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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
94
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179 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 99
Gots: 53 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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t0rin0

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-02-2012 15:13:59 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-03-2013 18:28:10 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 13:49:35 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 02:52:33 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 20:34:16 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 02:02:07 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

11-02-2013 20:17:03 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-22-2013 03:19:33 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

11-15-2011 02:40:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-21-2013 13:26:26 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-14-2013 01:01:29 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-17-2013 06:23:07 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 03:46:16 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-15-2011 04:37:14 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 05:17:14 | More by biboergosum
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

01-09-2013 00:50:07 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage purchased at Bier Tempel in Brugge. Bottle number 14755, best before October 16th, 2028. Shared at Delilah's Lambic festival.

A - Explodes violently - cork blasted off and hit the ceiling. A finger of white foam that settles to a collar and some haze on top. Hazy apricot body with some serious chunks near the bottom of the bottle.

S - Earthy and mushroomy, with plenty of hay and barnyard. Light lemon sourness and a hint of grain and wheat in the periphery. Quite mellow, although as it warms up there is increasing acetobacter. The flavor profile is more akin to 3F than Cantillon, and that makes sense considering the contributors to this blend.

T - Taste is a bit more sour, with a decent amount of acetic kick, although a bit of pale crackery malt comes out as it warms up. There's still plenty of earthy funk, damp barn, and hay.

M - Very tart and dry, with higher zesty carbonation. Moisture-obliterating, light ephemeral body.

D - We crushed the 750ml bottle quite easily. It gets extremely dry and tannic, but otherwise it's quite easy drinking. I might need to get another one of these for the cellar, as I can see it holding up for the listed 20 years.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 16:06:07 | More by MasterSki
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 17:36:07 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

06-25-2014 14:33:27 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-03-2014 07:33:55 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/22/11 notes. Shared by drabmuh at a tasting; thanks Matt.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inc of white ehad and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, sour fruit, syrup, oak, and light lactic.

t - Tastes of sour fruit, oak, lactic.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation, a little mouthpuckering but not too much.

d - A nice tart gueuze; I liked the smell a lot. Would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 20:18:13 | More by mdfb79
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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend from Brouwerij Boon
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