Oude Geuze Boon Black Label
Brouwerij Boon

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #20
ABV:
7%
Score:
92
Ranked #1,603
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 8.9%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
179
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Brouwerij Boon
 
Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  13
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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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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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boon Oude Geuze was my very first gueuze (aka blended lambic) beer, which I first consumed around 5-6 years ago at this point and which definitely turned me on to the world of Belgian lambic in general. The tart, funky rustic yeast, green apple skin flavor and prominently-dry finish all helped get me acclimated to oak-aged sour ale in a very immediate way. Though I had some other sours before I had it, Boon's gueuze gave me the proper framework with which to conceptualize and otherwise criticize blended sour ale, and it deserves all of the accolades it's been given throughout the years. It is truly an important beer in my (and many others') drinking history!

Fast forward to last week when I finally bought a bottle of Black Label Boon OG for a bottle share as kind of a last-minute addition to what I was already bringing. It clearly didn't get consumed, as I have it with me right now, but I'm perversely satisfied with the fact that I didn't have to share this gem with anyone else. No... this entire bottle will likely be consumed by yours truly over the course of a few hours (maybe with a little help from my roommate and buddy Chris, I suppose...). Let the games begin!

During the removal of the cage on this bottle, I was definitely worried about the possibility of the cork flying off, so I opened this one over the sink. With almost no effort, the cork rocketed off and entered whatever dimension forcefully-popped corkwood stoppers enter when they're shunted off with such intense force as this one was. It's probably in my living room somewhere. Or embedded in the ceiling, whatever.

Anyway, I was surprised it didn't gush even a little bit. Contents are definitely under pressure, but the pour was really, surprisingly demure when all was said and done. Sure, a normal soft-pour yielded about 4-5 fingers of nearly-unwavering head, but it did eventually sink down to about two fingers. And there it still sits, atop a golden orange/yellow beer with a distinct, characteristic haze to it. Consistent effervescence driving to the top even after 10-15 minutes post-decanting. Great pour... love the surprising amount of restraint here. It goes to show that the brewers and blenders involved have incredible control regarding their product. Magnificent!

Nose has a soft and inviting complexion... white/Muscat grape, farmhouse-y wild Brett funk, green apple, bloomy cheese rind, white grapefruit, honeydew melon and some warm toasty oak/vanillin notes. Some crackery malt seems to be present underneath everything else. It's pretty similar, from the initial scent, to the original Boon OG blend I recall, but it has a little more citrus character.

On the palate, this presents with a strong citrus presence, combined with some stunning tropical-like fruit (pineapple/guava) and melon-like, complex flavors that remind me of fleshier fruit varieties. Intense hit of Brett funk bringing up strong horse blanket, hay and rustic overtones that wash over the tongue until the finish brings out warm vanilla, more melon, lemon and green apple tartness.

Absolutely bone-dry finish on this one, as is entirely expected. Bubbly, champagne-like carbonation. There is, however, a slight respite towards the mid-point of each sip, before this dries out my palate entirely... I almost feel like the oak and vanilla notes take over here, until I get more lemon meringue and tart apple skin.

I did a bit of research on the feel of this one, since the back of the label mentions the fact that OG BL is "the driest geuze we make" and that "combining a full-bodied taste with a very high fermentation degree is a big challenge." Though that is quite the claim, I would certainly be inclined to agree, and would say that the blend here is absolutely masterful if this is taken into account. Since process is incredibly important to lambic blending, I would say if you don't take this aspect into account when judging the beer, you're inevitably going to misrepresent it. Anyway, this idea was apparently inspired by a collaboration with Mikkeller a few years back. I guess they wanted to make an insanely dry gueuze, and the Mikkeller collab ended up being called "Bone Dry," and it used the same lambics from the same foeders as this blend ended up using, interestingly enough. This version contains less of the older lambic than the Mikkeller collaboration, but is still considered insanely dry, and I'd agree. Each sip nearly forces me to the next, in an unending search for that which will finally slake my thirst. I know this is an improbable — nay, impossible! — task, but I will try anyway... for lambic is good. That's all I have to say about that.

