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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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344 Reviews
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Reviews: 344
Hads: 975
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 17.52%
Wants: 81
Gots: 196 | FT: 13
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Brouwerij Boon
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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 Derek
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003 vintage.

A: Hazy, brownish-straw, very little retention, slight leg/lace.

S: Huge lactic sourness, old shoes, earthy minerals. Wild.

T: Big funk & tartness up front, but not over-powering. Earthy, leathery, oak & a slight vanilla in the aftertaste.

M: Well attenuated, light to moderate body, moderate carbonation, very dry.

D: Decent for the style.

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

This one labeled 2003.

The smell is pretty lively, with a moderate level of funkiness accompanying the sour.

Taste is wild funkiness, sour, and there's this underlying bitterness, I don't know if it's from the alcohol or a yeast by product. Being that it's 8"% it might be the alcohol causing some spiciness or peppery taste that comes off kinda bitter.

It didn't blow me away in any one area but it just felt like a real solid Gueuze, a style I'm trying to become more familiar with.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours goldenrod with a mild bubbly white head, fair retention, nothing special to look at.

S: Great banyard funk, fermented apples, sweat, champagne grapes.

T: Similar in a lot of way to the original Gueze Boon, but seems more refined, the flavours aren't as out there. Horse blankets and wool form the main flavour with light sourdough malt, acidity and sour fruit. Quite complex.

M: Acidic, but it is quite light, seems thin at times, easy to drink.

D: A nice tasty lambic from Boon, another winner, just wish it wasn't so pricey.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle, dated 2003, drank near the end of July 2008.

Now this is what I am talkin' about! A 5 year old Gueuze -- well, almost, since these things are traditionally brewed in the fall. But let's not get into semantics.

The beer is fantastic. A deliciously balanced beer, almost too balanced. The funk and the sour can't quite decide which one wins, and that is pretty nice.

The beer has a nice, rich smell. Candle wax, pineapple, kiwi, and mango.

The taste expands upon the smell. It adds layers of candle wax, lemon, swiss cheese, armpit sweat, cheddar cheese, cheap processed American cheese, chalk, lychee, kumquat, and very dry white wine.

A very good experience, but I have to say that there are better lambics out there. Now, that is always the case that there is a better beer somewhere, but I mean that there are some fresh lambics that I think surpass this deliciously aged example. That doesn't mean it isn't fantastic, it is. But it lacks that sour bite that I love in lambics (as is provided by the likes of Hanssens and Cantillon) while not being overboard with bretty esters (such as 3 Fonteinen).

Good, but not mind-blowing. Personally, I think they overdid it on the alcohol, which leads to the waxy taste and texture.

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

This beer poured a cloudy yellow color and formed a huge foamy white head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, yeast, lemon and barnyard/mustiness. The flavor was of citrus, pepper, some of the yeast and barnyard elements also are present. The body is medium light and finish has the tartness one expects from the style. A nice beer.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Corked bottle poured in to a Boon glass. Much thanks to one of the Public House bartenders for reccomending this one.

This is the most balanced Geuze I have ever had.

Great golden straw colored body. Champagne like carbonation and head.

Funky barnyard nose. Awesome!

This beer has a GREAT taste to it. Sour and funky but not overpowering. Balanced to perfection. You can taste a very light hop flavor on the back end. A slight sweetness towards the end too.

Quite refreshing. I could drink this all day long.

Truly a perfect marriage of the old and new lambics!

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

Pours a hazy golden with a tight white head that sticks around as a cap. Nice spicy and herbal notes in the aroma, with black pepper, coriander, and lemon. Tastes very Saison-like with some crisp, clean, lemony sourness, black pepper, coriander, and the barest hint of funkiness at the finish. The funkiness increases somewhat as the beer warms. Slightly bitter herbalness at the end. The mouthfeel is quenching, refreshing, and complex. Great beer, and even a bit challenging while completely refreshing.

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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.

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Photo of callmescraps
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Popped open this geuze to share with a special someone.

