Boon Geuze - Brouwerij Boon

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89
very good

350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 27
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of mynie
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottles on sale at the Micro Bar in Reykjavik. The bottle informs me this is best before some date in the year 2035.

Pours effervescent, smells tart, tastes dry. Nothing here will blow your socks off, considering the recent proliferation of good-to-great Geuzes, but its position as a stylistic standard bearer should be respected.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy gold with a champagne like white head that quickly dissipates. Slightly rotten apple nose with lemon and a little funk. Bitter acid palate with lemon, apples and wine notes.

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011-2012 vintage. Cork dated 10492. Served in a geuze tumbler 2/1/15. This cork popped out with a vengeance...

A- Clear golden-copper body. Frothy, effervescent 3 finger white head that takes a while to settle down. Should have poured this one gently, but it is certainly a well carbonated beer. Nice retention, thick collar, not much lacing.

S- Peppercorns, floral notes, a moderate funk- not as much wet hay or mustiness as Cantillon, but the former 2 notes come across reasonably well here. Crisp wheat sharpness. Not superbly complex, but sets the table reasonably well.

F- Mild-moderate level of funky hay and must, combined with a mild lemon zest up front. Plenty of floral notes, some peppers. Drinks a lot like a saison. Not particularly acidic, although there is a reasonable amount which is nowhere near overwhelmingly strong. Nice dry lemon zest on the finish.

M- Medium bodied, nice effervescence, good carbonation. Quite drinkable. Not too sour, not too funky, seems to be just right if you're in the mood for some lambic.

O- Good geuze; I would put this slightly above average especially when you factor in the availability and affordability in addition to the palatal qualities this beer brings.

4 / 4.25 / 4.25 / 4.25 / 4.25

Photo of jdhowe
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

hazy orange, very mild aroma and a clean taste with a light vegetal character. Mildly drying finish, moderate carbonation. Allowed to warm, aromas of lemon zest emerge. Overall, good but simple and lacking the complexity of many other gueuzes, but reasonable in its price range.

Photo of Brisket
4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Very pale amber beer with white head. Dissipated quickly with no lacing

S- smells tart green apple with a yeasty/bready base. Mostly lactic sour with some acetic aromas.

T- Tastes great more sour than funky, green apple like the aroma it has a hay like finish. Very dry

M- Light body, with high carbonation, slight pucker in the finish.

O- Great beer, dry and easy to drink. I will try it again.

Photo of Lukass
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Nice, hazy light yellow color with a head that fizzed away immediately.

Smell was fruity, citrusy sourness, with a hint of vinegar.

Not too familiar with many geueze lambics, but if the flavor characteristics for this style are funky and sour, then they hit the mark. This is a very tart, dry beer that is also very refreshing. Almost like a sour grapefruit without the sweet. No hop bitterness whatsoever. Definitely has that aged, oaky dry finish. Will seek out more of this style, but sparingly. Can get pretty pricey for just one bottle

Photo of Georgefox
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had one of these in Brussells a while back, but can't remember much about it. Somehow ended up with a branded glass brought back. I've had one other geuze since then and haven't been sure this is something I like or not.

However, having spotted a bottle of Boon at the local market this weekend, I decided for one more go at it. This one says 2011, for what that's worth.

I was very impressed in particular with the smell of this beer. One of the nicest smmelling beers I have had. It bubbles like a champagne but still distinctly looks like a beer. A lot of care has gone into the making of this.

Unfortunately the taste does let it down slightly initially. It just doesn't taste as good as it smells. It does improve however after a few mouthfuls. I really feel you need time to adjust to this kind of beer.

