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Boon Oude Geuze - Brouwerij Boon

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574 Ratings

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 77 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon visit their website

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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
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
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label reads 2006-2007 edition. Best by date: 02 12 2029!

Opens up vigorously with a loud pop as soon as the cage is loosened and foams up as if I had shaken it (which I didn't, it had been sitting still for a few days) Poured into the glass with a hazy orange body and a fizzy white head which quickly fades, leaving behind a thin ring.

Aroma is dominated by a sweet tartness. Not much funk coming forward in the aroma, but certainly provides a bit of a heads up for the sourness that will soon be tasted.

First taste is a cider-like fruit tartness. However, with time, more funky yeast flavors come in. Citrus sourness is also noticeably, but not as much as in some other Gueuzes. Finish is almost a bit peppery too.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than some of the lower ABV Gueuzes, but also drier. Very reminiscent of a good cider. Overall, this is an excellent exacmple of the style, and 3-4 years certainly doesn't hurt the flavor.

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at 55 degrees into a Boon tumbler.
Bottle states 7%, aged 2 years in oak, and best by 2030.

Cork escapes with a bang. High clarity orange gold, racing champagne carbonation that never quits. Little to no lacing, but a crown forms around the head and remains there. Retention is excellent, and the foam peaks above the rim with the first pour.

Aroma is mild, lemony with a musty wood and damp hay character. Fairly restrained as far as lambic goes, but traditional nonetheless.

Moderate easygoing tartness, lemony citrus, yogurt, dry and spritzy. There is a tannic feel in the finish due to the oak, but not much flavor from it. Feels very light with it's seltzery carbonation. Easily sipped or gulped, perfect with food, and in warm weather. Fairly restrained in general, but pleasant and versatile. A good traditional Gueuze that isn't especially sour, making it ideal for those just getting into lambics.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light colored golden yellow with a huge fluffy head.

This one is funky as hell. Funk invading my nostrils from a few feet away. Up closer I pick up a bit of lemon zest, hay, and flowers. Dirty feet everywhere.

The flavor is a bit duller than the aroma would suggest. A strong dirt/earthiness aspect and some lemon zest and pear in the finish. A bit of peppery spice. Lots of yeast and an overall muddled flavor profile.

The body is light and carbonation is high and a bit stinging.

Overall I wouldn't put this gueuze anywhere near the better versions of this style, and would not recommend it to anyone. That isn't to say that it isn't a decent beer, because it is. Rating to style I would give this lower than a C for sure, but in the grand scheme of things I am bumping up the score.

Photo of Beejay
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A murky dusty brown, with plenty of tan head.

S: Sour and sweet. Perhaps just a hint of fruit. There is a bit of cider or vinegar.

T: A little bit of fruit, but then the sour really comes through. The finish has a dusty almost barnyard flavors, but they do not go overboard. Nice, and very interesting with some citrus notes in the finish.

M: Light and dry, with plenty of carbonation. Seems about right for the style.

D: A bit of a sipper for me. But is seems about right for the style. A nice break form the standard line up.

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

Poured from the corked and caged bottle into a tulip in Bruges.

A: This thing popped open as soon as I un-caged the bottle. I didn't pull it off - it just champagne-style came off with a loud pop. Nice, but a bit dangerous haha. The beer is a deep orange color, slightly hazy with plenty of visible carbonation. Head is off-white and was huge, but eventually died down to a consistent 2 fingers.

S: Very tangy with hints of unripe apples and some peach notes. Vinous. Like a normal gueze, but strong aroma - strong enough that the smell was evident as soon as the cork came off.

T: Tangy and pretty dry. Citrus and unripe light fruits throughout. Fresh apple juice dominant. Nice and semisweet and pretty dang sour.

This was a nice experience. Careful with the bottle haha.

Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Delivers a four-finger, splotchy cream head that quickly collapses leaving large, open pockets, finally leaving about a 1/2-finger cap atop a sparkling apricot beer. The head completely covers the brew through the end of the glass.

S: Slight zoo-like fink, and an apple-like sweetness, with a touch of oak in the back. The bright, citrusy and floral notes are a sharp contrast to the leather and pepper.

T: Dry and sour, almost bitingly sour. Not as sweet as some gueuzes that I've tried. Finishes with an oakey vanilla tang and medium tartness.

M: Astringent but not puckeringly sour. Some stickiness/chalkiness in the finish. The medium body and high carbonation help to keep the palate balanced.

D: Medium-high drinkability. I wouldn't say I love this one, but it's interesting, and more drinkable than some of the more sour lambics/krieks.

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Poured a lightly hazed golden yellow hue that produced a huge effervescent fluffy white colored head with solid retention behind it as it clung to the sides of the glass with lacing.