Appearance - A nice, hazy, murky gold. Pours with a little head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Um, like champagne. But sort of a musty champagne. With hints of sort of an old apple cider that has started to ferment. The special someone detects some cheese funkiness to it. All that being said, I like these smells. They are earthy and musty, but also fruity.

Taste- Pretty much like the smell. Sort of a rich champagne taste with hints of fruit, but also the mustiness, and the crisp apple tartness.

Mouthfeel - Possibly the hardest to judge. It's very bubbly, like a champagne, but a little thicker. Very smooth, but hard to hold as it tingles.

Drinkability - I shared this bottle, and that's probably the way to go. Like a champagne, it's highly carbonated, so not exactly smooth. However, it's refreshing.

Maybe a nice aperitif with some fruit, especially outdoors on a warm day. I'd treat it like a bottle of champagne, but it has more tartness and mustiness than a champagne would. I enjoy all these characteristics separately, and they mesh very well here.

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Photo of tpd975
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another brew provided by my RB buddy fishingnet.

A: Nice bubbly carbonation leads to a nice two finger fluffy, white head. The beer is a nice light bright yellow hue.

Sm: Nice funky lambic aromas up front. This one is big on green fruits and yeast. There is a hint of earthy, horsey funk as well. Nice funky brew..

T: Tons of green fruit and funk. Yeasty, earthy goodness in a bottle. Nice and sour without being overthetop. Not the best lambic out there but very solid I must say.

M: Dry in the finish, bold, crisp, and bubbly..

D: Pretty drinkable. We shared a bottle which is about right.

Overall: Nice drinking beer that is best shared. I have really become a fan of this style and this is one of the better offering. It is sort of rare so if you find it buy it.

Thanks Ben, Wow what a day. 6 wonderful brew sampled.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a cream colored head, nice lacing and good retention. Slight haze and amber in color.

Smells of barnyard funk, tartness, light vinegar? and grass.

Tastes tart, funky and grassy. Also has a hit of acidic fruits. The more I drink this beer the more I am able to appreciate it.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first Gueze I've ever tried and I'm quite excited. This one is to toast my new job!

A: Poured from corked and caged bottle with best before date of 1/25/2026 (haha) a hazy gold color, completely opaque. Poured with a head about half an inch thick, that quickly reduced, to about an 1/8 of an inch, stayed the entire beer.

S: When I first popped the bottle open it smelled very skunky, couldn't tell if it was from the green bottle or if this is what its supposed to smell like. Second smell yields a very belgian yeasty smell, after a bit familiar lambic musty, fruity smells surface. Very complex.

T: Not as sour as I had hoped for, but still quite tart. Very dry, somewhat alcoholic as well. Very interesting, but almost overpowering dryness. Interesting hop finish as well. This is a very complex beer, tasty, but not quite as good as I had hoped for.

M: Very dry, nicely carbonated though, pretty smooth and easy in the mouth. Very tart though.

D: One is enough for me. This beer is interesting, and i wish i could get a fresher bottle to compare it, even though the expiration date is 16yrs in the future I think some light got to this one. Not a bad beer, but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of roblowther
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Has a golden color that makes it look almost lit from within. It is extremely active, building up, surpisingly, almost no head but leaving a great lacing. Genuinely one of the most interesting looking beers I've ever seen. The smell is apricots, bananas, sour cherries, and pepper. The taste is predominately dry, with some fruit, then a crisp finish. This a fantastic gueuze,;very, very balanced. The mouthfeel is soft & buttery. The drinkability is good but, as with almost all gueueze for me, the sourness limits this. All in all one of the very best of the style I've had. Of course, your friends that don't like beer will still hate it :)

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Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellowish, watery honey like pour with a small offwhite head. Smell is fruity and funky. Sharp bubbly mouthfeel that is a bit too carbonated actually. Taste is tart, acidic, and bland with no sweetness. Nothing appealing to me. Couldn't finish my sample size.

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

375 ml bottle, best before date 25.01.2026, served in a Riedel Vinum Extreme flute at 54 F/ 12 C.

Hazy golden color. Two inches of loose-knit off-white head reduces to a tenacious half inch.

