Boon Geuze - Brouwerij Boon
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4/5 rDev +1.3%
sampled @ Le Mondail 2005. Dark goldenrod with a small head of almost clear foam that fizzles and leaves only the slightest of residue on my glass. Aromas of barnhouse funk and classic tart bretty lambic funkiness with some slightly biscuity malts backing it all up. Taste is funky and skunky with a nice does of funk thrown in for good measure. Leathery as all get out with some significant cidery/apple flavors as well, almost juciy in the middle before the finish is bone crushingly dry and slightly quinine bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with super duper rushes of carbonation and drinkability is quite good. 4.0 on the lambic scale, closer to a 4.5 on the regular beer scale. Rated to style there are many better, but this is still a damn good gueuze!
07-27-2005 17:54:31 | More by francisweizen
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
375ml Bottle bought from www.belgianshop.com
Poured a yellowy / golden colour... Head was a slightly off white colour. Pours with large, full head. This disappeared quite quickly and left a nice thin layer on top...
Aroma - Sweet & sour, citrusy (lemony), flowery, acidic notes.
Taste Dry, tart, notes of ginger and lemon, slight saltiness...
Feel - Sharp, lots of carbonation. Very refreshing... left dry aftertaste..
Overall - An excellent gueuze. Very refreshing and very drinkable... probably not to everyones taste though...
07-14-2005 11:18:49 | More by mdagnew
2.25/5 rDev -43%
Appearence: Pours an incredibly hazy copper with a HUGE mountainous off-white head.
Smell: The smell is a mix of champagne-like dryness with a strong sour flavor, as well as fruits and sugar.
Taste and Mouthfeel: I'm let down. The flavor is an incredibly watered down sour flavor. It's incredibly tart without having a base or root flavor. Nothing special, and far from being complex. The mouthfeel is decently full, and the aftertaste lingers nicely.
Drinkability and Overall: You want a garbage geueze? Here it is. Looks great, smells even better, but tastes just about as fake as a spontaneously fermented beer can get. Blah.... As my girlfriend put it, "Fuck this!" I agree, baby.
07-11-2005 01:00:39 | More by santoslhalper
3.33/5 rDev -15.7%
Pours a very nice, slightly darkened gold color. Huge head atop-get a spoon to go thru this one. Peppery and spicy aroma. Somewhat earthy and dirt like. Sour and very dry flavor. Sort of black pepper like. Hops? No way. Good body-a real pucker upper. A good beer but I dont see being able to consume a lot of this. Nice to try but just not my thing.
06-30-2005 00:31:34 | More by lackenhauser
4.85/5 rDev +22.8%
This beer is more like a champagne than anything, but whatever. It is good. It pours a hazy yellow color and has a fat white head and violent carbonation. It has a very intense sour aroma and a wild yeasty aroma that are nothing short of spectacular. It's flavor is intensely sour and has a grape/champagne like body and flavor that gives way to an intense sour finish. This is a young lambic as it's expiration date is 12/20/2022, but it is already intense in it's flavor profile. If they get better than this I am in for a flavorful experience because I want to try them all.
06-04-2005 03:55:41 | More by RushLimbmalt
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours with a fierce bubbly forming a huge 5" head over an orangey gold color. Shares alot of the characteristics of a champagne, constant bubbly, great head retention (gobs and gobs of lace), a strong musky vinous aroma. Medium bodied, dry mouthfeel, and despite the very active carbonation, it is very gentle on the tongue. Mature taste to start, a bit of subdued cereal flavor.. some grapey elements, then a notably sour puckering finish. This is a good beer for when you just want A beer.
05-11-2005 02:59:03 | More by MrSeth
4.03/5 rDev +2%
exploding tiny bubble head, carbonation like ginger ale, murky pale gold in color, the carbonation looks like someone dropped an alka seltzer into the bottom of the glass., the head is dissapating outside inward, leaving a mountain of foam in the middle...
yeasty honey bread on the nose, has that belgian "farm" smell like many trappist ales but a bit sweeter (not in a fruit sense, more of a malt sense), some gentle apple might be in there as well to a smaller degree. this smells almost chewable!
wow, the taste has a decidely sour/citrus flavor, (not cloying) almost like bitter apple blow pops. the sweetness is affirmed on the after taste balancing the very sour start, dry and yet refreshing, this does remind one of something like a semi-sweet, dry white wine with added carbonation...
this is one serious ride for a beer, crazy! I dont think more than one is recommended but accompanied with sharp cheese this would rule !
