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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

211 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 104
Gots: 54 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 08-08-2009)
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Photo of alfrantzell
1.9/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Effervescence often gets in the way of the flavors of gueuze, I feel. That's not the case here - there's nothing for the bubbles to get in the way of.

The smell is faintly of lemons. The taste, once you penetrate the half foot of head, is inconsequential - lemon peel and light acid. Move your tongue a millimeter and the liquid bursts into foam.

Stone makes frequent references to fizzy yellow beer, and this one fits the bill. And at €12.50, it doesn't even have the benefit of being cheap.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.83/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Gregg for sharing this one at a recent tasting.

Appearance -- Pours a hazed dandelion yellow hue with a tuft of foamy white head.

Smell -- Lots of vinegar acetic character, lemon and, strangely enough, a low vegetal bitterness.

Taste -- Very strange. There's a disproportionately high malt sweetness, but also some peculiar vegetal bitterness. Acetic character is moderate and in proper proportion, but there is really no funk or sourness to speak of save some lemon brett character.

Mouthfeel -- Whoa carbonation! Medium-bodied, took a few dozen swirls in the glass to get the bubbles to an appropriate level.

Overall -- HORALs proves that Americans aren't the only ones who can make a lackluster collaboration beer. Nothing particularly spectacular about this gueuze, and the over-carbonation is horrendous. The top lambic makers of Belgium put their heads together and came up with this?

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of DonFrap
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of DefenCorps
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.

Photo of largadeer
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.

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

Bottle from the 2009 release courtesy of Amy.

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange color with a rather tall white head.

S: An intense lemon aroma to this gueuze. In fact, the lemon juice and lemon zest really dominate. Light vinegar notes with mild funk, mostly earthy and musty in nature.

T: Like with the nose, intensely sour and lemony. Not too much depth/complexity or funk. There is a bit of grass, earth, and must. Maybe some damp, old wood, too.

M: Medium in body with a very high carbonation.

O: A decent gueuze, but not really amazing, especially for the price/difficulty of acquisition.

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of scotv
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of spicelab
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.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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%
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 kbutler1
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of Jeffo
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!

Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 label around the top of the bottle

Pours 1/4 finger of fizzy beige head. Color is a pale golden orange.

Aroma: Pretty funky with a basement musk. Grapes and peaches. Sour and funky. The little bit of age shows.

Taste: Funky and sour. Old basement flavors again. Cobweb. Decent amount of fruit as well. Grapes, peaches, and green apples all mix in. Some lemons as well. Very musty.

Mouthfeel: Sour, yet clean. Lighter bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a nice gueuze that surprised me. It was pretty tasty and easy to drink. I'd recommend this one.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh (Matt) for sharing this one.

A: Hazy light soft orange appearance. Nice active bubbly head and good lacing.

S: Funky smell thats not overly sour but has medium fruity notes and some yeasty qualities. Seems a little confused, it is a huge blend after all.

T: Sour at the back of the palate with definite brett notes, berry tinged tartness and yeasty/vinegar.

M: Smooth and juicy, surprised in this category.

D: Not a bad sour, but not earth shattering.

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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend from Brouwerij Boon
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