HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend - Brouwerij Boon
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4/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
07-19-2010 05:35:34 | More by BearsOnAcid
District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Nice off-white head, pour is a clear golden-yellow with a bit of a haze
Smell: Nice light funkiness, made of grass, wet leather, and farm / horse blankets.
Taste: Similar to the smell, lemon, a light funkiness with some faint vinegar and cat piss, lots of hay, wet leather, horse blanket, etc Very dry; I wish I had sat on this for 5 years.
Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, almost thin
Drinkability: While not outstanding, this is very, very good and would pair well with food. Great blend.
06-10-2010 02:54:16 | More by craytonic
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
750ml bottle purchased from the House of Gueuze.
Appearance: Pours golden with a slight amber hue and a 2 finger white crown that displays moderate retention and good lace.
Smell: Nice amount of funk and tartness going on here, albeit not extremely complex. Wheaty, yeasty, bretty and bready :)
Taste: It opens with a moderate barnyard funk=musty cobwebs and decaying wood. Then you are offered an acrid and bitter lemon transition into a very dusty finish. Also has a touch of sweetness that seems as if it would vanish after a few years in the cellar.
Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied with great carbonation execution. Gently prickly if that makes any sense to anybody besides me. I think the brew would benefit from the carbonation settling a bit.
Drinkability: Going down fairly easily. This one isn't bad by any means but it needs more time to develop for sure.
05-28-2010 23:14:09 | More by koopa
4.9/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
05-20-2010 18:06:39 | More by duchessedubourg
1.9/5 rDev -55.3%
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.
04-17-2010 21:15:51 | More by alfrantzell
4/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
03-29-2010 20:34:16 | More by Phyl21ca
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
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!
03-28-2010 03:13:57 | More by hawks10
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
10-15-2009 20:09:44 | More by ricke
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
08-12-2009 02:41:32 | More by CoolJosh
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
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).
08-08-2009 17:10:29 | More by Gueuzedude
HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend from Brouwerij Boon
94 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.