Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 108
Brouwerij Boon

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4.29 | pDev: 6.06%
Oct 23, 2022
Aug 23, 2017
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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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Dec 24, 2020
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Decanted pour yields a crystal clear straw gold body, topped by a good sized head with excellent retention for the style. Very nice loud pop while uncorking this nearly 5 year old bottle.

Nose is very impressive. From a distance, it yields strong tones of apples, apple cider, pear, white wine, and musty funk. Up close, the funk is far more pronounced, musty, dusty, and dirty, with a cheese-like note along with the oak and much less pronounced apple. Just a touch of honey and straw.

Moderately sharp character on the palate; somewhat sour, in between vinegar and citric acid character (but leaning closer to vinegar, perhaps rice or white wine vinegar). Mild citrus, with a lemon and orange peel finish. Lovely malt base, with notes of light honey, wheat, straw, cracker, multi-grain bread, and pepper.

Funk is unpredictable; at times, it comes across more sour up front, while on other sips, the funk is more pronounced (although it's consistently moderately sour). Finish is funky and oaky. When you get more of the funk, the result is a pungent punch to the flavor, accenting and strengthening everything; it makes the sour more potent, the malts more sweet, the booze slightly more pronounced (although still quite restrained).

Smooth and on the thicker side of medium bodied with a dry champagne-like finish. Gum-smacking puckering, although more from pungent earthy funk than from sourness.

This beer is a good reminder that while yeast-driven funk is often what drives a Gueuze's profile, there can be much more going on in a wild ale, including souring agents, even if they are not necessarily front and center. This Gueuze features a balance of the two, with the moderate sourness making for more of an immediate known presence, the stronger funk requiring a little more time to fully appreciate.
Dec 06, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by Plainview from Oregon

Nov 23, 2020
Rated: 3.65 by dukeufo from California

Oct 31, 2020
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Having this side by side with 108bis.

Wow, how much better the 108 is. Both have a nice pop. 108 has more head retention. Both are clear darker golden color.

108 has a ton of nutty and sherry notes. Very complex. Wine notes for days. Some mineral notes. Wet oak and some dried fruits. Red apple skins. Touch of citrus. 108 is incredibly complex and very enjoyable. I keep grabbing for the 108 as it is that much better.

108bis is brighter and a bit more citrusy. Some mineral, a touch of oak. Seems to be a bit drier. Red apple skins/dried fruits. Just lacking the nutty sherry notes. Could be because of age, but the 108 comes out on top of the 108bis.
Oct 23, 2020
Rated: 4.63 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Apr 17, 2020
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 4.41 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Nov 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Wg1041 from Alaska

4.72/5  rDev +10%
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
Rated: 4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Sep 09, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Aug 12, 2019
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jul 29, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Reviewed by Mtn from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Rated by jheimbigner from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Classic dark golden color. Smell is strong mineral taste follows of strong mineral. Feel is light and bubbly. Overall, for me I love the minerality!
May 12, 2019
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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.
Apr 21, 2019
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Reviewed by heygeebee from Australia

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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
Rated: 5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Apr 15, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +4%
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
Rated: 4.34 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Feb 17, 2019
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Reviewed by ArrogantB from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.05 by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Dec 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.29 by mltobin from Connecticut

Oct 05, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by HopBelT from Belgium

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by Kurmaraja from California

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Jun 28, 2018
Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 108 from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 56 ratings