Boon Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Boon
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3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
A: Lots of built-up pressure got released when the cork popped out of this bottle. The beer poured cloudy yellow into a flute with a very large white head. The head slowly died down but there is good head retention; there's lots of visible carbonation and bubbles covered the surface.
S: There are musty and sour aromas of wild yeast with some hints of floral hops--the smell almost resembles that of a damp basement.
T: The taste is an earthy mixture of acidic, citrus and sour flavors. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and bubbly on the palate; there is a crisp finish to this beer.
D: The drinkability isn't that bad, but you really have to first acquire a taste for this style if you're going to finish the bottle.
05-01-2010 14:49:26 | More by metter98
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
Every now and then I get to try a beer that defines the style, all in terms of taste, history, culture, and mystique. It's truely a pleasure to sit down with a glass.
An intense aroma of citric fruits, tart vinous notes, and musty Brett character floods the nose even before I decant the beer into the glass. The lemony, lime esters are accompanied by crabapples and under rippened (green) raspberries. Super tart flavors develop into a dusty, musty, woodsy (cork-like) malt driven taste. Spices of salt, minerals-metals, and white pepper give balance, variety, and temperance to the sharp fruits and horsey flavors going into the finish. High carbonation gives the beer a lot of pep as it stings the tongue and lifts the beer from the mouth, providing a buffer from the intense citrus acids. Clean, crisp, and refreshing in the finish with a lemony finish of grapefruit and orange rinds. A snappy bitterness comes through and I'm not sure if it is a hop bitterness or an astringent thing that the funky yeast and grains are giving. Regardless, the sourness and bitterness work well with the salty spiciness.
The carbonation consistently fuels the stark white head that settles from an inch to 1/4 that. The lace provides a firm blanket for the hazy, canary yellow beer that seems to glow in the light.
This Gueuze is a challenge to the palate but the Brett-yeasty character prevails but not the ultra sour, vinegar, cider character. Much more inviting and sessionable than most Lambics.
11-06-2009 15:03:53 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +2%
vibrant golden yellow in color. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass. Gorgeous side glass lacing and a wonderful presence of carbonation.
The aroma was a bit lighter then I was expecting, but still tremendously good. Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. Enormously complex, as it warms it comes across with a light wheat or herbal like quality and just the tiniest amount of spice prickling the nose. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. A little bit one sided, and not as huge as I would have wanted given the stature to which this one is held to, but still extremely solid and worth it. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Mellow grassy flavors are mingling very well within the flavor now
09-14-2011 03:04:38 | More by mikesgroove
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
Served at 55 degrees into a Boon tumbler.
Bottle states 7%, aged 2 years in oak, and best by 2030.
Cork escapes with a bang. High clarity orange gold, racing champagne carbonation that never quits. Little to no lacing, but a crown forms around the head and remains there. Retention is excellent, and the foam peaks above the rim with the first pour.
Aroma is mild, lemony with a musty wood and damp hay character. Fairly restrained as far as lambic goes, but traditional nonetheless.
Moderate easygoing tartness, lemony citrus, yogurt, dry and spritzy. There is a tannic feel in the finish due to the oak, but not much flavor from it. Feels very light with it's seltzery carbonation. Easily sipped or gulped, perfect with food, and in warm weather. Fairly restrained in general, but pleasant and versatile. A good traditional Gueuze that isn't especially sour, making it ideal for those just getting into lambics.
11-20-2010 19:50:55 | More by emerge077
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Thanks, Barry! October 2010 bottle.
Clear orange-amber, good color to it with a tall three finger head that retains well.
Nice funkiness to the nose, very citrus heavy and somewhat reminiscent of overripe lemon. There's a slight menthol note, a bit of grassiness/hay.
Palate is tart but soft, mildly grainy and grassy with very slight sweetness. Citrus and oak jump out mid-palate which leads into a dry, prickly finish.
Really a nice gueuze, nothing mind-blowing perhaps, but very enjoyable and balanced.
10-31-2011 03:14:46 | More by largadeer
4.18/5 rDev +6.6%
375ml caged and corked bottle. 2011/2012 brewing season.
This beer pours a cloudy medium golden apricot hue, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sudsy arched lace around the glass as it lazily abates.
It smells like old cheese dipped in white wine vinegar, served over wood chips, and chased with a shot of stale lemon juice. The taste is more generally laid-back vinegar, if that can be called a thing, soft woody oak notes, maybe an echo of vanilla, a further perky lemon acidity, a bit of apple cider "sweetness", trod-upon pale malt, and a middling dank funkiness. Some weird earthiness seems to set itself away from the wood and yeast - I'm going to attribute it to some hops, sadly locked in the cellar.
The carbonation is just frizzy enough to state its presence, and allow its slight frothiness to quell some of the acidity, it would seem, the body medium-light in weight, and actually fairly smooth, all other things being equal. It finishes even a wee bit off-dry, the malt asserting itself amongst the lingering funk, and fading tartness.
A duly balanced, rather easy-drinking (relatively, of course) gueuze. The acid, funk, malt, fruity yeast, wood, and well, alcohol, I'm guessing, all work together splendidly in making that happen. Very nice stuff, but I fear that the lack of overt zippiness will be a cross to bear for certain sour fans out there.
