk. The finish is very dry, extremely white wine alike, moderately astringent. Mouthfeel is superb, uniquely airy with an incredibly soft carbonation, intense all the way through, but perfectly regular with gentle fine bubbles like a champaign, creamy and superbly pleasant. As stated so many times before, it’s a shame that such a good beer, a classic perhaps, will undoubtedly be bound to disappear from the face of earth in the next couple of years. The texture is legendary.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been so excited to try this beer. Pours out a golden orange color with a huge white fluffy head that lasts and lasts. Tons of little bubbles work their way to the top. The smell is sweet, tart, sour and a bit yeasty. The taste is much more mild than I expected. Starts out sour and tart then kind of blends together and fades away. Complex but still smooth. I am shocked at how easy drinking this is. I don't know where I am getting this from but something almost bitter hits you in the middle. I have had the other beer from this brewery (Kriek?) and I think I prefer that one to this. But still, this one is great.

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Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a beautifulgolden color with a nice sized head. The aroma has a sourness to it as well as some horse sweat. The body is fairly light with a lemon zest character. Of course it is tart and it finshes dry. Not a bad gueuze. Not my favorite, but it still is very good.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oud Beersel Oud Gueuze was served from a 375ml green capped and corked bottle, with a “best by” date of 2022. The cork popped with force...pow! Poured into a Chimay chalice, the gueuze was a murky and glowing yellow-orange color and was topped by a thick, persistant, and fine off-white head that left blanket-like lacing. Vigouous carbonation was observed through the sides of the glass. The nose was moderately sour and lightly wooden, with notes of fermented apple cider and esters of granny smith apple. The taste spoke of a mature and wizened mellow oaky tartness, which held numerous deep and intriguing subtlties. Suggestions of must, oak, earth, sour apples, prevaded throughout...wonderful. It finished dry and quenching, with lingering sour apple peel notes. This beer was very fluffy and bouyant, which paired very well with the flavor profile. Mature and soft, yet deep and charismatic, this gueuze drank fantastically well. I could imagine drinking one of these daily after lunch. Big thanks to jcalbi for making this review possible.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged heavy glass bottle, 2002 vintage. The cork is removed and a deep, dark, golden liquid emerges. The head is thick, and white in colour. The aromas are great, and very gueuze like. Farmyard animals, horse blankets, skunks, wheat, tart non-fruity fruit, and more. The taste is very tart up front with a lovely sweet and sour middle and an everlasting finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thick for a gueuze, but it works well and the drinkability is excellent. Another excelletly authentic version of this lost style of brew!

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Photo of Wildman
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy yellow color and formed a nice foamy white head that left circular lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of apples, lemon and some other citrus smells, but apple seems to dominate the mix. The flavor is of apple, citrus and a touch of spice. The finish was sweet, yet tart. Now this is my first try of gueuze, and I find it much preferable to the heavier fruit versions.

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

375ml best before 3-14-2022. I'm guessing this was bottled 3-14-2002.

Glowing amber-peach with a pillowy white head that settles nicely into a thin ring imparting subtle trails of lace on the glass.

Lemon zest, toasty oak, ripe apple and almost herbaceous aromatically.

Citrus, notably lemon and lemon rind, oak, and a mild vanilla flavors throughout. Tart and sour with lively acidity and a dry finish, it's not quite as bracing as some other top Oude Gueuzes. That's certainly not to say, however, that this is not a winner -- it's just a bit more subdued.

Active, carbonated mouthfeel along with a biting acidity enhance the mouthfeel, which is, once again, not quite as extreme as others.

Complex yet vastly drinkable and refreshing, this is a great Oude Gueuze from the now-defunct Oud Beersel. Hoard this stuff while you can, as it should continue to develop and mature in the bottle for quite a while.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 375ml corked bottle.

Pours a hazy orangish-gold with a tiny white head. Smell is complex and I probably won't do it justice - there's tart and sour aromas, "barnyard" and yeasty, fruity aromas and lots more my limited sniffer can identify.

Taste is very tart and sour but a bit subdued, not overpowering. "Barnyard" and salty flavors scorch down the middle of your tongue and linger on the palate. Not sweet but some fruity flavors evident, like light citrus or white grapes (muscat?). A bit thin but has a nice lingering sourness and dryness. Very drinkable for a "traditional" gueuze. A real treat.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 375ml green glass wine-like bottle that is corked and caged. A simple black and gold label simply states ‘Oude Geuze Vieille - Oud Beersel’, interestingly utilizing the old spelling for Gueuze.

