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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 Patrick999
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't reviewed this yet? You're kidding me.

Pretty foamy gueuze here...sunny hazed gold with a solid crown of foam that never really goes anywhere - or at least settles to a substantial cap and stays there.

Likewise, textbook gueuze aroma with some strength to it, smell-able as soon as you pop the cork. Apple orchard, wood, attic. Smells more Brett-y than sour.

The flavor components are all there - sour but not godawfully sour, that inexplicable aged cheesy quality, very dry apple, wood. I think the thing that's really stopping this from being one of the more amazing examples of the style is that it's showing somewhat overcarbonated. The flavors aren't developing on the palate to the extent they otherwise would. The carbo is cleaning things up a bit too quickly. Quenching, yes. Burpy as hell? Also yes.

Would be ultra-drinkable but for the fact that every sip is killing me with bubbles....so I'm forced to slow down.

A good gueuze that's not too far from being a great one.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy and straw colored. Head is cloud white and loves to stick around. Swirling the glass reveals coating bubbles.

S: Funk and hay barrel, strongly accented by acidic tartness and sour fruit which lies underneath.

T: Fresh squeezed lemon juice in tartness, although somewhat subdued. Middle of sip is presenting much yeasty funk. Tartness is presented once again in the finish, along with some almost peppery spice.

M/D: Super dry and bubbly, pretty much right on the mark. Drinkability is good

Overall, not the best example of the style in my opinion, but a good beer overall.

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Photo of Soonami
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I took the cage off of this bottle Boon Oude Geuze, the cork practically slid off on its own. The cork softly popped off and yielded a bouquet of bretty aroma as I poured the golden beer with ample white foam. There was a solid 2 inches of foam in the snifter I was drinking out of and almost 20 minutes later when I was finishing the beer, there was still a cm of white head adorning the slightly hazy honey-colored beer. The beer smelled very funky, sour and fruity: slight band-aid/plastic aroma, cat pee, kilned oak/cork, crisp apples, and white wine.

The beer tasted a little tart initially but tasting was slightly inhibited by the roaring carbonation. There is definitely an oaky tannic bitterness that is accompanied with a musty, earthy cellar component. The beer finishes sweet with an apple peel fruitiness and sweetness. This is a very tasty beer with ample complexity. I'm glad this is so easy to find and relatively inexpensive ($6 for 375 at Whole Foods). As I continue trying more sour beers, I'm anxious to find out how this holds up as aI experience more.

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Photo of DPFRD
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle reads L7218 - 08:17:07

A- Golden, slightly hazy and mildly turbid with carbonation. Frothy 2 finger head that lingers.

S- Tart and grassy with wild yeasty undertones, accentuated by lemon with a bit our sour.

T- Tart lemon, with hay and a sour finish. taste clean and has a very slight hint of sweetness in the middle of the palate that adds a lot of contrast to what else is happening... very counterpuntal and very enjoyable.

M- Light to Medium and silky with carbonation that dances about the tongue.

D- Wonderful, easy to enjoy and subtly complex.

O- Just a pleasure to drink. I wish these were cheaper. I would drink them all the time. The flavors are so delicately placed and the attention to the balance is impeccable. It could be paired with so much, I'm thinking scallops in lemon butter next to arugula with a white wine vinaigrette.

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Photo of mmercede
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle explodes with a pop and outcomes that famous geuze aroma. Poured into an xl snifter.

A: hazy golden orange-red color which changes at different light angles. Pours a vigorous half inch head which settles to an 1/8" ring with quite good lacing. This is a truly beautiful beer.

S: sour apples, lemon juice, lemon zest, funky bitterness which is balanced well

T: Big funk upfront with oak notes. Finishes with lactic esters: sour apple, lemon, lime, grape fruit. Drying quality to all the flavors. Very complex. Even for a geuze, the funk could be dialed back a little bit

M: Drying and Effervescent. Nice body.

