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

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

I picked up a bottle of Boon's Oude Geuze last month for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I've tried this beer a couple times at some beer festivals, but I thought it's about time I give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. Best by 1/21/2031. Poured from a green 750ml corked and caged bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a clean and simple design, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a hazy golden orange color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light with a little over three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the funky yeast being the first to show up with musty yeast aromas seeming to show up the most with some funky barnyard yeast aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes a tart aroma that goes right into the fruits with some nice pear and apricot aromas with some stonefruit aromas showing up in the background. Right at the end there's just a slight skunky aroma. This beer has a good aroma, but i wish it didn't have that slight skunky aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the funky yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma, but it's just a little lighter with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes those same fruity aspects that I got in the aroma and it makes for a nice mixed fruity flavor that sticks out a little more than it did in the aroma and no single fruity aspects seems to stick out the most. On the finish there's just a slight skunky flavor with a medium amount of sourness with a nice sour fruit aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, but I wish it didn't have that slight skunky aspect.

M- Smooth, not too acidic, very crisp, a little prickly, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. This beer has a nice mouthfeel that works well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, the more I try this style, the more I start to understand what sets this style apart and as far as I can tell this has just about everything that a good Geuze should have and I enjoyed it. This beer has good drinkability, it's smooth, not too acidic, very crisp, a little prickly, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, the whole bottle might be a little too much for me so I think one glass is the perfect amount. What I like the most about this beer is the sourness, it's right where I want it for the style. What I like the least about this beer was the slight skunky aspect, I wish they wouldn't use green bottles. I would buy this beer again and I would be nice to keep a bottle or two around in the cellar, I think it would be a nice summer beer and it might even be a little refreshing. I would recommend this beer, especially if your into the style or sour beers in general. All in all I was happy with this beer, it took me a few yeasrs and a couple tries to warm up to it, but now i can say I enjoy it and I like to seek out more in the style. This beer made for a good first impression and I would really like to try more beers from this brewery, as far as I can tell it's an above average example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty Geuze. keep up the hard work.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light orange. Fizzy off-white head that trickles away to a ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

Orange, meyer lemons, wet hay with a slight honey sweetness. Earthy funk and bright acidity. Some oak is detectable.

Quite tart upfront but acidity quickly gives way to citrus and a mellow sweetness. Clean lactic sourness. Oak and earthy cheesy brett character. A bit of wheat is detectable, surprisingly.

High carbonation adding to the bite of the acidity. The finish is long with residual acidity on the palate along with a mild lingering sweetness.

The lingering sweetness is a bit of a drawback, but the acidity is quite nice. Probably a safe bet among the less exciting gueuzes.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden amber with a large two-finger foamy white head. The head lingers to a sturdy ring. Lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of lemon, oak, and white vinegar.

T - Sour upfront with lemon and lactic acid. The sourness mellows mid palate with pear, white grape, and a light malt sweetness. There is some oakiness in the finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Heavy carbonation with a nice dry finish.

O - This is a very satisfying Geuze. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable. Very nice.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy light Amber in color with a big fuzzy white head. Smell has some peppery yeast notes, straw, and grainy malt. Light funky acidic lacto sour flavor follows with lemon peel and slight vinegar notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied highly carbonated and crisp.

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

look: murky honey-gold. Full white head Lacing dissipates quickly.
smell: Array of citrus, floral, sour, and fruits.
taste: Much like the nose up front, quite dry. An interesting tart, slightly sweet finish.
overall: pretty tame but pleasant Geuze.

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

250ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£1.79):
This one was a really excellent gueuze style lambic, it had tonnes of flavour and sourness but held a good balance and proved an easy one to drink. I'm kicking myself for only buying a 250ml bottle when larger ones were available but I guess that just means I'll need to pick this one up again at some point.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a pint glass. Bottle is from 12/2012

Appearance: Cloudy and pale yellow with plenty of off white head. Very bubbly.

Nose: Pears and pineapple, Belgian funk, absolutely no hops aroma at all.

Taste: Light and fluffy, initially pretty sour and tart, the pears and tropical fruit really comes through. There is no sweetness; all the microflora has taken care of any residual sugars and dried out the beer. Amazingly drinkable.

