Oude Geuze Boon Black Label
Brouwerij Boon

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
Ranked #21
ABV:
7%
Score:
92
Ranked #1,603
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 9.13%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
177
From:
Brouwerij Boon
 
Belgium
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  14
Gots
  40
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Oude Geuze Boon Black LabelOude Geuze Boon Black Label
Notes: Issued in 2015 (Limited Edition), 2016 (Second Edition), and 2017 (Edition No 3).
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Its well documented as a world class Lambic maker, Brewery Boon rolls out a premiere, and traditionally spontaneous beer that showcases the taste of Lembeek best.

Erupting from the glass, the exuberant pour of hazy gold hues race to the rim with a frothy, loose and lively lather. Slow to settle, a host of tantalizing aromas abound, ranging from citrus to cider, from earth and dust to pungency and fauna, all with a twinge of sourness to tickle the nose. Scant on sweetness, the Oude Gueuze (Black Label, Edition 3)'s wafer thin malts provide a thin veil of creaminess to soothe the awaiting brunt of acidity to come.

As the wily ale dances on the middle palate highlighting the beer's spice, earth and vinous nuances. The branch weathered taste of crabapple, white grape, lemon, grapefruit and gooseberry balance against the spices of white pepper, oak tannins and white wine spice, more earthen tones swirl with a retro-olfactory sensation of attic woods, cellar-like conditions and cave aged character. A soft element of brine decorates a straw-like hop taste late to ride alongside of its brazen acidity.

Piquant in its finish, the beer's supreme sourness is a mix of brightness and rusticity, bringing out the finer nuances of saddle leather, a dusty perfume and sandalwood in a fast-fleeting aftertaste.

May 03, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color lambic with a large foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of funky yeast notes with some oak and tart notes and green apple notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also a mix of funky barn yard notes with some oak, tart notes light green apple acidity and a dry finish. Body is about average for style with excellent carbonation. Excellent dry gueuze that aged perfectly well.

Feb 28, 2020
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Mtn from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Edition 3, May 2016 bottling. Appearance is golden pale, solid car and off white fluffy head. Smell is dominated by stone fruit (apricot and cherry), wet hay funk, mild barnyard, and oak. Taste leans toward the funk and oak. Body is thin, nice high carbonation, light-plus acidity, oak tannins, and dry finish. Overall very balanced like most all Boon Gueuzes. Great beer.

Jul 21, 2019
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malrubius from Vermont

3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle. Golden orange with slight haze and lasting island with some unfortunate floaties. Woody funk orange and leather aroma. Similar sweetness with some graininess and hay and clean refreshing fruity dry finish. Light and very lively.

Jun 29, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a clear golden orange that turns cloudy as the yeast sediment is added. Fountains of rolling carbonation. A huge fluffy white head is created. Great retention and lacing.

Smells of funk, barnyard, musty mildew, green apple, lemon, hay, yogurt.

Tastes of green apple skin, lemon zest, green pear flesh, yogurt, cracker malt, hay, white wine vinegar, barnyard, dust, and funk. Champagne-like dryness on the finish. Crisp and tart. Moderate sourness.

Medium feel, very effervescent carbonation, clean, crisp, and moderately dry.

An excellent Oude Gueuze.

May 01, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a very cloudy consistency. There was a massive, foamy, extremely long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of Belgian yeast, light fruit, a little malt, and a vinous quality.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mostly in the finish), a slightly funky bit of Belgian yeast (present throughout), a little of the vinous quality (white grapes), and some apples as well. An interesting flavor all around. It's not quite as sour as your typical gueuze, but it definitely packs a punch. There's an odd dryness to it that's a little off-putting, but this is a minor issue.

F: A highly carbonated beer (the cork went flying) with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: In general, a well done beer. Worth a try.

Mar 23, 2019
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a wine glass. This is edition #3.

A: Big fizzy white head that settles to a small blanket capping the body. The body is a light gold color with good looking carbonation and perfect clarity.

S: Cherries, apricots, apples. It smells sweet with a slight hay smell on the end.

T: Lighter tastes of the nose very muted flavors, not really tart but not really sweet either. Very easy drinking but not much flavor. Maybe as it warms it will open up.

M: Big carbonation finish is dry I want to say medium bodied.

O: This isn’t bad, but I was expecting a lot more flavor from the nose.