Appearance: The Cage was easily removed and the extraction of the Cork gave a very soft “fftup” and created some light wafting gunsmoke. I used a straight Cantillon lambic tumbler which aided the immense dissolved carbonation when the Geuze was poured to create a huge, but incredibly smooth looking, just off-white head. A golden-orange body infused with a light haze, plenty of streamers populate the body of the beer seemingly forever. The head has a meringue like staying power, which adds to the overall classic look that you associate with a traditional Gueuze.

Nose: A light farmyard feel mixed with Acetic odors that tug the nasal hairs with a vinegary tingle. Crab-apples, some lemon grass and hay aromas all mingle together in lambic like heaven. Not as much ‘farmyard’ as some, the Oud Beersel has a much softer nose than harsher versions.

Taste: Has the feel of a light Cider at times with the presence of a fine Champagne. Grapefruit Apples are strong in the middle, some lemon acidity in the back end all set against a very astringent canvas that has a light farmyard funkiness – but this barely breaks through at the end. This will change with some aging though.

Mouthfeel: The spritzy carbonation is a wonder to behold in this young Gueuze which really gives a huge living feel to the Oud Beersel in the mouth. Dry finish which has a thirst quenching capacity.

Drinkability: Well I love traditional Gueuze, and I am openly biased so alter my marks accordingly, but I really could drink this ‘soft’ young Gueuze all day. It is fantastically lively, smooth yet spritzy with a soft apple-like tartness that shows that this is a young Gueuze that will improve and mature well with the correct aging.

Overall: Oud Beersel has always produced softer lambics that never have the biting acidity of some others. But I still like them, if anything these softer traditional lambics are much easier to imbibe all day. It brought back many happy memories of the visits to the Oud Beersel Café on the outskirts of Beersel that I have made since my first visit there in 1994. And it is great to get to try this once again, but I just wonder how many more times I will get to drink this Gueuze from what was one of the smallest traditional producers in Beersel that may have sadly closed its doors for good.

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Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed brassy orange under a retreating white froth.
Nose full of vinegar, white grapes, and dead grass. Not super funky, but workable.
Tastes like hay bails soaked in spoiled Chardonnay. Vinegar tartness, increasing exponentially with oncoming grapes and green apples and straight lemon juice. Wheaty, lightly spicy undercurrent. Tartness reforms and attacks again, this time forgoing its white wine roots, and transforming to straight bile. This is heartburn in the mouth. Like downing rotten lemonade the morning after drinking way too much cider and rancid box wine.

Oh, but it's a *good* bad.

Lacks a bit of farmy counterflavors (urine and horse are there, but subdued), but it is easily forgiven with is perky, champagne mouth, and supremely quenching capabilities.

Very real, and very nice, really.

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Photo of dmarch
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upright, on it's side, just drink it dammit. I chose the latter. The cork exploded out of the bottle. Pours a hazy orange-gold color with a lot of carbonation. Tastes of sour apple and oranges with the tartness you would expect from a lambic. Absolutely wonderfull.

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this about 6 months ago, and I have opened a few, but have not cracked one open since I joined. I finally have done so. This beer pours a cloudy golden color, but you can see through to the other side of the glass, unlike some other gueuze I have had. The funky aroma expected from a gueuze was certainly apparent. This beer has a seriously fluffy head with some larger bubbles. It hung out for quite a while.

This beer is very smooth and the bubbles feel very tiny like champagne. It actually was kind of tingly on my lips. The taste had a bit of the yeasty funky sourness of a gueuze, but not at all overpowering. I would say it was maybe more tart than actually sour tasting. This is a very easy drinking gueuze for sure, but do know, it is still a gueuze, no doubt!! if you can find it, get it if you can!!

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

Amber-reddish colour, beautiful white head, creamy and compact.
Olfactory impact: good, geuze! Leather, horse sweat. Acidity and citric. Light peppery.
Taste impact: acidity, aged fruits. Light bitterness, pleasant after the starting acidity. Long persistent taste, it take your mouth and don't go away.
Tasted with creamy white cheese: the acid impact grows up, while the comebacking one results more soft.
Aftertaste with evident acidity, refreshning, dry.
Medium body.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from the 20/09/2003 "de Lambikstoempers" tasting event...

