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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend - Brouwerij Boon

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

193 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 102
Gots: 54 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon visit their website
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 AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

AgentZero, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle drank into a Lost Abbey glass...Pressure warning here! As soon as I took the cage off the cork blasted off, missing my eye by an inch and slamming into a ceiling. Amazingly, it doesn't gush at all! The beer pours a dark honey gold with a dark off white head that rises about three fingers with great retention and lacing...The aroma is one noted by horse blanket funk executed supremely. Enough of what you want, not enough to turn off your senses...The taste is more horse blanket, a nice earthy funk, very tastey. The only thing I can complain about is the finish on this beer. It becomes slightly sweet and rough.

This is really good and worth trying.

jrallen34, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

nickd717, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

woosterbill, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of jdense
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and caged bottle shared by the awesome Todd Hannon at BA bottle share at The Beer Mongers 9.5.2010.

Light straw colored clear body, good carbonation, small amount of quickly dissipating head, not much lacing. Nose is pretty funky with a bit of stone fruit, a bit acidic, complex, and nicely balanced, no noticeable hops.. The taste is insanely complex due to the 'mega' blending, I had a hard time picking the different components, but overall some leather, a bit of horseblanket, face puckering sourness, a bit of tartness, good dose of salty goodness, and a lot of wooden character from the aging vessel, no hops to speak of. Fairly full mouthfeel for style, real good effervescence. Real tasty, though I wonder if this 'mad experiment' would taste completely different the next time.

jdense, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of mikeyv35
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Date: 07/24/2010 @ CDC Relase
Vintage: 2009
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a golden straw in color w/ a 1/2 finger white head that left heavy lacing on the glass, that diminished quickly to a skim coat. Nose was of funk, acidicness, and oak. Taste was of mild tart, mild funk, and a finish of leathery oak. Mouthfeel was thin, but the flavors really hung on the palate. Split this bottle w/ friends at the CDC release, but could have easily drank a 750ml. by myself. Great drinkability!

Overall, great brew and a pleasure to have sampled!

mikeyv35, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage:

A: Slightly hazy golden body. Moderate sized head comprised of tiny packed bubbles. Slight lacing.

S: Subtle lactic funk, good citric zip cuts through a musty farmhouse musty complexion throughout.

T: Musty with a cutting lemon flavor as hinted at from the nose. Not particularly tart, but nice and funky.

M: Solid carbonation keeps the medium body moving from sip to sip.

D: A nice gueuze. My only real gripe is the price to quality ratio. The regular offerings from Cantillon, Girardin, and Drie Fonteinen are superior in nearly every facet.

callmemickey, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

BearsOnAcid, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of craytonic
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

craytonic, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

koopa, May 28, 2010
Photo of duchessedubourg
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

duchessedubourg, May 20, 2010
Photo of alfrantzell
1.9/5  rDev -55.3%
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.

alfrantzell, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

hawks10, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of ricke
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

ricke, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

CoolJosh, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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).

Gueuzedude, Aug 08, 2009
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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend from Brouwerij Boon
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