03-09-2005 03:30:51 | More by Ego
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
The head is a towering, crusty, white meringue that builds thick foamy walls on the inside of the glass. Waves of fine carbonation fill the hazy, orange-gold beer. Aroma is musty, cheesy, fruity and surprisingly sweet. Front! Is! Sour! Tongue-scorching when cold, mustier warm. Cheese and spice mark the fizzy middle, which is just a little fishy. Huge bitterness in the end. Tangy, sour grapefruit and apples. This is a good, sour, fruity, cheesy beer. Delicious.
01-19-2005 22:07:09 | More by kbub6f
4.03/5 rDev +2%
Picked up at Jungle Jim's in Cincy. Gueuze seems to be the style that I'm currently most interested in, although I admit that Cantillon has set the bar a little high for comparisons. Appearance starts off well enough a nice cloud-like head atop a burnt orange body. Aroma is obviously tart with hints of cider and a slight funkiness. Taste is more of the same. However, the funkiness hides in the finish along with a slight metallic twang. I'll revist boon in the near future, Hopefully with a slightly older bottle.
01-02-2005 19:13:14 | More by soper2000
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
Appearance This one poured a delicate but thick orange in color that almost seem to glow. The head was pure white, about half an inch high in my Chimay glass, and showed great retention.
Smell This one is very sour at the nose. The malt base is barely perceptible. The farmhouse notes, which I value greatly in the style, are very reserved as well.
Taste The balance of this Gueze at the taste is the same as it is at the smell. It has a natural lemony sourness, a very light yeast base, and just a touch of da funk.
Mouthfeel I really enjoyed the fluffy mouthfeel of this medium-bodied Gueze although the emphasis on sourness puckered the lips.
Drinkability This was a good offering from Boon although a bit unbalanced for my tastes.
12-21-2004 02:16:53 | More by RoyalT
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
This is the first Geuze I have ever tried. From what I have read this meets all the standards. The characteristics is cloudy with an eighth inch foam that does not stick to the sides. I do not think Geuze is my style although if brewed differently there may be some possiblities.
The smell is like an old or maybe stale St. Pauly Girl.
The taste has the same resemblence and can be considered a manly St. Pauly Girl that is thicker with a sour twang finish.
The mouthfeel has a limited flatness and a crisp mouth feel of sourness to the after taste.
While drinking the quality is evident for one's liking.
11-27-2004 04:12:57 | More by Troyone
2.75/5 rDev -30.4%
A slightly hazey dark orange colored ale with a big off white head and some lace. The aroma is sour fruit. Most predominate was a sour apple aroma. The taste is VERY sour and Very dry kind of oaky with a bitter apple peel after taste. I could not determine the Bottling year of my bottle. But I did note the the bottle claims 6.5% ABV.
11-16-2004 01:48:31 | More by ybnorml
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Champagne like carbonation, in this cloudy copper colored beer. A sour aroma followed by sweaty horse blanket, not as intense as the kriek I just had. The flavor is balanced, but definitely sour. There is some sweetness, and bitterness holding the sourness in check until the barnyard flavor sneaks in and is washed away by the very acidic finish, like a chewable vitamin C tablet. There is some body here, but the mouthfeel is more noticably bubbly, almost like alka seltzer. I surprisingly found this better than the kriek I just had.
10-19-2004 21:36:28 | More by redmosquito
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
Presentation: 335ml (12 fl.oz) cork and caged green glass bottle that looks just like a shrunken 750, even down to the dimpled base. Main label has the words Geuze Boon in a large white text, most notable here is the older spelling of the word Gueuze. The main label has a very dark green background which looks black at first. The neck band and reverse label states that this is a 100% spontaneously fermented ale, aged 2 years in oak vats and refermented in the bottle. Has a Best Before Date of 2.11.202 (weird, a 3-numbered year with the middle zero in the year crossed out, I'm either 2 years too late or has 18 years to go!!). Listed at 6.5% alc/vol.
Appearance: The cork is thumbed and as soon as I untwisted the cage the cork started to ease itself out along with the retaining black metal cap and the entire cage. I knew this one would be a popper, sure enough it was easily removed, the cork is numbered SB28.
I dusted and cleaned my Geuze-Kriek De Cam Gooik Tumbler off for this one, such was my expectation. Pours with a very traditional presentation. Thanks to immense carbonation and huge amounts of dissolute carbon dioxide a massive fluffy white head forms readily, this collapses with an awesome random pattern above the lambic-amber [lambicer?] body. Clear at first but the latter pour added a feint cloudy dimension thanks to the fact that this is bottle-conditioned, or rather, unfiltered, which is also a good sign for lambic heads!
Nose: Superb nose, it does enough to reassure you that this is most certainly not a commercial lambic, it has solid traditional lines; vinegar tingles, rather than pulls, the nasal hairs, whilst a sharp funky acetic tartness does grab your pubes. If you like Geuze the nose is enough to have you get your laughing tackle round this one in no time.
