Oud Beersel Oude Lambic
Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Style:
Lambic - Traditional
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 6.93%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
32
From:
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  0
Gots
  2
SCORE
91
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Reviews by Marius:
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Marius from Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Craft & Draft. Clear orange pour with a white head. Acrid and funky smell. Sour and refreshing, more fresh than funky. Excellent beer, among the best lambics I have tried.

Feb 07, 2016
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 03, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Map Room. Tap handle states "2-year aged lambic".

Pours a deep, clear amber-yellow...a good skim of foam apears at first, and settles fairly quickly. Some larger bubbles appear in the center.

Aroma is earthy, barnyard, slight mustiness, sour grapes. Very traditional, yet not as sharp as other aged lambics. It's not something that I would ever get tired of, and found myself sniffing the glass at every opportunity.

Taste is mellow citrus, raw honey, tart, with an earthy cheese rind finish. Time in the barrel has tempered the sharp sourness sometimes found in straight unblended lambics. Very drinkable, soft natural carbonation quickly ebbs, but a light lingering tartness helps to maintain it's refreshing attributes.

It was definitely much better than the 5-year-old bottle of their Gueuze I had a couple weeks ago. This was a rare treat...

May 23, 2007
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mrasskicktastic from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep yellow brew with no head and no lacing.

S - Strong fruity aromas with a mild sour. Mixed berries, strong citrus, lemon and grapefruit, also some sour white grapes. Very nice and strong.

T - A mild citrusy flavor with a touch of strawberries and melon. A bit of bitter, slightly fruitiness that forms early and dominates through the aftertaste where is is joined by a bit of grassy bitterness.

M - Smooth, thin, very refreshing.

D - Great. I loved this one. I would definitely have it again. Top notch brew.

Feb 17, 2007
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Phatz from Pennsylvania

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

Wow, this was a real treat. On Tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, during the 4th Annual Belgian beer event.

Appearance: Served a mostly clear medium clod color with a small had and light lace.

Smell: Brettanomyces funk. sour muscat grapes, light acidity, lemon and oak in the nose.

Taste: Sour. Funky but with direction and depth. It has a solid vinous like muscat grape flavor some biting acidity and oak/wood character. Vanilla and suggestion of fruits that is washed away by sourness met also with a nip of bitter. A sour beer fans delight.

Mouthfeel: Sharply acidic on the swallow, light body with a nip of bitterness on the cheeks and a hint of alcohol.

Drinkability: This is exactly what I want in a go to Lambic. Very drinkable.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Feb 18, 2008
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brandoman63 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Nov 30, 2011
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Westsidethreat from California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light hay color with some haze lurking about. Small streaks of bubbles and a faint ring of foam around the glass give the impression of carbonation.

S: Strong mineral aspects along with vitamin C and vitamin B

T: This is a straightforward gueze with serious mineral components. The vitamin C and B play second fiddle. Only minor amounts of residual sugar offer a slight sweetness to this otherwise dry brew. Finishes with some hints of sulfur.

M: Medium body and quite soft.

D: Ok beer but this one doesnÂ’t stand out to me.

Dec 07, 2007
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Had at Redlight Redlight, cask conditioned, on October 9, 2015. Served in a tulip glass.

A: Nearly completely clear bright gold, no real head at all, and only minimal visible carbonation.

S: Funk, feet, and cheese. Fairly dry - almost woody. Lemony citric acid. Nice depth to the funk has developed here. Just a touch of biscuit malt aroma as well.

T: A modest citric acid bite up front, followed by funk and cheese. Big barnyard funk. Lactobacillus and what tastes like Pediococcus primarily. Not as big of a Brett presence as I expected to get. Some biscuit malt sweetness pokes its head into the lactic acid. Then more bone dry funkiness that lasts through the swallow and beyond.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel, very low carbonation sensation, and the alcohol seems integrated but certainly present.

O: Nice, and the cask makes for an interesting serving style. Perhaps not the depth of funk of a few other lambics, but this was quite good.

Jul 13, 2016
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ArrogantB from Colorado

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

On tap at Goed Zuur. A little more carbonation than I was expecting, I even told my wife that an unblended lambic is usually still. The bartender told me the keg had a carb issue so he poured it into a decanter and then into my glass. It was still nice. Not really sour, crisp, very mild funk. Very tasty lambic overall.

