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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 61
Gots: 115 | FT: 11
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-08-2002)
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this bottle.

Appearance: The color of Mariage Parfait is a lightly hazy golden color with a copper tint. A small creamy white cap fades to a splotchy head after a few sips.

Smell: After the first whiff I mostly just take away that this is tart and lactic. With a bit more effort, soft funky notes almost border on fungal, there is a woody presence that smells like rotting oak, and some strong tannins as well.

Taste: The flavor starts with a moderate tartness. Some indistinguishable fruit flavors try to attach themselves to the sour flavor without success. A soft barnyard flavor completes the wild portion of the flavor. A fairly noticeable oaky tannic astringency comes in toward the end, which creates a fairly undesirable finish. Tart and astringent is tough on my palate, although neither was particularly strong.

Mouthfeel: The body on this is noticeably fuller than I have experienced in another gueuze. The carbonation is a little soft - it feels like it gives up before the glass is empty. Although there is a moderate tartness to the flavor, this does not have a strong acidic or vinegary feel at all.

Overall: After 7 years in the bottle and with 8% alcohol, I would have expected this to be blisteringly sour, but that was not the case. This was one of more mild gueuzes I have had.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 21:31:02 | More by KickInTheChalice
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DoubleJ

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2003 Vintage! On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Pale orange in color with no head on the pour. Perhaps the age has taken the wind out of the head. Fruity and tart in the nose, like the aroma of sweettarts. That's something I like. The beer tastes like it was made awhile back; it's very low in carbonation, the acidity is greatly faded, and overall the flavor is mellower. Perhaps I enjoy the pucker of a fresh gueuze greater than the mellowness of an aged one, but I had higher hopes for this 8 year old Mariage Parfait.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 05:04:28 | More by DoubleJ
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OutFox

New York

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004. Only vintage of the Boon's Mariage Parfait Oude Geuze Ive had the privilage to taste. Found this bottle at a beer distributor deep in Brooklyn. Quite excited as its now 7 years in the bottle. Tasted at my apartment on my day off.

A- Cloudy hazy sort of gold with a pure white head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Wow. Barnyard funk is the term for lack of a better descriptive phrase. It seems to be sweet, sour, tart all at once.

T- Fantastic. Not as crazy sour as I would have expected but wow is it good. A sort of sour that I must say I havent ever experienced. Sour apple comes to mind. Its quite complex, just a farm of flavors here. Carbonation has held up quite well for a 7 year old beer. This is really fantastic, very glad I happened to stumble upon this.

M- Very fizzy especially for the age. Great mouthfeel. Almost stings the tongue with the sour/fizzy combination.

O- Lovely. ABsolutely lovely. I have the entire bottle to myself and Im quite pleased about that. THis is the only vintage Ive had but I will definately be seeking out more after this one. Great Geuze, not like over powering sour but very well balanced and complex. Cheers to Brouwerij Boon, another top notch Geuze.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 19:01:35 | More by OutFox
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ehammond1


3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 04:06:54 | More by ehammond1
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2007 vintage...

A- Very pale straw color. Almost light lager color, but a touch more golden. Giant foamy head that settles as very large bubbles pop and diminish.

S- Granny smith apples and some funk. Also a few lemons in there. Has a slight rotted wood aroma mixed it that gives me mixed signals.

T/M- Bland off the bat. Dull and watery. Tiny bit of wood and funk. I don't have much to say on this...

O- Disappointing. What flavors do come out are flat and unappealing. The aroma had some good qualities that made me look forward to the taste, but none of that came through.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 14:25:09 | More by TheGordianKnot
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joefuzz

New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage poured into tulip.

Pours golden yellow with a good sized white head good lacing. Smells of fresh lemon with a good amount of barnyard funk. Taste is not really as sour as expected actually not that sour at all, it tastes like a sugar lemon with a big presence of lactic funk very refershing. Mouthfeel is a typical gueuze carbonation seems a bit high for a 7 year old beer. Overall refreshing beer pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 00:41:06 | More by joefuzz
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 15:32:14 | More by BEERchitect
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2004 vintage.
Served in tulips.

Where's the sourness?
This beer is fine and pleasant, but it's like a cheeseburger without bacon, an impreza without a turbo, a dancer with pasties, etc.

