Boon Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Boon
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United Kingdom (Wales)
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
Poured from a 250ml bottle into a chimay goblet.
The appearance i'd say is wheat beer-esque, cloudy though a bit darker. A thick creamy head forms and stays.
Smells... alive. I'd agree with what another reviewer wrote and describe it as 'funky', as it is quite musky and pungent.
Ooh it tastes good, very good. My first thought was to liken it to a sour/lemon tinged champagne, as it is carbonated in a similar way and almost tastes the same, bearing quite a remarkable similarity.
Overall an excellent beer, of which I have already ordered more. Should be perfect on a hot summers day.
07-01-2011 09:51:19 | More by CwrwAmByth
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
A: Cork provides a playful "pop" to reveal an atrophied tip. Pours out a yellow-hay colored ale with brilliant clarity. Three fingers of soap suds fall to a sheet of the same. Near sheet lacing.
S: Oh yes, funky. Alfalfa, horse hair, leather, mildewy socks. This one's live! Lemon peels and hints of caradamom.
T: Tart lemons and bitter orange peel see to highlight up front. Then I get some hay, grain, yeast cake, moldy and noble hops. Nice.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation: must all dissipate in the head. Nice and dry finish.
O: Good beer. A little more tartness and this would be among my favorite Gueuzes.
06-20-2011 15:35:41 | More by harrymel
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
Bottle poured into my Lost Abbey Tumbler.
Bottle says best by 21 10 2029.
As soon as I let the cage off this the cork went flying and a loud pop was heard. I then went and changed my undergarments then went back to pour this beer.
Deep amber body, with a hint of orange, a just off white head rests on top. Lots of bubbles running through this and a decent sized head.
Strong lemony notes in the aroma, a little bit of funk but not much. A hint of sourness but mostly lemon, maybe a bit of musty oak notes.
More lemony notes come out in the taste, oak, a light sourness but not as sour as I was hoping. some subtle brett notes are in the background, pretty dry, some green apple.
typical body with a high amount of carbonation
Overall a solid beer but not a mind blowing one. I think I'd prefer a 3F or Cantillon gueuze over this but still this one is solid. Not many traditional geuze's around so this one definitely is nice to be able to get. I have another bottle of this that I'm going to lay down and hopefully open many years from now. It'll be interesting to see this one develop.
06-12-2011 22:15:05 | More by jpmclaug
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured into a pint glass from a bottle at Publick House in Brookline, MA.
Appearance: A little cider-looking in terms of color of the beer itself. Head was airy and short-lived. Lacing was non-existent.
Smell: Great aroma of funky green apples and new oak.
Taste: The oak overpowers this beer in my opinion. I understand that this is part of the style but it really did make me unable to enjoy the awesome wild-yeast qualities of this brew.
Mouthfeel: Wow! Very unusual carbonation. First of all, the beer burns your lip if you hold it up to your mouth. Second, once in your mouth the bubbles seam to rapidly rise to the roof of your mouth and form a head of it's own.
Overall: I was hoping for a bit more out of this beer especially considering the $14 price-tag. I felt that the oak presence could have a little more integrated. I also had this beer on cask at the same place and enjoyed a little more although it was such as small amount it's not worth rating.
06-10-2011 01:14:58 | More by dyoung3
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
12.7oz bottle. Purchased for $6.99. Best by 2/28/30, which sets the bottling date at 2/28/10. Poured into a tall chalice.
Appearance – Golden orange body with a large, light, and fluffy white head. Big soda bubbles. Recedes to a sudsy cap.
Smell – Sour lemons, green apples, hay, musty basement, and bits of earth. Sweet fruits hidden beneath.
Taste – Strong wave of puckering citrus fruit up front. The middle and end introduce earth, hay, and light funk that smooth out the acidity to an extent, but the sour notes ultimately persevere through into the finish. Your tongue is held in a refreshing stranglehold by the acidity. As the beer warms, the hay and earth become more prevalent at the front of the profile.
Mouthfeel – Light body with effervescent carbonation. The acidity clings to the teeth.
Drinkability – A good gueze can be so refreshing, especially in hot weather. Well, it’s 95 degrees, inside, with severe thunderstorms outside, Puckering and refreshing. The 7% abv is a bit high, but it’s doing me just fine in this heat. A solid gueze indeed.
06-09-2011 01:28:16 | More by Sam21
3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
12.7 oz bottle poured into a DFH Snifter; I'm pretty sure it says that it's good until 2030, so I'm good...
A - Pours a hazy gold with a thick, foamy white head with excellent retention and a slippery lace.
S - Lighter aromas in the nose; mostly citrus with lemon and a bit of Granny Smith Apple.
