Boon Oude Geuze | Brouwerij Boon

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Boon Oude GeuzeBoon Oude Geuze

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
6.5-7.0% abv

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From tasting notes. Pours a fairly clear gold with a quickly receding white foam collar. Barnyard funk, spice and fruit aromas. Big funky fruit flavors that cover the spectrum from unripe to overripe with citrus, grape and spice capped off by a rich, lemony tartness. Light, very fine carbonation and a very refreshing drink.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011/2012 brewing season

Pours a hazed orange with loads of bubbles racing to the top. Foamy head made of tiny bubbles. Smells of wood, moss, dampness, citrus, yeast/brett, wheat, barley. Excellence balance of sweet and sour. Bone dry finish. Big citrus, yeasty funk, pale malts. Mouthfeel: tiny bubbles and fairly relaxed carbonation. Acid on the tongue is sharp. Excellent classic geuze.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Sour and barnyard with a pleasant apple and hints of grapefruit. A horsey, goaty aroma immerges after a sitting for a few minutes.

Appearance: A golden straw color with excellent clarity and aggressive effervescence. A thick, mouse like white head that is very slow to dissipate but never goes away.

Flavor: a nice clean, sharp sour flavor that brings out the hint of grapefruit that’s in the background. A bit of malt and wheat flavor and a hint of sweetness. A long finish on

Mouthfeel: It has a light body and is highly carbonated but it isn’t thin.

Overall Impression:
An outstanding, balanced gueuze that I really enjoy. The funky, heady aroma let you know you in for a real treat and flavors aren’t overly aggressive but a bit of barnyard funk and defiantly sour.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip. Poured brilliant dandelion yellow with a slight tangerine hue. Frothy white head that left several patches of lacing. Wonderful aromas of citrus tartness, touch of leather, big earthy tones. Like walking through a deciduous forest after a fresh spring rain and you come upon a rotting log with mushrooms growing on it. Very delicate, yet powerful flavors. Very smooth carbonation giving a lively feel to the light body. Delicious.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: 375mL bottle displays a touch of mold clinging to the cork just where it meets the glass. Served in a champagne flute, Boon displays exceptional lacing, a honey colored body, and great head retention.

S: Granny Smith apples, fresh lemonade, and lime zest are all noticeable.

T: Super-dry and exceedingly sour, Boon is marked by lemon, black pepper, and just a touch of brioche.

M: The body is incredibly light, clean, and effervescent. I can't get over how many bubbles there are.

D: A great Geuze at a great price! Worth a shot for any fan of sours.

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Photo of roblowther
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of downes51
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The 2010-2011 season.
Pours cloudy golden (to light orange), one finger head strings of fizz make it last for a lot of time.
Smells like a typical (good) gueuze, with the nice funk, mellow sweet fruit, honey, citrus and herbs.
Big sourness, huge, backed by a lower tartness than usual. Lots of crisp citrus, with lime, unripe oranges, pomelo, pink grapefruit and lots of lemon zest. Sour cherries way in the back, with acidic green apple and grapes, also bringing a low sweetness. Slight grains, but really pale malts. Faint honey and vanilla notes. Lots of dusty wood, a clear oak character, also "saison" characteristics, like a certain barnyard feel, with green grass, hay, woodchips and earthy yeasts. Hops are bitter in the finish, adding to the big dry feeling, creating a perfect grapefruity finish.
A bit burpy from the fizz, but thirst quenching and refreshing, even it it makes you cringe at first. Dry in the finish, with the sweetness lingering for a bit.
Also had the 2011-2012 and had it written down as "rough and rugged", this was even more. Fortunately my type of gueuze.

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Photo of Beersignal
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
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.


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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a translucent golden-copper hue and is capped with a short-lived white head that recedes to an encircling wisp. Looks good.

S - The nose is delectable, offering notes of musty wood, tart lemon and lime, elderflower and underbrush. Just fantastic.

