Oude Geuze Boon
Brouwerij Boon

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Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #46
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4.01 | pDev: 10.97%
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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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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delightfully mellow and quite dry lambic served up from the southernmost of the lambic breweries in a 375 ml bottle at everyone's favorite Belgian sports bar Camping in Beersel. Bottle features a green label with a red sash and reads "Oude Boon Geuze L'Ancienne." Pours into a Boon Geuze glass (think basic bar tumbler) a pretty golden orange with a thick and lasting white head. Bottle indicates that this is an 05-06 bottling. We consumed it in August of 2008. Aroma forecasts a very sour beer with loads of lemon-lime citric character and some red fruit along the lines of cranberry sauce or perhaps gooseberry jam. Body is quite sour and slightly bready with a citric hoppy finish. Taste is heavy on the lemon and the horsehair funk. Yum. Corky woodiness, tannic acid, and green grass follow. Solid and enjoyable but not exceptional.

Nov 17, 2009
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roblowther from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big and Belgian, that's how I like them. Not in a gay way. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Just sayin'. It pours cloudy gold with a soapy white head that shows no sign of letting up before I'm ready to go further. It smells of oranges, peppermint, hay, and a barn. A particular one, not just any one. But I will keep the location secret. Just to be that way. The taste is sour cherries, grass, and a nice bready finish. This is a phenomenally balanced flavor. Not too sour, not too sweet, not too dry. It is the goldilocks of geuze. If they start putting that on the label, I get credit. The mouthfeel is soft, slightly tingly, and light. Overall, I really feel this is a fantastic beer. It may be the best I've had. Nice, nice job.

Aug 01, 2014
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle I believe to be a 2013 vintage. A "shelf geuze" recently plucked from a store in central PA at a price of around $9. In a geuze tumbler, it appears a hazy golden copper color with a white cap that holds with a thin topping.

The smell is citrusy with an additional non-descript fruited quality and mild oakiness and bacterial funk. The taste is citrus zest and lemony tart before getting oaked in flavor with some vanilla and slight grainy sweetness. The aftertaste displays sharp cheese-like funk and a hint of ripe feta/blue cheese. As it gets warmer there is a mild mineral character but by no means is it a major component to this brew's profile.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. A very enjoyable brew that I would certainly buy again when I come across it. After recently consuming the "black label extra dry" version, I think I would rather have more of this for its slightly cheaper price and ease of availability. Comical that geuze from other producers just evaporate immediate upon release yet this guy was just hanging out on the shelf for years with little interest shown.

Apr 04, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color familiar and normal for gueuze. 1/2" white head, this looks like the prototypical gueuze here, there isn't much in the way of head retention. Aroma is I dunno, gueuzy, tart, sour, lemon, dry oak.

Taste is more of the lemon, green apple and oak, sourness all over it, probably in the 6 range on the 1-10 sour scale. Not overly acidic, lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel, hides alcohol pretty well. Its a good value at just over $10 a bottle. I wouldn't say its as good as Cuvee Rene gueuze, but that is some world class kind of value. I'd prefer 3F or Cantillon sure, but those are going to be 4-5x the cost, and availability sucks, not to mention possible shipping charges because you won't find that stuff on shelves like you will this one.

Its not the most complex funk aspect, its almost completely absent, but I think its a good gateway gueuze with cleaner impressions for those not ready for a shithouse in a phone booth kind of experience.

Jan 18, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Every now and then I get to try a beer that defines the style, all in terms of taste, history, culture, and mystique. It's truely a pleasure to sit down with a glass.

An intense aroma of citric fruits, tart vinous notes, and musty Brett character floods the nose even before I decant the beer into the glass. The lemony, lime esters are accompanied by crabapples and under rippened (green) raspberries. Super tart flavors develop into a dusty, musty, woodsy (cork-like) malt driven taste. Spices of salt, minerals-metals, and white pepper give balance, variety, and temperance to the sharp fruits and horsey flavors going into the finish. High carbonation gives the beer a lot of pep as it stings the tongue and lifts the beer from the mouth, providing a buffer from the intense citrus acids. Clean, crisp, and refreshing in the finish with a lemony finish of grapefruit and orange rinds. A snappy bitterness comes through and I'm not sure if it is a hop bitterness or an astringent thing that the funky yeast and grains are giving. Regardless, the sourness and bitterness work well with the salty spiciness.

The carbonation consistently fuels the stark white head that settles from an inch to 1/4 that. The lace provides a firm blanket for the hazy, canary yellow beer that seems to glow in the light.

