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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 68
Gots: 142 | FT: 11
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Belgium

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 sarasdad
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004
750ml bottle

A: Pours with a cloudy copper color with an orange tint. The white lacing clings nicely to the glass.

S: Apple cider with a touch of lemon zest followed by some oak and funk.

T: Tart funky apple cider flavor with a nice oak in the background. There is a nice balance of sweet/tart flavor which should continue to improve with age.

This is champagne like with enough carbonation to go very well with rich food. I am going to buy some to cellar and some to enjoy this summer

Photo of AgentMunky
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a cervoise glass. Vintage 2006. Best before 27 January 2030.

A: Hazy but clear. An amber colour reminiscent of cider. Lots of bubbles. A sparse head begins large, but fades fast.

S: Sour. Fermented apple. Dry white wine. Sweaty blankets. Complex; the whole is better than any of its constituent parties.

T: Tart. It tastes like spoilt/sour beer (I assume this is what it is supposed to taste like). Some dry fruitiness (apple?) with an odd acidity that reminds me of both citrus and seafood. The aftertaste is sparse, tart, and dry. This beer is not to my taste. I'm not quite sure how to score, because my opinion vacillates wildly over the course of even a sip. Over all, I don't like it.

M: No complaints on this end. Akin to a dry champagne in feel.

D: I can't drink much of this beer at all (had to share the bottle). Experiences like this are leading me to believe that gueze just isn't for me. I can't recommend it.

Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage, seems to have been released lately, whatever it means. Notes taken on Friday just after sampling Duck Duck Gooze.

A- Dark caramel orange with yeast haze and a hugely foamy head for the style.Tons of lace spots from a head that never seems to die down.

S- Funky barnyard straw and horse pasture with a raisin feel (high alc?). Citrus fruit and oak open up with warmth. Hay barn.

T- Strange raisin/spice from the yeast, the first time I have ever seen this in a sour. Seems like it is very Brett-dominated to me with high funk levels and straw yeast notes. More apple and lemon come with warmth but still not much.

MF- Creamy light body with high carbonation and a slight bitter and tart overall feel.

DB- Funk domination in both aroma and flavor. Overall it reminds me of a hay barn with some fruit in it. Different from all gueuze I have sampled.

Photo of Chico1985
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle. Followed up Duck Duck Gooze in a tasting, tough competition but this beer held it's own. Generously shared by cbutova.

Pours hazy orange, big foamy white head looks like a gueuze bubble bath. Retains at a finger, leaves thick lacing at the top but not much elsewhere. Great looking.

Pretty funky and stinky. Oak, barnyard, basement. Improves as it warms with more sour fruit scents.

Very, very hay-y. Big focus on hay, grass, barnyard. Like the smell fruit starts to come out more upon warmth.

You can tell it's 8% just from the slightly heavier body compared to your average gueuze, but no alcohol taste is present.

A little too farmy at first but opens up nicely when it warms. It is still pretty barnyard-forward though.

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

A 2004 bottle. Nice golden bronze color with a bit of haze. Pours with a loose white head initially. This beer is shocking in its mildness. This beer has little resemblance to a Cantillon geuze. Even Cuvée René is more sour. Nonetheless, this beer has an assertive tartness, balanced with a subtle sweetness. Its flavor lacks the barnyard funk of its aroma. It finishes in a broad, woody, yeasty dryness mixed. This beer has a medium body, kept light with a refreshing, generous effervescence. This 8% beer tastes more like 4%. Phenomenal.

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

thanks to sleepydave!

pours a hazy orange and vibrant gold. lots of head on this and incredible retention.

tons of funk, this is a very funky geuze. hints of plum and lemon. nice light sourness.

starts out more citrus based with mellow clementine and lemon. light hints of white grape. bit of oak dryness starts to emerge. the funk really starts to appear and carry on through the finish.

tons of carbonation. i actually swirled the glass to break it down a bit. very light and easy. quite dry and oaky.

one of the most funky geuzes i have had yet. not overpowering but definitely the main flavor here. very good stuff. i could only imagine this getting even more funky however not too sure about the sourness. its fairly light and quite approachable.

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

A-Pours a hazy copper with 1/4 inch of fizzy white head that fades quickly, leaving no lacing.

S-Farmhouse funk, acidic tartness, classic lambic/gueuze aromas.

T/M-Very well balanced funkiness and acidity. A bit of sharpness mid-palate, a little candi sugar sweetness runs through beginning to end, balancing against the horse blanket funk.

D-A tasty, approachable gueuze that would make a great introduction to the style.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellowish brown in color and poured with a three finger high off white head that did down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible along with a few dark yeast particles clinging to the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness and funk in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a moderate amount of sour flavors and a touch of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink compared to other beers in the style because the sourness dis not overpowering. Any traces of alcohol in the taste are well hidden.

