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Boon Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Boon

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249 Reviews

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Reviews: 249
Hads: 667
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.28%
Wants: 33
Gots: 108 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 03-16-2005

6.5-7.0% abv
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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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With a resounding pop, the cork comes off the bottle (best before 22 May 2028, 6.5% ABV), filling my Unibroue tulip with a slightly hazy light orange beer with a dense white head with excellent retention and some lace. Quite a gorgeous beer.

The nose is pretty much spot on. Mildly salty lemon funk backed by a big woody tannin character, this is is an excellent gueuze. Behind the big woody character lies a great funk character with a blend of horse blanket and jock strap. Bright and refreshing, I get some light fruit character (peaches and cider) as well.

The palate opens with equal part lemon sourness and wet wood tannins. Make that 2/3rd woody tannins and 1/3rd lemon. Quite unique in that any saliva that the sourness coaxes out of your palate is immediately soaked up by the wood. As the beer warms up, the fruitiness grows to a very appealing level, with a melange of peaches, pears and citrus. Funk is moderate, with some horse blanket character, and as it warms, I get some grassy and wet hay character as well. Medium-light in body with high carbonation, this beer finishes dry and tannic with a moderate sourness. Not the best gueuze I've had, but if you're in the mood for a tannic one, this is it. It really does remind me of the Cantillon 50N4E and Crianza Helena in that respect. However, I just might prefer the regular Boon Gueuze to this.

**Edit 09 June 2010. Tried this again at the Lambic Summit. Side by side with the 1999, there's no comparison. Cheesier, grassier, and more lemony, this is simpler in both flavor and structure. Lower tannins, lower oak character, more white wine character. According to Frank, this has been in the bottle for about 3-4 months.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose off a relatively small floral flavor of herbs which contrasts with a mouth full of powerful and winey acidity. However, this acidity is average and the body remains fairly firm and offers a mouth with soft tannins long oak. The first taste is pleasantly sweet and refreshing before leaving on a finish, all power with a slight fruity oranges. The aftertaste is also suret with a light touch of lemongrass. A lambic highly nuanced. Beer complex.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent example of the style as it has the funk and tartness you except but blended just right for drinkability. I tasted fino sherry and old still Normandy cider in the finish but the beer creates its own funky vibe that satisfies with its dry finish

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Photo of goethean
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Duvel tulip. Lemon rind mixed with light malt, which is in turn bittered, flavored, and aromatized with herbal hops. Some je-ne-sais-quoi funk is evident. A brut herbal finish.

A stiff drink, and a fascinatingly complex and unique flavor/aroma profile. Plus, you get a free lambic yeast strain sample with every purchase!

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Photo of mechamifune
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first try with this style, so other than the sourness, was not sure what to expect. Pours with a nice thick head and obvious strong carbonation. Pleasant fruity smell, but not as strong as I was expecting.

First thing noticed in the taste is, for me, the carbonation, followed by the sense of apple juice, almost with a sparkling cider quality.

Very pleasant mouthfeel, accompanying a sense of dryness to the finish. As I continue through the bottle, it seems to taste more and more tart/sour. It's all relatively pleasant, nothing to really dislike, but at the same time i'm not taking a lot out of it to bring me back to this style.

A good beer to sip and certainly interesting to drink, but I'm not sure I'd ever want to drink more than one at a sitting. It'll be interesting to try some other geuze's as a point of comparison, though it certainly won't be something i'm rushing out to do.

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Photo of Travlr
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw colored with a medium white head that settles lowly and leaves moderate lacing.
S: Decent fresh bread aroma with a hint of barnyard.
T: Nicely dry, citrus and dust, with an edge of sourness toward the end and a dry bitter finish.
M: Great body for the style.
D: Good one, a winner.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delightfully mellow and quite dry lambic served up from the southernmost of the lambic breweries in a 375 ml bottle at everyone's favorite Belgian sports bar Camping in Beersel. Bottle features a green label with a red sash and reads "Oude Boon Geuze L'Ancienne." Pours into a Boon Geuze glass (think basic bar tumbler) a pretty golden orange with a thick and lasting white head. Bottle indicates that this is an 05-06 bottling. We consumed it in August of 2008. Aroma forecasts a very sour beer with loads of lemon-lime citric character and some red fruit along the lines of cranberry sauce or perhaps gooseberry jam. Body is quite sour and slightly bready with a citric hoppy finish. Taste is heavy on the lemon and the horsehair funk. Yum. Corky woodiness, tannic acid, and green grass follow. Solid and enjoyable but not exceptional.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this beer is a dark amber in color, with a thin snow white head that dissipates quickly, and there is a ton of sediment, gave it a few minutes to settle a bit

S - ooooh, big funky, sour fruits, mainly cherries, grapes, and apples, super tart, nice spantaneious yeast element as well

T - the flavor is much like the aroma, sour fruits, with the addition of super tart citrus, a slight metallic flavor, not enough to be offputting though, big yeasty funk

M&D - as is par with the style, big sour is not for everyone, but this is a quality beer from a quality brewer at a quality price ($5) not an overly complex flavor but surprisingly easy for me to drink despite is puckerosity (is that a word)

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

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.

