Oude Geuze Boon Black Label | Brouwerij Boon

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Brouwerij Boon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by charlaweyd on 11-20-2015

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Reviews by largadeer:
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4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of ichorNet
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of oakagedbeer
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Panda_Rock
2.97/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of degueulasse
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at a tasting. Pale golden pour with a huge white head. Lambic funk smell and some sodium bicarbonate. Tastes sour, funky, like vinegar and again sodium bicarbonate. Dry, with a sour/bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Farnsy47
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured out of the bottle into chilled teku glasses after 7 months of cellaring. The head erupted from the glass and stayed for quite some time being continuously replenished from streams of carbonated bubbles eminating from all around the bottom of the glass. The liquid portion (about 1/3 the of glass after the first pour) was honey coloured and translucent.
S- Citrus notes with a white wine backbone, hints of leather from the brett, and a touch of oaky aromas.
T-Complex, and tart. Begins like an Oaked chardonnay, subtle honey notes in the middle with contradicting lemon zest flavours mixed throughout, finishes dry with ever so slight bitterness.
M- smooth and light, with a lively carbonation (in part due to a long stint in the cellar).
O- Fantastic lambic! Perfectly balanced and exceptionally dry, clean finish that kept me coming back for more until it was gone. I would consider aging this bad boy for 1-1.5 years next time.

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Photo of Roguer
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Apples, pears, toast, dirt, a touch of cheesy skunk.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has intense, puckering funk, lemon zest and barnyard notes. Taste starts sour, lemony, dry and zesty. Body is light and very effervescent. Really good gueuze, dry but not overly funky, quite easy to drink.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Cork flies off and it gushes immediately. Big white head that lasts forever. Murky orange body. Smells very musty. Dry hay. Oak. Light acidity. Tastes of lemon sourness. Very yeasty. Strong oak. A little bit astringent and grassy in the back end. Medium body. High carbonation. Really nice. Surprisingly good from Boon.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drinkbeernoth2o
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BKotch
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antyk
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vicirus
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Magery
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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 from Frank Boon.

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Photo of desint
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Oude Geuze Boon Black Label from Brouwerij Boon
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