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Boon Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Boon

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595 Ratings

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Ratings: 595
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 29
Gots: 89 | FT: 3
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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 jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oline73
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.07/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.


Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

26-02-2030 on label

A - Highly carbonated dirty straw yellow with a huge fluffy head that lasts until the finish.

S - Wet hay, damp musty basement, light pear, green apple, lemongrass and a bit of funk.

T - Very tart but not sour, almost biting tartness, then a rush of fizzy carbonation takes over followed by some lemon, green apple, earthy, wet hay and musty basement.

M - Highly carbonated and very fizzy on the tongue.

D - The flavor is subdued compared to the aroma and I am wondering the the extremely high carbonation scrubs some of the flavor away.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 7% ABV, 26-02-2030 on the back label.

A - Massively carbonated, the golden yellow beer with good clarity is topped by a long-lasting two-finger white head. Great retention and sticky lace.

S - Musty old basement makes the first appearance and lingers through the aroma covering everything up like a thin horse-blanket. Nice funk with some barnyard going on and tart lemon grass with a very lactic bite. Smooth pale malt provides a very nice balance and backbone. Funky but inviting!

T - Less nuanced and complex than the nose, the flavor has tart citrusy lemon with a lactic sourness and oaky, musty funk. Earthy finish lingers through.

M - Carbonated to the point of distraction, the mouthfeel is all bubbles with a light body and crisp, very sharp, dry finish. Nice balance of lactic tartness.

D - The carbonation being nearly out-of-control is the only real down-side to this beer and the cause of lower drinkability. The flavor seems to fall a little flat after the strength of the aroma. The carbonation is fairly filling too.

Since reviewing it, I've picked it up a few other times for the simple fact it's an enjoyable, reasonably priced gueuze available to me locally. Hey, gotta get my sour fix!

Photo of Patrick999
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't reviewed this yet? You're kidding me.

Pretty foamy gueuze here...sunny hazed gold with a solid crown of foam that never really goes anywhere - or at least settles to a substantial cap and stays there.

Likewise, textbook gueuze aroma with some strength to it, smell-able as soon as you pop the cork. Apple orchard, wood, attic. Smells more Brett-y than sour.

The flavor components are all there - sour but not godawfully sour, that inexplicable aged cheesy quality, very dry apple, wood. I think the thing that's really stopping this from being one of the more amazing examples of the style is that it's showing somewhat overcarbonated. The flavors aren't developing on the palate to the extent they otherwise would. The carbo is cleaning things up a bit too quickly. Quenching, yes. Burpy as hell? Also yes.

Would be ultra-drinkable but for the fact that every sip is killing me with bubbles....so I'm forced to slow down.

A good gueuze that's not too far from being a great one.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy and straw colored. Head is cloud white and loves to stick around. Swirling the glass reveals coating bubbles.

S: Funk and hay barrel, strongly accented by acidic tartness and sour fruit which lies underneath.

T: Fresh squeezed lemon juice in tartness, although somewhat subdued. Middle of sip is presenting much yeasty funk. Tartness is presented once again in the finish, along with some almost peppery spice.

M/D: Super dry and bubbly, pretty much right on the mark. Drinkability is good

Overall, not the best example of the style in my opinion, but a good beer overall.

Photo of Soonami
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I took the cage off of this bottle Boon Oude Geuze, the cork practically slid off on its own. The cork softly popped off and yielded a bouquet of bretty aroma as I poured the golden beer with ample white foam. There was a solid 2 inches of foam in the snifter I was drinking out of and almost 20 minutes later when I was finishing the beer, there was still a cm of white head adorning the slightly hazy honey-colored beer. The beer smelled very funky, sour and fruity: slight band-aid/plastic aroma, cat pee, kilned oak/cork, crisp apples, and white wine.

The beer tasted a little tart initially but tasting was slightly inhibited by the roaring carbonation. There is definitely an oaky tannic bitterness that is accompanied with a musty, earthy cellar component. The beer finishes sweet with an apple peel fruitiness and sweetness. This is a very tasty beer with ample complexity. I'm glad this is so easy to find and relatively inexpensive ($6 for 375 at Whole Foods). As I continue trying more sour beers, I'm anxious to find out how this holds up as aI experience more.

Photo of DPFRD
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle reads L7218 - 08:17:07

A- Golden, slightly hazy and mildly turbid with carbonation. Frothy 2 finger head that lingers.

S- Tart and grassy with wild yeasty undertones, accentuated by lemon with a bit our sour.

T- Tart lemon, with hay and a sour finish. taste clean and has a very slight hint of sweetness in the middle of the palate that adds a lot of contrast to what else is happening... very counterpuntal and very enjoyable.