This Gueuze is a challenge to the palate but the Brett-yeasty character prevails but not the ultra sour, vinegar, cider character. Much more inviting and sessionable than most Lambics.

Nov 06, 2009
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling slightly foggy amber with a large but light white foam settling to a persistent finger of fuzzy blanket slightly clinging at the edges but leaving no lace.

Smell is crisp and clean floral lemon, orange, white grape and champagne with a slight green apple and hint of sour funk.

Taste is perfectly tart, slightly moreso on the swallow, with white grape and pineapple, orange rind, a touch of biscuity yet bright oak and toastiness, leaning towards sesame.

Medium-light bodied with a perfectly pillowy yet slightly stinging carbonation, finishing semi-dry. Insanely drinkable, very well balanced, and just exactly as tart as it needs to be.

Dec 07, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While not my favorite style, this may be one of my favorites in the style.
Rocky head releases the style's earthy stuff. But what makes this my favorite is that it is not too sour and does not reassert its sourness as others usually do. A pleasant sour.

Retaste 12/19/17 at Beer Temple class on Belgians. No change in my opinion that this is my favorite in a style that I cannot cotton to.

Listed in the "1001" (and deserves to be there), MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said it has "a firm body, Seville Orange fruitiness and appetisingly bitter finish."

Aug 21, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

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

I picked up a bottle of Boon's Oude Geuze last month for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I've tried this beer a couple times at some beer festivals, but I thought it's about time I give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. Best by 1/21/2031. Poured from a green 750ml corked and caged bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a clean and simple design, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a hazy golden orange color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light with a little over three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the funky yeast being the first to show up with musty yeast aromas seeming to show up the most with some funky barnyard yeast aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes a tart aroma that goes right into the fruits with some nice pear and apricot aromas with some stonefruit aromas showing up in the background. Right at the end there's just a slight skunky aroma. This beer has a good aroma, but i wish it didn't have that slight skunky aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the funky yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the exact same aspects that it did in the aroma, but it's just a little lighter with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes those same fruity aspects that I got in the aroma and it makes for a nice mixed fruity flavor that sticks out a little more than it did in the aroma and no single fruity aspects seems to stick out the most. On the finish there's just a slight skunky flavor with a medium amount of sourness with a nice sour fruit aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, but I wish it didn't have that slight skunky aspect.

M- Smooth, not too acidic, very crisp, a little prickly, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. This beer has a nice mouthfeel that works well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, the more I try this style, the more I start to understand what sets this style apart and as far as I can tell this has just about everything that a good Geuze should have and I enjoyed it. This beer has good drinkability, it's smooth, not too acidic, very crisp, a little prickly, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, the whole bottle might be a little too much for me so I think one glass is the perfect amount. What I like the most about this beer is the sourness, it's right where I want it for the style. What I like the least about this beer was the slight skunky aspect, I wish they wouldn't use green bottles. I would buy this beer again and I would be nice to keep a bottle or two around in the cellar, I think it would be a nice summer beer and it might even be a little refreshing. I would recommend this beer, especially if your into the style or sour beers in general. All in all I was happy with this beer, it took me a few yeasrs and a couple tries to warm up to it, but now i can say I enjoy it and I like to seek out more in the style. This beer made for a good first impression and I would really like to try more beers from this brewery, as far as I can tell it's an above average example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty Geuze. keep up the hard work.

Mar 07, 2015
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thepenguin from Massachusetts

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

L: Pours an extremely lively, mildly cloudy dark gold with a large off-white head and lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

S: Lots of grape must. A bit vinous and cidery, with a relatively restrained tartness for the style. Some dry oak, apple skins and fairly clean Brett character.

T: Balanced, moderately tart and quite oaky, adding the perception of dryness. Semi-dry with apples, apple cider vinegar and more grape must. Very drinkable, with a dry oaky finish.

F: Medium bodied with creamy and abundant carbonation. A bit prickly and drying.

Thoughts: Not sure why this gets a rap of being a mediocre gueuze. I found it to be very balanced and drinkable, with nice mustiness and oak influence. I for one liked that it wasn’t as abrasively tart as say a Hanssens.

May 08, 2016
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: murky honey-gold. Full white head Lacing dissipates quickly.
smell: Array of citrus, floral, sour, and fruits.
taste: Much like the nose up front, quite dry. An interesting tart, slightly sweet finish.
overall: pretty tame but pleasant Geuze.