Definitly an acquired taste. Having not too long ago discovered this style, I find it to not be very available where I live. I expect to try again at some point when possible.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
2/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cloudy; orangish; no head

Aroma: Sour; citrusy (mostly lemony); ginger

Taste: oaky; spritzy; very tart; dry finish; kind of like unsweetened orange soda on the end

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Photo of tectactoe
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Boon Geuze, ahh.... the Boone's Farm of gueuze, right? Just kidding. Picked up at Discount Drinks for about six dollars. It pours a golden color with some light amber hints - nearly translucent, but it end up being basically opaque. Volatile and foamy with an eggshell color head that lasts for days and leaves a small touch of lacing on the glass.

Up front, the aroma is pretty tart and definitely gets the saliva glands pumping right away. Tart green apples, white grapes, and a moderate amount of funk in the form of musty cork, wet wood, and a damp cellar. I can't decide from the aroma whether this one will be more funky or more tart, but my money is on the funk side..

The flavor profile begins with an initial burst of tart apples that's met immediately with a mild, astringent bitterness that peaks during the height of the carbonation snap to provide a nice shock to the senses, both taste and smell. Lots of dry funk enters in the middle; cork, must, old cellar, very dry with some funky wood in the finish that couples with a fading, dying tartness. Wood, funk, and spent apples are left on the palate. Light bodied, effervescent with lots of carbonation.

Definitely a nice gueuze considering the availability. Don't expect the quality and taste of Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, or even Russian River, but this is certainly a decent gueuze given the fact that it's readily available at your local beer store for 6-7$. Better than Lindenman's Cuvee Rene in my opinion. A good "beginner" gueuze to get your friends into funky beers.

Photo of Kit
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am a sour beer fan and don't have much to add to the previous reviews, which seem pretty apt in my experience. I opened the bottle one evening when I was craving a sour at home, and had a glass, then corked the bottle with a wine cork. Had another glass a day or so later, and then killed the bottle this evening--at least three or so days later. I expected it to have gone flat, but it still had a lovely head, and tasted just as intriguingly funky-lemony-tart as it had the first time I tried it.

A-It's pleasantly cloudy (I like that in a beer!) with a nice dense white head that hangs in there.

S-tart, funky/yeasty, like a sour!

T- lemon-citrus tart, that really hits the back sides of the tongue. Every time I've had this, I think, "This is not really my favorite beer!" but then I taste it again and go back for more! It is VERY dry, funky, tart, in a refreshing way--looking forward to drinking this on a hot summer day with some shellfish, or after farm chores!

M-Tart, with an underlying sweetness that's sour characteristic.

O-While I say this is not my favorite sour beer, my local grocery store carries it at a VERY reasonable price, so I can imagine it being a default summer drink at home beer, and it is definitely growing on me!

Photo of Brenden
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an active beer, with lots of carbonation working all the while it sits. it's a hazy dark yellow-amber in color,and it develops a clean-looking, absolutely white head that remains very tight and soapy, rising to just over a finger. It retains its form very well and leaves good patchy lacing as the beer falls.
The aroma offers a lot of tartness, seemingly foregoing some of the funk for added sourness. It's not that there isn't some funk, which there is, giving off a smell of wet hay. There's a whiff of vinegar and some green grape skin in the slightly sweet aspect of the sourness. Nice and complex; just a bit more strength puts this over the top.
While malts are very light, this Gueze certainly isn't light on the tart and sour flavors. It's like an extreme version of a Kolsch (for comparison) in its dryness and the champagne-like vinous quality. A bit of grains runs underneath and there's some citrus zest (the sourness can only make one think of lemons) going into the finish.
The body is light, which works well for this one, with as constant a crispness as the carbonation would lead one to expect. It's also as dry as one might expect.

Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Gueuze or lambic style beer.

A-Poured a cloudy golden yellow with 3 finger head the recedes and leaves a nice 1/2 finger cap.

S-Sour green apples and slight yeast funk.

T-An odd funk that is a bit unfamiliar, but not unwelcome. After the the tartness takes center stage and holds on longer after the beer is down. Tart green apples, sour lemon rind and green grapes. Very faint malt presence with no discernible hop flavor.

