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Boon Geuze - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
88
very good

315 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 21
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer in the cellar for some time now, and decided that my 300th review was a fine time to try it out BA style.

Appearance: Initially pours a hazy orange golden color with a fluffy white head of active bubbles maintained by an enormous amount of bubbles rising. This beer is hugely effervescent, and the bubbles keep climbing forever. A very fine lacing is left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Very sweet citrusy aroma noticeable when cold and through the foam. There is a host of other fruit in here also, and I can pick out bananas and pears to be the most prominent. There is a dry grainy aromatic coming out as the head starts to subside a little bit.

Taste: A quick shot of dry astringency gets you at the beginning of the first sip, but then it quickly turns into a lemony sweet well-attenuated beer. There is an obvious wet hay like flavor along with a very subtle “gym socks and honeysuckle” component that is hard to describe any other way. The fruit flavors still rule the show with the oranges, lemons, green and red apples, pears, and even a bit of grapefruit thrown in for good measure. The beer is pretty acidic, and leaves a dry papery feeling on the back of the tongue after the sip. Lots of carbonation on the palate obscures the plethora of flavor contained within. The finish is dry and refreshing with no alcohol noticeable. This beer leaves your palate squeaky clean in the finish

Opinion: This is an excellent beer, and one that I will definitely be drinking again. I think that it is a touch mild when compared to some other Gueuze beers, but it is still excellent. I am a bit more partial to the more assertive beers like Cantillon, or Girardin...but this is an excellent brew. I would definitely pick one of these up again if given the opportunity.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of beersabound
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'd heard a lot about this blend of old and new unfruited lambic and had to try it. It was rather tart but still refreshing. It has a slight haze and straw color. The head formed large and settled to a manageable one finger width in a couple of miuntes. It was highly carbonated with a grainy, acidic, somewhat mellow aroma. As the beer warmed the tart acidity laid down a little bit but was still the predominant character. The hops do not make much of an appearance with this beer. I'd drink it again. but would probably recommend a fruited lambic to all but the real adventuresome.

beersabound, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/2/02 vintage

copper-colored and clear, excitement bubbles through the body. airy foam continues to grow as it sits in a flute, creating a mesa of head atop the geuze. musty aroma but more deep cheese and leather than soggy botanicals and farmyard urine. not really my ideal geuze aroma, as this sits mildly in a state of depressed garbage funk. intriguing though, and different. real fruity taste.. half-green strawberry opens the show, semi-tart lambic sourness follows immediately cut through by metallic waves of electricity flavor. this strikes me as a beer that was meant to have subtle flavor in a light, understated package-- yet the funk of the farmyard took over and wreaked havoc on a perfectly good lambic.

dont get me wrong, i like havoc.. especially in wild beers. this is sure drinkable due to its light, champagney nature and lack of imposing tartness.. and it holds up as a nice, bubbly, crisp beer. but the flavor isn't where i would like it to be, especially from a master blender and lambic seller. ok, but for $6 a small bottle, somewhat of a letdown.

goodbyeohio, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Geuze Boon sits in the glass a hazy light brown. The aroma... hmm... your typical funkiness, and... cheese? The flavor profile is marked by a mustiness, along with "horse" and those other barnyard descriptors. I know Boon is one of the more notable producers of authentic Lambics, but even the beer snob in me can't force an endorsement of this. I will say that this nothing in this beer is offensive, and it's just interesting enough to be above average.

VoodooBrew, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a thin Lindemans pilsner.

hazy golden orange with an off-white foamy head.

aroma is slightly sweet (for a gueuze). lots of puckering sourness and nicely tart, but with a light candied fruit sweetness that should make this a good "gateway" gueuze for the uninitiated.

taste has a similar balance. a touch of apple sweetness with the nice champagne-like feel and the tartness. high carbonation but with a refreshing feel. balanced and drinkable.

Prufrock, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of SwillinBrew
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 4th beer of the lambic/geuze/sour style.

Poured an orange blossom honey color with a solid finger of very fine and creamy head, like a merangue. The smell was of a pungent hay bale bordering on a bitter honey mustard dipping sauce. Tasted like tart and sour dry minerally green unripe apples. I think i'll have to review this one again as i get more into the style.

