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


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RATINGS: 1185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Cloudy dull gold, large, active puffy white head. Nose is expectedly sour, musty horseblanket and barnyard stank, but in a good way. Not actually as sour as expected, still good funkiness, sourness backed by a bit of fruitiness. Ate it with a incredibly funky gorgonzola, paired beautifully, cut the skunk in both quite well. Excellent, still very interesting and complex without being overpoweringly sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2003
Awesome beer. Citrusy fresh. I dunno why, but I said in my notes that no cat shit which missed the kitty litter in my place ever tasted like this which seems to be a "no brainer". So very good. I dunno even know what that flavour is. It is like visceral more than simply oral... More!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Orange tint with almost no head. Vinegar, sour apples in hay. The flavor is very complex; sour, dank-wood. Perfect level of carbonation. Each sip is different with dryness but then a nice tang also. Also a weird soapy quality about ten seconds after each sip. Truly brilliant and over my head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11957) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2003
(375ml, best by 3/14/22): Cloudy golden with medium off-white head. Aroma is sour, cheesy, white grape, perfumy. Taste is sour, some fruity sweetness, white grape. Dry acidic finish. Light body. Lots of similarity to champagne (which I don't particularly enjoy).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 21, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Fruity notes of oranges, cherries, mild tartness, light sourness and some crazy wood and yeast notes that really make your head spin. The intensity of the sourness is less then that of the Giradin and comes quicker. The beggining is very fruity with cherries, grapes, oranges, lemons and some hay. The sour kick comes strongly with a great sweetness underneath with some apple tastes that reminded me of eating sour patch kids as a kid. Awsome sweet lemony finish of a bit. Absolute Glory

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Minus the fruit, it is easier to "get" the flavor of these Oud Beersel lambics. Pours a golden/orange color with a thin white head and tight carbonation. Aroma is sour and tangy with a hint of musty cheese (you know, the "crust" of brie, etc.). Flavor is a rich ensemble of tang, tart, sour, must, wood, and cheese crust. Strange yet addicting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indra (2693) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Intensely fruity aroma, with sour apple, grapefruit, peach and lemon, some floral notes and hints of must and wood. Cloudy pale golden color, properly bubbly, with a massive head that took a good 15 minutes to subside enough to take a sip. A little wheat maltiness up front, lightly sweet and fruity, quickly infused with juicy tartness and very faint herbal tones. Dry, effervescent, grainy mouthfeel. Well-integrated and a fascinating example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Interesting. Looks and smells like a champaign, but is a little more acidic and bready like. I'm glad I got to try it. Not sure if I like it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Ok, this beer smells like a combination of champaign and vinegar. Taste is....different. It tastes like a Woodchuck minus the apple. This is like the Radiohead of beers...you need to try it to see if you like it. Some peope will think it's different and cool, while others will say it's somethng that appears to be a bunch of sh!t thrown together that shouldn't be mixed in the first place. I am of the second opinion. Can’t say I will ever drink this again (especially since the brewery closed down).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5373) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2003
Bottled. Unpleasant appearance - only a mother could love the colour of baby shit. Though, before the creamy white head dies away, it does have a certain simple dignity. Cork flew off with an explosive pop narrowly missing the light in the ceiling! Woody, cidery, lambic aroma - quite soft. Initial mouthfeel is soft and warm, then the grapefruit juices start to burn a little. As with other Gueuze I've tried, this is better when warmed up. When cold it is a bit harsh, slashing away like a beserker on acid; but when warmed up the edges soften and the oaky qualities start to seep through. And, again a common experience for me, the beer becomes more enjoyable as the bottle progresses. The lingering taste experience in the mouth, long after the drink is finished, is very pleasant - as though the memory is better than the real experience. From the shock shudder at first sip to the regret at the end that there is no more left to drink, this is an interesting journey that encourages further exploration of a most challenging beer style. I have yet to come to fully love Gueuze, but I do respect the style.

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