M-Light body, high carbonation. Dry Finish.

O-This is an interesting beer that seems to be a cross between a light ale and champagne. A style that I would like to explore a little bit more.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 Ml into tulip glass

A - First off, this is the first geuze I've had where the cork literally exploded out as soon as I undid the cage. Dangerous! Head is massive, four fingers. Body is a yellowy orange, hazy with a massive stream of bubbles, more than the Sorachi Ace I had last week.

S - Lemony, grassy, sour, not too exciting.

T - Follows the nose, with more yeast pop and funkiness. Tiny bit peppery and lemony.

M - MEdium to light body with huge carbonation and a light dryness.

O - Perfectly fine geuze and widely available. Nothing to write home about but very enjoyable with a steak.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$9 Bottle from New Beer. Best by 2029... Woot, I think I'm in the clear!

Clear, pale amber body. Fizzy/delicate, head.

Acid & lots of agitation. Micro-beaded carbonation, seltzer-ish body. Bittersweet scent. Kiwi, battery acid & socks. Cheesy asparagus.

Very thin. Cheesy sourness. Cider vinegar & sugar free soda. Bitter, metallic finish. Numbing & refreshing. Lemony entrails.

It's missing something.

Photo of Edwaka01
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from deceptively huge 12oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a super foggy yellow gold. 1 finger head taking its time on the way out. Lacing left when gone.

S - Sour, funky.

T - Definitely a sour beer. This is my first sour, and my palate is quite confused. Don't know quite what to say about this besides sour. Malt, hops, the usual suspects aren't making a big impact on me with this one. Champagne-like at first, followed by an intensely sour aftertaste.

M - Again, champagne-like. Nice refreshing and quenching.

O - I know this is a famously awesome beer, and even though I can't describe it well, I am a big fan. Possibly my entrance into the world of the sours.

Photo of KDawg
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 375 into a tulip. Pours a solid orange color with a frothy head

excellent depth with aromas that jump from the glass. you can smell this from several feet away. Classic geuze aromas of funk, sour citrus, and tart sour apples.

medium bodied with good tart acidity. Lacking a slight bit on the middle, but with tart flavors of sour apples and citrus

A really good geuze. Brings the funk and style that one would want from a geuze.

Photo of GameFreac
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage from the Brick Store Pub Cellar in Decatur.

Appearance: Pours a nice straw/golden color. Looks more like a champagne then a beer.

Smell: Citrusy notes like lemon and tart aromas.

Taste - Weird description but tastes like sparkling/carbonated water with lemon and citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation and feels more like a champagne.

Overall: My first Gueuze on my 22nd birthday so it was pretty awesome. Not like a beer at all…different but refreshing and very good. Not too sour at all. My friend who doesn't even drink beer liked it so much and called me a week later asking where he can get some of that "Booze Gooze."

Photo of oline73
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very cloudy amber with a slight yellow and orange hue. There is only a finger and a half of head, and the bubbles seem to be a bit on the large side. The carbonation fades quickly to just a ring around the edge of the glass. 3.5

S: The smell is mild for the style. Still quite sour, but the sourness and acidity are subdued. The funk/barnyard smell is still there along with some stinky cheese, both good things. 4

T: Less sharp than many gueuzes I've had in the past. The citrus acidity and tart flavors are still there. There is a slightly musty and dark flavor at the beginning of each sip, but it fades with a little time. The finish is bitter with the aged hops and sour flavors. 4

M: Medium body with tingly carbonation. The carbonation keeps the beer light on the tongue. The finish is a dry.

O: Smooth. There is a woody quality that shows up a bit in the finish. Not a huge fan of the musty taste in the beginning, but it fades and the rest of the taste is quite nice. 4

Photo of amcmaho1
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on "05 02 22..." whatever that means
Poured into Cigar City snifter (Thanks again Injuredreserve)

Appearance: Pours a very clear amber, and holds a frothy white head momentarily. Lots of visible carbonation, and very little head retention. Very minor lacing, though it doesn't seem to stick around for very long at all.

