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 M_C_Hampton
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass, golden amber with a large white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, slight haze

S: classic lambic funk, sweaty, sour, salty, light grain with an earthy quality

T: sour but slightly metallic, sourness is an acidic vinegar flavor, lemon, green cherry, persimmon, unripe peach

M: light with lower carbonation, no alcohol presence

O: inexpensive sour that is quite tart with some fruit flavors present

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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 zimm421
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011-2012 brewing season. Poured into a tulip. Appears a dark golden color with hints of orange. The head is off-white and sticks around for a long time. The nose is slightly sour, a touch funky, and there are some vinegar notes. The taste is acidic and slightly sour. It starts out slightly sweet, then quickly moves to citrus focused with the acidity, the sourness, a touch of funk and vinegar. Overall, it's a decent geuze, but nothing that blows me away.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange tinged amber, with no head to speak of.
S: fruity, fermenting apple skins, and mild tartness.
T: mild tartness, mild fermenting fruit, not outstanding. Little in the way of funk.
M: way more like unleaded lambic than gueuze. Almost no carbonation. Pretty light bodied. A bit juice like feel.
O: mediocre for the price. Fine, but nothing special.

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Photo of Arminius757
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First of this style that I have tired. Not the biggest fan. This is deffinently a 'different' beer. It was a pale straw color when poured and truned a bit more amber in the glass. Small white head to it. Could really hear the carbonation on this one with the pour. Smells, well, musty. Viniger, acidity, sour apple, funky. Tart fruits. Just, overall, funky. Taste follows; sour apple, funky, tartness with a dry finish and a taste that lingers. The carbonation makes this very active, bubbling up and splashing around in your mouth. Drinks well enough, but large swigs left me cringing with the sour hahaha
Overall, different, interesting, not my cup of tea. Might try a few others, but I wouldnt go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: yellow-amber liquid, moderate haze... foam begins to fizz after pour, but quickly calms to a relatively slow crumble, rocky contour... steady thin collar holds

S: grapefruit oil, stomach acid, dried peach skin... old wet bran rafters... sweaty feet... fruit character is out front and fairly potent... floral (soapy) flourishes, mellow malt in the background... overall character is similar to their Mariage Parfait

T: citrusy acid up front, peppery on the sides... fairly tart acid bite approaching the finish... mild-moderate grapefruit and lemon oil in the aftertaste... not a 'complex' taste, nor do the flavors travel to the back of the palate... acids shrink back, allowing some finely-polished malt to slide up

F: soft prickle up front, carbonation in the follow through seems to lift the liquid high off the tongue... flare-fills the mouth, then zips away - light and dry, but with a good bit of sticky film left over

O: noticeably rougher than M.P. (my fave) and not nearly as interesting - still, pretty solid, if simply textbook

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Photo of morimech
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Labeled Oude Geuze Boon a l'Ancienne 2011/2012 brewing season. Looks good with active carbonation but it is best to pour this when it is very cool as it gets a little out of control as it warms. Smells great. Funky with barnyard notes. Mildly acidic with vinegar. The flavor was a bit of let down. The flavors do not really pop on the palate and there is a strange chalky aftertaste. Still enjoyable but I was expecting a whole lot more. Nice lively carbonation seems appropriate for sour beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12.7 oz bottle into my tulip glass, this beer pours a cloudy, hazy medium golden/amber color with some fairly steady streams of bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface along with some very noticeable chunks of yeast. has a fizzy head that makes a hissing sound like I am used to hearing when I pour a glass of coke or pepsi out of a 2 liter bottle. The head dissipates almost immediately to a thin white ring lining the inside of the glass. Almost zero lacing whatsoever. Starts out with a musty, funky yeast smell that gives way to some tart fruit flavors of apricot, pear, and perhaps a hint of grapes. Has a somewhat sweet and somewhat sour funky, yeasty, tart flavor upfront that gives way to oak notes and is followed by the apricot, grape, and pear fruit flavors. Rounded out with an extremely slight touch of vinegar and salt. The flavors here really mesh together very nicely and no one or two flavors dominate. I do wish the sour aspect was a bit more pronounced, but very tasty overall here. Has a clean and dry finish and aftertaste. Has a very crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink indeed!


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Photo of gmossii
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my first Lambic ale which I know is a region but this is from that region so the title is correct.
To begin, it is very effervescent so it reminds me of a carbonated wine than a traditional beer. The extra bubbles makes the high acid content literally dance on the tongue.
The citrus undertones are very pronounced but I wish there was more depth in the aroma and flavor depth. I will have to say that I enjoy the aftertaste but the high acid content tends to give me a bit of a sour stomach.
This beer does drive me to seek out other Lambic ales along with Lambic -style ales.

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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 StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light orange. Fizzy off-white head that trickles away to a ring around the glass. Not much lacing.

Orange, meyer lemons, wet hay with a slight honey sweetness. Earthy funk and bright acidity. Some oak is detectable.

Quite tart upfront but acidity quickly gives way to citrus and a mellow sweetness. Clean lactic sourness. Oak and earthy cheesy brett character. A bit of wheat is detectable, surprisingly.

High carbonation adding to the bite of the acidity. The finish is long with residual acidity on the palate along with a mild lingering sweetness.