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

Pours a nice full head which recedes rapidly. Strawcoloured, slightly hazy if you allow the sediment to be poured as well.
Fairly typical geuze-smell: autumn forest floor, yeasty, earthy, hints of apple and lemon.
Sour, but not as much as you might expect of a geuze. Tart, hints of bitter, and a bit reminiscent of cider.
Very drinkable, and a good introduction for someone who wants to try geuze for the first time.

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Photo of vancurly
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004-2005 BB 14.04.2027
White rocky 1 inch head. Good bubbling; should be consumed in a champagne flute I reckon. Slight hazy golden.
Dank & musty smell.... wet hessian, stale hops. Wild flora.... this is good.
One of the funkiest gueuzes I've had the pleasure of drinking. Would really like to get some more and lay down for 10+ years.
Cheesy (goats ? gorgonzola ?), perhaps even some fois gras in there. Grapefruity sourness.
Light & sour, very drinkable, but not for the uninitiated.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, cloudy orange yellow color with a bubbly white head that leaves no lacing around the glass.

Smell is of orange peel and musty.

Taste starts out with some orange notes up front then changes to a very dry lemon pepper flavor that stays dry until the finish leaving a lingering lemon peel taste on your tongue.

Lots of carbonation but it compliments the beer.

This beer leaves me very thirsty after each rink and makes me want to take anther swig. It's a very good beer, it's different than lots of other ones out there and it's a nice change of pace.

Would I drink it again...you bet.

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Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ordered a bottle online and had it delivered to my old man's place, where I drank it.

Pours a hazy gold with a rocky white head and a constant rush of bubbles to the surface. The foam is slippery and fails to produce lace as it diminishes to a film. A classic geuze appearance. Aroma of fresh lemon juice mixed in with a bit of funk. Crisp and sour.

Very large sourness in the flavour, coming from a puckering citrus onslaught of lemon and lime. This overlays a decent funkiness mixed in with some earth, as if the horse blanket has fallen from the steed and dirtied itself on the stable floor. Light bodied and surprisingly crisp in the finish, with a short sour aftertaste. Drinkability is okay, but now as good as it could be for a geuze. Its unfair to compare it to the Cantillon I had in Brussels, but I can't help but feel that this is missing something...

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the review below was originally entered on 7-13-2008, mistakenly as the regular boon gueuze (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/47/153)


"best by" date of 25-4-2027

faintly hazy, golden, honey straw color; decent head recedes to thin layer. lace doesn't really stick.

musty barn funk and cider vinegar, plus champagne notes. yeast and wheat crackers. whiff of hay.

farmhouse flavors and must. dry with mild acidic pucker. whatever sweetness exists comes in the form of grapes/champagne. woody bourbon notes as well. mild bitterness blends with phenolic hint and hop grassiness.

not watery, not too thin. texture from acidity and maybe tannins. gentle but enlivening carbonation.

refreshing and drinkable. nice alternative to champagne.

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Photo of ajayma
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK. Blooms out the bottle with a massive craggy head. Not much lace to speak of. The beer itself clear and light orange.

AROMA. At first I got a mineral quality just tinged with a bit of citrus peel. But as it warmed, a gentle musty-funk began to appear.

TASTE Like drinking a basket of citrus. Grapefruits, lemons, limes. A subtle wheat-malt graininess tempers the citric flavors and keeps them from becoming overwhelmingly acidic. Starts off fruity, a layer of mustiness rears its head in the middle, then finishes with a one-two combo of clean wheat and winey-tang. Reminds me of a dry white wine.

BODY. Light and lively. Bracingly dry from start to finish, yet smooth and drinkable. Joyful, pinhead carbonation.

AFTERMATH. I think I'm in love. A grilled seafood salad, with a slightly acidic dressing, would go great with this. And on a muggy Chicago summer afternoon? Fuhgehdaboudit.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Very highly carbonated, created a giant head. Poured it careful so as not to overflow the tulip. Body is cloudy sunny orange. Head is very slightly off white and billowy. Its a joy to look at.

S: Acidic, slightly funky. Some fruit in the background. Powerful yet pleasant.

T: Hit with acidity up front followed by a lingering sweetness. Not funky tasting at all really. Basically what you'd expect from the smell except for the malt at the end.

M: Just what I want out of the style, a highly carbonated sour beer.

D: Nothing too crazy in the taste that might make this a chore to drink.

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

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a huge clumpy head that seemed to last forever. Lacing was also very good.

Smell: Strong fruit and cider notes, sour apple cider comes to mind, slightly funky with a farmhouse character

Taste: Intensely sour from start to finish. Very rustic and earthy. Grassy, hay, farmhouse with some slight horseblanket. No hops at all. Maltiness was not overly sweet but worked well along with the sour apple cider flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium to low carbonation with a lighter body.

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Photo of rhenning
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First geuze. 12 oz corked & wired bottle recommended by and purchased from Bierkraft, Brooklyn.

