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Boon Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Boon

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244 Reviews

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Reviews: 244
Hads: 659
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 19.59%
Wants: 32
Gots: 106 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon visit their website

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 LagerCognoscenti
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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 +6.4%

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 +10.8%

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 +0.3%
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 +16%

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 +1.3%
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 +2.6%
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 +12.1%
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 +18.6%
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 +2.8%
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 +6.7%
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 +20.6%
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 -48.5%
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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Photo of th0m
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured From a 750ml bottle. *This is my first true sour*

Pours a light hazy light orange, almost yellow or golden, with a decent amount of off-white, fluffy head. Very carbonated.

Smells funky at first. I let it sit for a few minutes before smelling again to allow some of the funk to blow off. Smells of hay, barnyard, farty, musty, notes of champagne or white wine barrels.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. SUPER dry. Steals all the moisture in your mouth.

Mouth feel is great. Very light and heavily carbonated, almost like drinking a sparkling white wine.

Overall the beer was quite an experience. At taste and smell I was fearful I wouldn't like it, but like all great things, it grew on me as I sipped it, and maybe as it opened up a bit.

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Photo of tmzl
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours with a fizzy sound, average white head. Fully diminishing. Fair/low amount of lacing. Dark yellow, cloudy, a few particles floating around. Almost no carbonation. Nothing too impressive.

Smell: Sharp fresh, acid, lemon, vinegar with musty, earthy, farmhouse funk. Beneath hides light sweetness and yeast. Fair enough.

Taste: Very light sweet start then fast overwhelming medium sour (lemon zest, vinegar...). Then comes very light funk - must say I'm missing some, hoped there would be more. After the sour part it gets unexpectedly watery, a bit herbal. Medium sour with light musty funk stay in the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, dry, fresh, light body.

Overall: Very drinkable, sour OK, but missing something more, gets old too fast.

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Photo of xabyss
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw orange-yellow with mayhaps an inch of fizzy white head that fizzled out before I could finish typing this sentence. Opaque body sans carbonation. Nose is nice. Not mind-blowing but not repulsive. I'm warming up quickly to the style. Grapefruit is the dominant player here, with assorted citrus in the mix. Lemons, apples, barnyard funk. Supremely sour on both the nose and the palate, though not as acidic as other brews in this vein. Actually somewhat sweet at the tip of the tongue, with bread and apple candy. The sourness doesn't quite have the flavor or the potency I crave, but it's a nicely rounded beer.

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Photo of itsscience
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

375 mL corked bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours cloudy gold with a four-finger white head that retains well. The nose is straw, lemon, dank, earthy yeast funk, and candied sugar. The taste gives some straw and candied sugar up front before becoming a sour lemon bomb. It's like you're drinking a Warhead. The body is light and watery with high carbonation, and it finishes dry. Not interesting enough to warrant the price.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The 2010-2011 season.
Pours cloudy golden (to light orange), one finger head strings of fizz make it last for a lot of time.
Smells like a typical (good) gueuze, with the nice funk, mellow sweet fruit, honey, citrus and herbs.
Big sourness, huge, backed by a lower tartness than usual. Lots of crisp citrus, with lime, unripe oranges, pomelo, pink grapefruit and lots of lemon zest. Sour cherries way in the back, with acidic green apple and grapes, also bringing a low sweetness. Slight grains, but really pale malts. Faint honey and vanilla notes. Lots of dusty wood, a clear oak character, also "saison" characteristics, like a certain barnyard feel, with green grass, hay, woodchips and earthy yeasts. Hops are bitter in the finish, adding to the big dry feeling, creating a perfect grapefruity finish.
A bit burpy from the fizz, but thirst quenching and refreshing, even it it makes you cringe at first. Dry in the finish, with the sweetness lingering for a bit.
Also had the 2011-2012 and had it written down as "rough and rugged", this was even more. Fortunately my type of gueuze.

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Photo of Agent1
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poor head, but great color. Fairly inactive. Hardly any bubbles rising to the surface. Definitely a bit boring to look at in the glass.

