Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 92
Brouwerij Boon

Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 92Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 92
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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 5.28%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
57
From:
Brouwerij Boon
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  14
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: This Old Geuze is the favorite of our tasting team. It is pleasantly full-bodied, complex and contains smoky and spicy tests. These unique flavors are derived from the oak barrel, used for red wine in France in the Rhône valley. The oak tree clearly expresses a stamp on the overall taste image and adds a particularly positive contribution to the Lambiek aroma.
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L:. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a foamy rocky white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Notes of spice, intermingle with a strong brett barnyard funk, a hint of smoke, some tartness and a bit of sour.

T:. Earthy spiciness, a strong barnyard funk from the Brett, mixes with quite a bit of tart and sour. Lots of Brett funk to this one is nice.

F:. Smooth lighter carbonation, medium body.

O;. This beer is a nice highlight for the Brett.

Apr 23, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed 11/16/14, bottled 12/16/16

On tonight's menu, we have my second-ever Gueuze, picked up on a whim on Half Time's website along with a few others. I loved the first one I had from Hansenns, so I have high hopes for this one

Pours an opaque brownish gold with a finger of white head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

There's a certain funk and raw spice in the nose that stops me dead in my tracks before I can even bring this up for a sip. I'm picking up on aromas of smoky oak, earthy pepper, apple skin, light mint, old leather, blackberry, acidic white wine, and crackery malt. Just an awesome aroma

Unfortunately, the taste doesn't blow me away like the aroma did, but it's still solid. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting musty leather, white wine, white pepper, and a light crackery malt. The swallow opens up a bit more, bringing notes of rich blackberry wine, smooth oak, lemon, wet hay, and bready malt

A medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a lightly tart and spicy beer that is refreshing for the abv. Finishes mostly dry and acidic

While I enjoyed this, I think I was a bit let down after the incredible aroma. It goes downhill as you move on, but it's certainly not bad. It just seems like it might have lost any of the richer flavors over the years in favor of acidity

Mar 09, 2021
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BerryKumquat from California

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Sold golden amber color.
S:Light barrel flavor.
T: A light rush into a spicy body and a clean dry finish. Very enjoyable and simple.
F: Light but well defined clean crisp beer.
O: For days when you want a light flavored beer to pair with something else. This is it.

Dec 03, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml corked and caged bottle, brewed on 11/16/2014, bottled 12/16/2016, best before date of 12/16/2036 on back label. Served in a Beer Advocate Teku, the beer pours a mostly clear golden/orange color with about an inch white head. Head retention is good and there's a small amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like apricots, white and red grapes/wine, oak, funk, and some stone fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some hay, vanilla, citrus zest, peppercorns and melon. Tart and funky! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has a good amount of soft carbonation which helps make this easy to drink. I thought this was pretty good, definitely worth trying!

May 29, 2020
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Nass from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2016 Vintage

The pour is bronze colored with some floating sediment in the snifter glass. The taste is very sour with some tart & faint barnyard funk notes near the finish. Moreover, I find this beer style to be quite tasty & interesting, it's lip pucker type of beer that leaves some twang on your tongue. Cheers! A-

Jan 31, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

another cool single vessel beer in this line of impressive lambics. this one previously held french red wine, and there is a lot of fruity character, even a bit of sweetness in the beer. it seems mature still, heavily funky and woody in the nose, piquant but not too acidic, and really earthy, raw wheat for sure in this, a light crackery pils type barley malt note, straw and hay and clean woodiness. the wine adds some tannins to the already interesting texture of this, a generic red fruitiness, almost a fruit punch thing in the nose, more sweet blackberry in the taste, elderflower freshness somehow too, lemon and lime, light white pepper, very interesting stuff. a bit more of white and now some black pepper in the flavor, some acidity from the wine, sweet oak and barley, tons of funk, more and more as it warms. the quality of this is what stands out the most, the red wine element is subtle and well incorporated, you would almost have to taste this next to one of their regular blends to appreciate that side of it, but its just darn fine lambic overall, round and soft in feel, expressive in carbonation, and really interesting, even on the palate after its gone, complex and delicious, you would never know its so strong either. i believe the bottle we opened was brewed in 2014, bottled in 2016. excellent! i still need to track down the rest of these...

Dec 26, 2019
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Julio's
Pours a deep golden color with moderate clarity and a decent sized bubbly white head with moderate retention. The nose is big lemony tart with lots of earthy funk and light fruitiness. The flavor is more earthy funk but holds a hint of fruity tartness. Refreshing on this 90 degree day and certainly cleanses the palette of fruity IPA's. Nice beer.

