Boon Geuze | Brouwerij Boon

very good
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Boon GeuzeBoon Geuze

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is more like a champagne than anything, but whatever. It is good. It pours a hazy yellow color and has a fat white head and violent carbonation. It has a very intense sour aroma and a wild yeasty aroma that are nothing short of spectacular. It's flavor is intensely sour and has a grape/champagne like body and flavor that gives way to an intense sour finish. This is a young lambic as it's expiration date is 12/20/2022, but it is already intense in it's flavor profile. If they get better than this I am in for a flavorful experience because I want to try them all.

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Photo of Brisket
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Very pale amber beer with white head. Dissipated quickly with no lacing

S- smells tart green apple with a yeasty/bready base. Mostly lactic sour with some acetic aromas.

T- Tastes great more sour than funky, green apple like the aroma it has a hay like finish. Very dry

M- Light body, with high carbonation, slight pucker in the finish.

O- Great beer, dry and easy to drink. I will try it again.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy gold with a champagne like white head that quickly dissipates. Slightly rotten apple nose with lemon and a little funk. Bitter acid palate with lemon, apples and wine notes.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a towering off-white head, over hazy gold liquid with some amber hightlights. Nose is intense, with notes of yeast, sour apples. Taste is very unique, almost Champagne-like in it's mouthfeel and flavors, with dry fruitiness, tartness and a refreshing sour quality that makes it wonderful to quaff. Finishes bone dry and very quenching...a beautiful thing!

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Photo of doerickson
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden coloring with a thick white head that hangs in there. Smell is very fruity; the nose definitely indicates the tartness of the brew. Taste is quite tart, with characteristics of a dry white wine. This is, I think, the second gueuze I've had, and I was impressed. Certainly something to have when you feel like having something different.

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Photo of Risser09
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with fellow beer lovers as part of phatz's Sour Beer Tasting
This beer was tasted side by side with Boon Oude Geuze Mariage Parfait. Served at 55 degrees

Appearance: Huge white head right off the bat. Looks like soap suds. The beer is a slightly hazy golden orange color.

Smell: A little bit of aroma. Smells of daisy, ferns and lactic sourness.

Taste: Apparently this beer unwerwent a 100% spontaneous fermentation. Sounds like fun. Sure enough, it delivers with an aggressive taste that won't go away. Plenty of oak flavor with a nice lemon peel aftertaste. I love the lingering oak flavor. Each sip is more aggressive than the last, which put this beer ahead of the Mariage Parfait, IMHO.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body. The oak is drying but the complexity keeps you guessing.

Drinkability: For the style, this beer excells in this area. Not too high on the abv and plenty of flavor. If you can get, and afford, alot of this, go ahead and get a bunch. Would make a good night.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was wonderful. . Rich, and bright, 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.

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. 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 ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

G – Tripel Karmeliet tulip

A – Honey-orange hue with wispy white foam and blots of lace abounding.

S – The aroma is of charred, tarry wood, tart pear and peach impressions and vinous white grape. Sublime.

T – It begins with a Champagne-apple cider impression which turns quite puckeringly tart, with suggestions of wood, mineral, and tar that go from semi-sweet to astringent to sweet again on the finish. White grape, sour peach, watermelon, grapefruit and pear nuances abound as well. Earthy, spicy, herbal hop flavors are available throughout, but are sharpened on the lingering finish.

M – Very effervescent, refreshing, and Champagne-like with a very good balance of astringency and saturation.

D – Very luxurious, pairs exceptionally well, a very nice example of the style.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been holding on to this for awhile, and I couldn't stand to stare at any more.

A- A hazy golden and copper colored beer with some floaters. The off-white head is thick and creamy, but the retention isn't great- although a quick swirl brings it back.

S- This smells absolutely wondrous. It is the perfect balance of sweet and sour, with lots of fruitiness and funkiness. It is also very aromatic.

T- Very sour, but has a sweet aftertaste. Some bread and fruit are in there as well. Has a nice cider aspect. Very complex and damn tasty.

M- Tart and dry, but I wouldn't expect any less.

D- This was a killer beer. It had the perfect balance of sour and sweet with a wonderful complexity and mouthfeel. This is how it is done, folks.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 11-2-07
Best before 5-20-2013

Pours a cloudy, orange, leather luminescent liquid. Beautiful for the age.

Smell is very sour, sweet, lots of apple cider. Very old and oaky. As good as a funky and sour beer gets. Little vinegar, but natural fermentation.

Taste is very aged and complex. Lots of cider, and outdoor fermentation in the flavor. Very fruity, who would have thought the flavors would last so long. Apple cider, fermented fruit.

Mouthfeel is is very sour, adds to the carbonation. Pleasant, adds quality to the experience. Something is off, in a good way.

