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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: 109 | 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 flexabull
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -23.1%
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 +13.4%
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 -6.7%
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 -4.6%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 24-06-2030

A: Pours a cloudy medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot highlights. The beer has a four finger tall fizzy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a dimpled pillowy finger tall layer across the entire surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Heavy aromas of barnyard funk and mustiness with some lighter floral notes.

T: Upfront there are moderate to significant flavors of acidic citrus (lemon and grapefruit) along with quite a bit of tartness. There is a definite presence of sourness and some lighter notes of mustiness. Hints of bitterness are present in the finish but the overall flavor is quite tart.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Like all beers in this style, I think it is more of an acquired taste (and one that I have a real thirst for). I enjoyed this beer and found it quite refreshing though there is more than a slight amount of puckering sourness/tartness and a smell that could be off-putting if you are not used to the style. Delicious but I just wish it was a little more affordable to make it a more frequent beer for me.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a tulip. best by 1/25/2032

Pours a dark golden color with a 2 inch white bubbly head. Traditional gueuze aroma...tart vinegary white grape smart. Quite pronounced and strong. Good bit of tartness on the initial sip followed up with a nice flavor profile of fruitiness and acidic vinegar. it's not as sour as some others. Feel is medium bodied with high carbonation, par for the style. Good drinkability.

Overall a very enjoyable geuze that i'd have again. There are some better ones, but this one has enough complexity and yeasty funk that i'll return to it again in the future. If i'm able to choose between this and boon mariage parfait though, i go mariage parfait all day.

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Photo of Clonies720
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boon Oude Geuze A L'Ancienne. 25cl bottle. 7%ABV. This is the 2008-2009 vintage (brewed in 2008, and bottled in 2009) poured into a stange glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. Rocky two-finger, white head.

Smell: Bright lemon acidity. Funk+Barnyard, and a faint hint of oak. Finishes with a musty earthiness, like a basement.

Taste: Starts off with some sharp funk and horse blanket taste. A moderate amount of acidity. Light tartness. Refreshing like a nice champagne. Touch of sweetness that balances out the acidity. Grainy wheat.

Mouth feel: Medium-light bodied with a low carbonation. Glides gracefully and wet across the tongue.

Overall: A nicely balanced gueuze. Refreshing, light, tasty. An above average representation of the style, but not without flaws.

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Photo of dwren89
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold yellow color, fizzy white head, hazy from bottle condition

Aroma: sour apple, pale malt sweetness

Taste: sour light fruit notes of apple and pineapple, bitter finish but the fruit sourness plays the most into the taste

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-light body,

Overall Impression: Definitely a distinct taste from the Lambic style brewing process, this beer exhibits strong sour apple and pineapple notes while still remaining very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boon Oude Geuze

LOOK: Hazed deep golden color, soapy white froth.
SMELL: Funky bugs, straw, acidic lemon, sour white grape. Barnyard.
TASTE: Nice tart sour, low hops, touch of wheat, and a good presence of oak. Straw, acidic, musty. A snap of bitterness upfront gives way to a healthy tartness. Well tempered, medium sour. Drinks easily though it is best to sip and savor the taste.
FEEL: Medium bodied, but quite full. Strong flavor and with an appetizingly dry finish.
OVERALL: A nice blended Lambic, making for a fine Oude Geuze. Bright flavors, and a bit young. Best by date 02-02-2031. Bottle stated this vintage was 7.0% abv.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Boon Oude Geuze 750mL into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass.

Appearance (4/5): Golden-orange and a towering three-finger head of foam. Great head retention; the head reduces to a quarter inch disk. Very nice looking beer.

Smell (4/5): Effervescent and floral smelling, funky and tart. Maybe a little berry flavor rising from glass.