Taste: Granny Smith baking apples mixed with a Scrumpy Cider beginning which has some funky wild yeast laden apple skins that submerge into a sharp Middle Earthiness of tart acidic malt vinegars. Goes extremely well with a plate of harsh Aged Cheddar, Pickles and Cold Meats.
Mouthfeel: Sharp acrid tastes that are swathed in a Champagne lambic body. Superb!
Drinkability: People either love or hate Geuze, especially the traditional stuff. But I find it very refreshing and I can easily drink it by the Gallon, which I often have and suffered for my love! This is no exception, a very refreshing and quaffable Geuze indeed. I'm biased but the softer edges of the Boon Geuze make it a quaffer, even for hardcore lambic fans!!!
Overall: There are the infamous traditional gueuze-lambics, and then there are the commercial versions, no names, no pack drill. Boon has always flirted around in the middle of these with a bias towards the traditional for some reason but for some reason it never quite gets lumped in with the Old Boys. Boon have no need to flirt in this gray area in my opinion, if you have had the Marriage Parfait you know that Frank Boon can sit at the high table with the Old Boys with little to no problem. This is listed as 100% lambic Geuze and I do not question that at all, for it has all the traits one would expect from such an offering, yet somehow it has a rounded feel, the edges are not quite pointy or sharp, but carefully profiled to avoid serious injury, which is what I expect from the upper echelons of traditional lambics, I need to be damaged lets face it, most traditional lambic fans are sadomasochists. One of the first Gueuzes that I tried yet for some reason probably the one I revisit least often and I dont know why!?!?
All that being said, this is a very good Geuze and whilst it may be perceived as being just one tier below the better known traditional Gueuzes, I would rather like to think that it is a more approachable, softer version of the harsher more hardcore traditional versions.
Cost $5.99, but it was well worth it. Highly Recommended!
10-18-2004 03:35:51 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
12 oz. corked and caged bottle. Cork popped with some force behind it. Pours out a clear deep golden pils color with a big, fluffy light beige head. Acidic, woody, barnyardy smells and a slight bit of honey-sweet malts come through in the nose. Not quite as tart and acidic as I've experience in other gueuzes. This one's actually a little bit sweet, but it does have a nice vinous tartness and oakiness more towards the finish. Kind of fruity, like the skins of a Bosq pear. Not bad at all, especially if your looking for a gueuze that's not going to turn your tongue into the Sahara. But with a freshness dating of 2/11/2022, I'm sure the sweetness would be cut to nil by that time, and I'll be and old man.
09-04-2004 18:49:12 | More by crookedhalo
4.47/5 rDev +13.2%
Twelve ounce green bottle, corked & caged.
Best by date of 2 11 2022 printed on back label.
A careful pout yields a clear, bright orange coloured liquid, topped by a neat white cap of foam.
Notes of oak & sage come right to the front. Some interesting barnyard funk. Wool & a slight urine type note as well. Intriguing & complex.
Brisk on the palete. Immediately acidic & very dry from start to finish. A pleasant undercurrent of apple througout. Interesting hints of oak & lemon. Eathy & herbal with a quick finish that invites another draught. Light bodied w/ lively carbonation. Stunning.
09-03-2004 17:21:20 | More by xgrigorix
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Tons of particles floating since this was near the end of the corked bottle with the thinnest ringed head around me wine glass that I have ever seen. Zero bubbles floating up.
Lemony oil & lemon rind characteristics pervade the nose. An extremely complex deeply steeped tea, musty aroma with a wet leather/ Grandma's attic scent. An exquisitely intersting olfactory offering.
Bizarre, mixed floral and leafy outdoors meadow taste. Reminiscent of if I ate a fresh dandelion flower. Earthy & vinous.
Last swigs: Complex, chin rubbing interesting beer & flavor that I had from a tasting at the General Lafayette Inn.
Beer is good. Happy beering.
08-09-2004 17:10:05 | More by blitheringidiot
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
Pours clear copper in color with a nice one-inch white head to start. This head quickly dissipates to a thin, wispy top, but leaves a decent lace down the glass.
Tartness dominates both the aroma and flavor of this beer. A bit lemony in flavor with a champagne like flavor and body. There's just a hint of malt struggling to make itself noticed throughout the sip, but that hint does a lot to add to the beer's depth. Effervescent in the mouth with a very dry finish. Drinkable, indeed.
07-26-2004 05:17:15 | More by mzwolinski
3.5/5 rDev -11.4%
Bottle: Poured a light yellow colored beer with a huge thick head that had super strong retention. Aroma was sour with some subtle sweet notes. Taste was sour to begin with and more sweet as it goes through my palate. Yeast was quite subtle and body quite light. Very good gueuze, maybe not as complex as the marriage parfait, and very refreshing overall. You can really go wrong with Boon products.