Overall: Must buy more Geuze! I'm actually going to use the bottle dregs to propagate a colony of bacteria for my house sours. I love what Frank Boon is doing over there. I originally reviewed his regular Boon Geuze with an under developed palate. This is a must try for all craft beer lovers looking for something off the beaten path. Long live sour beers.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange body with one finger head and no lace with a tart, acidic aroma with touches of funk and oak. The fruit flavors in this beer come across as white grape and pear, basically, there are little bits of sweetness balanced with a funky, almost sour, tart dryness that leaves a crisp finish. The oak/wood keeps beer smooth and pleasant overall the balance in this beer makes it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy peachy golden orange.

The aroma offers lemon peel, white grape, some musty old attic, prickly pear.

The flavor offers lemon zest and juice up front. White wine and champange qualities. A touch of mustiness. The spice of candy ginger. A decent drying quality in the back.

Light on the funk, tart, and flavor complexities, but a great introduction to the style.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A: (3/3) Clear golden with medium carbonation -- thin head, almost sodalike
S: (9/12) Smells like sparkling cider with a touch of woody sourness
T: (16/20) Subtle flavor--very understated compared to stronger sours I’ve had
M: (5/5) Very bubbly and medium dryness on finish
O: (7/10) Was really expecting something stronger, like the Tilquin or some Lambics I’ve had

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

A - Orange, mostly translucent but not transparent, with white head that forms up moderately high, reduces quickly, but remains as a thin layer over the top, climbing up the edge and leaving some lacing.

S - When the bottle says spontaneous fermenting, this is the nose you'd expect. A strong sour spike, with floral and lemon notes, combining with horse blanket and a bit of blue cheese lactic elements.

T - Following the nose, with a lemon fruit line combining with the lactic hit. There is wood here, and more barnyard notes, all of which fall to a slow build of clean sourness that lingers.

M - This is a highly acidic brew, but not a gut bomb like some of the lambics I've tried. Mild pucker means it is best enjoyed with small swallows over large swallows.

O - The fruit here is bright citric, lemons and such. This is a rock solid example of the gueuze, a blended lambic that focuses on the funk and sour elements that sometimes are backgrounded in the more friendly standard lambics. An approachable, relatively balanced example.

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Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured a lovely cloudy golden body with a thin ring of white head. The body looks fantastic, though it could do with more head. Scents of wild, barnyard Brett funk, with notes of hay and lemon juice layered atop aromas of grapefruit peel and indeterminate citrus fruit. mild oak, apple, honey. Overall impression is of a modestly sour Geuze aroma mingling wonderfully with the other aromas common to the style. Quite nice and very true to form. Taste begins modestly sour with notes of sour yeasty funk, lemon, grapefruit. tangy wheat, a light character of oak and a low level of hop bitterness. This moves into a moderately sour middle with notes of lemon, apple, green apple, light honey and a light presence of oak. Finish is medium-dry with notes of honey, lemon, grapefruit, a hint of pale malt and yeasty wild funk. Aftertaste is moderately sour with notes of yeasty wild funk, spicy yeast phenols, mild grainy malt and a bit of grapefruit. Overall impression of flavor is of a nicely sour, well-balanced Geuze that is a good showcase of the typical flavors of the style. Quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied, puckering and somewhat drying with high, effervescent carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a light, spritzy, but not watery feel. Very true to style and quite pleasant. Overall this is a fine Geuze. It is not the best example of the style, but it is true to form, pleasant in aroma, flavor and mouthfeel and as a result is quite pleasant to drink. I recommend it to those wanting to try a fairly good example of a Geuze.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Pours a beautiful pale ale like colour with great head and lacing. Smell is sour and funky. White wine vinegar and cider spring to mind.

The taste is very sour and acidic. There's a cat urine flavour in here. It is a very different beer drinking experience to most beers. Most beers, such as Porters, Stouts, Lagers, IPAs or Belgian strong ales have a certain shared "beer" like taste. This one doesn't. It tastes very strange and not entirely pleasant.

Overall, I didn't enjoy this at all. I know we should rate beers according to style but these review should also give people some warning that some styles can divide opinions strongly and be hard for even experienced beer fans to enjoy. Hence my terrible review for what may be a classic of this (weird) style.

Someone pass me an ice cold lager - any lager. Quick!!


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Bottle I brought to share at mrbubbler's tasting.

2011/2012 brewing season. Batch # 31701. Best before end 2033.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, earth, hay, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, earth, hay, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of ChicagoMikeS
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

It pours a nice orangish-amber with a light white head. There is very nice retention with a bit of light lacing.