Note: 2004 vintage

Photo of foogerd
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2004 vintage
A- Pours a cloudy copper light orange, seems theres sediment coming out of the bottle, though i cant tell because the body is so murky. Eggshell head with lacing clinging to the side of the glass.
S- lemon zest,orange cream,and funk all together in tandem lined up. Real balance here nothing is out of place.
T- Palatable and refreshing at first, then the complexity comes in. An astringint dryness sensation that cant be ignored, balanced barnyard funk nothing that novice geuze drinker cant handle. The finish is a puckering sourness that leaves the pallette thirsty for more.
M- real smooth and silky body, nice fullness from the carbonation.
D- im polishing off a 750 as i type, no problem!
Very approachable Geuze.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 bottle purchased at Vintner's in Charlotte. Pours an orange color with a small head and some lace. The aroma is barnyardy with some lemon and fruit rind with a bit of fresh hay. The tiniest bit of dirty laundry sneaks in about halfway through the bottle. The flavor is tart and dry with some nice zestiness akin to a champagne or a cava. There is a mild fruitiness with some lemon rind and new oak. The beer seems to be sour right in the back and as the bottle progresses this becomes more pronounced. Quite the departure from the very sour Geuze made the standard (in my mind at least) by 3 Fonteinen & Cantillon, but well nuanced and enjoyable none the less.

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

750ml bottle dated 2004, poured into a tulip:

A: Gorgeous light amber color with excellent clarity, that reveals a gold hue when held up to the light. Good size white head that slowly fades leaving no lacing. Overall I would say this is a great looking beer.

S: Lemons, apples, wood and some serious funk jump out on the first whiff. A hint of lemons follow. There are some more sour wafts right at the end as it warms with some mystery spice tugging at my nose. This is evidently an impressively balanced gueuze.

T: Grapes, apples and some otheatre present in the first sip. Lemon emerges with a nice funky brett filled sour bite at the end. Not too much, just the perfect amount needed to coax the next taste, very dry. It is very well rounded and expertly blended.

M: The mouthfeel holds true to the test. Light and bubbly, it tickles the roof of the mouth. It is very champagne like in this respect.

D: This gueuze is one that I hope to revisit in the very near future. If you see this on the shelf, grab it.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 37.5cl bottle (corked and caged) at a local market in Amsterdam and poured it into a wine glass.

Bottled in 2005

A: Pours a blond/slightly amber he with a thick head that lasted a few sips with a decent amount of lace in my glass.

S: Sweet and woody up front, sour apples, herbal and funky finish.

T: Good tart woodiness, yeast funk - musty leather, gaining sweetness towards the end with a white wine/champagne finish.

M: Light-bodied, vigorous carbonation, smooth and extremely dry.

D: Purchased 3 of these and drank them all in one sitting.

Photo of drewd0g
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage
What an awesome brew. pale golden color with good carbonation. smells like grapes and funk. tastes like white grapes and brett. real crisp clean taste. Gave it to some champagne drinkers and they loved it. nice light body very refreshing. feels great in my mouth. highly drinkable, i could put back a 750 of this no problem

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage - 750ml

Effervescent, clear, golden color.
Brett forward all around. Damp earth and hay with slight lemon acidity. Bone dry and just a predominately funky. Very easy to drink a 750 by yourself since the acidity is not overpowering at all.

Photo of dgilks
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, funky aroma. Light lemon overtones. Lots of barnyard. Very light phenolic.

Hazy, amber colour with a small white head. Decent.

Not the most sour of gueuzes but in a way that's nice. There is lots of barnyard funk in this 2005 vintage. Plenty of flavour with a silky texture. Moderate sourness. Good.

Medium body with high carbonation. Spritzy yet still silky.

A full flavoured, rich and inviting Gueuze. The sourness is present but doesn't dominate and on the whole this is very easy to drink. A top class Gueuze.

Photo of callmemickey
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2001:375ml

A: Hazy golden body. . Moderate sized frothy white head. Good retention as the head subsided into a healthy skim with spotty fluffy lacing.

S: Funky. Musty oak. Sharp, pungent lemon. Horseblanket and hay.

T: Like the nose this is one funky gueuze. Lots of tart lemon is balanced by earthy, musty oak and farmhouse notes.

M: Medium to light bodied. Moderate carbonation. The finish is a bit weak and muted.

D: A tasty funky gueuze. Has some minor imperfections that keep it from the top tier, but a gueuze I wouldn't mind stocking in my cellar.

Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle dated 2003. best by sometime in 2027...crazy. drank from my duvel tulip. reviewd from notes.

A- this one pours out a hazy and darker than expected golden amber colored body with a large fluffy bright white head that just doesnt quit. when it finally falls, thick globs of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- very earthy and musty. a little bit of tart green apples and a strong lemony odor. some pale malts also.

T- the taste is a unique balance between sweet and tart. very dry. lemons and green apples lead the way for the tart side, and sweet bready and pale malts balance it out. musty and earthy. pretty "funky."

M- the mouthfeel is a little heavier than i would have expected for the style. nice and dry finish. the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

D- something id love to drink another bottle of later down the line. a very nice balanced sour, and thats something thats rarely pulled off well. my other bottle will go the distance. ill report back in 2027, heh.

