Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 108
Brouwerij Boon

Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 108Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 108
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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 5.34%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
45
From:
Brouwerij Boon
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  12
SCORE
91
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Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 108Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 108
Notes: The very wine-like accents in this Old Geuze are combined with a clear 'old beer' character, which ensures a sturdy and robust taste with undeniable but not overwhelming volatile acids. This barrel from 1935 comes from another brewery, where the beers contain volatile acids. This foeder enriches the character of all our mixes.
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Wg1041 from Alaska

4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good lambic.
Orange yellow look. Lots of carbonation. Pours without a lot of head. Has a sour yogurt smell with hints of tangerine. Almost like smelling orange peelings or a tangerine Altoid. Taste: Best description is Greek yogurt. It’s like your drinking a sour version of Greek yogurt with carbonation. The raw unprocessed kind. It’s actually really awesome. It feels like a less processed product, more down to earth. Raw. Robust. It’s potentially an acquired taste if your a sweet stuff person. Excellent lambic. True to form. Plain and simple.

Sep 29, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled on 12/20/2016, best before 12/20/2036. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy pale golden yellow color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, cork, leather, musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, cork, leather, musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tang/tartness, and Brett/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, peach, pear, melon, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, toasted oak, hay, straw, grass, wet wood, cork, leather, musty funk, wheat, cracker, white bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tart/sourness and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/tang/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an amazing gueuze! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic/tannic. Amazingly well rounded barnyard Brett/Bacteria complexity; with great oak presence, and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Zero residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Best in the single cask series I've had yet.

Jun 27, 2019
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Mtn from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml into Teku
Bottled 12/20/16

Aroma= Citrus rind, Tangerine,
Solid Barnyard & horseblanket Funk,
Sour cherry, Oak, Dried apricot,
Lemon, and a nice light touch of acetone

MOuthfeel is Med body, Med+carb,
Oak tannins, nice minerality
Med+ acidity is smooth
appearance is Slightly hazy golden orange

Taste follows aroma with heavy
oak & Funk!

Overall I love this beer. Hits strong in all fronts and we’ll balanced. Complex, but powerful, not delicate. The aroma is the real winner here, but it’s turned up to 11 on all facets. Love it, and would love to try with more age on it. Nicely done Mr Boon.

Jun 01, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/20/16; drank 5/18/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A slow pour yielded a big, bright white head; a thick curtain of lace.

Mildly tart peach, wheat, mild chardonnay & faint cane sugar notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Mildly tart peach & chardonnay flavors up front; mild wheat & faint cane sugar notes on the finish.

A bit sweet & a bit tart; not the perfect mix of the two that Vat 92 was, but an incredible beer all the same.

May 19, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml. bottle.
Gentle to moderate pour yields a 1/4 inch white head over a nearly bright golden body. Nose of all the musty funk and then some; with sour apple, citrus, honey, and white wine. Taste mirrors nose wonderfully with a nice tart, dry finish. Superb and utterly delicious! Very nice champagne-like feel and overall, the mixed 4-pack of different vats that this came from is impressive. One more bottle to go.
Cheers!

Apr 21, 2019
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heygeebee from Australia

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More goodness in the single Vat box.
Loads of green apples on this one and a little wine vinegar. Hint orange peel.
Taste is subtle, refined, not too sour.
Carbonation modest
Very drinkable... I am enjoying these less intense sours more atm... palate evolution?

Apr 20, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a really old vessel on this one, another absolute gorgeous single vat lambic from boon, i still havent tried all of them, but this is up there with the best i have had. its insanely clear through the first three quarters of the little bottle, i mean immaculate looking, with a big white head and a certain radiant brilliance more often seen in champagne than beer. the aroma is pure funk, lightly acidic but less sour than others to my nose, heavy white wine, sherry, farmy funk, and raw wheat cereal hits me all at once, wet animal, wet basement, musty, musky, some medicinal iodine, fresh lemon, my mouth waters like crazy and i smell it a long while before i imbibe. the taste is better than the nose, the maturity on this is insane, and the oak is brilliant, tannic, vinous, and highly refined overall, with some minerals evident, citrus, white grapes, dried flowers, wet leather, and the slightest bit of white vinegar, but i didnt find this particularly sour. the funk is awesome, mature lambic all the way, and distinctly boon to me, now knowing their beers quite well. carbonation keeps it singing on the palate, and its so bright for how old and mature it is, a neat dichotomy there. pretty special stuff, great fun sharing it with new friends!

Apr 06, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A wonderfully acidic and bright gueuze, a beer harkening back to tradition while bringing flavor on par with the present. Great mineral funk with orange and lemon zest, barnyard and barrel funk and acidity, floral accents, slight rye bread malts, and dank grass. Smell has the fruits being more juicy and full, but the funk and acidity are still complimentary pieces, with wood tannins, horse blanket, and flowers finishing. Little juicy for a gueuze, but still crisp and funky.