M- Light to Medium and silky with carbonation that dances about the tongue.

D- Wonderful, easy to enjoy and subtly complex.

O- Just a pleasure to drink. I wish these were cheaper. I would drink them all the time. The flavors are so delicately placed and the attention to the balance is impeccable. It could be paired with so much, I'm thinking scallops in lemon butter next to arugula with a white wine vinaigrette.

Photo of mmercede
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle explodes with a pop and outcomes that famous geuze aroma. Poured into an xl snifter.

A: hazy golden orange-red color which changes at different light angles. Pours a vigorous half inch head which settles to an 1/8" ring with quite good lacing. This is a truly beautiful beer.

S: sour apples, lemon juice, lemon zest, funky bitterness which is balanced well

T: Big funk upfront with oak notes. Finishes with lactic esters: sour apple, lemon, lime, grape fruit. Drying quality to all the flavors. Very complex. Even for a geuze, the funk could be dialed back a little bit

M: Drying and Effervescent. Nice body.

D: A great beer with a strong flavor/aroma. I could have a few, but would have to change it up after a while. Definitely one to celebrate with.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice blonde color with a good head and good lace. The aroma is corky and funky with great oak character. The flavor has a bit of lemon rind and general fruit rind bitterness, the acidity is pretty well controlled but very plesant. The beer is sour and has a kind of new oak character. This is a easy drinking Geuze, and I could likely drink it every day... I wouldn't mind that.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. 2007-2008 bottle. I bought this one at Cave a Bulles when I was in Paris.

Appearance: Bright yellow-light orange. Started pretty hazy, but has mostly cleared as it warms. No sediment. Initially a thick, creamy, rocky head that fades over a few minutes to a thin, small bubbled head with infinite retention. Not much lacing.

Smell: Tart, light fruit. Musty basement and some barn funk. Oak and the slightest bit of stable urine. Definitely a tart and funky smelling beer. The smell makes my mouth water.

Taste: Very tart but not overly sour. Woody and outdoorsy. The finish is quite bitter, almost astringent, and very dry, but with a touch of sweet fruit.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and effervescent, but without the carbonation becoming too sharp. The beer itself does have pretty good body. Dry and clean finish.

Drinkability: Limited only by the finish which is a bit to bitter and astringent. The tart and funk are great. Tasty.

Photo of jsanford
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute

A - Pours a brilliant hazy gold with a fluffy white head and effervescent carbonation.
S - Pleasantly funky, with notes of sour green apple, pears, lemon and straw.
T - Tons of tart green apple with more pear and lemon juice. Notes of earthy, barnyard funk and a bit of oak. Cider-like. Not quite sour, I think "tart" would be the best word to describe it.
M - Thin-bodied with a very crisp and sharp level of carbonation. Dry, astringent finish drys the mouth out.
D - As far as Gueuzes go, this is a pretty easy one to drink. Not too sour, not too funky, this is a good entry beer for a sour newbie.

Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy clear light amber with two finger soap foam white head, quarter inch sticks around. Smell: hay, subdued (glad) barnyard funk, swirling a couple of times brings out lemon peel and grassy aromas. Taste: tart, tangy but with a little underlying sweetness, apple vinegar, lime wedge, vinous and a little salty and spicy. Maybe a little easier going than others, but really nice. (Best by 6/2030?).

Photo of Trizzle
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy orange body. Huge head. Good carbonation. Looks like a Gueuze. I don't find them that impressive to look at to be honest.

Fantasic mess of barnyard funk, lemon, straw and grass aromas. (I only know what a 'horse blanket' smells like thanks to Gueuze and BeerAdvocate reviews)

Sweet and tangy, light malt with good carb. More interesting and savoury farm funk, lemon and lemon rind, pear and tart fruits. This is my fave Gueuze. I prefer this to the marriage parfait.

So easy to put down. I've gotta get back to work and as much as I don't want this to end, it will be easy to finish quickly.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent amber/straw color while producing an energetic head that laced the glass with what reminded me of sea-foam.

Nice bucolic nose-- of yeasts and citrus. Although the yeast notes are prominent in the nose, I wish for more floral hints and more general complexity. (I'm hard to satisfy.)

Flavor begins with hops bitterness that transforms into sour nondescript citrus-- somehow this gueuze has the alter ego of a Flemish sour ale.

A long but single-minded finish. It remains a constant bitter hops but a toned subdued image of the start of the flavor that continues until your autonomic reflex reaches for the glass to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is good, but hampered by a metallic taste that I'm not sure is elemental to the beer but might be from something else.

