HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend (-2018)
Brouwerij Boon

HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend (-2018)HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend (-2018)
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Style:
Belgian Gueuze
ABV:
7%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 9.18%
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
321
From:
Brouwerij Boon
 
Belgium
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  110
Gots
  71
SCORE
92
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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend (-2018)HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend (-2018)
Notes: The Mega Blend Geuze is a blend of young and old Lambic from eight HORAL members: Boon, De Cam, De Troch, 3 Fonteinen, Lindemans, Timmermans, Hanssens, Mort Subite
In 2018, 3 Fonteinen and Girardin left the group.
Since 2019 see https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/47/414749/
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Etreme!, Chef driven! It slices, it dices, it julliennes!. There's so many catch phrases out there that seem like a good idea at the time, but now gets commonly mocked. Hell, even my deodorant says "Extreme!". "Mega" is certainly one of those words that draws the ire of the consumer, but when a beer has the involvement of 3 Fonteinen, Boon, De Oude Cam, De Troch, Hanssens, Lindemans, Oud Beersel, Tilquin and Timmermans then "Mega" might just be fitting for the occassion.

With an excited pop of the cork and a glass awaiting the geyser-like foam that escapes the neck, a bubbly, expressively carbonated, champagne austere begins to radiate from the MegaBlend Horals Oude Gueuze. Golden, lightly haze and dancing like a snow globe of yeast, the frothy, cottony sour ale leads with a citrusy, peppery, winey, woodsy and parmesan perfume that's remiss of saddle leather, a brisk and briny scent of the sea, and damp cellar-like conditions. Low lying sweetness of sourdough, simple syrups and honeysuckle skirt under the surface of the sourness as the ale rushes off of the front of the tongue.

Its racy carbonation pushes the beer off of the tastebuds with a zesty, minerally zing; pushing any sweetness to the back of the throat in a hurry. The taste explodes with notions of dehydrated citrus of orange, grapefruit and lime. Musty in its tone, a sense of pear, green apple and white grape follow as an overwhelming spice quickly takes command of the taste. Peppercorn, driftwood, vinous spice and a piquant sourness that's nondescript but succinct ushers in a great sense of dryness and palatability to the late palate.

Distinctly acidic, briny and chocked full of yeast spices, the dry sourness should expose flaws in yeast handling or abuse in brewing technique, but there are none. Peppery forward and exiting the palate with a quick aftertaste of white wine and a retro-olfactory sensation of those leather, fruit rind and oaken whimsies that drift shortly afterwards. This beer is among one of the premiere sour ales on the planet.

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

2017 blend. An active, potent, and beautifully nuanced gueuze. Pours a bright golden with some white bubbles not even concentrated enough to be foam. The smell is full of hay, mushroom, grape, oak, flowers, sugarcane, soil, lemon, and apple. The taste has all of those plus some white bread, pineapple, belgian yeast, lime, and what I can best describe as a touch of savory pork. I thought this was really good, but more aging would help the balance a bit.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

goose fat. motor oil. wrench left overnight. light and moderate for a geuze. chicken shmaltz. definately chicken soup. worth a share. muanced blend.amz bottle.
2011 blend pretty smooth dome tongue tingler.

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

2017 vintage.

Pours a semi clear orange with fluffy white head.

Smell is funky and mineraly with notes of apples and some stable.

Taste follows the nose well, and adds some juicy oranges to the mix. Long, plesant finish. Not overly sour.

Mouthfeel is medium, with strong carbonation.

Overall, a great, very balanced gueuze, more to the mineral side than the sour.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 edition. From 32GP. In Teku glass. Playing 12 Labours of Hercules. Although Im not a fan of vinegars, this one is very balanced and approachable. Smooth, with noticeable yet not agressive funk notes. Very lasting foam and excellent in nose

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

2015 bottling appears a clear copper color with a white fluffy head that persists.

The aroma contains citrus zest, brett, earth and lots of fruited quality.