06-30-2004 15:43:46 | More by Phyl21ca
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
355 ML bottle sampled at Anam Cara.
Poor Lorenzo had to run down to the cellar twice- once to see that they were out of my first choice (Cantillon Gueuze) then to grab the Boon. He popped the cork with vigorous theatrics and Nancy poured it for me into a Boon stemmed glass-- I was feeling special.
Appearance was a golden, straw yellow with a decent white head subsiding quickly to a sturdy lace rim. Steady stream of champagne-like bubbles on constant fire from the glass' bottom.
Mouthfeel was heavy on the carbonation-- much more bubbly than I anticipated. Aromas of barnyard, grass and straw. Taste was appropriately sour, green apple and earthy. Just a little residual sweetness in the finish.
Overall, Cantillion Gueuze is still my pick for an end-of-the-night nitecap and I might order the Boon again, but not if Cantillon is there.
05-20-2004 13:14:35 | More by dannyvee
4.58/5 rDev +15.9%
Golden-colored, highly-carbonated lambic. Aroma is a "clean" lactic sourness with a hint of acetic twang. Barnyard notes from _Brettanomyces_ are present at a level that provide complexity, but not the full-on "funk" some lambics have. Flavor is a powerfully tart lactic sourness with less acetic character than I expected from the aroma. The beer has a tiny bit more body than the driest examples of the style, but nowhere near the sweetness of the modern "soda pop" lambics.
All things said, this is a killer lambic. I like it almost as well as Cantillon. All the complex elements of a lambic are there but take a backseat to the lactic sour character, which hits big the second you taste the beer, stays solid through the "mid-palate" and finally slowly evaporates in the aftertaste. There are lambics that are more sour and just a bit drier, but few "come together" like Boon Gueze into an all-around classic lambic.
04-28-2004 02:11:28 | More by chriscolby
3.7/5 rDev -6.3%
This was my first geuze so I really didn't know what to expect. Very interesting. It looks great. A golden, bubbly brew with a small but long-lasting white head. There is even a little lacing, which I didn't expect. The main aroma is a really strong sourness with a bit of maltiness.
The taste takes some getting used to. At first, it was a shock. I wasn't expecting quite that much sourness. With a Flemish Sour Ale, you know you're going to get sour. This was about on a par with Monk's Sour Ale. There isn't a whole lot of other taste here. I happen to like sour so this was very interesting. It was good with some greek olives that I had on hand.
It feels cleansing in the mouth until the sourness really hits, which puckers the mouth a little. I finished the 355 ml bottle, but I wasn't ready to run out and get another. I will try this or other geuze brews again, though.
04-15-2004 22:48:21 | More by rdrummer
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
This beer poured a light gold color and formed nice pillowy white head that left circular lace when it finally decided to die down. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. A heavy aroma cider and apples dominates. A slight flavor of malt, with an overiding character of apples, yeast/bread. The finish of course is quite sour and astrigent, but not as dry as a couple others I have had.
03-27-2004 23:25:22 | More by Wildman
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
12 oz bottle. Poured a hazy golden color, with a huge champagne like head. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is musky with a sourness that you expect in a geueze. Taste has a quick sourness, that you can feel in your cheeks, but it is bot over the top sour. Finish is dry and smooth without any lingering sourness.
This is definetly a very easy drinking and enjoyable lambic.
03-18-2004 02:43:37 | More by Indybeer
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
It pours a hazy amber, like lemony iced tea. A prompt finger of light tan head, tight and frothy, settles quickly to a central island of downy bubbles.
In the aroma, a rounded vinegary sourness comes along first, but a vinous character asserts itself as well, along with a somewhat obscure maltiness. A vague spiciness seasons the edges of the aura.
On first sip, from the very start, it's a competitive balancing act between the ascerbic yeasty sourness and a fruity malt sweetness. Well beneath the level of that contest is a sparkling wine note, as well as an earthy barnyard mustiness. At the finish, the maginally victorious tart presence fades, along with a distant fermented grape essense.
A touch short of medium bodied, the feel is defined by the cheek-sucking, puckering tartness. It leaves the palate feeling rather clean after the smooth slickness ebbs.
This was my first sampling of the style, and if this is an acquired taste then I acquired it quickly. The sweet and sour parlay, with a nod to the sour, lends sensory stimulation to a unique flavor profile. The manageable alcohol level and lip-smacking tastiness combine to make the next one a nicely anticipated pleasure. This may not be the style I'd choose for my session beers, but it will indeed, one day soon, pass these lips again.
03-11-2004 14:13:09 | More by Foxman
Boon Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
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