HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend - Brouwerij Boon
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4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
A: Pale orange color with a big head that leaves some lacings.
S: The smell is funky and slightly acidic. Notes of lemon, wood and spices. Mild but characterful.
T: Taste is very good. Very sour with notes of lemon and apples. An almost raw acidity. Notes of grass and wood. Lots of funk going on - barnyard, mud and hey. But the funk is obviously restrained by the acidity. The finish has a gentle grassy bitterness to it and notes of minerals. Unfortunately, the finish gets cut off by very lively and aggressive carbonation.
M: Medium body with a dry finish. Very effervescent, the carbonation actually kills the finish.
D: Good. Would guess this one would age gracefully.
10-15-2009 20:09:44 | More by ricke
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
10-24-2011 15:18:10 | More by Jason
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
Thanks for sharing womencantsail!
Clear gold and light amber body. Quickly forming, tall, and persistent white head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.
Bright, explosive tart and sour aroma: tart citrus (lemon), hay, pear, grass, earth and rock, musty funk.
Taste follows the aroma very similarly: huge sour and tart character, lots of lemon, earth and rock, grass, musty body and funk. A complete, sipping delight.
Light to medium bodied.
An incredible blend. I'm so glad I got to try this.
09-25-2011 18:04:39 | More by ehammond1
4.06/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
07-17-2014 05:17:14 | More by biboergosum
4.72/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours gold with a slight haze. Champagne like head off the first pour, but settles pretty quickly.
Musty aroma. Nice helping of horse blanker, should be a funk fest. Rounded out with expected tart apple.
Sour apple right up front. Tartness gradually increases until it's rounded out by nice grain and just a touch of vanilla. Horse blanket throughout lets you know exactly what this is.
Carbonation really brings out the flavours on this one, alive in the mouth. Nice quenching finish.
I was excited for this one, and it didn't let me down. As other reviewers have noted, age helps this round out.
05-19-2011 19:20:10 | More by CanuckRover
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
Big thanks to mikesgroove for this one. 2011 vintage. Corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.
Cork ejects with a loud pop. Beer pours a creamy 2 finger white head with great retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod with a slight orange tint. Lacing is minimal. Some patches with no stick. Pretty good for the style.
Nose is sharp cheese, apricot, and wet hay. Some Brett characteristics also with some cobweb, bandaid, must, and yeast. Nice, but lacking a distinct funkiness.
Opens sharp hay, wet wood, cheese, and some spoiled apricot sweetness. Lemon citrus tartness lingers prominently in the background. Very sharp, stinging, spritzy yeast. Cheesy. End is some barrel characteristics and yeast film. Aftertaste is cobweb and band-aid. Delicious.
Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth with some bubbles in the mouth and oily and dry going down. Finish is dry with a dry, filmy aftertaste. Solid.
Had this side by side with the Cantillon Classic Gueuze and I'd have to say that I prefer this to the fresh gueuze. Funkier and with a more complex flavor profile. Feel ties everything together nicely too. Would love a bottle of this to age for a couple years.
09-20-2011 01:10:26 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
Bottle shared by someone at dbuckingham's tasting - not sure who that was.
Pours hazy golden with a well-formed white head that leaves a white ring.
The aroma is rather tart and funky with lots of lemon and oak. Lactobacillus presence is big here, as well as brett.
The flavor is rather complex. Nice malt notes back up the tartness, lemon, and funk.
Medium-bodied, acidic and sharp, with lively carbonation.
A pretty solid gueuze blend, not better than all its components, but maybe about the average of them.
10-22-2010 05:27:22 | More by nickd717
4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
08-13-2013 01:53:09 | More by Alieniloquium
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
Shared this one with the NC guys during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to cwguy5 for picking this one up for me while he was in Belgium! 2009 Vintage! Bottle #11382! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a golden yellow orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sour, funk, tart, wood, and slight must. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, sour, tart, fruit, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great beer. It was a really big hit at the tasting and was a few peoples surprise of the night considering the company of beers present this was saying something. Both the flavor and aroma were screaming with notes that were quite appealing and pleasing to every sense that could pick them. My only gripe would be that it wasn't the prettiest beer I've ever seen for the style, but what can you do??? A definite must try for anyone out there if you have not. So good I am going to be looking for a few more bottles of this along with the 2011 to put in my cellar for awhile.
06-16-2011 19:12:48 | More by thagr81us
4.9/5 rDev +15.3%
An extraordinary bottle shared by emaineiacman at SMBDC meet-up in May, brought back from Belgium. One of the most exquisite & unusual blends of 8 of Belgium's best lambic brewers. Dry, woody, great aroma of mustiness, deep orangey color, long-lasting tart finish, respectable head. Has been on my life-list for awhile, and can say it is very much worth the effort to procure if gueuze is your passion.
05-20-2010 18:06:39 | More by duchessedubourg
HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend from Brouwerij Boon
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