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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Photo of mynie
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
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 psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork and caged bottle. Served in a tumbler glass.

Pours a relatively clear copper-orange body, heavy three finger white head with average retention time, it's almost a bit much at first even with a soft shoulder pour. Luckily, the retention isn't too long and it settles into a thin film, moderate collar, and shortly after that, a minimal collar. No lacing. Smells of vinegar, earthy funk, oak, touch of sweet apple cidery aroma. It smells more or less like an authentic geuze would, but in the Boon vein. Flavour is earthy funk, light mustiness, moderate vinegar, crisp green apple tartness, light lemony and apple fruity sweetness, oak. Mildly complex for a geuze, on the slightly sweeter side, with a musty finish. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, higher carbonation than expected, both dry and a bit sticky, moderately acidic cidery finish. Overall, a solid example of a geuze, and it's certainly a bit more complex than the standard Boon offerings.

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Photo of Panda_Rock
2.97/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ystazi
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Funky, full bodied gueuze. You can feel the champagne-like bubbles on your tongue. Acidity on the lower end of style but in balance. Clearly high quality, but lacks a little je ne sais quoi that would make me really excited about it.

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Photo of largadeer
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dddddddd
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Disappointed with this one. Cork exploded out of the bottle but didn't gush. Definitely the driest Gueuze I've ever had. Goes down like Champagne and sawdust. Green apples, hay, and used mop water on the nose. Tastes of oak, Brie rind, white grapes, crushed aspirin, and lemongrass. Meh.

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

Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oakagedbeer
3.31/5  rDev -21.6%
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 CSO
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MUTINY
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It has a very well-defined apple character, subtle touches of woody funk & a pleasant, consistent tartness. However the mid palate reveals itself to be a bit hollow & the carbonation seems a touch overdone (creating further loss of flavor-definition on the mid palate). To it's credit, it is extremely delicate & obviously the product of some very thoughtful brewing.

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Photo of kvgomps
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shoegueuze
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 BeerBeast
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angrybabboon
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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 CavemanRamblin
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oude Geuze Boon Black Label from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 127 ratings