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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend - Brouwerij Boon

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94
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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 104
Gots: 58 | FT: 6
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Belgium

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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of whartontallboy
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Jason
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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 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 largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
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 ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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 xpimptastikx
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011

A - almost clear golden orange with a finger of head.

S - small amount of cobweb funk and hay intermingled with lemon.

T - Not much acidity in the taste, the funky yeast and fresh grass is nice though.

M - Medium body and carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O - Definitely not as sour as the 2009, but has more balance and will be a better candidate for aging. It seems like Armand played a big part in this blend because it was very similar to the 2010' DF geuze we opened next to it.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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 thagr81us
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 mothman
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
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 ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle thanks to grownfool. More orange than yellow with a good foamy head. Smell was slightly sour, dusty citrus, good. The taste was also very good but did not have a lot of horseblanket or barnyard, mostly sour citrus with a slight bit of phenol and rubber on the backend. This was so damn easy to drink, quite good. I had read that this gueuze was not so great but I disagree, this was a very good gueuze.

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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 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 Thorpe429
4.37/5  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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.45/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend from Brouwerij Boon
94 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.