Category Archives: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)

Lambiek Fabriek Brett-Elle Oude Geuze

Brewery: Lambiek Fabriek
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: 2017 vintage

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) Oude Geuze, traditionele blend van zelf gebrouwen lambieken van spontane gisting. Ongefilterde blend van verschillende jaargangen, niet gepasteuriseerd.

(translated from Dutch to English) Oude Geuze, traditional blend of home-brewed lambics from spontaneous fermentation. Unfiltered blend of different volumes, not pasteurized.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.17
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 375ml capped and corked bottle, bottled on 4th April 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a thin half finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Musty, damp wood, earthy, funky, barnyard, oak, wood, with notes of stone fruit, peach, and lemon.
Taste: Lightly sour, tart, funky, barnyard, peach, green apple, lemon, oak, wood, with notes of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Enjoyable with surprising stone fruit notes, and strong oak in a good way.

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille Vandervelden 135 Years

Brewery: Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: Bottled 20 years before best before date

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Vandervelden 135 Oude Geuze is a blend of 1 year old lambic aged on foeders that were previously used for mainly red Brunello di Montalcino wine and of 3 year old Lambic aged on an old Oud Beersel foeder.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.35
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 375ml corked and caged bottle with a best before date of 14th February 2037. Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear golden colour with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Funky, barnyard, musty, green apple, straw, oak, lemon zest and lemon juice.
Taste: Lightly sour, funky, earthy, straw, hay, oak, green apple, lemon, with hints of sweetness, pineapple, grape, and vinous notes.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very enjoyable. One of my favourites from Oud Beersel with good aromas and flavours, matched with a good balance between sour and sweet.

Boon x Mikkeller Goût Américain Oude Geuze

Brewery: Brouwerij Boon x Mikkeller ApS
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: 100% Boon Lambic. Collaboration between Boon and Mikkeller

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Acetic sting, an off-flavor to us, an acquired taste for others. Such as with this blend of 1, 2 & 3 yr old lambic now, in the past some champagne bottles would be given the name “Goût Americain” (“American taste”) when they were typified by a high amount of volatile acidity. With this in mind, we developed this limited edition both high in acidity while maintaining a delicate balance that is both complex and fruity. Pair this special blend with sharp cheeses or simply as an aperitif.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.99
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle with a best before date of 19th February 2039. Poured into a Boon stemmed glass.
Appearance: A mostly clear golden colour with a two finger white head that had dissipated quite quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Funky, barnyard, oak, straw, grass, with hints of apple, lemon peel and apricot.
Taste: Moderate sweetness and acidity, white wine, grapes, oak, straw, lemon, with hints of funk and a touch of sourness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: It was sweeter and less funkier in taste than I expected, but still refreshingly enjoyable with nice fruity notes of grape and lemon.

Mikkeller x To Øl Betelgeuze

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS x To Øl
Country: Denmark
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: Dry hops – Citra, Centennial, Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Columbus, Tomahawk, Tettnang, Belma, Mandarina Bavaria, Calypso and Bravo. Brewed & bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij, Belgium

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Dry hopped Lambic.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.96
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 375ml bottle, with a best before date of 27th February 2024. Poured into Cantillon gueuze glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy dark orange, copper amber colour with a half finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice curtain lacing.
Aroma: Sour, tart, funk, oak, light apple cider vinegar, apple skin, grape, lightly vinous and a touch of sour citrus juice.
Taste: Sour, funky, oak, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, apple skin, grape, lightly vinous, with a vinegar finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Although I don’t think this is exactly the base, it does remind me a lot of the Mikkeller Spontan series. It was pretty good to begin with, but I think I did grow to like it even more towards the end.

Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vieille Barrel Selection Foeder 21

Brewery: Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: 2019 vintage. Bottled 20 years before best before date

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Foeder 21, originally used for the production of sweet white wine, has been in Oud Beersel’s cellar since 2011. This Oude Geuze is a blend of 4 year old Lambic from Foeder 21, and younger Lambic pulled from similar barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.01
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 375ml corked and caged bottle with a best before date of 15th February 2039. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.
Appearance: A very lightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Funky, barnyard, mouldy, funk, wet wood, musty, green apple skin and sharp lemon zest.
Taste: Lightly sour, funky, barnyard, musty, oak, lightly vinous, white grapes, and lemon juice.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was good, a little more musty and funky than I prefer, but still very drinkable with good balance of citrus and vinous notes.