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Boon Oude Geuze | Brouwerij Boon

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
6.5-7.0% abv

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 03-16-2005

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Photo of thepenguin
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours an extremely lively, mildly cloudy dark gold with a large off-white head and lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

S: Lots of grape must. A bit vinous and cidery, with a relatively restrained tartness for the style. Some dry oak, apple skins and fairly clean Brett character.

T: Balanced, moderately tart and quite oaky, adding the perception of dryness. Semi-dry with apples, apple cider vinegar and more grape must. Very drinkable, with a dry oaky finish.

F: Medium bodied with creamy and abundant carbonation. A bit prickly and drying.

Thoughts: Not sure why this gets a rap of being a mediocre gueuze. I found it to be very balanced and drinkable, with nice mustiness and oak influence. I for one liked that it wasn’t as abrasively tart as say a Hanssens.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an hazy orangey amber with small head, downsizing to a thin layer. Some lacing as you enjoy the beer. Slightly sour smell in the nose. The sour helps cut oil in the mouth. Refreshing!

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Photo of Xenoreactive
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful orange haze. No lacing, no retention but a playful lively carbonation. Looks like a juicy champagne, almost.

Smells like ammonia, piss, brett, rotten apples and sulfur. Not pleasant.

Despite an odd band-aid flavor, it opens with with crisp and light fruitiness. Has some nice tropical notes backed up with some bready notes.

Feel is similar to champagne or highly carbonated cider. Nice bubbly bursts. No coating or lingering feel. Might be my favorite aspect of this brew. Very pleasant to drink.

Intriguing. Definitely a boon, for sure.

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle I believe to be a 2013 vintage. A "shelf geuze" recently plucked from a store in central PA at a price of around $9. In a geuze tumbler, it appears a hazy golden copper color with a white cap that holds with a thin topping.

The smell is citrusy with an additional non-descript fruited quality and mild oakiness and bacterial funk. The taste is citrus zest and lemony tart before getting oaked in flavor with some vanilla and slight grainy sweetness. The aftertaste displays sharp cheese-like funk and a hint of ripe feta/blue cheese. As it gets warmer there is a mild mineral character but by no means is it a major component to this brew's profile.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. A very enjoyable brew that I would certainly buy again when I come across it. After recently consuming the "black label extra dry" version, I think I would rather have more of this for its slightly cheaper price and ease of availability. Comical that geuze from other producers just evaporate immediate upon release yet this guy was just hanging out on the shelf for years with little interest shown.

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Photo of aleigator
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Boon Oude Geuze 2011-2012

Pours a slightly hazed orange-amber color with a small, white head, immediately collapsing to a small film at the rim of the glass.

Smells of ripe red apple, together with a nice, cheesy funkiness. Lemon zest and old wood bark among sweeter toffee malts create a pleasant depth on the nose.

Has a very mineralic, lively carbonation, supported by tart lemon zest, creating a pleasant interplay with a sweeter malts defined finish.

Tastes of a slightly harsh, carbonation supported, stony minerality among sour lemon pulp and a oaken hint on the back end. Offers dusty toffee malts after the swallow, together with the beer's profound mineral quality. Finishes with a decent lemon tartness among funky cream cheese, wood bark and fermented, fruit coated toffee.

Drinks very easy, refreshing with a nice depth of flavors to it, while its mineralic presence is a tad over the top, preventing more subtle flavors from becoming recognizable, especially during the beginning.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very cloudy golden orange color with a massive fizzy white head. It eventually fades to a half finger cap that last the entire beer and there is no lacing apparent. Smell is fruity, tart, vinegar and funk. Taste is similar, but less fruity than the smell. Decent amount of sourness that is very nice. Feel is light, crisp and super carbonated with a dry finish. Overall a very enjoyable beer. This is my first geuze and I have to say I am very impressed.

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Photo of Steve1993
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is reminiscent of hazy cider, white, fizzy head proceeds a quickly dispersing head to a tiny veil of bubbles.
The nose presents grapefruit and tart citrus.
The taste is a mild sourness, citrusy and notes of sherbet are apparent.
Lovely fizz and carbonation.
A very worthwhile brew, and an excellent example of the style. Not the best, but definitely up there.

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Photo of stephens101
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage.

Cork pops off loud. Vinegar and a ripe, musty fruit aroma flows freely into the room. Light brown with a dense tan froth that's in it for the long haul. When held to the nose damp hay and various light fruits are noticed. Also has a slight earthiness at the very back. Sweet and dry with a plum and nectarine core. There's orange peel and modest funk in the finish. Lighter side of medium which makes for easy drinking. Not as piquant as many of its brethren, but still a tasty representation of the style.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Beer looks like a hazy apple cider. Dark(er) golden with large white bubbles. Head fades to a fine veil of tiny bubbles.

