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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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Brouwerij Boon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 08-08-2002

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Photo of Ysgard
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2009 Vintage - The first round of this to make it to the area in 2014 was all 2009 vintage. It was also incredibly cheap ($6-8 for the 375) which makes me believe there were some warehoused cases that got discovered after the great sour awakening.

Appearance: Is this what we come to these beers for?
Smell: a faint leather background, with lemons, and flower buds, with that odd aroma described as cherry's when its found in red wine.
Taste: Harmonious. Lemon funky, tart, savory leather backnotes, white winey fruit and tannin character, with a hints of medicinal clove and cork. An almost wheaty sweet tang. Good stuff, heartier perhaps than cantillon, but still hangs together incredibly well.
Feel: crisp aftertaste that leaves an efficient, slightly sulfurous lemon funk behind. Fizzy still, biting cheek and tongue. Just heavy enough to push you away from chugging it like the asshole you are.

Accessible masterwork. Sleeper. Not your daddies Gueze. All of the above. Good beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage
375ml bottle from Whole Foods Market, Giffnock (£4.49):
This one was a pretty nice lambic from Boon, it started quite light on the nose with the usual sourness & some tart alongside a few grapes but things definitely picked up come the taste with a lot more acidity & funk coming through. It was quite an easy beer to drink with a nice balance to it & strong carbonation; a slight step up from the regular Boon Oude Geuze & a very nice beer overall.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

L - Straw with one finger white head

S - Funk, grain, hay, grassy

T - tart but not sour, very balanced. Good grain presence and light herbal hops. Less complex than some other gueuze I had but it still has a certain character

F - champagne like carbonation but not as dry, smooth

O - A very balanced brew. It aged well. Not so sour but really balance and deep. I'd recomend it for those who never tried gueuze

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Photo of tlema1
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: looks like a juicy IPA, but that's misleading
S: tart, not much nose
T: tart, offensive
F: the tart really lingers
O: tried to rate to style, but this is awful to me

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Photo of taylorzeee
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is very intriguing, it almost looks like a mini sparkling wine bottle. When poured, the color is golden and has a larger head, it is also somewhat opaque. It has a very strong smell that is both hoppy and fruity. The taste is sour and carbonated. I have never tried a sour beer like this but thought it was refreshing and liked how the sour taste stuck around for a while in your mouth.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2012 vintage 375ml into a tulip glass:

Appearance: pours a light-reddish/dark pink color, with a head made up of large bubbles that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing or ring of bubbles. Lots of carbonation activity visible in the center of the glass.

Aroma: lots of sour green apple, some wet wheaty scent....a lot of oak here too. Smells tart and acidic, though not overly so. Doesn't carry that red wine vinegar potency that some guezes do.

Taste: really light and subtle flavors here. I didn't get an overly oaky taste as stated in some reviews; in fact, I wanted a little bit more barrel in mine. Perhaps aging it a couple more years'll do. Anyway, there is a really nice interplay of flavors here........tart, slightly overripe Apple, some pear. No funk present that I can detect, really. Finishes with very mild bitterness, and some mineral noted.

Feel: initially coats the palate with creaminess, and quickly turns into tart, medium astringency....not as light-bodied as I thought, but not viscous or heavy.

Overall: it's a very good lambic. Of course, there are many better renditions of the style out there, but at $8 for the bottle, I'll drink it any day.

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Photo of drmeto
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 Vintage:

-pours a hazy golden-amber with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-visible particle floaties
-banana,lemon,lime,green apple,barnyard,sugar,bubble gum,herbs
-green apple.grainy,bready,spicy,lemon,honey
-medium bitterniss
-medium sourness
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-faint alcohol noticeable
Nice Lambic.
Probably the most yeast-heavy Lambic ive had so far
Not as sweet as Lindemans sweetened Lambics,not as sour as Cantillon.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

We've compared 5 year old bottle of this one with relatively fresh Lindemans Gueuze, and the difference between extraordinary and good but plain was very clear. Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait is definitely more complex and "nobler" one. One of the best gueuzes I've tried, maybe somewhere between 3 Fonteinen OG and Lindemans Cuvee Rene, maybe right there with them. Apple, pineapple, grapefruit, mold, well carbonated, not too sweet, not too acidic, almost perfect.

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Photo of Jow
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful gueuze this one, better than the regular boon in a sense of rounder flavor and a bit less sharp but still has enough body and sour in it.

Not that pricy as some other lambics a certainly worth a try. In my opinion this comes close to a Tilquin or a cantillon gueuze.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a golden-orange with a very quickly dissipating head and large chunks of suspended sediment.

