HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 244
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 108
Gots: 62 | FT: 8
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 08-08-2009

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Photo of scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange-apricot color with a good amount of carb under a thick, soft white head.
S/T: Bright tart lactic acid and earthy must, stone fruits, and peppery yeasty spice. Leafy bitter hop and tart lemon as well, minerally, complex yeast flavor. Fresh and bright smelling. Lemon and clean bright tartness. Vibrant overall.
M: Medium body, clean tartness, spritzy carb, tingly and frothy. Clean and easy,
O: Really good. More bright than tart, really. Could probably do well with a little age. (536 characters)

Photo of treznor
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The longer I drank this, the better it got. Wow. This was a 2011 bottle from In De Wildeman in Amsterdam.

Really well balanced. Certainly sour, but not over the top at all. (173 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage. Pours a dull tangerine hue with a loose, cream-colored head. Nose expresses funk, must, cork and tangerine. Taste follows nose but it comes off a bit watered-down. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation and an astringency that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a nice gueuze; however, it didn't knock my socks off. In my honest opinion, I don't see this beer holding up over time and can't quite understand the high ratings. (473 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2009 vintage, Batch 1

Appearance is a golden yellow with an orange hue, thick and fluffy white head, great retention, lacing on the entire glass, clear as day with no sediment

Smell is gym socks, hay, funk, tangerine, nectarine, granny smith apple, tart cherries, wild yeast, and oak

Taste is tart up front with a lot of citrus, prickly tartness through, then funk in the finish, more and more fruit comes out as it warms, lemon zest and sour cherry dominate, very complex flavor, every other sip had a new flavor, lots of wild yeast in the finish, got even better as it warmed

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, great carbonation, lingering flavors, everything you could ever want in a gueuze, so much flavor kept me coming back for more

Overall this was a great collaboration between eight lambic makers in Belgium, exceeded my expectations, will probably get better and better with age, my bottle had a best by date of 2026, so eleven more years will probably turn this into a whale for a true sour beer lover (1,025 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Vintage 2013 poured into a 3F Geuze tumbler.

Pours a hazy semi-clear gold with big 2.5 finger bubbly white head that leaves great lacing. Smell is oak, lemon, mild cider vinegar, light funk. Honestly not getting too much aromas. Taste is tons of oak, apples, green grapes, light lemons, light funk. Tons of oak in this one though. Mouthfeel is perfect. Soft carb, medium pucker and tartness, easy to drink.

Very nice geuze with a heavy influence of oak. Fun to see all the breweries blended together. Expensive bottle though. (529 characters)

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

From a bottle, pours bright yellow, frothy white head.

The nose is funky, a little cheese, sour, wood pulp. Citrus and lemon. The flavor follows the nose, more lemon, citrus, goat cheese, floral hops. It is very tart, lots of funk, bitter. The finish is very active, poprocks down your throat. Very good beer. (316 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, 2013 edition. We'll all get by, with a little help from our friends, it would seem.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with three fat fingers of rather puffy, tightly foamy, and ethereally creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying, ebbing surface tension lace around the glass as things gradually recede.

It smells of sharp, acrid acetic acid, of the fruit-borne type, though said fruit is hard to immediately discern - raspberry, lemon (by default), and denuded cherries, I guess - moderately funky farmhouse yeast, bready pale malt, underripe red apples, a touch of wet, grainy wood, and somewhat surprising leafy, grassy hops. The taste is tart, sure, but in a pleasantly diffused sort of way - lemon juice, muddled black berry reduction, a hint of actual cold cooking vinegar - a more laid-back funky yeastiness than suggested by the nose, some sturdy bready, slightly caramel-tinged malt, still mixed and matched orchard fruit esters, subtle moist barrel staves, and generally still game leafy, grassy, and musty hops. No real sign of the elevated alcohol.

The carbonation is quite understated, manifesting in a plain Jane frothiness for the most part, the body a stocky medium weight for the style, and smoother than the norm, given the affable distraction of the usually disruptive souring contingent, which even leads to a small airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, surprisingly, the fruitiness thrusting off the shackles of tartness, joining with the long-burdened malt, to make a go of this as an actually balanced beverage of sorts.

