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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Reviews: 344
Hads: 975
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 17.52%
Wants: 80
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 KornWallace
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -2.2%
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 -6.3%
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 -7.1%
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 -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of dcmchew
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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 -4.6%
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 -4.9%
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 -2.4%
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 -12.2%
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 -1.7%
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 -15.6%
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 -3.2%
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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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