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Boon Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Boon

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530 Ratings

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
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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 Nickls
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a white latte-like frothy head that didn't stick around too long. After the head dissipates, there are spotty remnants that look like white mold on top of bread. Pretty clear orange gold color with noticeable rising carbonation.

S - Wow, a bit flowery at first, but then quickly moves to the vinegar/wine sourness, and just a touch of barnyard (not that strong really, which I would have expected more of in the style)

T - Definite puckering sourness; floral; metallic and earthy; and savory-like finish

M - Thinner MF, nice sparkliness, dry, dry, dry

D - Certainly not what I would consider one of the more drinkable gueuzes that I've had to-date. This one is definitely interesting, but a little harder around the edges.

Overall, definitely what I would consider representative of the style, but perhaps a bit more rough on the palate than say something from Cantillon. Definitely worth a look for fans of the style.

Nickls, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of SaucyA
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle from Brussels. 2005-2006 on the neck. 6.5% abv.

A - A big, frothy, off-white head retains forever atop the apricot/nectarine hazed body. Tons of bubbles rip through my St. Feuillien balloon.

S - Belgian yeast on the back end, and MAJOR wild yeast notes throughout. Barnyard, socks, just... funky. Wet grass. Gueuze-y.

T - Quite tart up front but fades quickly. Doesn't stick to my lips like I enjoy in a robust gueuze. Big, wild notes, as well as a nice mineral water quality that adds to it's relatively tame complexity. As a beer, it's nice, but I've had better gueuzes. The more I get into it, the more tannic it becomes, with major leather notes on the back. Pink grapefruit juice nearing the end of the bottle.

M - Light bodied with a crisp, smooth, creamy carbonation. The nucleation site in this glass helps ease the bite. Still quite spritzy.

D - It's not gonna be hard for me to get through this bottle, but I could see how it could tire some people out.

Notes: Overall, a solid effort and a solid gueuze. Really holds well to the style, just somehow falls short in a couple aspects.

SaucyA, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of goblet
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured this beer from a 375 ml bottle with a cork the date 20/06/2028. the bottles green with a 2005-2006 label on the neck..

A, right after the pour i got a nice frothy head two fingers high the look to it is a murky orange .

S, sour citus like grape fruit and lemon peels ,lemon grass, hay like quality to it .

T,this definitely got a sour grapefuit ,lemon grass flavor going on. no malt that i can detect alittle hops.

M,sour grape fruit close to a champagne like feel to it alittle bubbly.

D,this is my first experience with geuze boon although i`ve had this one more then once .this is great i like grape fruit and champagne .. champagne beer!! this it an awesome direction for beer ..

goblet, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of JBogan
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened with a resounding BANG! Poured a bright and clear medium gold with one of the largest pillowy crowns I've ever seen on a beer, despite a slow and easy pour. Head remained thick throughout but left minimal lacing.

Smelled of lemon but with only a hint of the farmhouse funk seen in some beers of this style.

Tasted also mainly of citrus, but also had a sweetness to it that tempered the sour. Not as "edgy" as some geuzes.

Mouthfeel was very good. Lots of stinging bubbles in a light body, a very "lively" beer.

Overall a nice geuze, but I believe it needed a bit more bite in the flavor department to rank it among the best in it's style.

JBogan, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Darkale
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork is reluctant to leave the bottle, and I must use a cork screw to make it change its mind; it comes out suddenly, the foam spills over the edge of the bottle, and a funky sour-sweet aroma fills my kitchen. Intriguing. This is my first geuze...

Into my lovely Dogfish Head snifter it goes.

Massive, coffee-creamer-colored head, popping and snapping across the very top of the glass. Aroma is surprizingly light and just a bit sour. Darker and cloudier in the glass than I had anticipated, like cloudy butterscotch. The first taste is of foam only, and it is sharp, peppery; now the actual liquid hits home, and it is sharper, more acrid, than the foam, but not at all out of control, not at all as bad as I had feared it would be. Really, it is no sharper than a particularly ginger-ish ginger ale, and I can't imagine why anyone would have a problem drinking this beer.

Remarkably drinkable - so refreshing - one of those beers that you cannot help swishing in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is not thin immediately; it strikes me as being almost chewy at first, and then it quickly becomes thin, almost airy.

I want more.

Darkale, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of hopdog
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. I believe someone gave this to me in a trade, but I'm not sure from where.