All those different inputs, as originally opined, must have some kind of middling, blending, and in the end, neutering effect, a concept which is evidently on full display here. Distinctly drinkable and approachable for the style (mere price taggery aside), this 'Gueze [sic] Tour' is exactly that - an introduction to the whole shebang, all at once, in a mildly dumbed-down, touristy incarnation. Doesn't mean it doesn't taste good, IMHO. (2,052 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into 3F stem. Vintage 2013.

Pours light gold, clear body, with lively compact eggshell colored head.

Aroma is super funky, cheesy, and citrusy. Humboldt fog, fresh lemon juice, chèvre, pungent horse blanket, and lime peel. Get that 3F and Boon character in abundance.

The palate comes off heavy in funk as well. A surge of fresh hay and earthiness join the funk and citrus characters. Plenty of sweet lemon, fresh goat cheese, tart apple skin, with subtle cattiness.

Mouthfeel presents a light body, higher end carbonation for the style, and very dry and astringent finish.

A great Gueuze that may not be better than some of it's individual components. Yet it surely delivers on many of the facets you expect from the best examples of the style. Super funky, bright, and a good level of complexity. Maybe a bit too aggressive with the lemon on the palate. Very nice nonetheless. (892 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

2011 Edition. Best before 28.10.2030. Bottle number 023099.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange color forming a big and bubbled white head. Quite fizzy with a lot of bubbled coming from the bottom of the glass. Medium retention, practically no lacings and a thin layer that remains forever on the top

S: Very fruity, citrus and flowery. Strong notes of oranges, apples, pears, vinegar, sweet pale malts, flowery hops. A bit metallic. Earthy Lambic yeasts

T: Very fruity upfront. Funky. Notes of oranges, orange zest, grapefruit, vinegar and flowery hops. Dry but very smooth Lambic. Delicious. The only defect is the end that is not very persistent for such a delicious taste

M: Light body. Very fizzy. Medium carbonation. Metallic, hoppy and fruity aftertaste

O: Perfect drinkability. Perfect Lambic (842 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 blend. 750 ml bottle #15729. Best before 10/29/2032. Served in a large wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden orange with 2 fingers of a white head that settles to a thin cap. Body is very hazy but translucent, with moderate to high visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of barnyard funk, hay, green apple, lemon, damp wood, slight vinegar like acidity, and musty basement.

Taste: Medium tart sourness with lots of funk as well as pear, green apple, oak, slight lactic character, mild cheesiness with a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a very slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium to high, fine carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: A really nice gueuze. Nothing to go crazy over trying to obtain, but definitely worth a try if you can get it relatively easily. (789 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a vertical of the '13, '11 and '09 at Sloshfest 2013. Good times gents.

From a 750 into a mini singer
Review is for the '13 with notes about the other two.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized white head with very good retention. Clear gamboge orange with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a foam cap that leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Other years are a touch darker but virtually identical.

SMELL: Lemon acidity, tart apples and citrus aromas with a good base of moldy funky aromas. Some barnyard and grassy aromas as well. The other two vintages basically follow suit.

TASTE: Follows the nose well. Tart lemon citrus flavors, green apples, acidity as well, with a bold and lingering finish of lemon tartness, moldy funk and some barnyard as well. Pretty good. The '11 and '09 are softer with slightly less acidity, but these are all pretty similar.

PALATE: Medium body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy and light on the palate, smooth going down and finishes dry and puckering. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is a solid gueuze that perhaps doesn't get enough credit. What was surprising actually was that all the vintages were relatively similar. The '09 was perhaps the best, but there's no reason to believe that the '11 and '13 won't be there in time. Very consistent. Glad to have been able to try this set at once. Cheers gents! (1,402 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged 2011 bottle poured into tulip 25/11/13 cheers Liam for sending the bottle

A slight haze in a amber orange body, a few streams of bubbles run dry after a few minuets and it looks a little flat, there's some carbonation because it pumps out a short lived three finger head that leaves no lace
-second pour has much better retention, still leaves no lace but I'm guessing my glass was dirty