Appearance: light straw color, hazy, a HUGE sudsy layer of foam supported by some honey-comb bubbles

Aroma: champagne-like, old oranges, fresh wort

Flavor: bitter orange peel, grapefruity, citric, with a bitter champagne-like aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light bodied with huge carbonation

Overall Impression: A lot of discussion and jokes went on about this one regarding what kind of citrus fruit we could smell and taste. Finally, the consensus was grapefruit which I agree with. It's like eating a grapefruit: initially sour, then a bit sweet, and then bitter.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best by date of 2073, Sampled October 2004
Can you spell salivate? Well god-damn I sure can. The cork forcefully explodes from this 375ml bottle as I try to take it out. The aromas are quite enticing and hypnotic as I pour this beer. The color is a rich clear copper color and is topped by a pale frothy head. The aroma is tart with notes of urea, white vinegar, grapefruit, a woodiness, slightly cheesy, dank musty cellars, and a wild mushroom character.

The taste is light, but quite delicious, with surprising notes of vanilla along with the sharp acidity and prickly carbonation. This beer has a really nice lemon component to it that makes me want to take repeated draughts of this elixir. This beer is bone dry and fully fermented like not ale or lager can imagine. I get notes of grapefruit, woody mushrooms, a hint of kiwi. This is a beer that will alter your bowels if consumed in quantity (I speak from multiple days of Brussels-Lambic-region experience on this one, so just trust me :-)

As this beer warms up and slowly loses its carbonation it becomes quite a bit softer, almost creamy, sort of seductive, yet quite a bit more woody, with a tannic interaction with my tongue.

What an intoxicating aroma, why am I so addicted to the aroma of a good Lambic, I don't know. but I could smell it for hours if it wasn't so satisfying to drink as well. I am so glad that I have a couple cases of this and the Kriek in my "cellar", this beer is going to continue to tickle my fancy as I slowly drink my way through its expiration date. I highly recommend picking up some of this on your next foray.

Sampled October 2003
A nice deep gold color, with amber notes to it. Fairly clear for a geuze. Well carbonated with a fairly persistent head, that stays with the beer until the end. Smells sour, woody, slightly of urea, lemony, with some musty mushroom character. The first impression of this Geuze is one of sourness with a hint of sweetness. Quite sharp tasting, it cuts through everything. Tastes of tannin and of hay fields (if that makes sense). The body is quite light and refreshing. As my mouth gets used to the acidity the taste softens, I get notes of citrus and slight alcohol, and lot of funky geuzeness. A very good beer, to bad it is no longer being made.

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Photo of marburg
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable lambic. Slightly hazed golden color with a dense white foam. The aroma is enormous and powerful; my mouth was completely watering before it ever got near my lips.

*pause* - The head is still there...staying and staying and staying...

Has the typical acidic, wild, nearly-rotten characteristics of many lambics. But this one seems a bit more restrained and perhaps balanced. The sour flavors I love so much are subdued ever-so-slightly, and the brew finishes with a bit more of a bitter flavor than all-out sourness. Very much a mellow lambic -- and very easy to consume. I had to hold myself back from really putting this down in a hurry.

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Photo of putnam
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

purchased at merchants for $5.49...best before June 14, 2022

ash yellow...not too noisy as it settles, but the foam threatens to run out onto my keyboard and I have to shunt it into my gob.

The smell is divine. I guess I love wild yeast. It reminds me of clear tissue-papery green apples hanging from a flavor-mobile with sunlight passing through...emerald shimmering and so sour and dry. There's an extract of yellow-dusted hop buds too, which doesn't help the sweetness at all. Cat-scratch acidity, dander and capers define the palate and keeps the malt from arriving.
Great with pickled oysters, lemon-brined smelt or cranberry/nettle-stuffed pigeon.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium Orange color. Large head. Aroma is sourish, malts and a touch of barnyard. It was with great trepidation that I opened this beer. One that will never be seen again. I will take a little extra time to savor and enjoy this one. A medium bodied geuze. Sour and tart with hints of leather and old book mustiness. Touch of fruitiness, apples and pears. Tart and sour. Must and leather. Touch of barnyard. WOW. Nice geuze, or did I say that already? Sorry, but I am going to sit back and enjoy this one some more. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Realale
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich full slightly hazy gold into my Cantillon tumbler (thanks MJR!). Gigantic bright white frothy head settles quickly to a sticky incomplete cap of large bubbles which slowly disappear entirely.