Drinkability is good thanks to it's 7% ABV and rather mild character. Nevertheless interest remains because of it's sprightly flavor and effervesence.

Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

200 - 2008 bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip glass. Beer is straw yellow and rather hazy with a soft white head of medium bubbles are some serious carbonation. Very serious. Not much lacing on the glass.

Mixture of citric acetic and lactic acid makes up this bright, mildly funky aroma. Complex and great. I'm expecting a tart / sour bomb.

Beer is more sulfur and almost sweet on the palate. The finish is a little odd. The funk falls a little flat on the palate, does not live up to the aroma. It is very nice, very clean and wonderful but I want more funkiness in there than this. Easy drinking. The tartness grows the more I drink.

Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a very, tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma had some earthy grain hiding behind a big ole dose of funk. Barnyard, wet blanket, yeast and other earthy smells combine to make a unique scent. On the tongue all those aspects are there, with the addition of a sharp spicy taste. The beer had a nicely dry finish.

The body was fairly typical, neither light nor full, and was light and crisp. Drinkability will depend on your taste for the funk, for those that like it, they will enjoy this beer.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. If you want to try some funk, try this.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 9 fl. oz. cage/cork green bottle

A hazy pale platinum color, jazzy and fizzy look active high-rising crystal white head, full of life with 1/4" fizzy head at all times!

funky, sharp grass, fresh herb garden, "perm" chemical, sour green grapes, granny smith apples, citric tingle on the nose; concord grapes just past prime, hard cider, corriander and white pepper, abundant and bold yeastie aroma!

The first thing i notice is the incredible feel, dry, effervesant and jazzy...the look and feel of this brew makes me happy. The liquid just dances on the tongue with light, golden wheat in the gentle malt bite, green garden herbs and grass for hops and a crystal clean, mineral-filled spring water effect. The natural, wild yeast is the star of the show, highly complex with funky citric-like sharpness, green apples and peppercorns pop out of the yeast in subtle ways. a sharp medicinal-heat and funk pop out but only adds to the flavor spectrum's already enjoyable flavor's.

i have grape farmers from the champagne region in france that goes back to 1609 in my bloodline so you know i love a brew that is very close to the product that made the area famous. I'm in love.

Photo of Avagadro
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: 375mL bottle displays a touch of mold clinging to the cork just where it meets the glass. Served in a champagne flute, Boon displays exceptional lacing, a honey colored body, and great head retention.

S: Granny Smith apples, fresh lemonade, and lime zest are all noticeable.

T: Super-dry and exceedingly sour, Boon is marked by lemon, black pepper, and just a touch of brioche.

M: The body is incredibly light, clean, and effervescent. I can't get over how many bubbles there are.

D: A great Geuze at a great price! Worth a shot for any fan of sours.

Photo of jeranbrews
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006/2007 vintage. Consumed 12/23/'10 from a wide heafty Hoegaarden glass at a chilled temp.

A - foamy high white puffy head. Tons of carbonation. It literly looks like there is an alkiseltzer tablet in my glass. White yellow creamy cloudy color. No lacing.

S - Sweet grape juice and a musty wine cellar smell. Some very Mild pale malts. Not unpleasant but nothing stands out yet.

T - Sour. Almost too sour. Apple cider vinegar. A bit rustic, can't help but think there's some roughage in the mix. It smells and tastes like champagne with a bit of tree stump. The initial taste is sour the middle taste is delicate and the aftertaste is pleasant but I feel like I'm drinking champagne out of an old log.

M - Thin watery acidic true to style. Can't say much more.

D - My first with this specific sub-style and it is really a bit like trying beer for the first time. It's hard to compare this to anything you've had before. A sipping beer with lots of complexity the aftertaste is an entire conversation.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 375 mL bottle shared with a friend. Poured directly into a Smuttynose tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy orange/yellow in color with a big three to four finger frothy white head. Took a good ten minutes for the head to dissipate enough for me to drink. Really solid retention.

Aroma: Some hay and barnyard notes mixed with herbal and tannic notes. Some lemon zest and tart green apple skin mixed in there too. Pretty straight forward and solid, but nothing special.

Taste: Tart lemon and green apple notes, but the sourness is far from overpowering. Actually its pretty tame for the style. Some nice funk and barnyard notes here too. A pretty strong herbal quality here too. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and lively with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: The flavors are relatively subdued for the style. I found myself drinking this rather quick for the style.

Overall, a decent example of the style, but lacks the depth and character of a lot of the better examples out there. Still not a bad deal for what it is.

Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
88 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.