Jul 21, 2017
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oakagedbeer from Wisconsin

3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cork blew off the top when opening. Carbonation is intense, so be aware and chill for 24+ hrs beforehand! Smell is subdued, but has a funky, and slightly wet washcloth character. Mouthfeel is thin (likely due to the high carbonation and high attenuation). Taste is very oaky and green peppery, with a very small amount of burnt plastic flavor. Some mineral and lemon barnyard funk I'd expect in a gueuze, but overall, it doesn't have the classic funk I was expecting. Pretty good, but I wouldn't seek it out. Tasted best at 53 °F, in my opinion.

Jul 30, 2016
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StormAles from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 22, 2019
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redfox405 from California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 30, 2019
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BKotch from Texas

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

Sep 28, 2017
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 30, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Eh... my dumb idiot hippie roommate keeps turning the beer fridge up way too cold. This is probably in the high 30s, but the pour is still sunshine bright and champagne fizzy with a beautiful, tight white head. A truly gorgeous beer.

I'll let it warm up for a few minutes, here. In the meantime, I'll crack open Michael Jackson's _Great Beers of Belgium_ book and skip to page 83, when he begins to write of Geuze. He says the word is hideously pronounced, proving my hunch that it should be enuciated "Geuer-za," rather than the American-preferred "Gweez" or "Goze." The word, says Jackson, "is pronounced almost like cursor, though for such an artisinal product that seems an inappropriately high tech mnemonic." God, this man's prose...

Anyhow, after the pronunciation digression, Jackson spends a few thousand words discussing the artistry of blending and the typical characteristics of the style. It typically, he says, caps out at around 5.5% ABV, making this little number a bit of a curious outlier. His section on Boon, which is located in Lembeek, mentions the robust well-roundedness of their beers, as well as the existence of the 8.0% marriage parfait, but it seems like Black Label just wasn't around back then.

Alright, back to my pour, which even after fifteen minutes plus is still blessed with a fluffy head. It smells robust indeed--much more impressive than their kriek. Champagne and horseblanket, red apples, a bit of vinegar, and peat.

Tastes intense and vareigated but with brilliant balance. All of the aforementioned traits are present in the flavor as they were in the aroma, but they're complimented by a delicate crispness from wonderful yeast complexities. The result, like the best of the wild Belgians, is a beer that is never heavy in spite of its complexity, a beer that is quite refreshing and easy to drink.

Oct 21, 2016
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Magery from Kentucky

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

Aug 20, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

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

This was a nice one to try, the leftovers from Boon's Mikkeller collaboration Bone Dry, blended in different proportions. Love the throwback to the old Boon stencil label.

Slightly hazy saturated orange, explosive champagne streamers of rapid carbonation. Instant billowing head of foam, even a gentle swirl rekindles the head immediately. Lasting surface coverage for the first couple sips, some minor lacing.

Aroma is citric and grapefruity with an underlying sourdough presence, mild oak in the background.

Taste is tart and super dry, crisp and effervescent like champagne. Grapefruit pith and peels, oak hints. Extremely carbonated, the cork blew off at the lightest touch. A little more fruity and obviously more dry than the standard issue Boon Oude Geuze, though not as funky as Mariage Parfait.

A masterfully blended classic Gueuze by Frank Boon.

Jun 12, 2016
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

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

Jan 12, 2017
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

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

Nov 10, 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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largadeer from California

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 18, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/24/16

Cheers to Goblinmoney7 for sharing this

A: Orange-gold with some honey - hazy - the cork more or less exploded out of the bottle and the carbonation matches - gigantic fluffy white head - gradually fades to a white head - leaves massive blotches of lacing

S: Sour and woody, simply put - nice amount of sour, with some musty lactic notes, but mostly a solid acidity - some lemon - touches of grass, hay, and earth - some light fruits, mostly green apple - but the real highlight here is the oak - super chewy wood - reminds me of some Drie Fonteinen gueuze, to be honest - so much oak

T: Sour, tart, woody, and lightly fruity - some funk, with some barnyard and hay, but the sour is more prominent, with some sharp acidic sour and some lactic flavor, musty dirty basement - some fruitiness, with some white grape, white apple - some white wine as well - loads of wood - chewy, deep oak - ripe wood

M: Medium body, smooth, high and fluffy carbonation, woody finish

O: Back in black

Oude Geuze Boon is a nice Gueuze. There's a lot of sour, some tart, and a ton of wood. I'm not sure how limited this is, but it's worth a try if you can find it.