Nose is simply stunning. Soaring sour limeade with an intense barnyard element, a good smack of leather, and just a hint of very sweet malt.

The palate is much more subdued. Its mostly malt, with the sour citric notes and bretty elements fading into supporting roles. No question that its sour - a quick lick of the lips results in a quivering tongue - but it manages to be controlled. Very lightly carbonated, and quite thirst-quenching as a result. Definitely a top-flight traditional lambic.

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Photo of goz
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a slightly hazy apple juice, with a huge rocky white head, and lots of carbonation. Aroma is strong with a mix tart, sour, apple, lemon zest, barnyard. Flavor is initially fruity and slightly sweet, followed with a super sourness. Ends very dry.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oude Geuze Vieille. 12.7 oz green bottle, corked. Best Before 14.03.2022.

You've got to love a beer with a 20 year expiration date!
This lambic poured clear and golden yellow with only a little carbonation bubbling. The foam was towering and creamy white, and it lasted and lasted, and finally left lace down the glass. The aroma was very pleasant: tart green apples, musty grapes, some citrus, biscuit, and yeast. The taste was tart but not overly sour. Flavors of musty grapes, apples, oak, and a hint of hops came through. The body was medium-light, and the mouthfeel was clean, crisp, and a bit puckering, with moderate carbonation feel. This was a nicely drinkable geuze -- light and refreshing like a champagne. I found this one was best served cold (refridgerator temperature).

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

This fine ale blew the cork as soon as I untwisted the wire cage…so it already has my heart racing. The smell of spicy tart fruit bellow from this brew’s large off-white pillowy head. The taste mimics the smell with a nice tart/sour fruity taste with yeast and with a hint of spices and hops. This is my first lambic, and I am in love. It’s better than I even imagined! It is light bodied with a warming affect and finishes slightly sweet. This was a great experience and I owe it to McCall for sending it to me. Op uw gezonheid!

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

Apples, pears and flowers come across in the aroma with significantly fewer barn aromas than you would expect from the style. Poured a cloudy orange with high carbonation. Perceived a tarty tanginess as well as an earthy, almost herbal, character. A good beer, but certainly not the best example of the style and for that I have to take off a point or two.

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Photo of nomad
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color was a gold tempered by a soft orange, with a furious carbonation; created a soft bubbly head but with negligible lace. Nose was piney, peppery, and highlighted by a concentrated hops scent like hops oil that lingered in my nose for some time aftwards, balancing the sour that was in my mouth. Some serious farm smells in the background as well, literally reminiscent of horse stables after a spring shower. Had an amazing turn on a soft wheat scent (gueuze are made with 100% unmalted wheat). The nose ended off on a softly sweet note.

Taste was brightly sour from beautiful fruit traces: lime, pineapple, unripe strawberry and peach, and the cloy of a wild banana. The tart body was so soft yet so present and fruity, and moves on your tongue so elegantly. The sour dries your tongue only shortly, as the finish strongly reminded me of the preceding flavors without domination. Probably due to the un-malted wheat which gives this beer a fresh and appealingly lactic core. A light wood flavor also appeared when it opened.

Altogether an unendingly complex brew with a long finish. Had a sharp zing on the tongue at first settles into a light oily mouthfeel. To top it off, out of nowhere it gave me a creamy tasting burp! It's interesting to feel thie beer develop and dissipate, especially because it embodies the definition of refreshing. Neither strong nor quiet just... well, just. Definitely the freshest aged beer in the world, and debatably the most complex. Thus I loved it.

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Photo of Murph
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, very pale straw with a huge bubbly head that subsides to a nice creamy covering. Barnyard and tart/sour fruity aromas are prevalent. A quick sweetness starts this one off before turning sour quickly with a nice smooth tartness throughout that lasts through the finish. Big tart fruitiness is everywhere in this bier, rather tasty but not quite as tart and acidic as I would ideally prefer. The tartness makes this brew have a great crispness that goes very well with the medium-light body. Very nice brew but not quite as tart and puckering as I would have liked it to be, I would definitely drink it again though.

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Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 1,002 ratings
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