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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

150 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%


Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 08-08-2009)
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 20:55:27 | More by Jeffo
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 04:23:36 | More by wordemupg
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 04:22:00 | More by corby112
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 14:00:19 | More by Rutager
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 01:53:09 | More by Alieniloquium
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 04:06:40 | More by WillCarrera
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 02:25:05 | More by DavoleBomb
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 03:04:13 | More by Etan
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%
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,

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 17:02:22 | More by claspada
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spicelab

Australia

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 05:24:16 | More by spicelab
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 21:01:04 | More by eric5bellies
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 18:54:30 | More by johnnnniee
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 05:03:12 | More by russwbeck
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:42:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
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illidurit

California

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 21:00:31 | More by illidurit
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Batch.
Pour is pale yellow, lively carbonation and white bubbly head.The nose is very funky, tons of cob web with a nice rind like aroma. Hints of sweet lemon but very light. The flavor adds more balance and much more sweetness. The webby funk is decent, more sweetness with a light peppery spice. Peaches and a touch of lemon with a fairly sour spike to it. The mody is creamy and syrupy, decent carbonation and fairly dry. Very nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 17:05:44 | More by cpetrone84
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. 750 ml bottle poured into small tulip. Cloudy straw, gold in color, small white head. Earthy, funky, horse blanket aroma. Some sweetness in aroma along with almost a salt aroma. Taste is puckering, tightening on the jowls. Not as sour as expected. Sticks to the back of the tongue. Interesting and tasty blend.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 00:30:44 | More by KickbacksSteve
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kramer for bringing this one to our recent gueuze tasting. 2009 bottle.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of barnyard funk initially, plenty of lemon zest, wet hay and a bit of vinegar at the end. The balance of funk to fruit is very nice.

T - Starts off with a tart acidic kick quickly giving way to hints of bright lemon zest, barnyard funk and some light spice. Some dry oak tannins creep in after my first few sips. Finish is fairly dry, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Tart, dry feel lingering through the finish. Not as sour as some of the others, more balanced really.

O - I really enjoyed this one. It had a ton of complex flavors and the desired dry finish. All in all a very enjoyable gueuze. Thanks for sharing this one Kramer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 06:10:38 | More by orangesol
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head easily develops. Wedding lace white from this 2011 vintage. Low lacing, stickiness, and minimal retention.

Harsh, acidic, egg shells. Bits of hay. The smell is acetic lactic mix. More sharp than funky. It'll age well.

Sharp, lactic hay, straw, lemon zest, citric bitterness, just a simple nature. It's bright, its jumpy, its lingering sharp.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 22:42:25 | More by Khazadum
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not sure which version this was -shared at foofaa's for the gueuze tasting on 1/7/12.

The color is a sunny amber with golden accent and white cap with tiny bead. The smell is horsy with a barnyard funkiness with slight hints of tropical fruit and juicy esters that are mildly sour in aroma. The feel has a mild dry spiciness with gentle funk and slight tart juicy astringency with moderate carbonation level.

the taste is very acidic at first but gets tropical and has light and mellow lemond rind in the background I get a mild wood tinge in the taste which adds to the complexity of flavor. The wild yeast does contribute significantly with light sour elements and more of a dry herbal element throughout. Overall I liked this - a huge gueuze with tons of complexity and has a very drying finish with plenty of funky character.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 15:00:08 | More by Slatetank
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #04690, 2011 edition.

With the cork removed with an energetic pop, this beer fills my tumbler a mostly clear light gold with a huge, off-white head with decent retention and no real lacing. The nose is pretty solid. There's a blend of rather pungent grapefruit (Boon), an initial blast of lemon (Girardin) some acetaldehyde (green apples) and damp basement. Moderately spicy and herbal as well, with a blend of mint and eucalyptus oil. A definite sweetness is perceptible as well, rather cereal-like in nature (along the lines of Wheaties). Mildly musty, faintly salty, this is lacking definition. Adding the yeasty makes this mildly goaty as well (think goat's milk).

The palate opens with a pretty huge sourness, very grapefruit-like with some lime character as well. There is also a moderate amount of tannins here, along a rather strong lactic note. There is also flavor reminiscent of acetic acid/acetone, but not quite. The upshot is that the sourness is harsh, and lacks the finesse of some of the better gueuzes out there. Not as musty as the nose would suggest, the funk is mostly a blend of hay, and some mushrooms. The wheaty, cereal sweetness does appear in the mid-palate, strongly reminding me of the Lindemans Cuvee Rene. The mouthfeel is a bit confusing - it's mildly slimy (like a baker's egg wash), but highly carbonated, sweet yet dry, and also a little alcoholic, and a little too tannic for my palate. The tannins enhance the sourness and the harsh qualities of this gueuze. The high ABV makes this a little hard to drink as well. Not bad, but not going out of your way to try IMO, and drinking an entire bottle only emphasizes its flaws.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 04:07:14 | More by DefenCorps
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 7,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a tulip wine glass.
2011 vintage bottle 3083

Appearance: Hazy, golden orange body topped by a good sized white head. Sadly retention and lacing are pretty poor, even for a gueuze.

Smell: Man, I love gueuze! Stunning nose - lots of tart fruit (lemon, green apple, sour grapes and apricot), apple cider vinegar, wet wood, damp hay, musty basement, black mushrooms and an odd herbal note. As the beer warmed the earthy character grew to almost dominate. At one point I thought I picked up a hint of smoke (I could be crazy though).

Taste: Hmmmm, the flavour seems a little watered down! A second sip confirms it - the flavour is a bit of a letdown in terms of both sourness and complexity.
Tart fruit dominate with musty basement, vinegar, hay and a touch of urine all noted.
The finish is pleasant with moderate acidity and some dryness. Alcohol is not noted in any way.

Mouthfeel: Medium body (fuller than I expected) with rather heavy carbonation.

Overall: I think this beer might have benefited from a few more years. I will have to get another bottle to test this theory.
Not a bad gueuze, but not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 14:33:08 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at Waagstuck in Antwerp.

Clear peachy golden color, decent lacing.

In the nose; musty, goat, horse blanket, lemon, mint, eucalyptus.

Tart, musk, herbal, dusty yeast, marmalade, hint of bread, barn yard.

Quite amazing, every well balanced. If you see it, get it. Lots of fun to fun.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 15:18:10 | More by Jason
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy apricot color with a nice fluffy white dense head. Nice lace. Peachy, fruity aroma, slightly white wine like. Starts with a nive sourness that then builds to a slight bitterness note. Light mouthfeel. Overall, I was surprised a little at this one, on one hand it is pretty tasty and easy drinking but on the other I find it lacks a certain depth seen in other Lambic. I like it but wish it hand just a little more something to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 15:53:38 | More by kbutler1
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largadeer

California

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened at the BA BA tasting, don't recall who brought this one. 2011 vintage.

Clear, effervescent amber capped by a tall, lasting head.

Funk and citrus heavy nose, rotten lemon, oak, leather. Pretty good, albeit simple, aroma.

Tastes good but again, fairly simple. Lemon, tannic oak, slight grassiness. Bit of maltiness, too, though it's largely dry. Pretty spritzy mouthfeel, light, mildly tannic finish. Certainly enjoyable, but it didn't leave a strong impression. You'd expect more depth from a lambic blended from so many different sources.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 18:28:12 | More by largadeer
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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend from Brouwerij Boon
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