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Boon Oude Geuze | Brouwerij Boon

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258 Reviews
Boon Oude GeuzeBoon Oude Geuze

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium | website

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 joshstevens87
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a pale yellow with a huge white head very fizzy looking
S-a dry sour funkyness with a little bit of fruit in the background
T-a huge mustyness with a bit of tartness coming in next with only a slight hint offruit in the background
M-a light body with a stronger carbonation very tart, crisp, and refreshing
D-overall a pretty good beer but is slightly dominated by the tart/musty flavors

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Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- corked and caged 355ml bottle opened with a loud pop then poured into a tulip, bright white foamy 3+ fingers of head fades somewhat quickly leaving 3/4 finger on top that stays put, actuve bubbling, slight haze, tawny gold coloring, couple floaties.

s- funky, tart, acidic, slight sweetness, and some fruityness to it, tart fruit thats hard to pinpoint, unripe sweet peach, slight vinegar. all in all thought, the smell is appealing!

t- whooooeee, tart (this is my first gueuze), funk, fruity, funk, tart, a delicious progression. tart berries, some vinegar, finishes dry, unripe peach, berries. nice and sour but not puckeringly so, i'm really liking this. i made my aunt try some all lots of the beers i review and she said this is by far the worst one she's ever tried haha.

m- light and slick in the mouth.

d- really great, i had no trouble polishing off the bottle by myself. this isn't an everyday drinker, but i would definately pick up a bottle of this again. i've had other sours that i've enjoyed, but this is my first gueuze, and a tasty one at that.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy copper color with extra large white fluufy head and good lacing. head remains for a while. most extreme lively carbonation i've ever seen. boozey sour citrus smell. taste is the same very dry, sour, tart, and fizzy with some fruity hints. light body and long flavor duration. would be a fantastic brew if it had a bit more flavor, but it was pretty bland. worth a try for the mouthfeel alone.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into White Birch goblet. About a 3 finger head takes a few minutes to settle in. I can't get all of the 375 mL bottle in there right away. Straw golden color. Very nice. Smells tart, apply with a faint hint of pear. I can tell I'm going to like this one. The taste is of course funky. Most of the flavor hits the back of the tongue. I'm a little disappointed by the taste, but it still satiates my thirst for a decent gueze. The carbonation is a little sharp but it is with most guezes I find. This beer finds a decent balance for someone who doesn't want to be overwhelmed with sour and vinegar flavors but still enjoys a touch of it.

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Photo of boss302
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Amber in color, not clear, but not hazy like a hefe-weisse. Big head, but diminishes quickly. Big course bubbles. A little head covered the beer for most of the glass, but was gone at the end.

S There is a nice funky aroma. Smells tart, and may have a hop aroma, but this could be the yeast. Some ester, green apple.

T Tart, like it smells. Reminds me of pumpkins. It is tart, then a hint of sweetness, then tart again. High carbonation gives more bite. There is tartness in the aftertaste also, but it fades quickly leaving a clean, slightly sweet finish. This could be a relative sensation given the tartness of the beer. It may just seem sweet sort of like fresh water tastes sweet after a day in salt water.

M High carbonation, light to medium body, good balance.

O Not as tart as some other Geuze I've had, good balance, good beer.

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Photo of Casey10
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another nice brew really liked and was quite affordable.

A - Golden straw look carbinated with a foamy creamy head about two fingers.

S - Nice hazy funky smell strawlike.

T - Lemon not too funky compared to other true lambics nice though .

M - Nice and tart leaves a nice sour pucker really good.

D - I really liked this highly recomended for people looking to get into the style and not pay a arm and a leg for it as well. Will have again.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange-golden colored body with a thin but thick off-white head. Subsides to a nice skim and color. Sporadic clumping of lace throughout consumption.

S: Musty oak, acidic lemon, and a nice funky yeast. Even keeled without one component dominating.

T: Like the nose this is well balanced between difference components. Acidic lemon, musty oak barrel, barnyard funk, and some grain. Perhaps the least sour and tart of the widely available gueuzes from the big producers.

M: Medium bodied. Even carbonation. Not sparkling, but sufficiently lively. Linger must, but not much in the way of acidity.

