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Oud Beersel Oude Lambic | Brouwerij Oud Beersel

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Brouwerij Oud Beersel

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mrasskicktastic on 02-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 23
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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 doesn’t stand out to me.

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Photo of emerge077
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
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 a fresh sample. 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 in the finish. Again, the age downplays the sharp sourness found in a younger batch. Very drinkable, carbonation thins out quickly, but tartness maintains 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...

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Oud Beersel Oude Lambic from Brouwerij Oud Beersel
4.07 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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