HORALs Oude Geuze Mega Blend | Brouwerij Boon

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Boon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gueuzedude on 08-08-2009

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4.18
pDev:
18.66%
 
 
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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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 +9.1%
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 -8.1%
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 +4.8%
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 +15.8%
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 +1%
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 +3.3%
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 +4.1%
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 +2.2%
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 +11.2%
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 -12.2%
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 +9.3%
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 +2.9%

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 +1.7%

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 -2.6%
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 +5.3%
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 +10%
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 -3.8%
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 Jeffo
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a vertical of the '13, '11 and '09 at Sloshfest 2013. Good times gents.

From a 750 into a mini singer
Review is for the '13 with notes about the other two.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized white head with very good retention. Clear gamboge orange with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a foam cap that leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Other years are a touch darker but virtually identical.

SMELL: Lemon acidity, tart apples and citrus aromas with a good base of moldy funky aromas. Some barnyard and grassy aromas as well. The other two vintages basically follow suit.

TASTE: Follows the nose well. Tart lemon citrus flavors, green apples, acidity as well, with a bold and lingering finish of lemon tartness, moldy funk and some barnyard as well. Pretty good. The '11 and '09 are softer with slightly less acidity, but these are all pretty similar.

PALATE: Medium body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy and light on the palate, smooth going down and finishes dry and puckering. Good feel.

OVERALL: This is a solid gueuze that perhaps doesn't get enough credit. What was surprising actually was that all the vintages were relatively similar. The '09 was perhaps the best, but there's no reason to believe that the '11 and '13 won't be there in time. Very consistent. Glad to have been able to try this set at once. Cheers gents!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged 2011 bottle poured into tulip 25/11/13 cheers Liam for sending the bottle

A slight haze in a amber orange body, a few streams of bubbles run dry after a few minuets and it looks a little flat, there's some carbonation because it pumps out a short lived three finger head that leaves no lace
-second pour has much better retention, still leaves no lace but I'm guessing my glass was dirty

S mellow cheesy funk, apricot, peaches, pear, some dried grass and hay, and some leather shoe with lots of wet wood and leafy notes

T has just a little caramel, not completely dry, more grass then the nose, not apricot and peaches fade but some apple joins the pear, still has some funk but its not over the top, wood still has a big role

M I couldn't see many bubbles but there's plenty in the mouth, creams up almost to the point of foam, not all that sour for the style, quite slick after the fact, grassy funk on the finish

O well rounded and I guess that should be the case with a big blend like this, quite drinkable, not overly sour or acidic, and the funks mellow

No problems taking down the big bottle solo and that's not common for me among sours. I paid the same price for A&T so all things considered I doubt I'd stock up if I had the chance but I'm happy to have tried it

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Photo of corby112
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage.

Pours a very hazy, bright golden orange color with tangerine hues and a frothy, two finger, pillowy white head.  Good retention, only slowly setting into a thick, lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Musty aroma with lots of earthy barnyard character along with lactic funk, damp oak, hay, light fruit and acidic acid.  Subtle acetic character but it's not solvent-like or overly vinegary.  Oak tannins along with musty bugs, horseblanket, lactic funk, grass and straw.  Some light fruit in there as well, notably apple and pear complimenting the lemon acidity.  The nose on this beer is pretty complex with plenty of earthy funk.

Full bodied with soft carbonation and tart, puckering sourness that lingers over the barnyard/ lactic funk flavors, oaky tannins, light fruit and citrus acidity into a tart, dry finish.  Very nice sour element by not harsh or overly acetic.  Crisp citrus/lemon juice acidity countered by earthy oak and lactic cheesiness.  Sweaty with dry, funky bugs, lemon spritz and a lingering soft acetic flavor that makes me drool for more.  Very refreshing and easy to drink considering the complexity and level of sourness.

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Photo of Rutager
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another huge thank you to Jeffo for this 2011 bottle.

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with almost 3 fingers of frothy white head (after an aggressive pour).

Smell. Light grainy malt with lemony sourness, sweet hay and funk, and a little bit of old barrel.

Taste. Lemony sourness with a little rind as well, musty and sweet funk, plenty of old barrel flavours in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Quality gueuze. Very nice.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 vintage.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Big white head. Retains forever with a layer of foam on the surface.

Smell - Lemony acidity. Lots of hay and wheat. Little bit grassy. Some funky cheese.

Taste - Tons more lemon zest than the nose. Pale malt makes its way through. Moderately sour. Grainy as hell. A bit of herbal and bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Not too sour. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

Overall - Awesome stuff. Quality gueuze. Gets better and more complex as it warms.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, best before date of 29/10/32, 2013 vintage. Poured into a wine glass while I was waiting for my flight at Brussels Zaventem airport.

A- Pours a hazy gold color, big white head, great retention and lacing.

S- Lemon acidity, lots of funk, hay and socks/sweatiness.

T- Lemony tartness, moderate acidity, hay and milder funkiness, some bretty apple/pear fruit flavors, oak towards the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, soft feel.

O- A nice blend overall but nothing here really jumps out at me, at least I can't taste the de Troch.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage.

3.5 A: Well hazed dark yellow with some brownish hues. Three finges of frothy white head. Retention is about average and a few whisps of lacing are left.

4.25 S: Smells like a saison in a lot of ways. Funk forward without a lot of acidity. Flowery and herbal to start with a dry woodiness underneath. Dust, dryrot, jasmine, pollen, wildflower, and apple orchard. Super dry with lots of depth and complexity though not a geuezy as others I've had.

4.25 T: Ahhh, here it is. While anyone could mistake the nose for that of a saison, the taste is decidedly gueuze. Lots of funk in the nose as well, but a sollid acidity as well. Flowery and herbal again with the same dry woodiness, pollen, wildflowers, and apple orchard. Mild, but balancing tartness and a bit more tangy lactic acid. Fruitiness that wasn't really found in the nose is now here. Plenty of lemon, a bit of lime, apple, and peach. Solid here with good complexity and depth.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good upper moderate carbonation. Not particularly creamy or spritzy, but good nonetheless.

4.0 D: Solid all around. A bit pricey, but such is the style. Definitely worth a try and a not a bad beer to stock up on either.

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