Boon Geuze | Brouwerij Boon

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Boon GeuzeBoon Geuze

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this and the oude geuze are the same, as it is a combination of young and old lambic.Smell of yeast, and alcohol. This is dry, sparkling, with a retaining crowning head of gold onto apple juice colour. Taste has characteristics of apple juice and much better deeper in the meal, and not as interesting outiside of geuze geeks before. Not too dry nor sweet. This has been likened to champagne.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-cloudy yellow. Pours with a sticky 2-inch head; good retention and lace.

Smell: Tart and oaky with a bit of vinegar. It's slightly funky, but cleaner than I was anticipating.

Taste/texture: Lemon, sour apples, white wine vinegar. Tart but not overly acidic. The finish is sour and dry but fairly clean. Extremely crisp on the tongue and very refreshing. A good gueueze with high drinkability.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad Gueuze.
Pours a golden hazy orange, with streams of champagne bubbles. The Girardin glass is coated with lacy foam. Very inviting.

Smell is pretty subdued, not especially funky or sharp. After trying Girardin and Oude Beersel, this one was pretty nondescript.

Taste was fruity, tart & sour, mixed with earth and and mild funk. Bartender poured sediment into the glass halfway through, which seemed to mute the funk and tartness.
Don't make the same mistake : /

Mouthfeel was puckering, not to the extreme, and not really dry.
Drink one or two, mix and match with other Gueuze examples...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow colored beer with a huge thick head that had super strong retention. Aroma was sour with some subtle sweet notes. Taste was sour to begin with and more sweet as it goes through my palate. Yeast was quite subtle and body quite light. Very good gueuze, maybe not as complex as the marriage parfait, and very refreshing overall. You can really go wrong with Boon products.

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Photo of oline73
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very cloudy amber with a slight yellow and orange hue. There is only a finger and a half of head, and the bubbles seem to be a bit on the large side. The carbonation fades quickly to just a ring around the edge of the glass. 3.5

S: The smell is mild for the style. Still quite sour, but the sourness and acidity are subdued. The funk/barnyard smell is still there along with some stinky cheese, both good things. 4

T: Less sharp than many gueuzes I've had in the past. The citrus acidity and tart flavors are still there. There is a slightly musty and dark flavor at the beginning of each sip, but it fades with a little time. The finish is bitter with the aged hops and sour flavors. 4

M: Medium body with tingly carbonation. The carbonation keeps the beer light on the tongue. The finish is a dry.

O: Smooth. There is a woody quality that shows up a bit in the finish. Not a huge fan of the musty taste in the beginning, but it fades and the rest of the taste is quite nice. 4

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Served at the May beer dinner at The Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth DE.

A: The beer was a hazy orange/golden color with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind no lace.

S: Definite barnyard funk/stink. There is a sourness and some green apple.

T: Very tart with a little bit of funk (not as much as the aroma). Nice green apple and apricot flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied. Definitely on the dry side and makes your mouth pucker.

O: A nice introductory geuze, not outstanding, but very good. It was a nice pairing with dessert.

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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 smcolw
2.67/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Golden yellow in color, surprisingly clear. (Note: because of the head, I was only able to pour half of the bottle. When the rest was added, it was quite cloudy, as expected). Very impressive head, nice lace left on the glass.

Strong skunky sourness present; could this be an old bottle? Again, as I've said in previous evaluations, using green or clear bottles (particularly for imports) is foolish. If there is ever a beer that will sit on the counter for a long time, it will be a lambic!

The taste an improvement from the aroma, but this still appears to be past its prime. Strong citrus sourness is the predominant flavor. Much like a bitter sweettart, this is a strongly, lip-puckeringly sour lambic. I'm reminded of sucking on a lemon.

Personally, I strongly prefer the flavored lambics like cassis, framboise, or peche. There's so little sweetness here that I'm struggling to complete the tasting.