Smell - Excellent. Lots of fresh lemon, coriander and plant-y/ floral notes. Honey as well. A fresh yeast smell. All standard Gueuze elements. Nothing atypical, but bright and zesty and true to the style.

Taste - Lots of grapefruit, orange zest and lemon peel. Very crisp and clean. Nothing off about this. Honey, subtle vanilla and a clean, short-lived bitterness via the hops. Tangy. Nice and simple. Lots of lemon in this Gueuze. Hops are balanced nicely.

Mouthfeel - Good, but not amazing. There are other Gueuzes that pop a little more, giving their beer more life. Carbonation is decent, but could be better. This also effects the overall look of the beer. As far as the palate goes, this is very well-balanced. Lots of sugars and bittering notes. Stimulates all parts of the mouth and tongue. This lingers on the roof of the mouth the most. This definitely makes up for the low carbonation.

Overall - For the price point, this is an excellent Gueuze. Very clean, very balanced and refreshing. Quality ingredients and a ripe blast of flavor. Recommend this guy. Tasty!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of flexabull
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright and slightly hazy gold color with a very big white head. Looks great.

Aromas are of light vinegar, lactic acid, lemon, grains, spicy yeast, and light creamy sweetness. There is a funkiness that is funkier than lots of sours I've tried, almost a bit earthy with some mushroom notes.

Taste is extremely dry. Light mineral water notes, hay, grass, and some really bitter lemon. Finish is zesty, with some sharp sourness, light sweet cream, faint white vinegar, and a really crisp bite.

Mouthfeel is good. Full body, and really snappy carbonation.

Overall, a very refreshing and pleasant geuze.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.99/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Gueuze-a-palooza 10/8/11; poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass


Thanks Mike

A) Extremely hazy and cloudy; looks like pineapple juice, only darker. Pours just under one finger of foam and thins out over time. Swirling puffs it up.

S) Lots of cheese with mild ripples of damp oak. Dry earthiness with hints of basement and cobweb (though these take a backseat to the cheese). Light fruit tones.

T) Thin layers of pear and apple meander into a rather one dimensional damp oak note. Dusty funk. Pretty dry. Nippy but not tart or sour. Vapid mustiness on the finish.

M) Puffy, medium-light body. Abrasively fizzy fizzy carbonation.

D) Seems pretty average; nothing great going on, but it's hardly riddled with issues.

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Photo of avalon07
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a burnt orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of citrus, yeast, and a slightly musty smell.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, citrus (lemon), a little malt, and some spices. A big, formidable, vibrant flavor. Very well-rounded.

M: A highly-carbonated beer with a typically sour finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent example of a gueuze. Very well made and very drinkable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Cantillon Gueuze glass.

A real solid orange body, peach colored and opaque and quite even throughout. Good pinhead sized carbonation that rises quickly, with a nice creamy top of off white color, and makes about two fingers tall. Leaves a good half sized finger while drinking.

Interesting nose for a gueuze. There's a hiding sweetness of what seems Belgian candi sugar behind this, with some moderate classic funky notes, and pepper crispness. Quite dry. Some fruity lemon a little bit, but the sugars seem to come out at little.

Palate seems to lack a little. Some dry crisp carbonation with a slightly wet body. Not very malty or with much depth to the palate. Light lemon sensing but fleeting with a little bit of watery sweetness on the finish. Crisp finish with almost a powdery dry fleeting sweetness.

I just came off Zwanze day from Cantillon and trying this is a big change. It's different and alright but it's not doing much for me compared to other lambic/gueuze's I've had.

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Photo of Jonada
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottled 4/23/2010. 7% ABV. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with 2 fingers of a lasting soapy head. Body is hazy to the point of being nearly opaque with lots of carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Barnyard funk, musty basement, white grape, green apple, damp wood.

Taste: Medium sour barnyard funk, tart light fruits (apple, grape), minerals, rain water, hint of bell peppers (yes bell peppers), and a touch of herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is high. Tart, dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall: This is a pretty good gueuze and decently priced. Worth a a try if you've never had it, but there are much better options out there, including several in the same (or lower) price range.

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Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
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