D: A great beer with a strong flavor/aroma. I could have a few, but would have to change it up after a while. Definitely one to celebrate with.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice blonde color with a good head and good lace. The aroma is corky and funky with great oak character. The flavor has a bit of lemon rind and general fruit rind bitterness, the acidity is pretty well controlled but very plesant. The beer is sour and has a kind of new oak character. This is a easy drinking Geuze, and I could likely drink it every day... I wouldn't mind that.

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

375 ml bottle. 2007-2008 bottle. I bought this one at Cave a Bulles when I was in Paris.

Appearance: Bright yellow-light orange. Started pretty hazy, but has mostly cleared as it warms. No sediment. Initially a thick, creamy, rocky head that fades over a few minutes to a thin, small bubbled head with infinite retention. Not much lacing.

Smell: Tart, light fruit. Musty basement and some barn funk. Oak and the slightest bit of stable urine. Definitely a tart and funky smelling beer. The smell makes my mouth water.

Taste: Very tart but not overly sour. Woody and outdoorsy. The finish is quite bitter, almost astringent, and very dry, but with a touch of sweet fruit.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and effervescent, but without the carbonation becoming too sharp. The beer itself does have pretty good body. Dry and clean finish.

Drinkability: Limited only by the finish which is a bit to bitter and astringent. The tart and funk are great. Tasty.

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Photo of jsanford
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute

A - Pours a brilliant hazy gold with a fluffy white head and effervescent carbonation.
S - Pleasantly funky, with notes of sour green apple, pears, lemon and straw.
T - Tons of tart green apple with more pear and lemon juice. Notes of earthy, barnyard funk and a bit of oak. Cider-like. Not quite sour, I think "tart" would be the best word to describe it.
M - Thin-bodied with a very crisp and sharp level of carbonation. Dry, astringent finish drys the mouth out.
D - As far as Gueuzes go, this is a pretty easy one to drink. Not too sour, not too funky, this is a good entry beer for a sour newbie.

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy clear light amber with two finger soap foam white head, quarter inch sticks around. Smell: hay, subdued (glad) barnyard funk, swirling a couple of times brings out lemon peel and grassy aromas. Taste: tart, tangy but with a little underlying sweetness, apple vinegar, lime wedge, vinous and a little salty and spicy. Maybe a little easier going than others, but really nice. (Best by 6/2030?).

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Photo of Trizzle
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy orange body. Huge head. Good carbonation. Looks like a Gueuze. I don't find them that impressive to look at to be honest.

Fantasic mess of barnyard funk, lemon, straw and grass aromas. (I only know what a 'horse blanket' smells like thanks to Gueuze and BeerAdvocate reviews)

Sweet and tangy, light malt with good carb. More interesting and savoury farm funk, lemon and lemon rind, pear and tart fruits. This is my fave Gueuze. I prefer this to the marriage parfait.

So easy to put down. I've gotta get back to work and as much as I don't want this to end, it will be easy to finish quickly.

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

Pours a translucent amber/straw color while producing an energetic head that laced the glass with what reminded me of sea-foam.

Nice bucolic nose-- of yeasts and citrus. Although the yeast notes are prominent in the nose, I wish for more floral hints and more general complexity. (I'm hard to satisfy.)

Flavor begins with hops bitterness that transforms into sour nondescript citrus-- somehow this gueuze has the alter ego of a Flemish sour ale.

A long but single-minded finish. It remains a constant bitter hops but a toned subdued image of the start of the flavor that continues until your autonomic reflex reaches for the glass to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is good, but hampered by a metallic taste that I'm not sure is elemental to the beer but might be from something else.

Drinkability is good thanks to it's 7% ABV and rather mild character. Nevertheless interest remains because of it's sprightly flavor and effervesence.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a very, tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma had some earthy grain hiding behind a big ole dose of funk. Barnyard, wet blanket, yeast and other earthy smells combine to make a unique scent. On the tongue all those aspects are there, with the addition of a sharp spicy taste. The beer had a nicely dry finish.

