Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 333
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rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Tilley4
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2007 Vintage...

I've been eyeing this beer on the shelf for quite some time and I noticed that the last time I was doing some shopping, there was a single bottle left... I grabbed it..

I'm not a gueuze expert but I've had some really good ones... Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Girardin... this is a nice approachable gueuze compared to those...

Hints of tartness with an overwhelming funkiness on the nose...I was expecting some super funky flavors on this but it is rather subdued... now... its funky don't get me wrong but it ain't Girardin Black Label awesome... lots of old leatheriness to it but it isn't quite as sour as I was hoping... maybe I should have sat on it?

Good beer, not a world class one... but a good one...

A good beginner gueuze... (756 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2004 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a teku.

Pours a hazy golden with am2 finger white head. Minimal lacing.

Citrus, barnyard, funk, light cherries

Tart citrus and lemon, sweet pale malts, light specimens, funk, faint dark fruits

7/10 sourness. Very nice geuze. Has nice citrus, sour and slight dark fruit notes. (338 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a glass hotel cup. Vintage 2007.

A: Dark sunlight hue, white head fades quickly. Looks like it's glowing.

S: A little sweet, citrus, lemon, orange, slight vinegar in the background.

T: Very nicely balanced sweetness and sourness. Not very funky, but a complex beer in many other ways.

M: Crisp, acidic, great fit.

O: I usually prefer the funkier version of this style, but this hits a lot of great, complex notes. Would easily buy this again. (480 characters)

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. (844 characters)

Photo of vkv822
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz C&C : tulip
2008 vintage.

Clear, deep golden with a thick, foamy white head.

Funky notes, lightly musty hay, tart apple and slight vinous notes all blend wonderfully together.

Medium body, foamy mild carbonation.

A really wonderful beer, the funk is certainly the main focus, but it isn't over done. (310 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

37,5 cl corked bottle into a tulip. Vintage 2009 and best by 23.08.2032 on the side

Pours a cloudy pale orange color with a 2 inch white, fizzy, lingering head. Good traditional smell of tart white grapes and vinegar, very strong. Huge tart flavor up front on the first sip, wow. Fruity, sour, vinegary all describe this beer quite well. Its quite sour but thats what i love, and what has drawn me to this style. The yeasts are big in this one too, blended very nicely and the complexity is apparent. Medium bodied with high carbonation, good drinkability and par for the course for the style.

Overall a great tart-filled complexity and flavor profile makes this beer a real winner in my book. The 4 year old vintage definitely helped in that regard, i'd like to try a 2013 one and compare. I'll look for one in the future. (826 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a small snifter
Vintage 2007

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange color. There is a bubbly white head that quickly fizzes away to nothing. No lacing.

S: Opens with a tart vinegar scent followed by strong, sharp lemon. Some funk as well, mostly an earthy hay. Slight citrus notes.

T: The attack is dry funk and tart lemon. Some vinegar follows which lingers through to the finish. Dry funk of wet hay and horse blanket. An almost champagne-like dry alcohol flavor follows and defines the finish of lemon and lingering funk.

M: Very tart and very dry. Strong effervescent carbonation increases both sensations. Borders on foamy. Drier than most gueuzes I've had probably thanks to a more noticeable alcohol character.

O: I like this gueuze a lot. It's more champagne-like than most, which says something for the style. (863 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed during the second monthly "Beermageddon" with many others recently. 2007 vintage. Poured into a tulip glass from an 11.2oz bottle (I think?). Freshness date is "2030," as all of these beers are.

Pours a straw colored, lightly amber/yellow color, complete with about a half finger of head. As expected under the style at hand, as well as the inordinately high ABV, head retention is pretty low. Some bubbles rise to the top, but this looks as dead as gueuzes can be, only notable with the sticky resins providing lacing all around the glass's edges, as well as its wine-like appearance and color. Not too hazy - definitely different in certain regards. More rustic than certain gueuzes I've had recently, although there's a polished glimmer within. Eye candy for sure.

The aroma is undeniably funky, although not as crazy as Cantillon or 3F (but then again, what is?). As a fanatic of Gueuze Tilquin, I can definitely see where the tamer, slightly less tannic and acidic base came from in the blend. There's a butterscotch, caramel-y flavor that is quickly awash with barnyard funk, woodiness, soured apricots, big citrus rinds, as well as a slightly musty, lactic acidic finish. All of the funky flavors are undeniably subdued by some sort of sweetness underneath, and while this is not bad, it's undeniably different. I'm willing to claim that this gueuze in particular (based off reading the brewery's website) is so different because it's spent far more time in oak, and that only 5% of the blend is a young Lambic. It's still super funky, mind you - but less on the acidic side and far more on the oak-infused, butterscotch soured side. Really interesting stuff.

