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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Ratings: 832
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rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
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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 thagr81us
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
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...

Photo of kscaldef
3.17/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
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.


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

Photo of mmercede
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Photo of danieelol
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Photo of cpmichael
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
4.07/5  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.

Photo of rarbring
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  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.

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Happy Gnone in MN.

Pours a clear amber/light orange, nice and bright, thin white head forms and quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few spots stick.

Smell is nice, apple cider, light and funky, ice wine sweetness, grapes, light acidity, some lemon rind, barnyard and some hay, lightly tart, alright.

Taste is similar, nice but plain, acidic up front lemons and a bit of astringent wood, grapes and ice wine, apple cider, hay, barnyard funkiness, ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, a touch of acetic character. Not a bad gueuze but lacks complexity.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage.

Pours a very light amber. Very nice pure white head with clumpy lacings. Carbonation bordering on fizzy. Looks how it should.

Pretty much all tart apple on the nose, bit of pleasant sweetness in there too. Certainly woody notes around the edges and waves of horse blanket every now and then.

Sourness is up front, and it's pretty generous in that department. Mellows to some sweet malt with a wheat crispness to it. A-game comes in the finish. Oak peaks through as the malt flavours fade a bit. Quickly gives an overall woody flavour. Funk pokes its head up just as you swallow and hits you with a good kick before fading away to a not unpleasant bitter and metalic finish with some alcohol warmth.

A serious geuze, probably not for lambic virgins, but rewarding for the beer geek.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BIG thanks to Troy for bringing this one by the house last night.

2005 vintage.

Cloudy apricot body with an off white head.

Aromas are fruit driven and moderatly funky. Brett and green apples form a surprisingly good combo.

Mmm...I like this one. It all seems to hit at once: green apple, curacao orange peel, grapefruit pulp, and the tangy zip of a softer acid. The brett show up on the long finish. Not quite barnyard, more of a mild funk.

Full bodied with high carbonation.

The Mariage Parfait combines the soft, approachable acid of Hannsens with the bitter citrus of Girardin Black Label and an elevated alcohol content I have never experienced before. The reult is a damn fine Gueuze. Balanced, complex, ageworthy.

Photo of 77ships
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage in March 2011, from notes, had a glass not a whole bottle:

A: hazy amber coloured, virtually no head, some lacing
S: funk, yeast, candy, caramel, some minor fruit
T: burned sugar, minor tart & more present funk, moldy fruit, hint of dry sherry, oak, seemed a bit too old to me, curious how a fresher bottle would have tasted like but it was nice, complex but felt like the moldy fruit & burned sugar dominated a bit too much
M: lighter bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sticky but still smooth and not hard to drink, bit dry finish
D: didn't have all that much, seemed a bit weird but tasty and complex enough, could have easily enjoyed more

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage
16-05-2028 on label

A - Fairly clear golden yellow, orange with a decent foamy white head.

S - Musty, hay, wet straw, green apple, lemon, tart with light musty barnyard funk.

T - Musty with tart green apple followed by straw and wet hay. Some woody oak with lemon and sharp citric notes. Tart with a little funk. Burps taste like Mountain Dew.

M - Very highly carbonated with a sharp tartness.

D - Might be a touch over carbonated. Having had Boon Gueuze right before this this one is only a touch more complex in taste and similar in aroma.

Photo of sweemzander
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Best by 05-16-2028. 2004 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a lovely fluffy eggshell colored head with great retention behind it. Lacing all over the place.

(S)- A big dry earthy funk. Plenty of lemon zest tartness, but otherwise a barnyard full of funk, earth, and subtle cheese.

(T)- A great combo of nice sour lemon and white grape. Like the smell, it has an earthy dry funk all over.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. The acidic sourness is milder (due to age?), so the dry funk really shines, but no complaints really. Tart, sour, and funky but in an overall smooth refreshing way.

(D)- A great gueuze. Milder than some in the sour category, but carries a superb balance of flavors. Crisp and refreshing. Not the best, but still top notch.

Photo of Suds
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a golden beer, mostly clear, except for notable suspended sediment. The rises quickly, but falls within minutes to a soapy film. Great aroma...sour and barnyard...funky and a little fruity. It's not an overpowering aroma..but is very well subtle and nice. A little perfume and malt are also there. Nice lambic smells. The taste is great...not as sour as expected. A little bitter, funky, sharp, and musty. Lingering bitterness and some wood-characteristics. Moderately dry, but not nearly as dry as I anticipated. Medium in body with some carbonation spritziness. This is a very good Geuze, being both approachable and rewarding. I had it with some fruit, aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, and thick balsamic vinegar.

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

2004 Vintage and it pours a golden honey,orange hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and no lacing,the smell is very typical of a Gueuze with aromas of apple cider,vinegar,musty barnyard funk and some white wine,it has a nice light-medium bodied mouthfeel which is perfectly carbonated and feels almost like a nice white wine but then the flavour lets you know you are drinking a Gueuze with tastes of apple cider,vinegar,hay,white grapes and it finishes with a musty sourness that makes you come back for another sip and overall i really like it and would buy again without doubt cheers.

Photo of sarasdad
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
92 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.