Poured a medium and cloudy orangish color wtih a larger sized white head. Aromas of green apples, citrus, and a little funky. Tastes of the same fruitiness, citrus, and funkiness. Light pucker finish.

Notes from 12/23/07

hopdog, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle with a best by date of 02/2028. Nice golden color with an initially thick white head. It smells dusty, funk, must, and a bit of citrus candy. The taste is like a bit of sour lemon juice but the mouthfeel seems a little watery much like the other Boon Gueuze. Decent gueuze but I'd prefer a Cantillon for the same price.

ArrogantB, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tapered green bottle, caged and corked. Uncorks with a thwack like a good cricket stroke. Poured into my new Riedel Cabernet glass - got for the beer.

Lovely cloudy burnished orange body, with a frothy head of white bubbles. Body looks quite thick, and the head is very sturdy. Looks wonderful, especially the consistency and colour in the body.

Nice funky-sour notes on the nose - champagne, dry cider and citrus dominant. Also a more organic, crushed vegetation character, maybe eucalyptus. Bit of sweat, leather, and a dry biscuit character as well. Very nice, nice funky lambic nose.

Dry entry, a little biscuity, champagne yeast character. Moves through a hint of acidity, before there's a husky bitterness coming though. I think it's a character of the brett funk, not a hoppy bitterness; it lacks the clean bite of hop oils. This dissipates later to a cherry sour finish, leaving a coating on the tongue, and improving the drinkability for that next sip.

Very delicious - quite sour, but with a depth of complexity. I do like a good gueuze, and this is a good gueuze.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of hegelec
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I purchased this bottle from a small importer of specialty beers in Ripon, Yorkshire. The selection was incredible, but I could only bring back a few of the most interesting beers with me to the hotel. This was one of them.

This beer pours a pleasant, pale amber into my fluted glass. An unfiltered, bottle-conditioned beer ... it is very cloudy. It is also very well carbonated. A thick, off-white head eventually recedes into the glass, but constant bubbling from the bottom of the glass is ensuring a modest layer of foam is always present. Nice.

The smell is typical for this style. Rural and rustic, hay and green apple seem to dominate. There are even some hints of blue cheese! Impressive.

The taste is very sour and very dry. No candi sugar, mercifully; this is the "oude" geueze. The lack of sugar makes the beer much more astringent, but also allows the more subtle flavours to shine. More barnyard and green apple ... reminds of a very sour version of Orval (understandable since Orval uses a unique yeast cultured from a wild strain.) Unfortunately, the most interesting flavours do not linger, and the aftertaste is unremarkable except for extreme bitterness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat chalky, but very crisp. Could be refreshing on a hot summer day.

The drinkability is somewhat hurt by the aggressive bitterness in the aftertaste, but there's lots to like in this beer. I would definitely enjoy 1 or 2 glasses of this with some blue cheese and biscuits.

hegelec, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 2000-2001. That means this beer is 7-8 years old.

Pours a dark golden with a huge chunky slightly off-white head. Lots of tiny carbonation rising. Interesting.

Aroma of a farm, hay, earthy.

Taste was tart, hay, sour. Somewhat like a dry white wine. Some tart green apple. Very interesting, nothing offensive, you just need to be prepared for the style.

Mouthfeel was light, cleansing and very dry.

Overall, this was a very good beer for the style. Very drinkable. Went nicely with some cheese. Impressive Geuze.

atigerlife, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of brendan13
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the 375ml corked and caged bottle into my one and only stange glass an orange golden colour with a couple of centimetres of rocky white head that falls away rather quickly.
S - Earthy & sour aroma hits first followed by some ripe apple & citrus fruit notes.
T - Funky, earthy yeastiness also in the taste with quite a dominating lemon sourness.
M - Light bodied with a pretty high carbonation level.
D - A very interesting beer. Not something to drink everyday but well worth a try.

brendan13, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Jerico
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bordeaux wine glass.

A - a bit on the clear side for gueuze. A lot of head too (although it disappears quickly).

S - Spritzy and cidery. Settles into a mild musky funk.

T/M/D - smooth and dry, low on carbonation (for gueuze). A bit less bold than others of its brethren, but more approachable as well.

Jerico, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of ShareANevada
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Beer Engine in cleveland (lakewood). Not something I expected to see on the tap list. 7 bucks.

