Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 333
Hads: 904
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 75
Gots: 169 | FT: 13
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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 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. (342 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

2007 vintage.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with an earthy and funky flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma that is tasty and easy to drink. (570 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003. Aged for at least 3 years before release.

Pours a hazy deep orange, amber tint with a nice thin white head, thicker with a swirl. Sour citrus nose, little skunky/celery like but not offensive or unattractive.

Nice mouthfeel with a rich carbonation and a quality "sour" character. A rich and full "sour/tart" character.

Nice citrus/sour/tart flavors that causes a good pucker, with high acid and pleasant sour flavors. Rich and full flavors that are nice by itself and will go very well with food. Sour flavors actually get more and more refined in the glass. Nice

P.S. I just went to my desk 24 hours later and found that the bottle was open and still on the desk with about 3 inches left. I tried it...it was still carbonated, although a bit reduced, and with all of the above characteristics, although perhaps a bit less intense. (851 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellowish brown in color and poured with a three finger high off white head that did down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible along with a few dark yeast particles clinging to the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness and funk in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a moderate amount of sour flavors and a touch of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink compared to other beers in the style because the sourness dis not overpowering. Any traces of alcohol in the taste are well hidden.

Note: 2004 vintage (830 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine picked this up in New York. 2004 Vintage.

A: poured a bright yellow without much at all in the way of haze or sediment. The head started out at about two fingers, eventually falling down to some lace around the edge of the brew.

S: loads of funky barnyard, horse blanket, hay, you name it. As unappetizing as it was for everyone to say, there were hints of ammonia reminiscent of things I'd rather not consume, but still rather pleasant indeed.

T: nice and musty. I could almost imagine myself lounging in the hay loft of a barn quaffing this one back all summer long. The Brett really did a fantastic job on this one. Also present was a little bit of oak.

M: nice and dry. Not much of a sour character, but that's perfect on this gueuze, as there's so much going on that I can't adequately describe it. The 8.0% abv is not at all present.

D: quite smooth and the complexity definitely kept me coming back for more. Stand up job from Boon; can't believe this was my first beer from them. (1,009 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a white head that displays good retention and lacing

Smell: Tart green apples with farmhouse funk

Taste: The tart green apple flavors fill the mouth and, after the swallow, some oakiness is detected; tartness expands through to the finish, which becomes filled with yeasty funkiness

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a high level of carbonation

Drinkability: An acquired taste but quite enjoyable (438 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage. this beer is outstanding, thanks to my rare beer club for hooking this up. a real treat. it pours a radiant orangey yellow color, hazy, but not nearly as much as some others. the head is over two inches tall, and leaves excellent lacing. the nose is sour and punchy, just how I like it. not as complex as some, but still a lot going on with a lemony acid profile and a floral sort of yeast that goes well with the souring agents. the flavor is just like the nose, very straightforward gueuze. im picking up a little more oak in this than I usually do, which I think helps the sour set in and make a little bigger impression. its very refreshing, and it hides its strength incredibly well. im surprised at its elegance, being as big as it is. I think the age has mellowed it just a bit, as the carbonation isn't quite as effervescent as it probably was. but the relaxed feel really works for me, and the light body helps it stay drinkable. overall an excellent example of the style, it has that perfect sour funk profile that is just right for this time of year. this one is a winner, worthy of seeking out. could see giving it another 10 years or so too... (1,170 characters)

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. (1,884 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a yellow hazy colored beer with a nice bubbly head with standard retention. Aroma is quite sour with some citrus notes also noticeable. Taste is quite refreshing with again some citrus notes and a quite powerful sour taste. The acidity level is just perfect and doesn’t unbalance this great beer. I was quite surprise with the high level of ABV for a gueuze but since it hard to notice taste-wise I didn’t mind. Overall, a great gueuze with good balance and complexity. (486 characters)

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

Appearance: Dark gold in color with striking clarity. Pours with a large, sticky head of 3 1/2 inches, which settles to about half an inch after a few minutes. The constantly-rising stream of bubbles provide excellent head retention.

Smell: A massive, funky horse-blanket aroma erupts from the bottle as soon as the cork pops off - it's noticeable from a few feet away. Closer inspection reveals oak, vinegar, apple and lemon.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sour from the start, with subtle oak and white vinegar. Lemon and grapefruit flavors are most prevalent, both juice and rind, with an underlying funkiness tying it all together. The finish is dry, leaving a light tartness on the palate. Champagne-like carbonation lends a light, airy mouthfeel. (742 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cool.
Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow into a tulip glass. Three fingers of dense, crackling foam, sheets of sticky lacing, and champagne carbonation.

Honey, wet stone/minerals, lemon rind in the nose. Wet hay, mild barnyard funk, but not as funky or earthy as Girardin. Sour/sharpness is pretty mild. Classical in appearance and aroma.

