Boon Geuze | Brouwerij Boon

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193 Reviews
Boon GeuzeBoon Geuze

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 VncentLIFE
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like a good Gueuze to celebrate!

Pours a golden straw color with a very fizzy head that disappears.

Smells like barnyard funk but not too much. Very balanced. Green grape rind and slight vinegar.

Taste is fizzy with some barnyard funk mixed in. I get a slight malty flavor that I normally dont get from Gueuzes. Taste isnt really as sour as i expected. It has a slight sweetness that really helps make it drinkable. Whats really nice here is that the sourness just kind of sits there. It doesnt overpower. It doesnt destroy. It just let you know, "hey, this is a gueuze."

As you let it sit and sip it, it transforms into something even better (kind of like the truck transforming into Optimus Prime). The funky flavors come out without adding sourness.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 350ml bottle.

This one was pressurized as the cork shot across the room when I opened it. But it didn't gush which was nice.

A Pours a nice orange yellow color topped with a nice white fluffy head that has pretty good retention. Also lots of bubbles.

S The nose has a nice sour green apple smell to it with a hint of barnyard funk.

T Lots of tart lemon, more green apple, and a slight sweetness.

M Very carbonated almost champagne like with a nice medium body.

While I don't have much of a basis for comparison as this is the first gueuze I have ever had, this seems to be an excellent example of the style in addition to being extremely tasty. I'm sure I will be drinking more of this in the future.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer pours an orange color with a nice fluffy white head
Smell: Sour cider, lemon, hay, apple, freshly cut flowers and oak.
Taste: Nice tart cider, white grapes, hay, lemon and some malts. Aftertaste is long, dry salty with oak.
Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, medium-light bodied
Overall: Great example of the style

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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 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 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 thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before: 12.12.2025 or 12.12.2021 (couldn't make out the last number). Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal slightly off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, funk, and cherries. The flavor was of swet malt, wood, funk, slight tart, very subtle mothballs, and cherries. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I wish I would have been able to read the last digit on the date to get an idea on the age of this one. Seemed fairly fresh though based on the flavors. I could however see this one evolving very nicely over time. Great aroma and good flavor going on here. A definite must try.

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Photo of berley31
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-large, white, fluffy thick head that has excellent lasting power. Still at 1-finger size after 10 minutes. Body is golden-yellow, with good clarity. Effervescent.

S: Wonderfully funky, lots of barnyard aromas, with a slight acidity in the background.

T: Some nice funkiness in the flavor, low-moderate acidity... nicely balanced. Finishes funky and relatively dry.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate-high carbonation. Tart and puckering.

D: A very nice example of the style... delicious. Went extremely well with some fresh goat cheese.

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Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

A - Orange and cloudy. White active foam. Carbonation is noticeable.

S - Smells like a combination of sour apples and lemon.

T - Tastes like a whiskey sour. More tart than sour, and a sweetness at the end.

M - Mild carbonation, and a tart flavor. Light bodied.

D - Style was tough for me to consider drinking more than one. I could, but the tartness is a bit much.

I plan on trying more of this style. This is a good segway into sour adn tart beers.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into my Russian River stemmed glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear orange hue with an inch-thick head that leaves some decent lacing as it settles. The only true flaw in the appearance of the beer are the massive clumps of yeast that emerge when pouring.

S: This beer was bottled over six years ago, and the age has definitely changed this beer in the aroma. Funky, with some hints of cider, citrus and barnyard. Malt and hop notes are non-existent.

T: Taste is much like the nose. Very cider-like, with hints of earthiness. Tart from start to finish, and quite dry.

Notes: Boon makes a pretty solid Gueuze. It's a light-bodied brew, and very refreshing. Definitely better than other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of bobsy
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Boon's Oude Geuze was my introduction to the style, so its nice to get to try its more mainstream brother.

Pours a cloudy gold with a thick white head that lasts amazingly well for the style and puts down some nice streaks of lace. Bonus points for this! The nose has a great mixture of lemon, barnyard funk, white wine and flowers. Well-balanced describes it perfectly. Extremely dry on the palate with a crisp tartness that's not excessive for a gueuze. Lemon, wood, hay and barnyard create the bulk of the flavour, before transcending to a zesty finish. Light body is quenching and extremely refreshing.

Balanced from start to finish. Another excellent gueuze!

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Green Mountain Boys on my way through Rutland VT last weekend. 12oz corked and caged bottle for $6.59, looks like it could've been sitting around for quite a while. Label is a little yellowed and it was the only one of its kind in the store. Code on the label is faded, but my best guess is 25,04,2027. Served cold in a white wine glass. Never had geuze before, so I'm really interested to give it a try. Here goes.

A: Twisting the cork out gives a healthy pop. Poured softly to avoid disturbing the thick sediment cake at the bottom of the bottle. Cloudy golden brew gives 1/2" of fizzy clear head that quickly vaporizes to nothing. A steady stream of small bubbles gives the surface a continuous low boil.

S: Tart and effervescent, definitely agree with the barnyard and sweaty horse blanket descriptions other reviewers have offered. It seriously reminds me of the urine-soaked shavings I've cleaned out of horse stalls.