The aroma is funky with a certain sweetness. It's a bit subdued, but it promises a nice tartness.

It's a very well balanced beer. It's tart for sure, but not overly acidic. There are good citrus notes in it and even a subtle malt character

The feel is crisp and refreshing. There is enough sweetness to balance the sour which makes it pretty easy drinking.

Overall it's a good well balanced drink that doesn't try and take the sour to the max.

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Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Floral, slightly funky brett aroma, with notes of barnyard and a hint of pepto character.

Flavor is fairly sour, with a bit lactic and acetic finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked caged 375ml bottle
A-pours a dusty/hazed golden color with a thin but staying whispy fresh off-white collar looked brooding to me
S-tart sour apples and mild vinegar earthy dusty leather some wood
T-much like the smell nice tartness with white fruity sourness a bit of wood and leather
M-tart on the tongue a dryness to it white grape wine notes
O-very nice gueze for the price will pick this up again

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Photo of devilben02
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the bottle with a cloudy golden yellow-orange color and is topped by a massive, pillowy eggshell-white head. The aroma is a lively combination of apple cider, vinegar, and damp earth. The flavor is likewise acidic yet earthy, with components of tart white grape juice, sour green apples, and a light woodiness. The lively, sharp, fine carbonation accents the acidicy, and yet this beer is surprisingly palate-coating. Overall, this beer reminds me more of a tart white wine, but in a most intriguing way.

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Photo of macher0
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2008 vintage.

A. Light straw color. Opaque. Poured full 2 finger fine-bubble, egg shell head that slowly retreats to a film.

S. Neutral oak and wild yeast with some minor notes of light malts and straw/dust. Certainly some funk.

T. Sour on the front. Major notes of sour yeast, and neutral oak. Grass and light malts. Fairly simple but excellent.

M. Smooth. High carbonation. Light body.

O. A staple - very good. Sour and neutral oak, as it should. This is very consistent between metrics. This is certainly recommended to sour fans.

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Photo of roblowther
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big and Belgian, that's how I like them. Not in a gay way. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Just sayin'. It pours cloudy gold with a soapy white head that shows no sign of letting up before I'm ready to go further. It smells of oranges, peppermint, hay, and a barn. A particular one, not just any one. But I will keep the location secret. Just to be that way. The taste is sour cherries, grass, and a nice bready finish. This is a phenomenally balanced flavor. Not too sour, not too sweet, not too dry. It is the goldilocks of geuze. If they start putting that on the label, I get credit. The mouthfeel is soft, slightly tingly, and light. Overall, I really feel this is a fantastic beer. It may be the best I've had. Nice, nice job.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a lightly packed head.
Nose shows horse blanket, apple, earthy Brett and elderflower.
Moderately acidic flavours, more earthy Brett, apple, pear and elderflower. Quite herbal. Incredibly drinkable.
Carbonation is a bit over the top.

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Photo of MarioM
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into a SN tulip

A: Holy crap, the cork SHOT out as soon as I loosened the cage and both flew way the hell away. Obviously highly carbonated and determined to get drank. Pours a light golden color and very clear with a thin film and lingering thin rim of bubbles.

S: Not very characterful in the aroma department. Some nice earthy toasty notes, very tipical geuze aroma without that funk that makes a lambic interesting in my opinion. Still a nice smelling beer.

T: Very refreshing and almost lite considering its high carbonation. Nice yeast fruitiness and lightly tart. Not very sour but enough to be refreshing and satisfying. Also has a nice finishing bitterness with a subtle Brett character that lingers with tropical yeast fruitiness.

M: Almost thin and lite but yet highly carbonated and finishes slightly dry and nicely bitter.

O: A nice lambic for the price but strangely haven't seen this around as much as other more sought after geuzes. I guess that kinda makes sense but a little variety never hurts for perspective. A nice beer that is worth trying and seeking.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. Poured brilliant dandelion yellow with a slight tangerine hue. Frothy white head that left several patches of lacing. Wonderful aromas of citrus tartness, touch of leather, big earthy tones. Like walking through a deciduous forest after a fresh spring rain and you come upon a rotting log with mushrooms growing on it. Very delicate, yet powerful flavors. Very smooth carbonation giving a lively feel to the light body. Delicious.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped witha couple of fingers of white head that immediately disappears. Lots of bubbles in there.
The aroma is soury, between new wine and cider.
The taste is quite sharp, soury and dry.
Don't really like it, sorry.

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Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
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