D: A nice effort from Frank Boon and the gang. If you see this at a good price or are looking to explore different gueuzes this is a staple to try.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Great Lambic Summit

Pours a nice, dulled golden orange color with active head of stiff white bubbles, good lacing. Scent is of musty wood, barnyard, slight lemon, dried grain and straw, grass and earth with a touch of young white wine grapes. Taste follows the scent with more pronounced notes of cracker, and grass on the tongue, the musty oak and barnyard is maybe a touch aggressive and dulls the minimally bright notes of lemon and champagne. As i warms, it becomes less of a pleasure to drink. Light to medium bodied, active carbonation, dry on the tongue. A decent beer, with some muddled notes and a very aggressive musty funk to it.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 37.5cl bottle into a Duvel glass and paired with my Chinese takeout for lunch.

A: A bronzed yellow color with a thin white head -- like a layer of icing on a cake -- that sticks around from beginning to end.

S: The sourness is really evident, as is a strong presence of hops.

T: There's a slight shred of sweetness at first that quickly gives way to a sour, almost lime-like taste.

M: Smooth, somewhat creamy texture. Very nice.

D: Geuze offers a great changeup from the beers I typically drink, and although I enjoyed this beer, I can't see it serving a purpose other than being an occasional break from the dubbels, triples and blondes I typically take down.

Overall: Having moved to Brussels a year ago, I've just now started drinking geuze -- mostly sparked by a recent visit to Cantillon (a must-see brewery) for their Quintessence tasting. Like everyone will note, this is an acquired taste, but it doesn't take long to really start to appreciate the differences of not only this specific geuze but other Lambics as well.

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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 DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I now wear that special badge reserved for alcoholics who've reviewed 1000 beers. Woohoo!

With a resounding pop, the cork comes off the bottle (best before 22 May 2028, 6.5% ABV), filling my Unibroue tulip with a slightly hazy light orange beer with a dense white head with excellent retention and some lace. Quite a gorgeous beer.

The nose is pretty much spot on. Mildly salty lemon funk backed by a big woody tannin character, this is is an excellent gueuze. Behind the big woody character lies a great funk character with a blend of horse blanket and jock strap. Bright and refreshing, I get some light fruit character (peaches and cider) as well.

The palate opens with equal part lemon sourness and wet wood tannins. Make that 2/3rd woody tannins and 1/3rd lemon. Quite unique in that any saliva that the sourness coaxes out of your palate is immediately soaked up by the wood. As the beer warms up, the fruitiness grows to a very appealing level, with a melange of peaches, pears and citrus. Funk is moderate, with some horse blanket character, and as it warms, I get some grassy and wet hay character as well. Medium-light in body with high carbonation, this beer finishes dry and tannic with a moderate sourness. Not the best gueuze I've had, but if you're in the mood for a tannic one, this is it. It really does remind me of the Cantillon 50N4E and Crianza Helena in that respect. However, I just might prefer the regular Boon Gueuze to this.

**Edit 09 June 2010. Tried this again at the Lambic Summit. Side by side with the 1999, there's no comparison. Cheesier, grassier, and more lemony, this is simpler in both flavor and structure. Lower tannins, lower oak character, more white wine character. According to Frank, this has been in the bottle for about 3-4 months.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose off a relatively small floral flavor of herbs which contrasts with a mouth full of powerful and winey acidity. However, this acidity is average and the body remains fairly firm and offers a mouth with soft tannins long oak. The first taste is pleasantly sweet and refreshing before leaving on a finish, all power with a slight fruity oranges. The aftertaste is also suret with a light touch of lemongrass. A lambic highly nuanced. Beer complex.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent example of the style as it has the funk and tartness you except but blended just right for drinkability. I tasted fino sherry and old still Normandy cider in the finish but the beer creates its own funky vibe that satisfies with its dry finish

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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 mechamifune
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first try with this style, so other than the sourness, was not sure what to expect. Pours with a nice thick head and obvious strong carbonation. Pleasant fruity smell, but not as strong as I was expecting.

First thing noticed in the taste is, for me, the carbonation, followed by the sense of apple juice, almost with a sparkling cider quality.

Very pleasant mouthfeel, accompanying a sense of dryness to the finish. As I continue through the bottle, it seems to taste more and more tart/sour. It's all relatively pleasant, nothing to really dislike, but at the same time i'm not taking a lot out of it to bring me back to this style.