After letting it air a bit, some of the barnyard funk fades and more of a tart rotten fruit aspect emerges.

T: Taste has some thin sour fruit aspects, but the main thing is something acrid that I can only describe as burnt hair. As if I'd stuck a lit match into my armpit. Or maybe like burnt popcorn husks. Some yeasty funk, barnyard, and crotch sweat. Seriously... if I ran a marathon and then wrung the sweat out of my underwear into a glass and then lit it on fire, this is what it would smell like.

M: Fizzy, watery, very dry. Finish is a bit of vinegar. Very belchy.

D: As horrible as all the descriptors I've used are, I can see how this could be an acquired taste. Not entirely unpleasant, I guess it isn't all THAT bad. Since this is my first geuze, I have no idea if this is a bad bottle or if it is indeed supposed to taste like this. *shrug* I'd try it again, preferably in the company of a geuze guru.

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Photo of Pahn
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. 22 05 2028 L8143 13:41:00 printed on the bottle. I'm assuming this means it was either bottled or put in oak barrels at 1:41pm on May 22nd of either 2010 or 2008, respectively, but I don't really know (care).

Appearance: Despite zero gushing when opening the bottle, this rather carbonated beer leaves a three inch fizzy and rocky just-offwhite head that dissipates steadily, leaving ephemeral, bubbly lacing webs. Pours a hazy orange and leaves occasional swoops of lacing along the glass. Looks really good.

Smell: Effervescent and sour. More barnyard than tang/cologne to this brett funk. While I remain unfamiliar with the smell of horse blanket, if "horse blanket" in beer means something like leather and horse sweat, this one's leaning on the side of sweat, with some dirt thrown in. I'm not finding that aspect pleasant, but there's also some really interesting mineral smells, some vague citrus, emerging cologne-like notes, and a general sourness that's really nice. Great balance to the aroma, despite venturing further in the barnyard than I wanted to go.

Taste: First impression: This is not very tart or sour, though there's some nice, reasonably deep, earthy funk. I think I need to warm it up a bit.

As the beer warms, the dirt from the nose emerges in the beer, along with a mild, unexpected bitterness. Too much barnyard, not enough tang. No sweetness at all, and barely any sourness or tartness. Finishes extremely dry.

Uninspired by this beer, I try some cheddar and crackers to maybe combat some of the assault, but the beer remains bitter and predominantly characterless. There's occasional good elements, but never do I get one really good sip; for example, late in the glass this really nice note of pear jumps out, but is then quickly eaten up by building bitterness and abrasive dryness. It's not terrible, but it's not good either.

Mouthfeel: The 3.5 I'm awarding here is basically a 4.0 for creaminess and nice, bright carbonation, along with a 2.0 for the uncomfortably dry finish and out of control astringency. Slightly lighter than medium bodied.

Drinkability: To be frank, I don't like this beer at all. I finished the bottle, but I didn't particularly want to.

Unless the bottles vary widely and are occasionally amazing, I see no reason to ever buy this when you can get better geuezes or other wild ales for comparable or lower prices. It really was a mess. The lack of sourness or tartness really highlighted the fact that the majority of what was happening in the taste was brett as dirt and surprising bitterness. The most boring wild ale I've ever had.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with a bit of white wispy head. Wonderful funky and floral nose, citric and delicious. Taste isn't quite as tart as I was hoping for, it seems a bit restrained. Still, very clean and good as far as the flavor profile goes. A bit of funk, some nice crisp lemon edge to it, some malt poking through over a long dry finish. Mouthfeel was prickly and light, pretty standard for a good geueze. Good drinkability, it was a nice beer to have with my dinner, I was glad to have gotten to try it.

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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 gyllstromk
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours relatively clear golden with a light head. Aromas are tropical with some pineapple and cantaloupe. Flavor is a blend of diet Orangina/Sprite and Jolly Rancher. Crisp and refreshing, though not terribly complex for a gueueze. A sour finish with a slight tea-like astringency. This is a reasonable gueuze but if you have a selection, opt for the Cantillon or Girardin.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375 cork and caged bottle into my Allagash tall snifter glass. Cork shot out like a bullet as soon as I touched it! Pours a nice golden color. Huge frothy white head rises...with excelent retention. Once it finally settles, it remains a nice creamy surface. Leaves quick sliding, but thick looking foamy lacing.

Aroma is sharp, crisp, citrus, very tart, and very funky.

Flavor is decent, but not the best gueuze out there. Full of sharp tartness and citrus notes. Funk is great, but the whole flavor seems a little watered down or something. There's also an earhty, fresh cut grass characteristic that resides heavely in the aftertaste. The oak aging is also very noticable as there's definite wood notes. Light and crisp mouthfeel and high carbonation. Again, a nice gueuze, not the best.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle that is best by 5/22/2028.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light gold with two fingers of light head that settled after a little bit.

Smell: Cider, vinegar, lemon, musty funkiness.

Taste: Apple cider, oak, grass, tart sour bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonated nicely with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice example of a Gueuze at an affordable price. Not as high level as Cantillon, but a very enjoyable drinker. I see more of these in my future. Aging some to see what happens.

