Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 110
Brouwerij Boon

Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 110Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 110
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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 5.08%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
35
From:
Brouwerij Boon
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  10
SCORE
90
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Notes: Oude Geuze Boon VAT 110 has given its light, dry but very full-bodied taste, with a hint of vanilla and dry fruit, thanks to foeder No. 110. This foeder was previously used as a cognac cask and has been serving the brewery since 2009 as Lambiek vat. This ancient geuze is characterized by a wealth of aromas, developed by the Brettanomyces yeast in the barrel.
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Photo of heygeebee
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last of the box... tasted up to a year after the others.
It seems to have mellowed.
Gentle blood-orange notes, hint of lemon and tartness. Very complex, barrel, medium bodied.
Just lacking the oomph of the others...

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/15/16; drank 5/19/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dark orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A slow pour yielded a big off-white head; decent, frothy lace.

Tart tangerine & oak notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Tangerine & a mild metallic note in the flavor; at once soft but a bit abrasive.

It's nice, but the worst of the 4 I got in the Discovery Box.

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Photo of bobv
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml. bottle.
Gentle to moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a deep golden body. Muted nose of slight ruby red grapefruit, slight musty funk, and slight lemon. Taste is tart grapefruit, hints of cognac phenols, and the slightest vanilla. Very unique, tasty, and dry; especially on the finish. Feel, like all of these Vats from the mixed 4-pack box, is champagne-like. Overall, quite the experience, and I'll have to say that this one definitely exhibits the most alcohol presence. Cheers!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lambic with a large slightly off-white foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of funky yeast notes, oak and fruity and tart notes is enjoyable. Taste is a mix of funky yeast notes, light barnyard, oak and fruity notes with some tart notes but no acidity. Body is pretty full with good carbonation. Enjoyable but not as complex as other beers from this series.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml cork and cage. One finger white head on a slightly hazy golden orange body, good retention, a bit of lacing. Smell is sweet straw, moderate lemony acetic acidity, a bit of zest, peppercorn, a bit of wet hay. Good bit of leathery, lemony funk. You can tell the brett is pretty strong in this one, on both the aroma and the palate. Becomes fairly dry on the finish, light straw, sweeter lemon, a bit of sweet grain. Lighter medium carbonation, good zest, reasonably funky with wet straw and hay on the finish. Pretty solid, with a heavy Brett presence to it. Enjoyed quite a bit for what it is.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Previously housing cognac, the Brewery Boon chooses this special cask to age their traditional lambic to pick up those promised fortified wine and spice notes in their Gueuze a l'Ancienne Vat 110.

Usually blended, this single and matured lambic pours a pale and hazy straw with threads of goldenrod. A loose but effervescent froth pushes a plethora of spices, dried citrus, wood and musty of sea air onto the nose. Sweetness is sparse as the early malt influence is short with cereal, faint honeysuckle and sourdough.

As the boldly carbonated ale bounces off the middle palate, a boost of dried peels of grapefruit, lemon and orange invite secondary flavors of dehydrated pineapple, green apple and white grape. A quick balance of yeast spices take control of the taste with a strong peppercorn, cumin, white pepper, weathered woods, moss and damp hay heading toward late palate. A mild bitterness pulls from the citrus tones for a tannic, straw-like bite.

Light bodied and drying the palate with ease, the piquant spice of cognac lays an arid texture with higher vinous warmth than is usual for lambic or gueuze. A brief series of echoes bring a return of sourdough, earthy brine and pepper to an after palate of mustiness and wine.

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Photo of larryi86
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle, bottled 12/15/16, poured into a flute

A- A fairly clear amber/copper with a two finger white head

S- Tart, some barnyard funk, some vanilla and cognac, touch of caramel and some light fruits

T- Tart, light fruit, some barnyard funk, cognac, touch of vanilla, earthy

M- Smooth, medium to full body

O- A good sour, but more Flanders like than a geuze, this barrel seems really different

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma has well integrated lambic funk with some earthy notes. Taste has earthy and bitter fruit pit notes with some meadow flowers and hay. Medium body and carbonation. Quite good one, well balanced.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, I think it was $17.99. Orange, almost no head but it is carbonated. Smells like alcohol reminiscent of cognac but that's probably the power of suggestion. Very full bodied, thick, not too sour but also the taste is not memorable or exciting.

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Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burnished darker amber, ample foam with spotty lace.
Minerals, horsehair, clover honey, vague citrus aromas.
Tart lemon, dry oak, crisp and dry finish. Moderate effervescence.
Gripping dry oak and acidity, well balanced and nuanced.
Overall a nice one in the series, though not the top one.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light amber with a head that quickly dissipates
S: Honey, funky, peach, graham cracker, white grape, musty, light raisin
T: Honey, earthy, hints of cognac, light vanilla, white grape, not much acidity, hay, funk, alcohol
M: Rich, finishes dry
O: Very complex and different gueuze. More of a rich and deep gueuze more than the bright funky stonefruit gueuze

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Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours with a medium haze that eventually clears up a little bit. A golden/orange color. A dense two finger white head forms at first, which recedes quickly. Not much lace is left behind.
S: A much more subtle nose then I got with the Vat 108. More kind of generic oak, funky cheesy/Brett characteristic. I don't get much fruit in the nose, but that is not a bad thing.
T: There it is, very acidic and more apple skin based than 108. White wine, grapes, and even a peppery spice. Oak/wood flavors seem to be more apparent here. Finishes with more tart fruit skins that I just love.
M/O: Medium bodied, and I love the carbonation. Super effervescent, done dry, and a beautiful puckering pull on the tongue that makes me want to keep coming back. Really enjoyable, as I would expect.

This is another great Geuze. This certainly has a great acidic fruit character, maybe not as sinus clearing as 108, or maybe I have gotten use to the acid after two bottles. Though, I do feel this is more subtle and in a good way. Again, and excellent bottled from the box set.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/15/2016. 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, peach, pear, pineapple, red/green apple, melon, white wine, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, wet wood, oaken vanilla, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel, peach, pear, pineapple, red/green apple, melon, white wine, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, wet wood, oaken vanilla, wheat, cracker, 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, peach, pear, pineapple, red/green apple, melon, white wine, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, wet wood, oaken vanilla, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, oak, 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 and moderately bready/grainy/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a fantastic gueuze! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the modestly acidic/spicy/drying finish. Never overly lactic. Classic barnyard Gueuze Brett funk profile as expected; balanced pale/wheat malts and oak presence. Very similar to Black Label with a bit more malt body and oak presence. A bit higher ABV. Not as carbonated. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed April 16, 2014, bottled December 15, 2016. Small and quickly fading head of foam sitting atop a clear gold liquid. Smells really tart, some Brett, oak, vanilla. Quite acetic. Sour apples, very acetic, light Brett, wood, vanilla in the background. Much more tartness than the Vat 108. Just in medium bodied territory, lively carbonation. One delicious sob.

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Boon Oude Geuze A L'ancienne Vat 110 from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 35 ratings