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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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Photo of walleye
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
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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Photo of gbontrag
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm in heaven, I'm in heaven...

I drank this at 58 F.

I love these naturally fermented brews.
Poured golden cloud. Beautiful light foam that fizzled and frothed to a huge clingy head.

Smells like parfait of fresh pears, roses, sour cherries, starfruit, orange zest, in sour yeasty oak. Love that special 'B' (Belgian) aroma; it's funky which is code for farm odors.

Dry; bites on the bitter sides of my tongue. Tannin>fruit wood. Lime zest, sour cherries; runs tart to bitter. It's splendid and sparkling. It's effervescent. It's sour with very little sweet, like a trickle of sour juice. There's definite horse'ness' that gets stronger as it warms. Let it warm. Oh, how good it would be with a sausage, cheese and levain bread platter with mustard and barrel-aged kraut.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy peach/orange color with a nice fluffy head redolent of rising bread dough. Good and tart in aromatics with lively citrus aromas intermingling with barrel aromas. Smooth and crisp in the mouth and somewhat creamy. Lots of citrus in the flavor profile with bitter lemon and grapefruit at the forefront. The finish is long and bitter. This is good stuff.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle dated best before 3/14/2022. Pours a clear golden pils color with a volcanous eggshell colored head. Lactic, sour smells mixed with a bit of greenhouse and old leather. Tastes a bit similar to Boon gueuze in the fact that it's a bit sweet, more fruity and honeyed, for a gueuze. There's a small amount of horse blanket farmhouse funk to it, just enough to tie it all together, but I was expecting a bit more for some reason. I wanted my tastebuds to be assaulted. A nice subtle, cheesy hop flavor finished off a lightly tart and mostly malty gueuze. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, I just wished I'd been assaulted with salivary gland dryness. I'd seek it out again.

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

375 ML corked and caged bottle. The BB date is 2023, which is humorous.

Pours a hazy light orange color with a sizable head. Head retention is excellent and lacing is average. The aroma is sour, acidic and grassy, though sweeter than Trois Fountaines or Girardin gueuze. The taste is pure sharp acidity with a musty horse blanket feel and plenty of sourness. Theres also a strong lemony citrus taste. The mouthfeel is smooth and very tingly (from lambic yeast as well as tonnes of carb). This beer is eminently drinkable. Its a classic gueuze.

Gueuze is the best style of beer in the world IMHO, and this is a very good one.

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

Pours a pretty clear gold, with moderate, noisy carbonation and a thin, uneven white head. Looks a lot like apple juice, actually.

Farmhouse aroma. A bit musty with a hint of lemon.

Quite sour at the start, followed quickly by a light lemon tartness and some musty hay flavors. A teeny bit of bitterness at the back end, with a floral hop character making itself felt in the aftertaste.

Light in the mouth and fairly tingly. This is a nice beer to sit with for a while, as it is enjoyable in very different ways both tart and refreshing right out of the fridge and slightly warmed, when the flavors have had more chance to develop.

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Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best Before 14-03-2022", Guess I better pop the cork on this one in a hurry! I may not be around in 18 years. This pours a cloudy, iced tea color body, with a small, tight head that is beige. Beautiful sheet lacing is very satiny.

Aroma has notes of sour, apple cider, white grapes, and cherries. Very tart. Musty yeast is in the background, along with some spicy notes of anise and coriander.

Mouthfeel is alive with natural carbonation, and is very tart and acidic, almost like vinegar.

Taste is complex. Tangerine vinegar comes to mind, initially. Tart and dry all the way through, with some sour apple notes. Some malt and wheat flavors peek through at room temperature. Solid yeast presence reminds me of my grandmother's chicken coop from 40 years ago. Fruitiness of this Gueuze makes me think of sucking on a fresh lime. Ah, but this one goes down smooth. Finish is tart and dry. Some oak wood notes are quite perceptible from cask aging.

Very well crafted and excellent for style. Get some bottles of this one and cellar them for a few years.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taart. A wine-like aroma, and a cherry and apple taste. Beige-gold color with lots of foam slow to dissipitate. Lemon acid and good carbonation. Very dry, and sour aftertaste. Alcohol seems higher than the 6% at room temperature. Rich, thanks Malto..

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Photo of inebrius
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Preserved lemons and ceviche mingle with fresh mown grass and green peanuts. Who cares what it looks like? You won't even see it it drains so quick.

It's tangy, it's earthy, it's like sliding down a muddy chute through a mountainside lime orchard into a saline sea while unbelievers throw small granite stones at your nostrils. How do you describe this? A pile of Granny Smith peels and hazelnut skins on a wet dog. I love it!

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Photo of Bighuge
2.43/5  rDev -39.9%
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 Mitchster
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Carefully decanted, pours out to a slightly hazy orange, forming a peaking whipped white head with superior retention and average lacing. Carbonation is strong, forming highly active spiral streamers. Aroma is mouthwatering with sour green apples, dusty basement, and a slight amount of skunk. Mouthfeel is spritzy, lively, and very tart with a light body. Taste begins with intense sourness, suggestion of sour green apples, a moderate amount of non-descript bitterness, a noticeable amount of metal, lack of any sugars, and tannic astringency in the tart finish. Finish is bone-dry. Not much barnyard Brettanomyces character going on. For some reason, the wild fermentation of Lambics tend to give me an early headache, despite the fact that I love them so much.

A nice Geuze, but I prefer mine with more residual sugar and less astringency. Better enjoyed as it warms up, allowing the carbonation to dissipate.

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Photo of aracauna
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber (I may have decanted some of the yeast, but I thought I was careful). The head is thin and fleeting. The first burst of the aroma is the smell you get after having just bitten into a green apple. Under that is cheeze and hay that has sat in storage for too long. The apples carry into the flavor, but instead of the green apples, it changes more like a cider apple. Very fruity, but there’s not the harsh sour punch I was expecting of something like Cantillon. The tartness here is a part of a balanced, but complex, flavor instead of the dominating characteristic. A very drinkable gueuze.

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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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