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Photo of Walken
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Boon: Gueze (Best by 04/25/27)
12 oz. c&c bottle, poured into a flute.

Appearance: I had to pour this one slowly, lest the head overtake the beer. After two or three pours, there sits a lovely hazed golden beer in my glass, topped by a head of tightly knit, small soapy bubbles, fed by bubbles rushing up from the base of the flute. In the center of the foam-pile, there is, what looks to be a labia represented in foam. I'm sure this doesn't happen with every bottle, but that's ok.
Odor: Vinegar dominates the forefront of the nose, but the background is full of fresh-chopped apple, blue cheese and citrus nectar.
Consistency: Light body with a lush tartness that makes this beer supremely drinkable. Carbonation is aggressive and accentuates the tartness.
Taste: Apple cider vinegar tartness leads off into fermented honey and bitter lemon. Waxy, bitter flavor in the mix. Finish is extremely clean with some lingering tang on the tongue.

On a spectrum from Cantillon to Lindemans, (sour to sweet), Boon would fall one quarter past the latter towards the former. The intense sourness is there, but the extreme puckering dryness is not. That is by no means supposed to be a knock, just a point of reference. This was a very enjoyable gueuze.

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Photo of Rbald42
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently picked up an old bottle I found at my local shop. Best by 2022.

A- Small pop when opened and then Eureka! had a small gusher. Pours a dark golden/amber that is very nice to look at. Leaves a ring around the glass with suds all over. Big thick head that quickly left.

S- The smell is not dominating. I get tart apples and sour notes. Light lemony funk with odors of mustiness.

T- Taste is started with a tart bite of apple, followed by some sour acidic fruit, it's present but not overpowering in the least.I get some spice as well.

M- Dry all the way down. It has a nice thickness to it, and I think the mouthfeel for this beer is great.

D- This is a very drinkable beer that I would have again, but I won't be seeking out more any time soon.

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

Grabbed a bottle of this, poured into a lambic flute.

The body is clear and crisp, with a golden color that is highlighted by an amber-like hue when held to the light. Capped by a full inch of head that is well sustained by the streams of bubbles that cascade upwards from the countless nucleation sites on the bottom and sides of the glass.

The nose is extremely drying. There is an incredible funkiness that comes through without any acetic character. Bacterial sourness abounds, and the lactic aromas are easily characterized. This is one stinky, funky beer. This would be great if paired with a high-end goat cheese like Humboldt Fog. Dry pilsner malty flavors are the main malt characteristic of the palate. The spontaneous fermentation and age on this beer provide a nice sour profile that flows from funky to a strong acidic, tongue-wrenching sourness. Lemony acidity is the dominant sour character. Woody and earthy in the finish, this malt bill really exceeds expectations.

Overall, this is one heck of a strong representation of this style. I have a hard time finding any faults with it, and it just seems to improve as it passes cellar temperature and approaches the ambient air temperature. A good one to share, as are most old lambics, due to the acidic sourness.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Geuze Boon 355ml into Konigsbacher Pils flute (aged 18 months)

Very light gold with pale yellow highlights. Giant eggshell head that lingers and leaves some lace patches.

Aroma is cider, musty, old leather, barnyard, acidic lemons, wet goat, apple cider vinegar. Nose is quite sour. Classic geuze aroma.

The first wave is a hit of bracing tartness. Lots of funk, old leather, barnyard, horse, lemon-lime, grapefruit, light vinegar, intensely dry and sour finish. Squeezes the saliva glands and makes the mouth water for more. After the palette adjusts to the acidity, a lot of the other flavors start shining through.

Medium body with a very brisk carbonation that keeps the beer relatively light on the palette.

Easy drinking, this would work well with a oil and vinegar ceasar salad. This beer is a little pricey, but it is true to the authentic style. Not amazing, but certainly a classic.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong pop from the cork and a vigorous pour with bubbles continuing to rise to the top during drinking.

Smell of grassy barn, lemon, pale malts and sourness.

Taste of very tart barnyard funk. A tasty sour, much more sour than say a Lindemans, but also possessing some Funky horsey tastes. There are also some light colored fruit flavors of pear, and lemon. All of the flavors slightly fight each other at the end where it is almost a mechanical flavor similar to battery acid. It is really just the sour funk and acidity, but it can definitely tease the tastebuds.

Thin mouthfeel with a champagne like consistency and strong carbonation.

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Photo of crossovert
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green corked and caged bottle. Best before 22.05.2028. Cork says SB 61

The cork flies off with a huge pop do not open it towards someone.

It pours a typical gueuze orange/gold that is nice and murky. The head is more active than most and billows up, perhaps because I think this is a rather young bottle.

It is funky and sour in the nose. There is significantly more lemon in this one than I am used to. There is also a bit of malt sweetness in the nose that makes it a pretty good smelling gueuze.

The taste is pretty funky but not ultra sour. There are hints of barnyard, pale malts, wheat, lemon, bitter grapefriut, and medicine. It is quirky but good.

Overall not the best of the Gueuze category but solid.

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Boon Geuze from Brouwerij Boon
3.92 out of 5 based on 383 ratings.
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