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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1140   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2003 Rerate: User_ex's comment about aggressiveness is right on. This is amazing. Upped .01. Man, if there ever was a geuze on the verge of a nervous breakdown, this would be it! Exceptionally tight flavor profile; while cold and without the yeast, this is even woodier (oakier?) than Hanssen's, add the yeast and cup that glass in your hand to warm it and it finally opens up a little, adding incredible grapeskin flavors. Less 'cheesy', musty than the kriek I recently had, but I haven't got to the end of the bottle yet, either. Wonderful. Far less fruity than Cuvee Rene 1994, which is a good thing, IMO.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002
This was a great gueuze. Golden in color with a nice light, white head. Super musty with notes of cobwebs, must, mold, and hay. Nice bitterness to complement the sour flavors. It’s all smoothed out with the nice woodiness from the aging. It’s so sad to see this brewery has closed. They make such good beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
I guess I don’t get lambics. Looks nice enough, like champagne, but the overly sour taste was too much for me

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2002
Big white head that haunted the glass for the duration. Big citric acid in the nose with some chees, sweat with almost an underlying perfumed flowery note. Started bracingly tart but mellowed out as it cam to tempature. Lemon, cirus pith, rancid leaves, french munster with an earthy, vegital bitterness on the sides of the tounge. Creamy lightly spiced oak/ yeast finish with the most pecuiliar note of raw meat at the very end. Started off very flavorfull, but all the components slowly blended into one another for a wonderfully creamy and refreshing brew. Long live Oul beersel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Very sour, like sour apples. A mild funky/sweaty/mildewy aroma. Rather ugly in the glass--pale straw color. Lifeless. Complexity in the form of different sorts of tanginess. Not all that rewarding, but well worth tasting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2002
Hazy golden body, big head, smells like gueuze (well, duh) - sour and cidery. Very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2002
A deep hazy golden colored. Nice head and sticky lace. Nose of apples, sweat, hints of cheese, and sourness. Very effervecent, crisp, cheesey,funky sour flavors, grain and hints of iron. Very complex, flavorful and drinkable. Great Geuze

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Terrible news: as Oakes posted in the forum a few days ago, the brewery is closing. Fortunately I had one in the fridge already and felt compelled to taste it (on this showing I’ll have to see if I can get more). Impresseive initial pour, extreme effervessence, cloudy orangey body with floaties and thick foam (although this soon gives way. Sour pungent nose, cheesey (but not as strong as Chapeau Cuvee) with some peach fruitiness and a touch of oak. Palate is sharp and spritzy but pretty easy drinking. A little winey, dry cider like at front, woody middle, some sugary sweetness and good dry puckering sourness in the finish. Finishes off very pleasantly, a little sour in the aftertaste but some balancing sweetness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2199) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
more agressive, sharp, effervescent and foaming, sour and a range of farmhouse aromas. a compelling brew

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Big granny smith apple nose. Palate is light and bone dry with a touch of iron and quenching acidity. Similar to a sparkling fino sherry. I expected a little more barnyard flavors.


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