Jul 06, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12/16/16; drank 5/17/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A slow pour yielded a big white head; thick, frothy lace.

Oak, mild peach & faint smoke notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Oak & soft peach flavors up front; mild smoke & faint tartness on the finish.

An absolute dream beer; perhaps a HINT too mild for perfection, but I wish I had a few gallons more of this. A true classic.

May 18, 2019
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Dr_C from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lambic Bliss. I was so sad to see this beer was discontinued and glad a got a bottle. Notes: Brewed 11/16/2014, bottled 12/16/2016. Drank it 2/23/2019. Found this lovely beer on Tavour and wish I bought more. Tart and dry, think chardonnay. Hard to describe but I would drink it all the time if I could. If you like lambic, this is one to get.

Feb 24, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lambic with a nice white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some light funky barnyard notes and some vinous notes are also perceptible. Taste is a mix light funky barnyard notes with some vinous notes, oak and vinous and barnyard notes and a dry finish. Body is average for style with good carbonation. Very enjoyable and maybe a tad more acidic then regular Boon.

Jan 18, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml cork and cage bottle, lambic tumbler glass. Clear straw yellow body, one finger white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is dry musty oak, leather, light lemon, mild acetic acidity, touch of cereal, mineral, dried biscuit. It's drier on the palate than on the nose, and actually reminds me of the Mikkeller collaboration in how dry this is. In comparison to Vat 91, it lacks sweetness to balance out the dryness of the barrel and the fermentation. It's lighter medium bodied, musty and dry on the finish, appropriately carbonated.

Jan 13, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The experimental series of Oude Geuze A L'ancienne has been quite the playground for Brewery Boon, and as the unblended lambic patiently soaks up the flavors of French wine barrels, the premiere earthy, tangy and peppery notes begin to shine.

Hazy goldenrod and glowing underneath a frothy blanket of froth, the racy Vat 92 leads with a briny sour combination of wine rot, sea air, dough and light vinegar-esque tones. Light sweetness is soft with a malty wheaten upstart of sourdough, faint honey and agave greets the tongue before turning over the sourness to the middle palate.

Brightness and earth crosses the tastebuds with the citrusy taste of grapefruit, lime and then a pep of apple cider. A followup of earthiness brings a rounded brine of olive juice with a strong presence of yeast spices, oak and brazen vinous acidity. A faintly peated character of scorched soil brings out the red wine influence quite well.

Modestly bitter, a hop influence of hay and lemongrass brings the light bodied beer to a crisp and snappy finish with a minerally crispness. Refreshing and thirst quenching, the earthy and peppery character of the beer masks its cleaner sourness but brings a host of character to the session.

Jan 09, 2019
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heygeebee from Australia

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely deep gold, lively head, nice carbonation. Aromas of orange, lemon, apricot hints.
But the taste... yes it's geuze, but almost geuze-lite :-( - very delicate - still sour, but not a lot of flavour.
I do hope the other two in the tasting box have not aged poorly, as this is not what the tasting notes suggest (big)
Nice carbonation - but, sorry, little taste at 8%
Undecided but could have been sooo much better

Dec 31, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml. bottle.
Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch white head over a super bright, golden body with no lacing. Nose of funk, citrus, slight oak, and slight hay. Flavors of citrus and oak with a slight spicy sweetness. Very nice! Wonderful carbonation makes for a real nice mouthfeel. Overall, a classic example from Vat #92. Cheers!

Dec 22, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

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

Vat 92 is a strong showing, it has plenty of funky barrel character and signature Boon hallmarks. Very effervescent with a damp oaky scent, lemon custard, and trace malt sweetness. Tart and dry with a pleasant oaky vanilla note, and very mild euro hop skunk due to the green bottle to be sure. Mellow feel, woody and light bodied, mild aftertaste of honeyed malts. Overall it’s a unique expression, slightly more oak and funk than the standard issue Boon Oude Geuze. Worth a try, especially if you appreciate the nuanced differences in this single barrel Monoblend series.

Lambic - Gueuze #66

Dec 16, 2018
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, bottled 12/14/16, poured into flute

A- A fairly clear golden copper with a two finger white head

S- Tart, barnyard funk, herbal tea, oak, touch of red wine, a faint hint of smoke

T- Tart, funky, tannins, some red wine, oak, a mild smokiness

M- Smooth, medium to full body

O- A solid geuze, easy to drink, but not as good as VAT 91

Dec 02, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has quite intense funk with grassy and damp cellar notes. Taste has lemony funk, tart but not quite sour, quite bitter and spicy on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Quite nice one with good funk character.

Nov 02, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White head. Golden orange color.