Lemon juice tart, wheaty, some apple skin in the aftertaste. Dry finish, not especially woody. Lacking in the sour department, more like champagne than anything.

Fairly astringent, crisp mouthfeel. Thin but spritzy, with champagne-like carbonation. A good intro to Gueuze, very drinkable and approachable, but it's not quite as good as their unblended lambic. (712 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yellowish amber color coming out to greet me right away. Very hazy and cloudy,

farmhouse funk. Ohh so inviting this was tremendously tart and sour. . Lots of grape and apple tones all over this one, really pushing the senses to the limits of what they could possible endure, but you know in a good way. A wonderful rich tart, sour, funky, explosion of flavor, picking up right where the aroma left off. Deep sour apple and grape flavors are all over this one, really pushing this forward on you. The finish was dry, and very long lingering, leaving you desperately craving another (583 characters)

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

A bottle from 2003 shared with friends on the 4th of July.

A: The pour is a hazy amber-orange color with a very short lived white head.

S: The nose is quite lactic, with notes of lemon and sour green apple. The oak is powerful as well, and a bit damp, musty, and funky.

T: Lots of oak, moreso than is present in the nose. Very dry and only mildly sour. The sourness is once again in the form of lemon and green apples. The funk is pronounced and is a bit grassy, musty, and barnyard nature.

M: Medium in body with a fair amount of effervescence. Despite not being all that sour, the finish brings on a bit of salivation and is quite dry.

D: This one may not yet have reached its prime, or may yet to be there. A good gueuze, but not the best on I've had. (759 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

2009 vintage. I popped this bottle with a friend of mine who's soon to tie the knot, a sort of toast to good tidings and good futures. It pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild mandarin orange, white wine grapes (pretty close to Chardonnay), light vanilla, and a smattering of very light cobweb. The taste brings in more of the same, with a good amount of the inherent funk seeping into the mandarin orange character. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice gueuze, hopefully a glass of healthy portents for my buddy and his lady. (692 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. The bottle says 2007.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber color with a small layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: I'm getting a nice barnyard funky along with some vinegar/citrus sourness. Some herbal notes with a mildly sweet malt note.

Taste: The funky outweights the sweet right off the bat. More herbal citrus sourness. Some barnyard funk. Everything is very smooth and all the flavors blend together. The finish is slightly bitter and funky.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: I had this with some mussels, and it was perfect. So smooth and very easy to drink. I never would have guessed that it's 8 percent. (755 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this bottle at Poechenellekelder in Brussels, served in a lambic glass.

The color is dark golden with thick white head fine bead with no lace, clarity is thickly hazed. The smell is a mix of floral and tea-like herbal notes with a earhty and light lemony sour odor with slight tropical accent and light funk. The feel is moderately strong and sour with medium high carbonation with gentle sweet element and light alcohol in the feel with mild lactic acidity with dry clean finish.

The taste is great -very tangy with lemony and light sweet flavor with a subtle funkiness and gentle alcohol considering it is 8% it is pretty faint with slight woody accent and mild tannin with more lemony juicy taste like sparkling sour lemonade with a nice dry alcohol augmented finish with light lactic acid continuing on after the dry tangy finish. Overall a wonderful gueuze with a little more sourness than most and alcohol yet that is not apparent in the taste I really loved having this on the last day of our Anniversary trip to Belgium (1,041 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Ray for the share!
2009 vintage, consumed June, 2014.

See, gueuze can still be good without being .rar. Hazy, golden-bronze color, with a tall, foamy, off-white head; good retention and strands of lacing on the glass. In the nose, funk and yeast, cobwebs, composed citrus rind, some floral notes. The taste was similar, bready yeast, grassy funk, horseblanket and cobwebs, subtle citrus and floral notes, oak, candi sugar. This was a smooth drinker, mellow and lightly sour, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Very good overall. I ended up picking up a bottle for myself at the shop; maybe I'll see what a few more years does to it. (653 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage version. Served from a bottle in the Porterhouse Dublin. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger thin head devoid of cream. Abysmal retention. Hazy yellow-orange colour. Appealing.

Sm: Berry esters/fruit hops. Maybe passionfruit? Mix of different fruits, hence the title I assume. Mild strength scent.

T: Sharp open slices right into the fruit body, with the notes from the nose in their hoppy glory bleeding into the finish. Complex, but lacking the distinctiveness of notes required to be truly subtle and brilliant. The finish is nice, a pleasant floral/berry taste.

Mf: Nicely coarse, fizzy, and dry, coaxing out the flavours. I'd like more of a relaxed open and a bit less incisive carbonation.

Dr: A good Sunday morning beer, but far from a great fruit beer. Certainly worth a go for any beer fanatic, but it's not easy on the wallet - at least not in Dublin - at 6.20 quid. Good for gueuze, and I need to revisit it to go into more detail once I'm more familiar with the style. (1,002 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage. Best before September 16th, 2028. Served in a Darkness glass. Think bosse gave this to me, but I can't remember.