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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 mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Picked this one up in NJ a few weeks ago at the Liquor Locker. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter. Best by date of 2021 on the bottle

a - Pours a murky dark orange-brown color with an inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, apples, grapes, bready malts, oak, and earthy funky notes. Funk and sourness is very nice.

t - Tastes of bready malts, a bit oxidized, sour fruits, grapes, oak, and barnyard funk. Funk is nice here, but the taste is too bready for me.

m - Medium body and lower carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent gueuze, but not one of my favorites. Seemed a little old and oxidized, but surprised it hadn't held up well. Nose was nice and funky, and would be willing to try again, maybe as a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

The beer appears hazy and rusty orange hued with a half inch of white head. The aroma is decent, with notes of hay, funk, oak. The flavor is earthy and oaky, and much sweeter than I expected. Not as delicate or smooth on the palate as I was hoping. Sharpness in the finish. Half the bottle remained the next day, which is a tell tale sign, since my house is like a gueuze vacuum. I'd be willing to try it again, hopeful of a different result.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A caveat. I have a taste for the beers of Belgium, but am a little baffled by their taste for sourness in some beers. I mean, the guys who make gueuze. It's definitely not for everyone, and, maybe, not even for me.
Color: a hazy orange. Head: a tad off-white. Aroma: utterly unique, and not for the uninitiated. You have to be ready for this type of beer, for it's unlike anything else in the world. The wild yeast, the spontaneous fermentation. No wonder the lambic brewers are most successful when they introduce fruits to this incredibly demanding brew. Citrusy, sour, dry, medicinal, herbal, even a little vinegary. Texture is full, salty, body is medium, finish is quite lasting. Definitely takes some getting used to, but a solid, thirst quenching, even delectable beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/17/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 375ml bottle, caged and corked. No dating on the bottle. Poured into my Lindeman's Kriek flute.

Appearance- Cloudy orange-pear colored pour. Champagne like head which stayed much longer than expected. Huge patchy chunks of lace everywhere. Quite a looker.

Smell- A slight barnyard musk. Some type of fruit, although not sure which. Maybe some peach, pear or lemon, or all of the above.
Definite sour funk and a weird vanilla scent as well.

Taste- Not as sour as expected. That said, it was fairly sour. But no more sour or maybe not even as much as a flanders type brew. A bit of sweetness, enough to keep a good balance. Fruit tangyness as well.

Mouthfeel- Champagne like texture with a bit more subdued carbonation level.

Drinkability- I'm liking it! Pretty tasty and one of the more drinkable ones I've come accross. Recommended.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I talked to the beer guy at the Wine Exchange about beer when I was at checkout. He mentioned to me Boon Geuze is the only gueuze left to be brewed in the region the style is native too. That was a good to know. So here I have a 355 ml corked bottle, which I will pour into a flute, and pair with a side of brie. I find the 6*8*2027 on the bottle to be funny; by then I will be double my age. On to the beer:

Unfiltered blonde color, is this what keller biers looks like? The brownish yeast is floating near the top. Big bubbly head on top that's staying up and not coming down. Looks good in my flute at this point. Interesting smell; iron and tart fruit (raspberry). I strive on to taste.

The liquid doesn't soak the palate as much as I hoped, light in the mouth with some moderate carbonation. Well, it's sour at first, but what gueuze isn't? Some sweetness emerges, especially after I put a small piece of brie in my mouth. Quite acidic, mildly tart. Not too overwhelming in any given flavor, and it's drinkable for what it is.

Unique. Pairs well with brie, I recommend you do the same.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Golden color with a nice billowy white bubbly head that did not stick to the glass but kept a decent cap throughout.

S- A bright gueuze with lemons, apple skin, barnyard hay and a nice amount of oak/wood. some small acidic compliments. Smells the part.

T- Tastes the part as well although a bit sweeter than most in the style. Lemons on top of hay and apple slices, some barnyard quality with a small amount of malt in the finish. Slightly acidic. Kinda sour, semi tart.

M- Goes down real easy, there is a certain smoothness to this that I don't get from other gueuzes, perhaps a beefed up malt bill that does not show in taste. Some tartness, some accidity, kinda tame. Easy drinking. Carb is not a problem, I don't think I ever had a problem with carb from a Belgian Gueuze.