T - The taste evokes kaffir lime, lemon pith, wet oak, fresh cut grass, wood tannin, dry white grape, green apple skin. As I get deeper into the glass, a strong association of white grapefruit emerges, along with an intensified grassy suggestion. Very good stuff.

M - Light body, snappy carbonation, and long dry finish.

O - This is a sleeper here; one of the best brews available, but not the least bit hyped because it is not a Cantillon.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy orange body. Huge head. Good carbonation. Looks like a Gueuze. I don't find them that impressive to look at to be honest.

Fantasic mess of barnyard funk, lemon, straw and grass aromas. (I only know what a 'horse blanket' smells like thanks to Gueuze and BeerAdvocate reviews)

Sweet and tangy, light malt with good carb. More interesting and savoury farm funk, lemon and lemon rind, pear and tart fruits. This is my fave Gueuze. I prefer this to the marriage parfait.

So easy to put down. I've gotta get back to work and as much as I don't want this to end, it will be easy to finish quickly.

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Photo of janubio
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow colour, with a big, creamy head that never fades. Bubbles are coming up all the while. Aroma of grapes, ripened fruits, sherry wine, wood.Medium body, creamy and sour texture. Carbonation is great. Taste of grapes, citrics, fruits, wood, sherry wine. Sour finish.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (37,5 cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance: apricot colour, trouble, aroma forested, well saturated (small bubbles).
Smell: floral aroma
Taste and mouthfeel: Taste rolling, acid and bitter, recalling some cider.
Drinkability: Excellent traditional gueuze lambic, very rough

Review added 10-29-2007, translated from french 1-27-2008.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

one of the better traditional Belgian examples of the style I think, and one of the primary reasons for that is its balance. not just a lactic acidity sour bomb, this has a ton of flavor and nuance to go with the sour. the malt also seems to be a bit darker than others, less yellow more amber, which gives some meat to it. alcohol is also a bit higher than others, an indication of its dryness and "doneness" in the yeast sense. hazy with fish food flakes of brick red yeast floating around and finally settling under an airy white head. the nose smells as woody as it does sour, very mature, with plenty of funky yeast weirdness in addition to the lacto of the lambic. the blend is nice too, a proper mix of old and young with just enough sourness to fit the style but not so much that I don't want to drink my whole bottle. I love the fuller body and all the carbonation. a lot of these come across still, this appears to be bottle conditioned which gives it a lot of life. less traditional to some, but I really do prefer it personally. oak and dusty malt meet where the sourness really kicks in, and it warms up well, driving the sourness up a bit more. on par with any of the blended lambics from Belgium I think, and the price point is awesome.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a pint glass. Bottle is from 12/2012

Appearance: Cloudy and pale yellow with plenty of off white head. Very bubbly.

Nose: Pears and pineapple, Belgian funk, absolutely no hops aroma at all.

Taste: Light and fluffy, initially pretty sour and tart, the pears and tropical fruit really comes through. There is no sweetness; all the microflora has taken care of any residual sugars and dried out the beer. Amazingly drinkable.

Overall: Must buy more Geuze! I'm actually going to use the bottle dregs to propagate a colony of bacteria for my house sours. I love what Frank Boon is doing over there. I originally reviewed his regular Boon Geuze with an under developed palate. This is a must try for all craft beer lovers looking for something off the beaten path. Long live sour beers.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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

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Photo of goethean
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Duvel tulip. Lemon rind mixed with light malt, which is in turn bittered, flavored, and aromatized with herbal hops. Some je-ne-sais-quoi funk is evident. A brut herbal finish.

A stiff drink, and a fascinatingly complex and unique flavor/aroma profile. Plus, you get a free lambic yeast strain sample with every purchase!

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Photo of ajayma
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK. Blooms out the bottle with a massive craggy head. Not much lace to speak of. The beer itself clear and light orange.

AROMA. At first I got a mineral quality just tinged with a bit of citrus peel. But as it warmed, a gentle musty-funk began to appear.