The body was fairly typical, neither light nor full, and was light and crisp. Drinkability will depend on your taste for the funk, for those that like it, they will enjoy this beer.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. If you want to try some funk, try this.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 9 fl. oz. cage/cork green bottle

A hazy pale platinum color, jazzy and fizzy look active high-rising crystal white head, full of life with 1/4" fizzy head at all times!

funky, sharp grass, fresh herb garden, "perm" chemical, sour green grapes, granny smith apples, citric tingle on the nose; concord grapes just past prime, hard cider, corriander and white pepper, abundant and bold yeastie aroma!

The first thing i notice is the incredible feel, dry, effervesant and jazzy...the look and feel of this brew makes me happy. The liquid just dances on the tongue with light, golden wheat in the gentle malt bite, green garden herbs and grass for hops and a crystal clean, mineral-filled spring water effect. The natural, wild yeast is the star of the show, highly complex with funky citric-like sharpness, green apples and peppercorns pop out of the yeast in subtle ways. a sharp medicinal-heat and funk pop out but only adds to the flavor spectrum's already enjoyable flavor's.

i have grape farmers from the champagne region in france that goes back to 1609 in my bloodline so you know i love a brew that is very close to the product that made the area famous. I'm in love.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: 375mL bottle displays a touch of mold clinging to the cork just where it meets the glass. Served in a champagne flute, Boon displays exceptional lacing, a honey colored body, and great head retention.

S: Granny Smith apples, fresh lemonade, and lime zest are all noticeable.

T: Super-dry and exceedingly sour, Boon is marked by lemon, black pepper, and just a touch of brioche.

M: The body is incredibly light, clean, and effervescent. I can't get over how many bubbles there are.

D: A great Geuze at a great price! Worth a shot for any fan of sours.

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

2006/2007 vintage. Consumed 12/23/'10 from a wide heafty Hoegaarden glass at a chilled temp.

A - foamy high white puffy head. Tons of carbonation. It literly looks like there is an alkiseltzer tablet in my glass. White yellow creamy cloudy color. No lacing.

S - Sweet grape juice and a musty wine cellar smell. Some very Mild pale malts. Not unpleasant but nothing stands out yet.

T - Sour. Almost too sour. Apple cider vinegar. A bit rustic, can't help but think there's some roughage in the mix. It smells and tastes like champagne with a bit of tree stump. The initial taste is sour the middle taste is delicate and the aftertaste is pleasant but I feel like I'm drinking champagne out of an old log.

M - Thin watery acidic true to style. Can't say much more.

D - My first with this specific sub-style and it is really a bit like trying beer for the first time. It's hard to compare this to anything you've had before. A sipping beer with lots of complexity the aftertaste is an entire conversation.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 375 mL bottle shared with a friend. Poured directly into a Smuttynose tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy orange/yellow in color with a big three to four finger frothy white head. Took a good ten minutes for the head to dissipate enough for me to drink. Really solid retention.

Aroma: Some hay and barnyard notes mixed with herbal and tannic notes. Some lemon zest and tart green apple skin mixed in there too. Pretty straight forward and solid, but nothing special.

Taste: Tart lemon and green apple notes, but the sourness is far from overpowering. Actually its pretty tame for the style. Some nice funk and barnyard notes here too. A pretty strong herbal quality here too. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and lively with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: The flavors are relatively subdued for the style. I found myself drinking this rather quick for the style.

Overall, a decent example of the style, but lacks the depth and character of a lot of the better examples out there. Still not a bad deal for what it is.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label reads 2006-2007 edition. Best by date: 02 12 2029!

Opens up vigorously with a loud pop as soon as the cage is loosened and foams up as if I had shaken it (which I didn't, it had been sitting still for a few days) Poured into the glass with a hazy orange body and a fizzy white head which quickly fades, leaving behind a thin ring.

Aroma is dominated by a sweet tartness. Not much funk coming forward in the aroma, but certainly provides a bit of a heads up for the sourness that will soon be tasted.

