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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 249
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 107
Gots: 63 | FT: 9
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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 duchessedubourg
4.89/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (604 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 woosterbill
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

A: Hazy medium amber body with a finger of coarse white foam. Great looking lambic.

S: Leafy, herbal, grassy funk. Fully tart, and still containing a plethora of complex aromas. Sharp, clean, deep funkiness. Excellent.

T: Starts out with a blast of pure sourness, which soon opens into a smooth display of lightly sweet, hugely vegetal funk. Delicious.

M: Perfect mixture of a smoothly substantial medium body and a solid dose of soft, mouth-filling carbonation. Amazing.

D: This is 40% stronger than Cantillon Classic Gueuze? Really? This blend is perfectly balanced, perfectly tart, and totally drinkable.

Notes: What a treat. Gigantic thanks to John for sharing this funky gem. I've never had a bad gueuze, but this is absolutely one of the very best. It's a true testament to the blender's art that lambics from so many different breweries can come together in such a perfectly coherent, balanced package. Amazing.

Cheers! (1,008 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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,338 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 16.10.2028; Sampled August 2009
A very careful pour still manages to produce four-fingers of head in my 25cl plus an additional almost two fingers above the rim. The head is a light tan hue and the beer is a grassy, pale amber hue that shows a nice orange-gold hue and a touch of haze when held up to the light. Some light, but nice lacing forms on the sides of my glass as the head slowly subsides. The aroma has a nice grassy funkiness to it that reminds me of a mix of hay, weeds, phenolic soaked cotton, musty damp horse blankets along with a requisite musky, almost dried sweat stench. The sharper notes in the nose are defined by the lactic acid, a hard urea-laced spicing, some phenolic wild mushroom notes. The finish has some nice pale grain and fresh crushed wheat character to it. This is actually on the funky side for a Gueuze, and I must say it is quite nice.

This beer has a nice, solid, almost bracing lactic sourness. This finishes with a nice spicy oak note as well as some tannic woody notes, both of which integrate quite well with the other flavors in this beer. A touch of urea, or cat-pee for the Lambic traditionalist, is found in the flavor. There are some grassy notes up front and in the middle that are separate from the hint of grain character that is left in this beer (though this seems to contribute some grassiness and a touch of pale grain in the finish; not as much as is found in the nose though). While this seems bone dry, some of the notes here contribute a fruitiness that reminds me of sour-apples, a distinct grapefruit note in the finish. The finish has a long, lingering, sort of cotton mouth astringency to it from both the oak and phenolic notes. This is musty flavored but not as strongly so as in the aroma; musky, Brettanomyces notes, and some old sweat soaked blanket notes are found here as well.

My second pour is still as carbonated as the first. I get to drinking this much sooner than my first pour and this literally explodes as it hits my tongue with a aggressive effervescent that turns the beer into foam as it rolls across my tongue. The grapefruit note starts to come out more as it warms, some Klockera perhaps, and there seems to be a nice toasted oak character to the finish now as well. Other fruit notes of ripe, but unsweet, quite aromatic, tart melon and perhaps a touch of pear also become more apparent as this warms and actually turn into quite the juicy fruit character.

I am so glad that my bottle has been cleaned of all the diacetyl that has been troubling some peoples bottles. Pediococcus is a prodigious diacetyl producer and Lambics definitely need time to reduce it back out. I am so glad that this turned out to be quite tasty. Man this is quite good, about as tart / sour as I could want with just enough funkiness to keep things interesting. This is a fantastic example of a Gueuze, at least this particular bottle is; if you are too worried just hold on to these for a 6 months or so (perhaps the international shipping helped my bottles). (3,035 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a very generous sourfest participant.

Pours a light gold with a bubbling white head.

Smells like unripe apples, heavy on the lemon, and a bit of yeasty funk.

Taste is very complex, very surprised to learn what brewery this was from. Heavy on the lemon (it dominates), but there's a sprinkling of green, just formed apples along with a surprising amount of fresh cut grass/hay with an overlaying spiderwebbed funkiness. The citrus complexity just lingers.

Very refreshing. Quite drinkable. (502 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage
Look: pours a orange-yellow colour with a very small head.
Smell: Light horse blanket, vinegar and moderate funk. Some grass and yeast as well. Very strong lemon smell.
Taste: Similar to the nose, quite sour geuze with a lot of lemon in the taste. Apples combined with grass and some dry hoppy bitterness in the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium high carbonation, medium body
Overall: Very nice refreshing geuze, will develop into an even better one over time for sure. (472 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

Served in my Cantillon tulip.

A: This beer appears very hazy and orange in color. As this was shared at a tasting and not continuously poured, I am quite certain that I received some sediment in my serving, creating the cloudier than normal appearance. The head hangs out for a while before leaving a few touches of lacing upon the glass.

S: The aroma is just terrific. I so enjoy the smell of an authentic Belgian gueuze. I could enjoy this aroma for hours. Funky and awesome, with hints of musty citrus and wild grasses.

T: The taste was also terrific. Nice and funky, and very easy to drink. The flavor lingers long after each sip.

M: Funky, puckering and wonderful. Great feel.

D: A fine example of a gueuze. I look forward to acquiring some of this delicious beer for the cellar. (831 characters)

Photo of hawks10
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip...

Pours like hazy apple cider, burnt orange with a ton of hugely fluffy, meringue-like white head which leaves chunks of lacing behind...

Very complex aroma...starts off tart as expected, lemony and acidic. Becomes very funky, earthy and heavy brett scents...very nice...

Taste is not nearly as puckering as the smell would indicate...very smooth and well balanced. Tart, lemon and other sour fruit flavors up front, but a nice strong funk pokes out, earthy/grassy with a definite brett presence...

Light bodied with good carbonation, very slick on the tongue. Not too sour, not too sweet, very balanced, very good...

Definitely liking this gueuze, got this one for free in a LIF which makes it even better! (763 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is yellow, straw, with a mild haze to it. Head is nice and medium and large bubbles, no lacing or real retention, aggressive carbonation.

Beer is quite aromatic. Nice acetic and lactic fight with a mild oaky note. I can tell I'm going to love this beer.

It lives up to the aroma. Beer is bright and light on the palate. The sourness hits you almost immediately and carries through to the tart finish of the beer, oh so wonderful. The finish isn't too dry but it is dry. Would I drink it again...ummmm...yeah. (515 characters)

Photo of CoolJosh
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this at a recent tasting. Had never heard of this beer prior to the tasting.

Pours nice slightly hazy yellow golden orange. A little bit darker than some of the other geuze I have had.

Really stinky sour cheese scent. Incredibly funky, with some unbelievable tart lemon. There is an incredible cherry scent that I have been picking up a lot lately in some of the better wild yeast fermented beers I have had. I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass. The taste mirrors the scent perfectly and is incredibly tart. This really blended together well. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but a little bit too sharp which works against the mouthfeel slightly. All in all, an excellent offering. (703 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (513 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 thagr81us
4.39/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,193 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,181 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 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 ricke
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (683 characters)

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)

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