Burnt orange body with an eggshell head of two fingers. Decent retention and legs.
Smells of pears an apricots with some floral notes to boot.
Starts off rather sweet in my opinion, but finishes pretty dry. There is a little hint of tartness, but no sourness at all. It is sad. The funk has notes of hay and horse barn. Not bad, but again, where's the sourness?!

The body seems too full and a bit undercarbonated.

Overall, this isn't bad, but certainly not worth the price tag to me. I am more than happy to have more sour gueuzes with less fruit and funk, but that's just me. This is certainly not a bad beer, but not my favorite take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 20:17:27 | More by AleWatcher
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a murky orange colour, with a lively head and decent lacing.

Smells 'organic' definitely getting alot of yeast, and a musky smell.

Tastes musky too, almost reminiscent of sour fruits, with high carbonation. It's a bit heavier than the regular Oude Geuze.

Overall an drink. I prefer the Oude Geuze though, as it is less musky. It has some quite skunky characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 12:03:31 | More by CwrwAmByth
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one with my doppelganger during my birthday weekend while hanging out at his gun store! 2003 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Russian River -tion chalice. Poured a murky brownish orange with a minimal slightly off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, wood, funk, and cherries. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew to kick off my actual birthday. This one was very musty in flavor which might be a turn-off to some people out there, so be warned. However, I rather enjoyed it. The wood character definitely made its presence known on the followthrough. The aroma was quite nice with funk dominating it with a touch of sweetness added in. A definite must try regardless of the vintage you can get.

Also, I would like to note that kkipple said that when he saw the pic of this beer when I was drinking it, that it was the first time there was a photo with a Geuze and an AR-15 in the same shot. Just thought I should point that out...

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 14:16:27 | More by thagr81us
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle, vintage 2007

A: Large head, recedes fairly quickly. Lots of trains of bubbles.

S: Lemon, clover, light funk

T: Rather hard to describe. Some orange and lemon flavors. Funky with an aggressively bitter note in the end. The highly effervescent mouthfeel seems to mask some flavor.

M: Very effervescent, perhaps a bit overly so as it dominates the experience. Otherwise, light bodied and very dry on the finish.

O: Unfortunately, this isn't living up to the promise of the aroma for me. It's a little more flavorful as it warms up and the carbonation dies down, but the bitter, metallic finish remains. Nowhere near the top of the gueuze world, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 03:15:59 | More by kscaldef
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle of the 06 vintage, poured into a Geuze Boon tumbler.

A: Slightly hazed orange-amber body under a gorgeous two-fingers of pillowy, creamy tan foam. Great retention, light lace. Very nice indeed.

S: Surprisingly restrained for a 5 year old, 8% Geuze. Grassy, herbal, fruity aromatics are most prominent, with some vinous, spiritous notes hiding underneath a touch of barnyard. Pretty standard, really.

T: Bracing citric acidity up front, with the herbal and funky flavors following closely. Apple + hay. Grapefruit. Dry, metallic, boozy finish. Not that great, but by no means unpleasant.

M: Explosive, smooth medium body. Just what I want from a Geuze.

O: I'll be the first to agree that this is a major step up from (Oude) Geuze Boon, but it just wasn't nearly as good as my favorite Geuzes (3F, Cantillon, Girardin, Hanssens). Maybe it's just something about the house style, but nothing I've had from Boon has made me want to drink it a second time.

Cheers!

Update: I got a chance to share a 750ml bottle of the 04 vintage at a recent tasting. Thanks to (IIRC) Knifestyles for putting his Lambic basket to use on this brew. From notes: Standard, nicely carbonated appearance. Very dry, chalky, herbal, grassy, leafy aroma. Tastes quite nice, with good balance between grassiness, barnyard funk, and sour fruit. Super dry, slightly astringent finish. Prickly, lively feel. Decidedly better than the 06 bottle I reviewed above, but still nowhere near the top echelon of Geuzes. 4/4/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 02:40:30 | More by woosterbill
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mmercede

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, unknown vintage. This seems to be the older label art and does not mention a vintage. The cork is marked sb40. I have a feeling this is an old one. Cracked for breakfast during Philly Beer Week 2011!

A: Standard golden gueuze color. This one pours a beautiful LARGE fluffy white head.