T&M - Immediately quite sour with a bit of a puckering smack of lemon and pith. Some of the citrus notes carry a bit of sweetness, but this is certainly predominantly tart. The carbonation level seems to fit perfectly. The sour is carried into the finish, but this mostly ends up finishing dry and a bit woodsy, and quite refreshing.
O - Admittedly my first experience with Gueuze, and it's certainly a bit challenging on the palate. Overall I enjoyed the way the sour, tart and pithy notes all played off one another and made this highly drinkable and enjoyable.
06-08-2011 02:28:42 | More by ZeroSignal
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
375 mL pours a fairly clear gold color with an impressive cap of off-white head. Short-lived and leaves some lace.
Sour green apples, grapes and strawberries wrapped in a band-aid burrito of funk. Fruity and airy. Brett and bacteria seem to be in perfect harmony.
Sourness and brett come through fast and quick but leave you wanting a bit more complexity. Brett does not throw off as much rotting wood as some and the sourness is bright and crisp. Not as earthy as some wild ales. Mouthfeel is nice and goes does silky smooth. Does it quite live up to Cantillon or 3F? Probably not, but that doesnt mean it is not enjoyable as hell and mighty tasty to boot.
06-05-2011 15:32:31 | More by twiggamortis420
4.53/5 rDev +15.6%
A - Pours a translucent golden-copper hue and is capped with a short-lived white head that recedes to an encircling wisp. Looks good.
S - The nose is delectable, offering notes of musty wood, tart lemon and lime, elderflower and underbrush. Just fantastic.
T - The taste evokes kaffir lime, lemon pith, wet oak, fresh cut grass, wood tannin, dry white grape, green apple skin. As I get deeper into the glass, a strong association of white grapefruit emerges, along with an intensified grassy suggestion. Very good stuff.
M - Light body, snappy carbonation, and long dry finish.
O - This is a sleeper here; one of the best brews available, but not the least bit hyped because it is not a Cantillon.
06-03-2011 00:22:45 | More by ktrillionaire
2.85/5 rDev -27.3%
Poured a extremely carbonated pour into a snifter. Huge white head with loads of carbonation bounding from the bottom of the glass. The overall look is very impressive. There are some spicy notes and clove from the nose followed by some sweet fruity esters. Slightly phenolic but very surprised by the tartness that followed. The nose and the taste do not compliment each other at all. This being my first sour I was shocked that anyone could appreciate this style. Clearly this is not for me. There was a funky almost putrid aftertaste that was only masked by the beers sour tartness at the beginning of each sip. I experienced a wet mop drenched in blended swamp moss that left me breathless. I will not be diving into this style ever again as I clearly dont have the palate to enjoy such flavor. God bless those of you that can.
05-20-2011 17:38:35 | More by jmfc8237
3.45/5 rDev -12%
375 ml bottle poured into short tumbler. Best by 02-26-2030.
A: Pours a cloudy, opaque gold. 2-finger white head quickly settles to a thin cap, leaving little lacing.
S: Sour peach, lemon and lime in the nose. A bit metallic upon swirling.
T: Lactic peach dominates. Stinging and astringent, yet refreshing. Very tart.
M: Carbonation is medium. Rather thin once it sits.
O: Not the most balanced gueuze going, but certainly not a bad beer. At $6.99/bottle, it's fairly affordable and regularly available. Compared to Cantillon's classic gueuze, however, it falls rather short.
A decent gueuze, but far from landmark.
05-01-2011 01:16:38 | More by sk8man121
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a huge white somewhat fizzy head that slowly disappears... not much lacing. Beer is a very cloudy orangish color with some light activity
S- Not overly aromatic... smells dry and tart, bit champagne like
T- Starts very dry, champagney. Hint of wood with a tart finish. Tart becomes more pronounced as the beer warms
M- Light body with a healthy amount of carbonation
O- I haven't had that many beers of this style, but I'd have to say this was my least favorite thus far. Not bad, but not great
04-25-2011 00:54:44 | More by bbeane
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
Bottle from New Beer Distributors, poured into a pint glass. Best before May 22, 2028. I think I have some time. Side note: Thank fucking God for the cage on this bottle, twisted it off and the cork shot out like a bullet and put a dent in the ceiling of our hotel room. Always open corks away from you.
Massive carbonation here first and foremost. First the cork, then taking almost 10 minutes to wait for the foam to settle following the first pour to fill the glasses. Finally pours a translucent golden orange, with a fluffy white head of at least a fist's height. Nose has some tartness, lemon, a bit of funk, mild barrel character. Taste is lemon, green apple skin, some puckering sourness as it leaves. Mild lactic note. Refreshing with some lingering drynesss and tartness. Some tannins potentially? Good mouthfeel, and not overly complex. Needed something like this as I try and ease my way into the world of sours/wilds.
