Oude Geuze Boon
Brouwerij Boon

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Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #46
Ranked #7,374
4.01 | pDev: 10.97%
Brouwerij Boon
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Notes: Oude Geuze Boon is one of the finest examples of the traditional 100% spontaneous fermentation Lambic style.

This Lambic beer is aged for 1, 2 or 3 years in oak casks. The blend, a mild average 18 month old Lambic (unsweetened, unfiltered, unpasteurized) is refermented in the bottle and can be stored for up to 20 years.

Taste: Very fresh, more fruity than spicy with touches of citrus and oak.
Color: Clear golden
Serving suggestion: Pour gently at 12°C/52°F
Storage tip: Keep the bottles cool and in an upward position
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5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever had. It tastes like nothing else you've ever had, and yet, it still tastes like beer. You never get used to it, and yet, it's the perfect thing to drink on a hot day. Could recommend it highly enough!

May 19, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(750 ml "champagne" bottle, vintage 1997-98). Pours with an enormous lasting head. Cloudy golden colour. Lovely aroma of sour fruits, notes of spices and horse stable. Flavour is fruity, sour but not vinegar, a little tart. Quite dry. Reminds me of a brut champagne. Moreish aftertaste. Yummy!

May 13, 2021
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daveonarrival from Canada (ON)

4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle.

A blend of the 2017 and 2018 brewing seasons. Pours a deep gold with a pleasing translucence. A tight white head dissipates quickly.

The nose is nice and complex. White pepper with the vanilla notes of oak underneath, along with some bright citrus and stone fruit. There's also a vinous quality mingling in there. The acidic tang is the first thing to hit the palate, waking everything up. From there, it breaks into tart lemon. More white pepper leads into an earthy finish that harkens back to the oak in the nose, giving everything a refined quality.

The attenuation on this is very nice, making the body light and an incredibly earthy, dry finish. The tartness is refreshing, not treading into sour territory. The carbonation is on the lower side, just enough to give things a pleasant lift. The alcohol is not noticeable, so this one can creep up on you.

Beautifully balanced and refreshing, this is an incredible beer. I got it through a holiday pack, and I wish it was more readily available in my area.

Mar 15, 2021
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gold body with a dash of amber, hazy; forms a fine, airy white head with good retention of several minutes. Give it a swirl and it forms up well again.
Aroma is of fresh tart apples, lightly floral, honey, white grape.
Has a distinct tart/bitter flavour that is difficult to place - apple skin? maybe unripe plums, and grapefruit feels right too. There's a sense of fleshy fruitiness to it (by no means sweet). Puckering and dry feel, very fine carbonation, medium body. Lengthy finish, carrying that tart/bitter/fruitiness along.

Nicely balanced and restrained, wouldn't call it complex or standout. To me this is more of a benchmark example of the style.

Jan 29, 2021
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

2.48/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

No spillage of the bottle content for me.
The problem with my review is that I don't like lambic/sour beer. I tasted maybe one that was decent, the rest just make me pucker up and turn my teeth sensitive. But this was part of a box set of Belgian beer.
Pours carbonated but almost all signs of a head eventually disappears. Nice nose, the herbal sour tones come through well. The taste is not as bad as I anticipated, but still not good for me. Will be drain pour, as almost all sours. Sorry.

Dec 23, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 / 2013 brewing season batch 59. Served at 50 degrees and poured into a 3F lambic style glass.

The very satisfying pop of the cork hinted that there was plenty of carbonation in this bottle, which the pour has reinforced. Plenty of fizzy white head that didn't hang around long. Color is clear and like rusty water (not in a bad way). Tons and tons of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is quite vinous with some funky, earthy undertones. There's more going on beneath that, but I can't pick up / describe what it is.

Taste is a really intersting mix of apple, bit of grape, a nice underlying barnyard funk that shows up more on the back end than the front / middle, and a bit less tartness than I expected. This is well balanced, albeit slightly less complex than I had expected.

Carbonation is actually slightly less than I thought based on the appearance, but there's still plenty of it. Nice and dry going down. Good beer.

Oct 31, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber color to the body; lively carbonation, very mild haziness; dense and creamy white head, spongy. Apricot with a hint of horse blanket; minor phenol presence. Mild sweetness to the taste offset with a dull tartness and light sourness; white grape with a touch of white grapefruit. Medium body; soft and velvety; tangy with a low-key effervescence; light juiciness but finishes with a strong dryness on the palate

This is a fine gueze lambic, balanced and complex, with a note of delicacy and softness to its character.

