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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait | Brouwerij Boon

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Brouwerij Boon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 08-08-2002

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

Clear golden body with a creamy white head that sticks around.

Aroma is musty, leafy, and a slight cheese. More funk than fruit.

This seems to rely more on the funk. Not much tartness going on. Wood and musty funkiness. Green grape and citric fruit.

Ample prickly carbonation but not like Vat 44. The body is almost medium.

Definitely the best Boon geuze I've had.

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Photo of tviz33
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle, served in a tulip.

A- Pours with a quarter inch of whitish head that goes settles to a cap within five minutes. The body is a very murky yellow-orange.

S- The nose is lightly funky and tart.

T- Very earthy character, but sour and crisp as well. Not overbearingly tart. A light oakiness balances things out.

M- Medium body and bubbly, crisp carbonation.

O- Not my go-to style by any means, but this was a tasty brew to mix things up.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml split with my with on our 12th wedding anniversary
Vintage 2009

A - pours a golden honey with suspended chunks of sediment. Thin micro bubble cap of bright white bubbles.

S - lactic chessy aroma, bright lemon citrus, green apples, fruit salad, old wooden church pews.

T - zesty citrus with sesame seeds and wheat cracker malts, there's a dominate peppery spice going on, a citrus tartness envelops but doesn't take over the sesame seed cracker base. Fruit stays strong but the citrus is the main player. The funk comes in the form of an odd spice that I can't put my finger on. Finishes spicy and semi dry.

M - solid foamy carbonation that is lively but not overbearing. Thin to medium body, crisp and dryish on the finish.

A different rake on the style. Bright fruits (mainly citrus) really lightens things up. Not quite sour but plenty of tartness to combat the sweet. Funk is minimal but the odd sesame seed spice really throws a twist on things. Not sure if it's the combination of yeast and the 8% abv or if I can't nail down an ingrediant. I enjoyed exploring this beer.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tart beer- lovin it. Pours a hazy orange gold color with a finger of head, decent retention and minimal lacing. Looks pretty.

Smells incredible. Really tart, funky smell. Vinegar but in the good way. Pomegranate (random but that's what I smell).

Tastes much like the smell- rich tart, acidic flavor. You should not drink this if you don't like sour beers- if you do this should but really high on your list of must grabs. Well carbonated, light body, definitely very tart. It's great if you love sours like I do.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010 Vintage reviewed - April 2015 - Big Bottle

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very strong, very sharp aroma of fruit, sourness, and a vinous quality.

T: Not as sour as the smell would belie, but still a sour flavor. Also has the aforementioned vinous quality and an earthiness I haven't really seen in other guezes. Very complex, powerful, and lively.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent, well made and flavorful beer. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared at a small tasting. Thanks for bringing this Bob!

Burnt orange hues with a slight white head. Cloudy. Very nice nose of wildflowers, cheese, wood, sour lemon, apples, and leaves. Nice blend of fruit and funk. Quite pronounced tartness, yet not exceedingly sharp as to offend the palate. Delicious and quite pleasing. Goes well with an earthy brie cheese.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I rated this a 4.25 April 12th 2014, over two years ago.

This review is for a 2010 vintage. Golden and mostly clear save for a thick sediment layer at the bottom. Champagne like carbonation with low head. The smell is of earth, manure, yeast, straw and some apple cider vinegar. The taste is a fruity green apple and unripe pear explosion with a floral pollen note. Buttery white oak builds at the end into a wonderful rich vineous dryness. Gold raisin and rose petal flavors linger long, but clean. The feel is crisp and delicate with a slight vinegar puckering. This is gueze perfection.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage poured into a goblet. thanks Eric!

A- slightly hazy mahogany body with a 1" white head that reduces to a ring. No lacing.

S- Funky belgian yeast, sour grapes, citrus, green apple, some oak and caramel.

T- Dry, citrus zest, tart green apple, citrus, leather, oak, caramel and rye on the finish.

M- crisp and refreshing, medium carbonation

Very enjoyable geuze.. balanced and just sour enough.

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Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Date: 3/23/13
Location: Half-Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Copper in color. Very hazy With a constant ring of carbonation at the top.
Aromatics: It has that lemon/sour one comes to expect from a gueze.
Flavor: Sour and tart. With the lemon and apple flavors that I could smell. There is a dryness in the background that tastes a bit like hay. The mouthfeel is dry and makes me want to drink more.
Finish: A very dry finish. With the fruit. But it is the same throughout.
Notes: Bottled 2009

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SRM 8-9 (clear dark gold) that glows from within a Boon flute glass while a thin, frothy white head leaves little lacing. Constant random carbonation can be seen within the clear beer.