(S)- A very dry yet tart lemon grass component combined with an assertive lactic woody sourness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rather aggressive tart grassy bite to it with some lemon sourness.

(M)- A lively carbonation level. Relatively mild for the style in both sourness and funk, but it does have a nice crispness to it. Balanced and smoother because of it.

(D)- A good take on the style. Not as funky or sour as expecting, but it does not turn me away from enjoying it nonetheless. I would be curious what age will do to this one and if that grassy bite will smooth out and allow more funk to come into play.

Photo of JAXSON
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tiny pour at Lambic Summit event. Cloudy light gold with a large white head. Nose was sour, a bit off, kind of salty. Aptly described as "eggy". Really strong carbonation, a bit salty in the mouth. Relatively thin, a bit watery. Not in the same class as the standard gueuze from Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen, sadly.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with Best before date of 5/22/2028 - think I'm safe, although now I feel like I should've aged it another 10 years. Popped

Pours with a large foamy white head that hangs around longer than any other head I've ever seen. Body is golden, with slight chill haze, and tons of carbonation flowing up.

Musty - like walking into an old hotel room. Tart green apples come through next in the aroma, and finishes with spicey yeast.

Decent tart flavors - mostly white grapes and apples. Plenty of barnyard hay, and grassy hop finish.

Zesty on the palate - plenty of carbonation. Bitter, dry finish. Was hoping for a little more pucker.

Enjoyed this one, and will likely buy others and cellar for a while to compare.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a champagne flute from a 0,375L bottle with a best by date of 5/28/2028. Bottle was stored on its side in my wine refrigerator.

I untwist the cage and the cork blasts itself out of the bottle before I even have a chance to take the cage off of it. This gushes out onto the table a bit. Alcohol abuse. Bummer. The pour produces a hazy deep orangey brown amber color capped by a tall champagne-like fizzy head. It seems to almost glow around the edges because of the hazy contrast between the deeper and more shallow sections.

The aroma is more funky than sour, filled with oak tannins, white wine grapes, peach, and some other earthy aromas. Nary a hint of sour. The taste follows suit fairly closely, however, a nice tart peachy flavor does develop and seamlessly balances with the funky earthiness. The oaky tannic and earthy character are really the dominant focal points. The sourness does provide a welcome highlight.

The finish is extremely dry and a touch sour. Pretty much what I have come to expect, this geuze does not disappoint. It was much more subtle than the Geuze Boon, and I suspect that the heavier percentage of older lambic plays a distinct role in the mellowness of this blend. Extremely affordable and right on the mark. This could be a go-to for me.

Photo of Bendurgin
2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Andy shared this with me the other night. Review from notes. Poured this into a snifter. Pours a hazy golden color with a thing layer of bubbly white head and thin lacing. Smell is all tart, like granny smith apples. I really only get sourness from the nose, there isn't much else for me to smell because this is an overpowering aroma. The taste tart apples and a musty aftertaste. I felt like this was really over carbonated, it kind of exploded in my mouth. It took my a while to drink this, I like the sourness but it finished musty for me.

Photo of BigMike
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 5-22-2028
Pale orangish yellow. A slight swirl produces about 2 fingers worth of creamy fluffy head.
Lots of skunkyness on the nose. I'm assuming it has alot to do with the green bottle. A little funk ,some lemon and some sour white grapes.
The skunk comes on the flavor as well. As does some sour white grape, lemon and a touch of barnyard funk.
Pretty smooth and light bodied. Not overly sour for a geuze but it has a nice tangyness to it.
Overall a fairly average gueze. I would drink again if available.

*From notes taken on 6-15-10

Photo of joshstevens87
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a pale yellow with a huge white head very fizzy looking
S-a dry sour funkyness with a little bit of fruit in the background
T-a huge mustyness with a bit of tartness coming in next with only a slight hint offruit in the background
M-a light body with a stronger carbonation very tart, crisp, and refreshing
D-overall a pretty good beer but is slightly dominated by the tart/musty flavors

Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- corked and caged 355ml bottle opened with a loud pop then poured into a tulip, bright white foamy 3+ fingers of head fades somewhat quickly leaving 3/4 finger on top that stays put, actuve bubbling, slight haze, tawny gold coloring, couple floaties.

s- funky, tart, acidic, slight sweetness, and some fruityness to it, tart fruit thats hard to pinpoint, unripe sweet peach, slight vinegar. all in all thought, the smell is appealing!

t- whooooeee, tart (this is my first gueuze), funk, fruity, funk, tart, a delicious progression. tart berries, some vinegar, finishes dry, unripe peach, berries. nice and sour but not puckeringly so, i'm really liking this. i made my aunt try some all lots of the beers i review and she said this is by far the worst one she's ever tried haha.

m- light and slick in the mouth.

d- really great, i had no trouble polishing off the bottle by myself. this isn't an everyday drinker, but i would definately pick up a bottle of this again. i've had other sours that i've enjoyed, but this is my first gueuze, and a tasty one at that.