Taste (4.25/5): There's a quick hit of bitterness, but this subsides quickly. Floral and berry flavors predominate. The funk in this mildly tart beer calls to mind the effect of Brettanomyces, though I don't believe geuze features that type of bacteria. The flavor in Boon's Oude Geuze is nice and clean and fruity, and not heavily yeasty.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Boon Oude Geuze features an excellent champagne-like mouthfeel that really makes the beer pop and covers up the light body. Excellent stuff that tingles and and accentuates the clean, funky, tart berry fruit flavors. Refreshing! The best aspect of this beer.

Overall (4.25/5): Boon Oude Geuze is a quality beer that is one of the more affordable offerings in the geuze style category. Recommended for summer drinking especially...forget that light lager, wheat beer, session pale ale stuff. Get down with the geuze!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +8%

I picked this bottle up somewhere in brussels -enjoyed chilled in a tulip from the 375ml.

The color is golden with lightly hazed look visibly carbonated with a 2 1/2 finger depth of thick off white head with fine bead and streamers of lace hold. The smell is nicely citrus/zesty lemon oriented with hint of wood and light sweet odor with very gentle tropical and floral essence along with a light odor of alcohol alongside the wild yeast smell. The feel is very sour with medium high carbonation and light tartness that leads to a mouth puckering and mildly alcoholic feel with dry texture in the finish w/ residual sourness lingering on the palate.

The taste is tart from the onset -yeast forward with acidic almost more than any readily available gueuze I can remember in Belgium or the U.S. for that matter. The taste of the wood with the sour yeast brings a sort of tannic element to the light dry body with an alcohol flavor that is noticeable and becomes almost spicy but not sharp to the extent of not being enjoyable. Enjoyment and flavor converge this is stronger than your average Gueuze but to me does not lack flavor in any sense it is perhaps not as subtle as some but every bit as good and worth seeking out..perhaps a good candidate for cellaring based on the slightly higher abv -either way it is drinkable and very flavorful.

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Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up along my travels.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving spotty trails lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of cheesy funk, basement must, damp earth, hay, oak and some light citric fruitiness. This is one funky smelling beer.

T - Starts off with the cheesy funk quickly giving way to the must, some barnyard funk, mild citric fruit, oak and the damp earth. Finish is dry, not lingering on the palate for very long. Compared to the nose it is much more balanced, making it surprisingly easy to drink.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tart, dry feel from start to finish. Not as aggressive as some of the other well known gueuze's are.

O - A pleasant enough gueuze, especially for the money. $10 for a 750ml? It may not be the best out there but I will gladly pay that much for a quality gueuze such as this.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a very pale amber color that is clear with a bubbly, white head. The aroma is a mixture of sweetness mixed with complex yeast strains. The taste is mixture of sweet, tart, and acidic. There is some oak in the flavor but I expected a little more for being aged 2 years in oak. Finishes with a lingering sweet/tart after taste. Not too bad, but there are certainly other geuze beers on the market that I like better.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing the 750ml. Best by date is 2-2-2031.

Into a wine glass, classy. Pours a cloudy pale orange, a thick white head settles to about a finger in size. Not a lot of lace, but otherwise excellent appearance.

Nice, if not super potent, scent. Good amount of tart lemony notes, some light farm and funk.

Taste is an improvement, very solid. Notes of lemon and grapefruit with a good amount of tartness. Yeast, slight funky farm and earthiness.

Great mouthfeel that's slightly on the foamy side, perfect carbonation. Very drinkable.

Quite a great beer and underrated I think. Good balance. Not groundbreaking, but definitely one of the best bargain gueuzes out there, usually easy to find as well.

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Photo of KajII
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Flute]

The pour was a sparkling clear pale yellow with a huge (3-4 finger) white pillowy head, that receded slowly and lasted throughout with excellent sticky foamy lacing.

The aroma was of light grain and straw malts and a funky Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), a dusty wood odor, white grapes, apple, apricot and a slight tartness.

