Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 91
Brouwerij Boon

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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 5.41%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
38
From:
Brouwerij Boon
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  10
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes: The very subtle, elegant and tender taste of Oude Geuze VAT 91 comes from foeder No. 91, used in Normandy as a calvados barrel. Now this feeder creates excellent, sweet Lambiek, ideal for Old Geuze. VAT 91 is soft, round, full-bodied, complex and in balance. The unique oval shape of foeder 91 ensures optimal use of the feeding room.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/19/16; drank 5/16/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A slow pour yielded a small white head; almost no lace.

Tart peach, mild lemon & faint honeyed wheat notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Tart, prickly peach & lemon flavors up front; mild honeyed wheat notes on the finish.

Flavorful & bold; a bit too tart/sour for my timid soul, but overall a worthy experience. Can't wait to try more of these...

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Photo of bobv
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed on 1/7/2015, bottled on 12/19/2016. (a birthday of mine).
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a bright body a little lacing. Nose of funk (cellar floor), citrus (lemon, yellow grapefruit), slight apple, and biscuit. Taste follows nose in the citrus department through the middle with added apple from the Calvados barrel, and a nice morphing into a wonderful, dry finish. Very nice feel and overall, a damn fine Geuze right here. Cheers!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great lacing and head in a wine glass. Aroma is really crazy, peaches, fruit, booze, tobacco smoke, wine, and alcohol. Flavor is thick, alcohol and Oude geuze.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, cork and cage, lambic tumbler glass. Lighter straw yellow body, clear on the first pour, one finger white head, good retention, a bit of lacing. Sweet green apple (but not in an acetone way), dab of leathery funk, bright lemon, hay, oak, a bit of zest, cereal grain. This is refreshingly sweet enough without being overly sweet, and is really quite balanced. Sweeter than most Boon oude geuzes, in my opinion, and not as dry. Medium bodied, good carbonation, effervescent but not too dry, apple sweetness going through into the finish. Looking at the bottle, it's clear to me that the calvados barrels contributed a very helpful sweetness and complexity to it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Previously housing calvodos , the Brewery Boon chooses this special apple brandy cask to age their traditional lambic to pick up those promised fortified wine, cider and spice notes in their Gueuze a l'Ancienne Vat 91.

Usually blended, once again in this single and matured lambic pours a rich and hazy burnt orange with threads of goldenrod. A loose but effervescent froth pushes a plethora of earth, spices, dried fruit, weathered wood and musty notesof sea air onto the nose. Sweetness is unusually moderate as the early malt influence is rife with cereal, faint honey and sourdough.

As the bubbly, sparkling beer bounces off the middle palate, a boost of all-things apple comes with an undertow of grapefruit, lemon and orange. Hints of pineapple and white grape follow while all fruit notes seem of the over ripened, stewed and macerated variety. A bold balance of yeast spices easily take control of the taste with a peppercorn bite and a mossy, oaken and deeply musty tone of horse blanket, saddle leather and sea brine in a rich and rife retro-olfactory sensory experience. A moderate hop spice of hay, grass and tea add a racy bitterness that's remiss of lemon pepper and lemongrass on top of an overall sour wine aura.

Medium light bodied and drying the palate, the piquant spice of apple brandy soaked oak lays a mild tannic texture with high vinous warmth than is quite bold for lambic or gueuze. A series of echoes bring a return of sourdough, brine and leather to an after palate of mustiness and brisk acidity

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Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle, bottled 12/19/16, poured into a flute

A- A slightly hazy gold copper with a three finger white head

S- Sour, oak, barnyard funk, some peppercorns, some lemons, floral, hints of wheat

T- Nice barnyard funk, tart, some lemons, touch of pears, peppercorns, a little floral

M- Smooth, medium body, soft/fluffy

O- A very nice geuze, great balance, very easy to drink

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color Lambic with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard notes with some light tart notes is quite enticing. Taste is a good mix of funky barnyard notes with some tart notes and some oak notes with very subtle green apple acidic notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Nice mix of complexity and drinkability but I must admit Calvados notes are hard to distinguish.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma deep earthy lambic notes, woody but also floral. Taste is soft with well integrated funk and earthy bitterness. Medium body with soft mouthfeel. Really well made and balanced.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lively white head. Golden orange color.

