Boon Oude Lambic - Brouwerij Boon
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4.36/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Boon 2 Jaar Oude Lambiek on-tap at Bierproeflokaal In de Wildeman, in Amsterdam.
Boon Oude Lambic looks like it needs to be dusted off. Is the idea for it to look like the barrels in which it's aged? Although a fairly pale honey colour, the beer is so hazy that you can't see through it at all. As for carbonation, not even a CSI unit could turn up a trace of it.
The first sniff makes me wonder if this is what it would be like to lick a barnyard floor. The term “horse blanket” is often used to describe this style and it fits well. It is exceedingly musty, with a strong bacterial tartness and a distinct vinegar-like element. Think of it ostensibly as a petri dish.
The flavour sounds like it might appeal to a horse; there's lots of straw and applesauce. Vague notes of orchard fruit arise to make a minor, strictly superficial resemblance to champagne, albeit one entirely flat and soured. This made a great pairing with Dutch Trappist cheese.
Unblended Lambic tastes kind of like a combination of lemon juice and cider vinegar. It might be unpalatable if not for aging in wooden barrels - 2 years in this case - which adds subtle remnants of vanilla and softening oak flavours. This example is nicely mellowed though still retains its 'funk'.
Boon isn't as celebrated a name as, say, Cantillon, but their unblended Lambic is every bit as good (and, for my money, even better). Though extremely rare, this style is so unique as to be incomparable to anything else; scarcity is its least important aspect. Still, I'm jealous even of myself for having gotten the chance to try it. Don't ever pass this one up!
Serving type: on-tap
08-02-2013 17:20:37 | More by biegaman
4.31/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Engelbewaarder, Amsterdam.
Slight cloudy dark gold with loose film.
Deep oaky nose, like balsamic white vinegar.
Definite sourness: white grape notes and some must with an acetic bite; but also intricate wood, hints of apricot, light caramel, some grassy notes, a bit of vanilla... the list could go on.
Crisp, round, soft.
Seamless; you don't even real notice the sourness. Almost like a liqueur, with limitless depths, but also sharp and clean. In short, amazing.
Non-beer geek friend quoth: "A delightfully perky little number!" so it's that, too.
Serving type: on-tap
08-03-2013 15:24:39 | More by StJamesGate
4.43/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed on cask at the Zythos Festival in Belgium, March 2011. Reviewed from notes.
Body is a hazy orange/gold, no carbonation.
Smells spicy and acidic, with citrus/orange peel, old wood must, and funky cheese and horseblanket notes.
Tastes of sour apples, orange zest, bitter hops. Moderately tart. Long dry spicy finish.
Body is light and carbonation non-existent, has a flat mouthfeel. Typical for a lambic.
An old lambic that is unblended. Overall a good example of an old lambic that is fairly smooth and quite drinkable.
Serving type: cask
09-24-2011 19:11:52 | More by Beerenauslese
Boon Oude Lambic from Brouwerij Boon
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