It tastes tart yet dry and citrus-like with some oak and earthy brett. The aftertaste has a slight pulpy feel about it.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. Its a very crisp and citrus forward blend that I really enjoyed. This has really come together nicely with some age. When I last had it freshly after release I thought it was ok but this time around it is fantastic. Might have to snag a couple more to see how it continues to develope.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours an orange color of varying haze depending on how far down you're into the bottle. Foamy, puffy head. It dies off. Aroma is very funky. Very powerful earth and barn on the nose. It isn't simply tart and sour smelling. It is cheesy and earthy! Flavor intensity goes far beyond simple tartness. This beer is rich and pungent. Wet, soggy wood. Tangy cheese. It is tart and sour on the tongue as well; no surprise. Skunky. Really concentrated Gueuze flavors. Body is fuller than the style usually displays. I respect this beer's sheer muscle but it teeters on being too bold.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, vintage 2015. Lots of give on the cork, effortless pop and not a gusher with a solid pow! Best consumed before October 31st 2034… okay...

Deep orange and a real solid peach to dark apricot color. Opaque but easily can see plenty of fast rising streams of carbonation, and a roaring middle ultra-fine stream shooting up. Head creation is tiny, an off tan half finger with a creamed top that never goes away though. Side streams keep everything on the collar populated too. A real impressive looking brew.

Boy is the aroma on this stellar. Bang on killer notes of orange and sweetneed pink grapefruit, with large funky earth qualities. An excellent mix of dirt and sweetness that is just shocking to behold. Extremely fruity smelling, even getting to an almost creamy vanilla tone as well. Stellar bouquet.

Palate is delivering the goods real nicely. Much wonderful accenting fruit tones on this beer. Large juiced orange and grapefruit just like the nose suggests. Teeth coating and sharp carbonation that is nearly peppery but bringing lots of mineral and rocky qualities. Juicy fruity earth qualities giving to mild tangy lemon but with virtually no acidity or tart qualities. Slightly champagne carbonation but with a bit of gaseous flavor.

Earth deep and large fruit qualities, with a nicely elevated malt and powerful carbonation. Real memorable gueuze and a killer look and just easy drinking too.

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Photo of bark
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Vintage 2013.

The colour is gold (10 EBC), the liquid is clear. There is some sediment in the bottle. The large white head is airy; it sinks down to a thick lid leaving lots of lacing.

The sour smell got distinct notes of iodine, lactose and iron. It is a bit withdrawn. As it gets warmer, the smell turns more and more into milk/cream.

The taste is dry and tart with notes of milk powder, citric acid and metal. Growing clean sweetness and iodine. Medium body. The aftertaste is elegant with balanced sourness, more iodine and fruity sour flavours. The long finish is quite simple with smooth sourness.

The carbonation is medium strong; the large bubbles are short lived. The liquid is a bit harsh.

Not bad at all, but I didn’t appreciate the milk-like flavours. A slight disappointment.

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Photo of amano_h
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage, 75cl poured into snifter.

Damp moldy cheese on the nose with hints of lemon rinds, oak, and lots of minerals. A lot of barnyard funk follows, but doesn't overpower all the other elements in play. Reminds me more of Boon's Oude Gueze than any of the others mentioned; probably because it was blended onsite at the Boon Brewery.

The leading flavor is a light citrusy acetic sourness, with mild oak flavors teeter-tottering with malt/grainy sweetness in the back. My gut tells me that the central theme of the brew is "balance" which makes sense given that there's so many different players involved.

Medium bodied, fairly effervescent, finishes dry and crisp. This beer is to Gueuze what Maine Beer Co.'s Lunch is to IPAs. Superbly balanced, enjoyable at any time of the day.

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Photo of Jow
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To be honest the only thing I do not look like about this gueuze is it's looks.
I opened this bottle this weekend so all the gueuzes inside were about 5 years old, There was a bgf "fond" in it as well. It tasted great and I woulb buy it again in any time!

In my opinion an honest sour one with a dry touch to it. It ends really smooth and fresh and leaves you wanting for more.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork and caged bottle of the 2015 blend. There is a five digit number on the upper left corner of the label, 22762. Served in a gueuze tumbler glass, proper lambic basket.