Aroma: lactic sourness and funk, which is reminiscent of burnt wood/burnt rubber.

Flavor: nice sourness. Not so sharp as to eat through your teeth's enamel, but definitely puckering. The burnt rubber in the nose is present in the flavor along with extinguished matches - not sulfury, but there is a burnt chemical like flavor. Interesting, but the beer would be better without it. No hop flavor and only minimal malt.

Mouthfeel: medium light. Extremely effervescent. Each sip inflates your mouth. Highly carbonated!

Overall: This beer was good, but most American counterparts have surpassed this beer in overall quality/flavor. At $10 / 750ml it is not a bad value and certainly cheaper than the US versions. This is a must try, but will not be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Goldenrod with fizzy white film. 4
Blast of funk, lemon rind, cheese rind, soft yellow plums, yoghurt and flowers - intoxicating. 4.5
Sweet kumquat, a bit of cracker, lemon fizz sweets, slight cider vinegar tang, wood, some gentle barn, and more flowers. 4.25
Grapefruit to finish and chalky end.
Salty, fizzy, some cling, flinty, on the way to medium. 4

Deep and sweet. Lactic then Brett, acetic last - cheese and lemon. All the pieces work together nicely. Maybe not the nuance of Mariage, but easy to appreciate - lambic in broad strokes. A good place to start. 4.25

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Photo of lmaduells
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Whenever I take a beer of this style spend a surprising and unexpected experience. Good beer repeat, if possible in a slightly warm or celebration; beer rather than champagne.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach, large billowing head that recedes without lacing. Nose is lovely. Bright, tart fruit with a bit of fresh cheese in the background. Taste is not overly sour. Apple skins, feigns sweetness then disappears to dry. Almost like there is some apricot in there, but of course there is not. Mouthfeel is very crisp and yet smooth. Very good beer...better than expected.
This is the 2012/2013. Interested in seeing how this compares to the older bottle I have of this and the mariage parfait.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma has a lot of farmhouse funk but it's the fresh, grassy kind. Taste starts with the specific lambic yeast notes, sour but not very astringent and quite bitter for a gueuze. body is medium and carbonation is on the high side. A very balanced gueuze, funky but not pungent and quite refreshing.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn, nose is skunked - lol, green bottles. I do get gentle hints of funky brett and mild tartness, however. Taste is far less skunky, though. I like the fruity esters popping up and how crisp the finish is. Though it's less nuanced and deep than the best gueuzes, it still offers nice complexity and drinkability. Shame about the nose, though...

3.3/5: A good gueuze, aside from the skunked nose

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml C&C bottle.

poured into HF wine stem.

Best before date of: 02/20/2033. So my slightly educated guess says that this beer was bottled in 2013.

Appearance: Orange bodied beer with large white head that quickly drops down to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rustic and funky; minerals and well water; with a little bit of sweet maltiness and fruity yeast.

Taste: This is pretty fruity in the flavor profile; green apple and pears. Tartness is maybe a 2 out of 10; this is more sweet than sour. Skunky funk, wet basement funk, and slightly horsey. Very nice funk profile, but I could use substantial sourness in this gueuze; its just too sweet for the style and my tastes. Lingering taste of rotten hay and wheat malt with slightly fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with low carbonation. Could use more bubbles, but it does dry out a little bit in the finish despite not being overly sour. Hides its ABV well.

Overall: This is a pretty solid gueuze, but nothing that is extrodinary. It has a killer nose that is slightly reminicent of Drie Fontienen oude gueuze, but the beer falls short in flavor profile and mouthfeel. The beer is way to sweet for my liking and it needs more bubbles and dryness. This should age nicely and I think that it will become extremely funky over a long period of time.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold, big bubbles, fizzy silky head that lasts.

S & T: Fantastic earthy funk on the nose, aged cheddar cheese comes to mind, which then must vie with the sourness on the palate to be the dominant flavor. Lemon rind? Mint/oregano? Marijuana dankness? Tart, herbal, earthy. This is barnyard if I've ever tasted it. Dry.

M: Easy drinking, slightly gritty.

O: Funk and sour. Exemplary showing of both. I'll wager the 'great' lambics balance the two differently, but this was a bold, yummy introduction.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass, golden amber with a large white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, slight haze

S: classic lambic funk, sweaty, sour, salty, light grain with an earthy quality

T: sour but slightly metallic, sourness is an acidic vinegar flavor, lemon, green cherry, persimmon, unripe peach

M: light with lower carbonation, no alcohol presence

O: inexpensive sour that is quite tart with some fruit flavors present

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From tasting notes. Pours a fairly clear gold with a quickly receding white foam collar. Barnyard funk, spice and fruit aromas. Big funky fruit flavors that cover the spectrum from unripe to overripe with citrus, grape and spice capped off by a rich, lemony tartness. Light, very fine carbonation and a very refreshing drink.

