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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 71
Gots: 148 | FT: 13
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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 samie85
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brewer's Vintage 2004.

A-Pours a hazy orange-ish, unfiltered pear juice color with two fingers of dense, fine white cap.

S-Lemon peel and a bit of barnyard character with some oak and very light hints of green apple.

T-Lemon peel upfront with a tannic oak-y bitterness some tart green apple and finishes slightly dry and woody.

M-Highly carbonated with a light soda-like body and drying and slightly

D-A very complex yet drinkable beer with considerable ABV that isn't detectable at all. A very interesting beer and one I'd love to get the chance to try again.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super nice “Pop” on open. Pours a cloudy orange/red with a frothy white head obviously well carbonated. Smells of brett, funk, oak, lemon citrus, slight green apple. First sip is not as sour, funky, or as puckering as the nose indicates. Mouthfeel is amazing as the beer just dances on your tongue. ABV of 8% is well hidden. Very nice indeed.

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

A: Pours a hazy gold with a creamy, lingering white mousse. Looks nice.

S: Great complexity on the nose. Aromas of unripened vine fruits, lemon zest, oak, sea salt, vinegar, and horse blanket.

T: Notes of lemon, kumquat, pineapple, must, horse blanket, woody spices, talc, oak, cider vinegar, unripened grapes, and sea salt are present. Finishes with intense notes of oak, citrus, and wild yeasts.

M: Assertive medium-to-full body that falls just short of harsh.

O: I can see why this beer is regarded as a classic. Great aromas, great flavor profile, great mouthfeel, great balance...I will definitely purchase this again.

Photo of Cresant
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served this 375 mL green bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. 2007 vintage. There was a light cloudiness to the bright orange/butterscotch body. A big, off-white head topped the beer.

The smell was almost like 7-Up. Green apples too. Pear and rotting hay. Complex.

The taste had a powerful tanginess. Pear. Sour, woody, and drying. Very well hidden alcohol. Very tasty, complex, and drinkable.

The body was light to medium in density with modest carbonation. Very solid and a bellwether for the style.

Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Vintage 2007 with best by date of 10 Sep., 2030.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed rich apricot color with a 1 ½” fluffy head the recedes slowly leaving little or no lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stabilizes for a while at about ¼” and persists a while. Sipping leaves a few speckles and patches of lacing, most of which slide back down the glass to the liquid.

Smell: Initially the aroma has a fruity smell reminiscent of an apple orchard filled with ripe fruit. There’s also a touch of citric character along with smells of the earth and an old, damp wood pile with a certain musty character.

Taste: The flavors are tart, lightly sour and fruity at first (the apple and the citrus) and then they begin to expand and change until they match the nose with appearance of some of the earthy, woodiness of aging wood. The alcohol doesn’t really show here except in the warming effects it has.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly prickly with light but very persistent carbonation. The finish is on the long side of medium and begins with the fruit and then fades out to its tart dryness while earthy bitterness emerges in the background but gradually becomes more prominent.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I thought this one quite drinkable in that it has a great deal of complexity and is a challenge to figure out the flavors and aromas that seem to be present. I think it may need a bit more maturity in the bottle to come closer to its full potential (a pretty safe statement given that its best by date is about 19 years in the future ☺. Overall, I’m pleased to have tried one and I think it is clearly worth having on the shopping list. While at the end of the day I might prefer a different Geuze over this one, this would make a worth while and interesting alternative.

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

A- Blondish with decent head. Good retention and slight lacing.

S- Green apple. Slightly tart and spicy. Mildly sour and slight red berries.

T- Everything hits the palate at once. Sourness, spiciness, fruit, and so on. Everything was tremendously balanced as well.

M- Medium mouthfeel although slightly overcarbonated. Slightly sticky in the finish.

O- A very balanced beer. Excellent in many ways. Probably underrated. Sour but traditional as well.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured half of a 375 ml bottle into a tall tulip glass.

A: Hazy, a bit dark for a gueuze, with a quickly dissipating head down to just a ring around an orange body. Carbonation looks lively.

S: Tart, lactic sour smell. Some citrus smell and a significant amount of funkiness. The smell is quite good and quite strong.

T: Not nearly as sour as I'd expect with the smell, but quite good. Very tart, with a bit of alcohol burn. Also slightly yeasty.