Smell: Huge white grape and apple notes immediately. There's also some really big malt sweetness present, but not very much funk or mustiness...yet at least. I even get some vanilla/bourbon notes on the nose (I'm assuming this was barrel aged?). Really sweet smelling overall, not what I was expecting in a geuze.

Taste: Lots of grape and apple again, I get some strong cider notes with the sweetness which is cut slightly by the tart and vinegar forward notes. There's a nice initial puckering tartness that gives way to the wood notes on the nose; the vanilla notes seem strange in a geuze...but still tasty and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Very light, dry, crisp and refreshing. There's very little slickness, though the sweetness makes this beer somewhat tiring for my palate.

Overall: A bit strange for me, I've never had such a sweet lambic before. I need to research the actual date of the body to better understand how this beer may have matured. I'd be willing to try it again, but would like to find a very fresh bottle as a comparison. Cantillon is still my top geuze...

Photo of kingcrowing
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml cooked and caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy yellow with The nice stick and creamy white head that lingers the whole time. Nose is funky and fruity with horse blanket overtone.

Taste is well balanced with a light sour and very earthy slightly vegetal flavor. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated lightly for a smooth Mouthfeel.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

The beer appears hazy and rusty orange hued with a half inch of white head. The aroma is decent, with notes of hay, funk, oak. The flavor is earthy and oaky, and much sweeter than I expected. Not as delicate or smooth on the palate as I was hoping. Sharpness in the finish. Half the bottle remained the next day, which is a tell tale sign, since my house is like a gueuze vacuum. I'd be willing to try it again, hopeful of a different result.

Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Picked this one up in NJ a few weeks ago at the Liquor Locker. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter. Best by date of 2021 on the bottle

a - Pours a murky dark orange-brown color with an inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, apples, grapes, bready malts, oak, and earthy funky notes. Funk and sourness is very nice.

t - Tastes of bready malts, a bit oxidized, sour fruits, grapes, oak, and barnyard funk. Funk is nice here, but the taste is too bready for me.

m - Medium body and lower carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent gueuze, but not one of my favorites. Seemed a little old and oxidized, but surprised it hadn't held up well. Nose was nice and funky, and would be willing to try again, maybe as a fresher bottle.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like a good Gueuze to celebrate!

Pours a golden straw color with a very fizzy head that disappears.

Smells like barnyard funk but not too much. Very balanced. Green grape rind and slight vinegar.

Taste is fizzy with some barnyard funk mixed in. I get a slight malty flavor that I normally dont get from Gueuzes. Taste isnt really as sour as i expected. It has a slight sweetness that really helps make it drinkable. Whats really nice here is that the sourness just kind of sits there. It doesnt overpower. It doesnt destroy. It just let you know, "hey, this is a gueuze."

As you let it sit and sip it, it transforms into something even better (kind of like the truck transforming into Optimus Prime). The funky flavors come out without adding sourness.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 350ml bottle.

This one was pressurized as the cork shot across the room when I opened it. But it didn't gush which was nice.

A Pours a nice orange yellow color topped with a nice white fluffy head that has pretty good retention. Also lots of bubbles.

S The nose has a nice sour green apple smell to it with a hint of barnyard funk.

T Lots of tart lemon, more green apple, and a slight sweetness.

M Very carbonated almost champagne like with a nice medium body.

While I don't have much of a basis for comparison as this is the first gueuze I have ever had, this seems to be an excellent example of the style in addition to being extremely tasty. I'm sure I will be drinking more of this in the future.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer pours an orange color with a nice fluffy white head
Smell: Sour cider, lemon, hay, apple, freshly cut flowers and oak.
Taste: Nice tart cider, white grapes, hay, lemon and some malts. Aftertaste is long, dry salty with oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied
Overall: Great example of the style

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