Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 74
Gots: 160 | FT: 14
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-08-2002

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage '07 (four years old at the date of consumption)

Tart, earthy, lemony, and briny- this mature Gueuze unravels a plethera of character, sip after sip. An unadulterated sour at its historic best!

Pouring a hazy straw color, the beer allows for an attractive yellow glow. Very fluffy, airy in its foam texture, the head carries a cottony appearance with off white sheen, sprinkled with yeast. Moderate on lace, the beer fits the part in appearances.

Intense tart aromas surge into the olfactories with the sharp citric scent of limes and white grapefruit peel. Mouthwatering and nearly triggering astringent sensations on the sides of the tongue, simply from the most supple sniff. Aged woods, musty, dusty, and a horsey-earthy envelope encompass the expanding aromas with a mature and authentic farmhouse nose.

Flavors expand on the intensity of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and the impressive tartness of lactic and acetic acids. Sandalwood, must and dust flavors give impressions of old wooden barns, but with only a minimal influence from the off-putting horse or horse blanket notes. Rich with a salty brine that nearly surplants the underpinning of pilsner malt flavor which anchors the beer- a testament to the well-attenuated and mature nature of the beer. Softly chardonay-like and with a slight apple cider vinegar note as it warms, the beer just keeps delivering more and more flavors until the glass is empty.

Intensity seems to be the name of the game with this beer. And the mouthfeel is no exception. Seemingly enamel stripping from the acidic tartness and sourness. But the beer has a short lived initial creaminess that makes a quick transition into a very refreshing tartness, medium astringency, citrus and hop bitterness, and a powdery-dry finish late. But then it slams shut, providing a lemony brine flavor with an exhale; then we're ready for another sip.

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a bright, radiant orange in color with a big, dissipating head.

Smell – This is a super-rank bouquet of rotten meat and barf that is quite promising. I didn’t pick up a lot of sweetness at first but as it warmed up that seemed to change.

Taste – It’s a bit maltier at the taste and the threatening sourness of the nose isn’t so extreme once tongue meets beer. The light fruiting is nice as well, full of peaches and light apricots. It ends with a tart apple smack.

Mouthfeel – This is a nice weight in the mouth, better than light but not medium-bodied, with some hellacious carbonation.

Drinkability – It was pushing the limit but just did stay on this side of the sour danger zone. It went down well for such a tart, carbonated ale.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle purchased at From the Vine in Columbus, OH. Cap says SB-40. Best by date not readable.

Appearance: Surprisingly huge and ever lasting white head upon a clear gold body. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma: Lemon fruit, wheat, subtle funk and rotten grain. Most of what is wanted is there, however, all notes are very light and subtle. I want more.

Taste: Refined beyond most Gueuze. Lemons and hay with touches of light fruit. Funky rotten fruit rinds. Some oak.

Mouthfeel: Very light and airy. Acidity is subdued and light for the style. Very, very dry finish. Fairly loaded in carbonation and rather brut champagne like.

Drinkability: Exceptional. Bone dry, less acidic than most, and overall mild. Chugable.

Photo of ricke
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brassy color with a rather big off-white head that slowly fizzes away. Some speckled lacings remains on top of the liquid and on the edges of the glass.

S: The smell is very big with lots and lots of aromas popping up through the glass. A gentle funkiness mixes with plenty of aromas of tart fruit and notes of fermenting apples. Hints of grass, dry earth and minerals. A vinegary touch is very aggressive at first, but settles after a while. All in all, a truly amazing smell.

T: The taste is not as impressive as the smell. It's more gentle and not as well composed. Here's lots of tart fruits, primarily green apples, and aromas of grass. Sourness dominates the flavor, but here's quite a lot of slightly wheaty sweetness as well. Funkiness is restrained, but something in the line of horse-blanket appears every now and then. In the middle, the taste gets a little nutty with notes of fermenting apples. The finish is gently sour and has a mild grassy and herbal bitterness to it. Notes of minerals and lingering fruity aromas in the finish as well.

M: Medium body with a refreshing sparkling carbonation. The texture is slightly creamier than most gueuzes.

D: A good gueuze. It has lots of character, but the flavors can't keep up with the fantastic aromas in the smell. The flavor is a little too much on the fruity side and there is something in the finish that bothers me - it's hard to put my finger on it, but something seems off. But it's very interesting to see that a gueuze can handle such a high ABV without it even getting noticeable.