M: Quite carbonated and dry.

O: There is some alcohol burn and this could be slightly more flavorful, but this is a very solid gueuze. It's quite enjoyable.

Photo of readbaron
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy light golden orange with a finger and a half of white foam that dissapates into a spotty haze on top of the glass, with a relatively thick ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell is great - tart and funky. Earthy, horse blanket, old oak, and vinegar all assault the nostrils. Really enjoy the nose on this one. Easily the best part of the beer.

After such a great aroma, the taste is a bit of a let down. Still tart, but not quite sour. Not as complex as the nose, and dry from the oak aging. Some funk, and lemon. Was hoping this would be a lot more sour. Ah well. It's still tasty.

Feel is a bit sticky. It's medium bodied, but despite the initial foam and healthy carbonation, it feels a bit flat.

This is a solid beer, but not my favorite gueuze.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yellowish amber color coming out to greet me right away. Very hazy and cloudy,

farmhouse funk. Ohh so inviting this was tremendously tart and sour. . Lots of grape and apple tones all over this one, really pushing the senses to the limits of what they could possible endure, but you know in a good way. A wonderful rich tart, sour, funky, explosion of flavor, picking up right where the aroma left off. Deep sour apple and grape flavors are all over this one, really pushing this forward on you. The finish was dry, and very long lingering, leaving you desperately craving another

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. Thanks to readbaron for bringing this bottle.

Appearance: The color of Mariage Parfait is a lightly hazy golden color with a copper tint. A small creamy white cap fades to a splotchy head after a few sips.

Smell: After the first whiff I mostly just take away that this is tart and lactic. With a bit more effort, soft funky notes almost border on fungal, there is a woody presence that smells like rotting oak, and some strong tannins as well.

Taste: The flavor starts with a moderate tartness. Some indistinguishable fruit flavors try to attach themselves to the sour flavor without success. A soft barnyard flavor completes the wild portion of the flavor. A fairly noticeable oaky tannic astringency comes in toward the end, which creates a fairly undesirable finish. Tart and astringent is tough on my palate, although neither was particularly strong.

Mouthfeel: The body on this is noticeably fuller than I have experienced in another gueuze. The carbonation is a little soft - it feels like it gives up before the glass is empty. Although there is a moderate tartness to the flavor, this does not have a strong acidic or vinegary feel at all.

Overall: After 7 years in the bottle and with 8% alcohol, I would have expected this to be blisteringly sour, but that was not the case. This was one of more mild gueuzes I have had.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2003 Vintage! On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Pale orange in color with no head on the pour. Perhaps the age has taken the wind out of the head. Fruity and tart in the nose, like the aroma of sweettarts. That's something I like. The beer tastes like it was made awhile back; it's very low in carbonation, the acidity is greatly faded, and overall the flavor is mellower. Perhaps I enjoy the pucker of a fresh gueuze greater than the mellowness of an aged one, but I had higher hopes for this 8 year old Mariage Parfait.

Photo of OutFox
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004. Only vintage of the Boon's Mariage Parfait Oude Geuze Ive had the privilage to taste. Found this bottle at a beer distributor deep in Brooklyn. Quite excited as its now 7 years in the bottle. Tasted at my apartment on my day off.

A- Cloudy hazy sort of gold with a pure white head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Wow. Barnyard funk is the term for lack of a better descriptive phrase. It seems to be sweet, sour, tart all at once.

T- Fantastic. Not as crazy sour as I would have expected but wow is it good. A sort of sour that I must say I havent ever experienced. Sour apple comes to mind. Its quite complex, just a farm of flavors here. Carbonation has held up quite well for a 7 year old beer. This is really fantastic, very glad I happened to stumble upon this.

M- Very fizzy especially for the age. Great mouthfeel. Almost stings the tongue with the sour/fizzy combination.

O- Lovely. ABsolutely lovely. I have the entire bottle to myself and Im quite pleased about that. THis is the only vintage Ive had but I will definately be seeking out more after this one. Great Geuze, not like over powering sour but very well balanced and complex. Cheers to Brouwerij Boon, another top notch Geuze.

Photo of ehammond1
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2003)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy yellow and golden with a nearly 2-finger white head. Spots and lines of lacing down the glass. Perfect for the style.