First taste is a cider-like fruit tartness. However, with time, more funky yeast flavors come in. Citrus sourness is also noticeably, but not as much as in some other Gueuzes. Finish is almost a bit peppery too.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than some of the lower ABV Gueuzes, but also drier. Very reminiscent of a good cider. Overall, this is an excellent exacmple of the style, and 3-4 years certainly doesn't hurt the flavor.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light colored golden yellow with a huge fluffy head.

This one is funky as hell. Funk invading my nostrils from a few feet away. Up closer I pick up a bit of lemon zest, hay, and flowers. Dirty feet everywhere.

The flavor is a bit duller than the aroma would suggest. A strong dirt/earthiness aspect and some lemon zest and pear in the finish. A bit of peppery spice. Lots of yeast and an overall muddled flavor profile.

The body is light and carbonation is high and a bit stinging.

Overall I wouldn't put this gueuze anywhere near the better versions of this style, and would not recommend it to anyone. That isn't to say that it isn't a decent beer, because it is. Rating to style I would give this lower than a C for sure, but in the grand scheme of things I am bumping up the score.

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Photo of Beejay
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A murky dusty brown, with plenty of tan head.

S: Sour and sweet. Perhaps just a hint of fruit. There is a bit of cider or vinegar.

T: A little bit of fruit, but then the sour really comes through. The finish has a dusty almost barnyard flavors, but they do not go overboard. Nice, and very interesting with some citrus notes in the finish.

M: Light and dry, with plenty of carbonation. Seems about right for the style.

D: A bit of a sipper for me. But is seems about right for the style. A nice break form the standard line up.

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

Poured from the corked and caged bottle into a tulip in Bruges.

A: This thing popped open as soon as I un-caged the bottle. I didn't pull it off - it just champagne-style came off with a loud pop. Nice, but a bit dangerous haha. The beer is a deep orange color, slightly hazy with plenty of visible carbonation. Head is off-white and was huge, but eventually died down to a consistent 2 fingers.

S: Very tangy with hints of unripe apples and some peach notes. Vinous. Like a normal gueze, but strong aroma - strong enough that the smell was evident as soon as the cork came off.

T: Tangy and pretty dry. Citrus and unripe light fruits throughout. Fresh apple juice dominant. Nice and semisweet and pretty dang sour.

This was a nice experience. Careful with the bottle haha.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Delivers a four-finger, splotchy cream head that quickly collapses leaving large, open pockets, finally leaving about a 1/2-finger cap atop a sparkling apricot beer. The head completely covers the brew through the end of the glass.

S: Slight zoo-like fink, and an apple-like sweetness, with a touch of oak in the back. The bright, citrusy and floral notes are a sharp contrast to the leather and pepper.

T: Dry and sour, almost bitingly sour. Not as sweet as some gueuzes that I've tried. Finishes with an oakey vanilla tang and medium tartness.

M: Astringent but not puckeringly sour. Some stickiness/chalkiness in the finish. The medium body and high carbonation help to keep the palate balanced.

D: Medium-high drinkability. I wouldn't say I love this one, but it's interesting, and more drinkable than some of the more sour lambics/krieks.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Poured a lightly hazed golden yellow hue that produced a huge effervescent fluffy white colored head with solid retention behind it as it clung to the sides of the glass with lacing.

(S)- A very dry yet tart lemon grass component combined with an assertive lactic woody sourness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rather aggressive tart grassy bite to it with some lemon sourness.

(M)- A lively carbonation level. Relatively mild for the style in both sourness and funk, but it does have a nice crispness to it. Balanced and smoother because of it.

(D)- A good take on the style. Not as funky or sour as expecting, but it does not turn me away from enjoying it nonetheless. I would be curious what age will do to this one and if that grassy bite will smooth out and allow more funk to come into play.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tiny pour at Lambic Summit event. Cloudy light gold with a large white head. Nose was sour, a bit off, kind of salty. Aptly described as "eggy". Really strong carbonation, a bit salty in the mouth. Relatively thin, a bit watery. Not in the same class as the standard gueuze from Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen, sadly.

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