Served at a very reasonable temp in an open mouth glass.
Your normal hazy golden color with a fairly low head on this.

I've had this in the bottle before, and truly truly enjoyed it, counting it as spectacular. I had high hopes for it on tap.

Maybe I expected too much here. It seemed that this was not as carbonated as the bottle, and that it lost a bit of its zing. That crisp sour I so loved just didnt come out in this one. The flavor was all there, just not pronounced like I expected.

Chatting with the bar manager, (without stating the above opinion yet) he stated that he preferred this from the bottle.

Very excited to see this on tap, and with such hardy competition on the tap bill, this was a must have for me, but it just didn't quite live up to its total potential. Drinkability was hurt a little by its lack of pronunciation.

I will definitely still stock a couple of these in the basement, but next time I will likely pass on the tap on this one (at least when theres such other amazing choices on tap).

ShareANevada, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly colored golden brown with a big head that recedes somewhat quickly. Smell is extremely sour with a strong yeast presence. Flavor is not as sour as I would have expected considering this is the first geuze I have ever had and that the nose was so sour toned. This is actually extremely drinkable and I like it quite a bit. It is thinner on the mouth and not very heavy at all.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste courtesy of piscator34. Light straw colour. Nose is of light funk and citrus. Taste- quite tart with lemon, green apple and some horse blanket. Mouthfeel- High carbonation as expected making for a spritzy dry treat. Very refreshing and tasty gueze

oakbluff, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (37,5 cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance: apricot colour, trouble, aroma forested, well saturated (small bubbles).
Smell: floral aroma
Taste and mouthfeel: Taste rolling, acid and bitter, recalling some cider.
Drinkability: Excellent traditional gueuze lambic, very rough

Review added 10-29-2007, translated from french 1-27-2008.

thierrynantes, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roughly 5 years old, this 2002-2003 Brewing Season Vintage was purchased at Bier Tempel in Brussels. And with a best before date of 08/2025 this beer is set to "go bad" exactly 18 years from now!

375ml bottle with no front label. Good sizzle off the pour but no head remains. An apricot complexion, the body mostly orange but with an almost ruby trim around its edges. Through the light it shines a crystal red onto my fingers. Clear bodied.

A funky as all else funky aroma. 'Old socks soaked in urine' is not to be taken sarcastically. As immature as that may sound it isn't far from the truth. (The smell of a REAL gueze is really something)

The mouthfeel is dry like champagne but with a slight oily, olive oil like, texture. It does manage to be satisfying before it become too dry. Aside from being just dry, the mouthfeel is also spritzy with the same feel as mineral water. Perhaps the age has mellowed it some, but for a gueze this is neither intensely sour nor insanely tart - rather, it is stingingly spritzy. The extra bit of alcohol can be detected and there is a stomach wrenching acidity on the finish.

The taste is far more passive than the mouthfeel. Notes of sour green apple make for a cider like profile. Indeed the flavour is full of rotting fruit, apple especially, and given its dry but sweet character this does resemble a cider in many ways. A short lived note of ripe citrus and dried out orange also hits the palate.

Five years aging hasn't hurt this one bit. Neither did not having time to finish the whole bottle and leaving a little in the fridge over night! I've never tried the Boon Oude Gueze fresh but I'd imagine this extra time has only helped. This was really good - guezy - stuff!

biegaman, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Very pale, cloudy yellow with beautiful white frothy head.

S-Gross. Skunk, predominantly, and then the sour as a close second. Honey, barn and straw... that's about it.

T- Lemon, skunk, vinegar... on and on with sour, but much worse. Not as sour as it should be. Aftertaste of vomit.

M- Clean and smooth, slightly creamy.

D- Awful. I won't have it again.

khiasmus, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange amber color. Pours with a huge, off white head that settles down quickly.

S - Musty, earthy aroma. Very acidic, complex and enjoyable.

T - Begins a bit more watery than expected. Some acidity and a surprising lingering bitterness. Unfortunately reminicent of water with a wedge of lemon.

M - Very light body with medium carbonation. Does not linger on the palate.

D - Easy to drink relative to other examples of the style because of a strangely subdued flavor profile. The aroma is excellent but the taset did not live up to its promise and I would have prefered a stronger sour character.

nickfl, May 15, 2007
Photo of warmstorage
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

37.5cl bottle, corked and caged, 1,35 euro at a Brussels supermarket, states 6.5%.

