Oude Gueuze from Brewery Oud Beersel has won the most important prize at the 21th edition of the Australian International Beer Awards. It won the gold medal in the most important category ‘Champion International Beer’ as well as in the categories ‘Lambic’ and ‘Best Belgian & French Style Ale’.
Brewery Oud Beersel is situated in Beersel, in the heart Belgium’s lambic region, only a stone throw away from fellow-lambic brewery 3 Fonteinen. The brewery dates back to 1882 and is still brewing the popular oude gueuze according to the traditional method. Besides their-award winning Oude Gueuze, Oud Beersel also brews the lambic beers Oude Lambic, Oude Kriek and Framboise, as well as the blond beers Bersalis Kadet and Bersalis Tripel.
No less than 1,490 beers from 227 breweries in 35 countries took part in the Australian Beer Awards, which makes it a real international top award. Brewer Gert Christiaens, who only took over the brewery 8 years ago, is delighted with the prize. “Just like our other beers, our Oude Geuze had won some prizes in its particular category in the past, but being elected best beer in the world is still something else. It took me a while to realize what had happened. This international recognition proves that the lambic beers from this region are amongst the best in the world. They are quickly gaining in popularity, in Belgium as well as abroad. I am very happy that, even on the other side of the world, people appreciate our beers. I see this prize as a recognition for all lambic brewers in this region, who work very hard and are very passionate to keep this traditional beer alive.
The fact that lambic beer is taken very serious in Beersel is proven by the fact that they even have their very own lambic-visitors centre. The visitors centre is called ‘De Lambiek’ and it gives visitors background information about lambic beer and is an ideal starting point for people who want to visit breweries in the region.