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:
4.24 | pDev: 8.96%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
339
From:
Brouwerij Boon
 
Belgium
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Gots
  77
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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Reviews by scottfrie:
Photo of scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage:

A: Slightly hazy golden body. Moderate sized head comprised of tiny packed bubbles. Slight lacing.

S: Subtle lactic funk, good citric zip cuts through a musty farmhouse musty complexion throughout.

T: Musty with a cutting lemon flavor as hinted at from the nose. Not particularly tart, but nice and funky.

M: Solid carbonation keeps the medium body moving from sip to sip.

D: A nice gueuze. My only real gripe is the price to quality ratio. The regular offerings from Cantillon, Girardin, and Drie Fonteinen are superior in nearly every facet.

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Photo of Floydster
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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 kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

75cl green glass bottle purchased at Labirratorium Madrid for 15.10 euro and served chilled into a teku.

7% ABV. Best before: 31-10-2034. Boon. 2015 vintage/megablend.

HEAD: ~7cm wide. Off-white colour. Nice thickness and froth. Retention is excellent - ~10+ minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Vibrant golden-copper. Translucent; transparent. No yeast particulate, lees, or sediment is visible.

Nice overall appearance.

AROMA: The clean funkiness of brettanomyces lambicus. Sourness is meagre - maybe a 4/10 on terms of intensity. Lactic acid. Neutral barley. Faint barrel - not recognizably oak (or chestnut). Sweat, farmhouse funk...I'm reticent to claim "sweaty gym sock" because I hate the descriptor, but it's not unfounded.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Clean funkiness is omnipresent. Barnyard character. Wet hay. Neutral barley. Brettanomyces. Lactic acid. Mild (~3/10 in terms of intensity) sourness. Brettanomyces lambicus (funk and sourness).

Light-bodied and refreshing. Smooth, wet, acidic, approachable. Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

The texture compliments the taste, but fails to accentuate any specific notes from the flavour profile or to elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: Why let De Troch's inferior Lambic drag this blend down? Substitute Cantillon for De Reich and there'd instant improvement. This is a lovely gueuze as-is, but there's definitely room for improvement. I'm glad I got to try it, but I'm not sure it's worth its high price. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, but it's far from a world class expression of the style by my estimation. I'd happily take a Drie Fonteinen expression over this. Nitpicking aside, it's a highly drinkable brew, and will enjoy cellar maturation for as long as its owner can hold back.

B (3.63) / GOOD

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

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 Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 16.10.2028; Sampled August 2009
A very careful pour still manages to produce four-fingers of head in my 25cl plus an additional almost two fingers above the rim. The head is a light tan hue and the beer is a grassy, pale amber hue that shows a nice orange-gold hue and a touch of haze when held up to the light. Some light, but nice lacing forms on the sides of my glass as the head slowly subsides. The aroma has a nice grassy funkiness to it that reminds me of a mix of hay, weeds, phenolic soaked cotton, musty damp horse blankets along with a requisite musky, almost dried sweat stench. The sharper notes in the nose are defined by the lactic acid, a hard urea-laced spicing, some phenolic wild mushroom notes. The finish has some nice pale grain and fresh crushed wheat character to it. This is actually on the funky side for a Gueuze, and I must say it is quite nice.

This beer has a nice, solid, almost bracing lactic sourness. This finishes with a nice spicy oak note as well as some tannic woody notes, both of which integrate quite well with the other flavors in this beer. A touch of urea, or cat-pee for the Lambic traditionalist, is found in the flavor. There are some grassy notes up front and in the middle that are separate from the hint of grain character that is left in this beer (though this seems to contribute some grassiness and a touch of pale grain in the finish; not as much as is found in the nose though). While this seems bone dry, some of the notes here contribute a fruitiness that reminds me of sour-apples, a distinct grapefruit note in the finish. The finish has a long, lingering, sort of cotton mouth astringency to it from both the oak and phenolic notes. This is musty flavored but not as strongly so as in the aroma; musky, Brettanomyces notes, and some old sweat soaked blanket notes are found here as well.

My second pour is still as carbonated as the first. I get to drinking this much sooner than my first pour and this literally explodes as it hits my tongue with a aggressive effervescent that turns the beer into foam as it rolls across my tongue. The grapefruit note starts to come out more as it warms, some Klockera perhaps, and there seems to be a nice toasted oak character to the finish now as well. Other fruit notes of ripe, but unsweet, quite aromatic, tart melon and perhaps a touch of pear also become more apparent as this warms and actually turn into quite the juicy fruit character.

I am so glad that my bottle has been cleaned of all the diacetyl that has been troubling some peoples bottles. Pediococcus is a prodigious diacetyl producer and Lambics definitely need time to reduce it back out. I am so glad that this turned out to be quite tasty. Man this is quite good, about as tart / sour as I could want with just enough funkiness to keep things interesting. This is a fantastic example of a Gueuze, at least this particular bottle is; if you are too worried just hold on to these for a 6 months or so (perhaps the international shipping helped my bottles).

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leitmotif
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened at the BA BA tasting, don't recall who brought this one. 2011 vintage.

Clear, effervescent amber capped by a tall, lasting head.

Funk and citrus heavy nose, rotten lemon, oak, leather. Pretty good, albeit simple, aroma.

Tastes good but again, fairly simple. Lemon, tannic oak, slight grassiness. Bit of maltiness, too, though it's largely dry. Pretty spritzy mouthfeel, light, mildly tannic finish. Certainly enjoyable, but it didn't leave a strong impression. You'd expect more depth from a lambic blended from so many different sources.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not sure which version this was -shared at foofaa's for the gueuze tasting on 1/7/12.

The color is a sunny amber with golden accent and white cap with tiny bead. The smell is horsy with a barnyard funkiness with slight hints of tropical fruit and juicy esters that are mildly sour in aroma. The feel has a mild dry spiciness with gentle funk and slight tart juicy astringency with moderate carbonation level.

the taste is very acidic at first but gets tropical and has light and mellow lemond rind in the background I get a mild wood tinge in the taste which adds to the complexity of flavor. The wild yeast does contribute significantly with light sour elements and more of a dry herbal element throughout. Overall I liked this - a huge gueuze with tons of complexity and has a very drying finish with plenty of funky character.

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Photo of vhmf1978
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 09 bottle

Rich, and bright, vibrant golden yellow in color. A large, perhaps three inch high head of white foam then came up over the top and settled down wonderfully into a one inch layer of foam that came up across the entire top of the glass. Gorgeous side glass lacing and a wonderful presence of carbonation.

The aroma was a bit lighter then I was expecting, but still tremendously good. Rich nose of tart apple vinegar, sour grapes and a touch of wet hay. Enormously complex, as it warms it comes across with a light wheat or herbal like quality and just the tiniest amount of spice prickling the nose. The flavor was more of the same. Rich notes of sour and biting vinegar flavor coming across on it right away. A little bit one sided, and not as huge as I would have wanted given the stature to which this one is held to, but still extremely solid and worth it. Light grapes and even a touch of wheat coming through mid palate, especially as it starts to warm. Mellow grassy flavors are mingling very well within the flavor now. Smooth, easy transgression with the carbonation being nearly perfect here, and a light feel that was just spot on. As for drinkability, this one is top notch; I could not have found an easier beer in the style to put down.

Overall while not my favorite sour I have ever had, it is up there.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robgage
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend (-2018) from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 339 ratings