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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 260
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 107
Gots: 64 | FT: 10
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the May 2012 iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Golden color with a white froth. Lemons and stone fruit, citric earthy without too much sourness. Smooth and drinkable -- definitely not an enamel-melter -- mild by gueuze standards but still very well put together. Oaky bretty finish, hefty body.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. 750 ml bottle poured into small tulip. Cloudy straw, gold in color, small white head. Earthy, funky, horse blanket aroma. Some sweetness in aroma along with almost a salt aroma. Taste is puckering, tightening on the jowls. Not as sour as expected. Sticks to the back of the tongue. Interesting and tasty blend.

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Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kramer for bringing this one to our recent gueuze tasting. 2009 bottle.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of barnyard funk initially, plenty of lemon zest, wet hay and a bit of vinegar at the end. The balance of funk to fruit is very nice.

T - Starts off with a tart acidic kick quickly giving way to hints of bright lemon zest, barnyard funk and some light spice. Some dry oak tannins creep in after my first few sips. Finish is fairly dry, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Tart, dry feel lingering through the finish. Not as sour as some of the others, more balanced really.

O - I really enjoyed this one. It had a ton of complex flavors and the desired dry finish. All in all a very enjoyable gueuze. Thanks for sharing this one Kramer.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head easily develops. Wedding lace white from this 2011 vintage. Low lacing, stickiness, and minimal retention.

Harsh, acidic, egg shells. Bits of hay. The smell is acetic lactic mix. More sharp than funky. It'll age well.

Sharp, lactic hay, straw, lemon zest, citric bitterness, just a simple nature. It's bright, its jumpy, its lingering sharp.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

2015 blend:
Funky, sour, fruity. Apricot, cantaloupe, wet horse blanket, lemon acidity. 4.25

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
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?

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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend from Brouwerij Boon
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