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


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RATINGS: 1141   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2007
This has been and always be my favorite geuze. As I sip the bottle from my hotel room in Brussels, I am reminded how important this beer is to the history of Brussels. The aroma is powerful with hints of lactic and Brett that remind me of all the complexities of this beer. The beer bone dry with a good biting acidity that comes alive with all of the carbonation in the mouth. The brewer closed down in 2003, but opened up and are starting a revival of sorts. They are making a wonderful triple to help get the lambic side of things going again. The color is of straw with lots of effervensce and a slight whippy white head. The taste is amazing with so many layers and depth. There is citrus, hay, wet horse, wool and a soft malt character that is there for those who choose to dig deep into this beer. The finish is dry and grainy/bready with a zesty sour note. It is a must try even if only to keep this tiny brewery alive !!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kalervo (730) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Pyöräkadulla 11/2014. Wine-like fruity taste, quite sour aftertaste. Complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cshanes69 (7) - Alabama, USA - NOV 20, 2014 does not count

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2458) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2014
Chilled and into a straight-wall Lambic glass. Soft, pastel orange and misted by yeast. Very fine, very intermittent carbonation fares a short lived foam. A white film lasts the length. VInous, plump, beyond dry nose but hinting at Chenin and Chardonnay grape juice, boiled rice, soft phenols, hessian sack and lime coola cordial. Very fruity, very vinous, wine-like with plenty of white wine in the length. lime, lemon, tangy and sour with supple fruit sweetness balancing. Hints at oak, pine, light must in the finish. Lightly spritzy, mouth-filling yet light in body; definitely holds on the palate. This is refreshing, but lacks the depth of the greater spontaneously fermented ales. A great Gueuze for those unfamiliar to the style. (37,5cL, BB 05/11/22[?], The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
florent.janssens (26) - - NOV 14, 2014
Bière légèrement acide, mais pour une geuze, douce. Forte odeure non rance. goût classique de la geuze adouci. Bière très bien équilibré. Parfait pour découvrir la geuze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ulysse (81) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2014
Enjoyable lambic aroma. Not the stinky sweaty type. Abundant gas upon opening the bottle. Just the right amount of acidity for those who don’t enjoy overly acid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (8999) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 30, 2014
Bouteille: Deep golden, hazy with floaties, stable creamy off-White head; fruit-vinegar - mainly - in the nose, some cellary notes, not very "Bretty", residual caramel detectable, too; moderate sour flavour with a delicate sweetness, tart and stringent MF, medium bodied; lingering tart-sour finish, again is a faint sweetness detectable. Good, but not the real Thing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1083) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle from Hop City. Pours a hazy golden work a thin spotty layer of off white head. Aims and taste of tart, some sour and fruits, with ample carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewGoblin (445) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 27, 2014
Scrumptiously sour she be! The hazy, bright orange copper liquid is festooned with a thick white head. Notes of tart fruit, yeast, white wine and wheat bring a complex bouquet forth. Quite tart and fruity, a sour Greek yogurt taste is left on the tongue. This fun brew has a very fizzy and medium carbonated body with the fizz really resting in the mouth. A great beer for a relaxing moment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (2331) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
I once had the original version of this (on more than one occasion), still made by Henri Vandervelden, but by the time I went to Beersel to visit his lambic brewery, it had just closed down. Fortunately a few young lambic afficionados reopened it and resurrected this classic geuze on the Belgian beer map. Nowadays quite easily available - the bottle I’m tasting now was bought at a Delhaize supermarket. Pours a warm, light orange blonde with strong fizz, a bit hazy at first but equally clouded with deposit, with a stable, dense, medium thick, crackling, off-white and utterly stable head consisting of tiny bubbles closely packed together. Strong aroma with everything you’d expect from an authentic, undiluted lambic: Brett horseblanket, leather and barnyard odours abound, paired with a very strong estery fruitiness; impressions of lemon peel, very old sherry, sweat, rancid butter, wet hay, ’brut’ champagne, grass, sour yoghurt, orange, roses, raspberry vinegar, passion fruit, earth, dust, old bread. Taste is crisp and estery, with a lemony acidity drying the palate, delicately fizzy carbonation on the tongue as in a lambrusco, oranges and unripe green plums, light bready malts, soft wheaty sourishness and tart lactic acidity, all blended in one very refreshing experience. Yeastiness with soft spicy notes dominates the finish, which is completely dried by the various sour flavours and woody tannins but a late and brief, leafy hop bitterishness also comes up, subtle enough though, in order not to disturb the crisp and tart profile. Extremely thirst-quenching and elegant, not too ’biting’ like some other examples, but gracious and showing all the unrivalled complexity which defines this greatest of beer styles. After years of perfection, I think the new guys at Oud Beersel managed to equal the original Vandervelde version completely. I think I still have a Vandervelde edition from 2001 lying around in the cellar somewhere so next time I have this, I’ll taste them side by side, just to make sure. For now: an excellent geuze indeed and a classic fortunately saved from oblivion. Kudos!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danyel (1047) - Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is very fruity, lots of plums, citrusy, tropical, yeasty. Taste is tart, Brett, light, crisp, very effervescent, fruity backbone. Overall, a very traditional Gueze- very solid and true to style.

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