10-05-2013 00:20:38 | More by biboergosum
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours a slightly colored golden brown with a big head that recedes somewhat quickly. Smell is extremely sour with a strong yeast presence. Flavor is not as sour as I would have expected considering this is the first geuze I have ever had and that the nose was so sour toned. This is actually extremely drinkable and I like it quite a bit. It is thinner on the mouth and not very heavy at all.
12-30-2007 05:50:39 | More by RblWthACoz
3.45/5 rDev -12%
A - Light orange amber color. Pours with a huge, off white head that settles down quickly.
S - Musty, earthy aroma. Very acidic, complex and enjoyable.
T - Begins a bit more watery than expected. Some acidity and a surprising lingering bitterness. Unfortunately reminicent of water with a wedge of lemon.
M - Very light body with medium carbonation. Does not linger on the palate.
D - Easy to drink relative to other examples of the style because of a strangely subdued flavor profile. The aroma is excellent but the taset did not live up to its promise and I would have prefered a stronger sour character.
05-15-2007 03:01:09 | More by nickfl
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
375ml green bottle with a best before date of April 2nd 2028!!! This is the 2005-2006 version (A L'Ancienne).
LOOK: Bubbly clear golden
SMELL: Musty, tart, horse blanket, peppermint, herbal, yeast, lemon peel.
TASTE: Very smooth, lemon must, dried grass, herbal, mild barnyard funk, slightly tart, earthy, bone dry.
Very drinkable as the tartness does not overstep the rest of the beer. Bottle conditioning proves to give the brew ample smoothness. Funk is modest and unfolds a bit more when the liquid warms up. A great Geuze that won't kill you palate, a remarkable beer.
09-19-2011 01:52:55 | More by Jason
3.88/5 rDev -1%
200 - 2008 bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip glass. Beer is straw yellow and rather hazy with a soft white head of medium bubbles are some serious carbonation. Very serious. Not much lacing on the glass.
Mixture of citric acetic and lactic acid makes up this bright, mildly funky aroma. Complex and great. I'm expecting a tart / sour bomb.
Beer is more sulfur and almost sweet on the palate. The finish is a little odd. The funk falls a little flat on the palate, does not live up to the aroma. It is very nice, very clean and wonderful but I want more funkiness in there than this. Easy drinking. The tartness grows the more I drink.
01-11-2011 03:06:38 | More by drabmuh
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
Light fizzy head, golden orange color.
Nose light funk, acetic acid, light fruits, light sour tart malts, very light barnyard funk, effervescent.
Taste is light fruits, tart, light acidic, light barnyard funk, semi sweet, light musty airy, and light dry finish.
Mouth is lighter, effervescent, and good carb.
Overall decent, nothing special, but nothing bad, a good beginner's geuze.
03-20-2011 22:41:10 | More by jlindros
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
one of the better traditional Belgian examples of the style I think, and one of the primary reasons for that is its balance. not just a lactic acidity sour bomb, this has a ton of flavor and nuance to go with the sour. the malt also seems to be a bit darker than others, less yellow more amber, which gives some meat to it. alcohol is also a bit higher than others, an indication of its dryness and "doneness" in the yeast sense. hazy with fish food flakes of brick red yeast floating around and finally settling under an airy white head. the nose smells as woody as it does sour, very mature, with plenty of funky yeast weirdness in addition to the lacto of the lambic. the blend is nice too, a proper mix of old and young with just enough sourness to fit the style but not so much that I don't want to drink my whole bottle. I love the fuller body and all the carbonation. a lot of these come across still, this appears to be bottle conditioned which gives it a lot of life. less traditional to some, but I really do prefer it personally. oak and dusty malt meet where the sourness really kicks in, and it warms up well, driving the sourness up a bit more. on par with any of the blended lambics from Belgium I think, and the price point is awesome.
08-17-2014 16:46:37 | More by StonedTrippin
3.18/5 rDev -18.9%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet. As I was taking the cage off of the bottle, the cork shot out and hit the ceiling. It sounded like a gun shot, but none of the beer overflowed at all. One of the strangest things I've ever seen.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a orange hue. There is a two finger white head that leaves a layer throughout the pour.
Smell: Smells very sour and herbal. Quite a bit of barnyard type funk. Some vinegar and citrus aromas as well. Perhaps some funky cheese.
Taste: Kind of a let down after the smell. More sweet than sour. There is some funk, but more in the background. There is an herbal taste and a bit of vinegar. Bitter in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild, fluffy carbonation. The finish starts to be dry, but never really gets there.
Overall: Not a huge fan of this one. The smell is nice, but it doesn't really deliver from there. Probably going to skip over this again.
03-19-2011 21:35:04 | More by oline73
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from bstaffor; thanks Brian! Always happy to try a new Geuze. Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Best by date of 13.08.2030 on the bottle.
a - Pours a hazy orange-brown color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a few minutes with two inches throughout drinking it.
s - Smells very funky, of cheese, citrus, earthy notes, hay, and light floral notes. Super funky and cheesey, really awesome nose.
t - Tastes of barnyard funk, cheese, tart citrus, earthy notes, light lactic notes, light lemon and spices. Taste is nice but not quite as funky as the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Tart and dry body, but pretty nice.
o - Overall I thought this was a really nice geuze. I thought the nose here was outstanding, just super funky and tart. The taste is pretty tart too, though not quite as funky. A great beer I'll certainly look to have again.
03-05-2012 00:37:02 | More by mdfb79
Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
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