Photo of MadScientist
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A golden ale with a slight haze. There head is made of racky white bubbles that are quick to fade into a thick collar around the glass.

S: Medium-strong sour and barnyard like aroma with a moderate apple-like and a lighter rhubarb fruit esters. There is a mouth watering sharpness that's making it had to concentrate with taking a sip.

T: A strong acidic sharpness with a light bit of malt sweetness. The balance is strongly tart and sour. There is a low oak character, no hops to really speak of. A finish that is off-dry, with an aftertaste of fruit and tartness.

M: A light bodied beer with a very strong level of carbonation that gets somewhat prickly on the palate.

O: An very tart beer that's a little off balance but very enjoyable. This one is so tart it make me worried it might hurt my tooth enamel but totally worth the risk.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2009 vintage- reviewed 6-21-14 from small bottle

APP- Clear as crystal, luminous strawberry blonde, low white head with not much lace but respectable retention

AROMA- fresh flowers, white grape, hey, faint horse, lemon, melon, low pale malt aroma, that's everything really...very subdued and inviting

FLAVOR- Damn yall. Where to start? Strong but pleasant acidity upfront, mellows and unfolds into a clutch of bright and crisp flavors so harmonious they are tough to isolate, first thing I can latch onto is baked pear, rosemerry, a whisp of white wine vinegar (extremely slight), lemon and mellon, no barnyard here, orange, ...naturally there is no hop flavor, no glaring flaws aside from the vinegar note, barely perceptible pils sweetness. Nice minerality. Some bitterness apparent in the finish.

MF- light bodied, effervescent, quenching acidity that's stops just short of burning, alcohol is there if you pay attention,

OVERALL- This is one of those instances where reviewing the beer almost took the fun out of drinking it. Such a cohesive and harmonious product that you just kinda want to throw it back without thinking about it, which would be very easy to do. Fans of the "funk" may be rather disappointed as this is exceptionally bright and clean. The floral and citrus dimensions are almost on par with any US IPA out there. This is like the greatest glass of lemonade ever.

2010 Vintage reviewed - April 2015 - Big Bottle

Appearance- slightly chill-hazed blonde with low white head and no retention. No lace either. Boon, we both know you're better than this.

Aroma - Big Overripe cantelope, white pepper, lemon zest, mint/ nettle, lavender, dandelion, rhubarb... all very subdued/ muted. Slightly boozy. Sharp.

Flavor - Light malt sweetness with slight honey character, big rhubarb dimension, green melon, floral on mid-palate- rose like, wisp of vanilla in the top, light sandalwood. Could be tasting the barrel here? Has a character that almost reminds me of East Kent Goldings, white pepper/ nettle is back. No sulfur, or musty qualities.

Mouthfeel - Alcohol definitely hits the sinuses. The beer is not astringent or puckering. Acidity and alcohol combine or a long finish that isn't unpleasant, but could be rounder. High carbonation.

Overall - Rewarding, but quite to the standard I expect from Boon. A little messy. In all fairness this bottle was probably not cellared under prime conditions. I was quite surprised to get this at a Manhattan Whole Foods for 13 dollars, I really hope there is no relationship between this sudden availability and the possible downturn in quality.

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle, probably bought about 2 years ago. Pours a clear dark golden with a huge fizzy pillowy white head that retains well and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruits and acidic tartness with some stinky musty yeast.

The flavor is subdued - sweet fruits with a dry metallic note and some tart slight sourness. As it warms, the fruity tart sourness dominates. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, I liked this. It's a bit thin and subdued in the flavor but I like what's there.

Photo of shapudding
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the tasting party at the General Lafayette!

Poured out a caramelly golden. My pour was towards the end of the bottle, so I had tons of scrod throughout the glass. Light white ring of carbination on the edges with tiny bubbles.

Hard to describe the scent... lightly musty, but not in a bad way. Spicey mustard...citrus... sweetened black tea... Alot going on with the aroma, just so hard to place it all...

Tastes of black tea with lemon, not overly sour. Floral and citrus. Drank next to the Blitheringidiot, he said he tasted dandylions, and damned if I couldn't tast and smell both -yeah, I can remember chomping on them in my youth! Leaves a slightly dry, tealike feeling in your mouth. Overall very nice, if not one you could sit back with for hours on end.

Photo of Guden
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a geuze Boon pint glass at Pakhuis in Ghent, Belgium.