The cork is pulled out with a resounding pop. Pours an initially overeffervescent five fingers' worth of white head and remains for a few minutes. It's certainly overcarbonated initially, but it settles after a bit into a half finger white film, nice retention otherwise. No lacing. Smells of damp moldy cheese, lemon and citrus rind, oak, heavy mineral presence, mild funk. It's more hay and must than acetic, but remains balanced. Flavour is mildly acetic, cobweb, must, lemon, mild oak dryness accented by a mild grainy sweetness on the backend. There is a mild amount of funk, very similar to what I've tasted from Boon before. It's overall a balanced, bright gueuze blend that offers a fair amount of complexity without getting overly acetic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and effervescent, an overall refreshing gueuze with a distinct Boon characteristic to it, but with a sharp distinct lemon funk that reminds me a bit of Drie Fonteinen. A lot going on here without too much acidity covering it up.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle. 2015 vintage. This beer pours a light yellow body with massive bone white head. Smell and flavor is fruity, earthy, and minerally. This is fantastically balanced gueuze. Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Light sourness, but it has a really slippery feel that lets you know that it has a decent amount of acidity present. You can tell the boon lambic has a stronger influence in this blend than most of the other lambics used for the blend.

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage, best before 10/31/2034. Bottle #14416. Pours lightly cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, lime, green apple, cherry, pear, white grape, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, pepper, cracker, light white wine vinegar, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak barrel, and light pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, lime, green apple, cherry, pear, white grape, hay, straw, grass, leather, oak, pepper, cracker, light white wine vinegar, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness and light-moderate tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, green apple, pepper, hay, straw, grass, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funk/spicy yeast, oak barrel, and light pale malt flavors; with a great yeast spice/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very dry finish from carbonation. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly acidic/prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible gueuze style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak barrel and light pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. Very classic tasting and well rounded gueuze in complexity and balance. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage. Snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange-apricot color with a good amount of carb under a thick, soft white head.
S/T: Bright tart lactic acid and earthy must, stone fruits, and peppery yeasty spice. Leafy bitter hop and tart lemon as well, minerally, complex yeast flavor. Fresh and bright smelling. Lemon and clean bright tartness. Vibrant overall.
M: Medium body, clean tartness, spritzy carb, tingly and frothy. Clean and easy,
O: Really good. More bright than tart, really. Could probably do well with a little age.

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Photo of treznor
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The longer I drank this, the better it got. Wow. This was a 2011 bottle from In De Wildeman in Amsterdam.

Really well balanced. Certainly sour, but not over the top at all.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage. Pours a dull tangerine hue with a loose, cream-colored head. Nose expresses funk, must, cork and tangerine. Taste follows nose but it comes off a bit watered-down. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation and an astringency that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, a nice gueuze; however, it didn't knock my socks off. In my honest opinion, I don't see this beer holding up over time and can't quite understand the high ratings.

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Photo of Floydster
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2009 vintage, Batch 1

Appearance is a golden yellow with an orange hue, thick and fluffy white head, great retention, lacing on the entire glass, clear as day with no sediment

Smell is gym socks, hay, funk, tangerine, nectarine, granny smith apple, tart cherries, wild yeast, and oak

Taste is tart up front with a lot of citrus, prickly tartness through, then funk in the finish, more and more fruit comes out as it warms, lemon zest and sour cherry dominate, very complex flavor, every other sip had a new flavor, lots of wild yeast in the finish, got even better as it warmed

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, great carbonation, lingering flavors, everything you could ever want in a gueuze, so much flavor kept me coming back for more

Overall this was a great collaboration between eight lambic makers in Belgium, exceeded my expectations, will probably get better and better with age, my bottle had a best by date of 2026, so eleven more years will probably turn this into a whale for a true sour beer lover

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

Vintage 2013 poured into a 3F Geuze tumbler.

Pours a hazy semi-clear gold with big 2.5 finger bubbly white head that leaves great lacing. Smell is oak, lemon, mild cider vinegar, light funk. Honestly not getting too much aromas. Taste is tons of oak, apples, green grapes, light lemons, light funk. Tons of oak in this one though. Mouthfeel is perfect. Soft carb, medium pucker and tartness, easy to drink.

Very nice geuze with a heavy influence of oak. Fun to see all the breweries blended together. Expensive bottle though.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev 0%

From a bottle, pours bright yellow, frothy white head.

The nose is funky, a little cheese, sour, wood pulp. Citrus and lemon. The flavor follows the nose, more lemon, citrus, goat cheese, floral hops. It is very tart, lots of funk, bitter. The finish is very active, poprocks down your throat. Very good beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, 2013 edition. We'll all get by, with a little help from our friends, it would seem.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with three fat fingers of rather puffy, tightly foamy, and ethereally creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying, ebbing surface tension lace around the glass as things gradually recede.

