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 warmstorage
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

37.5cl bottle, corked and caged, 1,35 euro at a Brussels supermarket, states 6.5%.

Massively, gigantically carbonated. Hazy deep yellow, huge, moderately dense white head, light, erratic lacing.

Sour and tangy brett nose.

Taste is sour, tangy, funky brett goodness. A problem comes out in the finish: it's too musty/dusty, bordering on dirt-like. A weird combination. But solid gueuze goodness, for sure.

Mouth is tangy tingly.

Something I'll buy again, but not my favorite gueuze.

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Photo of beakerboy
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought as a corked 12oz bottle.
There is a lot of carbonation in this beer. The head started at 2 finger and grew to 3 as I write this first couple sentences. The head is quite thick adn an ivory color. The beer is a cloudy apricot. The smelly and taste are quite funky. This is the first Guauze I've had, so I don't have much of a baseline. I can taste and smell the "horse hair/barnyard" aspects from the wild yeast. It tastes a lot like some really bad, infected homebrew I once made. I really like belgian beer, but guauze might be streatching it a little.

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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 wl0307
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the very first Old Geuze I tasted during my study trip in Belgium some two years ago. And immediately I fell for the beer and the style. This 375ml bottle is 2002-2003 brewing season, 6.5%abv., BB 24/11/2025, served lightly-chilled in a straight imperial pint glass, as it's more like the way the Belgians drink it~~

A: dirty/murky dark orangey amber in colour, full of streams of tiny and large fizz; the pillowy white beer head breaks like
S: bitter-sour lemon and dried grapefruit peels, plus an exceptionally flowery+peachy note at the same time, plenty of aromas of wheatish malts and a funky edge just like any lambeek~~ akin to the smell of a dirty kitchen cloth. Pleasantly bitter and fruity, yet very softly-textured at the same time, but somehow not as complex as I remember it.
T: tannic and dry-ish bitter zesty upfront, with a touch of crushed grapefruit/lime seeds, lots of funky yeasts, while a mild flow of bittersweet edge of malted wheats creeps up from behind to balance with the bitter fruits. Maybe the ageing through these years has softened the texture greatly, that I can't really pick up any sharp sourness at all... yet the lingering dryish zesty and tannic bitterness throughout still makes this a pleasant and thirt-provoking drink.
M&D: overall the mouthfeel is pretty standard, refreshing enough and very mild in carbonation, showing good efforts on bottle-conditioning. And yet the complexity of this bottle seems to be lacking, compared with numerous bottles tasted before... But nothing will stop me from trying this beer over and over again. It's like a good honest session bitter in the world of geuze for me~~

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Photo of haz77
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light amber with an inch of white head. This drops after about a minute to a thin layer. Small bubbles of moderate carbonation.

S - Acidic sourness, farmyard, light citrus, apple.

T - Initial burst of citrus is overtaken by lively carbonation. Tart grapefruit-like sourness starts to come through and lingers until the end and on into the aftertaste, along with a twang of bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - Good stuff. Doesn't have the puckering sourness of other gueuzes, but is probably a nice introduction to the style. Very sippable.

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

375ml bottle bought from bottle dated 2002-2003...

Poured a golden yellow / amber colour... Slightly off white head poured pretty big and foamy then faded to nice thick layer. Lots of spritzy carbonation rises rapidly to the surface.... some patchy sticky lacing..

Aroma - Sour with a slight sweetness coming through, citrusy (lemony), flowery, acidic, cider hints, barnyard notes, can just about make out some faint hops, some leathery notes...

Taste – Nice sourness, fruity - notes of grapefruit, lemon and maybe some ginger, slight saltiness, some faint nuttiness, grassy, no bitterness and no real maltiness...

Feel - Sharp and dry.. light body. Very refreshing and pretty drinkable...

Overall - An excellent gueuze.... one of my favourites... Very refreshing and definitely worth a try...

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Photo of Crosling
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rusted orange. Full foaming, wispy and creamy head. Aromatically vibrant, with horsey, fruit (lemon) and barnyard aromas. Typical lambic aromatics. Flavor is much more approachable, less acidic, less sour, sweeter and generally less flavorful than lambics from say 3F, Girardin, Cantillon, Hanssens. I haven’t been impressed by Frank Boon thusfar, to be honest.

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Photo of stcules
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-amber color, with an exceptional foam for a geuze, even creamy and compact.
In the smell: pepper, fennel, and then the typical geuze notes, leather, sweat.
The taste is maybe less strong and intense than the smell. It reamins in the geuze territory (tart, citric), but maybe, paradoxically, too delicate.
Decent body.
In the aftertaste: leather, tannin, sharp. And overall, a good and sharp tartness.

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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 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 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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