Jan 24, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Boon Oude Geuze 2011-2012

Pours a slightly hazed orange-amber color with a small, white head, immediately collapsing to a small film at the rim of the glass.

Smells of ripe red apple, together with a nice, cheesy funkiness. Lemon zest and old wood bark among sweeter toffee malts create a pleasant depth on the nose.

Has a very mineralic, lively carbonation, supported by tart lemon zest, creating a pleasant interplay with a sweeter malts defined finish.

Tastes of a slightly harsh, carbonation supported, stony minerality among sour lemon pulp and a oaken hint on the back end. Offers dusty toffee malts after the swallow, together with the beer's profound mineral quality. Finishes with a decent lemon tartness among funky cream cheese, wood bark and fermented, fruit coated toffee.

Drinks very easy, refreshing with a nice depth of flavors to it, while its mineralic presence is a tad over the top, preventing more subtle flavors from becoming recognizable, especially during the beginning.

Mar 06, 2016
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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, At the Porterhouse Dublin

375ml, corked

Pours with a coppery body, some amber hues, whispy fizzy head with good retention. Fizzy effervescent body

Smell, fresh tart fruit, grapefruit and lemon, little bit of barnyard funk, slightly musky, sherbet. Little bit of fresh grass on the nose too

Taste, dry as a bone, crisp sour grapefruit character, agressive carbonation, lemon and lime. Intense sour bitterness, some earthy notes also

A brilliant gueuze, even better than the standard boon offering

Nov 24, 2006
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kingjohnh from New Mexico

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Jun 27, 2014
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 20, 2014
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der_meister from Ukraine

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 22, 2015
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Jul 11, 2013
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djrn2 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Feb 24, 2013
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4ster from Canada (ON)

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

Jan 05, 2017
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Dzu from Russian Federation

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 12, 2016
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downes51 from England

4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm surprised this beer hasn't been reviewed before. I think it's outstanding. But a warning.... it's a pretty uncompromising gueuze style, and it definately will NOT appeal to drinkers who have not already developed a taste for gueuze via a more approachable route. So if you don't already enjoy Belle Vue or Morte Subite, then come back when you do! Right now it's replaced Duvel as my favourite Belgian tipple. Here in Antwerpen the Berenbak only sells it in 750cc bottles, and that's the review sample here. (It also comes in smaller ones.) Anyway, the top comes off this big bottle and straight away you notice the foam building up, with evidence of solid yeast. Pop some into the beaker and you get a foamy drink which soon settles down to a nice pale colour. It's not perfectly clear by any means, but hell it's a live one, what do you expect? The aroma next.... hard to describe this. Vaguely citrus. Cooking apples. Then the flavour... this stuff is really quite sharp. Did I really pay money for this? I'd better pretend to like it... Once the initial shock has passed you realise you want more. And more. It's quite easy to drink a whole big bottle all by yourself, in fact yesterday afternoon I got through 2 of them. And being only around 7% it's not such a big deal. Highly reccommended.

Mar 16, 2005
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zestar from California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Aug 22, 2014
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Dirtinabottle from New York

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 10, 2016
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shirtlord from England

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 30, 2015
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vfgccp from New York

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

May 10, 2019
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Beersignal from Canada (QC)

4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Neck label states that it was from the 2000-2001 brewing season. As I undid the cage, the cork exploded from the bottle in a loud pop, fit for new year's eve. I'm feeling festive already;)).

Peach coloured hazy liquid with caramel tints under a medium cream coloured head of respectable hold (enough time for a photo). Dwindled to a film and left no lace.

Aromas were splendid! Orchard fruit and tart lemons under wet hay up front yielding to notes of oranges and apples. A resurgence of the smells occurs and jostles with gentle (yes gentle) barnyard aromas. Really, well done.

Dry and bracing tart mouthfeel is followed by an onslaught of citrucy fruit flavours. Oranges, limes, grapefruit and a touch of green apples parade around leaving behind remnants of vanilla cream. The finish is mellow and bitter/fruity of grapefruit rinds.

I love this stuff! To me it is the perfect match between the traditional qualities of a well blended gueuze and the drinkability that would allow me to enjoy quite a few bottles of this stuff in the same evening. I love and worship Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen for their craftsmanship and the characterful gueuzes they produce. Oude Geuze, with its more subtle style characteristics becomes the best gueuze to initiate those who are only mildly adventurous.


Jul 06, 2005
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