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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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Quafftastic
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mynie
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gusher once the cork popped. Excited carbonatiob throughout, classic golden color, honeycomb barm. Aroma is a quiet lactic funk with elements of honey, and melon rind. Very nice, delicate flavor profile - there is some dry fruit upfront - pear, melon - that is musty & bouncy, and finishes with an almost perfect amount of tartness, which is a great balance of drier Brett loam & lactic sourness. Some lemon citrus notes run throughout as well. Mouthfeel is fun & tingly, champagne-like. Very underrated gueuze.

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Photo of blisscent
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Foley67
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ystazi
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 markjknowles
4.58/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy copper..nice head that stuck around
Stone fruit
Musty attic
Some green apple
Nice prickly carbonation.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange color, with a huge, white head, slowly fading to a still fizzy lacing. Beautiful beer, with its lacing coating the beer's surface the whole time

Offers a flowery, mineral coated funkiness with lots of moldy earth, old leather and a nice, lemony tartness. Fruity lemon directly adds to the profound funky qualities, revealing yogurt, potato peel, and slightly fermented vegetables. Its mineralic note ties the aromas well together, creating an awesome, fruit topped, complex nose.

Has a lively, bubbly carbonation, which remains soft on the tongue. Finishes surprisingly clean, focussed on citrus, which unfolded a pungent funkiness on the palate before, and malts. Drinks very refreshing, while offering a great, sour complexity, which shines due to it balance, preventing it from becoming too acidic.

Soft earth, old oak, white lemon zest and a toffee note build the foundation of this. Wet grass, moldy woodbark and crisper turning citrus challenge silk yogurt, a stony mineralic quality and cream cheese together with old straw. Cheese turns stronger after the swallow while the beer shines as for its very soft mouthfeel, featuring grass, old leaves, tart lemon and toffee malts. This leads to a surprisingly clean finish, reviving its mineral quality from the nose together with a long lasting citrus tartness.

Wow, a true masterpiece, by far the best Gueuze by Boon I've had so far. Its taste defining lemon tartness is really amped up, while getting wrapped up into wet leaves and a well accentuated funkiness, creating a nice balance. Its fantastic finish leaves me speechless, as it turns around the beers intense flavor profile so far, and replaces it with a simple but well working silkness, benefitting from the still recognizable lemon presence.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjccmd
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexFields
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jow
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle looks very nice and the gueuze looks a little cloudy inside. A special edition from Boon is always worth a try!
I liked it more then the regular boon, It is a bit similar like the normal boon but I find the flavors more balanced. Definitely sour with a touch of lemon, it hits the tong right where a good gueuze needs to!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Back label says 26/03/2035.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full three fingers' worth of off-white head from a soft pour that fizzes away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Lovely Gueuze funk exhibits notes of lemon, pear and apple all with some sharp lactic acid and wild yeast essence.

T- Excellent balance between tartness and funk with a big spritzy burst of carbonation. More lemon notes plus some oak and barnyard quality. Somewhat leathery finish. Quite dry too.

M- Very tight on the palate with moderate pucker, medium-high carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A Gueuze as it's meant to be. Very straightforward but with all the complexity you expect from the style.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Oude Geuze Boon Black Label from Brouwerij Boon
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