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Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 44 - Brouwerij Boon

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Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 44
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 5.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-17-2013)
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Photo of MarcWP
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Iris glass.

Appearance is light apricot orange, fizzy white head that settles to thin ring on the edge of the glass, slightly hazy body.

Aroma is certainly aged lambic in essence. Super cheesy, lemon and loquat, light apple cider vinegar, golden delicious apple, cobwebs, and a barnyard presence.

Taste leans more towards the fruity side. Lovely apple presence, lime, lemon, mandarin, and a soft white grape note. The funk is very balanced between grassy/green earth and cheesy/musky basement characteristics. Merged with the fruitiness it's a damn fine lambic.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a soft carbonation that prickles the edges of the mouth and cleanses the palate nicely. Dry finish and the tartness is subdued.

This is fantastic. I had to elevate the overall score on this simply because of how balanced and sophisticated this feels. And at 6 years old this has developed no off flavors yet has such a rounded, (aged) taste. More citrus than Mariage Parfait, which is awesome.

Photo of MLDucky
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of AlexFields
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DCLAguy11
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Caudalie
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Antiantianti
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Sarge3130
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of blaje
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

As a longtime lambic fan, this geuze was highly praised. This was a gift from a friend. Thanks.

Poured immediately after a somewhat disappointed opening nose, no pop at all, this beer produced a generous white head but that didn’t last very long, leaving a small lacing around the glass. Carbonation is way above expected and almost fizzy like a soft drink. Surprising! It is translucid without big chucks a yeast and golden-orange in colour.

The nose is slightly medicinal, which is the first time I found this in a gueuze. Tart apple, lemon, mild oak, notes of underventilated humid basement (!) and some alcohol. The feeling in mouth is fizzy. Man this gueuze is well carbonated! As expected from this style, sourness is present and well felt, but not too biting. Little sweetness is there and takes form as a stone fruit flavour, maybe ripe peaches or something like that. The aftertaste is not very long, flavours acid green apples are coming up. Bitterness is low.

Overall, a great and pleasant example of what a Lambic is. A very nice beer from BOON.

Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Etre Gourmet. Served in a Cantillon tulip. It's been a long time since I did a real-time review, but get ready for a bunch as I try to vacate my 'cellar'.

A - A generous white foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and minimal lace. Mostly transparent golden body with visible carbonation racing to the top.

S - Tart apple skins, acetic acid, lemon flesh, mild oak and musty attic. Some mild stone fruit sweetness in the periphery, and perhaps a bit of malted wheat when it reaches room temperature.

T - Quite sour. Taste has a bit more earth and herbaceous bitterness to it initially, but as it warms there is increasing peach and apricot sweetness. Finish has a mix of oak and mineral, but it's not quite as aggressive as Cantillon's blends. Quite nice, with good balance of flavors, but lacking the 'je ne sais quoi' or crackle of the greatest gueuze.

M - Medium body, with pleasant tongue-tickling carbonation, and a dry, crisp, finish. No trace of the 8.5% alcohol - that's a bit of a shocker to be honest. The other 'high-gravity' gueuze experiments I've tried weren't this subtle. I got a bit flushed after 8oz, but that was the only hint I got. Quite tannin-heavy.

D - Quite good. Surprised there are so few reviews of this beer; didn't realize it was so limited. Definitely Boon's strongest offering in recent memory. Happily consumed the entire 375ml while catching up on Vikings.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at De Zwaan

Pours a large white head that falls quickly to a ring on top of a clear dark golden body.

Stone fruit like peach, orange and some grass with slight stale funk. Not the most exciting gueuze.

Very spritzy at first making this beer light and fleeting on the tongue. Makes it not seem like a huge 8.5 lambic beer. Super dry. Probably the closest to real champagne I've had from a lambic based beer. Settles down after a bit though.

I am torn by this beer. There were points while drinking where I was disappointed then it would redeem itself a bit but eh. I liked it but would have almost preferred choosing something else.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for the opportunity to try this. Pours a dull, hazy orange with a loose white head. Nose is as one would expect for the style; however, there is also a trace of ethanol and a medicinal character. Taste is tannic and citrusy. There is a also a hint of cork and a slight medicinal quality at the finish. Mouthfeel is fuller-bodied than a typical gueuze with a bright carbonation and a mild astringency. Overall, Vat 44 comes off as a golden ale/gueuze hybrid than a standard gueuze in my opinion. A very interesting an enjoyable beer. Wish I had one more for the cellar.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 44 from Brouwerij Boon
90 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.