04-24-2011 21:53:28 | More by liamt07
3.33/5 rDev -15.1%
in a wine glass, gives out a yellow and hazy brew with a nice foam and lots of carbonation rushing out. The head stays in shape for quite some time. nice looking gueuze, A little pale though !
smells like your typical gueuze with a dominance of...get this...cheesy lactos smell. Along with bramble fruit and goosberries. Some hints of hay and something from a stable !
Bottoms up... At this point, my girlfriend still hates gueuze !
Mouthfeel is strong on carbonation...too strong, at first is a kick of acidity reminds me of white cranberry juice.
and then...nothing...no after taste, just finishes bone dry on the palate.
A bit disappointed.
In my opinion, Cantillon is King !
04-24-2011 20:56:26 | More by Glory
2.75/5 rDev -29.8%
Thanks to Bobby for this bottle, one of a few random beers he generously gave to me after we had our own mini tasting the other night. Best by: 26-02-2030.
Appearance: WAYYY over carbonated. Initial soft pour produced about a pinky-width worth of gold liquid with about 4 inches of pure white head. Doesnt take the head too long to recede but stays at about half an inch after a couple more pours. Darker gold color.
Smell: Not much too it. Yeah I catch the funkiness but not too much else going on. Some mild sweetness, sourness is light in the smell.
Taste: Smooth. Not sour, not funky, a little tart. Some fruit on the back of the palate, and a very off putting metallic flavor. Taste is not in the mouth for any length of time after the sip goes down, and tastes watery by the end. Bumped up the review aboput 30 mins later on the taste part as the taste gets better as it warms. A little fruitier.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation that was so apparent in the pour seems to have left by the time I take my sips. Minimal tingle. Thin, even for the style.
Overall: Not much going on with this beer. Not a big fan. Maybe a good way to enter funky beers for some, but not that good for me. Much more desirable beers in the style for me.
04-11-2011 05:37:05 | More by OddNotion
4/5 rDev +2%
2003 Drank from my Duvel Tulip
A - Pours a hazy Amber colour with a two fingered head that retains well.
S - Really sour with some peach and passionfruit sweetness.
T - Massive sour here , not much else can get a look in besides some peach.
M - Light body and full carbonation.
O - A little over the top sour and may well scare off the unseasoned Geuze lover. The Mariage PArfait is a better option
04-08-2011 12:55:30 | More by eric5bellies
3.35/5 rDev -14.5%
Best by 26-02-2030 from a 375.
Pops open with a loud sound and pours a beautiful light amber/yellow color with a large billowing head. Leaves no lacing down the glass.
Smells like funk, acid, oak, fresh cut grass, and herbs.
Starts off with funk and acid, in the middle lemons and the funk come out. On the end a strange bitterness comes out that is rather unappealing to me. After a second it goes into a nice oak tannin finish. Its not as complex as 3F or Cantillon, but at close to half the price, it ani't bad.
Mouthfeel is light and prickly, nothing overly exciting- would pair nicely with a fatty meal.
Overall its an average gueuze. Its not spectacular, but not bad either.
03-30-2011 04:17:38 | More by bs870621345
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
Very hazy with loads of bubbles... champagne quality bubbles. Very fine foamy head. Stinky like farmyard. Sour grape aroma. Taste is unique, sour with Belgian yeast qualities. Not very complex. Mouthfeel is average, with great carbonation. Sour balance is very good. Geuze is a new subject for me and I am really not a subject matter expert....
03-25-2011 23:23:27 | More by TheSupremeAJ
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
Poured from a bottle into a Porterhouse flute.
A: Amber body with a full white head.
S: Lots of sourness and yeast in the nose. A bit of breadiness as well.
T: Sourness from the lacto is big. There is some complex funky notes, but the bacteria really takes over the taste.
D: The strong, borderline rancidness slows you down considerably. It takes a while, but one cannot claim that this beer is boring.
Overall: A bit unbalanced for a Gueuze, and balance is key with this style. Still, its a relatively affordable introduction into the style and a decent offering. I'm guessing, based on the crispness and cleanliness of the label, that this was a relatively new bottle. Older, evolved bottles of Gueuze can be eye-opening experiences, I think I'll revisit this when I have cellered one for a few years.
03-22-2011 05:59:06 | More by JohnnyChicago
3.03/5 rDev -22.7%
Well after removing the cage on this bad boy i merely suggested to the cork it should come out. Well apparently it was in a hurry because it flew off nearly missing my face. Surprisingly the bottle didn't gush. Lucky for me since I was sitting in the living room nowhere near the sink.
A: Lightly cloudy golden orange hue. Two fingers of white head recede slowly leaving soapy lace.