The taste was a tad sweet with a good strong grainy yeast presence and a touch of apricot and apple throughout, finishing boldly sour with a hint of white grapes and a light wine presence right at the end. The flavor was short in duration, with the tart fruity taste fading away off the taste buds almost immediately after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a thin dry texture and a very lively carbonation.

Overall I perceived this to be a very good tasting Geuze, with a strong fruity presence which only accented the moderate winey sourness, giving this brew a very enjoyable and easy drinkability...


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Photo of Fattmatt73
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that I'm really glad I've had, but probably won't drink again. I love the sour beers, and I love some funky barnyard notes. But, I also need that balanced with a little bit of fruit. This beer is as barnyard as I've ever tasted, without any fruit or floral notes. Exceptional in what it is, but not for me.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - poured nice cloudy golden color with one finger white head, immediate lacing as it reduced, creamy but with some big bubbles.

S - fruit, brett, sour, funky. from my small experience with sours, smells on par. certainly enticing.

T - I smelled brett it in the nose, but it is in the background... where it needs to be. Up front is a musty, soapy, very light sour tasting cereal malt, finish is nice and clean sour. Funky throughout, barnyard, wet, a little dirty. Lingering taste of citrus fruit, is very refreshing.

M - medium body, lots of carbonation, finishes very dry. The taste slows this brew down more than the mouthfeel, real sipper.

O - Very good. I'm a sour Noob, but I love this stuff. Very slow sipping beer to enjoy and contemplate. Great accompaniment to reading or intellectual conversation.

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

The beer pours a murky yellow with a huge fluffy white head with varying size bubbles. Lacing was far too slick to really be of note. The beer’s body is cloudy and opaque, and I did find some chunks in the end of the beer (obviously…). On the nose the beer smells spritsy and fierce with lemon grass funk and cherry fruit leather playing with each other in complex layers. As it warms there is more barnyard in the smell with “horse blanket” notes alongside grassier whiffs. On the tongue, the beer tastes funky and fresh, with earthy cheese notes playing beside lemon grass citrus and some lovely barnyard funk which builds further in the mouth as the beer warms. The beer opens with sour lemon, moving into the hugely complex middle with barnyard, light fruit leather cherry, and big lemon grass citrus notes. The barnyard closes with lovely earthy cheese notes, while the aftertaste of sour lemon grass lingers in the mouth for quite a while. This beer tastes properly complex for a gueuze. On the mouth, the beer feels light and spritsy, with a little effervescence coming from the fierce carbonation. The mouth is left rather clean, with the faintest touch of dryness on the back of the tongue. Overall, this is another great gueuze. It takes time for it to warm into big complex flavors, but it brings some lovely citrus notes, and great sprits to the beer. It’s not my favorite in the style, but it is far from my least favorite. I’ll be aging a bottle for a year or so to see how the funk develops in the bottle, as I feel it could grow a little in complexity. This is a great complex beer for a good price point. Try this beer.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Leura Cellars. BB 2030...

Pours cloudy gold. Two finger fluffy head hangs around then fades to a film.

Aromas are funky sherbet a bit of barnyard. Mrs heygeebee notes vomit.... I disagree.

Taste is sour but balanced and very refreshing. Hint of vinegar. Sherbet and a little lemon and yeast. Stops short of puckering.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, zingy and zesty. Delightful.

Good well made beer. Not a sour expert yet, nor complete convert but this is good.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.61/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this at the Mitra down the road. Put it up against eight other gueuze as part of an educational evening of gueuze and football re-runs.

From a 37,5cl corked and caged bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2009-2010
Best by 28 September 2031

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with good retention. Clear gamboge orande with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick cap and remains in tact as the glass empties.

SMELL: Different than the standard gueuze. Probably due to the added sweetness. Some dark grapes and caramel notes, along some funky aromas, lactic acid, as well as notes of lemon and orange esters.