Dec 01, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly translucent copper-orange with three fingers of dense, off-white foam. While most of the head fizzles away in a modest amount of time, effervescent bubbles from the bottom of the glass continue to feed and maintain a thin layer of foam for a long time. Aroma is peach, tangerine and apricot meet bready, pale, malts. There is a tinge of sourness and then a soothing big yeast ester. Its fleshy fruit opening, sour center, and yeasty finishes shape a dynamic, playful aroma. Flavor profile delivers a bigger complexity, hitting notes of apricot and peach right out of the gate, with spicy, herbal hops coming on shortly afterwards. A light, lactic sour bite cues the transition to a bready, pale malt, that then recedes from view. Dynamic and flavorful, without assaulting the taste buds. Mouth feel starts medium and expands to a medium-thick on the tongue, with an expansive, effervescent, bubbling texture. Overall, a very dynamic, noble beer that melds nuances with powerful flavors. Each and every note synchronizes with the others, forming a beautiful symphony of notes.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

Nov 24, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is criminally underrated. Fantastic gueuze! Tastes like I am back in belgium. Great citrus, hay, earthy, wooden and funky flavors. Bold, yet not overpowering. Starts with wet fruit and spicy soil and ends with dry wood and funk. Booze is omnipresent, but never in a bad way, rather as a complementary piece. Pours classically, complete with bubbly foam.

Oct 29, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 25.4 oz (750 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; second edition, batch #72402, best by March 30, 2036.
A: Pours a hazy, dark golden to light amber color with very, veryrobust head formation creating a lemon chiffon to wheat colored head, surprisingly good retention for a sour, but mostly a ring over time, and very little lacing.
S: Tart without being acrid, actually very pleasant. Grassy and grainy initially, evolving into a green apple, apple cider, lemon and grapefruit fruitiness. Graininess reappears as it warms.
T: Nicely sour, with flavor palate largely following the nose. Lactic acid, yes, funk, much, much less so. An excellent first Geuze.
M: Medium bodied with very strong carbonation. Sour, very sharply dry finish.
O: My first Belgian Geuze. I acknowledge that I probably had it a bit young. My frame of reference prior to this was the fruitier variety of lambic, American Wilds, and what I had read. Really a wonderful treat. Would definitely try it again or others of the style.

Oct 23, 2018
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jrenihan from Canada

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very solid geuze, a lot of apple in the flavour, as well as grape, some funk and a dry finish. Fairly low on the sour. I think I am probably drinking this a bit young, but still good. BB 2036, so perhaps this was bottled 2016?

Sep 22, 2018
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rex_4539 from Greece

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Hazy amber color, half finger white head, no much lacing or carbonation going on.

S: Sour, fruits.

T: Sour. Dry. Somewhat fruity.

F: Light bodied, carbonated like champagne.

O: It’s sour and I don’t like sours. I tried though.

Jul 04, 2018
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange, yellow beer with a nice white head. A lot of small bubbles raising to the top of the beer just like a good champagne.

Nose: Tart, funk, citrus, lemon, orange, hay, stable, wheat, yeast, grass and apple peel.
Taste: Lemon, apple, pear, herbal notes, funk and grapefruit.
Mouth: Medium body. High carbonation. Sour, dry ending. Great!

Jun 28, 2018
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like any good gueuze worth its weight in platinum, the aroma reveals many facets. The funk hits first like a truck carrying a small barn. Delicate, lighter fruits such as white grape, apple, and pear make an appearance, as does a tangy zip of lemon. It's even slightly hoppy, with the old school noble hops adding yet another layer. As it opens up, orange and tangerine pop vividly. The depth offered is incredible, and the flavor doesn't disappoint. It's not massively tart, but it does start off with a nice prickle of lemony sourness. Earthy, funky, and even slightly hoppy qualities dominate the midtaste. It finishes in an incredibly balanced, delicate manner, with hints of honey, citrus, candied sugar, and apple. It's wonderfully complex, yet wonderfully easygoing and light on the palate. It's not bone dry, but it's more than dry enough for me. Carbonation is high, as expected. This is up there with Cantillon's and Drie Fonteinen's regular gueuzes in terms of quality. I think that should speak for itself.

4.43/5: Fuckin' fantastic - can stand up to the world's finest gueuzes effortlessly

May 23, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

cool to have this one from an older bottling, perhaps the first bottling, but i didnt pay close enough attention to confirm that. in any event, this stuff is righteous, still no absurdly dry but seemingly a lot more mature and funky than some of the other boon lambics i have had. this is a cool blend, it has a lot more body than i remember in the regular boon geuze, and perhaps a little more woody maturity as well, maybe a higher portion of older beer in the mix, im not sure of the details here. some wonderful fruity notes in among all the funk too, red apple, ripe peach, white grape, this is really complex. i get a tea-like element, maybe from the aged hops, i get some candied sweetness and citrus, and also heavy oak, even vanilla from that element. wet dog, musty basement, dried hay and straw, green bottle funky oxidation, and a really tart bacterial element. this is classic lambic, with all of the funkiness and complexity i love about the good ones, and it has cellared supremely well. i think i may prefer this to their original, although its hard to critique either. faint sweetness at the end balanced some of the acid and makes it incredibly drinkable. we shared this bottle around several ways, but i could have happily taken it down solo. nice to see some later release of this one currently in the market here, i will have to grab a bottle to compare to this older vintage! sub-20 bucks seems reasonable for beer of this quality!

