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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1111   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Wow, now this was one of the most complex variations of this style that I have ever had. Almost like this one could have been aged in oak. Some nice French vanilla smokey aromas, with your typical tart and spicy aroma, very pungent and very tart, but high in acid, this is a great palate cleanser. Pineapple, grapefruit, and granny smith apples, with lots of bitterness in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 10, 2004
Slightly hazy golden/orange with thick white head. Sour nose, with barnyard, lemon, honey, vanilla, spice and faint toffee. Medium body with light sparkle and lingering bitter grapefruit finish. Flavors of lemon, orange, honey, with a very sour mid-palate. Not as tart as I expected with a nice balance none the less that intrigues me. Throughout a tart apple quality that draws me back. Tasty!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Bottle. Poured an amber color. Cloudy, perhaps hints of red in the body. Nice big white head. Aroma is sourish, for some reason smelling like BBQ sauce to me. Taste is immediately tart. A green apple type feeling with a bit of bitterness at the end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1089) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2004
the cork almost put my eye out when i untied the metal cap. never having been bodily injured by a beer before, i put that aside. huge frothy head, offwhite. hazy orange brown color. SOUR aroma, grape, tart cherries, some sweetness hidden deep in the nose. super-sour/tart flavor, odd syrupy sweetness in the end that really shined. pear notes, vinegar, like biting into a lemon that tastes like an alcoholic sour gummy worm. acidic, sticky palate, acid finish. excellent, too bad this brewery went under.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2004 Having never had geuze before, I was confused. It smelled, well, horrible. In looking at other ratings, I concluded this is the veined cheese of beers. The color of cider, as it warmed, myriad scents came out, including apples and alfalfa. At first, I thought this was amazingly sour, then I tried a couple other geuzes. This was my personal favorite, as I need to acquire this taste. The tastes ranged from sour cherries and crabapples to sour wine and oak. clearer than others as well. Interesting, to say the least. Re-rate 9/5/4 As it turns out, it was my mistake in drinking these from the fridge. Today I decided to let them warm to cellar temp and it made a world of difference. Much less acid and more of the malt characters came through. I leave the rating the same, just making this statement.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3274) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 Glad I was able to find a few bottles of this one. Sparkling copper appearance with a rich white head that lasted beautifully. Aroma had the requisite horseblanket funk, along with notes of apple, hay, and calvados. Flavor was quite similar to the nose. Despite the sourness and complexity, a remarkably easy drinker. A fantastic "compromise" between the modern, simplistic, sweet lambic and the bracing sourness and overwhelming complexity of the most traditional of lambics. A real pity this is a dead brewer. The first rating was from Sept. 1, 2004. Since then, Oud Beersel has been revived, and still makes great lambics. But last night at the bottle share, I popped the last of my remaining original bottles, now at least 10 years old. The tasting notes are shockingly similar - this simply has not changed hardly at all over a decade. Score identical, still just a fantastic beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Hazy golden, large foamy white head. Aroma has lots of apple, funky cheese, musty. Sour but not as much as some of the other heavy hitters in the style. More refined, or maybe the malt is just more prominant, reminiscent of a saison or biere de garde; quite effervescent, with mineral water bite. Mostly dry, slightly sticky finish. A great gueuze.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 (Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy dark golden color with a small bright white head. Aroma of tart white grapes. Dry, tart taste (champagne-like) with some granny smith apples. Lively palate. Interesting. Best at room temperature.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2004
Hazy golden/orange appearance, big fluffy white head. The aroma is just simply beautiful. It has some lively notes of wood, blue cheese, lemon and stable. Soft flavour of lemon, green apples, cheese and wood. Well-balanced finish with notes of wood.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8520) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2004
Tart. A wine-like aroma, and a cherry and apple taste. Beige-gold color with lots of foam slow to dissipitate. Lemon acid and good carbonation. Very dry, and sour aftertaste. Alcohol seems higher than the 6% at room temperature


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