Drinkability is quite good, unique, Very apple cider, can't emphasize enough. Lots of grape and white wine.

Overall, no hops, no malt, all lambic and really good. As funky and fantastic as it gets. Pick one up.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle which opens with a big pop of the cork, I love that, best by 9/4/26, the mid-twenties, crazy,

A: Pours a murky, cidery burnt orange, with a mildly soapy white head.

S: Great smell for a gueuze. Cider apples, wet wool, funk in droves, definite farmhouse quality, I love the mustiness.

T: This is good stuff. Sour apples and lactic acid are the major flavour. Horse blankets, fair amount of funk, but definitely more earthy than American wilds, big amount of wet wool.

M: Acidic, funk filled, light-bodied, mild carbonation, dry.

D: A great gueuze, tasty and drinkable, just wish they weren't so expensive, the bottle cost me 8 bucks.

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Photo of HopheadEd
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber you can't see through. A big head in the beginning that quickly fades and leaves lace throughout.The first aroma is of sour and sweet fruits at the same time! Incredible! Great carbonation in the mouthfeel, slightly Champagne like. Again, sour fruits dominate. Tart, dry finish that leaves me wanting more. Alas, I only bought one. Special thanks to nerofiddled for setting me straight on the difference between Gueze and Flanders/ Oud Bruin.
Absolutely my favorite style.

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Photo of chriscolby
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-colored, highly-carbonated lambic. Aroma is a "clean" lactic sourness with a hint of acetic twang. Barnyard notes from _Brettanomyces_ are present at a level that provide complexity, but not the full-on "funk" some lambics have. Flavor is a powerfully tart lactic sourness with less acetic character than I expected from the aroma. The beer has a tiny bit more body than the driest examples of the style, but nowhere near the sweetness of the modern "soda pop" lambics.
All things said, this is a killer lambic. I like it almost as well as Cantillon. All the complex elements of a lambic are there but take a backseat to the lactic sour character, which hits big the second you taste the beer, stays solid through the "mid-palate" and finally slowly evaporates in the aftertaste. There are lambics that are more sour and just a bit drier, but few "come together" like Boon Gueze into an all-around classic lambic.

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Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a green corked and caged 335ml bottle into a tulip glass. There is a best before date of 25-04-2027 on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has a hazy golden orange color with lots of beautiful Champaign like carbonation. On top there is a lively, big, fluffy head with a creamy off white color. It fades slowly but hangs on to a thin covering that make some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is interesting and complex. In the nose there is notes of apples, apple cider vinegar, light oak notes, wet wool and rose petals.

Taste/Mouth Feel: Its flavor is just as complex as the aroma. There is a little bit of astringent citrus with hard apple cider notes that give it a nice sharp sour character. Also there are some floral notes, dry hay and light woody oak notes and next to no hops. The finish has a sharp dry sour oak finish. The body is about medium with lively mouth feel and lively active carbonation.

Notes: Outstanding, a very good example of the style.

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Photo of Atron67
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a clear yellow/amber color with a fizzy white head that built up from the high carbonation, and faded pretty quickly to a thin film

S- Sourness, tart, funkiness throughout, awesome smelling

T- Sour, vinegarness, a nice barnyard funkiness that is delicious, lingering sourness that makes my mouthwater

M- high carbonation and light body give a fizzy feel on the tongue that helps the flavor explode on your tongue, and helps add the acidic tingle to the tongue as well

D- sweet geuze

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Photo of julian
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice heavy golden coloring that's quite cloudy with a light "bittyness". Little, if any lacing.

S: The vinegary smell is distinct, not quite overpowering but definitely in your face, true to the geuze style! Fruit esters like apple are apparent.

T: Well as expected this has a tart and somewhat sour/vinegary taste. The yeast profile is noticeable as well as the apple flavors.

M: This is a pretty bubbly and carbonated beer. Makes the tongue tingle and pucker at the same time. The fruity aftertaste lingers after the mouthful is swallowed allowing you to truly enjoy the tart fruity flavor of this great traditional lambic

D: This was a treat. I'm not used to such tart lambics, but for the style this is very redrinkable. It's like a fine champagne only sour and apple tasting.

All in all a great traditional Lambic and one that I would drink again and recommend!

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce green bottle, corked & caged.
Best by date of 2 11 2022 printed on back label.

A careful pout yields a clear, bright orange coloured liquid, topped by a neat white cap of foam.

Notes of oak & sage come right to the front. Some interesting barnyard funk. Wool & a slight urine type note as well. Intriguing & complex.

Brisk on the palete. Immediately acidic & very dry from start to finish. A pleasant undercurrent of apple througout. Interesting hints of oak & lemon. Eathy & herbal with a quick finish that invites another draught. Light bodied w/ lively carbonation. Stunning.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle lists the ABV at 6.5%.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a red wine glass.