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Photo of zimm421
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011-2012 brewing season. Poured into a tulip. Appears a dark golden color with hints of orange. The head is off-white and sticks around for a long time. The nose is slightly sour, a touch funky, and there are some vinegar notes. The taste is acidic and slightly sour. It starts out slightly sweet, then quickly moves to citrus focused with the acidity, the sourness, a touch of funk and vinegar. Overall, it's a decent geuze, but nothing that blows me away.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange tinged amber, with no head to speak of.
S: fruity, fermenting apple skins, and mild tartness.
T: mild tartness, mild fermenting fruit, not outstanding. Little in the way of funk.
M: way more like unleaded lambic than gueuze. Almost no carbonation. Pretty light bodied. A bit juice like feel.
O: mediocre for the price. Fine, but nothing special.

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Photo of Arminius757
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First of this style that I have tired. Not the biggest fan. This is deffinently a 'different' beer. It was a pale straw color when poured and truned a bit more amber in the glass. Small white head to it. Could really hear the carbonation on this one with the pour. Smells, well, musty. Viniger, acidity, sour apple, funky. Tart fruits. Just, overall, funky. Taste follows; sour apple, funky, tartness with a dry finish and a taste that lingers. The carbonation makes this very active, bubbling up and splashing around in your mouth. Drinks well enough, but large swigs left me cringing with the sour hahaha
Overall, different, interesting, not my cup of tea. Might try a few others, but I wouldnt go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: yellow-amber liquid, moderate haze... foam begins to fizz after pour, but quickly calms to a relatively slow crumble, rocky contour... steady thin collar holds

S: grapefruit oil, stomach acid, dried peach skin... old wet bran rafters... sweaty feet... fruit character is out front and fairly potent... floral (soapy) flourishes, mellow malt in the background... overall character is similar to their Mariage Parfait

T: citrusy acid up front, peppery on the sides... fairly tart acid bite approaching the finish... mild-moderate grapefruit and lemon oil in the aftertaste... not a 'complex' taste, nor do the flavors travel to the back of the palate... acids shrink back, allowing some finely-polished malt to slide up

F: soft prickle up front, carbonation in the follow through seems to lift the liquid high off the tongue... flare-fills the mouth, then zips away - light and dry, but with a good bit of sticky film left over

O: noticeably rougher than M.P. (my fave) and not nearly as interesting - still, pretty solid, if simply textbook

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Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Labeled Oude Geuze Boon a l'Ancienne 2011/2012 brewing season. Looks good with active carbonation but it is best to pour this when it is very cool as it gets a little out of control as it warms. Smells great. Funky with barnyard notes. Mildly acidic with vinegar. The flavor was a bit of let down. The flavors do not really pop on the palate and there is a strange chalky aftertaste. Still enjoyable but I was expecting a whole lot more. Nice lively carbonation seems appropriate for sour beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12.7 oz bottle into my tulip glass, this beer pours a cloudy, hazy medium golden/amber color with some fairly steady streams of bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface along with some very noticeable chunks of yeast. has a fizzy head that makes a hissing sound like I am used to hearing when I pour a glass of coke or pepsi out of a 2 liter bottle. The head dissipates almost immediately to a thin white ring lining the inside of the glass. Almost zero lacing whatsoever. Starts out with a musty, funky yeast smell that gives way to some tart fruit flavors of apricot, pear, and perhaps a hint of grapes. Has a somewhat sweet and somewhat sour funky, yeasty, tart flavor upfront that gives way to oak notes and is followed by the apricot, grape, and pear fruit flavors. Rounded out with an extremely slight touch of vinegar and salt. The flavors here really mesh together very nicely and no one or two flavors dominate. I do wish the sour aspect was a bit more pronounced, but very tasty overall here. Has a clean and dry finish and aftertaste. Has a very crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink indeed!


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Photo of gmossii
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my first Lambic ale which I know is a region but this is from that region so the title is correct.
To begin, it is very effervescent so it reminds me of a carbonated wine than a traditional beer. The extra bubbles makes the high acid content literally dance on the tongue.
The citrus undertones are very pronounced but I wish there was more depth in the aroma and flavor depth. I will have to say that I enjoy the aftertaste but the high acid content tends to give me a bit of a sour stomach.
This beer does drive me to seek out other Lambic ales along with Lambic -style ales.

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Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
87 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.