HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend - Brouwerij Boon

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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 108
Gots: 62 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 08-08-2009

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Ratings: 235 | Reviews: 70
Reviews by russwbeck:
Photo of russwbeck
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2009)

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of duchessedubourg
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 edition: 3.95
Thanks Joe for the opportunity to try this elusive gueuze...

Pours into a snifter with an inch or so of loose foam. Bubbles dwindle to a skim, and are noticeably larger than the norm, sort of soda like. Color is a high clarity orange, not seeing much visible carbonation.

Sweet tea and lemon peel in the nose, slight oak. Seems a bit young still and somewhat subdued. Not especially funky, though there is a bit of a citric sharpness with a vigorous swirl.

Flavor is similarly mellow, a bit tart, not quite approaching a full blown sourness. Traces of oak, hay, and lemon, but none of those is overly assertive. Flavor reminds me most of Boon and Timmermans more than the others involved. Body seems to be slightly thin with carbonation that ebbs away too soon. Not sure if time will improve it much, to be honest.

Worth trying, but it doesn't stack up against regular offerings from Cantillon, 3F, and Hanssens.

2011 edition: 4.3
Big thanks to Dave for sharing. Much more cohesive with more depth, it tasted like Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze. Bright citrus up front, sour but well balanced, pleasant dry woodiness on the back end. Great stuff.

Photo of Rutager
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy golden color gueuze with a huge foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of light acidity with some oak and lots of tart notes. Taste is not as complex as I would have hoped but some very nice notes of oak with some well balance acidity and sourness makes this a very refreshing drink. I thought it lack some of the green apple notes and barnyard aroma of gueuze. I will not necessarily seek this one out again but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 09 bottle

Rich, and bright, vibrant golden yellow in color. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass. Gorgeous side glass lacing and a wonderful presence of carbonation.

The aroma was a bit lighter then I was expecting, but still tremendously good. Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. Enormously complex, as it warms it comes across with a light wheat or herbal like quality and just the tiniest amount of spice prickling the nose. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. A little bit one sided, and not as huge as I would have wanted given the stature to which this one is held to, but still extremely solid and worth it. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Mellow grassy flavors are mingling very well within the flavor now. Smooth, easy transgression with the carbonation being nearly perfect here, and a light feel that was just spot on. As for drinkability, this one is top notch; I could not have found an easier beer in the style to put down.

Overall while not my favorite sour I have ever had, it is up there.

Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of spicelab
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.08/5  rDev -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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Etan
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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,

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Megablend is a pure golden color with a fairly large head with small tightly packed bubbles. Brett is dominant in the aroma. Barnyard hay and light funk with subtle lactic acid rounds out the rest of it. Even with all of that it has a clean smell for a geuze.

Flavor is bretty up front and has an oaky vanilla sweetness building up to a lactic sour aftertaste. Not completely dry, I can see the brett developing this beer into something really great in a couple of years. The taste is not as complex as the aroma yet but the carbonation is lively on your tongue. Carbonation might be getting in the way of this one.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for breaking out this bottle at a recent tasting. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate golden-yellow color with some visible carbonation. Pretty good white head with a touch of lacing. The nose is mega funky with a really nice barnyard presence and a bit of hay. Really strong in everything. Mild diaper and rubber in the background, in a good way. The flavor continues along the same route with quite a bit of complex funk. Light to medium body with a very dry finish. Quite a good brew. Thanks again, Matt.

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden hazy beer that poured with a pretty big head. Little bit of lace left on the sides.

S - Lots of horseblanket, baryard funk, lemon, musty barn, and bit of citrus. Good tartness to this.

T - Musty, a little earthy, nice tartness, lemon zest, very full tasting. Slightly sweet on the end and very smooth.

M - Very full, there is high carbonation but it only hits you on the front and goes down very smoothly with a jammy finish.

D - A real sipper for me, but this was a great beer I'd love to drink regularly.

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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend from Brouwerij Boon
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