Oude Geuze Boon Black Label | Brouwerij Boon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium
boon.be

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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#2,201
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44
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144
pDev:
9.52%
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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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1.41/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

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 Silke_Neryn
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DispyDnb
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at home. Classic Boon easy drinking geuze; deep orangey hazy color, big head; smell is funk, lemon, brett, fruity; tasty but as usual for this brewery not very complex and interesting, seems like a OG A L'ancienne in steroids; very fizzy, medium body. Good for regular OG drinkers and newbies, my grandmother enjoyed this beer too.

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

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

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

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 jrfehon33
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roze
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 smithj4
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Oude Geuze Boon Black Label from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 144 ratings