Drier than the 91. Lively carbonation and feel. The 8% shows here, unlike the 91. Earthy, a bit spicy, and dry. Some stone fruit. Can’t taste the red wine oak.

Oct 28, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a light amber color, with a very small head that dissipates immediately, and no lacing.

This smells deliciously fruity and funky, with stone fruit, hay, honey, old grapes, oak, lemon zest, and a sort of spicy funk that’s intriguing.

Boon is sometimes overlooked when it comes to the famous lambic producers in Belgium, but they shouldn’t. This is excellent. There’s a lot of fruity and spicy funky flavors, with some dry oak, fruity and overripe red grapes and red wine, apricot, hay, and slight honey sweetness.

This is light bodied, spritzy and pretty dinkabkle. The carbonation level is a little lower than expected.

I’ve loved all the beers in the Vat series that I’ve tried. This is a fun beer.

Sep 03, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have gotten into the Lambics lately and thoroughly enjoy drinking them. I am looking forward to drinking this beer. Unwrapped the black aluminum foil and undid the cage. I went over to sink and popped the cork. I have had a few beers blows up, then the beer ends up on the ceiling and not in my stomach. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The Rocky firm head is white that is lasting. The beer is an SRM 6 a golden amber color with orange hues. The clarity of the beer is slightly hazy and heavy effervescent. Beautiful looking beer.

The beer's aromas are leather, citrus, funky, grass, wheat, hay, honey, and barnyard.

The beer's flavors are leather, earthy, yeast, goat, grass, wheat, hay, honey and funky barnyard.

The mouthfeel of the beer is a medium tart with carbonation.

The body of the beer is medium-light, high carbonation, and a medium finish.
The beer has a complex flavor profile. The beer is balanced and has harmony. A surprisingly tasty gueuze.

Aug 31, 2018
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markjknowles from Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. A beautiful opaque gold with a couple inches of white fluff on top that dissolves into a wispy island of foam on the gold surface and a white rim around the edge. Mild aroma of oak barrels and funky citrus. The taste is the same amplified. Huge oak barrel flavor, sour fruit and yeasty funk backed with a little sweetness and finishing stone dry. Bright effervescent feel, medium light body. Really tasty if not super complex. Strong flavors that are kept in balance.

Jul 08, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

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

Vat 92 bought off the shelf for $18.99. tasting notes from the box indicate this should be smoky and spicy. I get the spicy part but not really any smokiness. Its a good geuze but I am surprised this one is noted as the favorite of the staff, I thought Vat 109 was much better.

May 17, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/16/2016. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great 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/rind, peach, pear, pineapple, red/green apple, melon, red/white wine, 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/light acidic yeast, red wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/rind, peach, pear, pineapple, red/green apple, melon, red/white wine, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, wet wood, wheat, cracker, light oaken vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast/oak spiciness and some lactic tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/rind, peach, pear, pineapple, red/green apple, melon, red/white wine, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, wet wood, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, red wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a 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 an outstanding gueuze! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, red wine barrels, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the modestly acidic/spicy/tannic/drying finish. Never overly lactic. Classic barnyard Gueuze Brett funk profile as expected; balanced pale/wheat malts and nice red wine barrel presence/integration. Very similar to Vat 110 I had previously, but noticeable differences from the red wine barrel aspects. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

May 05, 2018
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champ103 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an almost clear golden/orange color. At first a dense white head rises to over two finger. Not a lot of lace, but as always, impressed with the color and head retention.
S: Grapefruit, white wine, spice, cheesy funk. The funk becomes more apparent as this warms. Really enjoyable.
T: Grapefruit pith is up front and the bitterness is surprisingly strong. White wine characteristics, and peppery spice. Acidic and puckering sourness. Big funk, and I always associate this kind of Gueuze funk as "cheesy." Really nice.
M/O: That perfect light to medium body. Effervescent, crisp, and smooth at the same time. Finishes puckering and dry. Something that is very nice to savor on. Really enjoyable.

I am beyond impressed with this box. This has a more noticeable grapefruit bitterness along with that great acidic and funky character. Love all these, and very glad I had a chance to get this box, very much worth the purchase IMO.

Mar 25, 2018
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, white head, constant bubbles
S: Big funk, bubblegum, hay, vinous, old fruit, peach
T: Mineral, medium sour, oak tannin, earthy funk, hay, tannic red wine, white grape
M: higher carb, light body
O: more funky character than vat 91. Acidic burn occasionally. There does seem to be red wine character imparted from the barrel

NOTES FROM 6 MONTHS LATER:

Sourness and acidity have died down, red wine character is still there, tons of mineral character

Dec 28, 2017
Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 92 from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 57 ratings