Jun 25, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Denmark Santa, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy yellow color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever. Acid and stone fruits on the nose. Very tart lemony lightly fruited aroma with some hints of earthy funkiness. Big lemony citrus tart flavor with bits of honey and some light pitted overripe fruit and just a touch of earthy horsey funk. That is a damn fine wild ale right there, glad I got to try it.

Jan 27, 2016
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 27, 2017
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tykechandler from Kentucky

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

May 29, 2016
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npachl from Wisconsin

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

May 10, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blend 2. Consumed 12/2017.

Big pop to the cork. Large white head. Active carbonation. Golden orange color.

Dry and funky with nice grape notes. White wine and champagne like. Lemon citrus. Oaky and musty. Very complex.

Highly carbonated. Bubbly. Dry aftertaste.

Really awesome gueuze. It will be fun to see what happens to this one.
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Blend 1 consumed 12/17
Big white head that fizzles down. Golden orange color. Dry with a ton of carbonation. Bubbly feel. Wet oak, hay, and mineral notes. Lemon citrus with some acidity. Champagne like. Very similar to blend 2. 4.2
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No. 3. Consumed 3/19

Big pop but not a gusher. Large white head that slowly settles. Clear golden color.

Not as dry as the other blends. Oaky with mineral notes. Lively and carbonated. Light lemon. Not tart or citrusy. Fairly light in terms of flavor. 3.9

Dec 17, 2017
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Vicirus from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 03, 2018
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grover37 from District of Columbia

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

First edition bottle (2015) in April 2020. Really, really good. Leather and marmalade. So good.


4.27 in May 2018

May 12, 2018
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a hazy lemon hue with high carbonation producing a 3+ bubbly, rocky white head with excellent retention.
S: Sweet orange, tart lemon, moderate farmhouse funk, dry earthy minerals, fresh wood, and a hint of salt. Quite the treat!
T: Sweet orange hits first, quickly followed by the tart lemon and the farmhouse funk. Then the dry earthy minerals and fresh wood kick in. There is a mild saltiness throughout. Pear, tart Granny Smith apple, and a hint of peach also emerge. Even better than the aroma with more depth and stronger notes!
M: Light body and refreshing. Excellent balance of sour, tart, and fruity sweetness. Mild saltiness. Very dry. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate too.
D: A truly exceptional geuze! Phenomenal for style...seek it out! Perfect balance. Love the depth the blend of various barrel aging gives this brew.

Apr 18, 2017
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drinkbeernoth2o from Massachusetts

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

Nov 17, 2017
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sjccmd from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Musty basement, earth, hay, and browned apples in the aroma. Some cheesy funk, graham cracker. Sesame oil, mineral water. Overripe tropical fruits. Honey. Bright and floral. Somewhat sweet smelling.

Cork flies off pretty aggressively. Pours Hazy burnt orange with large frothy head. Tons of bubbles. Not much lacing but pretty good head retention.

Quite sour upfront. Tart apples. More sour than other Boon offerings of recent. Lemons and grass. Tart and fruity upfront with tea and earth following. Kumquats. Clean lactic acid. Minerally and bright.

Light body with high carbonation. A certain slickness on the palate. Acidity lingers on the palate, but is clean and pleasant. Crazy drinkable and refreshing. Driest of the Boons. Difficult to keep from drinking all of it very quickly.

Maybe not quite as complex as some of my favorites of the style, but one of the most refreshing.

Jun 19, 2016
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