S: Some serious mustiness on this one. I am getting strong brett funk, dustiness, green apple, lemon zest, light vinegar, and a bit of cheesiness.

T: funk and earthy flavors are dominant. Strong earthy, cheesy flavors. The acidity is well balanced and has pleasant citrus and apple flavors. This may be the best brett flavors I have ever had in a gueuze.

M: Great effervescent carbonation. I noticed that the body is a bit heavier than I am used to. Not necessarily a bad thing. Like a great full bodied chardonay.

O: This beer embodied the musty, earthy, aged characteristics sought out in gueuzes. This contrasts well with the qualities of a Drie Fonteinen Gueuze of which were much fresher and more citrus focused. It would be very interesting to blend the two together!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 03:33:06 | More by mmercede
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danieelol

Australia

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours an attractive gold red colour with massive and lasting head. Good lacing also. 4.5

S: heavy and sweet malt profile. Caramel and a bit of roast. Then the funk. Bit of cherry syrup, bit of chocolate, bit of lemon. Not many of the "off" funky smells, interestingly enough. Pineapple, sulfur, green apple skins. 4

T: Taste is also sweeter than expected. Malt, cherry syrup, alcohol. Butter menthols in smell and taste (butterscotch). Pineapple, sulfur. Fairly well balanced between sweet and sour. 4

M: Think I would prefer if it was less syrupy but might be a personal taste thing. 3.5

O: Quality beer but wouldn't go out of my way to have it again. Bit too malty/sweet for my money and I'd like more pucker in the taste. Non-sour drinkers may well enjoy this. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 03:17:29 | More by danieelol
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cpmichael

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle

A: Pours a yellow-gold, a bit hazy. Decent retention of white foam.

S: The nose is great. It is almost reminiscent of the Cantillon funk smell, which is great. Smells very tart and sour.

T: Not nearly as sour as the nose would suggest. More on the sweet side, with citrus, apples and vinegar being dominate. The oak is very noticeable too.

M/D: Light bodied, good carbonation. It is sour enough to keep your taste-buds interested. Very drinkable.

Overall: It is a solid Gueuze, smells better than it tastes, but it is still good. Just seems to be missing something crucial in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 16:03:24 | More by cpmichael
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kojevergas

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 19:14:05 | More by kojevergas
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at ABS Drinks outside Brussels and drank at my friend's apartment back across the Atlantic. 2006 vintage. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy dark gold with lot's of carbonation and a one finger eggshell head that has great retention.

S - Lemon drops, barnyard, hay, funk, mustiness. Put together with a sweet characteristic and a candi sugar type of syrupy element, it's very nice.

T - Sweet and sour but nto overly sour. Lemon drop comes back, there is a yeasty element and a wheat sort of grain characteristic. The mustiness and candi sugar come back too.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium body with a tart finish.

O/D - Nice. Not amazing but good stuff. I always like how Geuze has an element of sweetness to balance against the lambic's sourness. This came close to being great, but lacked as alot of the aroma didn't come through to the taste. A good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 15:39:31 | More by tbeckett
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rarbring

Sweden

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is slightly haze, dark amber, a small off-white head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is intriguingly earthy, stable, horse blanket, leather, moldy cheese and sour vinegar.

The taste is dominated by acid nuances, sour cream, dark vinegar and old yeast. Some wood in the slightly sweet upfront nuances.

Small carbonation, slightly spritzy, a complex body but very refreshing.

Very good, very complex, not so demanding. Updated from a beer tasting at the De Klomp of the 2005 vintage.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 10:53:07 | More by rarbring
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gold-orange colour with mild haze. Head is gorgeously thick and creamy, a bit too generous though and retaining and that slight overblown thickness. Lace is decent, but a bit thin. Looks good.

Smells quite Belgian and sour. Plenty of funk to it, but not a saisony funk, more acid to it. Touch of mouldy basement in there, cheese rind, and some toasted pine nut aroma. Almost savoury overall, but a good twist of tartness.

Taste is far more tart, but still not extremely; definitely not puckering. Plenty of light vinegar notes on front, slight citric twang with underlying funk, a touch of cheese mould and dampness, some oak notes and overripe peach round out the majority of flavour. Doesn't have a lot of acid and develops to more of a bitter flavour overall. But yeah, a nice refreshing beer, certainly not overdone, just nice funky Belgian notes.