S: Lots of woody, toasted oak and a nice restrained vinous acidity with some brett funk.

T: More raw oak with lots of drying bitter tannins and barnyardy Brett. A bit biting: some more acidity and definitely less oak would have made this a lot better.

F: Medium-light bodied with moderate yet lively carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

Thoughts: A fine example of an over-oaked sour. I certainly appreciate the effort and resources that go into keeping the beer in barrels for three years, but the oak character and bretty yeast bite really threw this one off for me.

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Photo of YeastInception
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smells like stone fruit and mild funk. Tastes of similar flavor as smell but with a bit of sweetness and mid to high acidity. As it warms flavors of sour cherry and banana come out. Overall very complex fruity geuze.

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Photo of kevanb
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2010 sticker, decanted into a 1 liter ceramic Boon pitcher, poured into a Boon tumbler glass.

The beer pours a nice, hazy copper color, orange and gold hues, a handful of bubbles rise to the top of the glass where a finger of white head crests, very good retention but yields no lace. The aroma is very nice, funky barnyard, straw, wheat, crisp citrus, lightly floral with a bit of sweetness. I was impressed with the brightness and how pleasant the funk was and little sweetness there was. Certainly the age played a role, but this was a really nice beer to smell. The flavors are fantastic, juicy citrus, grapefruit and orange peel, lemon zest, pale wheat, wildflower bouquet before the funk really creeps up and adds a lot of complexity and character to this beer. Pleasantly tart with just a bit of acetic sourness, lightly bitter aged hops are present as well, offering some green flavors and a bit of a of bite at the back end. The mouthfeel is superb, coating, full bodied, lively carbonation that feels very smooth and has a nice, soft, easy finish that has just a touch of warmth from the alcohol.

Verdict: A very nice gueuze from Boon. Loads of character, complexity but still bright, easy and refreshing. I was surprised that was 8% but couldn't notice at all until the finish, which has just a touch of warmth. I've had a variety of vintages of this beer and have yet to be let down, definitely a great gueuze that has nice accessibility.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle poured in a tulip glass. I got this beer as part of the Rare Beer of the Month Club, and since the 2012 supply was out, got the 2011 instead, a win for me!
As described, pours a beautiful nectar golden color.
The best before date was 12/31/2032, so good for 20 years from bottling. To get a couple of cases of this beer, and break one out each year would be amazing.
This "Oude Gueze" was new to me, but it was outstanding. The beer is so complex with the blends of new and aged lambics, straight out of the region in Belgium. I've been enjoying sours this year, getting more into them. I got hints of citrus, oak, and a tart finish.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2012 Vintage

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint amber + apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker than thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sourness/tartness and funkiness with light to moderate aromas of light fruits (apricot and lemon citrus).

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with a moderate amount of sourness/tartness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of funkiness and a light flavor of apricot and lemon citrus. Hints of bitterness in the finish with moderate lingering tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of acidic prickliness and a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: This is an excellent example of the style and is very easy to drink and extremely enjoyable. Really nice flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Melvintrude
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into goblet. Great balance. Tart and funky, but none of the Cantillon harshness. Carbonation lasts. Alcohol maked

I could have happily had several more!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. 2011 vintage.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Oaky, musty, funky gueuze aroma with some fruit in there as well like apricot and lemon.

T- The funkiness continues with a moderately sour flavor accompanying. Tangy, bright and acidic. The alcohol is incredibly well masked by all the complex flavors in the profile.

M- Tight and tart with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A great, relatively affordable gueuze that hits all the right notes even if it's not as world-class as, say, Tilquin.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip.
Pours amber/golden clear beer with modest fizzy white head, so-so retention.
Smell - funky (horse blanket, barnyard), vinous, citrusy.
Taste - citrusy, yellow fruits, earthy, dry.
Medium-bodied and drinkable.

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Photo of khmel
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A brilliant deep-golden, amber-tinted, murky delicious color. Small, off-white foamy head with low retention. Tart lemony funk with notes of charred oak in the nose. The flavor follows the nose, with lots of bitter/sour puckery funk, lemony with slight apple notes. The mouth is medium with a tart, dry finish. An excellent gueze!