SwillinBrew, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of ChampionJaguar
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mind your eyes when you remove the crown, the cork exploded into the ceiling after a full night in the 'fridge. This pours a perfect golden hazy fizzy bliss like you expect from the style. I poured this into a goblet because I wanted it to warm faster and I love the smell of geuze as it opens. The head is big and rocky and sustains well. Geuze smells are almost more impressive as the flavors and Boon's offers some nice fruity nose with sadly minimal funk....think very fresh and toned down Tallegio cheese and apples. The mouthfeel is great if not a bit too carbonated, you could put a few of these away fast...very little sweetness, intense sour or pungent funk like you might expect. This one isn't essential in any way IMO other than it's inobtrusive drinkability. I don't want my geuze to wash down light....I want it to kick my ass and this one doesn't. It's good, balanced and pleasant but it's not outstanding. The only unique element is a tad more hop flavor which is generally minimal in these dry-hopped beers. The Oud Beersel, Girardin and Drei Founteinen offer a lot more flavor and complex addicting taste. I respect the traditional and non cloying flavors of Boon's Kriek but this geuze is just too simple. I will admit I drank this after the Girardin which is mind-numblingly godly. This is a good summer geuze I reckon but serve it warm and let it open or the flavor will sneak past you before you can count your $5. I guess this brewer is also responsible for the recent Oud Beersel products which are the Marianne to Boon's Ginger.

ChampionJaguar, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/17/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 375ml bottle, caged and corked. No dating on the bottle. Poured into my Lindeman's Kriek flute.

Appearance- Cloudy orange-pear colored pour. Champagne like head which stayed much longer than expected. Huge patchy chunks of lace everywhere. Quite a looker.

Smell- A slight barnyard musk. Some type of fruit, although not sure which. Maybe some peach, pear or lemon, or all of the above.
Definite sour funk and a weird vanilla scent as well.

Taste- Not as sour as expected. That said, it was fairly sour. But no more sour or maybe not even as much as a flanders type brew. A bit of sweetness, enough to keep a good balance. Fruit tangyness as well.

Mouthfeel- Champagne like texture with a bit more subdued carbonation level.

Drinkability- I'm liking it! Pretty tasty and one of the more drinkable ones I've come accross. Recommended.

GClarkage, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of smcolw
2.7/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Golden yellow in color, surprisingly clear. (Note: because of the head, I was only able to pour half of the bottle. When the rest was added, it was quite cloudy, as expected). Very impressive head, nice lace left on the glass.

Strong skunky sourness present; could this be an old bottle? Again, as I've said in previous evaluations, using green or clear bottles (particularly for imports) is foolish. If there is ever a beer that will sit on the counter for a long time, it will be a lambic!

The taste an improvement from the aroma, but this still appears to be past its prime. Strong citrus sourness is the predominant flavor. Much like a bitter sweettart, this is a strongly, lip-puckeringly sour lambic. I'm reminded of sucking on a lemon.

Personally, I strongly prefer the flavored lambics like cassis, framboise, or peche. There's so little sweetness here that I'm struggling to complete the tasting.

smcolw, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Produced a huge meringue-like 3-finger head which lasted quite a bit of time. Below was a cloudy deep orange tinged beer with streams of bubbles emanating from the bottom. Aromas of banana, clove, plums and sweet dark cherries were detected. Taste was sour, acidic and reminiscent of dry champagne. An aftertaste of dark chocolate was noted as well. A good mouthfeel, but a bit too tingly. I think I need to explore this style of beer a bit more before I make a solid judgement on this one.

tomthumbsblues, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage, corked bottle, served in Cafe Gollem, Amsterdam

Pours with an off amber body, shimmering. Foamy off white head, fizzy body

Smell, musky and some crisp barnyard funk. Some citrus on the nose

Taste, bone dry grapefruit, lasting dry citrus. Hints of cider, heavy carbonation. The finish reminded me like a mixture of tonic water and very dry champagne

A really wonderful gueuze, dry as a bone and very drinkable

cypressbob, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

francisweizen, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

mdagnew, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
2.25/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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.

santoslhalper, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

lackenhauser, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

RushLimbmalt, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

MrSeth, May 11, 2005
Photo of Ego
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

magnum corked....
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 !

Ego, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kbub6f, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of soper2000
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

soper2000, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RoyalT, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of Troyone
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Troyone, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

ybnorml, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of redmosquito
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

redmosquito, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 don’t 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!

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 18, 2004
Boon Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
88 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.