A- hazy gold with a decent head and lacing for a sour beer.

S- lemon and white bread come through with lighter notes of cherry an apple cider vinegar. Interesting but not as complex as some sours.

T- similar to the nose, the lemony sour is strong but balanced with the bready body. More hoppy bitterness than I had expected but it is well incorporated. The cherry (I assumed from Brett) is a nice note but the apple cider and vinegar notes are a touch too high over the course of the bottle.

M- thin and dry as expected but with a nice carbonation that keeps it perky and refreshing.

O- a really nice example of the style. Not as complex as some but tasty and tart in the best ways.

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$11.99 for the caged/corked green bomber, best before 5-16-28! Pours cloudy medium tangarine amber, under a larger, puffy head slowly receeding and morhping to loose meraingue, medium tan in color. Leaves some large blobs of lacing. Cirtus, horse blanket, and must in the subtle nose. Moderatly tart gueuze, more lemon/lime notes, mustyness, barnyard and sour beer goodness, Zesty, palate clearing and efreshing brew. If you dont like this type of beer, you have not drunk enough of it...complex, tasty and thoroughly enjoyable. Seek out and enjoy

Photo of badbeer
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold, white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is grassy, lemon zest, funk, and some nice sourness. Taste is sour and inviting. There are some nice funky flavors going on, but this bottle has a little bit of a metallic finish, causing me to lower the score. High carbonation and light body, bone dry finish. It's really good stuff, but the metallicness in this bottle lowers the score; if future bottles don't have the metallic finish, my score will be higher.

Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a foamy white head. Sour apples, peaches, and soem vinegar in the aroma. Sharp, funky taste up front. Sweeter, peach taste towards the back with a mascarpone finish. It always throws me when the brett in these sour beers is able to flip from sour to cheese/butter sweet in the finish. Light, tart, and enjoyable.

Photo of pat61
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Berries, funky washed rind cheese, goldenrod, and wet horseblanket on the nose. Pours gold with a slight haze under 1”, whispy white foam cap that fairly rapidly dissipates but leave thin lace. A marvelously fine carbonation supports dry, crisp lemony, citrusy tart flavors with a slight bitterness on the end. Incredible creamy texture, light body. A super refreshing beer.

Photo of ehammond1
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2003)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy yellow and golden with a nearly 2-finger white head. Spots and lines of lacing down the glass. Perfect for the style.

Musty, barnyard funk, earth, and some lemon aromas shine through and a mild though certainly presently sour tartness. Not quite as bright and sour as I really love in my gueuzes, but still very nice. No complaints.

Not nearly as sour as I would have expected or particularly enjoy in my favorites of the style. This has a lot of barnyard and musty funk, horse blanket and hay, grass, and sour apples. It comes together well, though I miss the stinging sour I was expecting!

Light to medium bodied, though full and dry. Very nice.

A decent and certainly a good gueuze. And I cannot say this definitively, because I wasn't lucky enough to have a fresh bottle, but I think this bottle has faded and would have been far better years ago.

Photo of mahak213
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2007 375mL bottle

Appearance- Super hazy orange body, with a bone colored head. Head receded fairly quickly.

Smell- Tart and funky, slight apricot, grass, lemon

Taste- Dominated by earthy funk, very mild sourness, lemon. Finish has a slight metallic taste that is a bit off-putting, but it fades as it warms up.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation for the style, at least the bottle I had. Doesn't finish very dry, but still has a refreshing quality to it.

Overall- Not my favorite as far as gueuze goes, but not bad. Would be much better without the metallic edge on the finish.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee - much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy golden-copper color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light funk, tart green apples, and wheat.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Wheat and light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by tart green apple flavors with hints of sweeter pear, the former not as intense as the nose intimated. Midway through the sip it turns mildly grassy with good amounts of funk. The ending is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this was a very crisp and not overly tart beer for the style - one of the few that I could sip on. While it's nothing special it's worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply awesome. Very stinky earthy smell. Very earthy flavour, very sour, very citric, slightly bitter, and tart, very complex and a slight woody barrel flavour. Don't hesitate if you see this, you won't regret it.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml poured into a snifter. 2007 Vintage. Bottled 10-09-2010 (subtracted 20 years from best by date per website)

A: Pours a mostly opaque cloudy amber with a 1 finger that is not very compact and quick to dissipate. Lots of visible carbonation shooting to the surface. Head finishes as just a ring around the outside of the glass.