The lingering sweetness is a bit of a drawback, but the acidity is quite nice. Probably a safe bet among the less exciting gueuzes.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden amber with a large two-finger foamy white head. The head lingers to a sturdy ring. Lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of lemon, oak, and white vinegar.

T - Sour upfront with lemon and lactic acid. The sourness mellows mid palate with pear, white grape, and a light malt sweetness. There is some oakiness in the finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Heavy carbonation with a nice dry finish.

O - This is a very satisfying Geuze. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable. Very nice.

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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 cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£1.79):
This one was a really excellent gueuze style lambic, it had tonnes of flavour and sourness but held a good balance and proved an easy one to drink. I'm kicking myself for only buying a 250ml bottle when larger ones were available but I guess that just means I'll need to pick this one up again at some point.

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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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange body with one finger head and no lace with a tart, acidic aroma with touches of funk and oak. The fruit flavors in this beer come across as white grape and pear, basically, there are little bits of sweetness balanced with a funky, almost sour, tart dryness that leaves a crisp finish. The oak/wood keeps beer smooth and pleasant overall the balance in this beer makes it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy peachy golden orange.

The aroma offers lemon peel, white grape, some musty old attic, prickly pear.

The flavor offers lemon zest and juice up front. White wine and champange qualities. A touch of mustiness. The spice of candy ginger. A decent drying quality in the back.

Light on the funk, tart, and flavor complexities, but a great introduction to the style.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A: (3/3) Clear golden with medium carbonation -- thin head, almost sodalike
S: (9/12) Smells like sparkling cider with a touch of woody sourness
T: (16/20) Subtle flavor--very understated compared to stronger sours I’ve had
M: (5/5) Very bubbly and medium dryness on finish
O: (7/10) Was really expecting something stronger, like the Tilquin or some Lambics I’ve had

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange, mostly translucent but not transparent, with white head that forms up moderately high, reduces quickly, but remains as a thin layer over the top, climbing up the edge and leaving some lacing.

S - When the bottle says spontaneous fermenting, this is the nose you'd expect. A strong sour spike, with floral and lemon notes, combining with horse blanket and a bit of blue cheese lactic elements.

T - Following the nose, with a lemon fruit line combining with the lactic hit. There is wood here, and more barnyard notes, all of which fall to a slow build of clean sourness that lingers.

M - This is a highly acidic brew, but not a gut bomb like some of the lambics I've tried. Mild pucker means it is best enjoyed with small swallows over large swallows.

O - The fruit here is bright citric, lemons and such. This is a rock solid example of the gueuze, a blended lambic that focuses on the funk and sour elements that sometimes are backgrounded in the more friendly standard lambics. An approachable, relatively balanced example.

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Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured a lovely cloudy golden body with a thin ring of white head. The body looks fantastic, though it could do with more head. Scents of wild, barnyard Brett funk, with notes of hay and lemon juice layered atop aromas of grapefruit peel and indeterminate citrus fruit. mild oak, apple, honey. Overall impression is of a modestly sour Geuze aroma mingling wonderfully with the other aromas common to the style. Quite nice and very true to form. Taste begins modestly sour with notes of sour yeasty funk, lemon, grapefruit. tangy wheat, a light character of oak and a low level of hop bitterness. This moves into a moderately sour middle with notes of lemon, apple, green apple, light honey and a light presence of oak. Finish is medium-dry with notes of honey, lemon, grapefruit, a hint of pale malt and yeasty wild funk. Aftertaste is moderately sour with notes of yeasty wild funk, spicy yeast phenols, mild grainy malt and a bit of grapefruit. Overall impression of flavor is of a nicely sour, well-balanced Geuze that is a good showcase of the typical flavors of the style. Quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied, puckering and somewhat drying with high, effervescent carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a light, spritzy, but not watery feel. Very true to style and quite pleasant. Overall this is a fine Geuze. It is not the best example of the style, but it is true to form, pleasant in aroma, flavor and mouthfeel and as a result is quite pleasant to drink. I recommend it to those wanting to try a fairly good example of a Geuze.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Pours a beautiful pale ale like colour with great head and lacing. Smell is sour and funky. White wine vinegar and cider spring to mind.

The taste is very sour and acidic. There's a cat urine flavour in here. It is a very different beer drinking experience to most beers. Most beers, such as Porters, Stouts, Lagers, IPAs or Belgian strong ales have a certain shared "beer" like taste. This one doesn't. It tastes very strange and not entirely pleasant.

Overall, I didn't enjoy this at all. I know we should rate beers according to style but these review should also give people some warning that some styles can divide opinions strongly and be hard for even experienced beer fans to enjoy. Hence my terrible review for what may be a classic of this (weird) style.

Someone pass me an ice cold lager - any lager. Quick!!


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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 ChicagoMikeS
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

It pours a nice orangish-amber with a light white head. There is very nice retention with a bit of light lacing.

The aroma is funky with a certain sweetness. It's a bit subdued, but it promises a nice tartness.

It's a very well balanced beer. It's tart for sure, but not overly acidic. There are good citrus notes in it and even a subtle malt character

The feel is crisp and refreshing. There is enough sweetness to balance the sour which makes it pretty easy drinking.

Overall it's a good well balanced drink that doesn't try and take the sour to the max.

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Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
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