Boon Oude Geuze Mono Blend Vat 109
Brouwerij Boon

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
ABV:
8.25%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 4.72%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
61
From:
Brouwerij Boon
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  16
SCORE
92
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cage actually serves a serious purpose here--as soon as I unscrewed it, the cork loudly popped off. Luckily it didn't overflow, but in pouring, the head builds to a very large but airy khaki fuzzy foam, leaving sticky spit bubbles all over the glass. The body is amber-orange with a uniform sandy haze.

Smell is toasted sesame, quite toasty actually, with cannabic and pungent accents among the sharp lemon and grapefruit rind, with a sharp, sweaty funk and straw.

Taste leans bitter with a sort of veg-onion-wild weeds character, as tart grapefruit and lemon meet cannabis, burnt rubber and a splintery, slight oak. Toasted sesame comes out in the swallow and as it warms. This has a very unique funk and complexity.

The medium round body is quickly cut and lightened by a soft fizz before a cotton dry finish.

Aug 04, 2018
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pagriley from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Legit.
Puts me in mind of an LPG. Hides the 8% very well. Integrated funk and subtle sour makes for a very well balanced and refreshing drink. Finishes with that crisp champagne like from be carb.

Don’t understand or care why the numbered vats should be much different, I’ll buy every one I see

Jul 20, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clouded amber-orange color with a huge, white head, which shrinks to a fluffy film of lacing.

The beers aromas are defined by a leathery, wooden funkiness, creating a great complexity by adding blue cheese, wet straw and lime zest. It appears a little sweeter on the nose than a regular lambic would, due to the wooden, spicy Cognac the barrel once held. Offers an additional layer of musty wet basement and moldy woodbark among sweet, old caramel malts.

Tastes of a bitter funkiness in which matured hops and dried flowers get entangled into lemon juice and unripe apples. A bright tickle, reminding of old spirits, gets woven into this foundation, adding a huge amount of wet wood, more herbs and sunflower weeds. Finishes almost smooth with its bitterness dying down, adding a drop of honey, which pronounces old malts and the subtle sweetness of the barrel outstandingly well, while its floral note still manages to cut through.

This is two things for me. First of all, the beer manages to unload an incredible complex flavor profile on the tongue with very unique and well working edges to it. Secondly, its mouthfeel, as well as its balance is superb. The beer stays on the palate for a truly long time, without becoming too sour, bitter or overly mineralic - it is masterfully crafted with a fantastic intensity once it unfolds on the tongue.

Jul 14, 2018
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heygeebee from Australia

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark gold, one finger white head.
Muted aromas of orange, oak, hint spirit
Taste is oranges, slightly sweet, some sour, warming cognac - lots of bready base.
Light and zesty, toward oily
Really, really complex beer. Top stuff. Tho.... 375 was sufficient as sweetness builds.

Feb 17, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep saturated amber gold, explosive carbonation with racing champagne streamers. A quivering whipped meringue dollop of foam rises and sets impossibly 2” above the rim of the glass. Just majestic.

Wet wood, floral, musky wet hay. The aged hops and the resulting green bottle skunk dissipated quickly after decanting.

Tart fruity taste, zesty lemon, tannic crabapple, peach pit, and something a little different from the cognac cask. Definitely has a more interesting character than standard issue Boon Oude Geuze. Soft supple feel, lightly tart with grippy oak tannins. Pleasant and slightly funky with complex and assertive fruit and wood notes. Highly recommended.

Gueuze #50

Dec 24, 2017
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle dated 4/18/2016, $19, wow. Nice orange color, and a head at first but then its all gone. The aroma is crazy fruit and malt, real heady. Fruity flavor, slightly sweet, pretty dry. High quality geuze.

Do you like geuze or think you like geuze?

Buy this.

Nov 19, 2017
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 18/04/2016
Slight Hazy orange color, small white head.
A lot of cheese in the nose, herbal, funk, light leather, mineral.
Mild tartness at first stopping abruptly, very fruity, herbal, cheese, funk, wood, slight coconut or is it cognac or the oily mouthfeel I'm feeling?

High drinkability, a 8,25% you don't feel at all, oily mouthfeel

Oct 11, 2017
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ccrida from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoying this on the train from Brussles to Amsterdam, in a Hercule Stout mug. Appearance is hazy dull gold with a creamy off-white head.

Smell is sweet funk, lots if baby diaper and per. Lemon and sucrose. Spritzier as it breaths.

Taste is elegant and on the sweeter side. Fairly funky, with acetic and lactic acid mostly, the Brett on the pineapple side, rather than barnyard.

Mouthfeel is oily and tannic, medium light bodied.

Drinakability is pretty solid, most notably how smooth it is considering it's considerable strength for the style.