What's up with the flavor, though? I didn't expect anything too ridiculously acidic or funky, but the first sip reveals even more of the butterscotch/oak flavor far more than I anticipated. Really mellowed out, with a hint of tartness that is subtle in the way that it is in a good saison. Not bad by any means, but definitely experimental, even for the style. The flavor consists of a bready flavor combined with light lemon and raisins, with a touch of acetone and sulfites that meld with the juicy maltiness and grassy, dried hop character. Perhaps this has spent enough time in the barrel that the wild yeasty phenols have dried out substantially? If so, it's interesting, and still a lovely drinking experience, if only a bit less complex within the style. It's refreshing in the sense that it is different, but also only mildly disappointing as I expected a relatively soured experience in the traditional method that this is made.

Quite a different gueuze - not my favorite, but probably the best one to introduce people to who are foreign to the style. Would pair amazingly well with food, and works as a casual, crisp, funky experience as any good saison. Ahead of the pack in terms of the oak blending going on here, but definitely not as extreme. Recommended to fans of gueuzes looking to complete their list of all the traditional Lambic breweries. (3,040 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2007 bottle:

poured a very clean copper tone with 3 fingers of white foamy head which quickly dissipated. aroma of wine barrels strikes first.. lots of wine grapes, oak, flower petals, funky cheese-like aroma. very tart and sour up front but after each sip you can develop more flavors.. oak, grapes, a charred like bitterness (barrel), cherries. medium (though light) body with a high amount of carbonation. a very nice gueuze for sure, very glad i picked this up. if i could do without one thing it's the slight bitterness.. but i think i can live with it. (559 characters)

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. (577 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008

Pours hazed gold with a rim of whites. Smells of funk, hay, yogurt, lemons, metal and some black olive juice. Flavor carries that nice mouth watering tart I like, then some bicarconate/chalk tones with some lemon peels, some metal, some acetic quality and a good yeast character in the background. Light on thin bodied with hi carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer. (380 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle of the 2007 vintage poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass and consumed today, 5/29/2013. The cork pops out with a blast. Very cool.

Aroma: Earthy funk, some vinegar, a good bit of oak, cherries and a hint of peach. It smells rather syrupy and resinous somehow. (3.75)

Colour: Pours a clear dark amber, perhaps copper body with a massive fluffy white head that exceeds 3cm, and slowly dissipates into the body of the beer where it becomes just a bubbly collar. The lacing on this one is fairly decent. (4)

Flavour: Lots of oak and tart but sweet cherry up front, with hints of sweet peach combined with sour vinegar later on.. and the aftertaste is rather earthy. Overall is very acidic and sour, but with earthy effervescence that lingers a while. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Thinner medium body, very well carbonated beer that leaves a strong earthy funk for an aftertaste that lingers for a good while. It hides the 8% well, and drinks like a sipper despite its lighter bodied characteristics. (4)

Overall: A nice geuze that was pleasant to drink. It's sour as hell, but also has a bit of sweetness to balance it out. The oak is very well present, and of course the funkiness is there. As a beginner to Belgian sours, I have to say that this could very well be a good beginner geuze. (4) (1,298 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2009. Huge forceful pop off the cork, nearly takes my hand right off

A real looker of a beer. Nearly crystal clear, with apricot pale orange like amber body. A roaring middle column of fire of carbonation in the middle. Head is very frothy and soapy, bleach white with two fingers but always populate with large bubbles from the side glass carbonation. Aggressive, colorful, always keeps a white creamy collar, nearly perfect.

Classic nose of earth wild funky yeast. Dry, a little bit of pepper sense. A bit one dimensional, but also a real solid classic geuze aroma. Not much else to say.

Palate hits with a light body presence. Not quite wet but lots of effervescent almost soda dioxide aftertaste. Mid palate brings large dry earth, with a quick finish and fleeting taste. Not much fruit character, but a light acidic quality and quick pepper in the mid palate. Oak aging doesn't seem obvious due to it's light character but is an easy drinker.

Overall a real easy drinking solid geuze with hints of simplicity, but not much diversity, complexity or extremes either. (1,131 characters)

Photo of MCImes
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Geuze-y. They all look pretty similar. Golden color, medium-high carb. What do

S- Apricot, peach, lots of apple, pear, other white fruits. Funk.

T- This is one of my favoriet Geuzes. It is perfectly balanced IMO. It is sour without being biting. It has just enough residual sweetness to balance the sour. The white fruits just come pouring through every sip. This is a perfect palette cleanser. I love drinking it with steak, good cheese, or a salad (like a apple, candied walnut, bacon, cheddar, vinaigrette on spring greens...yummy). This is a very mellow geuze while still being packed with funky Belgian goodness and just the right amount of sourness. Its one of my all time favorites that isnt too hard to find.