Oaky, citrusy, and funky. Very gueuze like. Earthy with a basement must. Lemon and orange peel.

Nice carbonation and feel. This bottle will age beautifully.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/19/2016. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, melon, red/green apple, brandy, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, wet wood, wheat, cracker, light oaken vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, calvados barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, melon, red/green apple, brandy, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, wet wood, wheat, cracker, light oaken vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast/oak tannin spiciness and light-moderate lactic tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, melon, red/green apple, brandy, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, wet wood, wheat, cracker, light oaken vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, calvados barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance; and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/tannic, and fairly acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a fantastic gueuze! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, calvados barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/spicy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Classic barnyard Gueuze Brett/Bacteria funk profile; balanced pale/wheat malts against acidity, and nice calvados barrel presence/integration. Very similar to the other Vats as expected, but differences coming from the barrels used. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark gold, long lasting foam, bright clarity.
Light skunk, oaky vanilla, briny aroma.
Tart lemon, soft oaky vanilla, nice dry finish.
Light to medium bodied, effervescent.
Great stuff, more character and subtlety than the Oude Gueuze.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The nose suggests a sweetness, with green grape and apple. A touch of oak. Flavour is also very nice, on the subtle side for geuze, with a low level of funk. Like the nose, there is a lot of apple, some grain, and a background funk that provides a dry finish. Lightly tart, with some sweetness as well. Very elegant and enjoyable.

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Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden/yellow color. At first a dense, two finger white head forms. Which has good retention initially. The foam gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Not much lace, but looks amazing.
S: A more subtle nose than expected. Though all the trademarks are there. Grapefruit and citrus, hay, earthy characters. Cheesy funk is subtle, but apparent in the finish.
T: Grapefruit and citrus rind up front. Which becomes tart and acidic. Funky, hay, oak, even vanilla. Like everything else in the Geuze box, this is really enjoyable.
M/O: A light to medium body. Effervescent carbonation. Which makes this beautifully crisp and finishes wonderfully dry. This is not as intense as the others in the box, as such the more subtle tart/sour and funk makes this all the more enjoyable to drink.

Another excellent bottle from the Geuze box. More subtle than the others I have had so far, but that just makes it all the more enjoyable to drink. Love it.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light gold - dense compact head
Fruits, lemons, but moreso oranges, orange peel. Soft delicate flavours and aromas (and almost a hint of sweetness but balanced againt the sour) make it an ideal drink for beginners to style or those that have, ah-hem, enjoyed a few sours...
Soft, light, carbonation - dances on your tongue - no hint of 8%
So drinkable - an easy 5/5

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Popping open the first of my Christmas beers! This Belgian bad boy was brewed 1/7/15, bottled on 12/19/16. Cheers!

Pours a hazy pale color, white head of foam, nice bubbly lace.

Aromas of stone fruit, pale malt, apple, white grapes, and hints of oak.

More stone fruit, Belgian yeast, bitter citrus.. white grape must.. really nice balance of dry flavors.

Very dry, effervescent. It’s got a really nice light feel to it, and you feel a pleasant warmth all the way down.

My first from Brouwerij Boon, and I wasn’t disappointed! Would love to taste with even more maturation.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light pale color, white head
S: Sweet stone fruit, apple, light funk, oak, white grape
T: Light earthy funk, apricot, peach, grapefruit peel, light bitterness, grape, sweet
M: Light and fluffy
O: Very good but younger feeling. Room for complexity

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed January 7th 2015, bottled December 19th 2016.

It pours a clear straw gold with a small and short lived head of foam.

Smells kinda fruity, perhaps some apricots,green apples, lower level of acetic sour aromas than the vat 92.

Nice close to full bodied mouthfeel.

Nice tart fruitiness, coming from the apricots and apples, as I perceive, hints of sweet notes here and there, little oak influence to my palate. Finishes very dry. Quite the tasty brew.

Exploring this Boon box of Mono Blend Vats has been a fun experience!

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Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 91 from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 38 ratings