TASTE: Musty and mouldy up front, with light caramel and dark grape sweetness, as well as some lactic acid at the swallow. Tart lemon sourness with musty, funky dank notes linger on the palate. Old cheese and fungus as well. Quite musty and mouldy here, with a strange sweetness as well. An odd combination.

PALATE: Medium body with lower levels of carbonation. A little watery on the palate, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Not for me. This one is too musty and funky for my tastes, and the added sweetness doesn't seem to help the situation either. This one is everywhere around here, so it's a bit of a shame that I like their Mariage Parfait exponentially better. Win some and lose some I guess.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, label states 2009-10 brewing season, best before 2032 is 20 years after bottling, so pretty much a new gueuze

A- Slighlty hazy golden colour, head is huge for the style (about two fingers) and also quite persistent, leaving nice lacing as well.

S- Acidic (more on the tart than on the lactic side) is of course the first thing you notice, but it's definitely a slight, delicate acidity. Then a nice mix of various notes: citrus, herbal, spices (pepper?), a musty/yeasty feel. Nice

T- Pretty much what the smell suggested. Delicate tartness, definitely citric (expecially lemon), spiciness bringing life on the tongue, also a bit earthy/musty. Dry aftertaste leaves you longing for another sip. Sure not an in your face gueuze, but a very enjoyable one.

M- Medium to light body, average carbonation, decently smooth on the palate, more lively on the tongue where the spices also kick in

O- As already said, a very enjoyable gueuze. Not super complex, just a perfectly balanced and refreshing example of the style. Nice as an entrypoint to the world of lambic

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unleashed the cage the the cork shot off like a gun followed by gushing beer and of course the cleanup...
Once I managed to get some beer into my glass it appeared a hazy, golden straw yellow with a dense foamy white head. The quarter inch of fluffy head sits comfortably throughout drinking and leaves some streaky lacing behind (as expected). However, the nose is sweeter than expected and reminiscent of white grapes and fruity yeast esters. The nose is also tart and slightly reminiscent of stomach acid. In comparison to a cantillon, this geuze is on the mild side. It drinks very easily with a bit of dank culture that resides on my palate long after each sip. It's semi-dry, vinous and the alcohol is quite well masked. Not much to complain about with this beer, except it needs more funk and sourness.

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Photo of endovelico
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewing season 2006 - 2007. Best before 24 - 09 - 2029. Batch L9119.

Appearance: Very hazy, glossy gold color with high perceived effervescence, small fizzy white head and no lacing. Also of note: the generous amount of yeast floating around.

Smell: Medium in intensity. Lactic, yeasty, sour cherry, vinegary, a bit oaky, lemony, slightly vegetable and theres also horsey / leather notes.

Taste: Medium in intensity. Tangy, citric, yeasty. Muddy and underwhelming.

Palate: Medium to medium low carbonation. Medium body. Medium to medium high acidity. Alcohol plays well into the whole and the palate is pleasant.

Overall: Sufferable. I realize that the blending process makes it alot harder to make something palatable, but (and with that in mind) it's still a beer that lacks the complexity and elegance necessary to break into the 4 mark.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375mL bottle poured into a Lindeman's flute. Best by 23-09-2030. 7% ABV.

Appearance: Poured slowly to leave the sediment in. Bright dark gold with a persistent off-white rocky foam on top. No lacing.

Smell: Musty, hint of tart apple and maybe some berry in there towards the back.

Taste: Very tart and sour, but not mouth-puckeringly sour. Granny smith tart apple, oak, a hint of very tart cherry in here as well. Some tart lemon comes out as well as the beer warms up. Definitely better as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, but not fizzy. Spicy on the tongue, airy. Just a bit of something sticking to the teeth at the end. Very dry.

Overall / Drinkability: I have heard that this beer is an acquired taste, and I don't think I've fully acquired it yet, but for style, it is a very intense lambic and is very sour and tart. Still, an interesting experience but I think one per night is enough. Perhaps another time I'll revisit this style and see if I feel differently about it.

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