Musty, barnyard funk, earth, and some lemon aromas shine through and a mild though certainly presently sour tartness. Not quite as bright and sour as I really love in my gueuzes, but still very nice. No complaints.

Not nearly as sour as I would have expected or particularly enjoy in my favorites of the style. This has a lot of barnyard and musty funk, horse blanket and hay, grass, and sour apples. It comes together well, though I miss the stinging sour I was expecting!

Light to medium bodied, though full and dry. Very nice.

A decent and certainly a good gueuze. And I cannot say this definitively, because I wasn't lucky enough to have a fresh bottle, but I think this bottle has faded and would have been far better years ago.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.55/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2007 vintage...

A- Very pale straw color. Almost light lager color, but a touch more golden. Giant foamy head that settles as very large bubbles pop and diminish.

S- Granny smith apples and some funk. Also a few lemons in there. Has a slight rotted wood aroma mixed it that gives me mixed signals.

T/M- Bland off the bat. Dull and watery. Tiny bit of wood and funk. I don't have much to say on this...

O- Disappointing. What flavors do come out are flat and unappealing. The aroma had some good qualities that made me look forward to the taste, but none of that came through.

Photo of joefuzz
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage poured into tulip.

Pours golden yellow with a good sized white head good lacing. Smells of fresh lemon with a good amount of barnyard funk. Taste is not really as sour as expected actually not that sour at all, it tastes like a sugar lemon with a big presence of lactic funk very refershing. Mouthfeel is a typical gueuze carbonation seems a bit high for a 7 year old beer. Overall refreshing beer pretty good.

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

Vintage '07 (four years old at the date of consumption)

Tart, earthy, lemony, and briny- this mature Gueuze unravels a plethera of character, sip after sip. An unadulterated sour at its historic best!

Pouring a hazy straw color, the beer allows for an attractive yellow glow. Very fluffy, airy in its foam texture, the head carries a cottony appearance with off white sheen, sprinkled with yeast. Moderate on lace, the beer fits the part in appearances.

Intense tart aromas surge into the olfactories with the sharp citric scent of limes and white grapefruit peel. Mouthwatering and nearly triggering astringent sensations on the sides of the tongue, simply from the most supple sniff. Aged woods, musty, dusty, and a horsey-earthy envelope encompass the expanding aromas with a mature and authentic farmhouse nose.

Flavors expand on the intensity of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and the impressive tartness of lactic and acetic acids. Sandalwood, must and dust flavors give impressions of old wooden barns, but with only a minimal influence from the off-putting horse or horse blanket notes. Rich with a salty brine that nearly surplants the underpinning of pilsner malt flavor which anchors the beer- a testament to the well-attenuated and mature nature of the beer. Softly chardonay-like and with a slight apple cider vinegar note as it warms, the beer just keeps delivering more and more flavors until the glass is empty.

Intensity seems to be the name of the game with this beer. And the mouthfeel is no exception. Seemingly enamel stripping from the acidic tartness and sourness. But the beer has a short lived initial creaminess that makes a quick transition into a very refreshing tartness, medium astringency, citrus and hop bitterness, and a powdery-dry finish late. But then it slams shut, providing a lemony brine flavor with an exhale; then we're ready for another sip.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2004 vintage.
Served in tulips.

Where's the sourness?
This beer is fine and pleasant, but it's like a cheeseburger without bacon, an impreza without a turbo, a dancer with pasties, etc.

Burnt orange body with an eggshell head of two fingers. Decent retention and legs.
Smells of pears an apricots with some floral notes to boot.
Starts off rather sweet in my opinion, but finishes pretty dry. There is a little hint of tartness, but no sourness at all. It is sad. The funk has notes of hay and horse barn. Not bad, but again, where's the sourness?!

The body seems too full and a bit undercarbonated.

Overall, this isn't bad, but certainly not worth the price tag to me. I am more than happy to have more sour gueuzes with less fruit and funk, but that's just me. This is certainly not a bad beer, but not my favorite take on the style.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a murky orange colour, with a lively head and decent lacing.

Smells 'organic' definitely getting alot of yeast, and a musky smell.

Tastes musky too, almost reminiscent of sour fruits, with high carbonation. It's a bit heavier than the regular Oude Geuze.

Overall an drink. I prefer the Oude Geuze though, as it is less musky. It has some quite skunky characteristics.

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.

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
92 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.