Apr 29, 2018
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degueulasse from California

3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This dry lambic tastes a bit like fermented Martinelli's, without the sweetness of that apple cider. It is a hazy beer that has a large, fluffy head that dissipates quickly. More funky than sour, the Black Label Oude Geuze Boon is a tasty treat.

Apr 15, 2018
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markjknowles from Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2nd edition 750 ml bottle from Tavour, 50ish degrees when I poured it into my Garre glass. It got better as it got warmer. And it started out pretty tasty. Huge POP! upon opening. Over an inch of quickly dissipating foam when I poured it. Full bright aroma of citrus and mild funk. Well balanced fruit and tartness. deeper flavor as I drink. The brewery says serve at 52 degrees but it shines even more as it warms. Excellent Gueze. Excellent brewery. Can't wait to find more b Boon.

Mar 28, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at 45 degrees. I have yet to get my grubby hands on a Cantillon. Do not know much about this beer. The label on the beer is simple. The hard pour on the beer produced a two finger bright white head. The rocky and stiff head has poor retention. The color of the beer is SRM 4 a straw color with golden hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with carbonation bubble present. The appearance of the beer is a disappointment.

A dominate sour aroma with barnyard, sweet hay, freshly cut grass and citrus for the initial smell. Additional aromas are honey, apples, and yeast.

The flavor of the beer is barnyard, sweet hay, honey, apple yeast, citrus, and grass.

The mouthfeel of the beer is crisp and dry. The body of the beer is light, high carbonation, and a medium finish.

The head on this beer was disappointing. A typical Geuze, and somewhat harmonious flavors.

Mar 24, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, amber gold (leaning to orange), with a very frothy (though relatively quickly dissipating) cream (colored) head.
S: Comes off as sharply acidic and funky right off the bat, with that wonderful light struck aroma that green bottles give Geuze right at the fore. Additionally, there is a slight malty sweetness and hints of apple, peach, orange and pear, but interestingly enough, no real pineapple.
T: A surprising amount of cherry manifests itself in the aftertaste of the first sip, with a resolute sharpness of flavor abounding in this beer. There is a very slight syrupy sweetness coming through here as well, along with tons of funk and some hints of lemon and green apple. There are definitely some tannic notes here but I would say that this is a surprisingly easy drinking and approachable Geuze. I suppose the grapefruit they are referring to is referencing the lemon notes blending with the more round citrus and malt flavors.
M: Black Label is perfectly dry.
O: This is an excellent beer, as are all of the beers I have had from Brouwerij Boon, but I think the interesting thing about this beer is how approachable it is. Maybe that's just me. Don't get me wrong, I think this beer would be a shock to anyone who has never had a Geuze before, but I think that once they got used to it, it would be fairly easily enjoyed by them. Another great beer from Brouwerij Boon.

Mar 08, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. 'Best before 30/03/2036 Batch# 72402'.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. Creamy white head, Scattered spots of lacing. Slight overflow upon opening.
Aroma of lemon, green apple, fruity ester yeast, leathery funk, oak.
Taste of white grape and lemon, funk and leather, oak and barrel, fruity esters.
Medium mouth feel, rather dry finish.
Sour from aroma and taste. More sour than funk.

Feb 18, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled on 9/5/2016, best before 2036. Pours a lightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2-3 finger foamy and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, white wine, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, wet wood, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, white wine, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, wet wood, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast/oak spiciness and some lactic tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, white wine, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, wet wood, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance; and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Very crisp/clean finishing. Quickly increasing dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation. High carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a fantastic gueuze! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, oak, and light-moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the highly carbonated/spicy/drying finish. Never overly lactic. Classic as hell barnyard Gueuze Brett funk profile as expected; balancing pale/wheat malt and nice oak presence. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Feb 17, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Boon Oude Geuze Black Label is not the most funky gueuze but is one of the best executed one. The balanced is great. It's very fruity all along. The champagne-like carbonation is very enjoyable. Very nice gueuze

Feb 11, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of the second edition. The cork rocketed out when the cage came off. The carbonation on this was immense as was the head. Aroma is nice, juicy citrus and It is only mildly sour and it is dry on the finish but not bone dry. Nice geuze for sure.

Jan 29, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to Derek.Pale golden with soft white foamy head. Sweet, fruit aroma, yeast. Taste too is pleasantly sweet, nice funky yeast, light and airy. Awesome!

Jan 08, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It pours clear golden with one of the biggest heads I have ever seen in a Gueuze. The aroma is tart, with lemony notes followed by some unripe apples and some funk. The taste is very dry, tart and with a late bitterness that caught me a little bit by surprise. More lemon, citrus rind, grapefruit and a faint roasted sunflower seed note which I have detected more than once in Boon products. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Jan 01, 2018
Oude Geuze Boon Black Label from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 177 ratings