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Boon Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Boon

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528 Ratings

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
6.5-7.0% abv

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 03-16-2005)
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Photo of hooliganlife
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

best by 6/9/30

pours a orangish straw yellow with a huge fizzy white head. that fairly quickly dissipates to leave a nice pillow over the gueuze.

nice mix of funk and zesty lemon. funk over powers everything else.

cheesy and funky with a light oak and slight sourness in the finish. very balanced but lacking any complexity. i tried to find something that sticks out but overall it just has no stand outs.

nice moderate carbonation. nice full body with a bone dry finish.

not bad, very entry level. nothing stood out and came off as rather muted. i plan on trying this again, maybe a bad batch?

hooliganlife, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375ml green bottle with a best before date of April 2nd 2028!!! This is the 2005-2006 version (A L'Ancienne).

LOOK: Bubbly clear golden

SMELL: Musty, tart, horse blanket, peppermint, herbal, yeast, lemon peel.

TASTE: Very smooth, lemon must, dried grass, herbal, mild barnyard funk, slightly tart, earthy, bone dry.

Very drinkable as the tartness does not overstep the rest of the beer. Bottle conditioning proves to give the brew ample smoothness. Funk is modest and unfolds a bit more when the liquid warms up. A great Geuze that won't kill you palate, a remarkable beer.

Jason, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vibrant golden yellow in color. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass. Gorgeous side glass lacing and a wonderful presence of carbonation.

The aroma was a bit lighter then I was expecting, but still tremendously good. Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. Enormously complex, as it warms it comes across with a light wheat or herbal like quality and just the tiniest amount of spice prickling the nose. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. A little bit one sided, and not as huge as I would have wanted given the stature to which this one is held to, but still extremely solid and worth it. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Mellow grassy flavors are mingling very well within the flavor now

mikesgroove, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of davey101
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged + corked bottle. 23-04-2030.

A - Typical gueze. A cloudy copper body and a fluffy white head that stuck around for a bit.

S - Sour apples and some lemon rind. There is a good bit of earthiness and grass. Light funk.

T - Extremely disappointing. There is some sour fruit, earthiness, and just a bit of brett funk, but it all seems very watered down and light. The flavors are there, they just tend to vanish instantly. The mouth feel is spritzy and quick

O - One of the weakest guezes I've tried. Looked about right, and the aromas were all there; I just found the taste and mouth feel to be severely lacking.

I know lambic can have batch variations, but I remember drinking a 2007 vintage 375ml bottle a few months ago and really enjoying it.

davey101, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a gueze to me that most symbolizes what a friend of might that had never tried a traditional lambic before called it. pickled beer. and i would have to say this this one actually has the hint of pickling to it. earth, grassy and sour. has a dry end but its not as bone dry as others. or of a particular malt characteristic in the finish. one of my drinking friends favorites. i think its got a robust woodiness to it. and i would say the most herbal of the ones i've tried.

rtepiak, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of t8s8l8
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

first gueze
half in flute half in snifter

Look- a hazy, cloudy, orange appearance. similar to a foggy sunrise. the head was full. pillow like but died off quickly.

Aroma- smells of week old citric fruit peels mostly from oranges and grapefruit. also notes of a damp, musty barnyard and wet hay bins.

Taste- thin on the mouth comparable to champagne. sour tone, a nice bitterness that comes through more soothing than an some IPAs. a good carbonation that plays nicely with the sharp tartness (oddly close to pop rocks fizz).

overall experience- an enjoyable beer, not an everyday beer though. seems like it would work in any season. would love to have a gueze with a salad or a fruit based dessert. felt like i got a stronger aroma and flavor profile from the snifter and more of the carbonated pop from the flute.

t8s8l8, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of larryi86
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter
This was a gusher, was quick to pour, didn't loss too much. Cork flew out as soon as the cage was untwisted...

A- Golden yellow, hazy, with a one finger white head.

S- Some barnyard funk, tart lemons, not as big and complex as other Gueuzes I have had.

T- Even less than the nose, light funk up front, slightly sour in the middle, very funky barnyard finish. Flavors really need to be cranked up.

M- Ton of carbonation, light body.

O- Drinkable and able to finish the bottle, but this is not even close to the same level as other Gueuzes I had. I like that it had some funk and was slightly sour, maybe would try again if I found a much older bottle.

larryi86, Aug 12, 2011
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle into a tulip. Exp.2030. From notes.

A: a rich golden body with lively carbonation and a frothy white head with great formation and retention.

S: A very well balanced amount of funky notes and a acidic notes. Intensity of aroma is very light for the style.

T/ M: The taste is of a classic Gueze, a bit on the younger side, with a bit higher level of malt sweetness and not fully blown into a dominances of funky, goaty barnyard. The mouthfeel is great with high level of carbonation and a smooth dry element on the finish.

O: This is a very good beer in a style which I love, although this might be a bit too fresh, as some of the big sour and wild characters have yet to surface themselves. All in all this is a keeper and one that finds it's way to the cellar for development.

GDBEERMAN, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will admit I'm new to geuze, so here goes. I twisted the cage off about 3/4 of the way off when the cork and cage pop off and go flying across the room.

