Oude Geuze A L'Ancienne Vat 79
Brouwerij Boon

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4.15 | pDev: 7.71%
Jul 31, 2022
May 16, 2016
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Notes: Traditional 'Oude Geuze' VAT 79 is a Monoblend composed for 85% with Lambic from cask (foeder) N°79. This 'foeder' from 1883 was exclusively used to age 3 year old Lambic and became one of the favorites of Frank Boon. Brewed on the 19th and 20th Oct. 2001, bottled 17th Dec. 2014.
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
375ml bottle into a tulip. Brewed in 2011, bottled 2014.

Looks nice enough in the glass. Slightly hazy glowing amber body. Small white head shrinks to a broken collar, a few specks of lacing.

Very hard to detect anything on the nose.

However, the taste is very good indeed. Sour and slightly tart. Not very dry, nice fruit notes, a little spice. Manages to be clean and quite smooth.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish on the bitter side.

Overall, an enjoyable geuze lambic. A little better than recent others I've tried.
Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Saturated gold, approaching an amber jewel tone. Initial foam lingers for a minute or two before fizzling into nonexistence. No lace, still placid surface. Save for the occasional stray bubble rising to the top, it looks the part of an oude lambiek, and less like a gueuze. With 85% oude lambiek, Vat 79 has a certain mature mellowness about it.

Aromas of oak, dried apples, wet hay, light attic must. Restrained but nice.

Soft feel, lightly tart and full bodied, an acidic vein cuts through the substantial body. Dry oak, apple, lime zest, preserved citrus, dry and woody. Hints of vinous sherry, minimal signs of negative oxidation. Pleasant tanginess but not overtly fruity. Carb level is light and mellow, it’s easygoing and drinkable. Pairs well with cheese of course. Interesting to try this as Foeder 79 is Frank Boon’s favorite. Who better to know the best barrel in the brewery? Cheers to Mr. Boon for his decades of work dedicated to preserving lambic beer and it’s culture.

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Nov 24, 2019
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Feb 18, 2019
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Jan 25, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Jan 14, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Apr 29, 2018
Rated: 4 by petermethot from New Jersey

Aug 15, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Aug 10, 2017
Rated: 3.16 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Aug 08, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by Jhfinn from New York

Jul 30, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jul 29, 2017
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Reviewed by Innocent_Bystander from Canada (ON)

3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
L - Hazy golden orange color
S - Cheese, lemon and orange peel, subtle oaky notes, and almost mossy
T - mostly the same as the taste but with a strong bitter alcohol taste
F - Medium carbonation, stings the tongue
O - Good but not amazing, would recommend
Jul 29, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Kurmaraja from California

Jul 20, 2017
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Reviewed by DispyDnb from England

3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Bottle, standard geuze look; smell is funky brett, not very complex; taste reminds me of Mariage Parfait, sweeter,less sour and so more accessible for non-lambic drinkers; low carbo and big body for the style. Good but overpriced imo
Jun 02, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by Quafftastic from Virginia

May 16, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

Mar 22, 2017
Rated: 4.45 by Foley67 from Scotland

Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Feb 21, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by Waggman from Sweden

Jan 12, 2017
Rated: 4.48 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Dec 30, 2016
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Reviewed by mdfb79 from New York

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy bright orange color with no head and little carbonation. Fruity malts, funk, oak, cheese, earthy notes, light bread and tannic notes. Nose is a little funkier than the taste. Light body and low carbonation.

Overall a nice funky gueuze; not my favorite but worth checking out for sure and awesome to buy off the shelf.
Nov 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a slightly reddish golden hue. Tons of barnyard and sweet pepper aroma. That sweet pepper flavor is definitely there. There's some apple cider sweetness too. It's not my favorite lambic as it lacks some complexity and depth, but it is a really nice sipper.
Nov 08, 2016
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Side by side with vat 77

Similar color. Burnt golden orange.

This one is more vibrant and fruity. Herbal and earthy. Light funk with some oak.

This one is a much better drinker than the 77. More flavor and lively body. Very enjoyable.
Oct 20, 2016
Rated: 4 by Rutager from Canada (BC)

Oct 16, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by cuvtcuv from Florida

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by Antyk from Belgium

Sep 29, 2016
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
375 mL bottle. Orange body with a medium white head and thick collar. Smells of green apples, oak, and a substantial sweetness. Tastes really oaky throughout. Green apples as well. Green apple tartness. Some vanilla from the oak. Medium heavy, especially for a lambic. Pretty sweet. Well carbonated. It's not bad, but not the most complex expression of the style and definitely too sweet for my tastes.
Sep 27, 2016
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Reviewed by peensteen from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Hazed orange colour, ring of white head and n lace. Smell is funky, oak, lemon and green apple, a little bit of lactic funk and yogurt and cheese rind, some horse blanket, earthy funk, a bit of mushroom. Taste is tart with a big oaky flavour, yogurt and certainly more earthy than fruity, umami, a bit of sweetness into the finish and some lemony flavour, a bit of alcohol on the swallow, long oaky aftertaste. Medium carbonation, full body and a bit heavy, lightly syrupy at times as well. Its different, not outstanding but worth a try, still very good and quite drinkable.
Sep 23, 2016
Rated: 4.48 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Sep 14, 2016
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Reviewed by KensWorld from Florida

4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L= 1inch white head leaving cap present throughout. Slightly hazy golden with no carbonation.

S= funky, dank, sweet, peppery. I can sniff this all day! Exactly what a Gueuze is suppose to smell like, I think?

T= sweet leading to sour to peppery hop bite. A lot going on here. Every sip has more to offer the pallet. Sour apple being the dominant flavor. Silky smooth.

O= very good Gueuze and knowing it's not really a true blend, it's very unique tasting. It opens up as it warms to room temp. Though I was expecting a little more for a $16 13oz bottle. It is what it is. I shall keep my other bottle and see how it transformed in 2030.
Sep 11, 2016
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
375ml bottle poured into a Boon geuze glass.

Pours a clear deep golden with a finger of very soft white head that left spotty and wispy lace down the glass. Musty, delicate, and soft nose with more of a peppery note than the taste along with a light golden fruit presence. Taste is on the sweater, softer, and more delicate side with notes of golden fruit, candy sugar, and earthy slightly mushroom funk. Very soft and delicate flavors. No harsh acidity, no really tartness. Musty in the finish but the aftertaste has light notes of golden fruit. There's a very light citrus pith tartness in the aftertaste but it's not strong. There's a very light peppery quality as well but it's not spicy. Very soft rich overall. The oak is so soft without any gritty tannins. Extremely smooth mouthfeel, perhaps uncannily smooth. The carbonation is soft but effervescent. The stronger alcohol content makes the mouthfeel richer than most with a nice thickness and chewy quality, but effervescent carbonation lifts the heaviness off my tongue and evens it out. Very easy to drink. Don't notice the alcohol at all.
Aug 17, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by HopBelT from Belgium

May 22, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by AlexFields from Tennessee

May 16, 2016
Oude Geuze A L'Ancienne Vat 79 from Brouwerij Boon
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