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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait - Brouwerij Boon

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Boon Oude Geuze Mariage ParfaitBoon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

710 Ratings
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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 63
Gots: 124 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-08-2002)
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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Another brew provided by my RB buddy fishingnet.

A: Nice bubbly carbonation leads to a nice two finger fluffy, white head. The beer is a nice light bright yellow hue.

Sm: Nice funky lambic aromas up front. This one is big on green fruits and yeast. There is a hint of earthy, horsey funk as well. Nice funky brew..

T: Tons of green fruit and funk. Yeasty, earthy goodness in a bottle. Nice and sour without being overthetop. Not the best lambic out there but very solid I must say.

M: Dry in the finish, bold, crisp, and bubbly..

D: Pretty drinkable. We shared a bottle which is about right.

Overall: Nice drinking beer that is best shared. I have really become a fan of this style and this is one of the better offering. It is sort of rare so if you find it buy it.

Thanks Ben, Wow what a day. 6 wonderful brew sampled.

tpd975, May 23, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Pours with a cream colored head, nice lacing and good retention. Slight haze and amber in color.

Smells of barnyard funk, tartness, light vinegar? and grass.

Tastes tart, funky and grassy. Also has a hit of acidic fruits. The more I drink this beer the more I am able to appreciate it.

irishkyle21, May 21, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%

This is the first Gueze I've ever tried and I'm quite excited. This one is to toast my new job!

A: Poured from corked and caged bottle with best before date of 1/25/2026 (haha) a hazy gold color, completely opaque. Poured with a head about half an inch thick, that quickly reduced, to about an 1/8 of an inch, stayed the entire beer.

S: When I first popped the bottle open it smelled very skunky, couldn't tell if it was from the green bottle or if this is what its supposed to smell like. Second smell yields a very belgian yeasty smell, after a bit familiar lambic musty, fruity smells surface. Very complex.

T: Not as sour as I had hoped for, but still quite tart. Very dry, somewhat alcoholic as well. Very interesting, but almost overpowering dryness. Interesting hop finish as well. This is a very complex beer, tasty, but not quite as good as I had hoped for.

M: Very dry, nicely carbonated though, pretty smooth and easy in the mouth. Very tart though.

D: One is enough for me. This beer is interesting, and i wish i could get a fresher bottle to compare it, even though the expiration date is 16yrs in the future I think some light got to this one. Not a bad beer, but not one of my favorites.

pokesbeerdude, May 13, 2008
Photo of roblowther
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Has a golden color that makes it look almost lit from within. It is extremely active, building up, surpisingly, almost no head but leaving a great lacing. Genuinely one of the most interesting looking beers I've ever seen. The smell is apricots, bananas, sour cherries, and pepper. The taste is predominately dry, with some fruit, then a crisp finish. This a fantastic gueuze,;very, very balanced. The mouthfeel is soft & buttery. The drinkability is good but, as with almost all gueueze for me, the sourness limits this. All in all one of the very best of the style I've had. Of course, your friends that don't like beer will still hate it :)

roblowther, May 03, 2008
Photo of Beerzebub
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

375 ml bottle, best before date 25.01.2026, served in a Riedel Vinum Extreme flute at 54 F/ 12 C.

Hazy golden color. Two inches of loose-knit off-white head reduces to a tenacious half inch.

Smells like musty hay, grass, herbs, tart dried apricot, and leather. A bit of something like vomit (butyric acid?), but it's not a problem. Not extremely funky.

Tastes like tart fruit: grapefruit, lemon, strawberry. Wood comes in and dries everything out, and the acidity and grassy bitterness grow. Very well balanced; the acidity never becomes overbearing. Fairly long finish of woody strawberry seeds and peach stone, with grass, dry and somewhat bitter.

Lively but soft carbonation and the acidity and bitterness make for an enjoyable texture. Very easy to drink; the grassy bitterness combines with the acidity to make this beer exceedingly refreshing.

I paired the second glass with three cheeses: Humboldt Fog goat cheese, Dubliner, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. The Humboldt Fog was a perfect match. The Dubliner was also an excellent match. The Parmesan pairs well, but not outstandingly so.