Photo of berpwillie
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy copper color with extra large white fluufy head and good lacing. head remains for a while. most extreme lively carbonation i've ever seen. boozey sour citrus smell. taste is the same very dry, sour, tart, and fizzy with some fruity hints. light body and long flavor duration. would be a fantastic brew if it had a bit more flavor, but it was pretty bland. worth a try for the mouthfeel alone.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into White Birch goblet. About a 3 finger head takes a few minutes to settle in. I can't get all of the 375 mL bottle in there right away. Straw golden color. Very nice. Smells tart, apply with a faint hint of pear. I can tell I'm going to like this one. The taste is of course funky. Most of the flavor hits the back of the tongue. I'm a little disappointed by the taste, but it still satiates my thirst for a decent gueze. The carbonation is a little sharp but it is with most guezes I find. This beer finds a decent balance for someone who doesn't want to be overwhelmed with sour and vinegar flavors but still enjoys a touch of it.

Photo of boss302
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Amber in color, not clear, but not hazy like a hefe-weisse. Big head, but diminishes quickly. Big course bubbles. A little head covered the beer for most of the glass, but was gone at the end.

S There is a nice funky aroma. Smells tart, and may have a hop aroma, but this could be the yeast. Some ester, green apple.

T Tart, like it smells. Reminds me of pumpkins. It is tart, then a hint of sweetness, then tart again. High carbonation gives more bite. There is tartness in the aftertaste also, but it fades quickly leaving a clean, slightly sweet finish. This could be a relative sensation given the tartness of the beer. It may just seem sweet sort of like fresh water tastes sweet after a day in salt water.

M High carbonation, light to medium body, good balance.

O Not as tart as some other Geuze I've had, good balance, good beer.

Photo of Casey10
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another nice brew really liked and was quite affordable.

A - Golden straw look carbinated with a foamy creamy head about two fingers.

S - Nice hazy funky smell strawlike.

T - Lemon not too funky compared to other true lambics nice though .

M - Nice and tart leaves a nice sour pucker really good.

D - I really liked this highly recomended for people looking to get into the style and not pay a arm and a leg for it as well. Will have again.

Photo of callmemickey
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange-golden colored body with a thin but thick off-white head. Subsides to a nice skim and color. Sporadic clumping of lace throughout consumption.

S: Musty oak, acidic lemon, and a nice funky yeast. Even keeled without one component dominating.

T: Like the nose this is well balanced between difference components. Acidic lemon, musty oak barrel, barnyard funk, and some grain. Perhaps the least sour and tart of the widely available gueuzes from the big producers.

M: Medium bodied. Even carbonation. Not sparkling, but sufficiently lively. Linger must, but not much in the way of acidity.

D: A nice effort from Frank Boon and the gang. If you see this at a good price or are looking to explore different gueuzes this is a staple to try.

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

The Great Lambic Summit

Pours a nice, dulled golden orange color with active head of stiff white bubbles, good lacing. Scent is of musty wood, barnyard, slight lemon, dried grain and straw, grass and earth with a touch of young white wine grapes. Taste follows the scent with more pronounced notes of cracker, and grass on the tongue, the musty oak and barnyard is maybe a touch aggressive and dulls the minimally bright notes of lemon and champagne. As i warms, it becomes less of a pleasure to drink. Light to medium bodied, active carbonation, dry on the tongue. A decent beer, with some muddled notes and a very aggressive musty funk to it.

Photo of CaptainPiret
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 37.5cl bottle into a Duvel glass and paired with my Chinese takeout for lunch.

A: A bronzed yellow color with a thin white head -- like a layer of icing on a cake -- that sticks around from beginning to end.

S: The sourness is really evident, as is a strong presence of hops.

T: There's a slight shred of sweetness at first that quickly gives way to a sour, almost lime-like taste.

M: Smooth, somewhat creamy texture. Very nice.

D: Geuze offers a great changeup from the beers I typically drink, and although I enjoyed this beer, I can't see it serving a purpose other than being an occasional break from the dubbels, triples and blondes I typically take down.

Overall: Having moved to Brussels a year ago, I've just now started drinking geuze -- mostly sparked by a recent visit to Cantillon (a must-see brewery) for their Quintessence tasting. Like everyone will note, this is an acquired taste, but it doesn't take long to really start to appreciate the differences of not only this specific geuze but other Lambics as well.

Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
89 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.