M- enough residual sugar to perfectly balance the sourness.

O- I think it deserves higher than the 92 it has right now. Im aging some from 2007 and its drinking sooo nice. Be sure to drink it at 55-65*. I think it gets worse as it gets colder. (968 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

Beer is clear golden amber in colour, with a large white head. Fades steadily.

Smell is funky and yeasty. Smells a bit of apple, as well as hay. Maybe a touch of honey.

Taste is good, but not as nice as the nose. Tart, funky and very dry. Some green apple and a bit of white pepper.

Light bodied, strongly carbonated, quite astringent.

Overall, a decent geuze, but not a great one. (404 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Glowing but murky. Big head that dies to a thinner layer. Freckles of lacing.

S-Funky and Gueuzey. Impending tartness.

T-Not too aggressive with the tartness. More musty than tart. Its one of the more agreeable versions of the Gueuze.

M-Drinks far too easy for a Gueuze with such a high ABV. Drinks like the usual 5% Gueuze...with a bit more body and lingering effect.

O/D-Pretty neat. If I am going to have this style, I want it to be offensively puckering. This is more subdued; especially at its ABV. (509 characters)

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

2007 vintage with a best by date of 2030!!! Nice, deep orange color with a decent fluffy white head. Sharp and tart aroma-grassy and apple like. Very tart flavor with a nice apple/pear flavor-almost cider like. Spicy and peppery. Very smooth mouthfeel-the tartness and effervescence is rather subdued I am suprised. Nice grain like quality. A great beer for sure. Had my first geuze 20 odd years ago and certainly didnt "get it" then. This is just a great beer and a great experience. (484 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 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 deadonhisfeet
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. The pour is clear, dark gold with a large rocky-looking sudsy head that dissipates quickly. Lots of sour notes on the nose. Apple cider vinegar and cedar predominate. Upon swirling, some funky barnyard notes start to rise.

The beer has a light body and very dry, tart flavor. Lots of acidity here, but still pleasant to drink. The acidity is pretty well-balanced by the alcohol. The beer doesn't taste boozy at all, but the alcohol smooths out the flavors and provide additional body. Up front, the beer has a nice, crisp wheat-like graininess, but the fruit and wine-like sour notes march in and combine with it very well. Tart, dry finish leaves you salivating and ready for more.

Overall, a nice gueuze, but not the best. The flavor is very pleasant and well-balanced, but others seem to have more complexity than this one. I may want to visit this one again after I've had a few more. This is still a new style to me and I'm trying to decide what I do and do not like. (1,029 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a beautiful hazy orange-yellow with high carbonation producing a 2+ inch bubbly white head. Good retention.
S: Strong aroma of musty horse blanket greets you a few feet away from the glass. Citrus--sweet and tart, earthy minerals, and a hint of berries and green apples.
T: The bright citrus note that hits first quickly turns toward tart lemon and lime notes. Musty...and...dusty (I don't think I've used that word before to describe a beer). Interesting. Whiffs of leather, green apples, grass, and a note of brine in the finish. With warming, minerals, oak, and green apple notes come more to the forefront.
M: Light body. Carbonated effervescence. Tart, lightly sweet, and acidic (this is moderated by the 3 yrs of aging in this one). Dry white wine finish (french viognier immediately comes to mind).
D: A nice example of style. A solid geuze. Very refreshing and extremely easy to drink (the 8% is nearly imperceptible). (987 characters)

Photo of blankust
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into chalice style glass, from bottle, solid pop from cork

Appearance: straw yellow, very effervescent with 1&1/2 finger head.
Aroma: funk and cork
Taste: it seems like I could taste cork very tart, long lasting background mustiness, 8% alcohol barely noticeable. (271 characters)

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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in to a tulip with a 1.5 finger, white head. Slightly hazed, golden colored body.

Aroma is lemony and citric. Good amounts of vinegar with some slight funk. Malty and a bit grainy.

Taste was lemony and acidic as well. Slight vinegar with some barnyard type funk. A bit earthy hop flavor with a fair amount of maltiness and grainy flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with high carb and a dry finish.

Overall an excellent beer. Wished I could get more of this easily. Loads of sour tartness while remaining drinkable. (530 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 vintage, bb 27/07/2031

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey-gold with a finger of white head.

Smell. Sweet pears and tart green apples, some light earthy funk and old wood. Smells really nice.

Taste. Green apples again and a little bit of lemon juice, some lightly bitter wood and nice earthy, dry funk. There's a bit of a brett quality that stands out a bit more than most other classic gueuzes I've tried, not that this is a bad thing.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. A very nice gueuze that would probably just get better with more age. With that, I may buy a bottle the next time I see it to put away for a while. (654 characters)

Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
92 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.