Beerzebub, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

The beer poured a golden copper body, clear, with a strong streem of bubbles running to the top of my glass. The head was rather thick but collapsed rather quickly. A solid ring was left behind. The nose was funky and had a bit of citrus. The taste was woody, funky and had notes of vanilla. The taste was also sour, a bit tart but very pleasing to the senses. Overall a well balanced and smooth beer.

ggaughan, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

Stopped by the Thirsty Monk in Ashville and had a bottle of this beauty. I told the bartender I wanted the Most sour beer he had (for some reason, I was in the mood for a super sour beer) and this is what he brought out. Pours into a cylindrical a pale straw color with a stark white head, plenty of lacing, and the head retention is amazing. Definitely sour in the taste. A tart and tangy feel with a little bit of saltiness. I really liked this one and will probably have it againg next time I am in the Thirsty Monk.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.78/5  rDev +16.9%

9.45 for a 375 ml bottle at Downtown Wines in Boston.

Pours a clear pale orange with a gigantic foamy head and a frenetic storm of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface. The head lasts a good while and leaves a smattering of lace webs behind. Huge citrusy acidic, sourness in the nose. Leathery brett and earthy flavors mix with stinky cheese in the background. The taste is sharp and sour, with a plethora of complicated lambicy flavors in the mix. Citrus, like sucking a white grapefruit, and tangy raw wheat grain mixes with earthy soft oak flavors and a propoderance of barnyard, cidery, lambic funk. The funk isnt as pronounced as the other authentic lambic brewers/blenders, but its still there in abundance. The finish is ultra dry and slightly puckering. The mouthfeel is full bodied and almost numbing with the busy carbonation. Alcohol flavor is nil throughout.

This is a real winner. Cleaner than other great gueuzes but still chock full of complexity and uber dryness. Very delicious, I will definitely seek this out again.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of badbeer
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Hazy gold, white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is grassy, lemon zest, funk, and some nice sourness. Taste is sour and inviting. There are some nice funky flavors going on, but this bottle has a little bit of a metallic finish, causing me to lower the score. High carbonation and light body, bone dry finish. It's really good stuff, but the metallicness in this bottle lowers the score; if future bottles don't have the metallic finish, my score will be higher.

badbeer, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: Dark gold in color with striking clarity. Pours with a large, sticky head of 3 1/2 inches, which settles to about half an inch after a few minutes. The constantly-rising stream of bubbles provide excellent head retention.

Smell: A massive, funky horse-blanket aroma erupts from the bottle as soon as the cork pops off - it's noticeable from a few feet away. Closer inspection reveals oak, vinegar, apple and lemon.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sour from the start, with subtle oak and white vinegar. Lemon and grapefruit flavors are most prevalent, both juice and rind, with an underlying funkiness tying it all together. The finish is dry, leaving a light tartness on the palate. Champagne-like carbonation lends a light, airy mouthfeel.

largadeer, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of sfoley333
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%

Poured from 375 ml bottle ( best before 25.01.2026 ) into Cantillon geuze glass. Poured a hazy golden orange color with a foamy champagne head. Smells of a moldy lemon, wet wheat, and a slight barnyard funk. Taste is sharp acidic citrus with a mild dryness are mellowed by the slight oak undertone. Mouthfeel is light body with a dryness that is well balanced with champagne like carbonation. Its a smooth tasting geuze and would a great thirst quencher on summer day.

sfoley333, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.13/5  rDev -23.5%

Poured to a champagne color with lots of carbonation bubbles, a thin whte head that dissipated very quickly amd no lacing. Nose was a pleasant tart fruit, and the initial taste was the same. Unfortunately, this sour fruit quickly faded to a taste that was more stale in nature, and the finish was dry and stale as well.
I may have just gotten an old bottle, but I was not nearly as impressed with this one as I have been other lambics.

kimcgolf, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Beer bottle (37,5 cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance: abundant white foam, fine bubbles, persistency average. Golden yellow color, very cloudy
Smell: powerful smell fruity and herbaceous at the opening of the bottle. Then the yeast takes over, with fresh notes
Taste and mouthfeel: fisrt great freshness. The finish is fruity, with a very long persistency.
Drinkability: great gueuze (in the traditional style). Drinking this beer, it really feels to be on the farm :-)
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thierrynantes, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%

375 ml cage-corked bottle, best before 25.01.2025.
Poured into tulip glass:

Pours slightly hazed orange with a thick bubbly white head. Bubbles of various sizes rise to the top. Some tiny bits of lacing slide down the glass. The head thins to a floating patch after some time.

The smell is of lemony fruitiness with some mildly spicy breadiness, barnyard mustiness, graininess and candi sugar.
Sweettart.

The taste is sweettart. Light tart lemony fruitiness combines wonderfully with toffeeish maltiness. Sweetness balances tartness well. Finishes with a long dryness.

Just enough carbonated bubbles gently glide over the palate without being fizzy. Effervescent with enough body to it to keep it together.

