Boon Oude Geuze | Brouwerij Boon

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87
very good
742 Ratings
Boon Oude GeuzeBoon Oude Geuze
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium
boon.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 40% unmalted wheat, 60% of barleymalt, aged hops and wild yeasts collected from a coolship and is aged for up to 3 years in oak casks.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 03-16-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
742
Reviews:
265
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.54%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
144
For Trade:
6
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle I brought to share at mrbubbler's tasting.

2011/2012 brewing season. Batch # 31701. Best before end 2033.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, earth, hay, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, earth, hay, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Lots of built-up pressure got released when the cork popped out of this bottle. The beer poured cloudy yellow into a flute with a very large white head. The head slowly died down but there is good head retention; there's lots of visible carbonation and bubbles covered the surface.
S: There are musty and sour aromas of wild yeast with some hints of floral hops--the smell almost resembles that of a damp basement.
T: The taste is an earthy mixture of acidic, citrus and sour flavors. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and bubbly on the palate; there is a crisp finish to this beer.
D: The drinkability isn't that bad, but you really have to first acquire a taste for this style if you're going to finish the bottle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml caged and corked bottle. 2011/2012 brewing season.

This beer pours a cloudy medium golden apricot hue, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sudsy arched lace around the glass as it lazily abates.

It smells like old cheese dipped in white wine vinegar, served over wood chips, and chased with a shot of stale lemon juice. The taste is more generally laid-back vinegar, if that can be called a thing, soft woody oak notes, maybe an echo of vanilla, a further perky lemon acidity, a bit of apple cider "sweetness", trod-upon pale malt, and a middling dank funkiness. Some weird earthiness seems to set itself away from the wood and yeast - I'm going to attribute it to some hops, sadly locked in the cellar.

The carbonation is just frizzy enough to state its presence, and allow its slight frothiness to quell some of the acidity, it would seem, the body medium-light in weight, and actually fairly smooth, all other things being equal. It finishes even a wee bit off-dry, the malt asserting itself amongst the lingering funk, and fading tartness.

A duly balanced, rather easy-drinking (relatively, of course) gueuze. The acid, funk, malt, fruity yeast, wood, and well, alcohol, I'm guessing, all work together splendidly in making that happen. Very nice stuff, but I fear that the lack of overt zippiness will be a cross to bear for certain sour fans out there.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at 55 degrees into a Boon tumbler.
Bottle states 7%, aged 2 years in oak, and best by 2030.

Cork escapes with a bang. High clarity orange gold, racing champagne carbonation that never quits. Little to no lacing, but a crown forms around the head and remains there. Retention is excellent, and the foam peaks above the rim with the first pour.

Aroma is mild, lemony with a musty wood and damp hay character. Fairly restrained as far as lambic goes, but traditional nonetheless.

Moderate easygoing tartness, lemony citrus, yogurt, dry and spritzy. There is a tannic feel in the finish due to the oak, but not much flavor from it. Feels very light with it's seltzery carbonation. Easily sipped or gulped, perfect with food, and in warm weather. Fairly restrained in general, but pleasant and versatile. A good traditional Gueuze that isn't especially sour, making it ideal for those just getting into lambics.

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3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. As I was taking the cage off of the bottle, the cork shot out and hit the ceiling. It sounded like a gun shot, but none of the beer overflowed at all. One of the strangest things I've ever seen.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a orange hue. There is a two finger white head that leaves a layer throughout the pour.

Smell: Smells very sour and herbal. Quite a bit of barnyard type funk. Some vinegar and citrus aromas as well. Perhaps some funky cheese.

Taste: Kind of a let down after the smell. More sweet than sour. There is some funk, but more in the background. There is an herbal taste and a bit of vinegar. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild, fluffy carbonation. The finish starts to be dry, but never really gets there.

Overall: Not a huge fan of this one. The smell is nice, but it doesn't really deliver from there. Probably going to skip over this again.

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Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Barry! October 2010 bottle.

Clear orange-amber, good color to it with a tall three finger head that retains well.

Nice funkiness to the nose, very citrus heavy and somewhat reminiscent of overripe lemon. There's a slight menthol note, a bit of grassiness/hay.

Palate is tart but soft, mildly grainy and grassy with very slight sweetness. Citrus and oak jump out mid-palate which leads into a dry, prickly finish.

Really a nice gueuze, nothing mind-blowing perhaps, but very enjoyable and balanced.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip, best by 9/16/2030. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a fluffy 2 finger white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart apple, cherry, lemon, hay, grass, pepper, oak, light vinegar, funk, and yeast spices. Very nice and balanced aromas, with great complexity. Taste of tart apple, cherry, lemon, grass, hay, pepper, slight vinegar, and yeast spices. Fairly tart and spicy on the finish; with lingering notes of apple, lemon, cherry, pepper, grass, and spices on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors with acidity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly crisp and acidic mouthfeel as expected. No alcohol presence noticed at all. Overall this is a great gueuze. Very nice flavor complexity and balance.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head, golden orange color.

Nose light funk, acetic acid, light fruits, light sour tart malts, very light barnyard funk, effervescent.

Taste is light fruits, tart, light acidic, light barnyard funk, semi sweet, light musty airy, and light dry finish.

Mouth is lighter, effervescent, and good carb.

Overall decent, nothing special, but nothing bad, a good beginner's geuze.

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Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange amber color. Pours with a huge, off white head that settles down quickly.

S - Musty, earthy aroma. Very acidic, complex and enjoyable.

T - Begins a bit more watery than expected. Some acidity and a surprising lingering bitterness. Unfortunately reminicent of water with a wedge of lemon.

M - Very light body with medium carbonation. Does not linger on the palate.

D - Easy to drink relative to other examples of the style because of a strangely subdued flavor profile. The aroma is excellent but the taset did not live up to its promise and I would have prefered a stronger sour character.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 24-06-2030

A: Pours a cloudy medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot highlights. The beer has a four finger tall fizzy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a dimpled pillowy finger tall layer across the entire surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Heavy aromas of barnyard funk and mustiness with some lighter floral notes.

T: Upfront there are moderate to significant flavors of acidic citrus (lemon and grapefruit) along with quite a bit of tartness. There is a definite presence of sourness and some lighter notes of mustiness. Hints of bitterness are present in the finish but the overall flavor is quite tart.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Like all beers in this style, I think it is more of an acquired taste (and one that I have a real thirst for). I enjoyed this beer and found it quite refreshing though there is more than a slight amount of puckering sourness/tartness and a smell that could be off-putting if you are not used to the style. Delicious but I just wish it was a little more affordable to make it a more frequent beer for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
3.9 out of 5 based on 742 ratings.
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