Medium-sized body, bit of a puckering texture as it progresses but not very. Pretty decent.

Not quite a mind-blowing beer, pleasantly flavoured and fermented though for enjoyable drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:14:20 | More by laituegonflable
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
8% ABV, 2004, Best Before 16.05.2028

A - Golden yellow in color with a slight haze, Mariage Parfait is topped by an effervescent white head. Low retention but fingers of lace wrap the glass.

S - All aboard the train to B-ville! Perfect golden malt balances out the lactic sour, tart aroma full of crisp, funky wild yeast. This. Smells. Incredible.

T - Sour, tart acid, green apple tannins, and musty yeast. Notes of honey and sharp wild yeast on the far back end. Good but it certainly doesn't live up to the aroma.

M - Lightly sour and acidic with great balance! While I love having my socks knocked off with sourness, this balance is very well done. Medium-light-bodied with heavy but not overbearing carbonation and a lightly dry finish.

O - Good drinkability for the absent alcohol and profile of this beer, I could have easily put this down alone. I need to get some more of this one (and possibly for the head table of my wedding!) Unique and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 14:51:43 | More by BeerFMAndy
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage. Caged and corked 375ml green bottle shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pops the cork with a satisfying thunk, and pours a hazed but bright golden orange colour. Head is incredibly fine and thick, but manageable in size, leaving sheets of lacing. Nice thickness in the body. Looks really extremely refined.

Nose is sharp will well-designed funk. Big acidic characters meld with a slightly astringent burned rubber note and loads of crisply crushed green vegetation. Ooh, such a classic Gueuze nose—complex and haunting and ever so refined.

Taste is quite pleasantly done, but thin. Slight acidity opens the palate, before a slightly phenolic bite of rubber mid palate and a dusty dry and almost arid finish. Not a lot of breadth on the palate, but interesting cadences of apple and pear arise every now and then. Feel is crisp but light.

An interesting Gueuze, and perhaps one of the more funky and unusual ones I've tried. The blending gives such wonderful scope for complexity and experimentation, and I have to say I approve of this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 05:56:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 20:56:25 | More by drabmuh
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Vintage drank form my Duvel tulip.

A - Really nice hazy honeycomb copper colour, with a large two fingered head that retains well and laces.

S - Nice Oak aromas, sweet, sour passionfruit a hint of lemon peel, and a little dusty aroma.

T - I like the funk of it and its not too in your face. The balance between sour sweet and fruit is really enjoyable. The sourness dominates on a lingering finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation is fullish.

O - I loved this one and it eclipses the standard geuze for me, because its so well balanced. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 12:43:16 | More by eric5bellies
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aerozeppl

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004

A: Hazy golden color with a ton of yeast/ extra stuff floating in suspension. Quarter finger of white head with good retention.

S: Really nice balance between the oak funk and lactic sourness. Very earthy smelling without being overly musty. Little bit of citrus in there. Overtipe lemon peels.

T: The funk was there but the sourness and lactic acid was not which was weird. I described this as hollow and someone agreed with me. It is a fine beer but it just missing something. I think some more acidic notes would balance it out. You get quite a bit of the barrel. Some overripe fruit.

M: Super light and well carbonated. Did I mention this might be the driest beer that I have ever had? My tongue felt like sandpaper after a glass.

D: It was good but was missing something. I think some more lactic acid would bring this to the better examples of this style. Still quite enjoyable and one of the most approachable examples of the style out there. Goes down super easy and it refreshing with enough complexity to keep you coming back.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 01:55:30 | More by aerozeppl
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

2004 vintage

The beer is a hazy, straw yellow color with about one finger's width of head that leaves some noticeable lacing on the tulip glass.

The aroma brings an array of funky, wonderful scents, typical of gueuze (or in this case, gueze).

The beer has a subtle but present sweetness about it, more than I am accustomed to from beers of this ilk. However, the flavor does bring a healthy dose of funk, sourness, farm smells and tastes, as well as a mild fruitiness.

The finish is very dry. Alcohol content is hidden pretty well, for the most part. At 8%, this is a noticeably stronger than is customary, as most beers in this genre weigh in between 5-6% abv.

Overall, a very tasty brew, and a pleasant experience. I'm glad to have another bottle in the cellar. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

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