A great, refreshing beer. "Perfect marriage" indeed. Malty character keeps the funky gueuze (spelled "geuze" by this brewery) fairly mild for the style, but allowing enough of it to come through. A great, unique brew. Try pairing with a creamy cheese.

jwc215, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a 1 finger fizzy head that mostly dies and leaves no lacing - not at all surprising. Smell is nicely tart, although not quite as sharp as some.

Taste is lemony tart with just a touch of sweetness from the malt. Flavors here are just slightly muddled, and not as refreshing as the best in class, sharp, tangy gueuzes. Solid, still, but not perfect.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated with a pretty dry finish. Drinkability is good I would say. A gueuze is tough to judge on drinkability, but I could see having a couple glasses of this.

Recommended. A nice gueuze - I'd take Girardin any day over this, but this is solid.

rallison, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

375 ml bottle, best before 26-1-2025.

Slight haze in a tarnished, muted orange body. Lively carbonation builds up a solid finger of off-white meringue head. Sharp, tart, refreshing nose. Notes of sour cider, cobwebs, horse blanket, and citrus zest, backed by a faint honey maltiness.

Dry, tart, hay and citrus flavors up front. Sour, vague fruits over honeyish malt mid-palate. Metallic notes near the finish, which grows increasingly sour and shows hints of bitterness. Moderate barnyard funk throughout. Very refreshing, and not overly sour. Moderate-bodied with a lively feel. Nice.

alexgash, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of BassBone
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from a 375 mL corked and caged green bottle into a cylinder glass. The beer pours a nice clear yellow-gold with a pure white head that will stick around for a bit.

I can smell citrus in the nose and a little yeast. A bit of funk, but the good kind.

There is a lovely citrus-sour note in the taste that really hangs around and is quite refreshing. There's a bit of freshly-mown lawn and some earthy funk also.

The mouthfeel is what gives this beer its soul. It's light and highly carbonated and it feels like a good champagne, but for a lot less money.

Overall this is a lovely brew and I really do enjoy it. It's my first outing into the Geuze style and if this is typical of what the style has to offer, I'm hooked. But only once in a while. $9.00 for a small bottle is a bit much for me.

After drinking this, one wonders why something like Sam Adams's Cherry Lambic is allowed to be called a lambic...

BassBone, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

Served cool.
Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow into a tulip glass. Three fingers of dense, crackling foam, sheets of sticky lacing, and champagne carbonation.

Honey, wet stone/minerals, lemon rind in the nose. Wet hay, mild barnyard funk, but not as funky or earthy as Girardin. Sour/sharpness is pretty mild. Classical in appearance and aroma.

Lemon juice tart, wheaty, some apple skin in the aftertaste. Dry finish, not especially woody. Lacking in the sour department, more like champagne than anything.

Fairly astringent, crisp mouthfeel. Thin but spritzy, with champagne-like carbonation. A good intro to Gueuze, very drinkable and approachable, but it's not quite as good as their unblended lambic.

emerge077, May 10, 2007
Photo of buliwuf
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%

Presentation - green 375ml heavy bottle with simple label, corked

Appearance - pours a brilliant golden, with an immaculate white head, the glass laden with effervescence

Nose - grassy, earthy, funky, and slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel - crisp and dry, very carbonated, vibrant and alive

Taste - initially puckers the saliva glands with an acidic sourness and a sharp, citrus-like fruitiness which lend sweetness to the sour. But not too sweet, as it's far too complex to be described one-dimensionally. Gets better as it warms and by the time I was in full enjoyment mode, the glass was empty.

Overall - an exceptionally complex yet very drinkable beer, even if a tad on the expensive side. ($6.99 for the bottle)

buliwuf, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of gottajiboo2
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%

It poured a lemony yellow color, with a white foamy head fading to a thin lace. was a bit cloudy. earthy herbal and slight minty smell. taste was sourish and herbal. I was not very familiar with geuze style before this tasting. I thought it was pretty drinkable. I would have a second glass with some sharp salty cheese.

Thanks Phatz, for the sours.

gottajiboo2, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Risser09
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Shared With Fellow Beer Lovers As Part Of Phatz's Sour Beer Tasting. This was tasted next to Boon Geuze 100% Lambic. Allowed to warm to about 55 degrees before consumption.

Appearance: Gold and orange colors shine through the glass with a slight haze to the liquid. The head is huge and bright white.

Smell: Sour apple and green apple aromas are bellowing from the beer. It has some funk to it.

Taste: An amalgomation of flavors here. Incredibly complex. Those I have noted are mint, oak, funk, chardonnay grapes & gym socks with a malt backbone. You could sit forever and dig out more flavors. A definite 5 in this category.

