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Brewed by Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Geuze is a classic among the Belgian Ales, following spontaneous fermentation in wooden barrels (no yeast or sugar added), young and old Lambic are blended; which results in a dry, tart and fruity wine like taste. Oud Beersel Geuze Ale is the white sparkling wine of the ale world.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2005
This is the new Boon-brewed stuff, which was in abundance at Supersaver, so I picked some up. Yes, I like it. I am coming to realize that my problem with lambics stems mostly from expecting all of them to be like Cantillons, and that Cantillon pretty much has flooded the market in many places. But see, I donít really like that extreme degree of sourness. I like my sour medium, mixed with noticeable malt and noticeable funk. Drinking Cantillons is a chore I donít have patience for unless Iím going slow to rate one. But THIS, this I could drink every day, and I am glad to have found a real lambic that has kicked me over my concerns about liking this style.

Pours a hazy grey-yellow with a soft yet crackly-sounding white head. Aroma of dirt, hay, stones, nuts, sprouts, and cheese. Taste a delicious mix of refreshing (not overpowering) sourness, light notes of funk, and lots of chewiness from the malt, including some ítypicalí beer notes such as floral overtones. Refreshing and delightfully drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Vintage 2001: Hazy straw colored with a small but frothy head, this has a sharp, bleu cheese, vinegar, and hay kind of aroma. Itís got quite the pungent taste, (still carrying the bleu cheese, vinegar, and hay), sour fruits, a dirty mustiness, mushrooms, and old leather. The finish is quite sour and dirty feeling. Oddly, I like this.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 29, 2005
cloudy golden and a little amber at the center. foamy white head. aroma is ginko berry, fresh cut grass, sweat, and sour. flavor is tart but clean, and sour. high carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2005
05.22.05 375ml bottle thanks to MullMan at Jimmack04 invitational. Hazy orangish-golden pour that verges on tan. The head is sticky, foamy, and white. This beer embodies everything I hate about gueuze, but I couldnít put down the glass. Massively stinking of the worst smelling unrefrigerated cheese shop in August. Hints of grass clippings, old ones mixed with new ones. Super stink sour and lingering mold. Shockingly, this brew turns from gagging me with pungency to an uterly drinkable and refreshing quaff. A tad sweet but fairly balanced. Reduced vinegar, grass stew. Instant acid reflux. Horrible, but electrifying. But horrible. But delicious. But horrible. But craved.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
thanks to mullman for bringing this to the jimmack invt. poured a cloudy tan with a long lasting white head, a less acrid aroma than some of the other lambics opened during the gathering. flavor was harshly sour with what seemed like vinegar mixed with apple cider being the dominant character. this beer actually caused me to experience bitter beer face, as the sournes was just overhwhelming to me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2005
375ml. corked bottle thanks to Mullman. Hazy golden/orange color with a small white head. Musty aroma of sour apples and vinegar. Flavor was mostly tart but with enough sweetness to hold it in check. Sour apples, leather, hay are what come through to me. Very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle from Open All Hours, Keswick. Yellow orange colour, no head. Aroma of soft cheese, lemon, brett, barnyard. Less acidic than the Cantillons, possibly more balanced. Dry finish. Gorgeous.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Bottle: Sour and tart aromas as expected but there is also some fruitiness in the aroma too. Pours a mostly transparent orange with a small white head. Sour and tart from start to finish that continues to linger for a while. A very light woody flavor comes at the beginning as opposed to the finish like a lot of other guezes Iíve had. Definitely sour and tart, but not as extreme as other guezes.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
From a 375ml corked bottle. Pours a hazy orangish-gold with a tiny white head. Smell is complex and I probably wonít do it justice - thereís 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Belgo (154) - KÝge, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2005
Orange golden colour. Firm lasting head. The nose is an explosion of lime, grapefruit and tobacco. Tastes likewise with the lime really pushing through. On the palate the bitternes and the sourness joins together and punches at the you. This is aged lambic at the absolute top level. The aftertaste stays in the mouth for several minutes.


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