S: A very tart and sour fruitiness with a complimenting oak backing. A bit of funk and cellar in there. The fruit comes through as a blend of berries and cherries.

T: This one is certainly on the tart side of the spectrum. Intense at first any other flavor is undeserniable. After a second or two a fruitiness comes out. Oak notes are solid in the middle as well. A lambic yeast finish. I'm always a fan of pouring in the yeast for the last bit of the glass but would recommend skipping that on this vintage.

M: Light to medium body with great carbonation. Mouth puckering with its sour qualities. Any alcohol is lost in the tartness. Just a bit of stickiness upon finish.

Overall I will certainly be picking up a few more of these. About as far on the tart side as I would think sours can get. A little lacking in some complexity with fruitiness and whatnot but nonetheless a must try for anyone seeking the extreme.

Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a golden copper body, clear, with a strong streem of bubbles running to the top of my glass. The head was rather thick but collapsed rather quickly. A solid ring was left behind. The nose was funky and had a bit of citrus. The taste was woody, funky and had notes of vanilla. The taste was also sour, a bit tart but very pleasing to the senses. Overall a well balanced and smooth beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. 2007 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a small white head that does not last long. Very thin lacing that forms randomly.

S: Starts off with some lemon and green apple on the aroma, but it is VERY barnyard/funky. The funk sort of covers the
fruit and other aromas. Definite tartness.

T: More sour apple and lemon on the flavor profile, with a nice tang/sourness. Again, rather funky, but not a pronounced as the aroma. A little bit of oak shines through as well.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Not the most sour of gueuzes that I have had.

O: A pretty good gueuze, but not my favorite. I like them a little more sour with a little less funk, but would be happy to drink this one again.

Photo of tastybeer
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dirty gold amber in color with a modest white head. Aroma is bright, fruity, woody, and pleasantly stinky. Apples, cranberries, pear, melon perhaps... Very clean and a little apple pie. Taste is sharply sour and tangy with. Fruit, leaves, and earthiness. Very refreshing. Fermented apples with grapefruit rind. Very drying on the palate and mouthwatering with its tartness. Implosive mouthfeel and chalky dryness. Warming somewhat as well after the finish.

Photo of dowen17
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a bubbly two finger head. Quickly recedes to a one finger head and slowly bubbles away into a small ring.

On the nose is sour apple and funky yeast. A little bit of earthy notes.

Taste is sour, tart, and salty. Some fruits in the background. Very tart and salty. A hint of oak on the aftertaste. Clean finish.

Good carbonation. Light but creamy and smooth.

Good sour. Try it if you get a chance. Would drink again.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear and bubbly yellow/very light orange color with a stark white fizzy head that retains very well by lambic standards and leaves ok lacing.

Nose reeks of funk. Barnyard and horseblanket come out strong with tons of brett and other wild yeast apparent. Some light fruit, apples and a bit of straw and some armpit.

Hmm. Not quite as sour as the nose lets on, but man, now tasty! Great light fruit jumps out, some apple and pear. Super farm funk and brett also very strong on the flavor profile. The sourness comes on strong up to the middle of the taste, but then sort of fades a bit as the finish approaches. Very interesting. Appley funk remains on the palate through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty much ideal, slight overcarbonation but I like it that way. Greaty dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. The slightly toned down sourness makes this one very easy to consume.

Overall a very nice geueze. Not as sour as most might expect, but make no mistake, this is a sour lambic. Awesome flavor profile, and I like the little extra carbo boost. A fine lambic, and one I am excited to put some more age on.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Corked bottle poured into Chimay chalice 2010 vintage

A: dark straw colored good clarity lively carbonation

S: lots of wood barrel and vinegar maybe a little hay

T: bursts onto your tongue with a lot of oak and vinegar with a little underlying sweetness that is there then gone and a nice sour finish

M: Bubbly light body does not linger much on the tongue pretty clean finish

O: I'm not a wine drinker so maybe I can't appreciate this style it's just over carbonated vinegary sourness. it is refreshing but I do not look for these.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a neutral label, not a pink one, from State Line Liquors. A wonderful geuze. Wonderful aroma for the style. What fruit was naturally imparted? This is a bit aged, but still good for another two decades. Funky bold, a white head on creamy yellow with active bubbles. By itself. Oal, sour, very drinkable and satsifying. Good carbontion.

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
92 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.