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

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC. The bottle we shared was from 2004.
Colored tarnished gold, cloudy, small white bubbles in the head.

Good Belgian yeast aroma, candied fruits as well.

Has a good sour finish, with notes of peach or apricot making up the main flavor.

Easy to drink. Dry finish. The coating is dry as well. Light body with lots of carbonation.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2001 vintage (this is before they started putting the year on the neck of the bottle, but it's stamped best before 01/25/2025 - Boon dates their geuzes 24 years from when they were bottled) 375ml corked & caged bottle into a Lindeman's lambic glass.

A: Hazy yellow resemblant of Golden Grapefruit juice. Retains a nice crystal white head with fizzy carbonation continually rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: The best feature of this beer. Horse blanket, funk, and a nice wild Belgian yeast. Some lemon and grapefruit rind also notable. A really fine smelling gueuze.

T: Funky, tart, but not all that sour. The acidity does not come through in this one as I would have expected - to me this is a good thing as I think it can age for much longer. Lemons make up most of the flavor.

M: A tad bit too much carbonation with a positively dry finish.

D: I had no problems at all finishing this bottle. Some may not like the tart/dry aspect to it.

Overall, a fine lambic from Boon that I can't wait to see develop a little bit more with age.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle, probably bought about 2 years ago. Pours a clear dark golden with a huge fizzy pillowy white head that retains well and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruits and acidic tartness with some stinky musty yeast.

The flavor is subdued - sweet fruits with a dry metallic note and some tart slight sourness. As it warms, the fruity tart sourness dominates. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, I liked this. It's a bit thin and subdued in the flavor but I like what's there.

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to all involved in another great tasting! Jeremy, Frank and Kevin! 2001 Bottle with 9 years on it.

A-pours a clear light orange color with a thin white head.

S-the nose smells of scotch, lots of malty sweetness, residual sugars, caramel, carmelized prunes, and notes of booze.

T-single malt scotch up front, tons of burnt malty sugars, burnt caramel, carmelized plums, a bit of heat and booze, a little watery and papery in the back. probably past its prime.

M-rough on the edges, medium syrupy body with low carbonation and a harsh dry finish.

D-this is pretty poor, tons of burnt sugars and seems to have oxidized. lots of scotch and sherry notes, much like a harsh liquor.

Photo of brendan13
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2004 Vintage poured into a wine glass with a 3cm white head that quickly falls away. A clear orange hued golden straw sits below.
S - Barnyahrd, earthy character with some subtle citrus notes.
T - Much like the smell but more fruit character is noticeable.
M - Light bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - A subtle yet tasty beer. If you see it buy it. Buy lots. 8% ABV is hardly there.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with Oglmcdgl and Dermopower. 04 vintage purchased at De cicco's in NY, wow, what a find. Review 750.

BOGMP has a pretty bold gold with some yellow looks up to the light. A stealthy healthy pour produced a little fizzy white head that left quick, no lace.

Getting alot of earth like qualities with some hay in scent and barnyard musk, kinda light. Smelling some moldy cheese between a small amount of malt backing the acidic nature of this Geuze. Some earthy hops that have faded almost completely.

Tart in taste but nothing mindblowing, slightly acidic as well with apples in the mix. Barnyard and hay and a mild sour funk in the outlay. A small bit of lemon in the finish. I think this is the highest ABV geuze i've had and that may have something to do with this tasting off to me.

Feel is spritzy but kinda lifeless overtime, a step above thin bodied with ample carb as per style. While it finishes dry the alcohol and slightly bigger body hinder this from reaching elite status.

A great geuze that I wish to find a fresh bottle to compare one day. I don't think I could do a bottle to the head, but this remains drinkable, though not memorable.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04 vintage bottle split with good friends.

A- a finger or so of off white head from a slow pour. Golden yellow sunset in color.

S- tart lemons and musty oak. Wet hay and grass.

T- big oak and funk with sour lemon juice and orange peel. Tart and lactic with some old cheese.

M- a bit less then medium in body and a nice mid level carb. Good pucker and rather dry.

D- this is one tasty gueuze. Complex and deep but very drinkable. I love it.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage generously gifted to me by SpeedwayJim...thanks!

As I untwisted the cage the cork shot out like a bullet with the metal still on it....luckily I was prepared and stopped it before it could do damage.

Pours with an enormous head and a murky copper/yellow body.

The aroma is oak heavy with notes of lemon zest, gym socks, rotting apple, sunflower seeds, and vinegar. The dank mustiness here screams vintage.

The flavor is led off with rotting apple, with a heavy dose of oak lingering long after the finish. Some mixed nuts, vacuum filter, and Nintendo controller (c'mon, you know you've chewed on them after dying for the 50th time in World 7 of Mario 3). The plastic-y element and slightly too heavy oakiness are faults, while everything else is a welcome addition. Very flavorful overall.

The mouthfeel is good, but standard for a high quality gueuze. Drinkability is good but I don't think I would put this alongside the titans of the style. Overall this beer is extremely high quality and worth the purchase. Glad to have the opportunity to drink it!

Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
91 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.