Oct 01, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle with cork and cage, served into a tumbler glass. Pours a relatively clear medium golden body, one finger white head, moderate in density, good retention and not much lacing. Smell is rich oak, cobweb and hay, bleu cheese, light vanillin, touch of grainy sweetness, mineral, a bit of stone fruit. Rich and funky aroma. Flavour is slightly less funky; it is more of a straight grainy sweetness, mild-moderate acetic acidity, moderate oak, balanced with a hefty funky presence with wet hay, a bit of leather and lemon on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly dry yet refreshing finish. Overall I found this to be a very tasty geuze with a lot of complexity and funk to it. This would be a great state-side shelf find for sure.

Sep 29, 2017
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great geuze.

Super dry and champagne like. Tart with a very dry farmyard backbone.

The oak is highly present, but the cognac is definately muted.

My only gripe is the nose was very sulfury.

Sep 07, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light orange-ish color, with a small head, and just a little bit of lacing.

This one smells very woody, and slightly sweet, with just a hint of cognac, white wine, white grapes, and earthy funk.

This is a really fun beer- it's got a surprising sweetness, and a big earthy oak wood character, from the super old Cognac barrels. Vat 109 provided some nice flavors to this beer. There's some light leather and caramel notes, with a huge sour white wine character.

This is light bodied, crisp and fairly clean, with a lower level of carbonation.

I'm really enjoying all of the Boon beers I've been trying lately. They don't quite stack up to the likes of Tilquin, Cantillon, and 3F, but Boon still does make some rather incredible lambic.

Aug 09, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

really awesome lambic, and something a little different, although of these single vessel beers, i think i liked the 77 just a little better. this one comes from an apparently ancient cognac cask, and you really can taste that element, which is just beautiful with the funky woody lambic. the sweetness is obvious, and there is a cool white wine element, and seemingly an additional wood layer on top of what we are used to for these guys in their lambics. the most interesting aspect of it for me though is a cool fresh peach profile, sweet and juicy, that comes on right in the middle. i have not noticed this in their other beers, and this clearly isnt fruited, but the essence of peach is right there in this one, and i really like it as a counterpoint to the finishing acidity. my mouth waters for more after each sip, and this one just feels fancy. it pours a bit still from the bottle, and its really lacking in carbonation. i know this is traditional and common in lambic, but i just like my wild beer, especially of this quality, to feel lively, and its a bit of a drag for me, although at the same time thats cool because you can really taste every nuance in the absence of speedy carbonation. tons of wood, a subtle sweetness, and quite a bit stronger than any others i have had from these guys i think. i taste this for miles, and it finishes with the cognac, a citrus twist, and an incredible maturity. some really fine lambic right here, worth the price if this is your thing! im sure it will age with the very best of them too...

Jul 16, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a tumbler appears a clear copper with off-white froth. Some spotty lace as the cap fades.

Aroma is quite vinous and very appealing with a strong leathery brett character and hints of citrus.

Taste is tart and earthy with a solid leathery brett feel, minor herbal bitterness and a wonderful lingering vinous alcohol impact.

The alcohol is noticeable on this one but is not overdone. It is medium in body with ample carbonation. I really enjoyed the nuance this displayed and look forward to having it again sometime.

Apr 11, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold with fleeting white froth. 4
Big cheese and sock, clearing into hay and white balsamic. 4
Honey grahams and pears, tart golden vinegar, some chalk, lemon sorbet and cheese rind. 4.25
Weedy comeback with some herb.
Medium, round, fizzy. 4

Funky nose doesn’t carry through. Rougher, too - not the nuance of a blend. I like straight gueuze but this isn't giving me much to work with. Interesting; I need another pass at this one. 4

Feb 22, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma is quite funky, lots of barnyard notes and hay. Taste follows, quite funky, earthy, dusty wood barrel, medium tartness. Light body, smooth mouthfeel. Overall it's a really good gueuze with a nice mouthfeel and really well hidden ABV.

Feb 17, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big white head. Golden color.

This one is lively and bubbly. Big carbonation level. The cognac is distinct but it is a bit young for it to show a lot. Citrusy and dry. Lemon acidity. Oaky and woody. Very faint funk here.

Light bodied. High carbonation. Ends bone dry.

A fun beer to try! Not at 50n level, but very nice.
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Drinking another bottle on 12/19, 3 years since the first time I’ve had it.

Really nice lambic flavors here. Lots of apple and pear. Some sweetness that is definitely coming from the cognac barrels which are now way more prevalent. A nice white grape tannins flavor. Oaky, funky, citrusy. Very complex. One of Boons best batches. 4.35

Dec 30, 2016
Boon Oude Geuze Mono Blend Vat 109 from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 61 ratings