A good beer to sip and certainly interesting to drink, but I'm not sure I'd ever want to drink more than one at a sitting. It'll be interesting to try some other geuze's as a point of comparison, though it certainly won't be something i'm rushing out to do.

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Photo of Travlr
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw colored with a medium white head that settles lowly and leaves moderate lacing.
S: Decent fresh bread aroma with a hint of barnyard.
T: Nicely dry, citrus and dust, with an edge of sourness toward the end and a dry bitter finish.
M: Great body for the style.
D: Good one, a winner.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this beer is a dark amber in color, with a thin snow white head that dissipates quickly, and there is a ton of sediment, gave it a few minutes to settle a bit

S - ooooh, big funky, sour fruits, mainly cherries, grapes, and apples, super tart, nice spantaneious yeast element as well

T - the flavor is much like the aroma, sour fruits, with the addition of super tart citrus, a slight metallic flavor, not enough to be offputting though, big yeasty funk

M&D - as is par with the style, big sour is not for everyone, but this is a quality beer from a quality brewer at a quality price ($5) not an overly complex flavor but surprisingly easy for me to drink despite is puckerosity (is that a word)

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

Pours a nice full head which recedes rapidly. Strawcoloured, slightly hazy if you allow the sediment to be poured as well.
Fairly typical geuze-smell: autumn forest floor, yeasty, earthy, hints of apple and lemon.
Sour, but not as much as you might expect of a geuze. Tart, hints of bitter, and a bit reminiscent of cider.
Very drinkable, and a good introduction for someone who wants to try geuze for the first time.

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Photo of vancurly
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004-2005 BB 14.04.2027
White rocky 1 inch head. Good bubbling; should be consumed in a champagne flute I reckon. Slight hazy golden.
Dank & musty smell.... wet hessian, stale hops. Wild flora.... this is good.
One of the funkiest gueuzes I've had the pleasure of drinking. Would really like to get some more and lay down for 10+ years.
Cheesy (goats ? gorgonzola ?), perhaps even some fois gras in there. Grapefruity sourness.
Light & sour, very drinkable, but not for the uninitiated.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, cloudy orange yellow color with a bubbly white head that leaves no lacing around the glass.

Smell is of orange peel and musty.

Taste starts out with some orange notes up front then changes to a very dry lemon pepper flavor that stays dry until the finish leaving a lingering lemon peel taste on your tongue.

Lots of carbonation but it compliments the beer.

This beer leaves me very thirsty after each rink and makes me want to take anther swig. It's a very good beer, it's different than lots of other ones out there and it's a nice change of pace.

Would I drink it again...you bet.

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Photo of bobsy
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ordered a bottle online and had it delivered to my old man's place, where I drank it.

Pours a hazy gold with a rocky white head and a constant rush of bubbles to the surface. The foam is slippery and fails to produce lace as it diminishes to a film. A classic geuze appearance. Aroma of fresh lemon juice mixed in with a bit of funk. Crisp and sour.

Very large sourness in the flavour, coming from a puckering citrus onslaught of lemon and lime. This overlays a decent funkiness mixed in with some earth, as if the horse blanket has fallen from the steed and dirtied itself on the stable floor. Light bodied and surprisingly crisp in the finish, with a short sour aftertaste. Drinkability is okay, but now as good as it could be for a geuze. Its unfair to compare it to the Cantillon I had in Brussels, but I can't help but feel that this is missing something...

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the review below was originally entered on 7-13-2008, mistakenly as the regular boon gueuze (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/47/153)


"best by" date of 25-4-2027

faintly hazy, golden, honey straw color; decent head recedes to thin layer. lace doesn't really stick.

musty barn funk and cider vinegar, plus champagne notes. yeast and wheat crackers. whiff of hay.

farmhouse flavors and must. dry with mild acidic pucker. whatever sweetness exists comes in the form of grapes/champagne. woody bourbon notes as well. mild bitterness blends with phenolic hint and hop grassiness.

not watery, not too thin. texture from acidity and maybe tannins. gentle but enlivening carbonation.

refreshing and drinkable. nice alternative to champagne.

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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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Boon Oude Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
87 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.
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