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Review of Oud Beersel

Oud Beersel
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Beersel
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Having become a fan of Gueze style beers, and having managed to procure a case or two in Australia, it was a real pleasure to go to the brewery, sample a few of their wares and meet Jos.
The Oude Gueze and Oude Kriek are just so special, and as a surprise we saw their 5 Litre box of one year old, which we took with on our motor home trip through Germany and Holland, together with a few bottles of the aged Gueze and Champagne method which made our trip even more special.
As regards visiting the brewery, if you can, do it.
This place is very special and the beer is stunning.

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

I had heard that the old lambic maker Oud Beersel had been taken over, so I was eager to visit the new owners and their "brewery" which is a nice mix between a museum and a modern lambic blending facility, with shop on site. As a matter a fact, some of the steps leading from one building tot the other, recently bought and connected to the main building (partly to serve as a tasting room), had only been installed the day before. Brewer Gert and his father explained the process and were only too happy to talk about the unique history of the Oud Beersel name. The tour ended with a glass of the Oude geuze, really nice. You can buy all beers (they also make a tripel, and a new product - from méthode champenoise - is to be available in the market for Xmas) in the shop, and also a selection of merchandise like t-shirts.

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

heard about the tour of Oud Beersel and the Bezoekerscentrum Beersel de Lambiek (Lambic Discover Center) from a Belgian Beer blog. Making the reservation via email, I think the organizer Werner was surprised that an American had heard of the tour. I love when research pays; too bad I can't share such triumphs with my students.

The tour met on the Rue du Kardinal Mercier, which is a small side street near Centraal Station. The location has a lot of buses from various tour companies; it was much easier to find that I than I had feared.

Because late July is vacation season for Europeans and they tend to be elsewhere, the tour wasn't big enough for a bus. There were supposed to be a couple of other guys on the tour, but after 10 min of waiting for them in the rain, it was just Werner and I heading to Oud Beersel in his car, for which they only charged me 10 Euro instead of the 21.50 on the flyer. I was extremely happy that they didn't cancel it all together. For the second time within a few days, I was getting in a car with a local to drink Belgium beer.

Oud Beersel is open on Saturdays to tour, but mainly to sell beer to the locals for the week. The picture at left of Framboise also shows the bottle shop. The brewer/blender Gert was there working and I chatted with him briefly. My notes say that I had a draft of their Kriek at Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis in 2006, which Gert assured me isn't possible. The brewery reopened in 2003 after being shut down when the last family brewer Henri stopped production. Unrelated to Henri, Gert took over the business and it takes three years to have gueuze old enough to blend, so there was no draft when I supposedly tasted it. Not sure what that entry from Town Hall was then, but now I've had bottles on site to replace it.

Starting up Oud Beersel is reminiscent of the Anchor Brewing story. Gert and Werner are friends from college and heard the brewery was closing. They investigated and worked to bring the three generation brewery back to life. Gert is a brewer, but now the base wort is made at Boon Brewery and he ages and blends Oud Beersel without brewing on site. Werner volunteers in the shop and at the Lambic Discovery Center, and he organizes the tours for both locations.

A short history of the brewery in the old brewhouse.
Werner's tour covered the history of the brewery in depth and because we were chatting one to one, I didn't take notes and fear getting the details wrong. But, I learned more on this tour than any tour I've been on, covering every detail of the lambic process. Werner clearly has a passion for lambic beer and this was one of the best beer experiences of my life. Besides the simple fact of a personal tour, the dedication to the craft comes through in all that they do.

Instead of trying to repeat the information, I'll summarize the philosophy of this 2000 hectoliters/year brewery. Each lambic brewer/blender is aiming for a particular taste that represents their unique contribution. Oud Beersel's goal is to blend their beers to have a light sourness accented by a slight hop bitterness compared with other lambics. While still a quite complex beer, Oud Beersel is more approachable and refreshing compared to a more sour lambic like Cantillion, which I have to admit is too sour for me at times. I really like the Oud Beersel line up, especially the straight lambic, gueze and kriek. While the framboise was my least favorite, it was still quite good. The kriek is much better, in part, because of the high concentration of sour cherries: 400 g/liter. I've noticed on other kriek bottles that the grams per liter of cherries is listed; one I saw said 125 g/liter, so Oud Beersel is really pushing the fruit on this beer.

What I enjoyed most about the visit was the dusty funk and history of the brewery, especially the barrel room. The dank, musty cellar exudes bugs to make great bee--exactly the sort of lambic experience I was hoping for. Later in the week, I'm going to Cantillion and Boon, but happy that Oud Beersel was first on the list. A special thanks to Werner for making my first trip to a lambic brewery memorable.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2012/12/brouwerij-oud-beersel-beersel-belgium.html.

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