Poured a cloudy bronze-orange with (despite being gentle) an enormous sudsy white head that eventually settled down to a finger or two. Head retained throughout consumption but left very little lacing. Looked ok but didn't scream "drink me!"

Nose of yeast, cider vinegar & sourdough bread.

Taste of dry champagne and earth blends into a lactic tartness that almost reminds me of a hard cheese w/ bitter lemon or grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, clean and very carbonated. Not at all thick or sticky.

Pretty tartly intense for session drinking.

Overall a very unique and interesting beer. I liked it but kept looking for just a touch of malt to balance out the intense tartness. Not crazy about the unfiltered yeasty wheaty qualities either, but as mentioned this was my first geuze, so maybe I'm just not used to the style.

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Photo of Nickls
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a white latte-like frothy head that didn't stick around too long. After the head dissipates, there are spotty remnants that look like white mold on top of bread. Pretty clear orange gold color with noticeable rising carbonation.

S - Wow, a bit flowery at first, but then quickly moves to the vinegar/wine sourness, and just a touch of barnyard (not that strong really, which I would have expected more of in the style)

T - Definite puckering sourness; floral; metallic and earthy; and savory-like finish

M - Thinner MF, nice sparkliness, dry, dry, dry

D - Certainly not what I would consider one of the more drinkable gueuzes that I've had to-date. This one is definitely interesting, but a little harder around the edges.

Overall, definitely what I would consider representative of the style, but perhaps a bit more rough on the palate than say something from Cantillon. Definitely worth a look for fans of the style.

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

75cl bottle from Brussels. 2005-2006 on the neck. 6.5% abv.

A - A big, frothy, off-white head retains forever atop the apricot/nectarine hazed body. Tons of bubbles rip through my St. Feuillien balloon.

S - Belgian yeast on the back end, and MAJOR wild yeast notes throughout. Barnyard, socks, just... funky. Wet grass. Gueuze-y.

T - Quite tart up front but fades quickly. Doesn't stick to my lips like I enjoy in a robust gueuze. Big, wild notes, as well as a nice mineral water quality that adds to it's relatively tame complexity. As a beer, it's nice, but I've had better gueuzes. The more I get into it, the more tannic it becomes, with major leather notes on the back. Pink grapefruit juice nearing the end of the bottle.

M - Light bodied with a crisp, smooth, creamy carbonation. The nucleation site in this glass helps ease the bite. Still quite spritzy.

D - It's not gonna be hard for me to get through this bottle, but I could see how it could tire some people out.

Notes: Overall, a solid effort and a solid gueuze. Really holds well to the style, just somehow falls short in a couple aspects.

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

poured this beer from a 375 ml bottle with a cork the date 20/06/2028. the bottles green with a 2005-2006 label on the neck..

A, right after the pour i got a nice frothy head two fingers high the look to it is a murky orange .

S, sour citus like grape fruit and lemon peels ,lemon grass, hay like quality to it .

T,this definitely got a sour grapefuit ,lemon grass flavor going on. no malt that i can detect alittle hops.

M,sour grape fruit close to a champagne like feel to it alittle bubbly.

D,this is my first experience with geuze boon although i`ve had this one more then once .this is great i like grape fruit and champagne .. champagne beer!! this it an awesome direction for beer ..

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Photo of JBogan
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened with a resounding BANG! Poured a bright and clear medium gold with one of the largest pillowy crowns I've ever seen on a beer, despite a slow and easy pour. Head remained thick throughout but left minimal lacing.

Smelled of lemon but with only a hint of the farmhouse funk seen in some beers of this style.

Tasted also mainly of citrus, but also had a sweetness to it that tempered the sour. Not as "edgy" as some geuzes.

Mouthfeel was very good. Lots of stinging bubbles in a light body, a very "lively" beer.

Overall a nice geuze, but I believe it needed a bit more bite in the flavor department to rank it among the best in it's style.

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

The cork is reluctant to leave the bottle, and I must use a cork screw to make it change its mind; it comes out suddenly, the foam spills over the edge of the bottle, and a funky sour-sweet aroma fills my kitchen. Intriguing. This is my first geuze...

Into my lovely Dogfish Head snifter it goes.

Massive, coffee-creamer-colored head, popping and snapping across the very top of the glass. Aroma is surprizingly light and just a bit sour. Darker and cloudier in the glass than I had anticipated, like cloudy butterscotch. The first taste is of foam only, and it is sharp, peppery; now the actual liquid hits home, and it is sharper, more acrid, than the foam, but not at all out of control, not at all as bad as I had feared it would be. Really, it is no sharper than a particularly ginger-ish ginger ale, and I can't imagine why anyone would have a problem drinking this beer.

Remarkably drinkable - so refreshing - one of those beers that you cannot help swishing in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is not thin immediately; it strikes me as being almost chewy at first, and then it quickly becomes thin, almost airy.

I want more.

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Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. I believe someone gave this to me in a trade, but I'm not sure from where.

Poured a medium and cloudy orangish color wtih a larger sized white head. Aromas of green apples, citrus, and a little funky. Tastes of the same fruitiness, citrus, and funkiness. Light pucker finish.

Notes from 12/23/07

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Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
87 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.