Let me preface this by saying that when I first sat down with this brew, I was pretty intimidated after my recent experience with Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus. This was much easier to stomach.

A - Hazy, the color of peach juice with a pink tint. A half inch of white head forms with some short retention, though a moderate collar remains. More than I've seen in others of similar style.

S - Wow! This smells almost like food. A huge cheese-like component, like a mild bleu cheese. A general barnyard aroma emerges as well with hints of leather and earth. Borderline fruity aroma hides somewhere. An overall lemony scent as well.

T - A wealth of taste without being overdone in the sour arena. The cheesy and citrus flavors pull through first, tasting like some sort of unsweetened, rotten (in a good way) lemonade with a dose of pepper. The "barnyard funk" of hay, manure, mud, and wood comprise the mid palate flavor, leading into a very lemony and vinegary finish with managable sourness. The acidity stands out the most, and as such it finishes very clean, with only a lingering earthiness.

M - Somewhere between light and medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D - For such a far-removed style from the majority of beers available, this is very drinkable. It's not quite session material due to the intensity of foreign flavors, but it certainly isn't over the top.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a cork/cage bottle, poured into a chalice.

A: pours orange/amber, cloudy, with a thick tightly beaded head and lots of lacing.

S: Candy-like, sour lemon/cherry mixed with bready sweetness and a bit of funk in the background.

T: Wow. The candy-like taste continues to be present but not overpowering, a sour-cherry/cherry-pit flavor mixed with sweet grain, grape/champagne, finishes quite clean with some sourness in the aftertaste.

M: extremely effervescent, like champagne; light-bodied, only very slight puckering from sourness.

D: a very easy drinker and a great intro to sour beers, as many in my party would attest. A great pairing with the moules and frites I had. Pure heaven.

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Green 355 ml bottle with a high quality cork. Similar presentation to that of the Faro, less a gold label. Unfiltered, aged for 2 years and bottle conditioned. Freshness date on back label ... 08/26/16 !!!

Appearance: Highly carbonated, cloudy pale amber with a pure white head of tiny bubbles. Great head retention.

Smell: Aromas of tart cider with mouth watering sourness. Makes your saliva glands go wild.

Taste: Dry and light bodied, champagne-like with a sharp puckering sourness. Very vague maltiness and hops are not to be found. Hints of dry grain and lemon rind the finish.

Notes: Much dryer than the Faro making it the ideal accompaniment for a plate of soft cheese, or perhaps a special occasion in place of champagne. A lambic in the raw and perhaps for the more educated palate.

This was a really good gueuze, had it in Brussels at Beer Circus with a plate of cheese and bread.

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Photo of khmel
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A slightly murky golden pour with light amber hints. A tall, foamy, off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. The nose is lambic funk, notes of cider and champagne. The taste is a tangy, lambic funk mix with a little malt complexity near the finish. The mouth is medium-bodied and smooth given the style, but with a semi-dry finish. Really great brew for the lambic lover!

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. cage-corked bottle:

Pours hazed golden with a thick, white head that has great staying power. Some stickage - a bit more and it would be perfect.

The smell is floral, lemony, and a touch of appropriate mustiness. Robust in power, yet soft aromatics.

The taste is floral with a touch of vinegar. Sour and tart becoming sweeter as it progresses. An initial ginger spiciness leads to a well-balanced sweettart taste. It has a woody, dry finish. Refreshingly tart with a certain sweetness.

Appropriately light bodied with a somewhat aggressive carbonation, the dryness lingers.

This is a world-class example of the style. Nice balance and subtle complexities. I recommend it both to beginners and veterans of the style. Nice!

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Photo of cypressbob
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2001 vintage, corked bottle, served in Cafe Gollem, Amsterdam

Pours with an off amber body, shimmering. Foamy off white head, fizzy body

Smell, musky and some crisp barnyard funk. Some citrus on the nose

Taste, bone dry grapefruit, lasting dry citrus. Hints of cider, heavy carbonation. The finish reminded me like a mixture of tonic water and very dry champagne

A really wonderful gueuze, dry as a bone and very drinkable

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Photo of mattmaples
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry Brewguru but this is what the style is suppose to be. Highly carbonated and bracingly sour. The only bad thing you can say about it is that it doesn’t have quite the wild complexity of a Cantillion or a Hansons but still a knockout Gueuze.

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Photo of mynie
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottles on sale at the Micro Bar in Reykjavik. The bottle informs me this is best before some date in the year 2035.

Pours effervescent, smells tart, tastes dry. Nothing here will blow your socks off, considering the recent proliferation of good-to-great Geuzes, but its position as a stylistic standard bearer should be respected.

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