It smells of sharp, acrid acetic acid, of the fruit-borne type, though said fruit is hard to immediately discern - raspberry, lemon (by default), and denuded cherries, I guess - moderately funky farmhouse yeast, bready pale malt, underripe red apples, a touch of wet, grainy wood, and somewhat surprising leafy, grassy hops. The taste is tart, sure, but in a pleasantly diffused sort of way - lemon juice, muddled black berry reduction, a hint of actual cold cooking vinegar - a more laid-back funky yeastiness than suggested by the nose, some sturdy bready, slightly caramel-tinged malt, still mixed and matched orchard fruit esters, subtle moist barrel staves, and generally still game leafy, grassy, and musty hops. No real sign of the elevated alcohol.

The carbonation is quite understated, manifesting in a plain Jane frothiness for the most part, the body a stocky medium weight for the style, and smoother than the norm, given the affable distraction of the usually disruptive souring contingent, which even leads to a small airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, surprisingly, the fruitiness thrusting off the shackles of tartness, joining with the long-burdened malt, to make a go of this as an actually balanced beverage of sorts.

All those different inputs, as originally opined, must have some kind of middling, blending, and in the end, neutering effect, a concept which is evidently on full display here. Distinctly drinkable and approachable for the style (mere price taggery aside), this 'Gueze [sic] Tour' is exactly that - an introduction to the whole shebang, all at once, in a mildly dumbed-down, touristy incarnation. Doesn't mean it doesn't taste good, IMHO.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into 3F stem. Vintage 2013.

Pours light gold, clear body, with lively compact eggshell colored head.

Aroma is super funky, cheesy, and citrusy. Humboldt fog, fresh lemon juice, chèvre, pungent horse blanket, and lime peel. Get that 3F and Boon character in abundance.

The palate comes off heavy in funk as well. A surge of fresh hay and earthiness join the funk and citrus characters. Plenty of sweet lemon, fresh goat cheese, tart apple skin, with subtle cattiness.

Mouthfeel presents a light body, higher end carbonation for the style, and very dry and astringent finish.

A great Gueuze that may not be better than some of it's individual components. Yet it surely delivers on many of the facets you expect from the best examples of the style. Super funky, bright, and a good level of complexity. Maybe a bit too aggressive with the lemon on the palate. Very nice nonetheless.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

2011 Edition. Best before 28.10.2030. Bottle number 023099.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange color forming a big and bubbled white head. Quite fizzy with a lot of bubbled coming from the bottom of the glass. Medium retention, practically no lacings and a thin layer that remains forever on the top

S: Very fruity, citrus and flowery. Strong notes of oranges, apples, pears, vinegar, sweet pale malts, flowery hops. A bit metallic. Earthy Lambic yeasts

T: Very fruity upfront. Funky. Notes of oranges, orange zest, grapefruit, vinegar and flowery hops. Dry but very smooth Lambic. Delicious. The only defect is the end that is not very persistent for such a delicious taste

M: Light body. Very fizzy. Medium carbonation. Metallic, hoppy and fruity aftertaste

O: Perfect drinkability. Perfect Lambic

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Photo of Jonada
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 blend. 750 ml bottle #15729. Best before 10/29/2032. Served in a large wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden orange with 2 fingers of a white head that settles to a thin cap. Body is very hazy but translucent, with moderate to high visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of barnyard funk, hay, green apple, lemon, damp wood, slight vinegar like acidity, and musty basement.

Taste: Medium tart sourness with lots of funk as well as pear, green apple, oak, slight lactic character, mild cheesiness with a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a very slightly creamy mouthfeel. Medium to high, fine carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: A really nice gueuze. Nothing to go crazy over trying to obtain, but definitely worth a try if you can get it relatively easily.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an unclear amber-orange with lots of sediment and a large, frothy, short lived, off-white head that laces. Sour aroma of lemon, orange, apricot, brett, horse blanket and oak. Sweet fruity flavour of orange, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, leather, brett, vinegar and oak with a crisp, sour, acidic, bone dry, champagne like finish. Medium body with an oily texture and lively carbonation.

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HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend (-2018) from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 321 ratings