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 ml into a champagne flute, relatively new bottle (recently purchased) with a 2010 date on the bottle

golden yellow color, weak head, fizzy in texture

smells of pineapple immediately, good amount of funk

great funk,exceptionally dry, strong lemon and pineapple presence and other miscellaneous fruits, strong acidic quality, heavy boozy quality for a lambic, does develop a sweetness in the mouth as the beer sits

the weakest part of the beer net very distinct, but also not impactful enough to matter

if lindemans oude gueuze is the best intro to gueuze this is a good next step, it moves away from the sweetness of the cuvee renee to focus on the complexities of gueuze. Excellent and especially excellent for the price point

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow with a smallish head. The aroma is phenomenal, and difficult to describe. I get a little spice, and a tiny bit of tropical fruit, a bit of barnyard funk, and even a wet cement sort of smell. This is a beer where you could fall into the scent. The taste is tangy, not precisely sour, and there is a interesting salty quality to the finish. This is a rare beer where umami playing a large role in flavor. The classic belgian fizz keeps it form being pendulous and difficult to drink. This is an awesome beer to disappear into on a warm summer night.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mine's a 2011 vintage.
A: Orangey body with thousands of champagne-like bubbles. Lovely chunky off-white head.
S: Very vinous, even from a distance.
T: Tastes just like it smells. Lovely and sharp with a soft breadiness in the aftertaste. Slightly sour and just on the vinegary side. Very champagne like, even in the phenolic aftertaste.
O: This is by a mile the best gueze/sour/lambic type Belgian beer I've had. Not really into this style but I can see this is a really good beer.

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Photo of psm90
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Wonderful deep orange colour, almost looks like a DIPA.

A: Not much scent, just a little yeast, some lemon and not much else. Maybe a slight white pepper too.

T: Sour and bitter at first. Lots of lemon, though not as hop. So yeasty. Lots of green apple and white grape, with slight bread and an aftertaste of alcohol. Quite a lot of vinegar. Very slight mango and apricot, but the sourness is of course the highlight here. The lingering taste is lemon and funk.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated with a medium body. Quite thick.

Overall: A great example of the style. Sour without being completely overwhelming. Good subtlety.

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Photo of aleigator
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Geuze mariage parfait 2010

Pours a glowing amber-yellow color, with a decent head, soon collapsing to a thin layer of lacing.

Smells truly funky, revealing bretts and leathery, old oak among yogurt and lime zest. Oak and dusty malts blend beautifully into the beers tart acidity, creating a fruity, crisp peak, settling on top of the aromas. Very diverse on the nose, with a pungent tartness leading the way.

Drinks outstandingly smooth, very soft on the palate with a long lasting, dry, sour finish, while the beer provides a fuller body as for a Geuze.

Begins with an aqueous softness, immediately adding citrus, building up a perfect lemonade reminisence, while fuller bodied. Crisp citrus peel gets joined by dusty, mellow malts and hints of glue, while the beer grows more and more acidic. Its got a well working balance to it, due to the prominent malts which even turn a tad sweeter till the end. Finishes actually very mellow and well behaving, while being far away from turning boring. Its real sourness gets revealed in the very end, after the aqueous qualities have left the palate, producing an intense lemony sourness, numbing the teeth while exhibiting a long lasting, fruit infused dryness.

Very complex and perfect balanced gueuze, remaining fascinating on the palate until the very end. Provides a medium body, adding a pleasant warmth during the aftertaste with profound lemon throughout. The most amazing part of the beer is its malty qualities, featuring many different flavors from moldy to earthy toffee, adding a lot of character as well as the necessary balance.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2010 375m bottle picked up locally fairly recently. poured from a basket into a boon wine glass.

a - crisp golden yellow orange w lively carb and a foamy fizzy head that hung for days.

s - nose is a nice grassy funk, little mineral but generally nice geueze nose.

t/m/o - very fizzy feel and the mineral that was subtle in the nose seems to take center stage. fairly sweet and nice grassiness. good geueze, not great. very dry finish.

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Photo of douglaslreed
4.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Based on old tasting notes:

Was recommended by a friend, and was the first of the style to try. Because of unruly Texas laws, many small Belgian breweries that make this style are not readily available for purchase in the state, but I was told that this was one of the best that I could find here.

Appearance: Bubbly, effervescent similar to a champagne, with the white head mellowing out shortly after pouring. Lots of bubbles with a straw colored appearance.

Smell: Belgian yeast, very very funky, like mildew or horse blanket. Some citrus in the nose as well. This smells like fair grounds mixed with green apple and citrus peel. This smells so strange, but I just want to go in for whiff after whiff.

Taste: Tart, pungent, sour and super funky. Has sort of a blue cheese or lamb-type pungent-ness. My first thought is, 'Wait, this is beer?' but I can't help myself from wanting another sip. As it warms, the citrus fades and the rank funkiness really shines, as does the apple flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, medium body, and coats the mouth nicely.

Overall: This is an absolutely delicious beer, and I'm excited to try as many in this style as I can.

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