Pours hazy light orange with a nice head that dissipates quickly, but sticks around for a while.

Sour apples, pear, light vinegar, some must, and maybe some lemony citric acid.

Wow, layers upon layers here. The parade of flavors starts with Granny Smith apples, sweet pear, bleu cheese, sweetened lemon, some light white vinegar, that kind of funky raspberry off-sweetness, apple peel, and, finally, some banana in the finish. I'm sure there are better out there, but this is a good intro.

The feel is creamy and slightly light. Lots of carbonation in here, too.

Overall I really dig what's going on. From a friend that dreanks this brand quite frequently I know there is a bit of bottle variation, but this was great.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Best before: 06.09.2030
Served in my Captain Lawrence tulip.

A mildly hazy golden orange color with apricot and straw hues. Shiny half finger head disappears quickly. Legs are thin and weak. No lace.
Smells mildly fruity-- pears mainly, but some tart green apple as well. Some oaky vinegar, but the nose doesn't really impress me.

The flavor is just as expected... There is a nice sourness, but I expect this beer to be MUCH better after a few years. This is quite clearly a young gueuze.
The Body is a bit thin and feels too bubbly.

Overall... This is officially what I deem only slightly above average for me. I do think this will improve with age-- but how many years would this need?

AleWatcher, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of mikedotnet
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly murky yellow body with a huge, thick head that takes a decent amount of time to dissipate.

S - Tart aroma; very fresh and pleasant compared to other earthier offerings. The exact aroma is subjective, but I would best equate it to a *very* sour apple.

T - Absolutely amazing- wonderfully tart with hints of apple. Not overpoweringly sour but with a crisp, tart, finish.

M - Quite a bit of carbonation helps make this a very light, refreshing drink. I've tasted varieties with very little carbonation that just don't seem to be quite as drinkable as this.

O - An amazing authentic geuze that's also reasonably priced (in my area, that is). If you prefer little-to-no carbonation or very earthy/barnyard-ish tastes, this probably wouldn't suit you, but if you're a fan of the higher carbonation level many Belgian varieties have and are looking for a wonderfully tart and crisp beer, this is definitely worth trying. Of the various geuze offerings I've tried (F. Boon, De Dochter, Cantillon, Lindemans, Hanssens, and Oud Beersel), I would rank this second to only the Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait.

mikedotnet, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle in Orlando.

No obvious date on the bottle, though it appears the best by date is 6/24/2030...

Poured into a Cigar City snifter after sitting in the fridge for about 35 minutes. That was too long as I was immediately deciding to allow this to warm back up some.

Excellent clarity to the beer, a nice crisp gold color. The head rises quickly - pure white - then settles to a couple mm in size and stayed throughout the entire glass, which I sipped slowly. Very nice indeed.

Smells not quite as funky or sour as I'd have liked, but gueuze this is. Lots of bright citrusy lemon notes. Horsey funk and fresh oak round out the nice nose.

Acidic, nearly tart, though certainly not sour. Funky in the right places, but as in the nose, I was wanting more. Soured apple cider and citrus add a little sweetness. Meanwhile dry attic funk and dampened oak musk it up.

Dry with a bitter finish. Lively but soft carbonation.

Overall a solid gueuze. I preferred the Mariage Parfait to this though.

Spider889, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Pours a slightly hazed orange, light copper color. Pretty even coloring throughout the glass and quite a large, frothy white head on it that lasts for the most of 3/4 of the glass.

(S) Tart with a lot of orange and citric acid. Some light wood. Somewhat metallic. Has a bit of a grassiness to the smell while taking a sip.

(T) Sour, of course, but almost leans more toward a Flanders Bruin rather than the lighter, tarter gueuzes like 3F or Girardin. Some musty orange and lemon peels. Almost loses something in the back of the taste. Flattens out at the end. The flavor doesn't have that white grape to it that I've come to know. It's definitely on the middle ground of the citrus fruit spectrum.

(M) Smooth but bitey. Ends almost heavier and wetter than most gueuzes I've had.

(O) I had higher hopes for this one. Not as impressed as I was with a lot of the other gueuzes out there. A bit more damp and musk than I would have hoped for. The refreshing quality isn't there as much. For what I've become to know gueuzes for, this one really didn't hit home.

cjacobsen, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of LtCracker20
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy bright golden yellow body with a huge 4-finger pillowy white head that last for a long time. A lot of rising bubbles throughout this one.

S- Very tart, crisp, apple, pear, and more tartness, musky, and funky.

T- Tart apple and pear show through the most with a nice sourness to it.

MF- Nice crisp light to moderate body with a lot of carbonation in this one.

LtCracker20, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

CwrwAmByth, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of harrymel
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007-2008

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.

harrymel, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of jpmclaug
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jpmclaug, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of dyoung3
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

dyoung3, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Sam21
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sam21, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ZeroSignal, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

twiggamortis420, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

ktrillionaire, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of jmfc8237
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

jmfc8237, May 20, 2011
Photo of sk8man121
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

sk8man121, May 01, 2011
Photo of bbeane
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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


bbeane, Apr 25, 2011
Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
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