A - Big light tan foam settles to a thick cap and thicker collar, leaving behind a few stray splotches of lace. Surprisingly dark transparent apple cider body.

S - This is a very earthy, dank, musty, and mushroom-heavy gueuze. There are some funky fruits, a bit of green apple, and musky sweat. A surprising amount of oaky vanilla is present.

T - Taste has more wet stone and mineral character, along with tart apple, mild lemon acidity, and plenty of the aforementioned musty barn, forest floor, and mushrooms. Nowhere near as acidic as the Tilquin I had yesterday. The 8% is shocking well-hidden - I'd never guess this was significantly stronger than any other gueuze.

M - Surprisingly hefty medium-full body, zesty active carbonation, a fairly tannic and dry finish. Very mild acidity - my stomach doesn't get perturbed, even after most of a bottle.

D - Would make a decent substitute for Drie Fonteinen, depending on availability and budget. Crushed the 375ml bottle on my own, even with the higher ABV. Will definitely have this again down the road - curious to see how other vintages compare. (1,230 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 02/19/12 notes. Received from JYounger30 in the Birthday BIF; thanks Jay! Been a want of mine for a while. 375ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. 2007 vintage eith a best by date of 10/09/2030 on the bottle.

a - Pours a murky yellow-orange color with three fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a few minutes and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells barnyard funk, cheese, oak, earthy notes, a bit acedic, and some light citrus. Super funky, really really nice.

t - Tastes of earthy and must notes, barnyard funk and cheese, acedic, light citrus, apples. A little less funky then the nose but still really nice.

m - Light to medium body to high carbonation.

o - Overall a really nice gueuze. I thought the nose was fantastic, bordering on a 5, and was really funky. Split the bottle with my brother but could have easily drank it all myself; look forward to getting more of it. I liked it a ton better then the normal Boon Gueuze, but not quite as much as the Boon Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait. (1,055 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served at a tasting, 2003 vintage.

Beer is yellow and hazy with high carbonation and a thin head.

Aroma is acetic and lactic, mildly grainy, smells nice.

Beer is bright with carbonation, thin body, and an acetic bite. I like this beer more than I thought I would. I had the PM Kriek earlier and was underwhelmed but this gueuze is great. THe lactic acid gives the beer a swimming creaminess and has a great finish. (425 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank this one with Thanksgiving dinner this year.
'07 375ml bottle.

A - Pours amber orange with a fizzy half finger tall white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace at all down the glass. Went totally dead pretty quickly.

S - Smells of basement must, lots of damp earth, light barnyard funk, lactic sourness, dash of citric fruit and some wet grass. This one is really earthy with the other aromas bringing up the rear.

T - Starts off with the strong earthiness that never really fades away. The lactic sourness, must, funk, grass and light fruitiness help round it out but the earth is just a little too strong. Finish is pretty dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with spritzy carbonation. Not overly sour in the feel, more tart really, with plenty of dryness after each sip.

O - I enjoyed this one but it wasn't worth what I had to pay for it. I could have gotten a Tilquin for a few dollars cheaper and I would have been just as happy, if not happier. I wouldn't turn down another but I doubt I would buy any more unless the price is right. (1,090 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cage-corked bottle, best before 25.01.2025.
Poured into tulip glass:

Pours slightly hazed orange with a thick bubbly white head. Bubbles of various sizes rise to the top. Some tiny bits of lacing slide down the glass. The head thins to a floating patch after some time.

The smell is of lemony fruitiness with some mildly spicy breadiness, barnyard mustiness, graininess and candi sugar.
Sweettart.

The taste is sweettart. Light tart lemony fruitiness combines wonderfully with toffeeish maltiness. Sweetness balances tartness well. Finishes with a long dryness.

Just enough carbonated bubbles gently glide over the palate without being fizzy. Effervescent with enough body to it to keep it together.

A great, refreshing beer. "Perfect marriage" indeed. Malty character keeps the funky gueuze (spelled "geuze" by this brewery) fairly mild for the style, but allowing enough of it to come through. A great, unique brew. Try pairing with a creamy cheese. (963 characters)

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. (749 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/15/07- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 375ml bottle, both caged and corked. Best before...2025! Holy crap, I've never seen such a lentgh of goodness before. Poured into my Lindemans flute.

Appearance- True golden color. Champagne bubble effervescence. Fluffy pillowlike 1 inch white head. Leaves behind gobs and chunks of lace. A sight to behold.

Smell- Fresh fruit basket nose buried beneath hay that has been sitting out in a rainstorm. Heavy horse and uric acid scent as well.

Taste- Tart, fruity and crisp. A touch of cherry and raspberry. a wee bit bitter in the swallow, but has perfect tartness. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp with surging sharp carbonation. A quick hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- It was worth dropping $10 to try. About the best per style I have had. Ultimate thirst quencher. (853 characters)

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
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