Smells like musty hay, grass, herbs, tart dried apricot, and leather. A bit of something like vomit (butyric acid?), but it's not a problem. Not extremely funky.

Tastes like tart fruit: grapefruit, lemon, strawberry. Wood comes in and dries everything out, and the acidity and grassy bitterness grow. Very well balanced; the acidity never becomes overbearing. Fairly long finish of woody strawberry seeds and peach stone, with grass, dry and somewhat bitter.

Lively but soft carbonation and the acidity and bitterness make for an enjoyable texture. Very easy to drink; the grassy bitterness combines with the acidity to make this beer exceedingly refreshing.

I paired the second glass with three cheeses: Humboldt Fog goat cheese, Dubliner, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. The Humboldt Fog was a perfect match. The Dubliner was also an excellent match. The Parmesan pairs well, but not outstandingly so.

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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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped by the Thirsty Monk in Ashville and had a bottle of this beauty. I told the bartender I wanted the Most sour beer he had (for some reason, I was in the mood for a super sour beer) and this is what he brought out. Pours into a cylindrical a pale straw color with a stark white head, plenty of lacing, and the head retention is amazing. Definitely sour in the taste. A tart and tangy feel with a little bit of saltiness. I really liked this one and will probably have it againg next time I am in the Thirsty Monk.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

9.45 for a 375 ml bottle at Downtown Wines in Boston.

Pours a clear pale orange with a gigantic foamy head and a frenetic storm of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. The head lasts a good while and leaves a smattering of lace webs behind. Huge citrusy acidic, sourness in the nose. Leathery brett and earthy flavors mix with stinky cheese in the background. The taste is sharp and sour, with a plethora of complicated lambicy flavors in the mix. Citrus, like sucking a white grapefruit, and tangy raw wheat grain mixes with earthy soft oak flavors and a propoderance of barnyard, cidery, lambic funk. The funk isnt as pronounced as the other authentic lambic brewers/blenders, but its still there in abundance. The finish is ultra dry and slightly puckering. The mouthfeel is full bodied and almost numbing with the busy carbonation. Alcohol flavor is nil throughout.

This is a real winner. Cleaner than other great gueuzes but still chock full of complexity and uber dryness. Very delicious, I will definitely seek this out again.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375 ml bottle ( best before 25.01.2026 ) into Cantillon geuze glass. Poured a hazy golden orange color with a foamy champagne head. Smells of a moldy lemon, wet wheat, and a slight barnyard funk. Taste is sharp acidic citrus with a mild dryness are mellowed by the slight oak undertone. Mouthfeel is light body with a dryness that is well balanced with champagne like carbonation. Its a smooth tasting geuze and would a great thirst quencher on summer day.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.14/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a champagne color with lots of carbonation bubbles, a thin whte head that dissipated very quickly amd no lacing. Nose was a pleasant tart fruit, and the initial taste was the same. Unfortunately, this sour fruit quickly faded to a taste that was more stale in nature, and the finish was dry and stale as well.
I may have just gotten an old bottle, but I was not nearly as impressed with this one as I have been other lambics.

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

Beer bottle (37,5 cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance: abundant white foam, fine bubbles, persistency average. Golden yellow color, very cloudy
Smell: powerful smell fruity and herbaceous at the opening of the bottle. Then the yeast takes over, with fresh notes
Taste and mouthfeel: fisrt great freshness. The finish is fruity, with a very long persistency.
Drinkability: great gueuze (in the traditional style). Drinking this beer, it really feels to be on the farm :-)
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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.

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Photo of rallison
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a 1 finger fizzy head that mostly dies and leaves no lacing - not at all surprising. Smell is nicely tart, although not quite as sharp as some.

Taste is lemony tart with just a touch of sweetness from the malt. Flavors here are just slightly muddled, and not as refreshing as the best in class, sharp, tangy gueuzes. Solid, still, but not perfect.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated with a pretty dry finish. Drinkability is good I would say. A gueuze is tough to judge on drinkability, but I could see having a couple glasses of this.

Recommended. A nice gueuze - I'd take Girardin any day over this, but this is solid.

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
92 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.