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 UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

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 +15.7%

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 metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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 +8%
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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Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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 largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of oline73
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
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 superspak
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
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 jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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 dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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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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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vibrant golden yellow in color. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass. Gorgeous side glass lacing and a wonderful presence of carbonation.

The aroma was a bit lighter then I was expecting, but still tremendously good. Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. Enormously complex, as it warms it comes across with a light wheat or herbal like quality and just the tiniest amount of spice prickling the nose. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. A little bit one sided, and not as huge as I would have wanted given the stature to which this one is held to, but still extremely solid and worth it. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Mellow grassy flavors are mingling very well within the flavor now

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +8%

I picked this bottle up somewhere in brussels -enjoyed chilled in a tulip from the 375ml.

The color is golden with lightly hazed look visibly carbonated with a 2 1/2 finger depth of thick off white head with fine bead and streamers of lace hold. The smell is nicely citrus/zesty lemon oriented with hint of wood and light sweet odor with very gentle tropical and floral essence along with a light odor of alcohol alongside the wild yeast smell. The feel is very sour with medium high carbonation and light tartness that leads to a mouth puckering and mildly alcoholic feel with dry texture in the finish w/ residual sourness lingering on the palate.

The taste is tart from the onset -yeast forward with acidic almost more than any readily available gueuze I can remember in Belgium or the U.S. for that matter. The taste of the wood with the sour yeast brings a sort of tannic element to the light dry body with an alcohol flavor that is noticeable and becomes almost spicy but not sharp to the extent of not being enjoyable. Enjoyment and flavor converge this is stronger than your average Gueuze but to me does not lack flavor in any sense it is perhaps not as subtle as some but every bit as good and worth seeking out..perhaps a good candidate for cellaring based on the slightly higher abv -either way it is drinkable and very flavorful.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375ml green bottle with a best before date of April 2nd 2028!!! This is the 2005-2006 version (A L'Ancienne).

LOOK: Bubbly clear golden

SMELL: Musty, tart, horse blanket, peppermint, herbal, yeast, lemon peel.

TASTE: Very smooth, lemon must, dried grass, herbal, mild barnyard funk, slightly tart, earthy, bone dry.

Very drinkable as the tartness does not overstep the rest of the beer. Bottle conditioning proves to give the brew ample smoothness. Funk is modest and unfolds a bit more when the liquid warms up. A great Geuze that won't kill you palate, a remarkable beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from bstaffor; thanks Brian! Always happy to try a new Geuze. Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Best by date of 13.08.2030 on the bottle.

a - Pours a hazy orange-brown color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a few minutes with two inches throughout drinking it.

s - Smells very funky, of cheese, citrus, earthy notes, hay, and light floral notes. Super funky and cheesey, really awesome nose.

t - Tastes of barnyard funk, cheese, tart citrus, earthy notes, light lactic notes, light lemon and spices. Taste is nice but not quite as funky as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Tart and dry body, but pretty nice.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice geuze. I thought the nose here was outstanding, just super funky and tart. The taste is pretty tart too, though not quite as funky. A great beer I'll certainly look to have again.

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Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up along my travels.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head leaving spotty trails lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of cheesy funk, basement must, damp earth, hay, oak and some light citric fruitiness. This is one funky smelling beer.

T - Starts off with the cheesy funk quickly giving way to the must, some barnyard funk, mild citric fruit, oak and the damp earth. Finish is dry, not lingering on the palate for very long. Compared to the nose it is much more balanced, making it surprisingly easy to drink.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Tart, dry feel from start to finish. Not as aggressive as some of the other well known gueuze's are.

O - A pleasant enough gueuze, especially for the money. $10 for a 750ml? It may not be the best out there but I will gladly pay that much for a quality gueuze such as this.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma has a lot of farmhouse funk but it's the fresh, grassy kind. Taste starts with the specific lambic yeast notes, sour but not very astringent and quite bitter for a gueuze. body is medium and carbonation is on the high side. A very balanced gueuze, funky but not pungent and quite refreshing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Best by 9/16/2030? I assume that's what that date means.

Appearance - Cloudy deep orange body with a three finger head of large bubbles more than foam. Slowly dies down to a pillow of foam. No lacing on the glass, but retention is good.

Smell - Funk and pepper predominantly. Slight tart aroma, but not overly acidic. Lemon aroma, but muted. A touch of oxidation about it.

Taste - Light tartness up front. A bit of the barnyard in the flavor. Lots of lemon citrus, but a hefty amount of sweetness comes through. Metallic finish that really ruins the whole experience.

Mouthfeel - Not as dry as I'd like. The metallic finish is the most predominant flavor, but some sweetness persists as well. Lower carbonation than I would expect.

Overall - Not an impressive gueuze. Bad gueuzes are vinegary, which this one at least isn't, but it's too tame in the good flavors and that metallic oxidation is a deal-breaker.

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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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly colored golden brown with a big head that recedes somewhat quickly. Smell is extremely sour with a strong yeast presence. Flavor is not as sour as I would have expected considering this is the first geuze I have ever had and that the nose was so sour toned. This is actually extremely drinkable and I like it quite a bit. It is thinner on the mouth and not very heavy at all.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Cantillon Gueuze glass.

A real solid orange body, peach colored and opaque and quite even throughout. Good pinhead sized carbonation that rises quickly, with a nice creamy top of off white color, and makes about two fingers tall. Leaves a good half sized finger while drinking.

Interesting nose for a gueuze. There's a hiding sweetness of what seems Belgian candi sugar behind this, with some moderate classic funky notes, and pepper crispness. Quite dry. Some fruity lemon a little bit, but the sugars seem to come out at little.

Palate seems to lack a little. Some dry crisp carbonation with a slightly wet body. Not very malty or with much depth to the palate. Light lemon sensing but fleeting with a little bit of watery sweetness on the finish. Crisp finish with almost a powdery dry fleeting sweetness.

I just came off Zwanze day from Cantillon and trying this is a big change. It's different and alright but it's not doing much for me compared to other lambic/gueuze's I've had.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

200 - 2008 bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip glass. Beer is straw yellow and rather hazy with a soft white head of medium bubbles are some serious carbonation. Very serious. Not much lacing on the glass.

Mixture of citric acetic and lactic acid makes up this bright, mildly funky aroma. Complex and great. I'm expecting a tart / sour bomb.

Beer is more sulfur and almost sweet on the palate. The finish is a little odd. The funk falls a little flat on the palate, does not live up to the aroma. It is very nice, very clean and wonderful but I want more funkiness in there than this. Easy drinking. The tartness grows the more I drink.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date 2030
375 ml poured into a wine glass

A: Cloudy yellow body with some orange highlights. A thick fluffy white head forms quickly and dissipates at a nice pace. Absolutely no lacing though there is a thin ring around the glass walls.

S: Funk, lemon, hay, cider, must and some airy grains. I get a lot of traditional gueuze qualities on the nose but something seems to be missing. Simple and straightforward.

T: Big funk and tart character up front, followed by some faint lemon citrus notes. A bit of hay, dry malt and oak towards the mid-palate into the end. It has a very dank, musky element to it that I don't normally get on others in the style.

M: Highly carbonated, fizzy and very bubbly. Expected for the style, very scrubbing and cleansing. The funk dries out the mouth a bit.

This was a nice Gueuze but there are certainly others that I enjoy more, at better price points. I've wanted to try this for a while now and I'm glad I did, but again there are others I'd go for first.

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