S mellow cheesy funk, apricot, peaches, pear, some dried grass and hay, and some leather shoe with lots of wet wood and leafy notes

T has just a little caramel, not completely dry, more grass then the nose, not apricot and peaches fade but some apple joins the pear, still has some funk but its not over the top, wood still has a big role

M I couldn't see many bubbles but there's plenty in the mouth, creams up almost to the point of foam, not all that sour for the style, quite slick after the fact, grassy funk on the finish

O well rounded and I guess that should be the case with a big blend like this, quite drinkable, not overly sour or acidic, and the funks mellow

No problems taking down the big bottle solo and that's not common for me among sours. I paid the same price for A&T so all things considered I doubt I'd stock up if I had the chance but I'm happy to have tried it (1,304 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage.

Pours a very hazy, bright golden orange color with tangerine hues and a frothy, two finger, pillowy white head.  Good retention, only slowly setting into a thick, lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Musty aroma with lots of earthy barnyard character along with lactic funk, damp oak, hay, light fruit and acidic acid.  Subtle acetic character but it's not solvent-like or overly vinegary.  Oak tannins along with musty bugs, horseblanket, lactic funk, grass and straw.  Some light fruit in there as well, notably apple and pear complimenting the lemon acidity.  The nose on this beer is pretty complex with plenty of earthy funk.

Full bodied with soft carbonation and tart, puckering sourness that lingers over the barnyard/ lactic funk flavors, oaky tannins, light fruit and citrus acidity into a tart, dry finish.  Very nice sour element by not harsh or overly acetic.  Crisp citrus/lemon juice acidity countered by earthy oak and lactic cheesiness.  Sweaty with dry, funky bugs, lemon spritz and a lingering soft acetic flavor that makes me drool for more.  Very refreshing and easy to drink considering the complexity and level of sourness. (1,192 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another huge thank you to Jeffo for this 2011 bottle.

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with almost 3 fingers of frothy white head (after an aggressive pour).

Smell. Light grainy malt with lemony sourness, sweet hay and funk, and a little bit of old barrel.

Taste. Lemony sourness with a little rind as well, musty and sweet funk, plenty of old barrel flavours in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Quality gueuze. Very nice. (458 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 vintage.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Big white head. Retains forever with a layer of foam on the surface.

Smell - Lemony acidity. Lots of hay and wheat. Little bit grassy. Some funky cheese.

Taste - Tons more lemon zest than the nose. Pale malt makes its way through. Moderately sour. Grainy as hell. A bit of herbal and bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Not too sour. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

Overall - Awesome stuff. Quality gueuze. Gets better and more complex as it warms. (544 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, best before date of 29/10/32, 2013 vintage. Poured into a wine glass while I was waiting for my flight at Brussels Zaventem airport.

A- Pours a hazy gold color, big white head, great retention and lacing.

S- Lemon acidity, lots of funk, hay and socks/sweatiness.

T- Lemony tartness, moderate acidity, hay and milder funkiness, some bretty apple/pear fruit flavors, oak towards the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, soft feel.

O- A nice blend overall but nothing here really jumps out at me, at least I can't taste the de Troch. (547 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage.

3.5 A: Well hazed dark yellow with some brownish hues. Three finges of frothy white head. Retention is about average and a few whisps of lacing are left.

4.25 S: Smells like a saison in a lot of ways. Funk forward without a lot of acidity. Flowery and herbal to start with a dry woodiness underneath. Dust, dryrot, jasmine, pollen, wildflower, and apple orchard. Super dry with lots of depth and complexity though not a geuezy as others I've had.

4.25 T: Ahhh, here it is. While anyone could mistake the nose for that of a saison, the taste is decidedly gueuze. Lots of funk in the nose as well, but a sollid acidity as well. Flowery and herbal again with the same dry woodiness, pollen, wildflowers, and apple orchard. Mild, but balancing tartness and a bit more tangy lactic acid. Fruitiness that wasn't really found in the nose is now here. Plenty of lemon, a bit of lime, apple, and peach. Solid here with good complexity and depth.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good upper moderate carbonation. Not particularly creamy or spritzy, but good nonetheless.

