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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 1061   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2004
Golden body with a nice fluffy white head. Wheaty, barnyard aroma. Dry tart, hints of green apple. Finishes crisp and dry. Fantastic stuff

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2004
You've got to love this style! Reminds me of French Champagne.Dry with a great tart acidic finish and fresh lemon zest. The color was a bit cloudy orange and the head held nicely but not forever. Very tasty indeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2004
It's a great shame this brewery closed as it made beers that, in my opinion, rewarded cellaring a lot. The basic beers when released were really a bit young, but they developed into excellent sour, musty and interesting brews after a few years. The last bottle of gueuze I sampled was quite young with some dry acidity and a neutral lambic flavour, but I'm hoping the other 11 bottles in the cellar will develop into the complex, cobwebby and almost fungal (in the nicest possible way) beer that I prefer. All I have to do is forget them for 5 years...... (Bottle in De Torre, De Haan an Zee)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2004
copper blonde in color. Fizzy head dissipates quickly. Barn yard aromas, fresh straw, leather. Dry, sour, tart, and very refreshing. Clean Crisp finish with a hint of a metalic character.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 10, 2004
Sampled @ Helsinki Beer Festival 2004
Orange, white head that vanishes quicky. Sour, dry and a bit wine-like. Flavor is also sour and dry. Hard beer to rate, but decent overall, altought a bit too sour for me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 Two ratings, one for beer from before and one from after the take over.

Rating from 2007, beer from after the take over, sampled at ZBF 2007, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Hazy, blond body. Off-white, creamy head. Quite lightly coloured for a gueuze. Aroma of fruits, apples, oak, ... wonderful! Lightly bitter, moderately sour flavour, which is very complex and very well balanced. Great! (9/3/9/4/16=4.1)

Rating from 2004 Blond clear body. White, fizzy head, mostly lasting and fairly lacing. Traditional gueuze aroma: fruity sour. Quite soft mouthfeel. Lightly sour initial flavour and lighty sour finish. (9/3/8/3/16=3.9)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (11888) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
Bottled (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
Hazy orange color. Firm white head. Aroma is extremely sour, sour apples and malt. Mouthfeel is like drinking dry champagne. Taste is very sour apple juice and mold/earthlike malts.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2004
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 (Bottled, 0,375l at the Helsinki Beer Festival 2004) Light amber color, large head. Extremely sour, fruity (apple) aroma. Very sour, dry flavor with apples and some yeast. Quite refreshing if you like sour beers.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2004
Nice perfumey, floral nose. Color is a honey gold. Good carbonation and a light head that dissipates, but a steady ring remains as I drink the beer. Taste is very dry and tart. There is much complexity here, lemongrass, white grapes, a bit of woodiness. Nice lingering finish. A refreshing beer on a very refreshing spring day! I feel sorry for the previous poster who has not the appreciation for the complexity and beauty of Gueuze!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 Right away, I had a huge, active head and a nice, cloudy, golden color. The aroma had apple, vinegar and some grass. The flavor is very sour, like concentrated lemon juice. A little barnyard and hay. Gets slightly smoother with a little apple and some grass. Will try this again.


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