Oct 31, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy dark burnt orange color. When its initially poured, it appears super carbonated and a thin off-white head quickly forms then disappears. No residual head remains, whatsoever. Aroma has notes of leather, funky tart green apple, white pepper and a bit of white wine and green grapes. Moderately funky and tart on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with notes of leather, green apples, white wine, old dried hops that provide a bit of earthiness and bitterness to it. The flavor is surprisingly light and airy given how strong the aroma presented. Mildly sour - almost disappointingly mild - The tartness and funk is mainly present towards the back end lingering into the finish. Light wheated notes are present underlying the flavors. Feel is defined by bright carbonation. Incredibly prickly and bright. Super dry finish. Very light almost airy mouthfeel.

Overall a really nice Gueuze from Boon.

Oct 31, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle from the Porterhouse Nassau Street last night, I took down only the ratings i have the beer rather than my tasting notes, and my memory of it has faded somewhat, but it was definitely a most enjoyable gueuze, the sourness of the beer was more gentle than other sour beers like this, had a unique earthy character to it, maybe lacking somewhat in body, pretty highly carbonated, but yeah an enjoyable gueuze.

Sep 06, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014/2015 brewing season.
Batch #72503.
Best before 10/2/2037.
Enjoyed on 12/30/2019.
Poured from a green bottle.

In the glass this appears a somewhat hazy straw tan. Generous foam, even after it warms. On the nose I find a pronounced wet hay/barnyard/goat farm note, matched with what I taste. Some hints of lemon juice and apricot must hiding in the back. Funky, drying, gently effervescent. This was a good one.

Jun 28, 2020
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KooVee from Finland

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. 2014-2015 vintage.

Slightly hazy tangerine colour. White fizzy head that disappears soon enough, leaving just a bit of lace.

Nose has green apples pushing through leather covered vinegary earthiness -- except that the latter are not particularly strong, more a funky melange with associations coming and going, even a bit of puke (in a nice way). A particularly funky apple cider from real apples is a close reference point.

Taste is more restrained. There is a smoothness that borders on sweet, some volatile yeasty astringency that visits spicy bitterness and comes back. Dry and sweet at the same time. Some moderately silky lactic acidity staying on the tongue.

Good, but not outstanding in its style.

Feb 23, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.34/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cautionary note in advance: This bottle had been stored, chilled, opened and poured very carefully yet it still managed to overflow onto my desk. Have your glass ready at hand!
L- Quite dark amber, very slightly hazy, pours with 2Cm pillowy off-white head.
S- There's something dry, earthy and bit like home-brew to it.
T- Oh gawd... it's SOUR! So much so I'm worried it will dominate above all else. My palate does begin partially adjusting but this is still perhaps the sourest of c800 beers I've had to date. Somewhere through that comes a chink of timber and fruit, gooseberry perhaps followed by lemon juice on the finish.
F- Dry, extremely sour.
O- If it cost less I wouldn't have persevered. I will not be buying this beer again.
375ml bottle. BB: 25-06-2039[!]. £3.99 from Wholefoods, London W8

Nov 21, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-clear brown with two finger of white airy foam. Smell has the classic gueuze aromas: belgian yeast, oak, sour grains, funk, must, and vinegar accented fruits such as apple. Taste was not as powerful as the smell, in fact it got pretty faint after the initial burst save the wood and sour grains, want more funk especially, but a good geueze nonetheless. Feel is thinner and airy, but has good wood and souring character with a lighthearted graininess.

Oct 22, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012/2013 vintage

Appearance - clear golden straw body with white head

Smell - white wine, chardonnay, apple cider vinegar, pale malt,

Taste- white wine, chardonnay type flavors, green apple, apple cider vinegar, belgian yeast

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, white wine upfront, vinegar/sour/tart on the back end

Overall - my first foray into this style and it isnt too bad, nice belgian flavor with a bit of tart/sour/funk but not too overpowering

Price Point - $8.99/ 750 ML bottle

Aug 19, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had the 2014-2015 vintage.

Poured from a bottle into a tall fluted glass. Brownish yellow color with a short lived head and little lacing. Earthy, slightly sour smell and taste. Funky and fruity flavors. Great with food. Would buy again.