Mouthfeel: The beer tastes fresh and alive with carbonation. Dry and funky enough to keep you drinking.

Drinkability: I didn't even realize how much alcohol was in this beer until this review. I could have a few of these just to ponder the complexity of it. This is also a beer with great capability to be paired with spicy, asian food or some sharp cheeses.

Risser09, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

Thanks a million to yinzer for hooking me up with this beer. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.

We had the opportunity to do a side by side with the Boon Geuze and the Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait. It was very interesting to compare. Some of the guys liked the Boon Geuze better than the Mariage Parfait because it had a softer finish with some malts and a cider like aftertaste. The Mariage Parfait was more intensely funky and wild. Personally I really enjoyed the funky Mariage Parfait but found the Boon Geuze a bit more drinkable.

Thanks a million to yinzer for hooking me up with this beer. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.

We had the opportunity to do a side by side with the Boon Geuze and the Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait. It was very interesting to compare. Some of the guys liked the Boon Geuze better than the Mariage Parfait because it had a softer finish with some malts and a cider like aftertaste. The Mariage Parfait was more intensely funky and wild. Personally I really enjoyed the funky Mariage Parfait but found the Boon Geuze a bit more drinkable.

Appearance: Pours a golden orange color with a moderate head.

Smell: Intensely funky. a bit more funk and more wild crazy sour than in the Boon Geuze counterpart. It has a very rotten earthy barnyard funk and yet it is not overpowering, just old seeming.

Taste: It is challenging to isolate individual flavors in a beer this muddled and complex. It is partly woody, lactic and acidic with rotten fruit tartness and compost attributes, with an astringent finish. Funkadelic! I likey like it =)

Mouthfeel: The carbonation and the smooth astringent lively flavors leave with a dry champagne like feel. Magnificent.

Drinkability: The fact that this is a bigger beer in both funkyness and ABV than its counterpart makes the difference to where I would say this is even more a sip-it-w/-cheese, type of beer. The interesting thing we learned about drinking sour beers it that after 6 hours of sour beer drinking, we were all still sober. You can't chug this stuff.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured into a tulip it forms a fizzy white head that leaves behind some spider web lace.

This is a smooth version of a Geueze. I had this right after having the 1882 Girardin and this was way way way smoother. Thats not really a good thing in my book as I enjoy the tartness and sometimes funky backside to these lambic blends. This one tastes like 3 old lambics rather than 3 staggered (1,2,3 year old mix). Most folks at the tasting I was having enjoyed this version and didn't like the 1882. I was the one holdout to giving this all out praise. Its good, but you must know this is lacking the smacker reaction.

Notes: the champagne like carbonation was fizzy. Liked it.

DogFood11, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

01/15/07- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 375ml bottle, both caged and corked. Best before...2025! Holy crap, I've never seen such a lentgh of goodness before. Poured into my Lindemans flute.

Appearance- True golden color. Champagne bubble effervescence. Fluffy pillowlike 1 inch white head. Leaves behind gobs and chunks of lace. A sight to behold.

Smell- Fresh fruit basket nose buried beneath hay that has been sitting out in a rainstorm. Heavy horse and uric acid scent as well.

Taste- Tart, fruity and crisp. A touch of cherry and raspberry. a wee bit bitter in the swallow, but has perfect tartness. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp with surging sharp carbonation. A quick hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- It was worth dropping $10 to try. About the best per style I have had. Ultimate thirst quencher.

GClarkage, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

Got the second half of this bottle as eheff didn't feel like finishing it. Not that I'm complaining...

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color--almost goldenish. White head that dissipates quickly but has some bubbly champagne like retention in the middle of the glass.
S: Big sour tart like notes come from this overseas offering. Chardonnay notes and champagne like carbonation in the nose.
T/M: Quite tart and sour on the palate right off the bat. If you don't like the sour or tart aspect of brews, stop reading now. Slight sweet notes on the palate coupled with the sour notes. Dry finish on the palate with tart cranberry or raspberry notes. Sourness takes center stage on this brew calling out for everyone to hear. Dry finish hangs on the palate for awhile.
D: I'm not sure I'd buy this offering again. It was mostly for eheff, who apparently didn't like it. Not a bad brew in my opinion, just not one I'd buy right off the bat again. With that said, I'm glad I got the chance to try it as it had been hyped by a co-worker. It's an interesting style and one worthy of exploring.

bjohnson, Feb 01, 2007
Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait from Brouwerij Boon
91 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.