S: Mild lactic sourness. Lemon zest and green apple skins. Funk is very mild for a gueuze. Some musty wet wood and that's about it.
T: The flavor is rather disappointing. It's all lactic sour and not much else. Not really any funk either.
M: Light body with plenty of carbonation.
O: This is by far the weakest gueuze I've had so far.
03-21-2011 01:13:44 | More by beerwolf77
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
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
3.03/5 rDev -22.7%
375ml corked and caged 2010 bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: What a lovely opening - I just had to loosen the cork slightly, and then watch as it ever-so-slowly inched its out, on its way to the ceiling. I had the tulip ready to catch the slight overflow, and proceeded to fill it perfectly to the brim with bright orange beer and fine off-white foam. The voluminous head recedes incrementally, leaving patches of soapy lace all around. Beautiful Gueuze.
S: Dry, spicy, phenolic, medicinal, and barnyardy. A hint of ginger, and cheese. Grape must. Light urine. As it warms, a bit of lemony citric acid shows up. Interesting, but rather unpleasant - even for a style so famous for funkiness, this one just smells too bitter and off-putting. My wife's complaining, and she's a few feet away.
T: Exceedingly dry, with nothing much beyond a dull, bitter astringency. Yeah, there's acidity, but it's uninterestingly acetic, and lacking any real intensity of sourness. The dryness completely overwhelms the finish and aftertaste, filling my mouth with a biting, chalky minerality. Unpleasant.
M: Light, fresh-feeling body absolutely exploding with fine effervescence. A little over the top, even for a bubbly style, but I'm a fan.
D: Oops, I mean O: Interesting beer for my first "overall" score; I'm a big fan of the style, and generally swoon over its funkiest, sourest examples (Hanssens, Girardin, Cantillon); this one doesn't measure up to any of those, and is hands-down the worst Gueuze I've had so far. At least it wasn't too expensive, and it is improving somewhat as it warms. While the dry finish is a little much, it does remind me of a low-end (but authentic) Brut Champagne - no finesse, no subtlety, but plenty of power.
I won't be seeking this one out again, but I'm curious to see what the Mariage Parfait is like.
03-17-2011 02:51:59 | More by woosterbill
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
A - Pours a bright cloudy golden-orange color with a two fingers of frothy white head. The head has really nice retention and some very nice lacing.
S - Lots of fruit esters including apple and pear. There is also some citrus and some sour elements. There also some funk mixed in with just a hint of yeast.
T - Starts off with sweet and tart fruit flavors including apple and lemon flavors. Little bit of funk in the background with some soft oak flavors. Through the middle a bit more sour comes through with some lemon peel and sour apple. The finish is a nice blend of tart and sour with some nice fruit flavors, some funk, and just a touch of light spice. Nice lingering finish.
M - Light-medium bodied with a moderate amount of lively carbonation. Feel really crisp and alive on the tongue. The finish is really nice and crisp with just the right amount of tart and sour elements.
D - Very drinkable. The flavors are complex and fairly strong, but they stay very well balanced and the beer as a whole stays really crisp and super refreshing. Very enjoyable beer.
03-11-2011 00:00:09 | More by ngeunit1
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
750ml bottle with a best before date of 4/23/2030.
A very loud pop from the cork removal yielded a hazy, gold pour with a massive four inch head of dense white froth. A reluctant settling revealed a solid surface of rocky foam and thick bands of lacing.
Aromatics lead off with crisp apples, lemon pith, wet boards, pineapple skin, cut grass, and wet hay. Earthy, funky, and inviting.
Light bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel. Expansive in nature with a high level of carbonation. Sharp as tacks.
Lemon wedges, pepper-dusted citrus, tart apples, and grapeskins start the palate. A tannic dryness and minerally note follow through along with lemon-spritzed cut grass and soured fruit.
Finishes bone-dry, tart, sharp, and with lemony overtones.
Very tasty and certainly head and shoulders over the Kreik I just had from Boon. I can see stocking plenty of these in a Guezue cave.
03-09-2011 00:58:30 | More by brewandbbq
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a cloudy orange/gold with a towering white head that remained as a 1/4 inch head throughout.
Some must grain, tart apple skin notes.
This one isn't as sharp as others, but that is meant in a good way. Light malt, grain husk, tart fruit flavors, that lead to a level of astringent bitterness in a real seamless transition. Not super tart, not sharply bitter. Nice long finish with bit of a pucker.
Medium bodied and carbonated. Fairly prickly and a little acidic.
This was a pretty easy bomber to put down. Pretty smooth, but not a brew with a "wow" factor. Very worthy of trying and only set me back about $10.
03-06-2011 14:47:56 | More by OtherShoe2
Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
88 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.