TASTE Like drinking a basket of citrus. Grapefruits, lemons, limes. A subtle wheat-malt graininess tempers the citric flavors and keeps them from becoming overwhelmingly acidic. Starts off fruity, a layer of mustiness rears its head in the middle, then finishes with a one-two combo of clean wheat and winey-tang. Reminds me of a dry white wine.

BODY. Light and lively. Bracingly dry from start to finish, yet smooth and drinkable. Joyful, pinhead carbonation.

AFTERMATH. I think I'm in love. A grilled seafood salad, with a slightly acidic dressing, would go great with this. And on a muggy Chicago summer afternoon? Fuhgehdaboudit.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boon Oude Gueuze is in my opinion the door to the real gueuzes. It is nice and soft, the sweetness of inferior gueuzes is not here. The sourness is perfect in balance. It is a great appetizer by a green salad. Some great Belgian restaurants mix it with expensive champagne!

L: orange; medium top and that's good for a gueuze;
S: bretts, touch of oak;
T: green apples ofcourse, bretts, citrus, but not too complex; nice tartness;
M: I have learnt drinking this one. Now I cannot say otherwise: nice combination of alcohol and sourness; nice just right, bittertart final.
O: great product; the more often I drink it the more unique it seems.

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Photo of avalon07
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a burnt orange color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of citrus, yeast, and a slightly musty smell.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, citrus (lemon), a little malt, and some spices. A big, formidable, vibrant flavor. Very well-rounded.

M: A highly-carbonated beer with a typically sour finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent example of a gueuze. Very well made and very drinkable.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 9 fl. oz. cage/cork green bottle

A hazy pale platinum color, jazzy and fizzy look active high-rising crystal white head, full of life with 1/4" fizzy head at all times!

funky, sharp grass, fresh herb garden, "perm" chemical, sour green grapes, granny smith apples, citric tingle on the nose; concord grapes just past prime, hard cider, corriander and white pepper, abundant and bold yeastie aroma!

The first thing i notice is the incredible feel, dry, effervesant and jazzy...the look and feel of this brew makes me happy. The liquid just dances on the tongue with light, golden wheat in the gentle malt bite, green garden herbs and grass for hops and a crystal clean, mineral-filled spring water effect. The natural, wild yeast is the star of the show, highly complex with funky citric-like sharpness, green apples and peppercorns pop out of the yeast in subtle ways. a sharp medicinal-heat and funk pop out but only adds to the flavor spectrum's already enjoyable flavor's.

i have grape farmers from the champagne region in france that goes back to 1609 in my bloodline so you know i love a brew that is very close to the product that made the area famous. I'm in love.

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Photo of macher0
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2008 vintage.

A. Light straw color. Opaque. Poured full 2 finger fine-bubble, egg shell head that slowly retreats to a film.

S. Neutral oak and wild yeast with some minor notes of light malts and straw/dust. Certainly some funk.

T. Sour on the front. Major notes of sour yeast, and neutral oak. Grass and light malts. Fairly simple but excellent.

M. Smooth. High carbonation. Light body.

O. A staple - very good. Sour and neutral oak, as it should. This is very consistent between metrics. This is certainly recommended to sour fans.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy light Amber in color with a big fuzzy white head. Smell has some peppery yeast notes, straw, and grainy malt. Light funky acidic lacto sour flavor follows with lemon peel and slight vinegar notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied highly carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle contains Geuze from the 2001-2002 brewing season.
This beer pours out with a large fluffy head. And the colour is a misty light amber copper. It has a very strong sour-bitter acidic smell that does not fade away.
The Boon has a very wild and strong wine like taste. It’s vulgar but at the same time at peace with itself. A bold flavour that can best be enjoyed by true Geuze drinkers. You could also describe it as a bitter-sour sticky taste. And so too is the aftertaste.
This beer is a great geuze, but (in my opinion) so are all the Boon beers.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat.

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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