Feb 12, 2018
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largadeer from California

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Feb 08, 2014
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t0rin0 from California

4/5  rDev -1%

Sep 08, 2012
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spycow from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 03, 2016
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brokensail from California

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We'll call this on-tap. It was a 5L bag-in-a-box serving provided generously by Matt at the BA BA tasting a couple weeks back.

A: The beer pours a flat straw color with just a few bubbles resulting from the pour.

S: A fairly funky nose on this one. Straw and grass with a bit of mustiness and earthy character. Lemon and lemon peel give a nice tartness as does a touch of green apple.

T: The flavor is pretty similar. A nice tartness of lemon and green apple. Earthy funk with a lot of wet wood and must. Not quite as much on the straw/grass character, though. Just a bit watery.

M: No carbonation to speak of and fairly light in body.

O: It's always nice to try unblended lambic. It would have been a lot better if there wasn't that slightly watery taste, but still nice to have a little glass of.

Jul 03, 2011
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Alieniloquium from Florida

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

Cask of 1 year old at Redlight. Hazy orange. Big white head. Smells of oak, lemon, light sweetness. Tastes of oak throughout. Sharp lemon tartness. Sweet maltiness. Grassy finish. Medium body. A soft and unabrasive lambic. Simple and unassuming, but delicious.

Mar 31, 2017
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess on tap? Out of a box at Delerium. Pour is a golden amber with a fair haze and virtually no head. The nose is lightly dusty with a strong cheese rind. Light yeast note, spice, lemon and peach. Taste follows the nose, fruits are a little more muted and the funk is all there. Medium body, a little thin in the back and undercarbonated. Not bad, huge funk, flavor falls a bit short of the nose.

Feb 13, 2012
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nathanmiller from New York

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

Apr 07, 2015
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stickyv from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 06, 2015
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Satchboogie from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Aug 25, 2013
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, so nice. Thanks, hoppypocket!!. Low acidity, nice and woody, whole lemons, low carbonation (just perfect). What a treat.

Nov 30, 2016
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 16, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this is among the best unblended lambics ive ever had. the word is finally out with these guys i think, as prices have started to rise and the hype is real. no more under the radar scores with their stuff, and it seems like everyone is in the know finally. this was on tap at back country pizza in boulder, an amazing score to say the least. not sure how often this comes around, but ive certainly never seen it. definitely has a little age on it, real funked out and mature, as good as anything ive had from cantillon or the other major players in the lambic world. a little deeper color to this one, hazy but soft looking, maybe bronze without the shine, darker than golden but well short of copper. the head is an inch tall and pure white, surprised to see an older lambic so well carbonated, maybe time in the keg has led to a brighter look and feel, either way its an awesome and uncommon feature in the style. the nose here is incredible, the best aspect of this i think. its musty and farmy, really rustic and old world, but also really refined. its wheaty but fat on the base, with a hint of something just a little richer than white wheat malt. the spontaneous nature of the yeast here just cant be equaled, and no culture out there comes close. its layered with a horsey bretty farm animal funk, a wet wood must, and a puckey lactic sourness thats a whole lot more than lemony acid, its like sweet tart candy for a moment, and then mellowed out by a rush of grain at the end. oaky and old, so awesome. the flavor is a lot like the nose, maybe a little less pronounced on the sourness, but the funk is flawless, and i really wouldnt want this with any more acidity than it already has. our american palates are getting way too accustomed to absurdly sour beers, hot lacto things that dont have any nuance. this beer is liquid nuance, and its sensational. i get an herbal quality, a hint of dry red apple, and a wildness that really stands out in my memory. dry as a bone, carbonated like a shaken bottle of champagne, and unforgettable. for all the tasty lambic stuff i have been lucky enough to drink, this ranks near the top for me. stunning beer, as good as it gets.

edit: recently enjoyed as "vieux" lambic, on draft, which i believe is the same beer, perhaps simply an age designation, but it was strikingly different than what is reviewed above here. all my research suggests this is the same beer however. straight lemon lime soda and funk, so good. if anyone has more information about this distinction, please let me know!

May 01, 2016
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alyssajoy from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

May 18, 2012
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SocalKicks from California

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

Oct 29, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bag, 1.5 years old. Slightly hazy golden color with no head. Aroma is quite funky and musty with intense cellar and barnyard character. Taste starts slightly sweet but also sour and gets quite bitter on the finish. Light, dry body, almost flat. Really complex for such a "young" lambic.

Sep 20, 2016
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

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

Mar 06, 2018
Oud Beersel Oude Lambic from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 32 ratings