Massively, gigantically carbonated. Hazy deep yellow, huge, moderately dense white head, light, erratic lacing.

Sour and tangy brett nose.

Taste is sour, tangy, funky brett goodness. A problem comes out in the finish: it's too musty/dusty, bordering on dirt-like. A weird combination. But solid gueuze goodness, for sure.

Mouth is tangy tingly.

Something I'll buy again, but not my favorite gueuze.

warmstorage, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of beakerboy
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought as a corked 12oz bottle.
There is a lot of carbonation in this beer. The head started at 2 finger and grew to 3 as I write this first couple sentences. The head is quite thick adn an ivory color. The beer is a cloudy apricot. The smelly and taste are quite funky. This is the first Guauze I've had, so I don't have much of a baseline. I can taste and smell the "horse hair/barnyard" aspects from the wild yeast. It tastes a lot like some really bad, infected homebrew I once made. I really like belgian beer, but guauze might be streatching it a little.

beakerboy, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, At the Porterhouse Dublin

375ml, corked

Pours with a coppery body, some amber hues, whispy fizzy head with good retention. Fizzy effervescent body

Smell, fresh tart fruit, grapefruit and lemon, little bit of barnyard funk, slightly musky, sherbet. Little bit of fresh grass on the nose too

Taste, dry as a bone, crisp sour grapefruit character, agressive carbonation, lemon and lime. Intense sour bitterness, some earthy notes also

A brilliant gueuze, even better than the standard boon offering

cypressbob, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the very first Old Geuze I tasted during my study trip in Belgium some two years ago. And immediately I fell for the beer and the style. This 375ml bottle is 2002-2003 brewing season, 6.5%abv., BB 24/11/2025, served lightly-chilled in a straight imperial pint glass, as it's more like the way the Belgians drink it~~

A: dirty/murky dark orangey amber in colour, full of streams of tiny and large fizz; the pillowy white beer head breaks like
S: bitter-sour lemon and dried grapefruit peels, plus an exceptionally flowery+peachy note at the same time, plenty of aromas of wheatish malts and a funky edge just like any lambeek~~ akin to the smell of a dirty kitchen cloth. Pleasantly bitter and fruity, yet very softly-textured at the same time, but somehow not as complex as I remember it.
T: tannic and dry-ish bitter zesty upfront, with a touch of crushed grapefruit/lime seeds, lots of funky yeasts, while a mild flow of bittersweet edge of malted wheats creeps up from behind to balance with the bitter fruits. Maybe the ageing through these years has softened the texture greatly, that I can't really pick up any sharp sourness at all... yet the lingering dryish zesty and tannic bitterness throughout still makes this a pleasant and thirt-provoking drink.
M&D: overall the mouthfeel is pretty standard, refreshing enough and very mild in carbonation, showing good efforts on bottle-conditioning. And yet the complexity of this bottle seems to be lacking, compared with numerous bottles tasted before... But nothing will stop me from trying this beer over and over again. It's like a good honest session bitter in the world of geuze for me~~

wl0307, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of haz77
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light amber with an inch of white head. This drops after about a minute to a thin layer. Small bubbles of moderate carbonation.

S - Acidic sourness, farmyard, light citrus, apple.

T - Initial burst of citrus is overtaken by lively carbonation. Tart grapefruit-like sourness starts to come through and lingers until the end and on into the aftertaste, along with a twang of bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - Good stuff. Doesn't have the puckering sourness of other gueuzes, but is probably a nice introduction to the style. Very sippable.

haz77, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle bought from www.belgianshop.com.... bottle dated 2002-2003...

Poured a golden yellow / amber colour... Slightly off white head poured pretty big and foamy then faded to nice thick layer. Lots of spritzy carbonation rises rapidly to the surface.... some patchy sticky lacing..

Aroma - Sour with a slight sweetness coming through, citrusy (lemony), flowery, acidic, cider hints, barnyard notes, can just about make out some faint hops, some leathery notes...

Taste – Nice sourness, fruity - notes of grapefruit, lemon and maybe some ginger, slight saltiness, some faint nuttiness, grassy, no bitterness and no real maltiness...

Feel - Sharp and dry.. light body. Very refreshing and pretty drinkable...

Overall - An excellent gueuze.... one of my favourites... Very refreshing and definitely worth a try...

mdagnew, Jun 12, 2006
Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
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