Jul 03, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

5/27/19 (Chicago): Purchased for $12.50 at Beer on the Wall earlier today, 2014-2015 Brewing Season 12.7 oz bottle, best before 5/31/2037, two pours into a tulip glass. Light golden pour, light fruit floating , mild carbonation generous 1 inch white head leaves ample lacing. Very sweet grape and apple and cherry aroma, Taste mirrors aroma, apple then grape, cherry light spicy pepper. Sour tart balance with the fruit, excellent. Carbonation holds well, light crisp clean mouth feel, easy summer drinking. Overall outstanding pour, I will be seeking future pours from Brouwerij Boon including this great offering!

May 27, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-hazy amber bottle pour with a 2 cm fluffy foam cap. The aroma is tart and includes grape and woody notes. There is apple, grapefruit,lemon, oak and vinous bitterness in the flavor. The finish is somewhat dry. I really like this.

May 26, 2019
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champ103 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The label says A L'ancienne but brewed by Boon. So I am assuming this is not the De Konnick version. Bottle says 2014-2015.

A: Pours a a hazed golden/orange color. A one finger white head forms and gently fizzles out. The foam sticks as a cap all the way through.
S: Really funky and cheesy in the nose. Peppery spice, musty and dried fruits. Grapefruit and citrus. Very nice.
T: Again funky, acidic, cheese. Very earthy. Peppery spice, dried fruits. Grapefruit and citrus rind, and even some bitterness lingering. This is intense, but very enjoyable.
M/O: A medium body that is very effervescent. Finishes dry. With the funky, cheesy aspect, it can be a bit intense. I still find this really enjoyable to drink. Especially if you are a fan of the style.

Again, Boon makes an excellent Gueuze. The funky, cheesy, acidity can be a little intense. Though the grapefruit, citrus, bitterness counters that well. Really well done.

May 19, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Sold golden amber color
S:Light barrel flavor
T: A light rush into a spicy body and a clean dry finish. Very enjoyable and simple. 4.5
F: Light but well defined clean crisp beer. 4.25
O: For days when you want a light flavored beer to pair with something else. This is it. 4.25

Apr 27, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First time in about 10 years, and still love Frank Boon's beers. Prototypical Belgian Oude Geuze where the natural spontaneous brewing produces the classic taste and body.

Apr 25, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber, fluffy head that settles into a thin lace. Aroma is sweet - lemon, orange, apple cider, pear all backstopped by a cajoling farmhouse yeast. Palate begins with a tart burst followed by earthy sandalwood, leather, oak, champagne yeast, sour apple & stonefruit pit. It certainly has a maltier backbone that many geuze’s, finishes a little heavy and biscuity but that is the only drawback. Otherwise excellent

Apr 06, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Rich amber color with many tiny floaters in the beer. Head is foamy white and dissipates rather quickly. Good lacing.

Notes of hay, tart green apple peel, and white vinegar are upfront on the aroma. Other notes of leather, fresh bread, pears, and orange rind. Altogether, kind of smells like a white grape wine.

Tart green apple skin make much of the palette bitter, along with strong lemon zest. Vinegar interestingly helps control the bitterness with its own acidic twist. Hay and brown leather linger in the aftertaste. Mild citric notes in the background, particularly the orange rind. Altogether, a very exciting, wild beer with a wide variety of different flavors and combinations.

Mar 19, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled and all sorts of aging and conditioning. I've poured it into a Westy 12 glass to give it a bit of regal treatment
slightly cloudy very golden body with okay white head
aroma is boozy sherry
flavour has sweet fruity tart funky and deep

Oct 02, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold, straw coloration with a small, fizzy head, visible carbonation and some fine floaters on the final pour. Smell is mild funk with notes of hay, lemon zest, tart green apple, quince and just a hint of white vinegar. Taste is dominated by a medium green apple tartness, mild, mildewy funk and light biscuity malt, with notes of hay, quince, lemon zest and just a hint of white vinegar. There is a somewhat faint earthy/woody note in the background as well. Finishes with a light/medium tartness and some funk and lemon zest lingering in the aftertaste. Soft, effervescent mouthfeel with a light/medium body and lively carbonation.

A very nicely balanced Geuze with a good complexity, but somewhat understated funk/sourness. Body is a tad too light, but really not that bad. Very nice, effervescent mouthfeel.

Sep 23, 2018
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vinicole from England

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Hazy. Light amber. Thin head.
Fruity aroma. Apple and quince. Similar to sweet silage.
Tart. Lemon and lime. Crab apple. Piquant.
Soft carbonation. Middling body.
Complex. Better than my one previous Gueuze.

Sep 01, 2018
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