4.0 D: Solid all around. A bit pricey, but such is the style. Definitely worth a try and a not a bad beer to stock up on either. (1,225 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a snifter. Batch 1 (2009).

A: Pours a slightly turbid light copper with a pillowy and thick white head.

S: The aroma is quite brett-heavy. Sweaty, sticky citrus, horseblanket, light mineral, gamey hay.

T: The taste is slightly cleaner, with a pronounced yet short-lived acidity. Mildly sweet pale malt quickly overtaken by dry lactic sourness, some subtle cheesy funk, tart lemon and raspberry.

M: Light-bodied with very frothy carbonation. Very dry.

O: A very nice, balanced geuze - not too unique, but very tasty and refreshing. (546 characters)

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle shared with mrand01.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a rather large white head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with lemon juice and lemon zest and sweet pilsnery, crackery maltiness. As it warms you some some vinegar notes with mild earthy and musty funk.

The tastes follow the nose with strong sour lemon and some light earthy funk. As it warms there is a bit of grassiness and musty damp oak.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Finish is mainly sour and dry but not intensely so.

Overall I enjoyed this Gueuze but it by no means is the best I have ever had. I am not sure of the price but I can't imagine it was cheap. For a style I don't gravitate to or often seek out, I can say that there are better examples which I hope to eventually have again, but this is not one of them, (856 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with MrKennedy and mulder1010. Reviewed from notes.

Heavily hazed apricot with a fast vanishing white head.

Lovely complex gueuze nose. Heady interplay of grapefruit peel, jalapeno, wild herbs, dried hay, sweaty funk and apricot. Occasional sweet high notes help to mitigate the sharp tartness.

Flavours display plenty of bright acidity, with lemon and grapefruit pith, green capsicum and sour sherbet dominating.

Medium bodied, with vibrant carbonation and some saliva stripping tartness at the finish.

Flamboyant and complex, with the odd harsh aspect, but great overall. (587 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Ciney sniffer, bottle No. 025733 at Bruges beertje

A - Pours a cloudy honey straw colour with a white fluffy head that retains well.

S - Plenty of horse blanket and earthiness.

T - Bret and sourness hits you with very nice balance and not overpowering. Hints of apple and plenty of fresh oak.

M - medium body with minimal carbonation.

O - Top class Geuze that is balanced and offers plenty. The body and carbonation are the highlight. (453 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Chris at Eb's 8/23/2012
Pours into the glass a murky amber color a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of sour and tart fruits, a bit of caramel and vinegar with a solid does of must and funk. The flavor is a hint of caramel sweetness up front that is quickly devoured by tart cherries and lemons. Lots of acid and a hint of vinegar with a mild amount of funky flavor. Crispy bubbly mouthfeel with a light to medium body and a solid shot of carbonation. Very nice geuze, quite complex, I wish I had a bottle or two to hold onto for a while. (570 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer travelled from Brussels to the US via plane.

A: Hazy yellow pour with a few fingers of white head that lasts a nice amount of time, but strangely doesn't last that long.

S: This beer is crazy funky. I believe the word is horseblanket, but I think it hints towards barnyard funk. It isn't necessarily tart, but very funky.

T: The taste gets back to a bit of funk and a nice fruitiness actually. Funky absolutely, but tart with raspberries and cherries. Overall funky and interesting. I can't say that I understand what all of these beers add to the drink, but I can get a lot of lambic here. Very nice geuze.

MF: This is carbonated really well, which I wasn't expecting. I pretty much figured it would have been undercarbed. Very drinkable.

O: This beer was outstanding. If you can find this beer drink it. (820 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

2009 vintage. Bottle # 14,760.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some woody and slightly fruity aromas. Taste is much the same and has an acidic quality on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink. (583 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the May 2012 iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Golden color with a white froth. Lemons and stone fruit, citric earthy without too much sourness. Smooth and drinkable -- definitely not an enamel-melter -- mild by gueuze standards but still very well put together. Oaky bretty finish, hefty body. (321 characters)

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