Barnyard aromas compete with fermenting orchard fruit. Earthy autumn aromas add a mixture of sweet and sour. Also, fresh-cut oak is present.

Quite sour, even for a Geuze. Something seems off, yet it is still pleasant. High acidity and strong fermented apple cider is joined with high sweetness as well. A long biting finish never quite leaves. Warmth brings out oak flavors.
Alcohol is as expected with a light body and ample carbonation that makes for a champagne-like experience. Balance may be lacking, but for a Geuze, that is acceptable. The finish is very dry.

This is a beer for sitting back after a long drive on a warm, sunny day. Let the quiet settle in and listen to gentle breezes while birds chirp in the trees.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Edited on the 14th of October 2015.

2011 vintage. Orange color, slightly hazy, with an off-white head. Aroma has farmhouse funk but also a slight caramel / butter funk. Taste starts somehow sweet, getting the caramel notes from the aroma. Gets more sour and acetic in the middle but balances out in the finish, having also some bitterness. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation and a slight alcohol presence. Really interesting gueuze, I think the age has something to do with the slightly sweet caramel character.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy gold straw. One finger head, stringy lace.

S - very, very vinous, like a bottle aged semillon. Little sour or tart.

T - likewise, full bodied and vinous. Add some green apples and lemons, but this is more wine than beer, and not very sour.

M- higher ABV means bigger in mouth and probably helps the wine comparisons. Moderate soft carbonation.

O - been drinking a lot of sours recently, and this does not hold its own in category. Zero pucker.

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Photo of orangesol
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.
Hazy yellow orange, 2 finger head, bubbling, decent retention.
Smell of green apple, hay, green grass, citrics, and typical gueuze yeasts.
Taste is extremely sour, with tons of lemon zest, sour cherries (with the implied tartness), and acidic green apple and slightly sweeter pear. Musty green grapes. Lots of vinegar. Lots of herbal notes, green grass and hay all over, also oak woody notes. Bitterness is covered by the very dry gueuze aftertaste, champagne-like.
A rough, aggresive beer, not exactly for beginners in its style, but a classic for pros.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 375ml bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Vintage 2009. Served around cellar temps.

Appearance- Hazy orange/gold with big bubbly two finger of white head that surprisingly left nice lacing.

Smell- Gueze funk. Wood, lemon, vinegar, apple. Pretty funky and tart smelling.

Taste- Lemons, apples, funky yeast, light pepper, light wood. Not very sour. Somewhat sweet. Not very guezey (it is Boon).

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, very light booze heat at the end, off-dry, crisp and clean.

Overall- This reminds me of a lightly tart saison. I scaled the taste down (though it's not because I didn't like it) it's because It doesn't remind me of a geuze. Solid and refreshing never the less.

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Photo of wedge
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


Glowing orange-amber color with a fleeting head of crackling foam. Smells of dusty green apple, lime, and lemon...damp and musty with some mineral notes and a hit of woody spice. Big, funky, tart flavor. Right away it's apparent that this is stronger than your average Gueuze. Lemon and lime, acetic dryness, earth, peppercorn, and plenty of wood. A bit more sweetness than others within the style that I've tried, but also perhaps more straight-up sourness. Medium bodied, tart, and puckering. Next time I come across one of these, I'll grab another so I can put one away for a few more years to see what happens.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2008 Vintage poured in December, 2012. Pours cloudy gold color with the perfectly sized head that recedes moderately fast. Pears, apples, alcohol, lemon zest, yeast funk on the aroma. Bit of tart smell. Flavor is like biting into a fresh green apple with some extra lemon tartness. Somewhat effervescent with a dry finish, but wish the fruit flavor followed it down the throat a bit. Dryness takes over on the back end. Light to medium mouthfeel. My first lambic, so I’ll have to venture out a bit from here. Solid brew and a nicr change up.

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Photo of dowen17
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Good carbonation. Light but creamy and smooth.

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

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip at Specialty Beer Cellar in Abacoa.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Pours with a decent white head, but doesn't last long. A few bits of foam persist on the surface.

Smell - Zesty lemon. Not too acidic, but it dominates the aroma. A little bit of feet. Grain and some pale malt. Not the funkiest, but I like it.

Taste - Lemon zest and hay flavors come out right up front. Then they drop off. It isn't all that sour. Grain gives way to a slight sweetness and a pale malt dullness that rounds it out.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is fine, but the sourness just drops off, almost like someone tried to make a gueuze with a sugar addition. Kills all remaining flavors.

Overall - Nothing offensive going on here. Just doesn't deliver for me. Drops off in the back with too much malt/

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Photo of Tilley4
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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...

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
92 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.