Feb 19, 2019
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a bit costly at $20 per 375ml bottle but when you smell this you will immediately know why you love gueuze so much. This has everything in the aroma, honey, oak, alcohol, sugar, cognac, malt, apple, bread, whiskey. Flavor is sweet, sour, malty, apples, sugar. The aroma is about as good as it gets for any geuze.

Feb 07, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml cork and caged bottle. Lambic tumbler glass. Cloudy golden orange body, one and half finger frothy white head, good retention, not much lacing. Smell is big oaky funk, green apple-y acetone, bright lemon, sweet hay, light caramel, sweet straw. Wonderful complex sweet acidity and funk. Flavour follows; nice acetone, lemon, caramel, moderate acetic acidity, oak, vanillin, leather and more hay. Solid complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, a bit dry, reasonably acetic, finish is green apple and a bit more acetone. Very nice complexity, impressive but not overwhelming acidity. Probably one of the better Vats released.

Jan 16, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.61/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This burnt orange-amber lambic has a large uneven off-white foam and features skunky cannabis and super old school sesame seeds with peppery resin and tart sour grapefruit finishing crisply semi-dry.

Dec 09, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just when the bombardment of American wild ale, reinventions of northern German sour ale and a host of brettanomyces blended beer seems to lull our senses into malaise, breweries like Boon reveal a series of traditional lambic that shakes us from the mundane with history, charm, rusticity and refinement.

Brightly effervescent and settling with a pale hazy straw, their Mono Blend from Vat 108 teems with a jaw tightening tanginess of cider, white wine, sea air, saddle leather and a mix of cellar staleness and the weathered woods of old attics. Slightly sweaty and pleasant with the mild scent of parmesan, the beer simply smells of time and terrior. A simple sweetness of sourdough, grain and cream of wheat graces the earlry palate with a scant malt profile.

Then the beer simply blossoms across the middle palate as the sweetness drifts and the earth, peppery and vinous tone of the session nestles onto the tastebuds. Over ripened flavors of grapefruit and lime mingle with the taste of green apple, gooseberry and white grape; all of the sour, extended age versions of themselves. Spicy with paradise seed, white pepper and a hint of fresh cracked peppercorns add balance and charm while the vinous sourness of the beer is fully mature, leathery and filled with old oaken glory.

Medium light, crisp, refreshing and highly refreshing, a finish of briney sourness is short lived for a concise and sudden aftertaste with a brief echo of leather, sea air and weathered woods add an arid character above a mellow thirst stripping acidity.

Dec 07, 2018
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle, bottled 12/20/18, poured into a flute

A- A slightly hazy golden copper with a two finger white head

S- Sour, lemons, barnyard funk, white wine, hints of stone fruits, touch of wheat, oak

T- Sour, barnyard funk, oak, white wine, lemons, touch of peaches, dry

M- Smooth, medium body

O- A very nice geuze, easy drink, love how sour it is

Dec 02, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has unripe fruit funk with grassy notes and cellar dankness. Taste is tart with pear notes, quince preserve and generic unripe fruits. Medium minus body with medium carbonation. Dry finish, also quite acidic.

Nov 02, 2018
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champ103 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautifully hazed orange color. At first a dense two finger white head forms, and recedes quickly. Some patchy lace is left behind.
S: There is a nasal clearing and sharp citrus acidity in the nose. Lemon and grapefruit rind are the show and is amazing. A cheesy funk comes out in the finish, this is great.
T: So, the acidity is very much apparent as I suspected from the nose. Tart/sour and unsweetened grapefruit rind. Subtle oak and maybe light vanilla that cuts the acidity just enough. Along with that aged cheesy funk that all good Gueuze have. Though very much puckering and bone dry in the finish.
M/O: A light to medium body that is beautifully carbonated. Bone dry and puckering in the best way. Something that is great to sip on throughout a lazy afternoon. I can't get enough.

This is the first I opened from the Gueze Discovery Box, and I love this. A fantastic example of the style, and one I want to keep coming back to when I get the chance.

Mar 18, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright saturated orange, light haze and racing champagne carb trails. Lasting foam and surface coverage.

Deep citrusy aroma, grapefruit acidity, hay and mellow oak, lightly floral.
Tart and citric, grapefruit, lemon, and oak. Cheese rind, clean oaky aftertaste, bone dry finish. Medium bodied, effervescent and slightly creamy. Moderately tart, verging on sourness, slight pucker.

Overall, balance is the name of the game. It's tart and flavorful, fruity and oaky, in equal parts. Really good stuff, though Vat 109 is my personal #1 of the series.

Feb 28, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a box with 4 different vats. ~US $43. Best 12 20 2036. Lots of bubble action going on in this hazy orange coloured brew. Excellent head of foam, excellent lacing. Smells of vinous tartness, fruity, some Brett, woody. I love taking whiff after whiff. Great level of tartness. Vinous,fruity, Brett character mid palate, wood, just outstanding and quite the comfort Lambic. Light bodied with lively carbonation. So good. Brewed 02/15/2015, bottled 12/20/2016. Love that info and the beer.

Nov 19, 2017
Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 108 from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 45 ratings