D- To tell you the truth I could of downed this whole bottle in one swoop, this was surprisingly incredibly easy to drink and my stomach was not buggin after a few ounces or so. Great stuff at a great price, at least at WF's.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly sour aroma with a bit of funkiness to it. Does not taste all that sour, one of the more mellow sour Geuzes. Does not have the fullness and balance of the better made ones (Hanssens for instance), though still quite good. The sourness reminds me of grapefruit, and there is a bit of fruitiness in the beer which accentuates this perception as well.

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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 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 Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011-2012 vintage. Cork dated 10492. Served in a geuze tumbler 2/1/15. This cork popped out with a vengeance...

A- Clear golden-copper body. Frothy, effervescent 3 finger white head that takes a while to settle down. Should have poured this one gently, but it is certainly a well carbonated beer. Nice retention, thick collar, not much lacing.

S- Peppercorns, floral notes, a moderate funk- not as much wet hay or mustiness as Cantillon, but the former 2 notes come across reasonably well here. Crisp wheat sharpness. Not superbly complex, but sets the table reasonably well.

F- Mild-moderate level of funky hay and must, combined with a mild lemon zest up front. Plenty of floral notes, some peppers. Drinks a lot like a saison. Not particularly acidic, although there is a reasonable amount which is nowhere near overwhelmingly strong. Nice dry lemon zest on the finish.

M- Medium bodied, nice effervescence, good carbonation. Quite drinkable. Not too sour, not too funky, seems to be just right if you're in the mood for some lambic.

O- Good geuze; I would put this slightly above average especially when you factor in the availability and affordability in addition to the palatal qualities this beer brings.

4 / 4.25 / 4.25 / 4.25 / 4.25

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, but my bottle says 6.5% ABV. I think the stamp on the back label means best before 06.08.2027. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden color with about a 2 inch frothy white head. The head sticks around for a long time, but there isn't much lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is hay, funk, apple vinegar, and a bit of lemon. I think the taste is the same as the aroma, it's nice and tart and funky. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's well carbonated and also has a dry finish. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: brownish gold in color, cloudy, minimal head, medium carbonation

Smell: apple and sour mix

Taste: apple, sour mix, and sugar

Mouthfeel: sweet and sour mix, high carbonation, medium body

Drinkability: A very good and tasty gueuze. I could have two or three. I like the dry apple taste.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a golden-blond color with a frothy head.

Aroma: Sour with hints of tart fruit, especially apple and even grape and cherry.

Taste: Very sour upfront. Leaves a pucker at the beginning. Apple, grape and cherry come to taste.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Mellows at the very back of the throat. Smooth.

Verdict: A beer that lives up to its' style. A slow sipper that doesn't skimp on the funk. I like it for what it is.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.46/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a slightly murky amber-orange color. Carbonation level seems high upon viewing. The head is white, deep, airy and fluffy. It sticks around too. Aroma is sour and tart. This beer is so tart and sour it is almost undrinkable. I can't imagine this is the taste they're after, but I've never had a gueuze before so I don't know for sure. The body of this beer is very light and the carbonation level isn't as high as it appears to be. Huge sour apple notes. Highly acidic. 3 times as tart as the Rodenbach Alexander I had a while ago. Maybe this is an acquired taste type of thing. Or maybe this one is stale. In any case I can say this isn't enjoyable.

I am a gueuze virgin no more.

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Photo of Viggo
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 500 ml bottle, nice looking stuff. Can't even remember where I bought this.

Pours a hazy golden, small white head forms, disappears rather quickly, sits along the edges of the glass, some lace spots. Smell is super funk, lots of citrus, hay, yeast, barnyard, acidic/vinegar, caramel, very funky, I like. Wow, very acidic, apple juicy, caramel, cidery, funky citrus in the finish, sour fruits, very coating. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high carbonation, warming sensation, feels nice in the mouth. Lacking in character for the style, not too impressed with it, but neat nonetheless.

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